If you haven’t heard already, I’m trying to transition to a healthier lifestyle. This not only entails working out, which I’ve started a week ago thanks to the membership promo at the gym but it also means looking after eating habits. These two work hand-in-hand to help our bodies feel better and stronger. My food posts don’t exactly scream “Health Nut” but there are ways to have the best of both worlds.
We deserve to reward ourselves with good food and we also deserve better than to damage our bodies with junk. Here’s a list of things you should start looking out for if you haven’t already.
Nothing helps more than water. We take it for granted although we need it. Hot or cold, we all need to hydrate to keep that temperature balance in our bodies and keep our kissable lips from drying out. Always have a bottle or a glass of water nearby ready to gulp and satisfy the quenching thirst. I add Chia seeds to get my body moving and start metabolizing. Some of you may wonder if I get an uncomfortable feeling swallowing the seeds directly as I drink but I don’t. This is an option for those who need a metabolism boost. To spice it up, try it with lemon slices and/or mint and you’ll find it very refreshing. Drink unsweetened tea if you need something warm. It is just boiled water and tea leaves, flowers or roots.
It’s time to eat but it’s not an All You Can Eat Buffet. Keeping to the ideal portion sizes is what keeps us on track to our ideal body weight. We set our goals so why not follow through? Keep in mind that not all diets that can be found online apply to you. We all have varying needs, metabolism rates, tolerance, self control and patience (Yes, I’m talking about cravings). If you know how many calories you should be eating in a day, then you can distribute your meals along the day such as allowing yourself to have snacks between the bigger meals of the day. You don’t necessarily need to exact the amount you eat by weighing it on a scale everyday but it does help to be aware of how much you’re eating and see what effect it has on your weight loss or gain goals.
Remember that big triangle we once learned in school? It had lots of pictures of foods grouped together. It is a great start for meal planning as it serves as a guide as to what completes a meal. I use MyPlate Daily Checklist to simplify and reference it with a list of household food favorites. I still need to reiterate that greens and leans are still the best options for hitting the target. I mentioned in an earlier post that if all you can grab to snack are prepared veggies and fruits then you’re better off reaching for the amount fiber and vitamins you benefit from eating them.
Gym or no gym, you can workout and should workout. It took how many people at work including me to realize our back pains for so young a group to have that I started exercising again. I lack self-motivation, which is why I workout with a trainer and joined the Body Jam group. One workout targets specific needs of mine while the other is a fun but also extensive workout.
Find out what routine works best for you, answering a few simple questions:
- What do I need to work on?
- Do I need a companion or can I do it alone?
- How often should I workout?
This is just a short list of things I’ve written down as part of my Healthy Me Routine. What is most important to remember is that we’re not all the same. This is why the list doesn’t specify how much of what you would need for each. Customize it the way you need it. I also didn’t want to make a big list that would end up looking like a doctor’s check up. I hope you guys liked this post. ‘Til next time.