15 Changes You Should Make For A Healthier Lifestyle

September 15, 2016  |  
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Did you know that living a healthier lifestyle can add years to your life and even make your kids smarter?

Of course, doing so can seem easier said than done and come off as a daunting life change, but it can be surprisingly easy if you focus in on making small changes at a time. In fact, for most of us, changing just one thing about our diets and how we operate is all we need to see some positive changes.

Pick just one of these easy changes from the list, stick with the healthy swap for two months (but it really only takes 21 days to form a habit), and before you know it, you will be ready for another.

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Drink Water

Swap all soda and juice for water (and cut hundreds of calories from your diet every day).

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Shop at a Farmers’ Market

If you’re lucky enough to live by one, do 90 percent of your shopping there. You will eat fresher, healthier food, and even find that sometimes it’s cheaper than your go-to grocery.

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Get a Health Coach

Invest a little money in a few sessions with a nutritionist or personal trainer and follow everything they say.

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Banish the Junk Food

Clear out all of the cookies, candy and chips that are holding you back, and you will see positive changes in no time.

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Plan Your Meals and Snacks Every Week

Shop once a week, prep what you can on Sunday, and only eat according to your plan.

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Get Eight Hours of Sleep

Or enough until you wake up naturally. Did you know that your body holds on to weight and makes you eat more when you’re low on sleep and stressed out? Rearrange your day so that you get more z’s and it could be the best thing for improving your health (and lowering that stress).

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Don’t Eat Out

It’s a good diet for your wallet and your waistline. Only eat what you cook at home or bring to lunch. You might be surprised at how many calories are in your favorite restaurant dishes.

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Reduce Your Stress Level

Learn to meditate, take yoga classes, or read a book on how to de-stress. Stress is one of the biggest causes of weight gain and health problems.

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Find a Mentor

DM your favorite Instagram fitness personality, get in touch with a trainer —  find someone whose body and lifestyle you love and imitate what they eat and how they work out (even if you have to build up to it).

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Meatless Monday

Once a week, only eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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Exercise

Squeeze in 150 minutes a week. Start with something simple like leisurely walking, and then move on up.

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Get to the Root of Your Problem

Whatever your diet struggle (snacking too much, exercising too little), spending a few hours with a therapist could help you figure out what’s really been holding you back.  Unlocking your mindset first might be the key to changing your eating habits for the long term.

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Kick Processed Foods

And stick to natural stuff from the meat and produce aisle. If you don’t recognize the ingredients on the label (or can’t make it in the kitchen) leave it at the store.

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Eat a Huge Breakfast

You will eat less during the day and speed up your metabolism until breakfast rolls around again.

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Get Colorful

At every meal, fill equal parts of your plate with at least four colors. This rule is one of the best ways to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet.

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