11 Achievable Healthy Habits
You hear it all the time and yet we’ll say it again, healthy living is sustainable through BALANCE. Okay, so we may tip the scale stuffing our faces with milk chocolate chuckles and vino every so often, but if you’re able to resume to healthy habits and living life well, you can consider yourself a wellbeing winner!
Don’t sell your soul and become a dull, antisocial, judgmental monster! Instead of committing to vigorous competitive fitness regimes and cutting out wheat, gluten, alcohol, dairy, caffeine, sugar etc. etc. etc. incorporate regular movement and gradually limit your intake to foods that disrupt your gut and impact your health.
With the help of buzzfeed.com and editor Rachel Sander, we’ve put together a list of simple ways to kick-start your health mission this summer.
- Cut down on your sugar intake by simply adding one less sugar to your tea/coffee/cereal. Simple – do it!
- Find secret healthy alternatives. You’re more likely to stay on the Good Nutrition Train long term if you learn how to make healthier versions of foods you really enjoy eating, instead of ditching them entirely for virtuous (but sad) alternatives. For instance: Swap half (not all) of the potatoes in mashed potatoes for cauliflower — they’ll still taste like delicious mashed potatoes, but will be way less of a starch-bomb.
- Limit yourself to drinking too much fruit juice and rather eat a piece of fruit! It’s all about the fiber baby (and juice doesn’t have any).
- Roast instead of fry. This goes for pretty much everything, from chicken fingers and french “fries” to vegetables at large. Roasting at high temperatures still gives food a flavourful crispy outside with vastly less oil required, and way less mess.
- Start observing Meatless Mondays. Cooking without meat forces you to get more creative and eat more vegetables, both of which are life skills that will serve you well all seven days of the week. If you’re already vegetarian, try eating vegan on Mondays and see how it goes.
- Stick with fruits and veggies, nuts, or food you’ve made yourself. Even when it has more calories, you’ll get more nutritional bang for your buck, avoid all the junk that comes in processed food (fat, sugar, salt, artificial dyes, preservatives, etc., etc., etc.) and skip the wasteful packaging.
- Have a glass of water in between every drink when you’re at a bar or a party. This is a great way to a) stay generally hydrated, b) consume fewer liquid calories, and c) NOT get rat-faced.
- Eat all the vegetables on your plate before you eat anything else. Preventative measures: Fill up on the healthy stuff and then only eat as much mac ‘n’ cheese as you have room for. Adding a regular salad course to your dinner every day is a great way to do this.
- Eat savory proteins and vegetables for breakfast instead of carbs and sweets. This kind of food will keep you full longer and avoid a sugar crash halfway through the morning. People in Japan and tons of other countries around the world have been up on this jam for centuries; get with it!
- Use smaller plates. Science says: Large plates make you think you have a relatively smaller amount of food, so you’ll feel less satisfied and want more. So game your own brain by serving rich food on little dishes.
- Sneak seeds into everything. These little guys pack a serious nutritional punch. Chia seeds have all kinds of secret powers; pumpkin seeds add value to granola and desserts; flax seeds are great in cereal or for sprinkling. Guess what walks and talks like a grain but is SECRETLY A SEED? That’s right, it’s quinoa.
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