- Eat until you’re satisfied, not until you’re full.
Coming from an Italian family, I know this is much more difficult than said. Eating until your satisfied will ensure you feel better throughout the day, and have a nice constant amount of energy.
- Drink lots of water.
Water is the coolant and the oil to the engine that is your body. Every function in your body will function at its most efficient. It will also reduce the feelings as hunger by reducing dehydration (the body will make you feel hungry when dehydrated to get water from food).
- Move more (It’s the little things that add up)
Get out and about. If you don’t find time, it’s the small changes that you can make that will help you move more without actually thinking about it. Walk to work if you’re only a couple of kilometres away. Park at the far end of the car park. Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. These little things add up.
- Find the Healthy Alternative
We all have foods that are our guilty pleasure and indulgence. Chocolate, chicken parmagiana, pizza, pasta, etc. The good news is most foods will have a healthier alternative. Chocolate has dark chocolate with many healthy alternatives. Pizza if homemade can be healthy (wholemeal base, fresh tomato, spinach, veggies, and feta, etc.). There are lower calorie pasta alternatives available. Do a bit of research and make these small changes and they will add up.
- Don’t Punish Yourself
We all fail. We won’t move as much as we should. We will over eat or eat poorly. It happens. Rather than punishing yourself (and starving yourself or running yourself flat), just get back into the routine. Just like one day of healthy eating and exercise won’t change much, one day of bad behaviours won’t change much.
We need time to relax our body and our minds. Get enough sleep. Meditate. Just find your way to unwind, relaxing your mind and body. This is essential to your well being.