50 Easy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

healthy living photos So, with the new year upon us, I’ve made some pretty interesting goals for myself. I have some overall ones for the blog and some for my family, but the ones that pertain specifically to me have to do with my health. I recently started seeing a personal trainer. There were lots of reasons for my decision to do this, which I’ll get into at a different time, but I’ve come to find that taking baby steps towards a healthy lifestyle as opposed to changing the way you eat completely upside down {like on crash diets, fad diets, etc.} is definitely easier to do and will last much longer. Here’s a list I put together of 50 healthy eating tips. Feel free to give one or two of these a whirl and see how they work in your life! Once you have those down, add in one or two more. One little change can make a huge difference.

I’ll be doing more updates on my healthy eating and fitness progress with *gulp* before and after photos. I think…..insert nervous laugh here.

1. Drink more water!

2. And while you’re at it, quit drinking soda. It has absolutely no nutritional value. My husband promised himself he would quit drinking soda four years ago. And believe it or not, he’s never had a sip since. What a show-off, right? Lol! I will have a diet soda pop once in a while when we go to a restaurant, but that’s pretty much it.

3. Try sticking with water and milk. Don’t buy juice. I used to think it was healthy, but holy mama mia the sugar in juice is a little ridiculous.

4. Don’t eat while standing.

5. Or in front of the TV! {I’m a notorious mindless eater, so this is something I need to work on.}

6. Incorporate more protein into your diet. More protein will help keep you fuller longer.

7. Try eating a salad a day. {I’m going to be trying this!}

IMG_0036 8. If you don’t like salad, try throwing a bunch of veggies into soup. It’s a different, but still delicious way to get a bunch of veggies into your diet.

9. Try satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit. Apples and all-natural peanut butter is one of my favorites.

10. Try natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and agave instead of white sugar.

11. Switch over to whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour {like the albino version of whole wheat flour…so you can trick your kids easier!}

12. Try dark chocolate instead of milk or semi-sweet.

13. Try 1% or non-fat milk over 2% or whole.

14. Try greek yogurt over traditional low-fat, flavored yogurt varieties.

15. Choose unsalted nuts instead of salted.

16. Try using olive oil instead of vegetable oil.

17. Try coconut oil in place of butter.

18. Try eating your complex carbs at breakfast and lunch.

19. Don’t eat dessert every night.

20. Find and try foods higher in fiber.

21. Try to go 1 week without eating sugar.

22. Then try to go 1 week without eating artificial sugar.

23. Purchase low-sodium versions of the original versions.

IMG_0002 24. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier.

25. Watch 30 minutes less of TV each day.

26. Choose one meal per week to splurge. But don’t go all buck-wild.

27. Incorporate more foods high in anti-oxidants.

28. Don’t skip breakfast.

29. Replace brown rice for white.

30. Replace white bread with whole wheat.

31. Replace pasta with the whole wheat version or make zucchini noodles.

32. Try baking instead of frying.

33. Try sweet potatoes or yams over white potatoes.

34. Try one new spice/herb per week.

IMG_0024 35. Take a sack lunch to work instead of eating out.

36. Eat out 1 time less per week.

37. Try roasting or steaming your veggies.

38. Do jumping jacks or burpees during commercial breaks.

39. Find an activity you love like hiking, dancing, sports or zumba. That way exercising won’t feel like exercise.

40. Start saying to yourself “I want to work out” instead of “I have to workout”.

41. Keep a positive attitude even when you want to eat all the cookies and cupcakes in the world. {This is totally hard for me!}

42. Try dipping bread into olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead of smearing on the butter.

43. Learn what portion sizes are right for you and try to stick with it for 1 week.

44. Don’t eat 2 hours before you go to bed.

IMG_0049 45. Try portioning your meals and snacks out the night before using ziploc bags and sharpies.

46. Hold yourself accountable no matter what–when you are successful and when you go off the rails.

47.  Don’t finish all the food on your plate at a meal. It’s ok not to finish!

48. Try eating slower.

49. Get to know your body and do what works for you. {Gluten free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, etc.}

50. If you have a bad day, get back at it the very next day. Don’t sabotage yourself!

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31 Responses to “50 Easy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle”

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    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 3, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I love all of these tips girl! So simple and straight forward, yet will make a huge difference to your health! Great post!

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    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — January 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Such great suggestions, Lauren! I definitely need to try eating slower-trying to work on that this year! Can’t wait to see what you share in 2014! Happy New Year!

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    Nicole — January 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Ugh…#3? Please do some research. Research not funded by the dairy lobby. Milk is meant for baby cows, not humans. We use sole milk products (especially cheese) for cooking but stopped drinking milk altogether and my husband and I have both list weight, lowered our cholesterol and feel so much better. Just drink water! Nothing else!

