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Healthy Hacks

Healthy Hacks

Laurie Norris

Happy 2020! If you are like many, you are going into the new year resolving to be healthier, which likely means you’ll be working out more and eating better. Instead of “dieting” (the word “diet” has always made people cringe), what we really need to do is adopt a healthy lifestyle, balancing the food that is good for us with the occasional treat.

Here are a few suggestions, or “hacks,” you can do every day that will keep you on track without ever making you feel like you are depriving yourself.

Drink up!

One key to keeping healthy? Staying hydrated! And here are some easy steps to help you do just that:

-Drink a tall glass of water as soon as you get up! Think about it…Your body is dehydrated from the moment you get up because you haven’t had any fluids for at least 8 hours. Drinking water first thing in the morning can also help jump start your metabolism.

-Keep water with you so that you can sip on it all day. And when you go to take one sip, instead take at least three. The more water the better!

-Drink a full glass of water before each meal to help fill you up so that you eat less.

-Not a fan of plain water? Add a splash of lemon, lime, orange or cranberry juice.

-If it’s a chilly day, instead of water, make yourself a steaming hot mug of herbal tea. There are so many flavors to choose from! Make sure to have a variety on hand so you never get tired of drinking the same thing.

“Healthify” what you already eat!

You can still have foods you love, just make them healthier:

-Add fresh spinach to soup, stews and sauces.

-Add shredded carrots, broccoli slaw or zucchini spirals to soup as healthy alternatives to noodles.

-Sprinkle ground flax or chia seeds into smoothies, yogurt, cereal, salad, soup or even ice cream to add nutrition and crunch.

-Add canned pumpkin instead of cream to sauces or soups to thicken.

Finally, here are a few more suggestions to help you maintain that healthy lifestyle:

-Stop mindless grazing by brushing your teeth or chewing sugarless gum when you feel the urge to grab that bag of chips. You are less likely to eat when your mouth is minty fresh!

-Replace one meal a day with a healthy salad. Buy a rotisserie chicken, remove the meat and add it to your salads for some extra protein. Freeze whatever you don’t use. Adding chopped hard-boiled eggs or canned beans (drained and rinsed) are other good ways to add protein and keep you feeling fuller longer!

If you need any help with these suggestions or would like to know more about living a healthy lifestyle, just call us at 330-550-9839 and make this your best year yet!

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