5 Tips for Creating Healthy Habits

When I look back at my dieting failures, I can always trace it back to the small habits that I refused to change. It’s true that it’s the little things that can make a big difference on your road to wellness and I’m here to share with you 5 tips for creating healthy habits that will change your life.

While it may not be possible to wake up tomorrow 10 pounds lighter or with an insatiable love of salads, there are a lot of smaller changes you can make that deliver an immediate healthy payoff. They are the kind of healthy habits that will encourage you to make another small change, and another, and, well, you get the idea. Here are 5 tips for making new healthy habits that can have a really big payoff when it comes to your health.

Plan Ahead

Keeping your kitchen stocked with healthy foods means shopping for the right foods. Plan ahead! That means picking a time each week to menu plan for the upcoming week. You know what they say about people who fail to plan, right? Try writing out all the meals you intend to cook and which ingredients you’ll need for their preparations. I can’t tell you how much of a gamechanger this was for my own personal health goals.

Purchase the Right Foods

I always try to plan ahead by setting aside time once a week to go grocery shopping with a well-planned list. Be vigilant and don’t be lulled into sugary drinks and bakery goods. You’ve got this! Alternatively, you can also set aside a time to grocery shop online in this new age of COVID-19. Take advantage to stay more disciplined without the allure of fancy packaging.

Make Produce Visible

You know the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”? Not what you want when it comes to eating more fruits and vegetables. Produce delivers lots of nutrients but not a lot of calories. Plus, it’s packed with fiber, which helps fill you up. Bring fruits and vegetables to the front and center of your refrigerator. You can’t miss them when they’re right in front of you!

Eat More Fish

When I was a child I used to hate the taste of fish. Now I know what I was missing! Fish is a wonderful source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. If you’d like to learn more about the evidence-based benefits of eating fish, click this link. I wish I just knew this when I was younger!

Stay Hydrated

Getting the proper amount of water is extremely important as every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies needs water. To help develop and keep this habit, many devices, from “smart bottles” to numerous free apps, are readily accessible to keep you properly hydrated.

Finally…

Did these healthy habit tips work for you? Is there something that you’d like for me to share that works for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts at hello@heartandsoulblog.com. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive more great articles straight to your inbox each Friday. If you’d like to learn more about healthy tips, please check out “How to Stop Overeating Late at Night“.

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