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7 Helpful Tips to Start a Healthy Lifestyle

Sharon Monticello

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Jan 20 3 minutes read

After all the holidays that passed, you want to shed those pounds. However, eating healthy seem like a complicated affair. Having a healthy lifestyle can be easy and enjoyable as long as you follow these few helpful tips.  Start your dietary changes today and make 2021 your healthiest year yet!

Track Your Meals

If you want to succeed on your weight loss journey,  it is very essential to document what and how much you eat. The simple act of writing it down is a powerful tool that can help keep you in control.

Choose whole foods over processed

Swap your instant ramen with whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They are packed with essential nutrients like protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals as opposed to processed foods which contain empty calories. Try adding veggies to your lunch and dinner and add fruit to your snack.

Make healthy foods readily available

When you get hungry, you tend to eat the first thing you see on the counter or in the cupboard. Place your healthy food in easily accessible and visible areas in your home and workplace. Full your kitchen basket with fruits, store healthy snacks at eye level in your pantry, and stock up your fridge with small batches of cooked whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

Easy on sugary drinks

Did you know that consuming sugary beverages can cause liver damage, premature aging, and anxiety? So, it is better to go for unsweetened beverages or infused water instead of sipping packaged juice or soda.

Eat more fish

It is highly recommended to eat fish particularly fatty fish like salmon and mackerel at least twice a week. They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which improve brain and heart health and may reduce the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and diabetes.

Use smaller plates

Science says that eating on a large plate tricks your brain into thinking that you haven’t eaten enough. Eat on a smaller plate to feel full quicker and avoid overeating.

Get a Buddy

Support is an essential part of a successful weight loss journey. Ask a family member or find a friend to join you in your walks or workouts. You can also join a community. These people will become a source of inspiration, support, and encouragement on a regular basis.

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