3 Healthy Tips to Get You Started in 2014

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2014 has begun and I’m know almost every single one of you has a bunch of resolutions that you’re looking to tackle. I’m sure there are a lot of resolutions that fall under the category of “lose weight and get healthy,” both of which are very vague if you don’t know how you’re going to achieve that goal. I’m here to give you three different changes you can implement in your life right now that will help you “lose weight and get healthy.” You can add all three now or you can add one each week, each month, each day, whatever floats your boat.

imgresIt’s so hard to actually be successful if you just say, “I want to lose weight.” There’s the whole how and why (yes, knowing why is a fundamental part of being successful!) So, make sure you understand why you want to make this resolution and then once you know why, you’re more likely to go to that thought and keep going, even when willpower is kicking your you know what. If you need help, contact me – I can help you on your way to a healthier life and be your support system!

Ok, so I promised you three things right? Here they are… simple and honest.

Try to eat as whole as you can. (No, I don’t mean the whole bag of pretzels). I mean, images-1try and eat more food that has just one-ingredient aka avocados, kale, carrots, turnips, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. I’m not saying to completely cut out processed foods (even though that can be a future goal); I’m saying cut out as much processed food as you can from your diet. This may mean instead of that bag of potato chips at lunch, try having a bag of celery sticks dipped in peanut butter. Just that one little change in your day will lead to bigger and better changes in your future.

Clean out your cabinets. It’s the New Year right? Out with the old and in with the new! Take out the temptation. (I know if there were a chocolate covered pretzel in my cabinet it would last about one day). When you’re mindlessly eating and you head to your cabinet instead of quick processed snacks you’ll find ingredients to make something. So you’ll either not be hungry anymore, you’ll still be hungry but lazy and go sit down, or you’ll go to your fridge where all those “one ingredient wonders” are such as cut up carrots, celery, nuts, etc.

imagesDrink more water! Yes, you who considers coffee, juice, soda and beer or wine to be your main drinks throughout the day. Most of the time when we perceive our body to be hungry, we’re actually thirsty! Aim for 8-10 glasses a day. Not a water fan? Flavor up your water with fresh cut lemons, limes, berries, or even juice. One of my favorite tricks for getting rid of soda? Take unflavored seltzer water and add a bit of juice (1-2 tablespoons for a 8-10 ounce glass). It’s sweet, sparkly and you’ll be happy!

So there are my top tips that everyone can do without feeling deprived. Remember, start out small and see where it goes. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

If you’re interested in learning more, send me an e-mail. I have plenty of healthy tricks up my sleeve!

Happy New Year!

Until next time, “bee” well,

Melissa

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