8 Tips to Start a Healthy Lifestyle 

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1. Just do it. Today. Right now. Not tomorrow, not next Monday, do it right now. One of the most valuable tips that I have learned is to make small, healthy choices every day. When you are choosing between something healthy and something unhealthy, try to make the healthy choice. Your stomach/body will thank you and your mind will thank you. Yes, that unhealthy food will taste amazing while you’re eating it (for 5 seconds) but what did it do for your insides? Did it nourish your body? Did it have any micronutrients? Probably not. Whenever I eat candy, chips, and any other kind of junk food, my stomach hurts. I believe that this is because when you start to develop a healthy lifestyle, your body starts to crave healthy foods instead of unhealthy foods. Now, I’m not saying I never eat donuts, pizza, cookies, cake, chocolate, ice cream, etc. because we all know that I eat all of that stuff! But its all about b a l a n c e.

 “You can’t out work a bad diet” and that is 100% true. During high school and college, I was working out every day but eating complete crap, as well as over eating. And I wondered why I never saw a change. This was because of my diet. I have FINALLY realized that I was holding myself back from the results that I wanted. (Sounds pretty dumb huh?) Yes, I love food. It’s amazing and it tastes great. But I have finally realized that I was just eating to eat. I would eat when I was bored, I would eat when I was stressed. In high school, I was playing soccer and running track and cross country so I was constantly burning calories so I never gained much weight. College was a huge change. I didn’t have practices to go to, or a team to rely on. I have always loved working out, sweating, and seeing what my body can do. But when I got to college I continued to eat everything excessively and on top of that I drank alcohol, a lot. I now think about everything I eat and how it is going to make me feel.

2. Drink more water! Fill up a water bottle before you go to sleep and keep it next to your bed. Drink it first thing in the morning! There are so many benefits to drinking water. I drink a gallon of water a day. At first, this was a daunting task. But now its really nothing. I have even inspired one of my best friends to drink more water (shoutout to you Kayla!!) You don’t need to start off with a gallon. Just try to drink more and more every day. Always keep a water bottle with you. If you don’t like plain water, add lemon or fruit to make it easier to drink!

3. Get rid of all the junk food in your house! It is soo easy to eat junk food when its right in front of you. I know its hard, trust me, but it makes such a difference. It is so much easier to not eat something when you don’t have it in the house!

4. This will take time. Nothing will happen over night. All of those people that you see on Instagram have been working on themselves for at least a year. Make the commitment to better yourself.

5. Don’t let one bad day ruin your progress. If you feel like eating cake or pizza, eat it! Don’t associate food with guilt.

6. The number on the scale doesn’t matter. I would recommend to write down your starting weight. I don’t think that you need to weigh yourself every day. The number on the scale fluctuates so much throughout the day depending on so many things. If you want to weigh yourself, I recommend taking the average of a week of weigh-ins. This will give you a better picture and will allow you to not get caught up in the tiny fluctuations that everyones body makes. I think the best indicator of weight loss is how you feel, how your clothes fit, and how comfortable you feel in your clothes. Some more things to pay attention to are how you are progressing in your workouts by lifting heavier weights or running for a longer time. Or those pants that you bought that were a little tight now fit better. You feel comfortable wearing things that you didn’t before. Those are the things that matter. Being comfortable in your own skin!

7. Workout how YOU want to workout. Not everyone likes to run. You don’t need to run to lose weight. Walk. Swim. Do HIIT. Bike. Lift weights. Crossfit. Yoga. Pilates. Just get up and get your body moving! Do what makes you happy. If you find yourself dreading your workout, switch it up.

8. Do it for yourself. Find something that motivates you. Your main motivation should come from within, but it is helpful to have external sources of inspiration. My external motivation are all the fitness Instagrams and youtubers that I love watching. Also, choose a short term goal like doing 3 pull ups, doing 10 burpees without dying, or doing 10 pushups by next month.

Join me on my fitness journey, and even start your own journey and share it with me! I will be posting here as much as possible with tips, tricks, workouts, inspiration and everything in between.

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2 Minute Sugar Free Apple Pie Oatmeal [RECIPE] — The Noob Chef

 

via 2 Minute Sugar Free Apple Pie Oatmeal [RECIPE] — The Noob Chef

If I learned anything about oatmeal, it’s that it is much more cost effective to purchase a large container of quick oats and make your own variation. A large container that lasts me easily 1 month (eating it daily) costs $3.99. Now I’ll admit… for a while there I caved and tossed 2 tbsp. of sugar into my oats to sweeten things up. Over time I made a promise to myself to try and cut back on sugar where I could. That’s not to say I’m completely sugar free. (Hence my recent Buckeye recipe). But, I’m trying.

