The New Year is here! That means it’s a great time to focus on health tips and creating a healthy lifestyle. We all know that when we are healthier; we are happier. Sometimes we think we have to be perfect right away. But habits don’t change within a day. It takes time, and repetition of action. The best health tips are simply the ones that allow us to make the needed lifestyle changes one step at a time.
We can’t change everything all at once. But we can take a few baby steps that will put us on the path toward a healthy lifestyle. When you follow these few health tips; then all other lifestyle changes become much easier.
Health Tips for Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Always carry a water bottle! We all know how important it is to drink a min. of 8 glasses of water a day. But did you know that when you are drinking water that also means you aren’t drinking calories. It is easier to resist sugar. It is easier to resist fatty and greasy foods. It is easier to not overeat. And you have more energy and often times it helps with headaches as well. So always carry a water bottle! This makes it a lot easier to get in all 8 glasses of water a day!
Make breakfast Paramount! We’ve gone a full night without food. We wake up with our bodies on empty. If you skip breakfast; it is as though you are trying to drive to work with your gas tank on empty. Then when you see those fast food stops, the bakery or that sugared drink; it is a lot harder to resist. And when you finally do eat; you often over eat to make up for what you missed out on in the morning. Try these easy breakfast on the go ideas if you are short on time.
Don’t skip meals. Even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should be the first priority in the mornings; each meal is also important. You need energy to keep your brain working at optimal levels. When you skip a meal; you are depriving your body of nutrients it needs to function. Don’t skip any meal and you will have more energy and binge eat a lot less.
Keep healthy snacks handy. When you get an urge to snack; grab some fresh fruit or vegetables to munch instead of higher calorie snack options.
Move! If you have an office job; your find that you sit a lot more than you move throughout the day. This often leads to a sedentary lifestyle. It is important to make sure you get in your daily exercise. But even when time is short; take a timer to your desk with you. Every 10 minutes make sure you stand up and walk around the office or your desk for a minute or two. This not only helps your body to not become too complacent; but it also invigorates your mind so you are able to concentrate better.
Enjoy life! When you enjoy your food and life around you; you are better able to handle stress, unpleasant events that may arise and resist those urges for unhealthy foods. Having a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you can never enjoy a sweet treat ever again. It means having moderation. And if you eat and are active 80% of the time; it’s ok to indulge about 20% of the time.
A great light treat for that 20% of enjoyment is a tasty Rice Krispies Treat! These are a favorite not only of kids, but Moms too! I don’t think you are ever too old for a Rice Krispies treat!
I traded out the traditional butter for coconut oil in our recipe. Now this isn’t a means to make it “healthy” by any means. But with the added benefits of coconut oil it simply makes these treats a little less of a guilty pleasure with less “bad stuff” inside. Plus I love the added hint of coconut in our Rice Krispies treats.
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 40 Large Marshmallows
- 6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal
- Gather all your ingredients. The process goes quickly so you need to be ready.
- Put coconut oil and marshmallows in medium to large sauce pan on medium heat
- Stir until the Marshmallows are melted
- Remove from Heat
- Add in Rice Krispies
- Stir gently until all Rice Krispies are coated evenly
- Transfer to greased 8 X11 pan
- Gently smooth and pack down Rice Krispies treats until smooth.
- Allow to cool and enjoy.
- Store with plastic wrap over pan or in an air tight container.
Be sure to visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips to view more Tips and read more from Team Kellogg’s on great ideas for a healthy lifestyle!
What are your best Health tips to get moving in the right direction this year?
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