Are you a girl who wants to live a healthier life and need some small lifestyle changes for better health? Sometimes it can seem daunting to get started, but you don’t have to go on a big diet or run a marathon every day.
Here are ten small lifestyle changes for better health that will improve your whole life.
1. Drink More Water
Water is a powerhouse and drinking more if is one of the best small lifestyle changes for better health. I personally am not a fan of it, but I’ve been making myself drink the recommended eight cups a day and have noticed a huge difference! I don’t crave sugary drinks as much, my skin is less oily, and I’m starting to like the taste of water, especially with lime. If you’re noticing you want to snack, try drinking a cup of water instead, and chances are, your desire to snack will decrease!
2. Add Less Sugar
I have a killer sweet tooth, and I’m sure lots of you ladies do as well! You don’t have to cut sugar out completely, but maybe trim down. Add less sugar to your coffee in the morning, if you’re craving something sweet, have something that has natural sugar, like fruits! It’s a small, non-daunting thing you can do that can have great long-term results.
3. Focus on Protein
I feel like everyone tells us how horrible carbs are for us. But I personally love carbs, and all of my favorite foods seemed to be filled with carbohydrate goodness. So, instead of cutting out carbs, I’ve upped up my protein, especially in the mornings. Protein keeps you full longer, so starting your day with a protein-heavy breakfast will mean that you snack less throughout the day! It also helps with weight maintenance and muscle toning.
4. Eat More Fruits and Veggies
I don’t know about you, but if I’m hungry, ignoring it will make it worse, and then I end up binging and eating an entire gallon of ice cream or something. Adding more fruits and veggies to your daily menu will fill your tummy with lots of healthy nutrients and is guilt free!
5. Schedule Your Meals and Snacks
Decide what time you’re going to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then, maybe put a snack between each meal and after dinner. Knowing when you’re going to eat will help because you know that you have something to look forward to (if you love food like me), and studies show that women who eat meals regularly are likely to consume fewer calories than women who eat erratically.
6. Make Eating Healthy a Positive Thing
Instead of telling yourself what you can’t do, focus on what you CAN! You can eat lots of protein, you can have that chocolate in moderation, you can eat as many fruits and veggies as you want! Focusing on the good is always better than being negative.
7. Track the Food You Eat
This won’t work for everyone. But, sometimes, if you keep track of what you eat, it can help you notice patterns and keep on top of what you’re consuming. There are so many ways you can do this, you can keep a food journal, start an Instagram, or use an app like “My Fitness Pal”. Try it for a month, track everything you eat, even if it’s not “good”, and if you notice that it helps, keep at it. If it doesn’t, that’s okay. Not everything is going to work for everyone.
8. Instead of Ignoring Your Cravings, Learn to Control Them or Substitute a Healthier Alternative
If you’re having cravings for pizza, it’s okay! Just because you’re craving something doesn’t mean that you have to eat it. If you’re craving something, acknowledge it. Accept it. Pizza is delicious, after all. Maybe you do eat the pizza. That’s okay! Maybe have a slice less than you usually do, or put lots of veggies and protein on as toppings. Or you can try a healthier alternative. There are places out there that make cauliflower crust pizza, and although it sounds weird, I promise, it’s AMAZING and you barely notice that it’s not bread.
9. Park in the Back of the Parking Lot
When you go grocery shopping, or to work, or the gym, or wherever you go, park farther away. It’s an easy way to be more active and it will add up as you do it more often! You’ll notice you can walk the distance easier, and maybe notice more definition in your legs. You may also notice your self-confidence improves.
10. Instead of Eating when You’re Bored, Find Something else to do
How often do you, when you’re bored, reach for food? This is totally normal, and I think I can safely say that everyone does it, or wants to do it. Find an alternative thing to do when you’re bored. Make it something that’s relatively easy and something you can do without too much thought. Some of my suggestions are coloring, crocheting or knitting (once you know how and are used to it, it’s an easy to do hobby!), playing games on your phone, calling or texting a friend, or whatever else you can think of!