You’ve thought about it over and over again and not sure where to start or what to do towards being healthier. People tell you stop eating this, don’t drink that, and at times it can be over whelming and before you even truly begin you’ve already given up. Well I’m here to tell you, just begin the process slow and easy, don’t put too much stress on yourself and with just five (5) easy steps you can be well on your way towards living that healthier lifestyle. Remember that this is not a DIET! Because diets don’t work, not in the long run. This is a lifestyle change and that’s the only way to go about it.
Among the many tips I tell my clients, friends and family these seem to be very doable and easy to begin with. Before stating make sure that you are 100% ready to make the change towards living a healthy and fit lifestyle, because this is not something you do for a few weeks or months and expect to go back to your same old habits. Once the mind is set and committed these tips will be a piece of cake.
1. FOOD JOURNAL:
Most people that I have encounter say to me that they really don’t eat that bad. Then they follow that comment with once in a while ill enjoy a slice of pizza, fast food, Chinese Food, soda etc..Or they’ll say, all I eat is salad and the salad contains all bad things and loaded with dressing (which can be the killer). One thing with keeping a food journal is that its keeps you accountable for what you eat or drink. Most of the time when people keep a food journal they are very shock as to how they eat and some don’t even like writing down what they eat cause at times its a reality check for them. Keeping a food journal helps you track why and when you eat and it also helps you with tracking your food patterns and calories. Be as detailed as possible when keeping a food journal as to what you eat or drink, the times you eat or drink and your emotions before, during and after you eat or drink.
2. INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE:
A lot of people don’t drink enough or don’t drink water at all. Some say is has no taste or why can’t I just drink juice. Drinking water is extremely important. Water makes up about two thirds (2/3) of the weight of the human body and we can survive days or even weeks on just water alone. Water helps keeps your muscle and skin tone and helps with weight loss and transports nutrients to your cells. Water also helps with regulating body temperature, and eliminating waste from your body. Its also important in lubricating your joints to help with movement. Many health professionals recommended drinking at least 8-12 8oz glasses of water daily. So drink up! You can add lemon slices, and fresh fruit like strawberries etc to you water for flavor.
3. REPLACE ALL WHITE PROD WITH WHOLE WHEAT/GRAINS & HIGH FIBER:
Whole wheat, whole grains high fiber foods are very important for your body’s daily energy. It is needed to perform daily activities, it provides you with sustained energy when exercising, prevents muscle loss, reduce cholesterol, helps in the digestion process and also helps with weight loss. I always say that whole grains high fiber food for the body is like gas is for a car. You need it to function proper daily and get you through the day. Whole grains are natural sources of vitamins of A, E, and B6 plus zinc, iron etc…Plus it keeps you fuller for longer periods of time and have more flavor than white prod. Make sure that when purchasing whole wheat, whole grains high fiber foods that is says “WHOLE” in front of the name.
4. HAVE A PIECE OF FRUIT AND OR VEGETABLE WITH EACH MEAL:
Fruits and Vegetables are very important for the body. They are loaded with vitamins A, C and E and minerals like potassium, folic acid and are high in fiber. They have many nutritional value and helps with lowering cholesterol, reducing your risk of strokes, Type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, bone loss and even certain type of cancers, even with reducing your risk of cardio vascular diseases etc…Have at least a piece of fruit and or vegetables with each meal daily. If that’s not enough reason for you to eat your fruits and veg daily then I don’t know what will.
5. MOVE YOUR BODY:
We have to get up and start moving our bodies. No matter what you decide to do, just make sure and move your body and sweat for a minimum of 30 minutes a day everyday if possible. There is 24 hours in a day so 30 mins daily is very doable. Do whatever you love that make you build up some heat and sweat. You can do yoga, pilates, weights, power walking, running, hiking, bike riding, even if you just put some music on and start dancing and jumping around…the point is to get up and just MOVE! There are many benefits to exercising. It helps with not only weight loos, weight control, strong bones and muscles strength and lowering HBP (high blood pressure). Its also beneficial for lowering your risk of cardio vascular diseases, certain cancers, mental health and mood and it also helps you deal with stress and your chances of living a long life increases. A win, win all around. So get up and get moving!
Love Your Body
Live a Healthy Life…