Wednesday, November 4, 2015

List: Ten simple healthy swaps to make for a happier and healthier life.

As I’ve probably mentioned a bazillion times, I’m failing at my original healthy swap goals.  …and, yes, I totally have gained the few pounds that I worked so hard to lose for the wedding...  That means unhealthy insides, clothes that don't fit, and unflattering Christmas card pictures!  Between the stress of buying a house and the holiday season, my pants really just don't stand a chance.  Thank goodness for loose fitting sweaters and flattering tights that hold all that extra me in!

I’m by no means heavy, but my body is totally not where I want it to be.  Like, at all.  I'm hoping to do the impossible and get back to my wedding bod by the end of the holiday season!  That does NOT mean that I will be dieting, avoiding holiday meals, or binge exercising.  It means that I will make a conscious effort to be healthier.

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Ten simple healthy swaps to make.

1.  Eliminate ALL Junk Food

I know this one sounds obvious, but there are so many times when we I make an excuse for it.  Try to learn to walk past the pumpkin shaped cookie jar filled with Kit Kats and Reeses without touching.  Instead SWAP the junk food for something like crunchy raw peppers or lightly salted almonds.  The crunch helps to satisfy those junk food cravings.

Note:  Did you know that almonds could be constipating?  To avoid that unnecessary complication, I'll snack on Happy Belly Fancy Whole Cashews instead.  They're yummy, satisfying, and have an opposite effect on the digestive system.

2.  Eat Breakfast A Little Later - Intermittent Fasting

Instead of waking up and diving right into that bowl of cereal, try to drink 16 ounces of water before starting your breakfast.  This helps to get your digestive system moving while keeping yourself hydrated.  After your little intermittent fast, SWAP your unhealthy breakfast for something healthier like hard boiled eggs or plain oat bran with fresh fruit.

3.  Be More Active, Even At Work

For those of us working a desk job, we're spending a lot of time sitting on our rump and exercising our fingers.  Instead of sitting down for extended periods of time, SWAP that time for a little activity once every hour.  Set a reminder in your calendar or FitBit to get up and move.  Totally recommend the step counter for motivation to move!  You could take a little walk around the office to get a cup of water or go to the bathroom.  On extended breaks, do a few laps around the building or walk through a store.  Whatever it is, just get up and move.

4.  Only Purchase Healthy Snacks

If you don’t want to be tempted to eat a gallon of ice cream, then don’t buy it.  Instead, SWAP the unhealthy snacks for something a little less damaging like hummus or fruit.

Idea:  One of my favorite healthy snacks are apple chips.  You can buy some that are already made like this brand which is delicious or easily make them on your own.  They are also a yummy addition to a salad.

5.  Bring Your Lunch

Going out for lunch during your work break usually means over eating mass amounts of unhealthy food.  Instead of take out SWAP it for a homemade lunch.  This could be portioned leftovers or a homemade salad.  It may not be as luxurious as the dollar menu, but it’s healthier.  & it will help save money!

Idea:  To keep yourself organized and to help with portion control, try investing in these inexpensive and reusable food containers that are also quite stylish.

6.  Play, Play, and Play

Instead of resting during all of your down time SWAP it for impromptu dance parties and tickle fights to stay extra active.  Find that last burst of energy at the end of the day to have fun, laugh, and move around.

7.  Park Far Away

Instead of parking in the spot closest to the door, SWAP it for a parking spot farther away and take those few extra steps.  It will also help lower risk for dents and dings on your car!

8.  Tazo Tea

Many of us get through the day thanks to ridiculous amounts of caffeine.  Caffeinated beverages like energy drinks are filled with sugar and other unhealthy chemicals.  Too much coffee or tea is even unhealthy, especially when adding sugary creamers to them.  Try a simple healthy SWAP of decaffeinated tea.  If it needs sweetener, skip the sugar and add a dollop of agave nectar.

Idea:  Try this Tazo tea sampler set to see which flavors you like.  Tazo is my favorite brand for many reasons, but one that stands out is their caffeine meter.  Click this link for my full post on how Tazo tea helped me with this healthy life swap.

9.  Take Vitamins

Now that we're limiting our caffeine and sugar intake, you may find that you're dragging your feet by midday.  Try a simple healthy SWAP of vitamins instead of caffeine.  Speak to your doctor for direction, but a multivitamin rich in Vitamin C or Zinc helps me increase energy.

10.  Drink Lots of Water

In between and during meals, make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water.  Try a healthy SWAP of drinking water and eliminate all sugary beverages.  This will help cleanse your body, keep you hydrated, and make your skin glow.

Idea:  Drinking enough water throughout the day is a struggle for me.  To help with this, I always carry around one of these Brita water bottles in orchid.  It acts as a reminder to hydrate, motivation to drink, a tool to measure my intake, and the filtration system lets me get water almost anywhere.

What are your healthy life swaps?


  1. If I didn't eat anything until 10am, I would be such a raging bitch that the authorities would be called. Dang girl, I don't know how you do that! I get up at 5:30am so I have to have breakfast at 6:30. After I workout, I need my first snack of the day at 10. LOL

    1. that is how me does it too, Debs! I eat a few slices of wholewheat bread with tomato slices and tons of flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds with a bit of sour cream for breaky at about 7AM and then a glass of multivitamin or magnesium at about 10am and have lunch at noon... it ain't healthy not eating anything in the morning

  2. I always park far away. It's not so much for health but I find it easier to walk a few extra feet than to get frustrated trying to get the right spot and then backing out in a cramped parking lot.

  3. skipping breaky ain't healthy sister! 'tis better to eat plenty and hearty for breakfast and then have a light lunch and a snack instead of dinner... that is the most natural way for your metabolism. If you try to survive all morning just with coffee and oats you will eat like a piggy for lunch and plus your sugar levels get high, methinks....

  4. Parking far away I always do. Ticks my grandmother off hahaha just easier all around.

    And yep, drink lots of water, none of that fluoride crap either. My problem is keeping weight on haha

  5. I think the incentive of your wedding was to your advantage before and now that it's over, you don't have a goal! I like your choices...all good, smart things! Things that work for tea before a meal really curbs your appetite....lots of bad carbs...reach for lean protein and veggies first. And don't starve just leads to weak moments and cheating.

    Between Halloween and New Years is the hardest time, too, don't you think? Geesh! lol...

  6. I am totally on board with the only-healthy-snacks tip; if I don't have any junk in the house, I can't eat it! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. I have read numerous times you need to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. Am I wrong on this?

    P.S. I hope you stop by and join our Christmas card exchange. The post is up today but all you need to do is email me your mailing address letting me know you want to join.

  8. Yes so hard to drinking tons of water and work breaks. Seriously helps so much!! I never get why being healthy is so hard when we all know what we need to do. Why is that so hard! Lol. My new office has snacks effing everywhere ... Everywhere. It's my current struggle.

  9. Very good points! I think I would get up and move around more during the day if I had a fitbit!

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