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3 unhealthy habits and 3 healthy habits.

Hey lovelies!

I hope that you are all doing well on this wonderful day ūüôā

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. ūüôā

Cheers,

JMaxwell

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Lover of words, culinary enthusiast, mom to an adorable 5 year old, and changing the world for the better one day at a time.

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