5 Tips for Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

5 Tips for Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone always wants to wait for a new year, new month, or new week to start living a healthier  lifestyle. The truth is you can start today, you can start right now. Your body goes through so much everyday, don’t you think it deserves to be taken care of? Having a healthy lifestyle is not about how you look it is how you feel. People think you have to be skinny mini in order to be healthy, no all you have to do is to give your body what it needs. Here are some tips to help you get started now!

 

Set Realistic Goals

If you set yourself goals that are not realistic your going to end up giving up. Start small and from there challenge yourself everyday to do more. If you have never worked out before don’t go to the gym for two hours, and do the same workout as someone who has been going for years. When you achieve your goals it makes you more motivated. I know when I accomplish something I just want to keep going. Start by drinking more water instead of juice or soda. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole foods instead of processed junk. Begin with small goals and then start to set bigger ones.

Eat Breakfast Everyday 

Breakfast is sooo important I can’t say that enough! How is your body suppose to perform and have energy if your not feeding it? I know a lot of people are not a big fan of cooking in the morning, so just make a quick smoothie. Add some greens, fruit, almond milk, and chia seeds. That is going to give you so many nutrients plus give you energy to go through your day. Breakfast is so important because you have do not eat when your sleeping of course so it breaks that fasting period. Eating a nutritious breakfast promotes weight loss by maintaining blood glucose levels and your metabolism.

Have Support

I believe that it is very important to starting a healthy journey for yourself and no one else. You need to want to be healthy to feel and look good for you, not for others. With that being said having support from friends or family can really help. I know when I go to the gym with someone I go so much harder lol, call it my competitiveness but hey it works. If you live with someone ask them if they want to go shopping for new food. Look up healthy recipes and make them together. You can schedule to go to the gym with a friend a couple times a week. This way you are both committed to going and hanging out.

Stay Positive

There is going to be days where you just do not feel like getting out of bed and want to eat junk food all day. That is okay we all get like that sometimes. But it is important to stay positive and remember why you started. If you start thinking this is not going to work mostly likely its not going to work. There is a phrase “healthy mind, healthy body.” You have to be realistic do not try to lose all this weight in a short period of time. It takes awhile to lose healthy weight and keep it off. Starving yourself is not the answer, and will actually make your body hold on to more fat. Be consistent and remember it will take awhile to get where you want, and that is okay.

Reward Yourself

When I say reward yourself I am not saying go indulge in bad food or go days without being active. Of course we will all have our off days but that should not be you rewarding yourself. Lets say you set your goals to eat no processed foods for a month, do not say well I did it so now I can eat whatever I want. No go buy yourself new workout clothes or that blender you have been wanting. Maybe you get a new bike, spa day, mani pedi, or a nice water bottle. Reward yourself with things that are going to help/want you to keep going.

 

 

 

 

Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Tuna wraps are my new obsession at the moment. They are sooo easy to make and so much better for you than a tuna sandwich. I like to keep mine very simple but you can add what you like to yours! One of my favorite foods is tacos, lets be honest here they clearly are not the best for you. I make my tuna and put it into a lettuce wrap and pretend it is a taco 😉 Might not be exactly the same but hey its worth the effort!

I start out with a can of tuna and drain all of the liquid out. Once again I am going to be really honest I know mayo is not the best for you, but if I am not going to get my taco at least I am going to have some mayo!! Now I am not saying drench the tuna in it, might as well have the taco at the point. But just a little bit is fine and make sure to use light mayo. I also like to add hot sauce and mix it together because I am a freak for spice!

 

 

You do not have to add anything to the tuna but personally I do lol! I like to add a DASH of salt but most of the time I do not. I also like to add pepper, ground cumin, and garlic because HELLO who does not love garlic?? Besides spice which you can see from the cayenne pepper and hot sauce, I also love garlic now my boyfriend might not love it as much after but oh well!

 

 

Now mix it all together in a medium size bowl I usually just put a dash of each in with tuna. This is fast and easy meal so clearly I do not want to sit there measuring the amount of seasoning I put in.

Okay okay I know this does not look as good as a taco BUT I promise it is amazing and worth trying!

 

 

Next I take two large pieces of romaine lettuce to put the tuna on. And there you have it a quick but healthy meal! If you are trying to eat clean as possible I would suggest ditching the mayo! You can also add toppings like peppers, onion, and avocado. I like to keep mine very simple though!

              

 

The Truth About Naked Juice

The Truth About Naked Juice

 

I  used to love different kinds of juice drinks like Naked Juice, and then I started to learn more about nutrition. I thought well the label says it has all of these different fruits and vegetables in it, how can it possibly be bad for you? A couple of months ago I started to really look and understand the nutrition labels. When I saw that Naked Juice has over 28 grams of sugar in just one of them I was disgusted. Ever since I learned about that I refuse to buy juices I just make my own smoothies now. I know fruit has sugar in it so I wanted to really do my research about this product and see what it was that made it so unhealthy. The sugar in Naked Juice is mostly from fructose so when you drink just one juice, you are consuming more sugar in that one sitting than you should for the whole day. The worst part is that Naked Juice contains 0 grams of fiber, fiber in fruit is what regulates the digestion. Fiber is also what fills you up and since this juice contain no fiber… well you still are going to be hungry. Just like other products Naked Juice has to go through pasteurization and irradiation, these processes have small to really big effects on the nutritional value. This means that by the time this drink gets to your lips it is a processed food product. Not so healthy anymore is it? To be completely honest the only difference between Mountain Dew and the Naked Juice is the juice possibly contains fewer chemicals!! The sad thing is not even that has been completely proven… the next time you want to grab a Naked Juice, maybe you should just pick up a Mountain Dew. I mean it is all the same after all, just another sugary drink that people are trying to make money from. If you really want a healthy drink just make your own smoothies and juices. Not only is it 100 times more healthy, it will also save you some money.large

