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Need Help Sticking To Your New Year Fitness Goals?

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That’s right! The ongoing joke every new year are on those who’ve made that decision to finally start using that gym membership and stop ordering a large fry with their salads. (Or am I the only one who does that?)

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 Either way, don’t let the naysayers stop you! Clear out thirty minutes to an hour of your day for some exercise, drink plenty of water and be mindful of your portions and that should set the foundation. Remember, every day is a new day to get it right!

Here are my Top 4 diet tips to help you keep that 2017 #BaeASF bod on track!

 

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  1. Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Once you start to cut back on your sugar in take, you’ begin to realize you don’t need as much sugar as you thought! I thought I couldn’t function without at least 5 teaspoons of white sugar in my morning cup of Joe but as I scaled back, I needed less and less. One easy way is to use brands like Truvia or Splenda. Trivia Nector has 50 percent fewer calories than sugar. Use it in your Greek yogurt, or tea. Also honey and agave are better sugar substitutes as well. 

 

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2. Veggies For Breakfast

I was never a huge veggie fan growing up and it didn’t help that my young mother was the same way. Over the years I’ve had to find different ways to in-cooperate vegetables into my meals. One way is adding veggies at Breakfast! Researchers say you should aim for your meal to be half veggies or at least more veggie than starches. Add some spinach into that omelet or Kale in that morning shake. Hell, see how many mornings you can mix different veggies in!

3.  Chill Out On The Liquor Bro

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“Not only does alcohol intake add empty calories to the diet, but it can lead to poor diet and fitness decisions the following day.”

— Nora Minno, R.D., C.P.T., an NYC-based registered dietitian and personal trainer

Basically: skip out on alcohol during the week and save that special glass of wine for weekend activities or an end of the week Happy Hour. It may be a hard task but come Summer ’17 it’ll be worth it.

4. Meal Prepping On Sunday Nights

Meal prepping really helped me stay in control of my diet last year and it’s one practice I definitely recommend. A little time consuming but once you get the jig of it-it’s a piece of cake. A very small, gluten free piece of cake of course :) Anywho, I chose Sunday nights to prep my meals for the first three days and then I’d prep again on Wednesdays. By Wednesday I was always ready to switch it up and it helped me not waste any food or money. Meal prepping allows you to stay on the healthy track throughout the hustle and bustle of the work week. You’re eating right and not even thinking about it! You don’t even have time to talk yourself into grabbing french fries because the food is already prepared! I would recommend finding a cheap local meal prepping business however that may interfere with your savings plan. Plan out a good grocery store budget & put the work in first!

Feel free to steal some of my friend & Youtube Guru @TiffanyDarlyn meal prep tips!


Don’t be too lazy to mix it up a bit! Try this quick fresh salad!


INGREDIENTS

1 English cucumber, diced
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
3 ripe avocados, diced
½ red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
PREPARATION
1. Place sliced cucumber, tomatoes, avocados, onion, and cilantro in a large salad bowl.
2. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.



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