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Guest Post – Start Smart: Declutter your Kitchen for Healthier Eating this Spring

If you have been waiting for the perfect moment to tweak your diet, ditch those unhealthy snacks and organize your cooking area – no time like the present! This sunny spring is a perfect opportunity to establish some ground rules in your diet and refresh your kitchen’s look with a few simple tips.
According to a recent study, you’d be surprised just how much your stacks of useless utensils and crowded tables affect your subconscious self and prevent you from finally sticking to your healthy eating resolutions. Let’s walk through some of the quickest spring-friendly tips to declutter and boost your nutrition!

Snack Swap

First of all, clean out your kitchen cabinets of unnecessary, unhealthy snacks, and throw away those sauces, herbs and spices past their expiration date (we all have at least several packs of those!) and of course, rethink your baking materials and switch to a healthy alternative.

Unfortunately, if there’s any junk food in your kitchen, plus your space is poorly organized, you’ll always have easy access to unhealthy snacks which are designed to increase your craving for them, which will only make your healthy dieting difficult. Keep your kitchen stocked up on fresh, healthy snacks, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier diet!

Declutter your stocks

A clever storage strategy starts with rethinking your kitchen organization. More often than not, we tend to keep too many items on the counter, while stuffing our drawers with more items than we need and stacking long-lasting items on poorly organized shelves.

Hang your most used utensils close to your stove, and add hooks inside your cabinets for extra hanging space. Use angled drawer shelves for better visibility of smaller items such as spices, and use pull-out racks to organize your dishes and your cleaning supplies. Repurpose your glass jars to pack your nuts, seeds, and grains; which will encourage you to include them in your meals.

Back to the basics

Although it’s useful to have numerous cooking utensils at your disposal, you likely still use that unhealthy Teflon pan or cracked plates and cups that just take up space and support an unhealthy lifestyle. Get rid of the pots and pans with unhealthy coating and find multipurpose items that will come in handy in almost every cooking situation.

For instance, a multifunctional KitchenAid blender is a perfect addition to any kitchen, ideal for making those creamy smoothies, versatile sauces, and experiment with your own creative dips. Evaluate which tools you use on a daily basis, and give away or sell those that simply take up space.

Master meal prepping

Pick your favourite healthy food cookbook, such as Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver, and organize your week to spend a few hours in your now cleverly arranged kitchen to prep, pack and freeze your meals beforehand for as many days as possible.

In addition to food, glass boxes and a kitchen food scale will be all you need to make your meal prepping work. Follow your dietary guidelines and calorie needs to create a balanced meal plan, and you’ll save plenty of time if you set aside several days’ worth of meals to suit your needs, and of course, prepare your snacks, smoothies and other healthy beverages to complement your diet.

Simplify your grocery shopping

This one is old but gold – never skip following your grocery list! This will ensure quicker trips to the store, less money wasting and you’ll be less tempted to buy junk food items that will disrupt your new plan. Once you start preparing meals beforehand, your fridge will be stocked up with meal boxes and healthy snacks, but you also need to consider raw materials for your next round of cooking.

According to Lauren Slayton, the founder of Foodtrainers, about 30% of your fridge should always stay empty – this way, you will always have room to pack your leftovers and other foods. Organizing your groceries and keeping them in the fridge will also save you a few trips to the store, as your food will not go bad so quickly.

Perhaps taking the first few steps on this list seems the most challenging, but once you get a taste of a healthy lifestyle, you will be much more motivated and encouraged to follow through. Start your spring cleaning in your kitchen, stick to these healthy habits, and you will ensure that you don’t need to repeat the process the very next year!

The Struggle Of Staying Healthy

No one embarks on a fitness program with the view that they’ll ever end up back where they started. You take a breath and begin counting calories, eating healthily, or start a gym routine and when you do it you do it with the best intentions. Than watch the pounds fall off and the inches shrink away all due to your hard work and determination. You eat better than ever and you finally make it to goal weight

Once you get to goal weight, you must adjust your currently weight loss lifestyle to suit one of maintenance and that’s where most people slip up and fall. Getting healthy is one thing, staying healthy? That’s a big struggle. It’s not because you don’t want to keep up the lifestyle you’ve achieved, but it’s a transition from losing weight to maintenance and reverting to old habits can seem so easy! Whether you’ve achieved your goal by yourself at home, or you’ve achieved your goal with the help of a weight loss clinic, it isn’t easy to stay at that goal weight and it takes a lot more grit than losing the weight in the first place. With these tips, you can keep the weight off and enjoy life as much as you always have at your goal weight:

Remember the Changes

The key to keeping the weight off and staying at your ideal weight is down to the long-term changes you make. The changes you made with your food need to stay the same or as close as possible. By sticking to lower calories and upping your protein intake, you can feel fuller for longer and be less likely to snack throughout the day.

Planning is Key

Planning your meals and sticking to that plan is going to help you maintain healthier eating habits. This includes eating out and family events that involve food – plan for those meals out so that you can make informed decisions. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy a night out with your friends – if you stick to your plan you can be happy and comfortable.

Keep up the Activity

Your exercise routine may have been vigorous while you’ve been losing the weight so scale back slightly and change up your routine. Instead of working out seven days a week, aim for five instead!

Support will always help. Talk to your doctor, your friends and your family about your weight loss and your maintenance goals. You need to have the right support to maintain how well you’ve done.

