Was one of your new year’s resolutions to workout and eat better?

Well, you’re not alone because so many people really start to think about fitness weight loss and overall health at this time of the year and I’m here to help.

I’m going to show you some key elements to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle so let’s get right into it don’t follow short-lived crash diets make a long-term lifestyle. Change your results won’t be immediate but therefore, they will be longer lasting sense smaller more easily attainable goals for yourself instead making your changes slowly and gradually of quick and drastic it goes without saying that the most important step toward a healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet.

So cutting out fast-food and other processed made in a factory type of foods, replacing them with whole foods is definitely the way to go.  You don’t have to be a vegetarian or a vegan or anything like that! Making fruits and vegetables the largest food group in your diet is the first step.  I try to buy the majority of my produce seasonally and locally which is not only good for the environment but it often means lower prices.

Everyone loves that right dark green leafy and red vegetables often the most nutrient dense. So I always try to eat a lot of greens and red’s.  If you find it expensive to buy a lot of fruits and vegetables there’s a few things that you can do so you can stock up at a local farmers market or even a farm where you can pick your own buy seasonal produce that’s on sale and consume it right away.  You can even try growing it yourself I know it sounds crazy but this year actually planted my very own organic kale it was so simple. It tastes amazing we can pick your own fruit and veg when they’re perfectly ripe.

If  you’re on those people who doesn’t like vegetables I would suggest buying some good cookbooks that will help you prepare them in a really tasty way.  I really love vegetarian cookbooks for this or even ones focusing solely on vegetables.  Remember your taste buds take a while to get used to new foods so if you eat a lot of yummy vegetable and fruit dishes your body will actually begin to crave these things trust me on this one.

I really love my vegetable cookbooks for finding new cooking inspirations because they offer me so much variety and different ways to prepare my food. You can also combine them with other good for you foods like whole grains dairies and lean proteins an easy way to get started is with fresh fruit smoothies.  Now, if you’re not used to eating lots of fruit in one sitting try making a yummy smoothie instead you’re juicing your own fruits juice from concentrate is actually extremely processed and full of empty sugar calories.

So making a smoothie instead will leave you feeling full and you’ll also get lots of healthy fibers and water into. You can also add a scoop of protein powder for extra boost and this is also a great post-workout meal. Yes,  did say meal because eating this many fruit in one sitting is like a small meal super yummy, so skip the ready-made juices and sodas and either juice your own fruit and veg. You can buy a blender to make smoothies anytime you want at home without all the extra sugar and additives.  Now snacking is fine but try to limit the amount of calorie dense and processed snacks that you eat instead, why not try a veggie snack now.

I personally love cherry tomatoes and snap or snow peas as a quick and healthy snack they have that amazing crunch that we all love from chips and popcorn. You can eat as much as you want because they’re so low in calories. I know in the beginning you might find it weird to snack on vegetables when you’re watching a movie in it of chocolate or chips. But these are exactly the moments when many people tend to overeat on really calorie dense junk food.

It’s just the repetition of eating coupled with the monotony of watching TV.  This often means that you’ll eat way more than the recommended serving size. By snacking on veg you can literally eat as much as you want without any setbacks is actually good for you. You are packing in some more vitamins and nutrients your body can actually use. Same goes with fruit if you have a sweet craving, try to tide it over with a sweet banana, some strawberries, a mango just whatever you like fruits do contain sugars.  Don’t worry too much about that because I can guarantee you that we don’t have an obesity problem in this world from people eating too many apples every day. It contains a lot of fibers vitamins and nutrients that give us lasting energy throughout the day.

Okay, let’s talk about water did you know that 60% of our body weight as water. Every system in our body depends on it water flushes out toxins from vital organs and carries nutrients to your cells a lack of water can lead to dehydration, which can drain your energy and make you feel super tired. It is recommended that women drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Men about 3 liters want to know an easy trick start off with a big drink of water right. When you wake up often your body is naturally thirsty right in the morning. So is that I’m starting off with coffee just chug some water I like to keep a big bottle right by my bedside for this purpose and you can of course have a coffee or tea after but this way you’re already starting the day off on the right foot!

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