Healthy Habits & Tips

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Try one, a few, or all of these healthy habits and tips to see and feel results in your personal health journey!

  • Use smaller plates for meals. It will help with portion control and consuming fewer calories.
  • Drink lots of water, especially before meals, to prevent overeating.
  • Try one new fruit or vegetable a week to keep meals fresh and exciting.
  • Take healthy to-go snacks with you so you are less inclined to buy junk when you need something quick to eat.
  • Brush your teeth after dinner to deter you from sneaking unhealthy after-dinner snacks.
  • Avoid doing other things while you eat and you’ll be less likely to overeat.
  • Chew your food more slowly so your brain can catch up and “register” when you’ve had enough to eat. This also puts much less strain on your digestive system.
  • Find positive ways to reduce stress so you don’t eat your feelings. Try journaling, going for a walk, meditation, yoga, doing yardwork, or taking up a kickboxing class.
  • For at least one day, track how much sugar you consume. Check the nutrition labels on all things–even condiments and salad dressings!
  • Instead of dwelling on the bad choices you make, focus on the positive things–no matter how small.
  • Develop routines you can stick to.
  • Try one new healthy recipe a week to prevent your meals from being boring. Pinterest has a wealth of recipes!
  • Create an inspiration board at home.
  • For one day, a week, or any length of time swap your sugary drink of choice with water.
  • Liven up your water with mint, lemons, or fresh fruit. Stay away from sugar-flavored water flavorings.
  • Be active at least once a day for at least 15 minutes, but aim for 30 minutes.
  • If you go to a family gathering or potluck, take a healthy dish so you know you will have at least one healthy option to choose from.
  • Look online or call a restaurant before you go out so you know what meals you can eat that are healthy.
  • Pay yourself every time you exercise or do something healthy. Save that money for a new pair of shoes, workout clothes, or for a fun trip.
  • Clean out your pantry, cupboards, fridge, and freezer of all tempting, unhealthy foods. Donate those items to your local food pantry or a family in need.
  • Recognize your triggers that make you unhappy, overeat, stressed, etc. Knowing what to avoid and learning how to deal with them healthily will help you make better choices.
  • Get rid of all your “fat clothes” in your closet–you’re on your way to being healthier so you won’t need them anymore.
  • Get rid of the clutter in your house. You’d be amazed at how much a messy house, car, desk, etc. affects your mental and emotional well-being.
  • Pamper yourself. Get a massage, take a bubble bath, light some aromatherapy candles, diffuse some essential oils, or give yourself an at-home facial/pedicure/manicure.
  • Learn to say no. You don’t have to do things that add extra stress or prevent you from making healthy choices. Don’t feel obligated to do anything except take care of yourself.
  • Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are trying to make healthier choices. This will help keep you accountable and possibly help others from tempting you with less healthy options.
  • Switch up your exercise routine if you get bored or start missing workouts. Changing things up keeps you feeling motivated and energized.
  • Make a music playlist that has fast-paced songs. When the beat gets faster, you walk/run faster.
  • Find an exercise buddy to help keep you accountable and provide a support system.
  • Ask your grocery store to stock up on the healthy snacks and foods you enjoy eating.
  • Ask your local restaurant to create a Healthy Eats section or insert for their menu so you and others looking to eat healthier have a variety of items to choose from when eating out.
  • Spend some of your Sunday preparing meals and snacks for the week so the easy food choice is the healthy choice.
  • Plan out your meals ahead of time so you can shop accordingly and not have to wonder what you’ll be eating for dinner.
  • Rearrange your living room, bedroom, and/or office. Changes re-energize you and alter your perspective on things.
  • Don’t keep junk food or unhealthy foods in your house and you will be less likely to eat them.
  • Use spices and herbs to liven up your meals instead of sugar- and calorie-laden condiments.
  • Visit farmer’s markets to stock up on quality, inexpensive fruits and veggies.
  • Join an online health forum or community to learn other healthy tips and tricks.
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