We have to make hundreds of choices every day. Maybe even thousands. It’s exhausting just thinking about it! From what we wear, to what we eat, who we talk to, and where we go, some of these decisions are so minor that we may not even be consciously aware that we’re making them.
These are just a few examples of some of the decisions I make on an average day…
- Keep sleeping or get out of bed?
- Eat sweetened cereal or drink a healthy smoothie for breakfast?
- Dwell on the past or be in the present?
- Take the elevator or walk up the stairs?
- Frown or smile?
- Send an email or write a letter?
- Keep working or take a break?
- Eat a bag of chips or an apple?
- Be indifferent or be kind?
- Drink a can of soda or a glass of water?
- Say yes or say no?
- Send a text or pick up the phone?
- Sit or stand?
- Have three cookies, or just one?
- Complain or take action?
- Drive thru or drive home?
- Go to Happy Hour or to the gym with friends?
- Eat out or cook dinner?
- Buffet or a la carte?
- Fried chicken or grilled chicken?
- French fries or a side salad?
- Ranch dressing or vinaigrette?
- Have a second helping or push the plate away?
- Eat ice cream or have some yogurt?
- Spend money or save?
- Sit on the couch or take a walk?
- Play a game on your tablet or read a book?
- Stay up watching TV or go to sleep?
- Give up, or keep trying?
Many times, we make bad decisions because we’re simply tired. Laying on the couch, eating a pint of ice cream and watching a marathon of Orange is the New Black sounds like the perfect ending to your long day, right?
You have to ask yourself – Will this choice make me happier and healthier?
It may make you feel good, but is it truly good for you? THAT is the question. This is why you should try to make your most important decisions in the morning. Decide what you’re going to eat that day. Pack some healthy snacks. Work out early. Write down your goals. Plan out your entire day, starting with a healthy breakfast.
What? You don’t have time to eat breakfast? Instead of reaching for a sugary cereal, have a smoothie. I have a green smoothie every.single.day. You can prep a week’s worth ahead of time by chopping up your fruits and veggies (or using frozen), measuring it all into individual resealable bags, and putting them in the freezer. To make things really easy, you can even label the baggies with the ingredients you need to add (i.e., + 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed). This way, other family members can make their own smoothies and you’ll feel good knowing they’re having a healthy breakfast AND saving you some much-needed time in the morning!
All you have to do when you wake up is grab a bag, leave it out to thaw for a few minutes while you fix your hair, dump the contents into your blender, add your favorite liquid (I like using a non-dairy milk like Silk Soymilk), a handful of fresh greens, and maybe some protein powder or flax seed, and you’re good to go. I opt for soymilk because my diet is 75% plant-based, and I feel like a non-dairy milk keeps me satisfied a little longer than if I were to use just water, plus it makes the smoothie creamier. Yum! Visit Silk.com to learn more about Silk Soymilk and its protein power.
YOUR TURN! What choices are you making today that will make you happier and healthier tomorrow?
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.