Summer is a time of activity, which is one of the reasons that summer is also a time that many people start thinking about getting into shape. Of course, wanting to look good in summer’s skimpier clothing and bathing suits plays a role as well! I tend to put on some weight every winter since my activity level goes down so much and this year I’ve been making a conscious effort to get back on track with some healthy habits.
If you’re embarking on a journey to better health, remember to take into account a few different strategies. Healthy eating, exercise and appetite control should all be part of your plan. Here are three easy tips to get you on the path to better health!
And make it a breakfast high in protein if possible. A recent study at the University of Kansas found that while all breakfast eaters showed reduced hunger for the rest of the day, those that consumed a high protein breakfast had an even greater reduction in appetite that lasted all day long.
Switch it up!
There are all kinds of easy healthy recipe substitutions for some of the most common foods that have more vitamins, more nutrients, more fibre or fewer calories. Use brown flour, rice and pasta instead of white to add more fibre to your diet and feel full longer. Substitute applesauce for oil or butter in your favourite baked recipe and enjoy delicious low-fat home-baked treats. Or put evaporated skim milk into your coffee instead of cream to enjoy the same creamy taste with a fraction of the fat.
Plan your meals!
Meal planning can save you money on your monthly food budget, but it can also save your health! By planning healthy meals in advance, you won’t have to settle for quick and unhealthy convenience food or be tempted to eat out.
In my experience, it’s the little changes that make the biggest difference when trying to live a healthier lifestyle, because they’re the ones that can be maintained long-term. I may not be able to head out for a five-mile hike once a week year-round, but no matter what the weather is like, I can always cook with brown rice instead of white! So take it slow, make one or two changes a week and start moving towards a healthier you!