At the start of every new year almost everyone vows to work out more, drink less, eat more greens and do a 180 on their lives. But let’s be honest, how many times have we set too many resolutions only to come crashing down on them a week later…So in regards to that, it is better to take things slow; remember slow and steady wins the race. Let’s begin by tackling our eating habits. It is very easy to get caught up on all the detox and diet fads that will work for a couple of days but then probably make you overeat and end up with even more pounds to shed. By making simple changes to our eating habits we can start making healthier decisions that will feel less like a hassle and more like a better lifestyle AND they will last a lifetime.
- Say YES to water Instead of reaching for the soda or alcohol, choose water. In addition to having no calories, it helps keep a clear complexion and actually refreshes you without causing a sugar rush. Also, water is very filling so you end up eating less when you have a glass of water prior to your meal. Try to buy a water bottle that keeps it cold for 24 hours so that you can have water on the go, whenever you want.
- Downsize your portions When eating out it is quite easy to overeat because portions are not small at most restaurants. Aim to eat half of your meal, or just make sure you don’t eat everything and take it slow.
- Cut down on carbs Yeah, yeah I know you might be thinking this is impossible, but you will feel SO much better after, trust me. Switch the muffin or bagel breakfast for more protein, like boiled eggs. It will keep you fuller longer and will lead to less of a sugar spike after. Once you start cutting carbs, you stop craving them as much and you’ll see yourself reaching for healthier options at the dinner table.
- Hide the sweets The easiest way to not eat unhealthy food is to not bring it home with you but if that’s not possible, try to keep them out of your field of vision. Keep cookies in the pantry and fruits on the table where they are easy to reach. Also, if you buy soda to bring home, keep it out of your field of vision on the fridge and make water the first thing you grab when you open the door.
By following these simple steps you can start making healthier choices that will benefit you forever.