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

Steps To Cut Out Processed Foods

Sometimes it’s good for our bodies to cut out processed foods every once in awhile. It’s easier to take small steps rather than doing it all at once. Here are some great tips by Lisa Leake to cut out processed foods in weeks.

Week one: Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.

Week two: Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup)

Week three: All meat consumed this week will be locally raised and will be limited to 3-4 times per week

Week four: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

Week five: Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.

Week six: Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.”

Week seven: All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain.

Week eight: Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full.

Week nine: No refined or artificial sweeteners.

Week ten: No refined or hydrogenated oil

Week eleven: Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal.

Week twelve: Avoid all added sweeteners.

Week thirteen: Avoid any and all packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients no matter what ingredients

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Author: Lisa Leake– Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, and blogger who chronicles her family’s journey on 100daysofrealfood.com as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. Projects include a 100-day pledge to avoid all processed foods and refined ingredients as well as another 100-day pledge on a food stamp budget. Leake’s award-winning blog is receiving national attention from big names like Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver, and Yahoo! and has also been turned into a nationally syndicated newspaper column.

For more information: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/steps-to-cut-processed-food.html