Little Changes – Big Benefits
“We are what we repeatedly do,” said Aristotle. “Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Habits make our lives easier. We don’t have to think about every action we perform. Creating new habits rewires our brains in new ways, allowing us to be leave behind the way we once did things and remake our world. Here are little hacks with big benefits.
Get up, stand up…
Get up from your desk every hour. Stretch, touch your toes, exercise your eyes by focusing on something outside. If you have the time, take a walk. Recent studies found that the more time people spent sitting down during the day, the more visceral and total abdominal fat they had.
Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, fruit satisfies sugar cravings and builds immunity. Fruit is the source of many essential nutrients that are under consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate.
Order this, not that when dining out
Instead of fries, order a salad. Replace fried rice with steamed veggies. Get cole slaw instead of chips. Try ordering from the kids’ menu, sharing with a friend, or taking some home for tomorrow’s lunch.
Put out your workout clothes the night before
Grab and go! Not food, but your active wear. Fulfill your expectations and go for the endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feelings in your body, mimicking that of morphine.
Cut back on carbs
It is the easiest path to weight loss.
Snack on nuts
Research found that study participants who consumed more nuts (more than one serving a week) gained less weight compared to those who didn’t.
Nuts offer healthy fats and fiber, and are much better for keeping hunger pains away.
Lighten your latte
Order fat-free dairy and skip the whipped cream
Shop the outer aisles of the supermarket for the fresh produce, dairy, and seafood. Avoid the center aisles which are loaded with highly processed, sugary, and fatty foods.
Take Advantage of Grab and Go Veggies
Trader Joe’s and other stores carry pre-packaged veggies that make it easy to pop them into your mouth, your skillet, or your salad. Make life lighter, easier and healthier.
Fast Food – Last Resorts
Avoid fast food if you can, but when you can’t, Subway and Panda Express post their calorie counts and have low calorie options.