6 Steps To A Healthy Body and Happy Me
Start With a Plan and a New Mindset
According to statistics, the top 3 New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, exercise and save money. Wanting to be healthy this year starts with a plan and a new mindset. For sure, we are going to encounter difficulties when we start changing old eating habits and routines that lead us to have the extra weight. But, I truly believe the effort is really worth it if you can change your ways and see the results. So, I came up with these 6 steps that I believe can help achieve a healthy body and a happier self.
1. Know What You Eat
The first step is to understand what you eat and how it affects your weight and my body.
Review and understand the Food Guide Pyramid. It will provide you with an explanation of how much you can eat from each of these food groups in order to have proper nutrition The food groups include fats, oils and sweets, milk, yogurt and cheese group, vegetable group, meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts group, fruit group, bread, cereal, rice, and pasta group. This guide will also provide you with the knowledge of the proper consumption of salt, sodium, fat, and sugar.
Another tool you can use is an online calorie calculator. Smartphones now have online calorie calculator apps. You can start searching the different types of calorie calculator online so you will have it handy.
Know the ideal weight goal you are trying to achieve so you can plan your meals. This will give you a starting point when you start tracking your progress.
Read the nutrition facts behind your food package including the ingredients you use. To learn more about Nutrition Facts and other food-related definitions, click on this link.
Don’t forget to drink water and know the required amount needed for your body.
2. Decide on a meal plan that is sustainable.
Depending on your health and weight, you will then need to decide on your meal plan. Take into consideration if you need to plan just for yourself or if you have kids and other members of the family. You might want to plan for something that will work for everybody. In planning your meal plan, take into consideration family favorites and recipes with ingredients that are available locally or if they are in season.
3. Grocery list
Go through your refrigerator and your pantry. Keep and organize the ingredients that you already have and will need. Get rid of the junk food stored in your fridge and in your pantry. Once this task is done, start writing your grocery list. List down only what you need for the meals you are planning to cook for the week or 2 weeks depending on how much time you plan it for. Make sure to include storage and containers in your grocery list
4. Eating out
Even when you’re eating out, don’t forget to track your calories. You can research ahead of time the restaurants you want to go. Know the type of food and drinks that are being served.
5. Daily Exercise
Don’t forget to include exercise in your daily routine. There is an exercise regimen for every age bracket and health condition. Take into consideration if you have any illness or injury before taking any exercise routine. You can start with daily walks, stretching, squats or quick workouts. As long as you are consistent with this routine, it will have a good effect on your health.
Sleep is very important to your overall health. According to statistics, the lack of sleep is one of the main causes of obesity. So, make sure you have enough sleep every day. Aim to achieve the required 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day.
This goal is definitely a lifestyle change. So, take it one day at a time and celebrate your progress. Lastly, a few reminders on your journey to being healthy.
Take the time to sit down and plan your meals
Prepare your weekly menu or monthly menu. Don’t forget your beverages.
Do an inventory of your pantry and fridge
Write down a detailed grocery list based on your meal plan.
Take the time to prep and cook your meals according to your meal plan.
When eating out, pick the lighter and healthy options on the menu.
Don’t forget to include exercise and sleep in your plan.
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