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We all want to be a healthier version of ourselves. We make New Year’s Resolutions and try to keep them. Perhaps you jump on the latest health food trend in your continued quest to improve your body. There are a variety of easily attainable ways to incorporate greater health and wellness in your life that do not involve fads. Like the saying goes, “Slow and steady wins the race!”
You are what you eat. Of course, you should eat health, but it is not always an easy task to accomplish. Going out for a carb and sugar induced dinner with friends or speeding through life and swinging through a fast food drive thru can derail any healthy eating you’re trying to accomplish. You want your food to be enjoyable and palatable, as well.
Look no further than powerful and delicious smoothies. Smoothies are an inventive way to bring dietary requirements such as fruits and vegetables into your diet. They are portable and convenient ways to incorporate healthy eating choices into your daily routine. You can pick up a smoothie at a local establishment. This is a helpful time-saver if you have a hectic schedule and not enough time to prepare one yourself. Plus these can be delicious!
Another thing to consider for moving toward healthier eating is how much you are eating.I know that’s an obvious statement but what if you could trick your mind into believing you are eating more than you actually are? When it comes to visualizing your food, the size of your plate is important.
Try using a salad plate for all of your meals instead of reaching for a larger dinner plate. This is an easy way to eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied and comfortably full. If you place the same amount of food on both a salad plate and a dinner plate, your mind will believe that there is less food on the dinner plate than on the salad plate. The blank space on the dinner plate leaves you thinking there is not enough food there. With the salad plate, the same amount of food looks proportionate to the plate, and you will not be misled into overeating. Plus, it will take up less space in a dishwasher!
Staying hydrated is a fundamental principle for healthy living. Drinking water throughout the day is the best way to meet your daily intake needs. Invest in some high-quality water bottles that you can rotate throughout the week. Keep them handy in your bag or purse, so they are always ready. While you are taking care of your body, you can know that you are also caring for the environment by reducing single-use plastic water bottles. It is a win for you and the planet.
If you do not enjoy water, try a few different ways to add it to your life for better hydration.
- Start the day out with a large glass of cold water before your coffee or tea ritual. This will help rehydrate your body from sleep.
- Add high-liquid fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, or oranges into your diet.
- Make or pick up a smoothie with your favorite fruits and vegetables for an easy way to add in more liquids throughout the day.
Here is a helpful video reminder for how much water you need in a day.
Finding ways to eat more healthily and take care of yourself are essential for your longevity. Eat well and hydrate to feel better about your body. Take small steps today for a brighter future tomorrow.
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