1. Reach for water, not the diet soda. In fact, opting for diet soda thinking it is a healthy choice can actually help keep the weight on. A University of North Carolina at Chapel hill study revealed that when people switch their favorite sugary soft drink for the diet variety, they craved more bread and desserts than those who swapped their go-to beverage for water. (Quick and easy flavored water- Jamie Oliver’s recipe)
2. Pack your veggies. Slice up a cucumber and place it in a plastic container, having it ready for easy nibbling throughout the week. If cucumbers aren’t your preference, try carrots, broccoli, radishes, sugar snap peas or whatever vegetable is calling your name from week to week.
4. Eat more fresh and less processed. Click here to find out why processed foods aren’t doing you any favors.
5. 30 minutes every day. Walking, pilates, cycling – indoors or out, move your body, de-stress and activate your mind.
6. Make your own trail mix. Roasted almonds, peanuts and golden or regular almonds. It limits the sugar that is typically found in a bag of trail mix and it’s specialized to your taste.
7. Throw away the invitation to fast food restaurants. Period.
9. A bit of chocolate to quench your cravings.
10. Be grateful. Whether you choose to write it down in a journal (Moleskine are my favorite) or mediate for a few minutes at the beginning or end of your day, take time to realize how fortunate you are. Even if the reasons seem small – the car started, the water is working, I don’t have to water my yard today – discover something about your day that is a good thing. It only takes a glance at the news to realize that our lives are full of amazing blessings that we sometimes feel are simply deserved. However, by being grateful you will not only help improve your attitude and approach as you move forward throughout your day, but doing so will also provide fuel to make the most of opportunities – big or small – that present themselves.