4 Perfect Ways to Make Healthy Habits Work!
As similarly said in our post, What is the Best Approach to Weight Loss? and its Part 2 article, there are many ways in which one can get started on losing bad habits. A lot of you may feel that eating healthier or losing weight can be impossible. It can be difficult at first, but not impossible. It takes hard work and dedication no doubt, but you CAN do it. So take a look at how you can simply make healthy habits work for you! Are you up for a beneficial change?
We know this is what everyone hears all the time, but it is really that important. The average adult body is up to 65% of water. So of course it’s vital to our health. Since our body loses water, it’s very essential that we stay hydrated. If you’re looking to eat smaller portions, try drinking a full glass of water around half an hour to an hour before eating a meal. You’ll feel more full faster and be less likely to overeat. If you need a way to get water in more, try reading about it here. And if you love the recipes we gave, then stay tuned for more! We’ll be sharing more in the days to come. Remember, these recipes are meant for detox bottles. Adjust as needed for anything else you may use. If you prefer a large pitcher, that can be used as well! Here are two extra recipes below.
Watermelon Strawberry Mint Detox Water
- 5 cubes of 1/2 inch cubed watermelon
- 2-3 strawberries sliced
- 3-4 mint leaves
- Watermelon: may relieve muscle soreness, helps improve skin & keep hair strong
- Strawberries: boosts immune system & may reduce inflammtion
- Mint Leaves: aids digestive system
Apple Cinnamon Detox Water
- 2-3 slices of an apple
- 1 stick of cinnamon or pinch of cinnamon powder
- Apple: may reduce risk of heart disease & boosts immune system
- Cinnamon: helps fight bacterial infections & freshens breath naturally
There’s no arguing about this. Almost everyone loves to eat! Have you ever thought about how you eat though? One thing is for sure. Don’t restrict yourself on sweets. You can still enjoy the foods you love. Just be mindful of how much. Try having one cheat day a week if you’re going to be sticking to a new meal plan. Also, don’t chew your food a few times and swallow. Enjoy the flavors of your meal. Chew more. This little change may also help in you getting full faster.
If you aren’t ready to change your entire meal plan all at once, eat at least one “healthy” meal a day. To not stray away from that commitment, you can have the meal prepared before hand. Having all the necessary ingredients ready to go will make it much easier to start cooking. Learning to cook that one “healthy” meal a day will eventually make things easier. Especially if you pick different meals to cook each day. Before you know it, you’ll have enough recipes to cover your whole week! One more thing to consider is what you snack on. Simply changing that bag of chips to your favorite kind of nuts would be a much better alternative. Nuts can also provide you with extra protein you may need.
Here’s a quick breakfast meal you can prepare fast in the morning.
Breakfast: Banana & Almond Butter Toast
- Whole grain bread
- Almond butter
- Slices of banana
- Sprinkle chia seeds (optional)
- Whole grain bread: contains lots of fiber & aids digestion
- Almond butter: boosts energy & improves cholesterol levels
- Bananas: may improve digestion & kidney health
- Chia seeds: high in quality protein
Cooking at Home vs. Eating Out
Most would say stay away from eating out too much. Save going out for special occasions and events. It all depends on WHERE you eat out though. If you must go out, keep in mind about the meal. Choose something as close as possible to what your “healthy” meal would be. Unless of course you save eating out for your cheat day. For one last tip, stay away from soft drinks. Perhaps you can try ordering just water the first few times. As stated above, get as much water in throughout your day!
Find a workout routine and stick to it! If you’re just starting out try having about three different mini workouts you could try. Each targeting a different area of your body. Doing about three sets of eight would be a good start. Then do those every single day. Eating better and exercising go hand in hand. You need both to achieve the results you want. So don’t do just one or the other. Just remember, if it’s difficult do not give up. Don’t think about all the other times you will have to do it exercises. Just think about finishing THAT set of workout. Finish what you start, and you’ll feel better about it in the end. Rather than guilty if you just stopped.
Quick Work Out
Mostly targets abdomen
- 15 sit ups
- 15 leg raises
- 20 second plank
Try increasing the numbers as it gets easier to finish! And remember, consistency is key when wanting to keep something a regular routine. Take things step by step if you have to. So stay motivated and keep going!