So I got to work playing around with other kinds of sweeteners: honey, sugar-free maple syrup, sugar-free applesauce, sugar-free apple butter, Splenda, etc. I’m a sucker for apples so I was aiming to make an oatmeal that tasted like an apple pie without the super jolt of sugar. The result was this recipe. It isn’t overly sweet, but the ingredients give it just enough sweetness for enjoyment while still being a stick-to-your-ribs kind of breakfast. How do you like your oatmeal? Comment below and let me know! I hope you all enjoy this recipe and as always… keep on cooking! ❤

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2 Minute Sugar Free Apple Pie Oatmeal

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. sugar free apple butter
  • 2 tbsp. sugar free maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. milk or half and half

Instructions: 

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, pour in the quick oats and water. Heat for 2 minutes. (Note: watch your oatmeal on the last 30 seconds so it doesn’t overflow).
  2. Add in the apple butter and maple syrup and mix well.
  3. Add in the cinnamon and chopped apple and fold through. Then drizzle 2 tbsp. of milk or cream on top. Mix well and enjoy!

Tasty Tagging Tips! (3 min read) — Millionaire’s Digest

Article Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Crecynthia R.

Founder & Owner of: Falvor Me This

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Food Writer


Hello fellow foodies! Are some of you having trouble increasing your blog’s traffic? Perhaps your blog’s Instagram isn’t getting as much love you’d like? While there can be multiple reasons behind this, consider taking a closer look at the tags you use.

I used to wonder why I’d only get a few likes on my posts. I’d think to myself, “Well my picture is pretty good (I think) so what’s going on?”. I came to realize that the tags that you use can play a crucial role in your page’s traffic.

Using obscure and random tags (while entertaining and charming:P) are not necessarily going to help people find you! Let’s be honest guys, #omgicookedsomethingamazingforonceinmylife isn’t going to help you much.

Ok, maybe a few of your friends and die hard followers will see it. But the truth is when you’re starting out, you really need to be mindful of the tags that you use. There are certain tags that practically EVERY foodie checks out. So think of this as building up your client list so to speak. When your followers start nearing the thousands, then you don’t have to rely as heavily on tags because you’ll have established a following.

I did some research a few months ago and found some of the top tags for food blogging. These should help you not only with your food blog but with your Instagram page if you have one:

Food Blog: #food #eat #recipe #foodblog #dessert #cooking #foodie #healthy #vegetarian

Instagram: #food #foodblog #instayum #eat #foodporn #foodgasm #nom #foodphotography #foodshare #eatclean #igfood

Here are some more tips:

1. Try to create set group of tags that you can use for every post and throw in a few tags that are specific to a particular post. For example if you post a photo of an ooey gooey slice of pizza, toss in a #cheese and #pizza

2. Avoid burdening your posts with too many tags. Stick to your tag list!

3. Don’t be afraid to tag some of your favorite pages and food magazines. You just might get featured! And what does that mean? An opportunity for more followers!

4. Ask yourself, “When is the best time for ME to post?”. There have been times that I’ve used the same tags that I always use but because I posted at an off time of day, not that many people saw it. WordPress determines your most popular day and time but try to remember that some times of day are busier than others. Let’s say that you live in New York. Posting at 2 o’clock in the morning may bring you a fabulous new follower in New Zealand but the rest of us probably won’t see it! This goes for Instagram too!

As I said, there can multiple reasons behind a page’s lack of traffic. Perhaps you haven’t established a blogging schedule or maybe you need more attention grabbing headlines. These are all things to take into consideration. But I assure you, if you follow these tips it will make it easier your fellow foodies to find you as we patrol the blog world and Instagram for food porn!

Until next time food lovers!


Article Credits: Crecynthia R.

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Food Bloggers!)

via Tasty Tagging Tips! (3 min read) — Millionaire’s Digest

7 Hard Truths People Don’t Like To Admit, But You Will Benefit A Lot If You Do

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1. Material possessions won’t make you better or happier.

2. You can’t make everyone happy. If it is your goal, you are bound to lose yourself.

3. Being perfect is unrealistic. Being a better version of yourself is what you should pursue.

4. Your achievements and successes won’t matter as much as your precious memories on your death bed.

5. The more you want to find happiness in the outside world, the more likely you’ll fail. Happiness is not a treasure to be found, but can be built within ourselves.

6. Your actions speak louder than your words. Stop trying to influence others by what you say, but instead what you do.

7. You will die and you have no idea when. Grasp every moment to achieve what you want in this world. Make memories and find meaning in your life where you can.

 

 

Edited from https://www.ideapod.com/idea/8-Hard-Truths-People-Dont-Like-To-Admit-But-Youll-Benefit-A-Lot-If-You-Do/57e09c3b165eb82c120add17

 

Organise Your Way To Good Health

“There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.”

– Arlen Specter

 

The Most Basic Rules Of Health

  • Wake up early
  • Regular exercise at stated times. It should be moderate and given up as soon as one feels you feel you have moderately challenged yourself. Excess is to be avoided. It could cause harm.
  • Take steps to reduce stress in your life
  • Drink 2 litres of water a day.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Obviously, there are other components. However, these are the most basic ones. If you struggle with functioning look at introducing these elements back into your life where possible.

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There are some steps you can take that look after your physical health and your stress levels, if you are constantly stressing about your health or money!

  • Brush your teeth twice a day + floss + mouthwash –Dental Bills!
  • Walk where you can – Keeps functioning up, mood boosted and saves on gym bills because your getting exercise in completely free!
  • Exercise with a friend – perhaps share the gas money to a class, price of a personal trainer or just enjoy the benefits of their company on your mood.

