38 Hacks for a Healthy Lifestyle

healthy hacks

1. Infuse your water. This is a great tip if you find it difficult to drink water. I always add lemon and raspberries for extra benefits and taste. Adding lemons to water helps with digestion, balancing pH levels, & your complexion.

2. Bag and freeze smoothie ingredients. If you’re always on the go, having smoothie ingredients ready to go is so convenient. Even when you’re craving something sweet, just pop the ingredients in the blender and you’re set.

3. Buy a food scale. I’m not sure how I ever lived without a food scale. I was always mislead when it came to portion sizes. It makes things super easy when you’re tracking your daily intake.

4. Eat a healthy snack before you go out. Heading out for dinner? Have a cup or two of raw veggies before you leave, that way you wont be tempted to order the entire menu.

5. Oil pull to whiten teeth & clean gums. If you’ve not tried oil pulling before, I would really encourage it. Not only does it help whiten your teeth, but it draws out bacteria and helps strengthen your gums. Read more about my experience with it over here.

6. Never shop on an empty stomach. You’ll come home with everything you didn’t need.

7. Take wellness shots. Wellness shots are nutrient-dense powerhouses that pack a punch. If you’ve ever had one, those colds and flus are going to be stopped in their tracks. Here’s how to make one.

8. Magnesium supplements. It’s the answer to everything. Seriously. Weight loss, digestion, sleep, anxiety, stress, muscle aches, headaches… read all about my obsession over here.

9. Track your food. You’d be surprised to know just how much you’re consuming a day. My Fitness Pal is my favourite app for tracking food and exercise.

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10. Start your day with lemon water or ACV detox. Lemon with warm water and a hint of cayenne is a fantastic way to boost your metabolism for the day, but if you’re looking for extra detoxification, try this apple cider vinegar detox drink.

11. Workout with weights. I ditched most of my cardio for weight training because it was more effective for weight loss. Plus, it helps you tone! And don’t worry ladies, lifting weights wont make you bulky.

12. Use YouTube. If you don’t have time to get to the gym or it’s the weather is too temperamental to workout outside, YOUTUBE! There are so many amazing, effective workout videos. I love yoga videos after a long day.

13. Eat more probiotics. I suspect probiotics to be a huge health trend of 2016, but I’m not complaining. They help prevent and treat illnesses, promote a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system. They’re found through fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimichi, yogurt, and kombucha.

14. Keep healthy snacks in your bag. It will keep you from stopping by the vending machine at work or opting for something unhealthy because you’re sugar levels might be down! Some examples of healthy snacks include fruit, trail mix, nut bars, dark chocolate, etc.

15. Never skip breakfast. Your brain needs fuel to function at it’s peak and skipping breakfast will also make your metabolism slow down. You’ll also end up more likely to binge-eat at the end of the day.

16. Dry brush regularly. Dry brushing not only removes dead skin cells, but it also stimulates your lymph system and can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

17. Get your hormones in check. An imbalance of hormones can keep you from achieving your goals and actually lead to weight gain, stress, cravings, mood swings, etc. I cannot tell you how many women are misinformed and confused.

18. Keep your stress levels in check. Stress undermines and counters any efforts you make towards being healthier. It unbalances hormones and spikes cortisol. I love to use meditation apps in the morning & at night for 10 minutes to increase mindfulness and de-stress.

19. Drink more tea. It’s kind of like the best skinny tip. Peppermint tea is fantastic at night or before a meal to suppress your appetite, and of course, Green tea throughout the day!

20. Steel cut oats > rolled oats. If you’re an oatmeal fan like myself, opt for steel cut oats instead of rolled oats or quick oats. They’re the least processed and keep you full the longest.

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21. Swap soda for soda water. Liquid calories count too, and the amount of sugar in soda is ridiculous. I used to have a bit of a soda addiction but now I’m obsessed with soda water. It so fresh and I love to infuse it with fruit!

22. Ease up on the alcohol. It can be the biggest killer ever, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. I love to do “dry” months – basically going without alcohol for a month just to have a little detox.

23. Blot oil off of pizza. Take a paper towel and gently blot the oil off of pizza, it can save you up to 50 calories a slice. It’s a little tip I learned from a nutritionist.

24. Look at the ingredients. The less ingredients, the better.

25. Buy plain yogurt instead of flavored yogurt. This can spare you from upward of 15 grams of sugar, depending on the brand. Plus, you can add your own fresh fruit in plain yogurt instead of the artificial ones.

