Monthly Archives: February 2016

Take Baby Steps With Your Diet

Vector inscription.Starting to eat healthy is a great goal, and one that many of us have. We all want to have a body that looks good, feels good, and allows us to do everything we want. Some of us are lucky enough to have metabolisms that don’t require diet vigilance, but most of us are not. If you’re like me, you have to work hard to make sure your body doesn’t keep increasing in size every year. Some people choose to make huge dietary changes, but most of the time, these don’t last long because they’re too strenuous. I suggest taking things down a notch to make small, simple changes. Just like a child learning to walk for the first time, you need to take baby steps with your diet. Here are my Top 3 Diet Baby Steps.

Choose Brown Over White

When you go shopping, choose 100% whole wheat or sprouted wheat bread instead of white. Grab a bag of brown rice instead of white rice. Eating whole grains keeps you full longer, provides you with more nutrients, and gives you a delicious nutty flavor.

 

Water, Water, Water

Simply drinking more water each day will improve your skin and hair, decrease your appetite, and help you lose weight. It’s the most simple thing you can do to have a healthier diet.

Bean Swap

Whenever possible, use beans in a recipe instead of meat. This works great with chili, tacos, burritos, soups or salads. Beans provide you with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B-6 without any added sodium, fat or cholesterol.

Your Daily Healthy Checklist

mini picture of daily checklistJanuary is over and chances are, your New Year’s Resolution to eat better and exercise more has fallen to the way side. If this is the case, have no fear. Most people tend to make these goals in January, but often times choose goals that are unattainable or unrealistic with their current time restraints. This month we’re helping you refocus your healthy efforts in more simple ways that will work with your busy schedule.

I’ve found that if you break your health into a few simple categories, it’s easier to make good choices. These four categories are good sleep, drink enough water, eat fruits and vegetables, and do some type of daily exercise. If you can do these four things each day, you’ll have more energy and lose some weight at the same time.

I’ve created a Daily Healthy Checklist you can print out and keep on your fridge, desk, bedroom door, or anywhere else you see throughout the day. Each day, try to do all of the healthy habits, and insert a check mark when you’re completed one. You may not get each one every day, but do your best. Over time, this will help you create healthy habits that will last.