Did you know that Cade and I are both expired Personal Trainers? Yup, Mr. Handsome and I both were certified and I also got certified in Pilates. We both are big believers in taking care of our bodies which is why we thought we would open a health and fitness portion of the site so we can talk about another shared passion that we have. And I think starting with eating healthier is the perfect way to go.
One thing that we hear over and over is that a diet is like a roller coaster for many people. They’ve tried everything that they can to lose weight, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but either way they end up back where they started. We (Cade and I both graduated in Health Science and Exercise science. Cade is actually pursuing his PHD in it.) believe that no diet truly works.
Dieting Will Never Work For You
I know, this seems harsh, but it’s true. A diet is kind of like fashion, there’s always something new coming out and you will forget about it in 3 months. Instead of dieting look into life changes. A diet teaches you to eat certain things and it doesn’t take into account who you are as a person, your feelings, food triggers, addictions, lifestyle etc. This is one of the biggest reasons that people fall off. They never liked grapefruit to begin with so while it sounded easy enough, eating it every morning quickly got old. No sugar sounds like it might be work and you are willing to do it, but 6 months later at your birthday party it feels like you’re in prison instead of accomplishing a healthy lifestyle. You cave, and suddenly you cant resist another bite, and another… Make sense?
I think that this is one of the reasons that I like The Biggest Loser. They talk about life changes instead of yo-yo dieting. Oh, and have I mentioned that I have worked out with Bob Harper? (This is the post of nasty, no makeup, kicked my trash, sweaty pics. Live without pretending right?)
7 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier With Little Effort
1. Find what healthy options you enjoy eating.
Is fruit delicious to you? A good granola a yummy snack? Trust me, there’s something healthier out there that you do enjoy. Congratulate yourself on that instead of thinking you are a junk food addict and build upon it. Do you looooove the pork tacos with fresh pico at the local Mexican restaurant? Perfect! Let’s explore healthy mexican foods that you can incorporate into all of your meals. Love fresh fruits? Easy, stop buying the junk food snacks and make your own fruit leathers (no work necessary just puree and allow a low oven to do the work all night).
It’s about concentrating on the good things you have going on in your life and emphasizing those instead of concentrating on restricting yourself from the bad.
2. Stop Skipping Breakfast.
Seriously, stop. I bet you knew that this one would be on the list, didn’t you? Breakfast really is a very important meal to have. Your metabolism needs it, your brain needs it, and your body needs it. When you skip breakfast you find yourself more willing to eat higher calorie snacks and lunches. You body thinks it’s starving, saves up on the fat in your body to sustain itself and then keeps more when you do finally eat. Starting your day with breakfast will also jump start your metabolism for the day, which will make it easier for you to have the energy to work out too. Plus, who wouldn’t want these breakfast cookies?
3. Snack All Day Long (The giveaway will be such a help with this!!)
I remember the day that it was emphasized to not snack during the day, and unfortunately many people are still under the same impression that eating a snack is a no, no. It’s actually the opposite. When healthy snacks are eaten between meals, your body uses energy (hello metabolism) to break food down, provide proper nutrients to keep you on top of your game and energized, and you won’t be so hungry by lunch time that you find yourself eating large portions and/or unhealthy choices. Pack up little snacks like almonds, berries, veggies, granola etc at the first of the week and work your way through each bag or container of snacks during the week. This way you aren’t tempted by spur of the moment snacking. Especially late night snacking. Read the link to discover ways to avoid that!
Nature Box is the perfect snacking solution. It doesn’t matter if it’s at home, while working or out traveling, nature box snacks are already in easy to store bags, and they are actually healthy unlike most packaged snacks (even when they seem healthier they probably aren’t). I personally love that the flavors are real, nothing artificial, they are partnered with Feeding America so they donate a meal for every box, and the are nutritionist approved. Seriously, hands down my new favorite snacks. We live off of the stuff. Plus, it gets delivered to your door in a box with 5 packages so you don’t even have any work to do.
4. Enjoy More Variety
Did you know that your body actually likes to try new things and it enjoys different textures? It’s true. First of all, a variety of foods allows your body to gather different nutrients which actually makes you less hungry. You see, when your body is lacking certain things you will receive signals that you are hungry, tired, etc. The more variety you have in your diet the more those nutrients will be satisfied and you’ll be able to make it through your day with more energy-therefore needing less little treats, you’ll feel less snacky because your body doesn’t need anything and you’ll overall feel healthier.
In fact, I remember learning in my nursing nutrition class that it is important to get patients off of their feeding tubes and back to eating their own foods because our bodies/minds take pleasure in eating a variety of foods and textures. Yep, the actual motion of chewing or drinking actually makes our bodies and minds feel better which allowed patients to heal faster and feel happier. The same rule applies to you and I. Eating a PB&J every single day will get monotonous. Your body needs more nutrients, but it also wants to have variety. Try it out. You’ll find that when you feel lethargic, depressed etc you’re more likely to not take as good of care of your body and your body will lash back at you creating an unhealthy cycle.
5.Stop eating at least 3 hours before bed. FOR REALS
Late Night Snacking is a nasty habit to get into, and I have so done it. You do not need a snack while you read or watch tv in the evenings. You don’t. I promise. I have a bad habit of eating dinner, and then thinking that I just need a little somethin’, or a little sugar. I don’t. First of all, you aren’t as active at night, so your body is storing more than it is burning. If you are snacking at night you probably are holding onto a little extra weight, you may not be sleeping as good, and you could have less energy the next day. The more good quality sleep you get the healthier you are. The less you snack after dinner, the better you’ll sleep.
If you are like me and you think you need a little something, even if it’s healthier you can do one easy thing to help fight the urge. Brush your teeth. It really works. Brush your teeth and you won’t have as much of a desire to eat something and have to brush the again. It’s like cutting the lock on a freezer to get the ice cream. It will help you to feel more accountable.
6. Drink More Water
Did you know that you can confuse dehydration with hunger? If you’re tempted to stick your hand back in the cereal box (don’t lie, we’ve all done it) go grab a cold glass of water instead. Staying hydrated is essential for nutrition, but it also helps you to fight the urge to snack when you don’t need to or eat more at a meal when you are already full. In fact, one great tip is to drink a full glass of water before eating your meal. This is also great help at night when you think you need a “special treat”, as we call it. If you’re standing at the fridge or pantry, turn around and go grab a glass of water. Tell yourself you have to drink the whole thing. You may forget about the urge or even feel so full from all of that water that you don’t want a snack anymore.
7. Think Positive
Stop worrying about what you can and cannot have, where your health/weight is now, and how unhappy you feel. The more positive you think, especially about yourself the healthier your mind and body become. It’s true. Our thoughts have a direct relation to our bodies. It’s kind of like, if you think you can’t do it, you probably won’t. If you think positive thoughts you’ll be more inclined to achieve more results and your body will actually start to change. Isn’t it amazing that just thinking a certain way can change the way our bodies look and feel? (No, you cannot positively think away fat, but you can think of yourself in a better way which will help your body to work harder, resist temptations etc)
And because we are talking about snacking so much, how about I tell you about my favorite way to choose healthy snacks in healthy quantities and then give it away to you for free?!
Nature Box, as you may have seen on my instagram (ohsweetbasil) is my absolute favorite way to snack.
The fine print:
*The winner will receive a different NatureBox than the one that I received (it will be a future month’s box)
*US Residents Only
*At this time, we are unable to customize our NatureBoxes for specific dietary needs or personal preferences.
Healthy Recipe Ideas
Blackberry Frozen Yogurt
Veggie Wrap with the most amazing Avocado Sauce
Healthier Chocolate Strawberries