10 Healthy Changes to Make Starting Today is about living your best life small changes at a time.
This post is sponsored by FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
New Year, New You doesn’t have to start in January. It doesn’t have to start on a Monday. It doesn’t have to start the next morning. Literally, it can start today. Right this second. Whether you are reading this at 8am or 8pm, you can literally start to implement some of these changes into your life. Healthy changes to make starting today is all about doing small, baby steps to reach your goal.
The back story – about a year before we had kids, I was in the best shape of my life. Andrew, however, had recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. We researched and researched about how to eventually get him off medication and with small simple changes to his own life, he’s now off medication and he’s in the best shape of his life. Me now, not so much.
A lot has changed since having two kids and I’m not as fit as I once was. Despite that though, I’ve determined that this year is going to be my year. But, it’s hard y’all. Really, really hard. Some days, I do great. Other days, not so much. One thing I’ve learned though is it’s not always about the way the day starts or the slip up you have in the middle but it’s about one small mind shift.
Right this moment, I can start doing better.
For many of us though, we have no idea where to start. What is the best way to become healthier again. No matter what your goals may be there is one simple solution for everyone. You must take baby steps instead of running a race. Doing things slowly, even one thing at a time can help. Today, I’m sharing with you a few ideas I have to make it possible.
10 Healthy Changes to Make Starting Today
1- Get Outside More.
Whether you sit outside a have drink or you engage in some outdoor activity like cleaning up your gardening bed, being outside boosts you happiness levels.
2- Do something that makes you feel like a kid again
This one is for boosting your energy. When you doing something like swinging or roller skating it brings you back to a happier time. A less stressful time and when that happens your endorphins swell up and you can have a great time
3- Talk a walk
Once you get comfortable just spending more time outside, now is the time to kick it up. Take a walk. Remember this isn’t a race. Start by doing walk about the block, then down a few streets, then a larger section of the neighborhood or city you live.
4- Drink more water
One of the single best things you can do is drink half your body weight throughout the day. I love waking up in the morning before I even start eating breakfast and have a glass of water. It starts my day off on the right track and keeps me inspired to keep going
5 – Eat Less & Slower
I saw a documentary one time that we are just eating because it’s an expectation (and obviously our mood swings on empty stomach aren’t great). We don’t really take the time to enjoy our food. One way we can fix this it to eat slower and really enjoy the food. Doing this also helps you eat less good.
One great way to do this is to try FAGE Total Split Cup. Their fruit varieties are quick and easy for on-the-go use, however, they pack a protein rich breakfast that allows you to keep going. The fruit combination really allows you to sit and taste the amazing combination of sweet fruit and tangy yogurt. The 11g of protein in each cup really helps to boost your appetite and not have you hungry five minutes form now.
6- Go to bed at the same time every day
I thought this suggestion was crazy. Seriously, I mean how could this change anything. I started going to bed after hearing this advice between 10 and 10:30 pm. Within 2 weeks, I could tell so much difference in how I was waking up. Not only was I not as grumpy, but I was really to tackle my day.
7 – Laugh
Laughter really is the best medicine. There’s not much that a really good belly laugh can’t cure in the moment. However, some people believe laughter is the key to aging slower.
8- Eat More Fruit
Fruit is the easiest way for me to get in nutritional benefits. I could eat most fruits all day long. They help with energy, are convenient (usually) when you are on the run, and pack nutritional vitamins.
The FAGE Total fruit cups with all-natural Greek strained yogurt is the most delicious mid-day snack when you are trying to make some changes but still want something fun. It’s such a run and satisfying treat to have when you really need one.
9- Read more books
You have to exercise your mind at the same time. Reading is the easiest way to do this. Don’t worry if you have small children. They also need to read, so set up a quiet time in the same where everywhere has to be reading for 30 minutes until a timer goes off.
10- Read your labels
You should be able to read almost everything that on your nutritional label. I’m not just talking about the amount of calories or protein are in your found, but the actual ingredients should be easy to read and things you can pronounce (for the most part).
FAGE Total comes in three fat varieties – whole milk, 2% and 0% and a variety of fruit flavors like Cherry, Raspberry, and Apricot. For the FAGE Total (whole milk) there are 8 varieties. Use the FAGE store locator to see where you can purchase today!