Baby Steps to Health

Sometimes, making big changes can feel way overwhelming. And overwhelm can stop you from changing anything. Where do you even start? It’s easier to just stick with the status quo, right? Get out of that rut with baby steps! Instead of tackling a total health makeover, just make a few tweaks. Small bites are much more manageable, and can help you break down those psychological barriers.

Below are some suggestions. Whatever you do, do NOT attempt to make all these changes at once. Try one on for size. If it sticks, choose another.

  • Pre-portion your breakfast cereal into little baggies (instead of pouring directly from the box into your bowl).
  • At a party carry a clutch purse — when your hands are full with Kate Spade and a cocktail, you’ll eat fewer nibbles.
  • Do kitchen yoga while you make dinner.
  • Choose food that’s crunchy and chewy (apples, whole grains…). They take longer to chew so you’ll scarf down less.
  • Brown-bag your lunch. Tried and true.
  • Floss while your kids are in the bath.
  • Always share popcorn with your husband at the movies but he refuses to downsize? Ask for an empty kid-size bag and pre-portion your own from his giant tub.
  • Try to eat just one “superfood” a day. (spinach, almonds, yogurt, salmon, avocado…)
  • Make your bedtime 15 minutes earlier.
  • Wear an outfit that hugs your curves when you go out for dinner. A constant reminder not to pig out.
  • Got a craving? Paint your nails. Ruining a shiny mani is a good deterrent to gobbling.
  • Take the grocery store in fast-motion. Burn a few extra calories while you shop.
  • TV commercial? Jumping-jack time.
  • Pace yourself slowly when eating with friends/family. Play a mental game: try to be the last one to finish.

Now it’s your turn! Any other ideas for small changes that can add up big?

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2 Comments on “Baby Steps to Health

  1. OK, so this may not exactly qualify as a “baby step”, but it’s a great way to get active and stay active, whether you want to or not. I wrote about this last New Year’s; adopt a dog from the Humane Society…

    http://blog.ultimatefatburner.com/ultimatefatburnercom/lessons-dogs-tortoises-year/

    One study I reference in the article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16459211) suggests…

    “Acquiring a dog should be explored as an intervention to get people more physically active.”

    It’s worked very well for me – so well, in fact, that we adopted another German Shepherd (Nika), despite the obvious wear and tear on the vacuum cleaner. 😉

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