10 Surprising Healthy Habits Wellness Experts Trust

There are eight pillars of living a Nutritious Life because we believe that a balanced lifestyle encompasses much more than just “more sweat, less sugar”—and when you ask wellness experts to share the healthy habits that add vibrancy to their lives on the reg, it’s obvious most agree.

Over time, we’ve tapped a variety of these role models—from celebrity yoga teachers and trainers to superstar nutritionists and healthy chefs—to share how they live their own Nutritious Lives. Within the interviews, they revealed super interesting insights into healthy habits they swear by, some of which may surprise you.

We’re sharing 10, here, to inspire your own well-rounded wellness regimen.

Surprising Healthy Habits Wellness Experts Trust


1. Eat food that makes you feel good.


It’s not always about balancing protein and carbs or scouring labels for organic ingredients, say Sakara founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise. Eating Empowered, to them, is “knowing what it feels like to eat good food. Food is meant to be nourishment and food should make you feel sexy!” Read more.


2. Align your body, and your life will follow.


Finding alignment in your physical body is the first step to aligning your life, connecting to your gifts, attracting your deepest desires and feeling like you are on your true path,” says foam-rolling guru and best-selling author Lauren Roxburgh. “Over the years as I was so deeply studying the body, I realized many other things in my life and self were also coming into ‘alignment.’ I’ve seen it with hundreds of my clients too.” Read more.


3. Sip on water and tea as often as possible.


Nearly all of the experts mention hydration as incredibly important, and Nutrition Stripped founder and RD McKel Hill swears by supplementing plenty of lemon-spiked H2O with matcha lattes and all kinds of other teas. “I’m a huge tea drinker all day long, whether it’s green tea, liver supportive tea, peppermint, or ginger. #gimmiealltheteas” Read more.


4. Give back.


Sure, wellness is about your life, but focusing on others may also be essential to finding balance. “I try to pour my energy into causes that I am passionate about, like eating disorder recovery, animal rescue and raising awareness of cyberbullying,” says The Balanced Blonde blogger Jordan Younger. “I host a lot of events that give back to some of my favorite local LA organizations that raise funds/awareness for those causes.” Read more.


5. Design your space for great sleep.


Chef, author, and all-around wellness star Candice Kumai details how getting a solid night’s sleep starts with how you design your space. “No electronic devices in the bedroom, no TV in the house—only reading, art, vision boards, and photography on our walls. Plus, lots of plants in the house for oxygen.” Read more.


6. Surround yourself with happy people.

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I collect loving people in my life every day,” explains fitness celeb extraordinaire Natalie Jill. “When I meet positive, goal oriented, successful, happy, loving, and energetic people…I want them in my life. I find ways to be around them. They energize me, inspire me, and help me want to better myself! And when I am my better self, I am able to love more.” Read more.


7. Ask yourself, “How important is it?”

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When your clients include Jennifers with the last names Aniston and Lawrence, life can be pretty busy. To make it through tough situations, yoga teacher-to-the-stars Mandy Ingber asks herself this simple question. “The phrase ‘How important is it?’ reminds me that there are no big deals. When my behavior and actions are aligned with my own moral compass, I can handle life’s twists and turns,” she says. “Although a learned skill, relaxing into what comes is the discipline I practice. Everything is as it should be, and I can trust that my life is unfolding before me in perfect order.” Read more.


8. Make time for real meals.

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Maintaining a healthy diet is easier when you’re organized about your eating and in control of your meals says Deliciously Ella blogger Ella Woodward. “It’s easy to snack, snack, snack, but I like to sit down to proper meals, and I like to cook my meals,” she says. Read more.


9. Move, at least a little bit, every. single. day.


Trying to move a little every day is a big part of my life. It doesn’t always happen, but I feel the best when I’m more active. Every little bit adds up,” says Michele Promaulayko, author of 20 Pounds Younger and the Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan magazine. “You don’t have to run for hours on a treadmill to burn fat.” Read more.


10. Don’t discount the power of me-time.


If you’ve got a hobby that makes you happy or feel refreshed whenever you take a hot bath, those things have real value, even if they feel indulgent. Celebrity yoga teacher Kathryn Budig nurtures herself regularly with “epsom salt baths, reading juicy fiction novels, taking time to write for myself, and experimenting in the kitchen.” Read more.


How Does Michele Promaulayko Live a Nutritious Life?

Michele Promaulayko is the Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Health, a new digital magazine offering the latest need-to-know news and expert advice on health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness topics.  Previously,  she was for six years the Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health.  I have known Michele for seven years. First, as a colleague.  Then as a colleague and close friend and now as one of my without fail, go-to’s for…well,  just about everything. From always being up to trying a new workout,  to indulging (consciously of course) at a new restaurant together to undeniably always giving the best life advice, this is one inspiring woman, who I can tell you truly lives a Nutritious Life and why I am so excited to feature her here.

If you want more Michele, and a perfect holiday or New Year read, buy her new book, 20 Pounds Younger: The Life-Transforming Plan for a Fitter, Sexier You (yours truly contributed the meal plan!) NOW!

I try to eat as many whole foods as I can and as few processed foods as I can get away with. One reigning principle I live by is: “If it goes bad, it’s good. If it stays good, it’s bad.” Basically, I don’t really want to be consuming things that have a millennium-long shelf life!

One of the ways I live consciously is by practicing mindfulness. The foundation of the eating plan in my new book 20 Pounds Younger is centered on mindful eating. And learning how to eat mindfully is critical to sustaining weight loss because it teaches you how to recognize real hunger cues so that you don’t fall prey to emotionally driven eating triggers.

How do you DRINK UP?
I make it a point to start the day with a glass of water and lemon to rehydrate after sleeping for 8 hours—Keri, you taught me to do that! Other than coffee or tea in the morning and the occasional glass of red wine, water is pretty much all I drink. But I love to doctor it up with fresh herbs, such as mint, or fresh ginger and lemon—or all three. I find I drink more when I add some nutrition-boosting flavor.

How do you LOVE MORE?
Recently, I made a vow to compliment the people I love more. Sometimes we think sweet or loving thoughts, but we don’t express them, and expressing them is such a simple display of love. Gotta do that more!

How do you STRESS LESS?
By carving out time to socialize—laughing is scientifically proven to be a stress buster. And I have some funny-as-hell- friends.

How do you SLEEP DEEP?
To me, sleep is sacred because I know how critical it is to health and happiness. In 20 Pounds Younger, I talk a lot about the impact of sleep on your weight, wellbeing, and—let’s be honest—your attractiveness. My bed is my happy place–I love my soft Pottery Barn organic linen sheets. I have also banished the TV from my bedroom so I’m not tempted to stay up too late watching Bravo. A new part of my ritual is turning on this aroma diffuser from Muji that a friend gave me as a gift. I put some water and lavender essential oils in there, and it emits a mellow, sleep-inducing scent.

How do you SWEAT OFTEN?
I much prefer lifting weights to traditional cardio. So in my book, I detail an awesome strength-training plan that has metabolic-boosting moves. You don’t have to run for hours on a treadmill to burn fat. Supplementally I’ll do yoga or do stand up paddle or just ride my bike. Trying to move a little every day is a big part of my life. It doesn’t always happen, but I feel the best when I’m more active. Every little bit adds up.

 You can buy Michele’s book, 20 Pounds Younger: The Life-Transforming Plan for a Fitter, Sexier You NOW on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and itunes.