What the Health: Part 2

Here I am talking about how to be healthy….again.

At the risk of sounding repetitive: I’m attacking the stereotype that to be healthy you need to be constantly sweating and eating protein shakes. I’m a normal person trying to find what healthy means for me.

I love this quote from the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

We are striving for a state of well-being!

This is Part 2 of a series! Part 1 was about physical fitness & working out. But all of that means nothing if you’re not also trying to eat right.

Many of us probably had a dining hall available to us(or roommates/parents that may have occasionally cooked). But the process can be tedious when you only have yourself to rely on. Especially if you hate cooking (and clean up) as much as I do.

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Charles DeLuvio via Unsplash

Here are some small, basic tips that have helped me:

  • Plan to pack lunches instead of ordering out
    • But it’s okay to splurge every once and a while
  • You don’t have to splurge on organic foods.
    • Check out farmer’s markets, subscription boxes etc. [I tried Hello Fresh for a couple months, just to try to get in the pattern of cooking meals. It doesn’t have to suck, guys!]
    • Try going to different stores to get the best deals.
  • Drink less sugary coffee/drinks.
    • I know black coffee is a little intense, but if you need cream & sugar- don’t let other people make you feel bad. Just try to limit the other sugary drinks.
  • Find fun ways to eat fruits & veggies
    • Add fruit to cereal, buy only 100% fruit juice, eat veggie sticks to replace chips for a crunch, steamed veggies are cheap & easy
  • Don’t skip meals.
    • Especially breakfast!!
      • There are so many studies that show how important this is for your body- not necessarily for losing weight, but for health habits.
  • Drink a full glass of water before meals.
    • You’ll feel full sooner & end up eating less.

 

Some people struggle with eating enough protein, others with remembering to eat at all. I tried to keep these tips general (and avoided describing the MyPlate diagram to you again- you’re welcome).

I recently purchased the Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook by Toby Amidor (find it here) & it’s totally changing the way I look at cooking. I’m excited about my food again!

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Cecilia Par via Unsplash

Remember my mantra:

I’m in a constant state of self-improvement, but I don’t beat myself up over it.