Changing your health and eating habits can involve some super simple steps and small diet changes that can make BIG differences you can see and feel.
Being healthy and feeling good is probably on your mind most of the time. We all want to look and feel our best.
But, all too often, when we think about “getting healthy” or changing our diet, we imagine this huge “health” mountain we have to climb.
We think the process will be difficult and painful and probably involve a gym membership.
If don’t want to completely overhaul your eating habits and only eat real food, then you’re in the right place.
Today, I have some small diet changes that won’t send you running for the hills but will make a big difference in your health.
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One more glass of water – Drinking water is one of the greatest things you can do to overhaul your health. However, you may not be ready to drink only water all day every day. I know I’m not. One easy thing you can do is simply drink one more glass of water a day than you’re drinking now. Grab a bottle of water before you head out the door in the morning, fill a glass and set it on your desk, or keep one beside your bed. Keeping it handy will help you remember to drink it down.
Flavored water – This is what really helps me. I drink a lot of tea with very little sugar. But, my favorite thing to drink is flavored water. Make sure you’re reading labels and not choosing water that has been artificially sweetened. Your grocery store probably has some great naturally flavored options. After discovering these on a road trip, by family is hooked. Try the carbonated flavors. Yum!! We love them so much, we order them by the case and have them shipped straight to my house. The seasonal flavors help keep things interesting.
**For more on Healthy Drinks, you can read my article here.
Switch to a healthy creamer – Do you take cream in your coffee or tea? Adding regular milk doesn’t add much nutritional value and skim milk often adds even less. Read more here. A nutritional powerhouse is canned coconut milk (not the little carton in the dairy section). Coconut milk is non-dairy, packed with protein, full of good fat, and will keep you feeling fuller longer. Here’s the brand I use and this is my recipe for Spiced Chai Creamer.
Collagen – A few years ago we added Grass Fed Collagen to our morning routine and it has helped me and my husband so much with bone and joint health. I had a lot of back pain and my husband had “creaking” and “popping” bones. Since adding Grass Fed Collagen to our diet, my back hardly bothers me at all and my husband has noticed a difference in his knees. My skin is smoother (it is collagen after all), and my hair and nails are growing like crazy. The best part of the collagen is it’s tasteless. Add a couple of teaspoons to water, stir and drink up. Super easy.
Skip bottled salad dressings – Bottled salad dressings tend to hide a lot of sugars, questionable ingredients, and MSG. Try switching to apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Read about the benefits of apple cider vinegar here and olive oil here. These are my favorite brands here and here.
Take extra steps – If you’re not ready to run a marathon, start small. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, especially if it’s only one or two floors. Park farther away in the parking lot on a sunny day or take a walk around the block. It doesn’t have to be 5 miles, just start somewhere.
Chia Seeds – This is my favorite add-in. Chia seeds are super healthy and can be added to your yogurt, smoothie, salad dressing or your bottle of water (mix well). Note – they are tasteless, but it will make your salad dressing or yogurt a little like tapioca. So, if you have an issue with “texture foods” you may want to skip this one. Chia seeds are packed with protein, iron, a ton of other vitamins and minerals and will help fill you up. This is my favorite brand.
Freezer snacks – Have a little problem with self-control when it comes to snacks? Keep some in the freezer. I usually buy really good quality chocolate and keep it in the freezer. Because it’s frozen, I can’t eat too much too quickly and because it costs so much I want it to last a long time. Another great frozen snack is grapes. Lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and store them in the freezer. Take out a few at a time for a healthy frozen treat.
Transforming your health can be done in baby steps even if you’re not ready to train for the Olympics. These small diet changes can help you start to look and feel fabulous in no time.
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