The other day I wrote about Healthy Weight Week and provided some tips from other sources on managing a healthy weight. Today I thought I would share some of my own personal tips that I have found to be effective in staying healthy, managing my weight, and keeping fit.
Life happens...we get sick, have a big project at work or school, or go on vacation and next thing your know your health and well-being is flying right out the window! For me it was having a baby. It's important to realize that what works for one may not for another, but these ten tips really helped me bounce back, get healthy, feel good, lose weight, and get fit again!
Tip #1: Revamp your plate. Eat small meals several times a day, about four works best for my metabolism, but experiment to see what works for you. Make them well balanced with properly portioned, nutritious foods. Feel free to enjoy an unlimited amount of fruits and vegetables.
Tip #2: Revamp your glass. Drink lots and lots of water. Make it fun by infusing some flavor along with additional health benefits into it. Try to limit soda and other sugary or highly caffeinated drinks...with the exception of coffee which can actually be good for you!
Tip #3: Keep small squares of dark chocolate on hand. It's good to indulge a little bit once in a while and dark chocolate is a healthier option. I find that when a sugar craving strikes, having one of these on hand to nibble squashes it right away.
Tip #4: Drink 2-3 cups of green tea per day. Green tea is quite popular for its many health benefits. I drink a mug first thing in the morning, one before bed at night, and sometimes I sneak one into the afternoon too. Drinking it regularly helps me feel energized both physically and mentally.
Tip #5: Find ways to be active every day. Whether it's twenty minutes of yoga, an hour at the gym, or an afternoon of hiking...every bit counts.
Tip #6: Do not allow yourself to obsess. Obsessing over things like calories or the number on the scale will only cause stress which is bad for your health! So don't do it!
Tip #7: Get a good night's sleep. Learn tips for sleeping well here.
Tip #8: Take a multivitamin. Or if possible get a nutritional analysis to determine exactly which nutrients you need and try adjusting your diet to get them naturally, right from the source!
Tip #9: Buy a new outfit. One that fits well now and you feel good in. This can provide that little boost in confidence. When we feel good about ourselves we are more motivated to take care of ourselves.
Tip #10: Get some fresh air. No matter what the weather is...stepping outside for even just a few breaths of fresh air can be incredibly revitalizing for the mind, body, and soul.
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