Quick Tips for Your Health

How much takeout have you ordered this week? Baked any banana bread lately? Between working-from-home, homeschool, stress, anxiety and yada yada, it’s a hard time to focus on health. But it’s also the most important time to focus on health. We all need to practice prevention and keep our minds and bodies strong. Turns out good ol’ diet and exercise really are the secret to optimal health. Here are a few ways our team is keeping it tight:

Eat Local

Get more nutrients out of your food. Lower the chances of contamination by reducing the hands between your meal and your mouth. Support local farms. Reinvest in your community’s economy. The list of benefits to eating local meat, dairy and produce goes on. So find a roadside farm stand or a farmer’s market to fill up on weekly produce. Even the biggest cities have CSAs, and many restaurants are offering fresh grocery delivery. In Charleston, check out: 

Baguette Magic: Everyone’s favorite French bakery is offering home delivery grocery bags. Select fresh made pastries, pastas, soups, veggies, dairy and more!

Lowcounty Street Grocery: Hop on the waiting list of their Community Supported Grocery and pray nightly that you make it on. Members receive  a weekly mix bag on their doorstep filled with fresh items from over 100 local growers and artisans. 

Keegan-Filion Farm: You’ve probably seen them at farmer’s markets around town, but the nearby farm offers home delivery of local meat and dairy.

Meal Plan

Gone are the days of the leisurely grocery store outing. Now we’re either dashing in, list in glove, or ordering online. It requires a bit more preparation. Take it next level and plan several days’ meals, reusing as many ingredients as you can. It will not only save you time, money and sanity, but having planned, prepped meals will encourage healthier choices and less snacking-while-staring-into-the-fridge-while-contemplating-what-to-eat. And when you do need to snack, here’s our easy breezy recipe for healthy energy balls. There are no measurements, and you can add anything else that sounds good (we like almond butter, Vanilla extract, chia seeds, vegan chocolate chips). Call it a recipe-ish. 


Ingredients

  • Peeled ginger root
  • Almonds
  • Oats
  • Dates

Directions

Process ginger in the food processor until smooth. Add almonds and blend. Add remaining ingredients and blend until nearly smooth. Roll dough into balls and store in the refrigerator. Yum. 

Get Up

It’s not just you. Nobody has time to exercise these days. But staying active is essential for a healthy mind and body, so get moving. Make it fun by exploring a new part of town on your bike or jog while the kiddos scoot (just call it “gym class.”).  Sneak in mini workouts throughout the day to keep your energy level high. Here are a few apps keeping us in our spandex: 

Phone a Friend

Find a workout buddy to keep you accountable. Better if it’s someone you want to impress or utterly destroy (in friendly competition). You can sign up for the same streaming classes, workout via Facetime or simply brag text about how many pushups you’ve done today. We’re coming up with front yard routines with neighbors to do at a safe distance or separately. Here’s a recent killer to try: 

  • 200m Sprint
  • 50 Squats
  • 10 Burpees
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 30 Lunges
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 Kettlebell Swings
  • 10 Burpees
  • 200m Sprint

*now start from the bottom and work your way back up to the top!