Healthy Swaps to Keep you Healthy and Beautiful

Staying fit can be challenging, right? Well, it sure is. But, it doesn’t have to be that way – not if you stick to the following tidbits.

Find a Healthier Way to Get Rid Of Hair

Really? Yep! See, you don’t have to visit the salon to shave your hair. You don’t even have to use potentially harmful products to get rid of unwanted strands on your neck, under arms, legs, and back. In other words, you can opt for natural ways to remove hair, a strategy that, by extension, saves your body from the stress caused by toxic chemicals.

The ripple effect, of course, is that you will improve your overall wellbeing without leaving a hole in your purse. On that note visit Girltalk HQ to discover your options regarding hair removal (and no, there’s no shaving on the list).

Swap Whites for Wheats

Some of the healthy swaps that will help you lose weight are simply a matter of purchasing different basics. In essence, this means cutting out all: white bread, white rice, white pasta, all-purpose flour, pizza dough, etc. and replacing it with sprouted wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat pita bread.

Stop Buying Soda – Try Sparkling Water

Removing some other temptations from your household is another method of starting a healthy diet. If you stop buying soda, you won’t be able to drink it anymore! One can, or 12 ounces of Coca-Cola, contains 150 calories. If you’re drinking two cans daily, that is an additional 2,100 calories weekly.

Since you need to cut 3,500 calories to lose one pound of weight, by not drinking soda for 12 days, you can lose one pound. Without making any other changes, you’ll have already achieved your better diet.

Switch From Cake to Chocolate Covered Fruits

Love to satisfy your sweet tooth after a meal? Try avoiding processed snacks or cake. When you’re searching for that sweet treat after dinner, or get the munchies around 3 PM, reach for a piece of fresh fruit instead of candy, chips, or packaged/processed foods. Your waistline will thank you!

You may also want to try small portions of a sweet but healthy snack to replace your dessert if you need a small step along the way to cutting out dessert. Try a chocolate covered strawberry or one with pomegranate seeds to ease your transition. It’ll be easier to make small steps to eating healthy than to cut out your favorite indulgences all at once completely.

Calorie Cutting Myths

Some of the most shared dieting knowledge can harm your quest for a better diet. While you’re making your healthy swaps, try not to fall prey to these traps.

Eat Salads Instead of Sandwiches!

Whenever people think of dieting or make healthier choices, one of their default healthy swaps is to eating salads. They’re green and dull, so they must be healthy, right? Not always. If you’re thinking that eating a bunch of lettuce will be one of the easy ways to be healthy, think again.

The lettuce in a salad typically has very little nutrition to offer. You should instead be focusing on what’s in your salad. If the mixture you have for lunch has nuts, a cheese, a creamy dressing, and another form of protein, it may contain as many calories as your favorite piece of pizza.

Eat Five Small Meals, One Big Meal, or Nothing After 10 PM…

Calories and other macronutrients don’t know or care what time of day you consume them. Whether you’re consuming everything you’ll eat for the day at once or grazing from 8 AM to 11 PM doesn’t make a difference. What matters to your body is how much food you are consuming.

While eating multiple small meals may help you better control your appetite, not every change for weight loss is universal. Experiment with your meal times to discover what works for you and stick with it!

The Bottom Line – Focus on What Works for You

A lot of conventional wisdom about healthier eating only works for some people. Making changes to your diet is not the matter of an afternoon’s work. You need to work to find the healthy swaps that work you personally.

 

If you can’t cut your soda habit, but love trying out whole grains and fruits and veggies, start there. It will be much easier for you to make some small changes toward a better diet over a few months than trying to cut out everything ‘bad’ in one day.

This all or nothing approach to weight loss and dieting contributes to the yo-yo effect of regaining any weight loss. Make one healthy swap and stick to it for two weeks. If you don’t miss whatever you cut out, try making one more swap. Before you know it, you’ll be happier and healthier. And you won’t even miss eating dessert!

 

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