5 of my Favorite Healthy Habits

Posted on Jan 8 2014 - 7:07am by Traci

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Okay friends, everyone knows that January is all about people starting goals to lose weight, right? I have done it a GAZILLION Times, not necessarily just during the new year, but something that has been a little more effective for me, is deciding to change some of my bad habits, into more healthy ones. So, instead of failing for the 90th time on a new diet, I make changes in my diet to be in better shape, and feel better overall! I am not saying that losing weight/dieting is always bad. It just always seems to back fire on me when I try some crazy fad diet. Even if I do lose the weight, it goes right back on after because I haven’t changed my lifestyle, yah know? Anyone else been there? I wanted to share five of my favorites healthy habits with you, and maybe along with some of your goals you can adopt one or two and feel healthier and happier!

I do have to also give a special shout out to my Momma 🙂 She is the healthiest lady there is, and although I gagged with a FEW of the things she made had me eat, I am so grateful for the healthy habits and lifestyle she taught me. She has taught me to love healthy food, and to love being active! She has always been in great health and very fit {and beautiful,too!} 🙂 She is a great example of being healthy and not going to extremes to be healthy and fit.

So here’s my fab 5 habits 🙂

1. Try, and LEARN to love Healthy food. I have to say, sometimes I feel SO BAD for people who miss out on how GOOD some fruits and veggies are! I have heard people say… I don’t do veggies, or I don’t really LIKE fruit. Oh my gosh, really?? You are missing out my friend! I do understand in some instances, because you can make pretty much anything gross. For instance, I grew up on a farm and we had apple trees. Best apples in the entire world I am telling yah. I LOVE Apples. Then I moved and moved and moved and realized that grocery store apples kind of taste like cardboard and sometimes their consistency is just awful! So I NOW understand why some may say they don’t like apples. Find GOOD produce, and try different ways of cooking it. It’s OKAY if you hate lettuce, maybe try a few different salad recipes with new dressings and yummy cheeses and maybe a little bacon! Maybe you WILL like lettuce. Or, maybe your favorite vegetable is peas. That is okay! Find your favorites, and try preparing them different ways. I also super love frozen grapes. Try some new things! And be amazed with how wonderful your body feels after eating some “healthier” options 🙂

2. Drink Water. I have probably said this a million times in my posts. But really, it’s just awful to drink your calories. I mean it. When you go out to eat, just get water, when your home, just do water! A lot of times we fill up on soda, juice, etc. and get those calories, think we are full and then eat a bunch, too. If you hate your faucet water, you can get a pretty cheap purifier either for your fridge or for your faucet that hooks right on. Or buy bottled water, just try it for a little! And be amazed how much better you feel! 🙂

3. Learn to be active, just for fun! Let’s be honest here, some people love the gym and some don’t. Honestly, I would love the gym a whole lot more if it was just mine. Pretty selfish huh? Haha, I just don’t like being around other people when I work out! Unless they are my friends, yah know? It is OKAY If you don’t love the gym or if you don’t want to run on a treadmill for an hour. Most people don’t, it’s okay! There are other ways to be active and fit! Something I really want to teach my children that I learned from my mother (and husband)  is to make everyday an active day! GET OUTSIDE. Get away from the pantry and the food, and just play outside. Don’t think about it being a workout, just go for a walk and enjoy the sun. Ride your bike to grab groceries or to run errands. Play Soccer with your kiddos. Just get out and get moving! You will be amazed how much better you feel. Just get out an about, if you make a conscious effort, I promise your body will thank you! I love Soccer, partially because the entire time I am running, but I am not thinking about it! Find ways to be active that you love! Maybe you love reading, you could totally do an audiobook while you walk outside and enjoy the day. There are a lot of ways to be active, just get outside, and get going! 🙂 It doesn’t have to be a “workout”. Just get moving! Turn on some music and dance! That counts right!? {Not that I am saying I don’t love my workouts, I do, I love running, and I love my workout videos, but it’s good to get out and about besides those too, and I am not bashing the gym, it’s great! Just hard sometimes for very many of us to spend large amounts of time there!} 🙂

