5 Simple Tips to Make Healthy Living Easier

Make Healthy Living Easier

When trying to eat healthily, sometimes you just don’t know where to start. Even if you’ve been on the healthy living journey for a while, it can be difficult to stay motivated, make the right choices, and stay the course. So how can you make healthy living easier and more enjoyable, while still living your day to day life? Here are my top 5 simple tips to make healthy living easier!

Clean Out Your Pantry

First things first, let’s clean out the pantry! Get rid of any cookies, chocolate, ice cream, candy or whatever really makes you overindulge and feel bad about your body, mind, and journey.  No, this won’t be forever. It will be until you can have better acquisition of your goals and gain a sustainable eating pattern.

By cleaning out your pantry (and fridge!), you are giving yourself the opportunity to start fresh and really get in the mindset of being healthy for the long haul. You won’t be tempted by foods that aren’t the best for you, and you’ll also have the opportunity to buy plenty of healthy and delicious options to choose from.

Prep Your Produce

It’s time to chop up your veggies and fruits! Turn up your favorite Pandora station and spend an hour or two just preparing raw veggies and fruits.  Wash and cut up your produce and store them in containers so they are ready to eat. Also, make sure to store your fruits and veggies properly, so nothing goes to waste! You will have no excuse other than to enjoy the delicious and healthy bounty in your fridge and pantry.

You can also use mason jars to store so they stay fresh and at your disposal, and these are also great on-the-go options. If you have kids, get them involved! You are their first example of what a healthy eating lifestyle looks like.

Let them tear up the lettuce, chop up the strawberries, and rinse the celery. Keeping them involved in the kitchen builds their confidence and shows them that healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming.

Meal Plan

Take some time at the beginning of the week to plan it! Take 30 minutes to plan a rough outline of your lunches and dinners before you even set foot in the grocery store. If you plan before you go grocery shopping for the week, you will have a focused mission and are less likely to purchase less nutritious (and more expensive) options.

Remember, you don’t have to make meal planning complicated. Keep it simple when you first start. Protein, Carb, Veggies/Fruit. That’s it. When you get more experience or time in the kitchen, then you can experiment and go all out!

Cook Extra

Along with meal planning and prepping, go ahead and make an extra serving or two when you cook! By portioning out an extra serving or servings of the protein, carb, and veggies you plan to prepare for dinner, you’ll have some extras leftover for lunch!

You’ll be able to enjoy your delicious creation the next day, with no added prep or cook time. Plus, this will keep you from having to order out or choosing an unhealthy option at work or home, and it will save you money. Who doesn’t love saving money on healthy food?

Keep It Simple

Along with keeping meals simple with choosing a protein, carb, and veggie, keep it simple in the preparation of these items. Cooking doesn’t have to be fancy or gourmet for it to be delicious and nutritious. Let’s face it — we’re busy. We have jobs, kids, households to run, and more.

We don’t usually have the time or energy for complicated meals anyways. And if you have kids, trust me, they won’t be tough food critics. They’ll just appreciate the fact that they get to have the dinner experience with their family. Plus, you’ll have extra time with your family if you aren’t spending hours in the kitchen, and that’s always a better option.

So those are my 5 simple tips to make healthy living easier, and they won’t take much time at all to get started! You don’t have to be perfect to be healthy, you just need to get going and give it a little effort.

Do you have any healthy living tips?  I’d love to hear them and add them to the list!

Work Hard Be Kind,

Amanda

 

The Awesome Couple

“First of all let me say this has been an amazing 10 months for both my husband and I.  Honesty we had little to no expectations and went in blindly trusting Amanda.  I was bored of Paleo and I was at the point where I was not seeing any more changes in my body composition.  We wanted something different.  I am the “that” person – we all are right? We are busy – plates full, work full time, full-time mom of 3 and Crossfitter…and for extra fun I train for marathons.

I have been truly fascinated from a metabolic standpoint that I went from 1400 to over 2000 calories and lost 15 pounds.  It’s actually crazy – most “outsiders” don’t believe me. So when people ask, “Is it easy?”  or say “I don’t have time for that” my comment is it’s not easy: it’s work, commitment, and consistency. But nothing in life is easy. But this is SO worth all the effort. Now 10 months later it’s becoming second nature and it’s “easy”.  I love the flexibility.  It is actually freeing to me.

Lastly, as with any lifestyle change, one of the most important things for success is accountability- that’s Amanda. I felt accountable to her, confident that I could trust her on this journey. We are so thankful for all her help!”

-Vanessa,

M.D./Mom of 3/Crossfitter

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Stronger Than Ever

“I thought that exercise was enough to lose weight but quickly realized without good nutrition to back up all that hard work, I would get nowhere.   Macro counting was tough at first.  I had no concept of portion sizes.   Once I got the hang of the portions and my awesome nutrition coach Amanda educated me on some great recipes, types of foods to buy, and where to buy them things fell into place. While some would say that weighing & measuring everything and prepping meals is too time consuming, I say in the grand scheme of things it really isn’t.  I have three kids and my own business and I still always find time to plan and track.  That little bit of extra time is so worth it!

With the macro counting, I can see how my body reacts to things like eating out, drinking alcohol, working out, and even my cycle.  I see how eating out two to three times a week seriously impacted me.  Even eating at places with “good” food like Chipotle would affect not only the scale but how I felt the next day.  That doesn’t mean you can never eat out.  After all, it is called “flexible” dieting.  You can eat out, go on vacation, and even blow it one day but getting back on track and keeping consistent 90% of the time is the key.

How am I now?  Migraines are gone, insomnia gone, acid reflux and ulcers gone, fatigue- only when I do a huge kick butt workout! Best of all, I am currently 46 years old at 161l bs and a size 8 and dropping!  I can run and play with my 7 year old and not be out of breath, fatigued or in pain.  I am stronger now than I have EVER been.  I am in the best shape of my life and getting better every day.   My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner!”

-Michele

Mom, Business Owner

Crossfitter