26. Add cinnamon to your coffee. It balances your blood sugar levels! Coffee raises them, and cinnamon lowers them.

27. Mark your water bottle. To ensure you’re drinking enough water, here’s a fun DIY to track your intake.

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28. Substitute pasta for veggies. Ever heard of spaghetti squash? Cauliflower rice? Zoodles? It’s an easy technique to cut carbs and bring more nutrition to your plate.

29. Simple dressings. Don’t drown your salads in artificial dressings from the supermarket, all you need is lemon, olive oil, & balsamic vinegar. Greek yogurt can also easily sub in for mayo, sour cream, or heavy milk. So fresh!

30. Fats are good. People who snack on healthy fats like a handful of almonds or avocado eat fewer calories over the course of the day because they feel more satisfied. So don’t skimp on fat; it keeps you fuller for longer so you will, in turn, eat less.

31. Get more Zzzz. My BEST weight loss tip is sleep. Hormones are regulated when you sleep and when you’re sleep deprived, you’re not only more likely to make poor and lazy food choices (and skimp on exercise!) but your appetite is increased.

32. Blend your veggies. Add a smoothie or fresh juice to get a few servings of fruits and veggies in your diet. I always start my day with a green juice and it packs a punch of nutrition and energy!

33. Batch roast your veggies. Before your week begins, roast a batch of your favourite veggies. This small step will help ensure healthy eating during the week.

34. Schedule meal times. This will stop you from overeating and snacking throughout the day. Although what we put in our bodies matters most, when we choose to eat that food also has an impact on how our bodies will process it and our likelihood of gaining weight from it.

35. Choose whole grains. Make a simple swap in your eating routine by choosing 100% whole grains instead of highly processed white or enriched grains. Whole grains, like steel cut oats, brown rice, barley and 100% whole grain bread or pasta, provide greater nutrition from energy rich B-vitamins to filling fiber.

36. Nourishment bowls are everything. Also known as power bowls, nourish bowls, macro bowls and buddha bowls, you might see these beauties popping up all over the internet at the moment. The goal is to combine all of the macronutrients so you can rest assured you are nourishing your body with all of the right things in one meal. Find out how to make a nourishment bowl.

37. Boost your meals with superfoods. Throw some bee pollen in your smoothie, some pumpkin seeds in your salad, & chia seeds in your oatmeal. It’s so easy to boost the nutritional content of your food. Do your research and find what superfoods will work best for you.

38. Switch up your workouts. During exercise, you’re putting a stress on your body, and during your recovery, your body is improving its ability to handle that stress. The result: You burn fewer calories and build less calorie-torching muscle with every workout. You should typically switch up your workouts every 4-6 weeks.

Do you have any healthy hacks to add? Do tell!

  • I am so bad I try and stay away from everything healthy – I must admit these look delicious

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I’m a huge supporter of food tracking, it is especially helpful when travelling! :)
    — LisaLDN.com

  • Every single tip here is so easy and the benefits can only be good. I’m going to have to start marking my water bottle, no way am I missing out on that trick! x

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

  • Good tips! Especially to start the day with hot lemon water!

  • I love this post so much! Getting plenty of sleep is often an overlooked one, but as you say, we make better choices when we feel rested and don’t skip exercise! I think if you can walk 1 hour 5 times a week it is an excellent way to keep your weight in check. I usually do after work, put a podcast on and off I go. It makes me switch off from work, I get fresh air, gives me time to listen to great podcasts that I love and that inspire me and I get some exercise!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

  • Truc Pham

    These tips are amazing! This year I’m taking my health and fitness a lot more serious and these tips are just perfect to keep in mind! Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!
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  • i started feeling so much better when i changed my diet for the better a few years ago. last october i added a regular work out and i never felt so good. just healthier and way more balanced. also, my body changed for the better and i can’t wait to see more results and finally feel confident in a bikini in the summer.

    loovelle.blogspot.com

  • megsiobhan

    Great tips! Some of these I’m already doing, but I definitely need to do more of them.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  • Thanks a lot for sharing this. Knew most tips but I found some new gems to be taking care of in the future. Have a great week! X Sjoukje from http://www.lemontierres.com :-)

  • Trang Do

    Thank you very much for sharing these healthy tips!! Love your post!!

    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • Great tips!! I definitely need to try some of these!!!!

    smoresandpolaroids.blogspot.com

  • Loving all of these hacks!!! So many good ideas! My favorite has to be the detox water and prepping smoothie bags ahead of time! Such a great idea!
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

  • These are all such great ideas! Thanks for all the healthy eating inspiration! <3
    -Cass

    http://www.lifewithcass.com

  • Oh wow, what an amazing list – it comprises so many brilliant points, many of which I’d never thought of before! I love your suggestion of infusing water and I’m 100% on board for switching up workout regimes regularly :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x