5 SMALL CHANGES THAT CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

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Many people think that a healthy diet/lifestyle is all or nothing.  It is not as hard as you think!  Small, simple changes can have a BIG effect on your health.

  1. Say “see ya later” to soda – Stop drinking your calories.  This may seem like a no brainer but this little switch can save you calories  (a can of regular coke is 140 calories!) money, and lessen your risk of stroke due to sugar consumption.
  2. Get enough sleep – People who sleep seven to eight hours per night are leaner than those who get only five or six hours, according to research from Laval University in Quebec.
  3. Reach for less prepackaged processed foods – Full of unhealthy sodium, added sugar, fat and preservatives.  Aim minimally processed foods such as frozen fruit and veggies.  If it comes from a plant EAT IT!  If it’s made in a plant LEAVE IT!
  4. Get moving – Wear a pedometer/fitbit and set a goal of walking 10,000 steps per day. Every step you take counts towards your goal. Today, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or walk down the hall to talk to a co-worker instead of sending an email.
  5. Stop Mindless eating –  How many times have you grabbed a bag of chips while watching television only to realize 10 minutes later that you have eaten the whole bag? Try being more aware of your eating habits and surroundings. Ask yourself why you are eating; whether it’s through hunger, boredom or simply out of habit.

Remember it takes roughly 21 days to form a new habit.   Slow and steady wins the race!

Julia xox

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