5 Tips to a Healthier You

Happy Hump Day! We're enjoying our final day of the All-Star break and as usual time has flown by. I wish there were more off days during the season, however it's probably not going to change any time soon. After moving to VA, I made a few easy (or so I've found them to be) lifestyle changes. I'm not certified in health and nutrition but I do live with two guys who are extremely knowledgeable about it. Check out 5 easy tips to a healthier you below!

Also, if you have any questions please let me know! 

ONE | Drink lots (and lots) of water | I know, it's so obvious but you would be surprised as to how many adults don't drink enough water everyday. Drinking an adequate amount of water literally influences so many things. The days when I don't drink enough water I feel a huge difference: I am lazy and it tends to also effect my eating habits that day. My favorite way to make sure I get enough water is to use a Nalgene which are typically 32 oz. so I am able to keep track of how much (plus it feels very satisfying finishing a large container). 

TWO | Get some fresh air | You're thinking I get fresh air every time I walk outside, right? Well you do, but that's not exactly what I mean. The weather is pretty nice in Virginia (or so I've found it to be) so I try to spend as much time outside as possible. I typically take the dogs for a 3.5-6 mile walk each day. Just being outside disconnected from my phone is so unbelievably relaxing. We're all a little attached to our phones and it's definitely something that I've been improving on. Other than posting to social media, I typically leave my phone in our bedroom so I can focus on the day. You'll feel great and the vitamin D will also help too!

THREE | Be conscious about what you're putting in your body | I'm a gal who was born and raised in the Northeast so it's safe to say I thoroughly enjoy pasta, chicken cheesesteaks, load fries, and more. Each time I eat something I think about what is actually in the product and if the ingredients are available then I like to take a peek at those too. The problem with most of us is that we're just uneducated about food. One thing that has helped me is reading labels. My rule of thumb is that if it has ingredients in it that I cannot even begin to pronounce then I probably shouldn't be eating it. All I'm saying is try to to learn about what is actually in your food.

FOUR | Cut out the bad stuff | I'm going to throw this idea out there because it has helped me achieve a goal of mine fairly quickly, especially since I began to workout and lift regularly. Cut out the grains. It's that simple. Grains literally cause inflammation all over your body. That's why after you eat a bowl of pasta you feel like a balloon. Eat a piece of chicken + roasted veggies + salad and I'm almost guaranteeing that you will not feel the same, you will feel much better. Furthermore, focus on the protein in your meals because that is what is going to keep you full. Also, keep an eye on your portion size and practice stopping eating before you're that uncomfortable full. It takes time but also is very helpful!

FIVE | Set a goal and go for it | We all have things about ourselves we want to change and that's normal. No one is perfect and as humans we are always learning. Keep learning. If you have the opportunity to learn from someone whether it's about nutrition or workouts, do it! You will not be disappointed. Even if you disagree or don't like what they are suggesting, you will learn from it. Each person is different and we all enjoy different ways to make ourselves feel better. The important thing to remember is that you have to find out what works best for you. If you want to lose 5 lbs, heck 50 lbs, do it. Don't worry about what other people are going to think. There will be more people who are inspired by what you're doing. 

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