One of my favorite things to do is read tips and facts! Sounds weird, and maybe boring, but I just can’t get enough of them! Usually, they are about something so unrelated to anything in my world, but my brain sucks it up and I’ll remember it forever. So this time around, I put together a short, simple list of ten tips to help you lead a healthy lifestyle and become a better you. And trust me, I am trying these out as well!
1) Lemon Water
Add lemon to your water! By adding a slice of lemon to your glass of water, you can boost your metabolism by 33%. What the lemon is doing is detoxifying the liver which metabolizes fat. This is one my favorite tips, it is such a simple thing to do, and it really wakes up your water and yourself!
2) Raw Nuts
Keep raw almonds at hand – keeping any kind of raw nut close by when your stomach starts rumbling is a good idea. Raw nuts in a small portion can help keep your blood sugar stable. Almonds and cashews are my favorite!
3) Don’t Starve Yourself!
Listen to your hunger and don’t try to push through it! Many people are afraid of the word ‘diet’ and its restrictions – heck, even I am. But this is one tip that I am for sure going to be using. If you cannot commit to a diet, the simplest thing to do is EAT LESS! Boom! Easy! Just be sure to eat slowly and savor every bite of food rather than shoveling it down to the bottomless pit of your stomach.
4) Snack Often And Snack Well
Speaking of hunger, do not let yourself get too hungry. Even when on a “diet” or eating less, it is important to include healthy snacks. Snacking is good! If you include snacks in your meal plan, remember those healthy nuts. If you allow yourself to snack, you are more likely going to avoid those guilty food binges later in the day.5) Protein
Add protein to every meal! Protein is so important to us because it can help keep those hunger pangs away. And if you are anything like me, those pangs can be so unpleasant feeling. Add some meat, tofu or beans to any meal to help with the pangs.
6) Eliminate Sugary Drinks
I know this one can be really hard for people, it is for me, but sodas and juices (and even those Starbucks coffees) are loaded with unwanted calories. Remember, go for the glass of water with lemon; to me it adds enough sweetness to help that craving, and it is so much better for you!
7) Try New Recipes
Bet you didn’t think this could be a healthy fact, huh? But it’s true, healthy eatingdoesn’t have to be boring at all. Especially in your own kitchen, and I find by trying new healthy recipes in my own turf I am more likely to try and like the meal. After all, I did just put all that work into it, I’ll be hungry! So treat yourself to a new healthy cookbook, and be amazed at what is healthy for you.
8) Two Words: Greek Yogurt
Did you know that Greek yogurt has twice as much protein, less sodium, fewer carbs, is gut friendly and very versatile? It’s true, compared to American yogurt, Greek is the route to go. Also, Greek Yogurt makes a great substitute for other ingredients in baking and cooking!
9) Avoid Processed Foods
I know this one can be really hard, just because the grocery stores are LOADED with them, but if you can, always buy natural foods. Processed foods tend to be higher in calories, preservatives, and are lower in nutrients. Remember when going grocery shopping, stick to the outer aisles of the store. Produce, meats, dairy and other natural foods are going to be located here. Most processed foods are in the inner aisles!
10) Portion Size
Limit your portions! This goes back to the scary ‘diet’ word, just always serve yourself smaller portions, if you can. A good rule of thumb is the right portion size is no bigger than your fist. Remember, you can always go back for seconds, but listen to what your body is telling you – if you are full, stop eating!
Now Stick With It
So there you have it – ten easy to remember tips to help keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle goals. Just stick with them consistently and I’m sure you’ll see a change in yourself both physically and emotionally. Cheers to your health!