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5 Healthy Habits To Start The New Year

February 01, 2019

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5 Healthy Habits To Start The New Year

Happy New Year! It’s a New Year and how are you going to start off 2019? I shared on Instagram that this year, I’m all about manifestation > New Year’s resolutions and setting a one-word intention. My one-word intention for this year is care – self-care, care for those around me, and care for my work.

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To be honest, I’ve caught a terrible case of the winter blues this winter and I’m still slowly recovering. With that, I’ve been making adjustments to my lifestyle and being mindful of healthy habits.


Cozy bedroom


Healthy habit #1: get dressed. I would stay in my pajamas all day if I could and I’m not going to lie, there are definitely a couple of days throughout the month where I do but I feel like I’m less motivated to get stuff done and just lounge on the couch. So I make it an effort to get changed in the morning even if it’s into workout clothes. P.S. I live in these Athleta Elation 7/8 tights and have them in several colors.


Red Diamond Unsweetened Tea


I’m guilty of not drinking the recommended cups of water every day and with the colder weather this winter and running the heater at home, I really need to. And when I say hydrate, hydrate with a beverage that’s good for you, not a sugary drink like soda or juice!

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Red Diamond Unsweetened Tea

Strawberry Mint Ice Cubes

Another trick at home that I do is make strawberry and mint ice cubes that infuses my iced tea with fresh fruit flavor and mintiness that’s all natural. Just slice up strawberries and wash mint leaves and place them into an ice cube tray. Pour water and freeze. I always have strawberry and mint ice cubes in my freezer!


REI Co-op Wallace Lake Collection


It’s been really chilly but try and get out of the house. I know it’s tempting to just stay on the couch bundled up in front of the TV but once I leave the house and walk around my mood instantly lifts. Visit that new coffee shop that opened or that restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try. Or just take a walk around your neighborhood.


Plants in bedroom


Plants make me really happy – I do have 30+ plants in my house. #plantlady I just added these hanging Pothos planters to my bedroom and I love how it looks. Watering the plants throughout the house is also therapeutic and they clean the air.


Shubert's in Chico, California

Learn Something New

Eating and posing in front of the camera is something that I do every day and this year I want to break out of my comfort zone and learn something new. As we get older, I really do believe that we become set in our ways and I’ve slowly become a hermit if I don’t need to be out and about. In the last couple of years, I’ve presented and spoke at so many conferences and workshops and it’s time for me to step back to the other side and get into the seat and learn from others! Start by searching for workshops and activities in your city.


What are your healthy habits for 2019?


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.