This post is a collaborative guest post, however, right now this is some advice I am in desperate need of listening too to regain a healthier diet and lifestyle overall. So I will be making sure I follow some if not all of this advice.
You don’t need to overhaul your whole life to get back in shape or to achieve well-being. You can start out small and take baby steps. Read on to see out top 5 daily lifestyle habits that you absolutely must adopt.
Eat an Apple
The old adage is true…an apple a day keeps the doctor away. By snacking on apples you will be healthy and you will lose weight. A study in the journal Nutrition found that women who ate three apples a day for three consecutive months significantly lost more weight than those who ate a similar diet but with oat cookies for snacks instead of fruits. There are many varieties of apples to choose from. So go ahead and chomp on those apples.
Do you usually eat lunch at your desk or dinner in front of the TV? Do you play with your smartphone while you are eating? People who multitask while eating tend to feel less full and as a result end up consuming more food minutes later than those who are not distracted during mealtimes. So, the next time you sit down to eat, eat, don’t do other things! Just concentrate on the food, on the practice of eating and practice the art of mindful eating. Really being in tune with the whole experience of it. Take 10 minutes to focus on your food and enjoy the dishes you are consuming. In doing so, you will be more satisfied and more in control of your appetite.
Have a Smoothie for Breakfast
Having a quick healthy smoothie in the mornings is the way to go but skip the ones sold at your local fast-food joint, as they are usually packed with lots of sugar. Instead, do it at home or if that’s not an option try a fresh fruit/veggie bar. If you’re making it at home, toss in the blender: 1 scoop of protein powder; 1 handful of walnuts or almonds; 1 cup of spinach, kale or avocado; 1 cup of blueberries, strawberries, peaches or bananas; a couple of ice cubes; and 2 cups of water, milk or a combo of 1 cup water and ½ cup yogurt. Blend until the ice is completely crushed. If it’s too thick add a bit more water.
Snack On Pistachio Nuts
Pistachios are loaded with nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, amino acids, fats, and dietary fibre. They are rich in minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and sodium and also provide you with essential vitamins. Pistachios have two main advantages over many other nuts. (1) you get to eat more of them per ounce than anything else. One ounce of pistachios is about 40 nuts; (2) it takes a lot longer to eat one ounce of pistachios, than other nuts because you have to remove the shells. The longer it takes you to snack, means that you will eat more slowly and so you will feel fuller. The slower you eat the better.
Coffee, coffee, coffee! We all love coffee but be wary of the lattes at your local coffee shops, as they’re probably loaded with tons of sugar and empty calories. Pure green coffee beans contain powerful health-boosting antioxidants. In fact, green coffee beans can have thermogenic effects. You can even buy green coffee supplements nowadays. Consumer Advisors has many product reviews on dietary supplements, click here for more details. Don’t erase the benefits of coffee with an expanding waistline by loading your cup of joe with whole milk and added sugar. Instead, try a regular coffee and if you must, add just a splash of your own cream or low-fat milk and zero-calorie sweetener. It would even be better if you drink it black. In other words, don’t drink your calories.