Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7 Steps to a Healthier You

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Hey there Readers!  Ever thought about how to "get back on the wagon" once the holidays are over?  I can tell you from experience that getting back into healthy eating habits after you've just junked out during the holidays is not an easy task.  But there are small steps you can take to get back to a healthy eating routine.  Let me show you with these 7 Steps to a Healthier You!

#1 Change your Mindset

The first step to eating towards a healthier you is to change your mindset.  You need to reset your thinking about the way you eat before anything else can happen.  Don't be afraid to think outside the box.  Write down a list of positive outcomes you would like to achieve, and positive thoughts to help you do this.  Think of how much better you will feel and the health benefits you will achieve.  Once you set your mind to the fact that you are going to eat healthily, start taking the steps you need right away in order to make your healthier way of eating a reality.

#2 Empty Your Pantry

Pare down your pantry to eliminate unhealthy foods or temptations that could derail your progress.  Research articles on the Web to assist you in making better food choices.  There are plenty of recommendations out there for eating healthier but in my experience, if you are looking to lose weight, you should cut out bread, sugars, pasta, and dairy.  Don't panic, this is only temporary.  Being properly informed about alternatives to these things is the first step.  The alternatives include, for instance, drinking unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of regular whole or two percent milk, and there are recipes out there that you can try for alternatives to bread, sugars or flours, and using a vegetable type noodle instead of pasta.  Once you lose the weight you can add these things back into your diet in moderation.

#3 Restock your pantry and fridge

Restocking your pantry and refrigerator will help a great deal.  Because you cannot eat what's not there right?  Restock with healthier foods such as vegetables, fruit, and healthy protein-rich foods, such as eggs, nuts, and include healthy fats such as avocados, will help you feel full between meals.  Following a healthful dietary path will help you reach your goal, and you will feel great in changing your food habits trust me!

#4 Set small goals to start

The first step is to decide what your end goal will be.  Then take it one small step at a time.  For instance, if you want to lose weight, say 50 pounds, you can decide to take it 10 pounds at a time.  Then give yourself a realistic timeframe for the first 10 pounds.  Give yourself a realistic number of days, or weeks that you expect to reach your 10-pound goal.  Losing 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy weight loss goal, and in the long run, you will be able to keep the weight off as long as you continue to eat healthily.

#5 Write your goals down on paper

Take steps to write down your goals on paper to make yourself accountable.  A great way to do this is to make up a goal journal with dates you wish to meet your short-term goals (i.e. 10-lb weight-loss) in addition to your long-term goals.  To record your weight-loss progress, for instance, add side columns with your starting measurements and weight.  This was a great tool for me to use during my weight-loss journey.  I could chart my progress, and see how far I come to reaching my goal, by checking my weight and measurements every 30 days.

#6 Set up an exercise regimen

Exercise is another piece of the puzzle in getting and staying healthy.  Move at least 20 minutes a day.  It doesn't have to be anything strenuous.  In fact, doing short spurts of exercise to get your heart pumping can do wonders in helping you keep active.  I've tried at least 5 minutes of leg lifts, or 10 minutes of walking, bending or stretching can help you feel much better.  Any movement of 5-10 minutes 2-3 times a day, each and every day, is a good start to improving your health.

#7 Find a good support system

Eating healthier can be a daunting task when starting out to attain your goals, so it really helps to have a good support system.  Let your friends and family know what you are doing.  Make sure they know just how important attaining this goal is.  Let them know what you can and cannot eat.  If you are working, enlist the support of your coworkers.  Chances are there is someone else at work that needs support as well.  Lean on each other to help support your goals!

Finding a healthy way to feeling better about yourself can be a bit difficult at the start.  But if you follow the suggestions above it will go a long way to helping you achieve a healthier you this year!  So get out there and start achieving a healthier you today!

1 comment:

  1. These are nice, actionable steps to leading a healthier life!

    I love how you mention getting rid of anything that's an unhealthy temptation. Right now I'm trying to alter my diet to be healthier. Next I will tackle exercise! I'm very bad about the latter... so I'll have to write some goals down (great advice!)