Small Steps Is All It Takes!

We all want fast results to keep us motivated on the right path. But guess what?! The smaller the steps we take, the more likely we are to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Make a small goal each week to keep you motivated!

1. Increase your exercise a little each day. If you’re completely sedentary, start making small changes such as taking the dog for a 20 minute walk, or walking up and down the stairs for 15 minutes!

2. Start smiling more. Be happy with yourself going toward a new healthy lifestyle and all the small accomplishes you make each week! Your positive energy will make others around you happy as well!

3. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Each added daily portion of these fiber rich foods lowers your risk of stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Start small and you will feel the difference!

4. Cut back on salty foods. A lot of us don’t realize how much salt processed foods contain. Slowly cut back on processed foods and switch over to FRESH foods to lower your blood pressure and have more energy!

5. Incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Replace saturated fats like butter with corn, sunflower, or safflower oil. But remember to watch your portion sizes because 2 tablespoons will be just fine! Healthy fats will lower your LDL cholesterol and chances of heart disease.

6. Say no to soda and other sugary beverages. If you drink one less soda a day, you will be saving 240 calories and this will help you lose weight! Save your calories for nutrient-dense foods and make soda a TREAT in moderation. Remember water is the only beverage our bodies need to survive. Even if you think this is an impossible task, believe in yourself– you can get there!!

7. Put down your phone, computer, and turn off that T.V. at night! Respect your body and give it the rest it needs to keep you well rested for tomorrow! Each night, go to sleep a few minutes earlier until you’re at your target sleeping pattern!

8. Watch your portion sizes. Instead of going for a super-size, go for a super food! Eat less with nutritious foods rather than  eating more with junk food.

9. Cut back on sugar, eat more natural foods. The more natural you eat, the less sugar you will consume. Take small steps to cutting back on one sugary snack each day. It will be hard at first, but you can do it if you keep your mind to it!
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For more information: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/nutrition/15-ways-to-eat-healthy/?page=7

What To Eat For Breakfast

People who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than those who eat breakfast. It’s important to eat a breakfast that is rich in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Protein and fiber help slow digestion to keep you full until your next meal.

Eggs, milk, yogurt, nut butters, and seeds are all good examples of protein filled foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds are loaded with fibers. Eating a breakfast burrito with eggs, cheese and veggies is an excellent choice. Also, eating at least one serving of fruit or vegetables at breakfast is a good way to start the day!

Remember to keep in mind that sugary cereals and sweet rolls will leave you feeling hungry by mid-morning.. so aim for a protein-fiber packed meal to keep you going!

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Keep Your Metabolism Going!

Looking for ways to control your metabolism? Here are some simple tips to keep your metabolism going!

  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink green tea
  • Make your workout intensity higher
  • Eat breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day!
  • Lift weights
  • Drink more water!
  • Add some spice to your foods– a dash here and there can help boost your metabolism
  • Make sure you squeeze in some cardio during the day
  • Eat clean, eat wisely
  • Grab a cup of coffee or tea in the morning– just watch the amount of sugar and milk you put in your cup!
  • SMILE and LAUGH often

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For more information: http://greatist.com/health/11-scientifically-proven-ways-boost-metabolism

 

Blueberry Banana Pancakes, Only 3 Ingredients!

Do you enjoy pancakes in the morning? Are you a fan of blueberries and bananas? Instead of indulging in a high calorie breakfast of regular pancakes, try this recipe out! This recipe only requires 3 ingredients.. can it get any easier?!

  1. 1 large banana
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 1 handful blueberries

Directions:

  • Peel and slice the banana
  • Mash the banana and the egg
  • Mix until fully combined
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat
  • Fill 1/4 cup with the pancake mix
  • Add 5-7 blueberries
  • Cook until lightly brown

What do you think? Do you have any healthy recipes you would like to share?

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For more information on this recipe: http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/38657925508

Keep Your Skin Glowing, Naturally!

“Certain foods are naturally rich in nutrients that may help keep skin healthy and even fight signs of aging. Vitamin C, beta-carotene and antioxidants found in fruits like peaches, plums and nectarines work beneath the surface to protect and rejuvenate skin from the harmful damage of ultraviolet rays. Peaches are especially rich in alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), a key nutrient added to many age-defying cosmetics.

Watermelon, ruby red grapefruit and tomatoes are all rich in lycopene. Lycopene actually protects skin cells from the sun’s burning rays which can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer, and replenishes the cells.

Bright-colored fruits and vegetables, such as bell peppers, tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, carrots, spinach and broccoli, are your best choice for vitamins A and C. Colorful fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and A are important for collagen formation, which helps keep skin firm.

And don’t forget about water!! Staying hydrated keeps your skin firm and well-hydrated.”

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For more information: http://www.nujournal.com/page/content.detail/id/535768/Head-to-toe-healthy-glow.html?nav=5087