Did you get a chance to check out Part I of this series? If not you can find it here. This is the second installment of tips for a healthier you! I am feeling better having started to implement the first 5 into my life. It’s amazing how little changes and tweaks can open your eyes to health and wellness. Let’s continue on!
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5 Tips for a Healthier YOU Part II
- Are You Really Hungry?
Slow down and check in. Everything in today’s world moves at a super fast pace. In the midst of emailing, surfing the web, working, talking on the phone, often times we jam food into our mouth’s when what we really need is nothing at all. Another thing is, you might actually be thirsty. I am guilty of this 100%. I have made a habit now of always having water with me, and if I think I’m hungry I will drink 8oz and if I’m hungry after 20 minutes, then I know it’s time to eat.
- Plan Ahead
The same way you would research restaurants when you are on vacation, you should be doing the same thing when you are dining out in your home city. Be prepared. Peruse the menu and make a decision before you arrive as to what healthy meal you will have. By planning ahead of time, you are making the choice to stay on track and eliminating the opportunity that you will order the fettucine alfredo, for example!
- Portions Portions Portions
Do you know what serving sizes actually look like? We grossly overestimate the amount of food we eat as a nation – and it is absolutely due to the fact that we are unaware of proper portion sizes. Make a habit of weighing and measuring your food. Your mind will be blown about what a 1/4 cup of anything actually looks like!
- Real Food
Buy whole foods and that’s it! Well, if you can buy real food. Keep counting your calories, however sometimes we get into problems when overly processed foods begin to creep back into our diets. Lean protein, vegetables and fruits along with whole grains – I love lentils and chickpeas too. I always have them on hand. I find that I feel better when I am eating cleaner – and eliminating the cheese and crackers that somehow appear in my fridge!
- One Foot in Front of the Other
Do you live close to work? Are you able to easily leave your car at home and walk to your office? If yes, great! If no, how about walking during the day? Take a walk at lunch. When I worked in an office, I would have lunch at my desk, then my co-workers and I would take a 30 minute walk outside. An amazing way to reboot after the first half of the day – and it helped me get my goal of 10,000 steps a day!
Susy Sedano is a Content Producer, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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