As the New Year continues on, and people fall off the wagon with resolutions – most of which seem to revolve around losing weight or eating better, it’s time to revisit your habits. Weight loss and health is not about dieting or which system works, fasting or detoxing. It is about healthy habits for life! I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to read a new mom posing the question “How did you lose the baby weight?” in a parenting group only to have responses such with the latest dieting system. I wish I could help and I usually respond with “Eat real food!” Truly, a healthy lifestyle is about eating clean foods, moderate exercise and everything in moderation. It took me a while to figure it all out, but steering clear of toxic ingredients in processed foods is key. Looking for a little guidance?
I love these blogs for eating real food:
100 Days of Real Food – Real food. A family who did 100 days of real food and learned from it. Also has a cookbook.
Detoxinista – Megan is a health coach who completed the Integrative Nutrition Program. Her recipes are great and she also has a cookbook and newsletter from time to time.
Oh She Glows – plant based goodness. Angela started with a business selling her “glo bars” in her glo bakery, but then focused on the cookbook and has her second cookbook on the way.
Mommy Run Fast – Laura also did the Integrative Nutrition Program and is a health coach. Lots of great recipes, ideas for life, and running tips! She has a webinar coming up on cravings.
Check out those blogs for some great recipes and their cookbooks as well.
Do you have a favorite blog for nutrition advice? I’m always adding more to my instagram feed, and I myself want to get my health coach certification through Integrative Nutrition!
My top healthy habits to share have been gathered from research that I’ve done and things I have tried that work for me.
Photo credits: KBonitoFit
HEALTHY HABITS for 2016
- Drink enough water! Check out this quiz to see how much water you should be drinking. I’m in the 80-90 ounces range currently.
- Eat real foods: fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains. Steer clear of processed foods – most of which contain toxins and dyes! Limit meat and dairy. Both are linked to inflammation and cancer.
- Moderate exercise. You don’t have to go hard every day. Hard workouts build inflammation in your body which is connected to weight gain and health problems. Exercise for 20-30 minutes every other day.
- Eat when you are hungry. Listen to your hunger signs. Are you really hungry? Or just thirsty? Drink a glass of water if you think you are hungry – if you’re still hungry after that, then eat! Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snack on fruit and nuts as needed.
- Don’t eat after dinner. Eat enough dinner, then don’t eat again until the morning. This gives your body a chance to digest and helps with sleep!
- Get enough sleep. 7-8 hours should be the goal. When you don’t sleep enough, you make poor food choices and it affects your mood as well as causing other health problems.
- Take a probiotic. Probiotics have been shown to help curb cravings, while also being awesome for your immune system.
- Note how you feel after eating certain foods. If you are bloated, have gas, headaches, insomnia or don’t feel well, you might be reacting to a food. Check out Lyn Genet’s “The Plan” to test foods that may be causing you inflammation.
- Be active. Take the stairs. Find a parking spot that will get you some extra steps. Walk at every opportunity. Keep moving!
10. Everything in moderation. Rather than totally avoiding foods, limit those that cause you problems. I drink a cup of coffee and eat an ounce of chocolate daily. If I want to splurge on dessert, I will have a little and I’m good! Moderation, not denial. In college, I was eating such a strict diet that when I would come home on breaks I baked for days and days. Moderation is key!
Be a role model for others, especially children!
Take care of yourself so that you can be there, and your best healthy self – in the future!
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