Small Changes For A Healthier You #HellotittieHealthyTip
After four years of a college lifestyle, I was not feeling my best. I know I am not alone when I say that being healthy at college is a struggle. Cooking healthy food gets expensive, there is barely any time to get to the gym and we are ALWAYS stressed.
When I finally returned home, all my jeans felt snug, I was getting winded after going up my stairs and this motivated me to make a change. However, I didn’t want to do anything drastic to my body such as only drinking teas and smoothies for a month or going to the gym hours on end, so I started brainstorming some ideas.
I recently started replacing unhealthy foods with other foods that are similar, yet low in calorie. I have been doing this for a few weeks now and I already feel so much better. The best part is that these food replacements are so good, I don’t even miss the original foods I have taken out of my diet!
For example, I started making my favorite pasta dishes such as pesto chicken pasta and bolognese with spaghetti squash and zoodles (zucchini noodles) instead of actual pasta. Spaghetti squash and zucchini are hardly any calories, are SO good for you and taste delicious when mixed in sauce and with other foods such as vegetables and protein. I sometimes even add in cheese and don’t feel bad about it because of how low-calorie the meal is.
I usually eat toast every day for breakfast and I am a huge fan of wraps. However, I’ve learned that bread is really not good for you. I started replacing toast with rice cakes and they surprisingly taste really good with an egg on top or with some peanut butter and banana. I sometimes even put nutella on a rice cake as a snack and it is so satisfying. When it comes to wraps, I started buying lettuce wraps and stuffing them with my favorite cold cuts and it is easy, filling and of course, much healthier.
I started only drinking water with meals. Juice, sodas, etc. are extra and honestly unnecessary calories. I really don’t miss these drinks at all because I know they aren’t good for me and water is way more refreshing. Not only will it help you lose weight, water keeps you hydrated, helps with endurance, digestion, headaches, helps filter out kidneys, balances your bodily fluids, energizes you, clears toxins out of the body, relieves congestion, is good for the heart and helps you think clearly! I also stopped drinking milk, but started taking calcium vitamins because it is still important to make sure we get the nutrients some of these drinks provide. When it comes to going out, I still drink because everyone deserves to have fun. However, I read that giving up beer will help you instantly lose some weight. I stopped drinking it and already feel so much less bloated after a night out!
An extra tip would be meal prepping. I have been planning out and making food in advanced for all of my meals and it has been so helpful. When I don’t have my meals planned and prepared, I usually end up eating unhealthy that day.
Working out is also important. When the weather gets warmer, I have no desire to go to the gym. However, forcing yourself to run, swim or walk with a friend for just a half an hour out of the day can make a huge difference. When I have to go places that are right around the corner from my house such as the post office or CVS, I started taking my bike instead of driving. Biking is really good for you, can be relaxing on a warm summer day and you don’t have to deal with any traffic. I also started experimenting with different exercise classes that were offered on Groupon and found that I really love kickboxing. If you find a workout that you enjoy, exercising becomes a lot easier.
I hope these small changes serve you as well as they have served me so far. Happy summer everyone!