I hope that you are all doing well on this wonderful day 🙂
I wanted to start doing a few more personal blogs as per request from a few of my awesome followers.
The topic I would like to talk about is habits.
Habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”
Since I have been trying to change my life in a huge way lately, I figured the best habit that I could point out are my unhealthy ones that I am trying to break and healthy ones that I have picked up since January 2014 when I started this rocky journey to getting healthy not fit, not skinny, not anything of that kind of sort. I just want to be healthy.
Now let’s get started with the unhealthy part first.
Unhealthy habit #1: Skipping breakfast.
This is a huge no-no when it comes to being healthy. Breakfast is what kick starts your metabolism, gives you energy and helps elevate your mood. Plus if you eat regular meals/snacks throughout the day you are less likely to slip up and binge on unhealthy treats.
Unhealthy habit #2: Drinking way too much pop/sugary drinks.
Now I’m not advocating getting rid of pop completely. I could never do that, I have a love of Root beer as well as Cola but the amount you drink and how often is the biggest part. I used to drink way too much maybe two pops a day, every day. I still do drink a lot but I am slowly weaning myself off. The amount of sugar in pop is insane and also can cause sugary cravings which leads to overeating. Not good. Pop drinking is good in moderation, just like everything you eat.
Unhealthy habit #3: Eating out of boredom.
I am a huge offender of this one. I eat dinner and put my little one to bed. I sit in front of the television or with a book, finally able to relax but then I feel the need to snack for something to do. It’s extremely hard to get out of the habit but it has to be done. I still fail at this time to time. It’s a hard habit to break. When I get up to look in the cupboards or fridge, I try to ask myself why I think I’m hungry and if I decide that I want food anyways, I try to grab something healthy like carrots or grapes.
Now the healthy ones.
Healthy habit #1: Drinking lots of water.
This is so so so important, I finally came to realize that the reason why I was so tired and grumpy most days was because I was dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up kick-start your metabolism and gets your organs functioning after a long night of sleep.
Healthy habit #2: Smoothies for breakfast.
This has helped me immensely lately because I have never been one to eat breakfast. I usually wouldn’t have my first meal until around 12 or 1 in the afternoon. The smoothie provides the nutrients and the energy you need to tide you over until lunch. Plus it is simple to make and eat. (see my previous post under the recipe category for my two fave smoothie recipes.)
Healthy habit #3: Portion control.
This has been a struggle my whole life but I have mastered this for the majority of my meals. I use a few things to help. Use a smaller plate, you will still be satisfied with a “full” plate but it will be a smaller more reasonable amount. I drink a glass of water before I start eating and finally I eat slowly. It takes your brain 20 minutes to process that it’s full so if you eat too fast, you up the risk of overeating.
With that being said, I have a lot more unhealthy and healthy things that I do but these are just a few. This is also stuff that I do personally for my journey to a healthy lifestyle, not everyone will like how I do things but it helps me and may help others who want to give it a try.
Find what works for you and keep at it. 🙂