The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Designer Whey.
Notice the title says keeping rather than getting?
I’m all about stepping up my game and giving myself a little nudge come the New Year, but I’m also a firm believer that healthy is a lifestyle AKA FO’ LIFE. In other words, I don’t believe in fad diets or any of that nonsense. Our health is a journey that we’re constantly on, and along with that, no journey is perfect. There are times that I fall to the wayside and eat more sugar than what my body should have (ahem, the past few weeks), but that doesn’t mean my health is down the tubes. I give myself a little nudge, and get back to my normal eating without torturing myself into a terrible detox or 500 calorie diet.
Health is all about balance and moderation. You know, eat your vegetables, whole grains, fruit, lean protein most of the time, but there’s always room for dessert (in moderation of course). What would life be without a little dessert here and there, right? God created food to nourish our bodies, but He also created it for us to enjoy!
Without further ado, here’s how I’m planning to continue to keep healthy in the new year:
- Eat plenty of fruits and veggies
I typically have no problem eating enough fruit, but vegetables are something I really have to work on. I love sneaking vegetables into soups, making huge salads with lots of amazing toppings (nuts, dried fruit, and cheese just to name a few), and last but not least, making green smoothies! I add a bunch of fruit and some flavored protein powder to my green smoothies to disguise the spinach or kale and to amp up the nutrients a bit. One of my all time favorite protein powders is Designer Whey. Their nutrition facts are awesome (i.e. low in calories, high in protein, and low in sugar), and they have some delicious flavors. Vanilla Almond, Strawberry, White Chocolate, and Double Chocolate are my top favorites!
The Breakfast Smoothie is one of my faves!
- Get moving most days of the week
This could mean walking, running, lifting weights, going to a group fitness class, whatever – as long as I’m doing something to get my heart rate up and my endorphins going most days of the week.
- Refuel after workouts
Along with moving, I always make sure I refuel after my workouts. I like to focus on high protein snacks after strength based workouts, and I focus on a good balance of carbs and protein after cardio based workouts. Designer Whey Protein2Go packets are one of my favorite post workouts drinks. They’re small packets of powder you can stuff in your pocket, and then you just pour one into a water bottle, shake it up, and drink up after your workout. They’re naturally sweetened and taste great too!
- Make protein a priority in my snacks and meals
Every macro (i.e. carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc.) is important, but I notice that I feel most satisfied when I get enough protein with each of my meals or snacks. Some of my favorite protein packed snacks are: Greek yogurt, cheese stick wrapped in deli meat, cottage cheese, trail mix, and protein smoothies/shakes. When I’m on the go, I also really enjoy protein bars – Clif bars, ALT Larabars, and Designer Whey Protein Bars are my top favorites.
- Be OK with resting
A couple years ago, I wouldn’t have been OK with this one. I guarantee you I wouldn’t have even added it to this list two years ago. Since then, I’ve learned the importance of rest and how it positively impacts me – physically and emotionally. I take 2-3 rest days per week, which allows my body to recover, and it keeps me excited for my workouts. Not to mention it gives me extra time and energy to keep up with my little on-the-go baby.
So, that’s that – short and simple. I don’t like to make things too complicated when it comes to my health. I follow the above general “guidelines” and will continue to keep up with them in the new year.
Have a great Friday!
Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
What “guidelines” do you keep for yourself to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Have you ever tried Designer Whey products? Which are your favorites?