Relatable Healthy Living Tips

By Alex • Food, Health • 12 Aug 2014

You’re probably thinking this is just another article stating the same facts you’ve read in every other healthy living article. While you might be right for some of the tips, this article is a little different. I’m a girl who has been struggling with an eating disorder for 10 years with a constant yo-yoing weight. Even though it is a never ending battle, I’ve finally picked up some tips that I have been able to stick with and wanted to share them with you.

Tip 1: Write Down What You’re Eating

This doesn’t have to be a long term thing, but when you are first getting started it helps to track what you are eating. Doing so makes you realize when you’re overeating at meals, or even when you’re eating at times you aren’t hungry. You don’t have to track your calories or make it complicated. Just simply writing down the food will make a big difference. There are a variety of phone apps out there that can help you track the foods you eat, and the number of calories you’re consuming if that’s of interest to you.

Tip 2: Don’t Deprive Yourself from Food in General

One of my biggest problems was depriving myself and in multiple ways. I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa when I was still in high school. I would spend the majority of the day eating very little because I was so worried about gaining weight. We’re talking a 1/3 of a cup of oatmeal with some soymilk, almonds, and cinnamon for breakfast, then ½ a cup of cottage cheese for lunch with some veggies and fruit. After eating practically nothing all day and having practice for whatever sport I was currently playing, I would go home and binge, then get mad about how much I ate. Eventually I learned that food really is fuel. If you fuel your body a little at a time throughout the day, then you will be more satisfied and prevent the bingeing.

Tip 3: Don’t Deprive Yourself from Sweets Either

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a sweet tooth, which I totally blame on my mother. When I was trying to lose weight, I would cut out sweets, like cake, cookies, candy, etc. to try and lose weight. Not allowing myself to have it would just make me want it more though. While it’s okay to eat your favorite sweets every once in a while, there are alternative ways to satisfy your cravings though. Instead of eating a bowl of ice cream, I will have a bowl of Reddi Whip with chocolate sauce and nuts. It is close enough to an ice cream sundae that it does the trick. Another “treat” I like to make and eat is to put cool whip between two graham crackers and toss them in the freezer to make a something like an ice cream sandwich; especially if you use chocolate graham crackers.

Tip 4: Exercise Adds Up

Most people think that at the end of exercise you have to be drenched in sweat in order for it to count. Well, they are wrong. I’m not saying that’s the wrong way to exercise, but it isn’t the only way. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or park further away from a store or your office to get in some extra sets. If you continuously do this, the calories burned will add up. Don’t feel like you can run, then go for a walk. It will get you started and eventually you will get up to running.

About the Author: This guest post was contributed by Clinton County Medical Center. Learn more about their nutrition and wellness programs on their website.

 

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