All About Detoxing Your Body

Before I got into health I all ways thought detoxing was when you had to drink something to clean out your body. I recently found out that you can just detox you body with foods. What exactly is a detox? The purpose of a detox is to eliminate toxins from the body by turning them into waste. The waste is than eliminated. The goals of detoxing is to enhance the bodies detoxification pathways, mostly the liver! This is because the liver is the bodies main detoxification organ. The liver is in charge of cleaning toxins and wastes from your blood, and separating out the useful nutrients to synthesize hundreds of biochemicals that your body needs for daily functioning. Detoxing involves a change in your diet and lifestyle, you can even take herbal supplements! Also you can go into saunas for therapeutic sweating. When you are detoxing you want to try and eliminate meat and processed foods.

Here are some examples of detoxing foods:

Green tea- Helps rid body of free radicals

Garlic- Detoxes the liver

Lemons- Detoxes digestive tract

Kale- Detoxes and flushes out the kidneys

Grapefruit- Detoxes liver and helps prevent kidney stones

 

 

Spinach and Berry Smoothie

This spinach and berry smoothie can be used for many different uses. I love this shake because I use my LYB plant based protein powder. It contains 17 different fruit and veggies in it which is amazing to me. I like to use it as a post workout shake to recover my muscles after training. Sometimes I also drink it as a meal replacement because it keeps me full for hours. You can get the LYB power using this link- http://www.juiceplus.com/+al15828

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I first like to add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, and spinach.

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I then like to add chia seeds and my vanilla LYB protein (http://www.juiceplus.com/+al15828). I also add almond milk for the liquid.

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ENJOY!!!

10 Motivational Quotes That Will Help you Succeed

10 Motivational Quotes That Will Help you Succeed
  1. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time that it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
  2. “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”
  3. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
  4. “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”
  5. “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
  6. “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”
  7. “Falling down is an accident. Staying down is a choice.”
  8. “Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.”
  9. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
  10. “The fact that you are not where you want to be should be enough motivation.”

Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that are from a plant called salvia hispanica. This plant is in the mint family.  Salvia hispanica is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and are also high in protein. They can improve risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. Almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fiber which is why they lead to better digestive health. Health experts say that chia seeds can help you lose weight, because the fiber absorbs a large amount of water. Which then expands in the stomach and should lead to increase of fullness and slow down the absorption of food. Chia seeds are high in potassium, and antioxidants. They are also have more calcium than dairy products that can help strengthen your bones. Something that I love about chia seeds is that they give you energy without giving you anything harmful to your body.  Eating a bag of chips or cookies will make you crash and feel tired. Chia seeds are completely raw and unprocessed without unhealthy chemicals that other snacks have. Another great thing is that you do not need to cook or do anything with chia seeds. I like to put about a handful into my smoothies after my workout to get a boost of energy for the rest of the day. You can also make a chia seed pudding which contains chia seeds, coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract, and sea salt. There many other ways you can incorporate them into your diet. I challenge you to try chia seeds a few times a week in different meals or snacks, and see if you notice a difference!

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Almond Milk vs. Regular Milk

Almond Milk vs. Regular Milk

Almond milk and regular milk are both packed with a variety of minerals and nutrients.  However, they both have pros and cons that leaves people confused on which one to choose. I personally am not a huge fan of milk, but I still will drink it to get the health benefits. I use almond milk for smoothies, eggs, and sometimes I will put a little into my coffee. The question is which one is the healthier alternative. Which one has more benefits for your body? Keep reading to find out the difference between these two.

Almond Milk

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Almond milk is made from ground almonds and water, and is a plant based alternative for whole milk. It is dairy, soy, and lactose free, which is great for people who are lactose and tolerant. However almond milk does not have as much nutrients as eating almonds which is a downside. Almond milk also does not provide as much protein or calcium as whole milk. Another positive thing about almond milk is that there is no cholesterol or saturated fat which keeps the heart healthy. It contains one gram of fiber to keep the digestive system in check and well. B vitamins are found in almond milk such as iron and riboflavin, which helps muscle growth and healing. Almond milk can also help high blood pressure because it is high in healthy fats like omega fatty acids.

Whole milk has double the amount of phosphorus and potassium than almond milk. Whole milk also contains about 12 grams of carbohydrates, unsweetened almond milk contains less than 1 gram. Make sure to keep in mind this is only unsweetened almond milk, sweetened can have around 16 grams. Another downside of almond milk is that it only has 1 gram of protein when whole milk has 8 grams. Both are rich in calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and B vitamins. Whole milk is a good source of phosphorus but almond milk is rich in vitamin E. Cow milk may be high in protein but almond milk is naturally lactose free.

So which one is better for your health? The choice is completely up to you, of course almond milk does have fewer fats but it also lacks protein. If you are looking for a plant based milk that is lactose, soy, and dairy free almond milk is for you. If you are looking for more protein and potassium than whole milk is for you.

 

 

 

 

2 Snacks I am Loving

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Nature Valley granola and wasabi peas are two of my favorite fast and easy snacks. The granola is a perfect way to add some protein into your day. I add about a handful to my smoothies or yogurt to give me a little boost. Sometimes I just eat it plain out of the bag, which is just as delicious. Wasabi peas are also a favorite of mine because I love spicy foods. They have a small amount of beneficial nutrients like protein as well as fiber. They are not the most healthiest snack because they are high in calories. Just make sure to eat them in small portions, like anything too much of something is never good.

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