How to Eat Your Way to Slim and Healthy in 2015

This is the time of year where New Year’s resolutions are on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Of course, it is no secret that the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Whether it is to drop 10 pounds, 20 pounds or 30 pounds, everyone seems to be upgrading their gym memberships, and ridding their kitchen of all their junk food. But, the truth is, no matter how much dieting and exercise you do, you still have to eat and stay healthy. So, how do you stick to your New Year’s goals when your stomach is rumbling? Let me share a few tips with you that will leave your stomach full and your waist slim.

  1. Detox – First things first, if you want to slim your middle, you need to cleanse and detox. Throughout 2014, and especially during the holidays, you probably accumulated a lot of toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals in your body that caused it to go out of whack. If you were feeling sluggish, tired, irritable or just not yourself, most likely your body was filled with toxins. So you want to cleanse your body and get rid of all those little culprits that cause you to have poor health and extra fat that you don’t need.
  1. Eat Healthier – I know this rule is simple. However, it can be hard to follow. If you are a busy gal on the go, it’s very easy to grab that bag of potato chips and soda instead of reaching for celery and hummus. If you didn’t raid your kitchen and rid it of all the junk food, now is the time to do so. You can replace your junk food with organic fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.
  1. Skip Deprivation – I know it may seem counterintuitive to tell you to eat a big chunk of chocolate cake, especially since it has a load of calories in sugar. But, the truth is, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods and treats without worry. The key word here is moderation. If you want a piece of chocolate cake, by all means have a bite or two without worry or guilt. However, you should worry if you eat the whole cake by yourself. Here’s a quick tip. If you really want the chocolate cake or any other sweet treat, invite a couple of your friends over and split the cake amongst you all.
  1. Chew your food slowly – It’s no secret that many people are fast eaters. And for good reason, food is so tasty! However, eating fast can wreak havoc on your digestive system as well as cause you to over eat. On average, it should take you at least 30 – 35 seconds to chew one bite of food. Your stomach needs time to send messages to your brain to let it know that you are full. However, when you chew your food quickly, you don’t have time to let your stomach digestive the food properly. Not to mention, you won’t enjoy every morsel that enters your mouth. If you take an extra 5 – 10 minutes at the dinner table to chew your food, you will feel fuller and eat less. This can ensure you stay slim and healthy in the New Year. Try using chopsticks.
  1. Eat Often – I know there are a lot of critics out there saying you should only eat once or twice a day if you are trying to lose weight. But, the truth is, if you are trying to lose weight, you need energy and food is energy. Think about a car, if a car doesn’t have fuel, it simply won’t go. If it’s low on gas, it won’t function properly. Your body acts the same way when you don’t give it the food and energy it needs to perform at optimal health. Now, when I say eat often, I don’t mean have a big feast every time you sit down to eat. You can eat about every 2 – 3 hours to boost your metabolism and give you energy. Throughout the day, you can feast on nutritious snacks like cashew nuts, greek yogurt, and fresh vegetables and fruit. Then have a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you take the pressure off of losing weight, and focus on being healthy and happy, your waist will slim down in no time. However, follow these fun and simple health tips to stay healthy and slim in 2015 and beyond.

Things I Do to Keep My Dog Healthy

I love having a lively and healthy dog running around my house. His bright eyes and wagging tail bring joy to my heart. There are a few things you can do to ensure this.

I purchased health insurance for him since he was a puppy. If he gets sick or gets into a mishap, vet bills can rack up pretty fast. It does not pay for everything, but I do not want to be put into a position where I have to decide between his life and me going to the poor house.

An overweight dog is an unhappy one. I see too many fat dogs waddling around on my travels. They suffer similar health issues as we do, such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. You are the adult here. It is your responsibility at weight management, not your dogs.

I try to choose excellent quality food. It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. I feel my investment up front saves me in vet bills. The main problem with commercial food is that they cook it. It kills most of the live enzymes and phytonutrients. I supplement with a green source powder that supplies the live things he needs. Missing Link is one supplement I use.

Most people chuckle when I tell them this, but this is one of the best things you can do for your dog. I brush his teeth almost every night. Believe it or not he comes into the bathroom on his own after I finish brushing. I found a toothpaste with vanilla flavor he just loves. I started out with a finger cot with flavor on it when he was a pup. He got used to it very quickly and now he uses a baby toothbrush.

There are the obvious things like exercise, plenty of water, etc. All of these things help to ensure a happy healthy favorite best friend.

How to Successfully Manage Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy on a budget can be achieved easily enough. There are so many ways, just needs a little bit more focus…

Budgeting is all about the amount of money you’re spending on the foods you’re buying to stock up your fridge and kitchen cupboards with.

Although you’re eating healthy on a budget, you should choose organic for certain foods. They’re not always more expensive, especially if you go to a famers’ market. In fact, they are likely cheaper from there.

In particular, eggs should be free-range or organic. Milk, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables should be organic too.

Eggs and milk do not necessarily cost a whole lot more than their non-organic counterparts.

For example, in my local supermarket there’s only £0.25p difference between non-organic eggs and their organic counterpart. With the milk, there’s £0.40p difference. That difference is worth a whole lot more for your health.

Compare prices and package sizes to get the best value for money. You’d be surprised, but sometimes, bigger packages are not always cheaper than smaller packages in the long run.

So, divide the number of grams or kilos or litres of the bigger package by that of the smaller package. How many of the smaller packages can you get out of the bigger package?

Multiply that number by the price of the smaller package. Now compare this value to the price of the bigger package. Which is cheaper? The cheaper one is better value for money.

Watch for any specials or “buy one, get one free” offers. Sometimes at the supermarket, you may find that smaller packages are on sale or that there is a special on them; while the bigger package is being sold at normal price. Sometimes it’s the other way round.

Either way, do the quick calculations and draw your conclusions from them. You don’t have to do the calculations mentally; most phones have a calculator nowadays.
Try to choose fruits and vegetables in their season, because they’ll be cheaper than when they are out of season.

Many food supermarkets and food stores keep loyalty accounts and customer cards, and give money-saving coupons from time to time. Take advantage of those too. Set up an account with them if you don’t have one yet.

It may be better to be regular at a particular supermarket so that you can get loyalty discounts.

If you are eating healthy on a budget, shop in bulk from wholesale stores. Some of them require memberships or accounts with them, and sometimes charge a nominal membership fee annually. Shopping from such stores are usually worth it and work out cheaper in the long run.

Try to buy fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets. They not only work out cheaper, they are usually fresh too; which is good for your health!

Don’t buy ready-made meals, it is cheaper to buy ingredients and cook them yourself at home. Plus they would usually have processed stuff in them anyway, which you want to avoid for your health.

Avoid buying on impulse. Otherwise you end up buying things you didn’t plan for. Stick to your list and plan your food shopping list upfront.

The most important things you want to buy are fruits and vegetables, as they are the most nutrition-packed foods you can buy. So pick these first before other foods.

As you would have seen, eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be hard. You just have to know what you’re doing and stay focused, and you will win easily enough.