12 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Getting healthy can be a daunting task, so here are 12 simple tips to help you start or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Choose the colors of the rainbow in your veggies and fruits. The more colorful they are, the healthier they are. Choose at least one brightly colored fruit or veggie in each meal.

  2. Try to cook your foods using a George Foreman grill or bake in the oven. Avoid grilling due to carcinogens associated with the grilling of foods. Sautéing is another healthy way to prepare your foods.

  3. Choose a dress or swimsuit in your fitness goal size and hang it where you can see it daily. This will keep you motivated and on track.

  4. Never use mayonnaise. Instead, for a healthier option, use Dijon mustard, guacamole or hummus on sandwiches. You can save 85+ calories this way.

  5. Try not to eat past 8 pm at night or at least 2 hours before bedtime. Your digestive system needs to fast as you sleep. Plus, you don't want to ingest surplus calories right before bed, because those calories will not be burned off and will be stored as fat.

  6. Try a pasta-less spaghetti by using shredded zucchini instead of pasta. Top with homemade tomato sauce seasoned with veggies, garlic and onions.

  7. Always add fresh herbs at the end of the cooking process to maximize flavor and keep meals sodium-free.

  8. Limit fast food visits. Fast food is loaded with too many calories, too much salt, and major calories as well. Cook your own food at home so you can control the ingredients.

  9. Use lean ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef to save on fat and calories.

  10. If you're married, consider encouraging your spouse to embark on your fitness journey with you. Couples who work out and eat well together tend to be happier and live longer.

  11. Skip the appetizers at restaurants, as well as the bread basket. Appetizers tend to be fried and high in calories and fat. Choose a salad as your appetizer and remember to always order the dressing on the side, and no cheese or croutons.

  12. When having a salad, don't put the dressing on your salad. Keep the dressing on the side and use your fork to dip into the dressing and then directly onto the salad. This keeps your calories lower since you're not drenching the salad in dressing.

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