We are all guilty of not making healthier decisions or choices and it is totally fine. We aren’t perfect! But in the long run, all these little healthy choices will be very beneficial as you get older. Here are just some simple easy tips that worked for me, and I’m sure you’ll benefit from them too!
1. Eat more unprocessed food
One of the things that I found most helpful is eating more whole, unprocessed foods.
Unprocessed foods will tend to make you feel more full compared to processed.
Processed foods are packed with sodium, salt, preservatives and all the unnecessary extra calories which you don’t need.
Here are some examples of unprocessed and processed food:
Processed (food you should avoid!)
– most of the microwavable foods
– deli meat
– fast food
– potato chips
Unprocessed (food you should eat!)
– fresh fruits & vegetables
– lean meat (eg. free range chicken, grass fed beef, wild fish)
– nuts & seeds (almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds)
If you want to find out more about processed vs unprocessed food, you can check out this link.
2. Snack healthier
We are all guilty of snacking foods like potato chips, chocolate, instant noodles and so on. If you’re the type that loves to snack a lot, try snacking on healthier options such as nuts, whole oatmeal, rice cakes, and greek yogurt.
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A few snack ideas (which I personally love):
– greek yogurt with honey
– rice cakes topped with peanut butter
– full boiled eggs with mayonnaise
p/s: If you love bread, try rice cakes – a great low-calorie alternative. You can find them at any grocery store. You can eat them with what you usually eat with your bread. But don’t eat them too often as some say that they have a certain amount of sodium in them.
3. Be careful of what you drink
A can of coke is roughly 140 calories. Most of the sodas contain roughly ~200 calories plus and minus. You may think that all these drinks won’t cost you – but it does.
Always opt for better options such as drinking water, green tea, iced tea.
Most of the time especially when I’m out, I usually order water. Even at home, I rarely drink unnecessarily unless I have a lot of calories left.
Read more: Why I Started This Healthy Lifestyle
4. Always be on the move
Whenever you can, always try to burn the extra calories by walking more, or taking the stairs if the floor is just a few floors above (or if you are not feeling lazy, then opt for the stairs all the time even when it’s 6 floors above!).
Exercise whenever you can, even simple exercises at home makes a difference!
Try searching up ‘HIIT’ exercises on youtube, there are tons of them! HIIT is one of the best ways to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.
Click here for the HIIT exercises.
You don’t need to exercise for an hour or more. It only takes 30 minutes out of 24 hours a day.
I hope you found these tips helpful! Try to consider incorporating them into your daily lives, I assure you that it’ll make a huge difference 🙂
Remember to always be patient. Changes don’t occur within a few weeks, it takes alot of time, consistency and effort.
Don’t give up so easily when you don’t see any differences within a few weeks – give it time. Months, years. You’ll get there.