Sunday, March 10, 2013

Get Healthy Tips

I am certainly loving this weather right now! It's pretty amazing going from a snow storm, to almost 60 degree weather in the same week, but I'll take it! With spring just around the corner, and summer coming up quick, don't you want to look and feel your best? Even though, having a healthy lifestyle should be an all year thing, it's never to late to start being healthy. Changing your diet can seem tricky at first. Maybe fruits and veggies seem boring to you. Or you just aren't sure where exactly to start. So I have gathered a few tips that I think are important to start a healthy lifestyle.

Say bye-bye to sugar and processed foods- This is something I can't stress enough. Sugar is SO bad for you. Read my post about sugar here. It can also effect your skin too...notice you're breaking out more? Think about what you're eating. Same goes for all processed foods.

Fruits, veggies, and meat- All of these are good for you, but only if you go the organic route. Non-organic fruits and veggies can be sprayed with harmful chemicals and pesticides. When choosing meats, buy meats labeled Antibiotic Free and Non-GMO. A quick tip: If you're out and about, Panera offers great healthy meals, and their chicken is antibiotic free. How awesome!?

Drink water- Trade in your daily soda, tea, or whatever your drink of choice is. For water. Water flushes out toxins in your body and rehydrates you. If you get bored with plain water, try adding fresh lemon juice. But stay away from any already flavored water and products like crystal light and Mio. They are just terrible for you.

Exercise- This is so important. Working out 4-5 times a week is recommended. Even doing 30 min a day of exercise will make you feel better. I don't need to list the benefits of working out, I know you know them.

Sleep- Not getting enough sleep can put a lot of stress on your body and cause a lot of health issues. Also, people who don't get enough sleep, tend to have a poor diet and make unhealthy food choices. You should try to aim between 6-8 hours.

Snacking and meals- It's been said it's better to eat between 4 to 6 smaller meals a day, and to snack. That's okay, only if you are exercising every day. But consuming more calories, might make you gain more weight if you're trying to loose weight. I think it's healthier to eat three small meals, with one snack throughout the day. Snacking all day long could lead to more calories, even if the food is healthy.

Eat slowly- Chew and enjoy your food. You'll notice you are fuller faster if you take time to chew.

Never skip breakfast- That doesn't mean you go and grab a fast food sandwich, or having that donut and coffee. Eating a balanced breakfast with eggs is the best way to go. Eggs are easy to whip up and you can make healthy and filling omelets. Add some greens and even turkey bacon. It'll keep you more satisfied throughout the day. Studies show that those who skip breakfast are more likely to develop obesity, diabetes, or heart disease.

Keep a food diary- Track what you eat and when you eat. I mean EVERYTHING. And look at it at the end of each day. Does what you consumed make you feel good about yourself, or bad? Also, this can help you track your results and changes as you go. It is amazing how many people are unaware of the amount of food they are putting into their bodies. You may think you eat pretty well, but if you are one of the many in the world suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, indigestion, chronic fatigue, and weight gain, you may benefit from figuring out exactly what changes you could afford to make in your diet and eating habits. 

These are just a few tips that I think are important (and easy) to help start a healthy lifestyle. Changing the way you eat and live, can be a bit challenging at first. And I would gradually make those changes. Jumping right into a different lifestyle can be really hard, and you're more likely to give up on it. But when you slowly change things and ease into it. It'll become easier. Research the internet for healthy meal ideas, more tips, and inspiration. There is a lot out there. Don't ever feel discouraged if you aren't seeing results, or just can't kick poor eating habits. Changes take time. But if it's a goal of yours. Chase it. Only YOU can make yourself healthy. But it takes a lot of work, and determination. But it's not impossible. 

Cheers to health!