hiya! welcome back to maggie’s doodles. in going through my drafts, i found this one at the end of the list! i outlined 9 tips for creating healthy habits. i thought it would be fun to elaborate on them today and see if i’ve actually been following my own tips recently, haha!
i have been making lots of lifestyle, diet, and fitness changes recently! i’m not sure what sparked this inspiration, but i just wanted to get really serious about getting stronger, eating healthier foods, and enjoying my life more.
as a whole, eating fried, super sugary, processed, and heavy foods was weighing me down in more ways than one.
my skin was more oily and bumpy, i felt burdened or over-satisfied after eating because of the density of my meals, i was eating too fast which caused acid reflux and pain, and i realized my diet wasn’t supporting the weight training i’m doing at home.
i don’t actually ‘need’ to eat healthy food at this point in my life, if that makes sense! my fast metabolism and overall understanding of nutrition has made it where i’m not gaining weight, getting sugar headaches, etc. it’s the other symptoms i went over a moment ago that were the deciding factor for change! and as i get older, it will support aging, and i won’t have to change big habits when i actually have to!
let’s check out my tips!
9 tips for creating healthy habits!
ft. me chatting about
the healthy changes i’ve been making 😂
Find healthier options of what I love to eat //
this helps a lot! it’s challenging (or.. impossible) to just completely stop eating what you love.
for example, i love sugar. A LOT. and while i’ve been cutting back to a couple desserts a week (instead of multiple times a day in some instances), i’ve upped my fruit intake! and you know what’s awesome? healthy/natural food tastes better when you have less processed food. i find that hard to believe until i see it happening myself, haha! but it’s true!
at work right now, i’ve been getting grilled nuggets instead of fried chicken. i’m getting fruit cups instead of waffle fries because fries make my skin unhappy. i’m not having chocolate right now because it also contributes to my acne, and i’m not having many sugary drinks because i’m not comfortable right now drinking my calories. that doesn’t mean i’ll never have these foods again, but i love supporting my diet and lifestyle changes the best ways i know how!
Gather inspiration from others //
i’ll look up things like “healthy sources of carbs,” “healthy breakfasts,” etc! it gives you ideas on what you can do differently. you can watch youtube videos, read articles, and even blog posts.
i would caution you to make sure you’re being inspired and not weighed down by this ‘inspirational’ content, though. when the comparison game is too strong, helpful things online hurt more than they help. sometimes creators’ pages are too aesthetic and perfect, y’know? and unfortunately, i can’t usually gain too much info from people online, because the health and fitness gurus are TOO perfect. when i’m just starting out with healthy goals, it’s a huge downer to see that these ladies have been doing what i wish i’d been doing for 5, 10, 15 years. so anyway, find people who do inspire you!
i wrote a post a *while* ago about the powerful influence of what we surround ourselves with, which i recommend checking out!
Portion sizes //
i’m just gonna leave that heading the way it is, instead of making it more like a sentence haha
this is legit advice. two things i’ve been doing lately are pouring my food on a plate so i’m controlling how much i eat, and not snacking leading up to eating! get everything you’re gonna eat for a snack or meal in one place before chomping down.
i still have some desserts and oily foods, just less of them! another goal of mine right now is to still enjoy meals with my family, so i’ve gone ahead and had different side dishes i wouldn’t have chosen for myself as a snack or meal.
Modify ideas to match your diet //
i can’t think of a recent time when i did this, lol. well i know at work, i’m getting grilled instead of fried chicken like i previously mentioned. it takes innovation and some planning to meet your health and fitness goals!
Drink waterrrrr 😂👍 //
oh yeah! i’ve been an avid water advocate (haha) since 2017. i can’t actually vouch for all the benefits i get from drinking lots of water, or what water can do for YOU, but i do know staying hydrated helps a lot! i’m pretty sure i feel more rested, have better digestion, and have less headaches because i drink water. i really recommend it!
want some tips on staying more hydrated? i shared a post here!
Eat ✨ s l o w e r ✨ //
i outlined this tip, forgot about this draft and didn’t follow my advice for months, but now i am! i can get a better feel now for when i’m getting full instead of all my food landing heavily in my stomach almost violently. i chew my food more thoroughly, take smaller bites, take sips of water, and i sit while eating instead of standing or pacing around! all of these little habits help me focus on eating at a more comfortable pace. i’m less likely to overeat this way!
Compare prices at stores //
buying food on sale and finding which stores are the most affordable is a great way to get in the habit of buying healthier food! if you just walk into any store and pick up a bag of almonds, for example, the $9 price tag is gonna make you run. but you can prevent this somewhat by finding cheaper options and buying during sales!
Save money where you can but also put quality first //
please don’t buy a discounted bag of apples because, you know, you can afford it. think about it for a sec. haha
my method for going the affordable route is to usually find the absolute cheapest item in the category, then move up a brand or two from there. so you’re not buying the most expensive or the super cheapest, but the nice middle!
you can’t exactly do everything with that method, and sometimes i will buy the cheapest or the most expensive. void where prohibited haha
Meal plan so the food won’t expire before you can use it //
oh my goodness *double face palm* look at me preaching to the choir over here. i’m definitely saying this to myself and to you, buddy! *suddenly remembers the blueberries i have in the fridge* AH
meal planning is awesome. figuring out how often you’re gonna make or prepare meals and snacks will prevent food from going bad, and you won’t waste money! maybe i could write a post about that in the future 😀 i’m not a meal planning pro or anything, but i have done it some!
thanks sooo much for reading! i had fun chatting about this today 😄