Everything starts with your health first. A healthy body will impact your mindset, confidence and those very important energy levels which you need to be the best version of yourself.
If you want to feel better about your body and find the energy you need to be your best badass self, then you may want to consider implementing these 7 simple habits that you don’t have to give up your entire life for.
I know, truly groundbreaking! We want this amazing transformational idea that will answer all of our problems BUT you already know the answers! If you look at the majority of the diet and healthy eating meal plans already out there you will see that all of them contain this one important element.
Give those veggies priority on your plate and eat more of them. Getting a wide range of vegetables onto your plate and filling up on them first can transform your overall calorie intake. Get into the habit of filling your plate with vegetables alongside a portion of protein. 250g of vegetables a day will have a massive impact on your health and your ability to shift body fat, or if you don’t want to measure that out (because who does) just try and fill half of your plate with veggies.
It is that simple!
This comes up in meal plans often. EAT MORE HEALTHY FAT. These are the ones that are ESSENTIAL to your brain’s health and its function. Your body needs them to process and burn body fat, which can also help lower cholesterol and cardiovascular disease as well as many other health benefits.
How do we get more in? Creating the intention to add in more oily fish, nuts and seeds or our good old friend the avocado into our week will create the habit for getting in good healthy fats into your diet.
Healthy fat is still fat and more calorie-dense than carbohydrates and proteins, so we want to keep a good balance. Shifting your focus from calorie-dense fats (think doughnuts or potato chips) to nutrient-rich fats such as those listed above will help you to start noticing a difference.
Water is incredibly vital to every function in your body. If you don’t drink enough your body cannot function as it should.
How much are you drinking? Are you consuming 2 to 3 litres a day? Are you reducing your caffeine and the sugary products which we can easily consume in high volume?
Getting in PLAIN WATER is when the MAGIC happens. Dropping unwanted body fat, having better concentration, better sleep, better digestion and of course, that all over energy which we need to motivate us and perform at our best. Add slices of fruit to give it some taste, notice the changes within yourself when you increase your consumption of it.
I know we don’t always make time for this one when we have incredibly busy lifestyles. You get used to shoving something in the oven and ready meals or fast food don’t always satisfy us and can be very high in salt content.
Cooking from scratch DOES NOT HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED. I am a terrible cook (I lack the patience or love for it, though I am getting better with practice) and yet I can make simple meals for my family and give them the nutritious foods they need to remain healthy.
Keep it simple to start with. Start with the intention to cook 1 meal from scratch each week and gradually build it up from there. Give your family high-quality nutrients because this is what your body wants, and it is designed to process and absorb these elements. Don’t overcomplicate this. There are plenty of simple recipes out there, Pinterest is a great place to get started with your healthy recipe research. Or you can check out the range of Better Body cookbooks HERE, done for you recipes.
When you make your own food from scratch you know exactly what is going in it and are far more likely to get in more of the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs in order to thrive.
#meatfreemonday may be something you’ve seen a lot of over on social media and yet might not be something you’ve considered trying. By implementing a meat free day into your week, you are boosting your body’s health (by getting in more of those all important veggies) but also, giving it a day where it doesn’t have work so hard on digestion. Red meat in particular, is difficult for your body to break down. Support your digestive system by resting it one day a week and be meat free.
Not only is this habit good for your body but it’s good for the environment as well. Take this opportunity to try something new or look for a vegetarian variation of the meals you like to eat. Search out new veggie options, mix things up a bit!
When working with my coaching clients, breakfast is often one of the meals that people struggle the most with. The important choice of what to eat for this meal can decide what type of day you will have. Whether you send your blood sugar onto an up and down rollercoaster and leave your energy levels on the floor, or start with substantial fuel in your tank to tackle the day.
I know if I have a sugary cereal first thing my blood sugar will crash too soon in the day. Reinvent your breakfast with some protein as it will stabilize your blood sugar, leave you feeling fuller for longer and give you more energy through the start of your day. This meal will help you with your food choices for the rest of the day and if it doesn’t, relax, at least you had that one nutritious meal.
Great protein-based breakfasts include:
Again we have a tonne of done for you recipes in the Better Body cookbooks
This is the big one as we work to AVOID HIDDEN INGREDIENTS. Pre-packed, processed food including the ones claiming to be fat-free isn’t always as good for your health as you may think. Get into the habit of checking the labels. You’re particularly looking for the levels of salt and sugar. If we make more of our own meals this will be easier for us but start implementing this habit of checking. Be on the lookout for hidden ingredients or amounts which can impact your health in a big way.
These habits may seem small, but small habits can often compound into big results. Implementing these into your week will help improve your health and your waistline.
I really hope that you will start to implement some of these into your daily practices.
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