This is a guest post by a fellow blogger and friend, Chrissy, at Eat.Pray.Butter!. Her blog has already helped me get healthier and feel better, so I asked her to share with us some simple steps to start a healthier lifestyle when it comes to nutrition and fitness. If you want more in-depth information on these topics, make sure to check out her blog!
Hey everyone! I’m honored to have been asked to write a little post for Sheila’s Practigal blog. I love figuring out how to make life simpler, and Sheila has some great tips on how to do that. Happy to add my two cents!
If you don’t know me, I’m Chrissy, a mom, fellow blogger, personal trainer and a health coach. My passion is focused on ways to make healthy eating and fitness simple. I believe eating healthy doesn’t require a big budget or fancy cooking skills, and exercising doesn’t require a gym membership – I don’t even have one!
If we don’t have our health, what do we have? Being able to move around without aches and pains allows me to be a better mom, a better wife and friend. Feeling good and having energy allows me to be able to jump around and play with the kids I get to hang out with at my awesome church. I can do more and live more fully when my health doesn’t weigh me down.
When we have our health, we can do more for God and for those we love. We can better be who we were meant to be!
So, in the chaos of getting kids off to school, feeding and changing our babies, making dinner for our families, having a full time job plus being a full time mom … the list goes on … how can we find time for preparing nutritious meals and exercising?! It can be a little overwhelming, let’s be honest.
But here are just a few tips on ways to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle:
- First things first, get your mind right. I just shared with you why my health is important for me. Why is your health important for you? Why do you want to eat better? Why do you want to exercise more? Is it to be able to fit into a smaller size of clothes? Do you want to look better naked? I really encourage my clients to start here first. Figure out why all of this matters to you. And I challenge you to find an answer more important than clothing size.
- Look in your cupboards. What sort of foods do you have lying around that are going to tempt you or keep you from your goals? You know, the cookies that literally call out your name at 9 pm. A good place to start is to rid your house of any sugar and refined grains. Things like cookies, crackers, bread, bagels, pasta, and the like, hurt our health more than we know. I’m a recovering sugarholic myself, and I know that if anything sugary is around it will derail my healthy eating habits so fast. I just can’t have it in my house. Even baking chocolate is dangerous for me! But if the brownie isn’t there to eat, I probably won’t eat it.
- Take it little by little. Ridding your house of those sugars isn’t easy. But start somewhere. For example, I started about 3 years ago by getting rid of cereal in my house. We started eating eggs for breakfast scrambled in butter instead of a heaping bowl of Cheerios with skim milk. It wasn’t until just about a year ago that we finally got rid of bread from our routine. So start where you are comfortable and just keep taking out those refined grains and sugars, replacing them with other things.
Here are more ideas on food replacements:
- Eat plain, full-fat yogurt instead of anything flavored.
- Make pasta dishes without the pasta and use veggies. I love a good Alfredo with chicken, bacon and a bunch of broccoli. You could even invest in a spiralizer.
- Ixnay on the bun-ay..? Take out the bun from your burger or sandwich. Go open-face on the bit, or wrap your sandwich contents in lettuce, cheese, or using the meat.
- Dip veggies in your hummus and guac instead of crackers or chips.
- Use real heavy whipping cream in your coffee instead of creamers.
- Protein, protein, protein! So many women, myself included, are just not eating enough protein. It might be easy to look for supplements and powders, but adding in good sources of protein is easier than you think. You could start by replacing cereal with eggs; add chicken or hard boiled eggs to a salad; munch on some beef jerky for a snack; eat more protein-packed dairy like Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. Protein keeps us nice and full and helps improve our metabolism. Win-win!
- Walk like a vagabond. Eating healthy is probably 90% of the equation. Exercise is just the icing on the cake! Use your stairs if you have them, take a few laps up and down. Take the longer route around work or your home. March in place or walk on a treadmill when you’re watching your favorite TV show. If you have the time, make yourself take more trips to accomplish a task; if you have groceries to carry into the house, take it one bag at a time and walk, walk, walk!
Doing just these simple things for your health and fitness can actually bring you pretty far.
Make it simple. Take a step. Try something new!
For more exercise tips, nutrition info, recipes and even for personalized health coaching, come check me out at my page eatpraybutter.blogspot.com.
I’ve used some of the tips she mentioned above, and what I’ve noticed most is that I feel full for longer (so I want to snack less) AND I’m not as tired or sluggish as before. I even got my thyroid checked thinking there was a chemical imbalance issue causing me to be so tired all of the time. Turns out, it was my eating habits more than anything! I urge you to start taking these small steps to a healthier you. You will likely be shocked, as I was, by how much better you feel!
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