Remember your freshman year? All of the new things, new responsibilities, new boundaries, new ways to incorporate freedom into your life?
Remember the summer after your freshman year? Coming home to raised eyebrows at how much MORE of you there was? I came home with 20 more pounds. Forget the Freshman 15…I’ve always tried to be an over-achiever.I was a nice sized 12/14 in pleated shorts. It was a good look.
Recently, we hosted a graduation party at The GEM for 32 graduating seniors and we shared a few ‘tips’ with them. I hope they will incorporate a few of these into their daily life. I tried appealing to their vanity rather than their long-term health. I mean, we were all invincible back then. Good skin, better energy, strength & stamina, and clear thinking seem to be a better draw. Share these with your college bound GEM.
Quite frankly, we all need to follow these rules. They make for a happier, healthier you. One more shout out for DIAMONDS ON YOUR INSIDE.
TOP 3 THINGS TO DO
EXERCISE EVERYDAY—even if it is a walk or a bike ride. It makes you happy, too!
DRINK. LOTS. OF WATER. Water keeps your body and mind hydrated. Sometimes you mistake thirst for hunger. Drink 32 oz of water every morning— first thing. Pretty skin, pretty eyes, better energy.
GO GREEN. Eat something green everyday. PERIOD. More green = better mood, better skin, better chance of not taking home the freshman 15!
TOP 3 THINGS NOT TO DO
DRINK TOO MUCH. Bad for your skin, bad for bloating, and really bad for making good decisions.
LATE NIGHT EATING. Pizza delivery after 8pm is evil. An occasional splurge is fine, but keep it to once a month. There is nothing really hip about a slug eating crap. Cut out junk food. Keep healthy options around like popcorn, apples with almond butter, nuts, hummus & veggies.
SMOKE. ANYTHING. Smoke makes your skin dull, your breath stink and your body lethargic.
INCORPORATE HEALTHY CHOICES:
FRESH GREEN JUICE—perfect nutrients, energy, glowing skin, bright eyes
KOMBUCHA—soda alternative, cleansing, great hangover elixir
SMOOTHIES—as a meal replacement, and make sure there are only fresh, clean ingredients. No Jamba Juice imposters!
I can still see myself in my freshman year spring break photos. My face was so puffy it barely fit into the 8×10 frame. If I’d only known The GEM!!