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Lifestyle Focus: Creating Balance

Elena Harrington

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Feb 19th, 2016

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The increasingly fast pace of modern life can often leave you short on time and plagued by stress. Between long work hours, family, community involvement and other commitments, living a more balanced life can sometimes seem unattainable. Creating a more balanced lifestyle is possible, and doing so will bring positive benefits to every aspect of your life.

With the New Year in full swing and spring just around the corner, it is the perfect time to focus on light, fresh eating habits and attaining more balance. By focusing on optimal nutrition on the go and relaxing practices, you can attain restoration, focus and better health. Try these tips and recipes to cultivate more balance in your life!

Turn to Smoothies

Living a more balanced life means managing time efficiently. If you are short on time, turn to quick meal and snack solutions that are conducive to your busy schedule without sacrificing nutrition. Simple, quick and perfect to take to-go, smoothies are a great diet staple for busy weekdays. Whether you blend one for a snack, breakfast or post-workout fuel, smoothies are a staple for nutrient-dense nutrition on the go. Place your smoothie in a mason jar for an easy, eco-friendly container you can take to your morning meetings, afternoon workout and anywhere in between!

Smoothies are a great way to obtain more balanced nutrition, which is a step toward overall balance. As we prepare for spring to begin, there are a plethora of light, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables to choose from. Try new recipes, ingredients and flavor combinations in your smoothies this season to revamp the versatile blended beverage.

Mix up your green smoothie with this Matcha Lime Smoothie. With coconut milk, matcha green tea powder, lime and cucumber, this unique green smoothie is packed with flavor and nutrients. Whip this smoothie up anytime of day for a refreshing boost of antioxidants to energize your day.

Matcha Smoothie

Simplify your smoothie with this 4-ingredient Refreshing Lemon Zest Smoothie. Lemon, mango, vanilla protein powder and coconut milk create a revitalizing pick-me-up anytime of day. Packed with protein, this smoothie is great for a refueling post-workout snack. The lemon and mango flavors keep the flavor light and refreshing—perfect for spring!

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Focus on Relaxation & Restoration

Living a more balanced life means taking time away from work, commitments and the hustle of everyday life to relax and restore energy.

Finding a relaxing hobby like reading, walking, meditation or yoga can have great health benefits. Not only do these activities stimulate your knowledge or fitness, they also provide an outlet to unwind without distraction. Some people adopt a “work, work, work” mentality, but finding an outlet that is relaxing and restorative will actually help improve your focus and concentration when you return to work and daily tasks.

Along with productive and restorative hobbies, it is also vital to take time to truly relax. Create a daily ritual to help restore energy and balance. Whether you focus on a relaxing evening routine, energizing morning routine or weekly restorative practice, taking time to truly de-stress and decompress will bring mental clarity, sharpness and balance to your daily life.

Morning Routine Tips

Taking just a small amount of time each day for restoration will make a large impact. Focus on an invigorating morning routine to start your day off in a positive, balanced way. Add this homemade Grapefruit Raw Sugar Scrub to your morning shower for an invigorating start to your day. All natural and packed with fresh citrus, this scrub will invigorate your sense and wake you up while also promoting skin exfoliation for smooth, hydrated skin.

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Sip on water with fresh lemon squeezed into it in after your morning shower. This simple morning drink promotes healthy digestion, hydrates and energizes. Proper hydration is vital to a well-balanced lifestyle. The morning is a great time to make a pitcher of infused water to drink throughout the day. Packed with natural flavor, nutrients and antioxidants, this Glow Water will keep your skin dewy and glowing throughout the day. Infused water is a great way to stay hydrated and make plain water more delicious, naturally.

Glow Water

Mix it up every few days by trying new fruit and herb pairings—the combinations are endless and the hydration is lasting! Fresh citrus fruits are especially conducive to refreshing infused water. Slice a variety of citrus fruits and add fresh herbs for a simple, delicious infused “detox water.”

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Evening Routine Tips

Evenings are a great opportunity to set aside some time to unwind and restore balance. While relaxing, enjoy a cup of tea with honey, read a book, catch up on your favorite show or just relax. While practicing these relaxing techniques, an at-home face or hair mask is a great way to add a dose of healthy beauty treatment into your day. This three-ingredient Coconut-Lime Hair Mask promotes healthy, shiny hair. Sleep with your hair tied up in a loose topknot “sleep bun” for intense overnight hydration. Simply wash it out in your morning shower for luscious, healthy locks.

Hair Mask

Super foods aren’t just for eating! For dewy, glowing skin, try this Green Tea Avocado Face Mask.  Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, this mask is a great way to wake up to more beautiful skin. Use this mask before bed to prepare you for deep, restful sleep and hydrated skin.

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Focus on Activity & Sleep

Never underestimate the power of regular exercise and an adequate amount of sleep. Make sure you get regular activity. Whether you join a gym, walk, take classes or run, getting activity each day is vital to overall health. Making small changes can make a large impact. Sleep is another important thing for overall health, wellness and balance. Make sleep a priority for more productive days.

Take time to focus on the best way you can implement more balance into your daily life. A nutrient-dense diet, exercise, sleep and restorative practices will help you achieve a more balanced, healthy and happy lifestyle.

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