I’m back in my hometown for some family obligations and likely won’t have Internet access, so Linsday from The Lean Green Bean is sharing a bit of her own revolution! Be sure to go say hi over at her site! See y’all tomorrow!
I’m Lindsay and I blog over at The Lean Green Bean! I’m a big fan of Mindy’s site and when I saw her tweet looking for a guest post this week I immediately jumped at the chance. She’s a very gracious host and her only “rule” for my post was to “write about some kind of change(s) I’ve made in my life to live healthier and live the best kind of life.” I’m currently in school studying to become a Registered Dietitian so this was right up my alley!
The biggest “live healthier” change that I’ve made is to start eating healthier. In high school I was an athlete and although I didn’t eat horribly, I didn’t exactly have what you would call a balanced diet. When I went to college, it didn’t get any better….I ate a lot of Cheerios.
…and I mean A LOT of Cheerios. Several times a week, I ate them for three meals a day! I was also consuming a lot of, ummm *liquid calories and eating a lot of Taco Bell. It wasn’t until I graduated that I really started to make some changes in the way I was eating. My then boyfriend (now husband) and I finally had our own apartment, we did our own shopping, we cooked our own meals and I loved every minute of it!
So I thought I’d share a few of the changes I made with all of you:
Drink more water.
I started carrying a reusable water bottle with me everywhere. My favorite is this Camelback with the built in straw:
I own at least three of these. I take one to the gym, I take one to class, I have one with my when I’m cooking and when I watching TV and I fill one up before I go to bed…if I could attach one to my hip, I would. And it works! I probably drink 4 or 5 of these 32 oz bottles every day.
I didn’t start doing this until I had to start grocery shopping on my own. Now I’m a little bit label obsessed (not in a bad way…I just like to know what I’m eating) but to the point that the hubby doesn’t like to go grocery shopping with me anymore because I’ve been known to make some lengthy trips! When I read a label, I look at the sodium content first. I try to eat a lot of fresh and homemade foods, but when I buy processed stuff, I try to find the kinds with the lowest sodium content. Next, I look at sugar. Unless it’s something like dried fruit or milk, which have natural sugars, I try to make choices that have 5-6 grams of sugar or less per serving. I had to make some brand adjustments on my crackers and thing like that, but over time, and with some trial and error, I’ve found some really healthy foods that are low in sodium and sugar. As an added benefit, I try to look for things that are high in fiber and protein! One of my favorites: Kashi Original 7 Grain crackers.
When comparing brands, make sure to check the serving sizes so you can get a true comparison!
Make your own.
Once I started reading labels and realized what I was eating, I started challenging myself to make things on my own. Most of the time it’s pretty easy, and you can control exactly what you put in your food! Just to name a few, I now make my own bread, applesauce, vegetable broth, tomato sauce, granola and hummus! You can visit my blog to see the recipes!
Increase your fruits and veggies.
I started adding veggies to everything I make. I dice them up and put them in my spaghetti sauce, lasagna, meatloaf, burgers, soups and stirfrys. When you’re cooking at home and you think you have enough veggies in a dish, add an extra handful for good measure! Also, make veggies as side dishes. Experiment with different cooking methods like steaming, sautéing, and roasting to see what you like best. My current favorite? Roasted sweet potatoes with curry powder and cayenne pepper!
Hope you enjoyed this little look into how I help myself stay healthy! What’s your favorite healthy eating tip/trick? A big thanks to Mindy for letting me guest post and feel free to come check out my food blog if you’re looking for some new recipes!
Thanks again, Lindsay!