Tips for Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

I am a chronic procrastinator. I always say I’ll do it l tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes. So if you are reading this, your diet starts NOW. No Need to panic. Here’s some food for thought…

Throw out your junk food. You may be thinking, “But that Nutella jar is still half full!”. Trust me on this one, if you have the junk in, you will eat it. It’s especially important to keep trigger foods out of your kitchen when you first start eating healthy. Phase them back in (in moderation) once eating healthy is normalized.

Make a list, check it twice. Plan out your grocery list before you go shopping. If you want to buy a few treats, then plan those out as well. Go all out on produce. Find a few lean proteins you like (chicken breast is a good option). Try to stick to whole grains. Cut out sugary beverages.

Keep a food diary. Logging my food really helped me when I first started. It helps you understand what an appropriate portion is and keeps you accountable. I use Calorie Count, it also has an iPhone app that allows you to scan the barcode of some food items.

Get moving! I am always looking for new ways to incorporate physical activity into my life. I ride my bike and walk as much as possible. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. I also workout 5 times a week. I incorporate cardio, strength and core exercises in my routine. Try to find what kind of physical activity you enjoy. Enjoying what you are doing will keep you coming back.

Believe in Yourself.

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