By Mat Shalenko, Formally Trained Chef and Certified Health Coach
Member Perks Partner
June Health and Wellness
A lot of times when people start thinking about getting healthy or getting in shape we often want to think short term—21-day shreds, elimination diets and fat burning supplements. But for long-term success, it is best to focus on small changes that can have a big impact.
One of the easiest things people can do to eliminate calories is to eliminate sweetened beverages, whether that is soda, sweet tea or coffee with sugar. Replace those choices with water. If you're only drinking 1 or 2 glasses (or less) of water a day, don't try to start drinking a gallon or 8-12 glasses or whatever you've heard you're supposed to drink in a day. Start with one more glass a day. Work on that then go from there.
Take small steps to build new habits. Sometimes it is easier to start by adding foods rather than eliminating them. Add a salad or green vegetable to your dinner to adjust to eating healthier foods then slowly decrease or eliminate foods that are not so good for you like refined carbs (white bread, white rice). If you’ve been inactive for a while, start by walking, hiking or riding your bike before jumping into more difficult activities like running or CrossFit.
Get a few of these healthy habits in place and then you can go from there. You will have more confidence to take on bigger challenges.
Check out Chef Mat’s recipe for Lemony Kale with Spring Onions and Roasted Chickpeas
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