Tips for A Healthier 2014!

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Thanks to Diana, Rod, Stephanie and Shari Spaet for all of the great tips for a healthier lifestyle!

  • Use a children’s plate.  Smaller plate = smaller portions.
  • When eating out, ask the waiter or waitress for a takeout box right away and place half of the food in the container immediately. This will prevent you from eating too much. Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Don’t bring tempting foods into your house!  If you do, you will seek them out for cravings.  Or you’ll talk yourself into eating so it won’t go to waste.
  • It’s about changing habits, so it takes time.  It’s so important to remain calm in knowing this.
  • Set a goal and share it with others.  Keeps you going!
  • Make small changes at a time.  Start with eliminating one item you consume on a regular basis.  It all started with eliminating soda pop for me.  After that, switched out the white bread for whole grain, grilled foods for fried foods, increased intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased intake of breads and red meats.
  • Drink lots of water.  Lots.
  • Drink green tea to help boost your metabolism.
  • Count calories.  I know it’s a pain in the rear, but it has helped me tremendously!  It’s so hard in the beginning, but it becomes second nature after a while and a true eye opener!  I love My Fitness Pal.
  • Exercise at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes each day.  It wasn’t until I starting exercising that I literally saw the pounds fade away.  The more you exercise the better for your body and the quicker the results.
  • Fad diets work, but once you stop eating that way, the pounds come right back on.  Develop your own plan.  Eats lots of healthy foods.  Don’t deprive yourself of a treat from time to time.  Make conscientious choices.  If you know that at that family gathering there is going to be cake and you are gonna have a piece, know that the rest of your day should include lots of healthy choices and possibly a few extra minutes of exercise.
  • Find what works for you.
  • Stay positive.  Practice positive affirmations on a daily basis and surround yourself with inspiring people.  Read motivational articles, books, Facebook posts….anything.
  • Check out the MyFitnessPal blog for recipes and tips!
  • Check out the book Eat for Life by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  He advocates a nutrient based lifestyle for not only losing weight but improving your health and eliminating disease.
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