Ultimately, your health is going to depend on your level of willpower and your ability to stick with your new, healthy habits instead of thinking that just because you’ve reached your goal, you’ll be able to keep your new health and fitness with pizza! Reverting to old habits will also revert you back to that mental health state you were in before you embarked on your fitness journey. Don’t go back there, stay focused and stay healthy.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

A Guide to Staying Fit and Healthy Whilst Abroad

Our health and fitness can take a backseat whilst we’re abroad. Most of us are too busy sunning ourselves our delving into the local delicacies to worry about workouts or what we should be eating. It’s true that a holiday should be a chance to relax and enjoy yourself. But if you’re conscious of staying fit and healthy whilst abroad, take a look at this guide…

Fitness

Taking a break from work and the monotony at home is great, but taking a break from fitness altogether will make the adjustment harder when you return. Fitness abroad should be about having fun rather than completing a punishing chore. Going on hikes and swimming in the sea are great ways of staying fit, and making the most of your surroundings whilst abroad.

If you prefer some gentler exercise or need a rest from your rigorous regime at home, try some walking. Instead of getting a taxi or driving around, explore on foot. This is a great way to stay fit but also get around like a local. Hiring bikes is another fun idea to keep up your fitness whilst you’re away, without compromising on fun!

Medicine

If you want to enjoy your holiday as much as possible, come prepared with medicines. There’s nothing worse than being stuck abroad and not having the pain relief or treatment you need. https://www.canadapharmacyonline.com has information about some of the common illnesses people can pick up whilst on holiday, and what to take for them. Even if you’re only traveling for a week, it’s best to come prepared and take your health seriously. Problems which aren’t treated might ruin your holiday, or even get worse.

Eating Out

Trying local foods and cuisines is one of the best things about going abroad. It can be difficult to stop yourself from going overboard, especially if you’re eating out every day. If you’re at a hotel and they have a breakfast buffet opt for fruit, toast, and yogurt for breakfast. As a special treat have a larger breakfast once a week to treat yourself. If you’re eating out try ordering side salads to accompany a meal rather than chips or fried vegetables. In fact ordering a number of sides as your lunch is a good way to tailor-make a healthy meal.

Simple Workouts

There are also some simple workouts that you can do anywhere in the world. Indoors, outdoors, a hotel room, or a hostel, these exercises are completely travel-proof and will keep you fit.

Sit-ups, crunches, and planks are all great ab workouts that you can continue to do anywhere in the world. Squats, ski-sits, and leg raises will help to keep your leg limber for all the walking you’ll be doing. Lunges are another no-equipment-needed exercise that will help your overall fitness whilst your away. Stick to these suggestions and you should stay fit and healthy whilst you holiday.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Get The Healthy Lifestyle You’ve Always Wanted By Making One Change At A Time

We all want to live a healthy and happy lifestyle, but it’s not an easy goal. There always seems to be something standing between us and that goal. It can be hard, even, to know where to start. It’s easier just to carry on the way we’ve been going. Rather that than make the necessary changes. The truth is that those changes are easy to make. You don’t even need to take big steps to achieve them. A few little changes to your attitude and behavior will make a huge difference. If you’ve been putting that healthy lifestyle off, here are some tips to encourage you to put in the effort for that lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Staying Fit And Fabulous When Everything Seems Against You

It can be pretty hard to stay in good shape. It needs dedication and commitment. The benefits are worth it though as you feel better, look better and are healthier. The only problem is that sometimes it can feel like the whole world is against us when it comes to our fitness goals. How can we still come out on top when this is happening? Here are some tips on staying fit when everything seems against you.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Ease Your Way Into Healthy Eating

If you’re thinking of giving your diet a healthy overhaul, you might be concerned about how to get started. If you’re busy with children or a hectic job, or both; you may think healthy eating is impossible. When you’re always busy, eating on-the-go becomes the routine. This certainly isn’t good for your overall wellbeing. You might want to eat healthier to kick-start a weight loss diet, or you might want to simply just improve your health. The benefits to healthy eating are countless. It’s well-worth investigating exactly how you can ease into healthy eating for your everyday diet. It’s almost guaranteed that you won’t regret it!

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Weird Yet Incredibly Healthy Foods To Include In Your Diet

We all know the benefits of including plenty of fruits and veggies into our diet. But if you’re looking to get experimental or try some slightly more unique or unusual ingredients, why not give some of these a go? They’re incredibly healthy, massively nutritional things that your body will most definitely thank you for. Here are some of the most recommended weird yet health foods.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Eating at Restaurants While Still Being Healthy- Can It Be Done?

Just because you’re living a healthy lifestyle, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. When friends, family, and colleagues invite you out for dinner- you don’t have to turn down the offer immediately! Regardless of what kinds of foods your plan involves, there are plenty of ways you can still dine out with friends without going off track. Here are my favorite tips for eating at restaurants while still being healthy.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Break Free From Binge Eating

We are all guilty of binge eating our favorite foods from time to time. With so much incredible food at our fingertips, it’s sometimes hard not to give into temptation. But if you feel unable to control how much you eat on a regular basis, you may be developing a binge eating disorder.

Men and women can both experience a disorder of this kind, and it can often begin after a diet regime. It can make you eat when you aren’t hungry when you’re upset or even after you are full. You may then experience weight gain and notice a decrease in your self-esteem and health. Thankfully, there are things you can do to start treating a binge eating disorder and regain control of your diet. Follow these steps to find out more.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Eating For An Active Lifestyle: Your Questions Answered

If you’re an exercise fan, you’ll be aware of the importance of keeping your body fueled. You can’t work out when you’re running on empty. If you’re eager to improve your diet and make sure you get the best out of your exercise regime, here are answers to common questions about eating for an active lifestyle.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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