Healthy Habits: Easy ways to get around a diet

Amanda Thomas
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Who needs a diet?

I, for one, suck at dieting. I love sweets too much and cookies are my weakness. Here are some tips to help lead a healthy lifestyle without putting much effort in at all.

When it comes to food, be more aware of what you’re putting in your body. Don’t cut out all the sweets, god knows I can’t, but just limit them and eat what your body needs.  Here are some ideas on healthy snacking.

Don’t go for the chips or a milkshake every day. Even though they are so delicious, they are also very high in calories. Look for fruit snacks or fresh fruits or vegetables. Most people don’t go for these first but think about it, when you’re at different functions and there’s food laid out, don’t you devour the fruits and veggies? Just pick them up next time you go food shopping and make carrots your next snacking choice.  Bananas are also really good for you. They fill you up and help your digestive system (meaning they help you poop more frequently which your body should do just about every day).

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Cookies and whatever else you love to eat are a sometimes snack. As Cookie Monster (unrighteously renamed Veggie Monster) once said, “Cookies are a sometimes food.” You can have them, just limit yourself. Don’t eat an entire sleeve, pull out two or three then put the package away. Out of sight, out of mind.  If you want chips, don’t eat them out of the bag. Poor them into a bowl. This way you don’t unconsciously eat your way to the bottom of the bag, limit yourself and unconsciously eat your way to the bottom of the much smaller bowl.

Another tip is to just not buy the unhealthy food. Don’t put it in with your stash of food and you won’t be able to eat it. Buy it sometimes or let it become random impulse buys but don’t make it a regular thing in your kitchen or dorm. If the unhealthy isn’t there, you can’t eat it. Fill your kitchen with healthy but delicious snacks instead.

There are a lot of little changes you can make in your day-to-day life that don’t take much effort at all but that will help you feel better every day. This is just one bit of advice to start leading a healthier lifestyle.

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