I told you I would expand on “cleaning the fridge” and here it is! It’s time for clean eating, exercise, and creating a healthy lifestyle.
First step, get rid of the foods that do absolutely nothing for you, for example, pastas (oh how I love you so), breads, cereals, sweets and other refined sugars, etc. Replace those foods with things that will make you LOOK and FEEL good. Some examples are, lean proteins (turkey, chicken, fish), lots and lots of veggies, grains, beans, and healthy fats. Here is an example of some groceries from my Monday morning trip to the store!
Eat These Foods And You Will:
- Have more energy
- Feel less tired
- Have awesome skin
- Fit back into those jeans you’ve been trying to squeeze into since the beginning of December
Now I’m not saying my kitchen is filled with only healthy foods. I do have 3 growing boys who love to eat, but I really try to choose good foods for my kids, as well. I do buy snacks, but I will say, I’m kind of freak when it comes to preservatives, gmos, dyes, sugars, and high fructose corn syrup. So most of the snacks I purchase for my kids are pretty much free of all of that yucky stuff. It costs a little more, but to me it’s worth it. I also make sure that my kids drink lots of water, eat plenty of protein, and they must have servings of fruits and veggies everyday. They are pretty compliant, as long as there is a treat included after:)
It’s Not Just What You Eat
Ditch the soda and juice, WATER is what you need to start drinking more of in 2017. It doesn’t have to be electrolyte water, I buy that for my boys when they come home from hockey to help prevent dehydration, but drinking water throughout the day is a must! Now as far as cocktails go, well, I am not going to tell you to omit them all together. Just keep it to a minimum, maybe weekends or special nights out, and try to choose drinks that don’t have a lot of sugar in them. However, if you’re really looking to trim the waistline, you’ll get the best results if you completely eliminate alcohol all together!
Prepping And Cooking
Eating healthy can often be very time-consuming, which is one of the reasons most people don’t do it. It takes a lot longer to cut up veggies and prep foods, than run through a drive thru. The best way to do it, prep as much as you can on Sunday, for the week ahead. Clean and cut fruits and veggies, make your brown rice, make your soups, prepare your turkey or veggie burgers etc. If you haven’t seen this soup recipe floating all over Facebook, get the recipe HERE. This soup is perfect, because it makes a huge pot and you can freeze it into personal servings and eat it all week. This is what I’ve been having all week, lol. If you’re at a loss for recipes, buy yourself some clean eating cookbooks and magazines, check the internet, and of course Facebook. There are a ton of healthy recipes out there!
Move Your Body
Although 75% of weight loss is diet, we can’t forget the other 25%, EXERCISE. You must get active. It’s not just great for the body, it is awesome for a healthy mind too! If you’ve never worked out before, start out slow, but be sure to challenge yourself. Have you been working out for years and feel that you’ve plateaued? Then shock your metabolism by changing it up and incorporate a new workout into your routine. If your injured, swim. Try some yoga for a challenging workout and stretch, lengthen that body and strengthen your core with pilates. If you’ve never lifted weights, you must give it a try, that will help your metabolism tremendously. Take a long walk or go dancing, any movement will do, as long as your staying active! Remember, you don’t need a gym membership to do all of this either. There are tons of workouts that you can stream at home or if you have a DVD player, pop a workout disc in and get going.
Getting Motivated And Energized
I know that getting motivated is hard for a lot of people including myself. Here are a couple of ways I get myself motivated for a workout.
- I have a workout buddy, aka Miss Chrissie (that’s what my boys call her, hehe). When someone holds you accountable, there are no excuses and it really makes the workout a lot more fun!
- I need GREAT music. Nothing like some good tunes to get me pumped up, especially when I’m boxing. Music is a huge motivator for me. A good Jam really helps me push through.
- Getting new shoes and gym clothes. I love breaking in new workout shoes.
- Taking group fitness classes. Seeing everyone in class and feeling their energy gets me energized too.
- Remembering why I started exercising to begin with. As soon as I think of why I’m doing these workouts, it becomes a challenge in my mind that I know I need to complete.
The Little Extras
These are just the little extra things I do, besides the above, to help keep me healthy.
- Probiotic: Take one daily to support your immune system and digestive track
- Multivitamin: Taking a multivitamin ensures that your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs
- Apple cider vinegar: Helps with weight loss and lowers blood sugar levels. It can also help with tummy issues and helps to alleviate cold symptoms. There are so many benefits of apple cider vinegar that I just can’t list them all. Let’s just say it’s good stuff:)
- Green Tea: Contains antioxidants, has less caffeine than coffee, it’s a great no-calorie alternative to water. There are also studies that show green tea may help with weight loss. It may help prevent bone loss. Tea may also reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Dark Chocolate: Let me start out by saying, I do not see dark chocolate as a health food, however, dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Studies show that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. It’s the perfect fix to my sweet tooth, but it must be eaten in moderation.
Start out making small changes, eliminate things slowly and incorporate new things one at a time. Challenge yourself to get fit and healthy, and with each accomplishment, feel proud of yourself. Remember changing your lifestyle is not only about weight loss and looks. You’ll be surprised at how good you’ll feel both physically and mentally, although fitting back into my jeans after the holiday is a definite Bonus!
The time to get healthy is NOW!