New Year, New You right?
But where to begin?!! Making changes to your lifestyle can be overwhelming and intimidating sometimes. I am here to help motivate you to live a healthy amazing life! I am sharing my top 10 tips below to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your everyday life and to help you stay motivated!
- Get a Cute Water Bottle, Make Water Your Favorite Drink – You should aim to drink about half your body weight in oz of water per day. SO for me, 60 oz a day is the minimum I should drink. However because I am very active and sweat a lot in my workouts, I aim to drink 80 oz per day. Drinking water gives you energy, helps your muscles recover, aid in keeping your digestion smooth, and flushes out toxins from your body, which helps you LOSE WEIGHT. I always have my cute water bottle with me. If I’m on the couch or at my desk, it’s by my side. If I am running errands, I bring it with me to sip through my drive. If you don’t like to the taste of water, there are lots of flavor enhancer drops you can buy. Just drink up! You’ll be amazing how less tired you feel, headaches will go away, and you’ll feel so refreshed when you are hydrating constantly.
- Eat Protein with Every Single Meal – This is something I’ve just started making a priority in the last 6 months I’d say. Your body needs protein to build muscle and recover. Most people do not get enough protein in their diets if they are not conscious about it. Building lean muscle burns fat and helps you get toned! Fuel your body with protein every time you eat something. For Bfast – Protein powder banana pancakes or eggs are great, snacks like chia seed pudding, or apples with pb or almond butter, lunch – a salad or wrap with tuna or chicken, or a green smoothie with protein powder, afternoon snack, I always have a protein shake after I workout in the afternoon, and dinner you want to focus on lean proteins and lots of veggies. You want your dinner to be your lightest and cleanest meal that is easily digestible and helps your body to burn calories all night long while you sleep. Eat heavier/more carbs like rice or oatmeal earlier in the day because you all day to burn off that energy from the carbs.
- Find Healthy Foods That You Actually Like – Eating healthy can be delicious and you can be creative. Don’t force yourself to eat things you don;t like because that will just give you a negative outlook towards eating healthy. If you don’t like kale or brussel sprouts then don;t eat them! Eat your favorite vegetables and fruits. Find creative recipes on Pinterest to fulfill your sweet tooth (I do this constantly!!) Make eating healthy enjoyable so that you don’t feel deprived.
- Pay Attention to How Certain Foods Make You Feel – This is a huge one. I used to have so many digestive issues, always having an upset stomach before bed and not knowing what was up. Pay attention to when your body is trying to tell you something. If your stomach hurts after eating dairy or pasta, notice that. If your body feels light and lean after drinking a green smoothie, notice that. When I limit dairy and starches, I feel so much lighter, leaner, and my stomach is calm. It’s amazing! When I binge on unhealthy food (like over the holidays) I feel sick. When I eat too much refined sugar, I immediately get a headache and feel sluggish. When I eat lots of starchy carbs or dairy, I feel bloated and my stomach hurts. Listen to your body!!
- Change Your Mindset About Food – Food is a way to nourish and fuel your body. Don’t see unhealthy foods as the enemy, just see them as having nothing to offer your body. Don’t see unhealthy food as boring and feel “deprived.” See it as the nourishment your body needs. Your body will reward you when you fuel it properly. For the longest time I worked out, but had no idea my diet was connected to my fitness. You will never get the results you want to see from working out, if you aren’t fueling your body correctly. See a meal as an opportunity to treat your body well.
- Set Small Goals For Yourself – Making large goals like “I want to lose 15 lbs” seem intimidating and hard to achieve. Start small with daily choices like “Today’s goal is to drink 60 oz of water.” or “This week’s goal is to make it to the gym 3 times.” Once you start meeting those little goals consistently then make a little bigger goal, again and again, and eventually it will just become your lifestyle! You will feel so good about yourself too as you crush these smaller, achievable goals!
- Get Cute Workout Clothes – When you feel confident, you’ll perform better at the gym. I also like to wear workout clothes most of the time as it helps you feel healthier and more active, which will motivate you to keep your healthy lifestyle up. You’ll probably feel more guilty reaching for an unhealthy snack when you’re already wearing workout clothes. It’s such an easy mind trick! I don’t think it’s necessary to drop hundreds of dollars on workout clothes. I workout nearly every day, so I need a LOT of workout clothes. I also sweat a lot, so I find it silly to spend a lot of money on items I am going to sweat in and get nasty. Ya know? Anywho, my fave places to get cute workout clothes are Old Navy, Forever 21, and I like Dick’s Sporting Goods for Nike, Underarmour, and Adidas items. They always have great stuff on sale!
- Eat 4-5 Smaller Meals Throughout the Day – This has been a game-changer for me. Breaking up my meals with healthy snacks in between (make sure your snacks contain protein also) helps me never feel hungry throughout the day because my body is constantly satisfied and nourished and this helps your metabolism rev up! It’s so important to keep your body fueled constantly. Especially if you are working out regularly, then your body is constantly burning more and more calories (even when you’re doing nothing) as your fitness level continues to increase. This means you need fuel! If you feel hungry (like legit tummy rumbles) then it’s already way past when you should have eaten. Make it a goal to eat enough to never feel too full, but to also never feel hungry. The only time I am super hungry is when I first wake up!! Eating lots of smaller meals throughout the day (each with protein) also helps to cut out cravings. You are less likely to binge late at night if you are full and satisfied with the protein and nutrients your body has needed all day.
- Find Role Models – I have several strong amazing fitness women that I follow on YouTube and Instagram that motivate me to be the best version of myself and to eat healthy! I love @ToneItUp, @whitneyy_simmons, and @sarahs_day. I love their fun personalities on YouTube and they have some of the best tips and tricks, and have helped me learn a lot of new workouts and exercises! Currently Sarah’s Day is my fave, I could watch her YouTube videos for hours!!
- Be Kind To Yourself – Positive mind, positive self-talk, positive vibes. Living a healthy lifestyle is about treating your body like royalty. It is NOT talking about parts of your body you hate, or feeling down on yourself if you slip up. Each day is a NEW chance to make yourself PROUD. Every healthy choice you make is a win. Think about how strong + amazing your body is and all that it does for you. You are amazing! So treat yourself that way! Also, live your life. It’s ok to indulge now and then. Have a piece of chocolate. Have a glass of wine. Have a slice of pizza if your friends are going out for pizza. But all in moderation. Balance is the key. 🙂
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So those are my top tips for living a healthy lifestyle and staying motivated! The best part of a healthy lifestyle is not just the physical changes you’ll see on the outside, but how GOOD you’ll feel on the inside!! You will be amazed at how much energy you have, how light you feel, and the mental clarity as well. It’s not just about a quick fix to get a bikini bod. It is truly a lifestyle to embrace to feel good inside + out. Living with gratitude and living your best life!
What is one change you’ll make today to make your life healthier?