Once you lead a healthy lifestyle, it’s pretty easy to maintain it. I mean sure, you don’t eat healthy 100% of the time, but for the most part you do because it makes you feel good. And when you eat poorly, you feel bad…so you don’t eat poorly for long.
But what if you aren’t quite leading that healthy lifestyle yet? What if you don’t know where to start because the thought of becoming “healthier” seems so daunting that you shy away from every even try?
There are ways that you can start right now to become your healthful self. Every little bit counts!
1. Drink more water.
Yes, straight up H20 has some serious healing power. Feeling hungry? Drink a glass of water. Have a headache? Down the cup of agua. Even just add one additional glass a day and I promise you you will feel better.
2. Take a walk.
I personally think walking is the best exercise out there. You can do it anywhere & everywhere, it can be for how long or short you need it to be, you can do it by yourself or with a friend (or a pup!) and you can be in silence or jam out to some tunes. What is better than that?!
3. Switch to Greek yogurt.
Greek yogurt tastes the same as regular yogurt except a bit thicker. Greek yogurt provides more protein (I.e. fuller for longer) than regular yogurt. Be careful though, some flavored greek yogurts are packed with grams of sugar and we do not want that!
4. Go to bed.
Yes, turn off the boob tube and get some sleep! I am definitely a night owl so this one was tough transition for me. Go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each week until you are getting at least 7.5 hours of sleep.
(Side note: I read an article somewhere about how you need to sleep in 90 minute increments, so either 7.5 or 9 hours is desirable).
5. Cut down on the alcohol.
Alcohol can be loads of unwanted calories that serve no purpose but to make you feel like crap the next day (at least for me). Don’t get me wrong, I have drinks on occasion so I am by no means saying no booze at all, but cutting back is cutting out calories, improving your sleep and making you feel better the next day.
6. Eat breakfast.
I used to be one of those people that wouldn’t eat breakfast in the morning because “I wasn’t hungry” or wanted to “save my calories.” Boy, I was wrong. A good, hearty breakfast starts out the day on the right foot and won’t make you overeat later on in the day. Some of my favorites are smoothies, oatmeal or scrambled eggs.
7. Switch from white to brown.
At least for bread & rice. White bread is basically useless and provides no nutritional value whatsoever. When looking at breads, find ones that have “whole grain” on it. Same goes for swapping white rice for brown rice.
8. Just breathe.
Life can get really overwhelming at times and so many of us are always “go, go, go.” Taking the time to stop and take a deep breath can help you feel at least a bit more relaxed.
Question: What are your healthy tips?