Healthier Choices & Changes #StartSmart2016

Healthier Choices & Changes #StartSmart2016

This blog post was sponsored by Coca-Cola but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Every year I impulsively resolve to lose weight, get healthier, and/or make some other radical change. Every year, by June, I have either forgotten or dismissed those resolutions.

This year I’m trying something a little different to #StartSmart2016. Instead of setting a goal of 20 pounds or 20 miles I decided to start making more health conscious decisions. I figure every time I have set a specific goal for myself I get overwhelmed, this way there’s no timeline and no way to really fail. It was all a matter of finding what needed to change and deciding how to change it.

HEALTHIER CHOICES & CHANGES #STARTSMART2016

I took a look at my life from the outside; I tracked what I was eating and my physical activity for a week to get an idea of where I needed to make changes. I will admit I was a little scared when I looked back at the week. I was eating pretty decently during the day/evening, but when nighttime came I started in on the junk. I also noticed a severe lack of activity. Outside of my cleaning routine and store runs I was spending most of my time sitting down.

My lack of activity and midnight junk food binges were a major concern for me. No way was any of this healthy and I realized just how much I needed to make a change.

The first change I made was the food I bought. I considered cutting out everything that wasn’t 100% healthy but quickly realized that wasn’t going to stop me. Being a strong-willed, determined woman with a convenience store less than 2 miles away meant cheating was easy and expensive. Instead, I chose to pick up snack alternatives that were healthier than what I would normally choose. Here are some of the alternatives (and a cheat sheet for you to print out):

HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES CHEAT SHEET

  • Instead of potato chips I bought whole wheat tortillas. I cut them into wedges and bake for 15 minutes (at 350F). They are perfect for dipping and are a healthier alternative to potato chips.
  • Instead of candy, I bought fresh fruits. They satisfy my sweet tooth without being unhealthy. I love slicing up a banana and baking it (at 300F) for 10 minutes. They are crunchy, yummy, and amazing with peanut butter!
  • Instead of ice cream I bought frozen yogurt. I also started freezing fruit (like bananas on a stick dipped in chocolate) for a quick, healthier snack.
  • Instead of soda I bought juice and milk. This might be the hardest change I made; I’m so used to picking up a 20 oz. in the checkout line that I have to watch myself when I’m shopping.
Simply Orange

These are the perfect size for traveling!

Since soda is one of my biggest vices I had to find something that worked for me in order to stay away from it. I have always loved juice so Simply Orange is a great alternative for soda. Another healthier option I’ve started to pick up is Fairlife Milk. What makes this so great is the added protein and reduced fat. That means more energy and fewer calories which are imperative to a healthier lifestyle. It’s also so yummy when you freeze it, making it a great ice cream/milkshake alternative!

I’m excited to start seeing results since I’ve incorporated these changes, but I’m not going to rush or get frustrated when change isn’t instant. I’m going to keep up with a healthy diet and being more active.

I was able to get everything I needed for my lifestyle change at Jewel-Osco, which is an Albertsons subsidiary. When you shop for these products be sure to keep your receipts! Until March 24, 2016, when you purchase Fairlife Milk, Simply Orange juice, or Odwalla Smoothies you can enter for a chance to win 1 of 1000 Misfit Shine Fitness + Sleep Monitors! For more info, visit http://lynk.to/ETJ6U.