4. Limit the amount of “treats” that make it INTO your home-and if necessary throw some away-I mean it! 🙂 I think that you need to have treats allowed here and there. I do! {I am eating a no bake cookie right now 🙂 But I also think if they are lying around in your house constantly, even if you have CRAZY AMAZING willpower, you are going to cave. Everyone is that way, I promise. Have treats, but limit them, and try hard not to buy too many at the store! If they aren’t in your house, you can’t eat them, right!? Have treats, yes, but don’t keep them around constantly. Christmas time we had SO MANY treats, and I made WAAAY to many, so you know what, I threw some away! I was the only one eating them, and I just could not have them staring at me any more! 🙂 Also, I love making homemade goodies, and baking especially with my kids, but man! Why when you make cupcakes do you have to make 24!? We love to share 🙂 Whenever we make cookies or any baked good, we give at least half away to friends or neighbors 🙂 We usually can’t finish them all anyway, and it helps so I don’t eat a whole batch of cookies almost entirely myself!! 🙂

5. Learn Portion Sizes and listen to your body, it KNOWS when it’s satisfied. This is something I have been working on, a lot. My husband is great at this, and has taught me a lot. But start to learn how much your body needs. Just because the package says a serving size is a certain amount, it doesn’t know what you snacked on five minutes ago. Learn to listen to your body and when it is full. You don’t HAVE to finish you food, you don’t have to finish your meal at the restaurant. Eat until your body is satisfied {not full} and you will feel so much better! {Less, gassy!, Less Stuffed, Less Sleepy!} It’s a hard thing to learn, and something we really always need to be getting better at, but figure out your right portion sizes, only eat until satisfied, and try your hardest not to get seconds {even if it tastes so stinking good} You can have more tomorrow, am I right?

I hope these were helpful tips to someone! Just don’t be too hard on yourself, yeah? Try your best to be positive about your body and don’t compare yourself to anyone else! Bodies are all SO very different and wonderful in their own ways! Just try to be healthy and feel good, and then go out and try to help others, it’s amazing how good it feels to stop worrying so much about ourselves and trying to help someone else out. 🙂 You rock! Happy Healthy New Year! 🙂

Traci

 

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11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. andi January 8, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

    part of my 2014 resolution…. 😀

    • Traci January 8, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Rosey January 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    I love the one about limiting the treats. The kids just had Christmas Break here, and then three snow days. That's a lot of time at home, some of it snowed in…which leads to kids meandering in the kitchen. With good choices only, they made good choices. If I'd have had a bunch of junk, you can bet that's what they would have went for first.

  3. stacie wyatt January 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Great tips. I do love water but I need to limit my snack intake.

  4. Liisi January 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I love it, fun and healthy and fun and healthy food, and fun exercising. That's how to do it for sure.

  5. Caitlin January 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    These are such great tips! I love the throwing food out one! I'm such "well we can't waste it I guess I'll just eat it" kind of person haha! I'll have to remember to just throw it out next time!
    Caitlin
    xx

    • Traci January 10, 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Thanks Caitlin! Yeah, very much came from a family that didn’t want to waste food, but started to realize since I am the one home all day, it’s me eating them! I guess that’s when taking them over to neighbors plays a big part, too 🙂 Thanks for checking this out! 🙂

  6. Sarah January 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    These are some great habits to get aquainted with. I know in our house if there are snacks and treats we will eat them, and usually in one sitting. Just not buying them is one of the best things we've done for our family. Best of luck to you!

    • Traci January 10, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Sarah, oh my gosh, I am the same way! I just can’t stop! They sit on the counter just staring at me. I hear yah. Sometimes I just have to toss them before I finish the entire batch myself {which has happened! 🙁

  7. Staci January 10, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Great advice. I so need to work on #4!!!!!

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