As the new year begins, many of us start planning how we're going to make positive, healthy changes to our diet and exercise routines. It is a challenge that can not only seem daunting — but let's be honest — it doesn't always sound like the most fun thing to do in the new year.
But we have great news for you — it CAN be! We decided to find the fun and share some simple tips to help you get healthier this year. Just making a few small changes can make a big difference over time, and help you to begin forming better habits that will set you on the path to a happier, healthier future. And — you guessed it — can help you have more fun when it comes to food and fitness!
Dump the Junk
Clean out your refrigerator, pantry and kitchen of all unhealthy, tempting snack foods (such as potato chips, cookies, highly processed foods, high-sodium snacks, candy, and sodas) and stock your home, car and office with healthy options (almonds, raw vegetables with hummus, Arbonne Essentials® Lemon Fit Chews, and Nutrition Bars).
Have a Drink ... of Water!
Water is vital to healthy living and optimal body function. Drinking enough water helps your body to process nutrients and maintain a proper fluid balance. Aim for around eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day. Not sure how much you hydrate? Take a water bottle with you wherever you go to help keep track of how much you are drinking.
Getting enough sleep is another seemingly simple step that too many of us don't do enough. Treat your body to enough rest — ideally you should be getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to function most efficiently. Studies have linked sleep deprivation to weight gain — not only can it affect the metabolism, but it can lead to poor food choices due to lack
of energy. If you are lacking in energy and need a boost, keep Energy Fizz Sticks with you to make a refreshing drink.
Indulge those little cravings on occasion and have healthy alternatives on hand — like Arbonne Essentials Fit Chews in Chocolate. They help satisfy that sweet tooth and make it easier to bypass that candy bar vending machine!
It's easy to be tempted by convenience or fast foods when you're on the go, and many of us tend to over-indulge after skipping meals all day. Avoid that by having some Ready-to-Drink Protein Shakes on hand. In delicious chocolate or vanilla, these shakes deliver 20 grams of vegan protein (plus 20 essential vitamins and minerals) and make avoiding unhealthy options that much simpler.
It's all too easy to eat too quickly when you're on the go or in rush, and then it's easier to over-indulge. But remember, it's not a race to the finish! Eating more slowly gives your body more time to feel full, which means you'll likely wind up eating less. Understand and incorporate the right proportions of veggies, proteins and whole grains in your meals and snacks.
Stay on track by keeping track of what you're eating and doing each day. Taking note of everything you eat and all your physical activity helps you gain an accurate picture of your eating and exercise habits. The 30-Day Feeling Fit Calendar in the Arbonne Essentials 30-Day Feeling Fit Kit is a great way to start!
Tomorrow Is Another Day
Don't get too caught up in your day-to-day progress — every little choice helps. And don't beat yourself up too much if you slip one day. So you gave in and indulged in that cupcake or cookie, or skipped a workout to watch your favorite movie. Enjoy those moments of gleeful guilt, and resolve to make a better choice the next day!