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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Healthy Habits .2 - How to get started

I've been eating pretty healthy for about two years now, my main problem is that although I eat healthy main meals, I snack on rubbish. I'm starting to gain some more healthy habits, but I thought I'd share some that I'd already learnt.

Over the past couple of years I've learnt a few tips on how to start eating healthily without overwhelming yourself.

Start by writing a food diary for a day or a week

This is a great way to track what you're eating and see how much you do actually eat in a day. When you look back on it you see that the little snacks here and there add up! I used to use the MyFitnessPal app in the beginning to track my for intake and see how much I really should be eating.

Homemade treats

Do not cut out all unhealthy food, you will just torture yourself and end up binging on rubbish and ruining all your hard work. I like to guide myself by the 80/20 rule, eat healthy 80% of the time. 

When I do have the occasional treat, I like to make it homemade. This way I know exactly whats going into it, even if it's bad for you, I bet it doesn't have as many sweeteners and chemicals that are in the shops. If you need to kick a really chocolatey craving try this amazing cookie recipe (unless you've used up your treat allowance DO NOT CLICK - because these are just about the most unhealthy but amazing cookies ever).

Don't aim too high in the beginning

Start small. I started with the gym three times a week and I swapped white bread/pasta/potatoes with wholemeal replacements and sweet potatoes. This way I wasn't really missing out on anything but it was a step in the right direction.

Drink water

Everyone said this and I honestly didn't think much of it at first, not to mention how many times you need to pee a day if you're drinking two litres of water. But it definitely helps, I felt less hungry, my skin looked gorgeous and (apparently) it helps you lose weight faster. Just be ready to pee A LOT.

Learn to love healthy food

This isn't easy for everyone, I naturally love my fruit and veg so I'm pretty lucky in that way. I used to think healthy eating was really boring, chicken and veg every night. But if you're willing to experiment in the kitchen and look through a few blogs and websites, you can easily find some fun and delicious healthy recipes (I'll also be sharing some of mine in the coming weeks).

So these are just a few tips to help people start their journey to being healthier and happier.
Do you have any tips?

elise rose


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