With summer ending, many people feel they no longer need to watch what they’re eating as carefully. Remember that consistency is the key to healthy living. Feel your very best throughout the fall and winter with these tips:
1: Treat yourself: Instead of rewarding yourself with treats, focus on planning a healthy grocery list and eating mindfully. Putting in that extra time is going to give you more energy, help you lose weight and stay healthy.
2. Location: Make sure to always have a table, a plate, and a chair nearby when you decide to eat. Eating mindfully or paying closer attention to what you’re consuming, ensures consuming fewer calories.
3. Use willpower: Refuse to use a lack of willpower as an excuse. Willpower is a tool, so try to preplan meals and have options for times when your willpower is being tested.
4. Be realistic: Sometimes when we’re discouraged, we tend to go back to unhealthy habits thinking that we have failed. Set realistic goals and remember to focus on your improving your health, not just the number on the scale.
5. Choose your friends wisely: We pick up the habits of those we surround ourselves with. Try to surround yourself with people who have healthy habits.
6. Plan your cart: Your cart should be made up of 25% protein, 25% whole grains, and 50% produce. Having plenty of healthy choices is a good way of keeping yourself from getting too bored.
7. Pay extra attention at events: Try not to overindulge during special occasions or events. Plan what you’re going to eat at these events so that you don’t have to rely strictly on your willpower. Also, only eat when you’re hungry.
8. Self-sabotage is a problem: Remind yourself daily that you have the right to be healthy!
9. Be S.M.A.R.T: Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goals should be set. Start by setting aside a specific and realistic amount of time to exercise.
10. Move: Try to stand up more, take the stairs, and park farther- every little thing counts.
11: Learn to cope with stress: Life will never be completely stress free, so focus on coping mechanisms such as a short walk or meditating when feeling extra stressed.
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