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    • Amallen — January 3rd, 2014 @ 9:51 am

      I agree, milk is so bad from you and leaches calcium from your bones. I rather have coconut milk, almond milk instead.

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    • Karen — January 4th, 2014 @ 7:55 am

      We now drink raw goat milk. Used to buy only non fat cows milk until I googled it and found out all the horrible stuff they do to make it non fat. Now, if we are out of goat milk I buy whole vow milk.

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    • Katherine — February 5th, 2014 @ 11:48 am

      Water and nothing else? That’s just not realistic

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    Laura — January 3, 2014 at 7:20 am

    This is a great list! I think baby steps are such a big part of true overall success rather than giant leaps. Mine this year is Zumba once a week. I love it but don’t want to overwhelm myself with an unrealistic goal.

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    Laurie — January 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

    My problem is eating at night and not getting enough sleep. Good, smart tips! I do a lot of them but the nighttime snacking and not sleeping get me every time.

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    Stephanie Diaz — January 3, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Some of these I already do but there are some I need to work on… Thanks for posting…

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    Karli — January 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Great post. Some of them seem so small but can make a huge difference! I’m excited to follow along with your journey. I know you can do it!

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    Aubri — January 3, 2014 at 8:02 am

    So, I had twins just a few weeks before you had Blake (actually, my boy twinner’s name is Blake too!). I have 5 kids total and I’m pretty much going nutso. I haven’t lost my baby weight and I’m dying! So, I have made a goal to lose the weight and put myself first (more often, anyway!). We already do a lot of these, but some I’m going to work harder on. Thanks for the reminder. Great post…and I can’t wait to see some of your healthy recipes…especially replacing white sugar and replacing butter with coconut oil!

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    Bonita W — January 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    It’s 29-31 backwards? Shouldn’t it be replace white____ for whole wheat?

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    Tara Brennan — January 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Great ideas Lauren. Simple but easy to do. I do a lot of these already but found a few I will try. Thanks for sharing.

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    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — January 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Great tips Lauren! I’ve been trying the water instead of juice tip. I may be weird, but I don’t like water unless there’s lemon or something in it.
    We use friday’s as our indulge meal – we call it “Fun Food Friday”. However sometimes it turns into Fun Food Saturday as well….. Is that considered “buck-wild”?

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    • Lauren — January 5th, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

      Not at all! ;) Lol!

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    Carrie Gnauck — January 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Instead of using Sharpies and Ziploc bags, we use small plastic containers and a wax pencil to cut down on needless plastic baggie waste. We portion out all our snacks on Sunday night and throw them in a clear container in the fridge to use throughout the week.

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    • Lauren — January 5th, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

      Great idea! Where do you find wax pencils? Haven’t seen those in ages!!

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      • Carrie Gnauck — January 6th, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

        I most recently ordered a two-pack at amazon. I have sometimes seen them in the canning section at the grocery store, too. They’re so handy – I use them for everything! They wipe off from smooth plastic with a bit of paper towel or dry rag. My 3-year-old is diabetic and we use them to mark the carbs on each snack container. Calorie counts would be handy for grownups – LOVE THEM!

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    Ali — January 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Lots of great tips here. Thank you Lauren. :) I think mine would be to limit desserts and any sweets, as well as cutting out any chips, soda and other processed and bad for you foods. More sleep and more water are needed too. :)

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    chelsey — January 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    these are such great tips, thanks for sharing!! i love all your recipes and can’t wait to try more out. happy new year!

    xo Chelsey

    http://westcoastcapri.com

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    These are all such great tips!

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    Anonymous — January 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Coconut oil is actually a lot more unhealthy than butter. You’d think it wouldn’t be, huh?

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    Karen — January 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I use raw local honey for my tea. It helps with so many things.

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    mysweetiepiepi — January 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Great tips and ideas, I’m going to be working these throughout the year.

    I’ve pinned it here to keep myself motivated:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/191332684143229239/

    Keep up the good work :+)

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    Becky — January 11, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Great post Lauren!! I love reading new tips for a healthy lifestyle!!

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    katie — March 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Coconut oil is extremely high in saturated fat and is therefore difficult for the body to breakdown…causing it to be stored in fat tissue. Stick with olive oil :)

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    katie — March 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    & you’re going to want to replace WHITE bread FOR whole wheat.
    Maybe you should look into the science behind your facts before you make a so called “healthy” nutritional list for people to follow. Whole wheat is very nutrient dense and supplies many vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

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    Sherry — March 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Great suggestions. I was curious, what are zucchini noodles?

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    • Lauren — March 27th, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

      It’s zucchini cut into spaghetti!

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