October 29, 2011

10 Tips for a Well-Balanced Life

I always keep my eye out for tips for a healthier life, and though some may become repetitive it's nice to be reminded. I found these tips when I was Pinning this morning and came across a rad blog with yummy recipes.

1. Eat less meat, especially red meat. Try to eat red meat no more than twice a week (once is even better!). To ensure your protein intake, consume it from other sources like beans and quinoa.

2. Switch to whole grains. If you love pasta like I do, give whole grains a try. Today's options are tastier than you might think, and the fiber will help you feel full sooner, so you don't need as large of a portion.

3. Remove the temptation. If a bag of chips or a gallon of ice cream is in your kitchen, it will eventually be eaten, so simply remove the temptation. It's ok to treat yourself now and then and have dessert, just don't buy them as part of your weekly shopping routine.

4. Portion control. Sometimes after a long day I get excited about dinner. So excited, that I eat more than I probably should. To combat this impulse, I try to eat more slowly. I also have a small snack, like the one in Tip #5, as soon as I get home, so I'm not as hungry while waiting preparing dinner. When we're finished eating, if either of us want seconds, I put together our leftovers for tomorrow's lunch before filling our plates.

5. Try an energy-boosting snack. Inevitably, every day around 2 or 3 pm I start feeling the afternoon slump. On the days I bring a healthy snack with me, I instantly feel better and am more alert. My favorite way to get more energy is Greek yogurt dusted with cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and a small handful of nuts.

6. Lower your sugar and caffeine intake. Our favorite culprits are different for each of us. For me, it's English Breakfast tea and the iced tea lemonade at Starbucks. For the receptionist at my office, it's diet Coke. To reduce the sugar I consume, I only add cream to my morning tea, and on the days when I get a tea-lemonade, I ask for it half sweetened.

7. Drink more water. Your body needs it, and it will give you more energy.

8. Pack your lunch. Something homemade (even if it's a peanut butter and jelly sandwich), will tend to be better for you than the entree you order at a local restaurant.

9. Stretch (just a little) at your desk. Whether you work from home or in an office, we all spend lots of time sitting in front of a computer. When I remember, I take a minute and stretch my arms and legs before getting back to work. It gets my blood circulating and helps me feel better instantly.

10. Have fun with healthy food. There are plenty of healthy, east to prepare, recipes floating around the internet and in cookbooks. Experiment and bookmark your favorites.

Reblogged from Cooking After Five

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