 

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A little motivation for you… 🙂

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#Best Night In Freshers Campaign

 

Taken from studentminds.org.uk

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We’ve been noticing something odd about social media. According to social media, everyone is having an amazing time… all the time. If we are to believe social media, then everyone is out partying with their best mates every night. We don’t believe it! We know that for many of you, the best night isn’t a night out and there’s lots more to get up to during Freshers’ Week.

We are inviting you to join us as we reclaim social media. The task is simple:
Post a picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook of your night in, and share it with the hashtag #BestNightIn.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST NIGHT IN?

There are lots of expectations we have about university, especially to do with nights out and clubbing. A lot of these expectations are set in our first few weeks and go on to dictate our university social lives well after Freshers’ Week.

You see this most often through students Facebook or Instagram photos or Tweets. The trouble is, we only post photos of our parties and our pranks; the exciting times. We don’t share photos of our quieter evenings, of the things we do for a break or to look out for ourselves. It is time for us to stop feeling like we are missing out every time we choose to stay in.

As Freshers’ Week gets started all over the UK, we’ll be sharing your #BestNightIn photos to help students feel confident to do what they want during their first few weeks at university. Together we can remind every student in the UK that students really do stay in and there’s so much out there to make your #BestNightIn.

From the 12th September we want you to tell us about your Best Night In: share a photo and add the hashtag #BestNightIn.

Last year’s #BestNightEver campaign interacted with over 1000 people through the Student Minds website and we received over 50 #BestNightEver photos across our pages. During the first two days of the campaign, we saw a noticeable change in how people talked about their Freshers’ Week.


#BESTNIGHTIN 2016 EXAMPLES

Here are some of the best photos shared to our social media channels:


DO YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE #BESTNIGHTIN CAMPAIGN?

1) Any time between the 12th September – 7th October, share any of the following messages on Facebook or Twitter:

“Join @StudentMindsOrg to share your Freshers’ Week #BestNightIn! http://ow.ly/lgfY303UG6k”

“Be proud of your nights in. Share a your #BestNightIn with @StudentMindsOrg for your Freshers Week http://ow.ly/lgfY303UG6k”

2)Download Best Night In images below to share on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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FINAL NOTE

At Student Minds we’re using #BestNightIn to show students that they’re able to make their time at university whatever they want it to be and there’s no ideal university experience that is perfect for everyone.

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Three Strategies For Turning Off Your Workaholic Alter-Ego

Shared from http://30ontap.com/

 

By Christine McLean

Having a goal-oriented mindset is both a blessing and a curse. Goals keep you centered and focused. They give you a purpose in life. A life without purpose leaves people sailing through the wind, trusting the wind to guide them on the right path. Truly ambitious individuals, however, have to work their asses off to achieve their goals. If they aren’t careful, their lives become consumed by work. As Rihanna’s new hit song (that very few people understand) says, “Work, work, work!”

Soon enough, these highly ambitious people are walking around with a workaholic alter ego on their shoulders. It’s a funny character. In one moment, it functions like an angel, telling us the good things we need to do to keep focused on our goals. In another moment, it functions like a devil telling us all of the good things we need to neglect in order to keep our goals in sight. Our sanity, our social life, and our relationships are thrown aside due to the influences of this devilish character. Stress reigns supreme. But, on the flip side, were getting that much closer to our goals right?

Someone needs to invent a remote that we can use to switch of that devilish workaholic alter ego that we have on our shoulders. Until that happens, we have to take matters into our own hands. We have to dominate our workaholic tendencies and regain some balance in our lives. These strategies are a good starting point for helping us regain that balance:

Stay Away from that Cellphone!

If you have to put caution tape around it and hide it in your underwear drawer, do it! Cellphones consume far too many hours of our days and make us too accessible. There is a reason why each workplace has stipulated working hours. Yes, you want to show commitment to your job by always being available to your boss, getting to work extra early, and staying at work long after everyone else has left. But at what cost? Put the cellphone away for at least an hour or two when you’re at home. Spend time with your family. Pay attention to your children. Relax with a glass of wine and a good movie.


Surround Yourself with Positivity

The energy we choose to surround ourselves with has a tremendous impact on our state of mind. You inadvertently become what you choose to surround yourself with. Surround yourself with people who are ambitious, but are actively demonstrating the ability to find a good work/life balance. You can learn a few things from them. These types of people will uplift you and help you appreciate the small things in life.


Focus More on Gaining Experiences than Material Things

Oftentimes our goals center on acquiring some new possession. We want the latest smartphone, MacBook, smart watch, high-end vehicle or whatever else these big retailers want to shove down our throats. Life is much more than the things we possess. When was the last time you actually made good use of your vacation time? Instead of allowing your vacation time to roll over into another year, make an effort to use up those days. Create a bucket list. Do something on that bucket list during your vacation. Yes, you may have to put off getting that high-end car for a few more months. However, it will be worth it. People who are more focused on enjoying life than acquiring possessions are much happier.

It’s time to break away from your workaholic alter ego. Don’t let life pass you by.

 

 

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