We’ve all been there right?! Making well-intentioned New Years resolutions that somehow lose a little gusto along the way?! Well, I’m hoping to share a little encouragement that will help us only have to make that “same old resolution” one.more.time! This past June I got a little jump start on my need to lose that not-so-lovely bundle of remaining baby weight and am thankful to have had success losing 28 of those pounds in 11 weeks! So this year I’m excited to share that my NEW year’s resolution will be to continue the healthy habits I learned how to apply for the rest of my life—never to be a January 1 repeat event again! Yaaaay!
Though my family didn’t used to eat horribly at all, we certainly weren’t being very purposeful about fueling our bodies with high-fiber, low sugar, unprocessed food choices either. I’m definitely still learning…but after my initial weight loss, here are some of the healthy habits that I apply daily and that I love sharing with others to help encourage long-term success too!
• Always eat breakfast, girls! Eating a healthy breakfast not only helps us concentrate and perform better mentally, but it also jump starts our metabolism and helps level out blood sugar levels and hunger throughout the day.
• Eat 5-6 small, low-fat meals per day. Eat every 2-3 hours; breakfast, lunch and dinner…with a small nutritious, low glycemic snack dispersed between each of those mealtimes—to keep those blood sugars from spiking and tricking us into thinking we’re hungry when we’re really not.
• Add healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy items to our meals, and make sure that the calories we consume are packed with nutritional value (fibrous and low glycemic choices) as opposed to empty (processed and/or sugar-riden) calories.
• Use healthy portion-control. When visualizing how to portion a 9″ plate, fill half of it with vegetables, 1/4 with lean protein and 1/4 with whole grain/high fiber starch. Fruit and dairy portions are accounted for outside of the plate.
• Build some sort of regular exercise into our lifestyles. Essential for good health; exercise not only improves our appearance, but it strengthens our muscles (including our hearts), reduces stress, and lifts our moods!
• Get 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night. Lack of sleep definitely gives us foggy senses, decreased productivity, and irritability—but it also can cause increased inflammation and even obesity.
Those are just a few of the many new habits that have totally helped redefine my family’s lifestyle…you can find more healthy habits here!
As a yummy little bonus I wanted to include this delicious recipe we tried last night (thank you, Pinterest!) It’s perfect for this chilly San Diego weather we’re having right now and the kids totally gobbled it up! Sweet potatoes are little treasure chests of nutritional love…and this Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili recipe combines sweet potatoes with a bunch of other healthy ingredients and flavors that I hope you love. It’s definitely gonna be a go-to for us! Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share…especially that the kids love too?!
Here’s to a healthy, happy 2013 (and beyond!) to us all!!