Our five fast and easy habits to a healthy lifestyle – short and simple! Reach out to us on Facebook if you have healthy habits you think our community would benefit from.
1. Meal Prepping
Meal prepping will stop you from reaching for the take away menu! Every weekend, block off a couple of hours to make a weekly meal plan. Go grocery shopping and buckle down to dice, chop, grill, and freeze. If you don’t want to cook entire meals in advance, you can still cut down the steps by setting aside ingredients and chopping or pre-slicing veggies. Bonus: You can snack on them raw! If you need healthy meal inspo – head over to our recipes.
2. Don’t Just Take The Stairs – Use Them
If you have stairs at your home or office, take them every chance you get – any increase in your daily activity will be for the better. Yet if you are starting to loose weight and want that extra 1% – take the opportunity to get a cardio workout and walk up and down the stairs for 10 mins a day. It’s so simple but you body will appreciate it. Start with a limited number of repetitions, then increase them as you feel stronger.
3. Get Active With The Girls
Not many of us REALLY have time for an hour of yoga twice a week. So it’s time to turn your social weekend activities into a fitness catch up. This doesn’t mean sweating it out in a high intensity spin class, but could be as easy as a 30min walk with a friend, rather than sitting down for a cup of coffee – it’s all about moving your body! Chances are you will have so much to catch up on you won’t even feel like you’re working out.
4. Start to Make Simple Swaps
Focus on the little swaps you can do each day with your food choices that can lead to big changes. Instead of grabbing a sandwich from the cafeteria, go for a wholemeal wrap and make sure you are adding some protein, like lean chicken, to keep you fuller for longer. Can’t help but reach for a can of soft drink at dinner? Grab some sparkling water instead it will still give you the fizzy feeling without the calories. You can throw in some ice and a wedge of lemon!
5. Have “Emergency Food” On Hand
During particularly chaotic weeks, the ideal meal prep plan sometimes just doesn’t work out. Even if you have ingredients on hand, you may not feel like cooking. We recommend stocking your pantry (and maybe the office drawer too) with quick and easy “emergency food”. Examples are low-sodium soup, canned tuna and whole-grain crackers and our high protein Lady Bar. There are healthy packaged food options out there; just make sure to check the ingredient list. A Lady Shake is always the easiest meal solution but for those times when you’ve had two shakes already – you may want something different for lunch or dinner.