When it comes to health and wellness, the best way to reach your goals is to be specific about how you plan to accomplish them, and how you will measure your success. Setting the goal of “being healthier” is too vague – you need to break it down into steps and smaller goals to get you there!
Try something like:
- Walk around the neighborhood before dinner three times each week
- start meal prepping for lunch throughout the week every Sunday evening
The more specific the goals, the better!
What’s one goal you have for reaching your health goals?
We’re all guilty of binge-eating, especially when it comes to snacks and other foods that we love. The biggest tip I have for you is this…
Use smaller plates and bowls!
The more full that our bowl or plate looks, the more food we think we have in front of us! It’s a psychological trick that really works.
Next time you serve yourself a bowl of pasta or ice cream, opt for a small bowl instead of a big one. Same goes for snacks. Instead of eating potato chips or cookies out of the bag, put them in a smaller serving container and leave the original package in another room or out of sight.
What’s one food that you have trouble controlling yourself around?
Exercise isn’t a topic that many people get excited about, but I’m hoping to help
Staying active is so important for both physical and mental health, and countless studies have proven the dozens of benefits that regular exercise can offer us. But how can you become the type of person who gets excited about exercising? Start small.
Instead of parking right near the entrance of a store, park further away.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Make friends with people who spend their weekends hiking, walking, or playing team sports.
The more you start moving, the more likely you’ll be to keep moving, and soon you’ll become a more active person overall!
What’s one of your favorite ways to stay active?
The easiest way to rack up unnecessary calories AND waste money is to skip out on meal prep. Make it a habit to start prepping the food you eat for the week ahead of time – it will help you…
- portion your food
- plan out meals that include healthy foods
- save money
There are dozens of blogs and websites dedicated to meal prepping, so a quick search on the Internet will give you hundreds of ideas for budgets of all sizes!
Have you meal prepped before? If so, what’s your favorite meal prep menu?
Eating out can quickly turn into an easy way to overindulge and break away from the healthy diet you’ve been trying to maintain. The most important thing to keep in mind is to BALANCE what you’re eating.
Instead of not allowing yourself to eat french fries, share a side order with someone else at your table, or ask for a child-sized portion.
Choose restaurants that won’t tempt you to eat foods that you know you shouldn’t eat. If you’re trying to eat more vegetables, don’t go to a sports bar! If you’re going out with friends, take a look at the menu ahead of time. If necessary, request that you go to another restaurant! If that’s not possible, make a plan to eat something ahead of time, then partake in a small portion of something instead of ordering a giant plate of it!
Sugar is sneaky and shows up in lots of food that we wouldn’t expect. Salad dressing, pressed juice, granola bars, and ketchup are just a few foods that are packed with the stuff. You already know that soda and candy have sugar, but do you know how much that sugar fills up your daily allotment?
According to the American Health Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:
- 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons) for men
- 25 grams or 6 teaspoons for women
How much sugar is in something seemingly innocent, like a glass of orange juice? 21 grams! In 8 ounces!
Do you have any idea how much sugar you have in a day?