5 Tips to help you get started living a healthier life5 Tips to help you get started living a healthier life

Chances are, you are reading this post because you or someone you love has made the choice to live a healthier lifestyle. Getting started is the hardest part for all of us! Here are 5 Tips to help you get started living a healthier life.

  1. Start TODAY, you don’t need to wait until Sunday, Monday, 1st of month, Birthday, 1st of quarter, 1st of year, or any other special date. Starting TODAY – even with the next meal – will help you keep your motivation.
  2. Plan out your menu for the week. By making a menu, it will make it easier for you to make a shopping list, and stick to it, which will help you avoid buying temptation items. If they aren’t in your house, it will make it easier for you to avoid them.
  3. Make an informed choice about the nutritional values of the foods you are choosing. You don’t need each and every detail, but a general idea of calories, fat, carbs, etc. There are tons of spreadsheets and worksheets around to help you out. By choosing natural foods, or foods with as few processed ingredients as possible, this will help.
  4. Make sure you are eating proper portions of each food group. I keep a printout of the Food Pyramid to help me plan meals.
  5. Write Down What You Eat – It’s helpful for you to make adjustments if you have a journal of what you are eating over the long term. Forgive yourself if you make an error or an exception, and just remember to make the best choices you can at each and every meal.

This is what the template that I use started out looking like. I have no idea where I originally got it from, it’s just been in my excel file. I tweak mine to fit my personal needs.

Daily Nutritional Info
Calories Fat Calories % Fat
Calories
Total Fat Sat Fat Trans Cholesterol Sodium Potassium Carbs Dietary
Fiber
Sugar Protein
Day 1 2163 39 19 55 3090 1550 406 19.5 248 36
Day 2 2133 417 20% 56.5 17 115 2437 1470 342 20.5 262 43
Day 3 1540 490 32% 53 28.5 85 2665 215 12 114 56
Day 4 1631 163 10% 59 28 290 2340 805 194 9 181 62
Day 5 1710 447 26% 57 26.5 120 2462 420 221 10 162 45
Day 6 1798 510 28% 58 17.5 65 2282 1225 262 19.5 130 58
Day 7 2593 564.5 22% 73.5 19.5 225 3637 2070 367 25 214 86
7 day Average 1938 370 19% 57 22 0 136 2702 1077 287 17 187 55
COMMONLY EATEN FOODS
10 Grapes 34 1 1 9
1 orange 65 2 16 3
Chicken 250 45 5 1.5 125 810
WHAT I’VE EATEN TODAY
Oatmeal mix 1% 271 29 11% 3 1 1 1 3 75 330 39 5
Salmon 220 130 59% 14 2 60 170 1
Frozen Carrots 35 0 0% 55 7 2
1% 12 oz milk 165 30 18% 4 2 15 195 600 20
Frozen Broccoli 30 0% 20 4 2
Daily Total 721 189 26% 21.125 5.375 0 1 1.375 77.5 515 930 70.25 9