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Getting Healthy in the New Year- Practice These 5 Tips

Practice these 5 tips for getting healthy in the new year and all year long.

New Year, New Thoughts….time to take stock, think back on last year, and make plans for the coming year.  For many of us that means focusing on getting healthy, or losing weight, in the New Year.  Is that one of your goals?  It is for me too.Getting healthy is not about a total lifestyle shake up. There are many small things that you can do to get more healthy and add more balance to your life. thegardeningcook.com #OVHsnacks #ad

My mother died a few months ago and was very frail at the end of her life and needed a lot of assistance.  My siblings and I spent a great deal of time in the last year caring for her.  We all loved mum dearly, and were more than happy to care for her, but her care was difficult.  After my last trip to see her, I made a vow with myself to take better care of myself, mainly so that I would not be a burden to my loved ones when I am older.

I thought it would be helpful to me, and perhaps to my readers, to put together a list of some tips for getting healthy this year.  For me, it’s not just about diet, although I would like to lose some weight.  It is about my general overall health.

So my question really is this – what can I do to make it easier to live and maintain a more healthy life?   For me it is all about what I practice, friends.

1. Practice moderation.  I want to walk a little more, eat a little less, be moderate in all things, and spend a bit more time playing instead of working my life away.  Four little things that make such a bit difference in the whole scheme of things!  Also, I try to spend more time outdoors, instead of inside in front of electronics. This will help me get much more balance in my life.Keep these four things in mind to get a healthier life

2. Practice Portion Control.  Trying to lose a few pounds does not mean that you cannot have your favorite treats.  Just practice portion control.  To do this, either purchase individual sized bags of your favorite snacks, or buy larger bags and package them in portion controlled sizes yourself.  I regularly buy Fisher almonds and portion them into small baggies.  Since I ADORE almonds, it makes sure that I don’t overindulge~  Fresh fruit is already portion controlled! There is very little of it that is more than about 100 calories.  Healthy snack options

3. Practice healthy snacking.  For me, getting healthy means that I’ve tried to cut my intake of sugar way down, and have substituted more healthy snacks in its place.  Fruits, nuts, dark chocolate, and home made energy bars and snacks now give me the extra bit of snacking that I crave and all contain fiber that keeps me full.

Some of my favorite healthy snacks are the Orchard Valley Harvest snacks.  These delicious snacks are a non-GMO snack from John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., the parent company of Fisher nuts. They are a combination of dried, unsweetened fruits and simple nuts in several varieties. 

The product uses the freshest nuts and fruits that are picked at their peak, minimally processed and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  My favorites are the Dark Chocolate covered almonds.  Yum.   YES!  You can have chocolate in moderation!!Orchard Valley Harvest Snacks are portion controlled for healthy eating.

I recently had the chance to try out their Cranberry Almond Cashew Trail Mix, Dark Chocolate Almonds and Chocolate Raisin Nut Trail Mix.

They come in convenient Grab & Go and Multi Pack sizes and are really tasty.  They are a great alternative to impulse purchases like chips and candy.

4. Practice preparation.  When it is time to head to the gym are you ready to go, or do you have to scramble to find the things you need for your exercise? 

If you have a gym bag already prepared, with your fitness clothes, a sports bra, sneakers, some toiletries and your favorite after work out snack, it will mean that you won’t have an excuse not to exercise today because you unprepared.have a gym bag ready so you won't have excuses not to exercise

5. Practice Healthy Swaps.  For me, a big part of getting healthy and fit is not cutting things out, but swapping unhealthy food choices for more healthy ones.

There are so many ways to do this.   One of my most tasty ones is to use an avocado instead of mayonnaise on a sandwich.  Doing this swap means that you add healthy fats, and cut out unhealthy ones.

You save a few calories and add a ton of flavor to your sandwich.  For more ideas like this one, see my healthy kitchen swaps post.
Make healthy swaps

How about you?  What is your family doing differently in 2016 to find ways for getting healthy?  I’d love to hear about your ideas in the comment section below.  I will include some of my favorites as reader tips in this article too!

Whether you are looking to feed that sweet or savory craving, to refuel before a workout or take a mid-day break at work – there is an Orchard Valley Harvest variety perfect for you.

These Grab & Go and Multi Pack sizes are now available at retailers nationwide.  I found mine at my local Walmart in the produce department.   They had them for sale in both the multi pack and individual portion controlled size package. Just visit the Orchard Valley Harvest site to find a store near you.

Here are some of my readers tips for getting healthy:

Jess says:  One thing I always try to do to keep myself on track is writing down what I eat. I find if I make myself write everything down, I’m less likely to cheat and eat lots of bad stuff. I also try to stock my fridge with only healthy things to start.

Cathy suggests that we should “drink more water and eat more fresh veggies and fresh fruit and to walk more everyday”

Lori says “Get plenty of sleep!”  This really is a very good tip!  Thanks for sharing it Lori!

Julie says that her favorite tip is to “drink plenty of water!”

Natalie says that her favorite tip is to work out first thing in the morning. That way you will always get a workout in and you won’t be tempted to skip it at the end of the day.

Cindy says “Keep moving, be active. Do something everyday. Don’t miss a day even a little is better than none.”

Julie W says I make sure to exercise 5 days a week, and I have added weight training to help me be stronger.

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Thomas Murphy

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

my favorite tip is “Get plenty of sleep!”

John H.

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

I would say take the stairs.

Tosha H

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Don't bring junk food in the house, you can't be tempted if it ain't there!

Cassandra

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Drink water, water and MORE water :-) Hydration is key!

Rosanne

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

I find that if I workout doing things I love like a hip hop zumba class take, I feel better mentally and physically. I also do yoga and kickboxing but don't enjoy it as much but still feel stronger.