Practical Tips for Daily Healthy Living

We know it can seem tough to make the switch to a healthier lifestyle but if you make several small steps it can add up to one large positive change. These several dozen practical tips are some great ways to start living healthy today:

 

  • Choose diet soda instead of regular
  • Eat from a salad plate instead of a dinner plate
  • Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you’re full!
  • Keep a food journal (like Boot Camp Annapolis Online Nutrition!)
  • Order one dessert and share it, or keep a piece of fruit handy as your dessert
  • Only drink alcohol on the weekends, and try to choose lower calorie choices. Rum and Diet Coke gets the job done.
  • Use mustard instead of mayo
  • Eat fish twice a week; Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the heart
  • Eat your last meal of the day at least three hours before bed time
  • Bake, grill, microwave, or steam foods instead of frying
  • Set little goals and reward yourself, but not with food
  • Use olive oil on bread instead of butter
  • Always have salad dressing on the side
  • Trim all visible fat from meat
  • Get a workout partner so you encourage each other – or join a Boot Camp 😉
  • Skip sugar-filled exercise drinks. Instead, try watery fruits such as watermelon or grapes in addition to water for hydration
  • Keep in mind that one portion of meat is the size of a deck of cards
  • Eat whole wheat instead of white bread
  • Park far from an entrance and walk rather than driving around to find a closer spot. Also saves gas.
  • When you’re home watching TV, sit on a large exercise ball, rather than the couch, to tighten your core
  • Instead of eating whole almonds, eat slivers. You’ll feel like you’re eating more
  • Taste your food before adding salt
  • Substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes. More flavor and better nutrition
  • Schedule your workout like an appointment so skipping the gym (or Boot Camp) is not an option
  • Alway eep a packed gym bag in your car that way you are always ready to work out
  • Use fat-free or 1 percent dairy products
  • Rather than sitting and having a conversation, take a walk with a friend or loved one to talk about the day’s events
  • Don’t skip breakfast. When we’re hungry, we make worse choices later on

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