Healthy Habit #1
Over a six year period, I lost a total of 100 pounds. To do this, I had to start small. I noticed that for me, it is important to gradually make healthy habits because they are more likely to become a lifestyle. The very first change I made in my journey was to up my water intake. So my first recommendation for making healthy habits is to Drink water, a lot of it! For me, this meant I had to double the amount of water I was already drinking. I did that by consuming half of my weight in oz. of water. In return, my body became more hydrated, which in return reduced those terrible hunger pangs. I also recently bought this awesome 32 oz. Nalgene Water Bottle, which makes it easier for me to count ounces. I am also saving a ton of money since I stopped buying bottles of water. I can be a bit of a water snob, but I found this excellent ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher. This product does a great job filtering water! According to reviews, some people loved it, and others do not. I, on the other hand, think it does an excellent job of filtering water and tastes way better than any other products I have tried. Water intake is a very easy thing to change and makes for a great first healthy habit. Please try this; I promise you will not regret it! Besides having to pee all of the time of course ;).
Healthy Habit #2
This particular Healthy Habit I’m about to share with you is probably the most valuable thing I learned when I started learning about how to live a healthy lifestyle years ago. Additionally, it is the most damaging to me when I do not follow this way of living. It is very simple, but at the same time can be challenging when you have a very busy life. Ok, you ready? Another way to incorporate easy, healthy habits is to Eat three meals a day, no matter what! Breakfast, lunch & dinner. I had an awful habit of going all day without eating and then eating my only meal of the day when I got home from work. At the time I had a very active job and ate whenever I had time, which was usually not until I got home in the evening. If I knew then how bad it was for me, I would have never started the bad habit and would have made sure I made the time for eating three meals a day. Before I knew it, I was 100 pounds heavier than I was in high school and was borderline diabetic and had arthritis in my feet. Everything in my body ached, I was in a lot of pain and was miserable. Granted I still have some problems because I am still overweight, but it is nothing like what I dealt with in the past. So please, if you have the bad habit of going all day without eating, make the time to eat three meals a day. You might even see a change in your body from having the appropriate amount of calories in your body spread out throughout the day. Another healthy habit that you will not regret!
Healthy Habit #3
Take a multivitamin every day! When you are first starting to change your eating habits, it can be extremely hard. However, if the goal is to form permanent healthy habits, then it would be good to supplement with a vitamin. A good multivitamin will give you nutrients that your body needs. With an unhealthy diet, you are not getting a lot of nutrients that your body needs. You want something that is highly absorbent, and all natural because your body is more likely to absorb a supplement with these qualities. I would suggest Designs for Health Twice Daily Multivitamin, 60 or 240 (if you want to save money). Yes, I talk about this brand a lot, but I promise it is for a reason! I really do love Designs for Health and have gotten the best result with them. Once your body is healthy and more in balance, you will feel better, and once you feel better, it will be easier to make other changes in your life. I have noticed when I feel like crap, I am less likely to meal prep or exercise. When feeling this way, all I want to do is sit or sleep. We all know that sitting on our butts will not benefit us and keep us from reaching our goals. I know you want to feel better, so this is a great healthy habit to start with. Although, please make sure you consult a physician or do your research before you start taking any supplement.