Are You Living Your Best Healthy Life?
By, Lily Light
Sometimes life and hectic schedules can get in the way of a healthy diet. Here are some tips and reminders to keep you on track!
- Be aware of your calorie consumption. Do you work a sedentary office job? You may be consuming an excessive amount of calories for your activity level. If you are working out or going on a hike, you need to up your calorie intake. Weight gain is as simple as the amount of calories you consume.
- Eat a wide range of foods. Do you eat the same unhealthy crap every day out of habit? At the beginning of the week, make a menu with healthy meals you plan to make throughout the week and stick to it. Get your groceries and meal prep on the weekend so eating healthy is a no-brainer during the week.
- Avoid refined processed sugar. It increases your risk of obesity, tooth decay and can contribute to weight gain. Sugar that occurs naturally in fruit is totally fine.
- Reduce your sodium intake. Excess salt can raise your blood pressure, which leads to a plethora of health problems. Excessive sodium can also and make you retain water, which will make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
- Make a habit of checking nutrition facts. It will help you become aware of how much salt and sugar you are consuming.
- Stay hydrated. Water is extremely important to keep your body running properly. Always keep a water bottle with you. If you find it hard to drink a lot of water try adding a squeeze of lemon.
- Avoid soda and sugary drinks. These types of drinks have been linked to tooth decay, diabetes, heart disease and poor bone health.
- EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES! Stick to the outer edge of the grocery store, while avoiding the inner aisles as much as possible. This will ensure you buy the bulk of your groceries in the produce section.
- Never skip breakfast. It’s a common myth that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight, but that is far from the truth. Breakfast is probably the most important meal because it gets your metabolism going and gives your body energy to start the day. Depriving yourself of food actually confuses your body into thinking you’re starving and it will begin to retain fat.
- Make smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to easily consume your daily fruit. Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content and contribute to your daily water intake.
- Freeze fruits and vegetables. Almost anything can be frozen. Peel and freeze bananas in a gallon bag when they are spotty and at peak sweetness. Blanch and freeze the spinach in an ice cube tray. You will always be ready to make a healthy smoothie!
- Get active. Get involved in active activities like a group bike ride because it’s way more fun than working out alone. You get to socialize and explore your city or town while getting exercise!