Hi, I’m Kelly Boulé, and I have been practicing as a hypnotherapist and holistic nutrition coach in the Kansas City area for a little over 20 years.
Today I would like to talk to you about ten things. Ten different ways that you can eat healthier right now. So if you’re at a point in your life where you want to try a particular diet or to eat healthier, that’s great! But aren’t ready to start quite yet… here are ten things that you can do right now.
1. Drink More Water
The first one, the biggest one, is to drink more water. I can’t stress enough how much hydration affects our body. It helps our metabolism. It helps our mind. And, believe it or not, it also helps cravings. Sometimes we crave certain foods because we’re actually dehydrated. So just increasing your water intake by even a glass or two a day can be really huge progress.
2. Get Good Sleep
Number two is to get really good sleep. Sleep affects everything in our body. It affects our mood and affects cravings and it affects our metabolism as well. One thing I try to do in my life is to go to bed a little bit earlier than I’m actually ready to go to bed, and that gives me better sleep. When I have better sleep, everything in my body, including my mind, work better.
3. Don’t Eat After 7 p.m.
Number three is this, a really simple one. Don’t eat after 7:00 p.m., because if you go to bed, say, at 10, 10:30, that’s going to give your body two to three hours to really digest your food. You don’t want to take digestion into sleep because that can really slow things down and it can slow down the healing in your body that takes place at night during sleep. So don’t eat after 7:00 p.m.
4. Eat More Whole Foods
Number four is to eat more whole foods. Processed foods we don’t typically digest quite as well. And it doesn’t really fill us up like whole foods can. So lean meats. I love turkey. I love chicken. I love eggs. I love salads. I love vegetables. Those things are really going to fill you up and leave you satisfied a lot longer throughout the day.
5. Eat Leafy Greens Daily
Number five, this is a really good trick I learned years ago when I was in nutrition school, eat at least one salad or fresh leafy green vegetables a day. If you want to, throw some spinach in your smoothie. Believe it or not, you really can’t taste it! Or eat a fresh romaine salad. Eating a salad also helps to dramatically cut cravings in half. I’ve made it a point in my life to either throw some spinach in a smoothie in the morning or to get a salad around noon, even if it’s just a side salad with something else I’m having. And that will really help you cut your cravings.
6. Eat Healthy Fats
Number six is to eat healthy fats. Healthy fats like butters and olive oils, salmon and things like that are a really good way to keep your blood sugar regulated longer throughout the day. So you’re not craving as much.
Number seven, exercise. Exercise helps your mood. It helps you with stress eating. When I exercise, my mind feels better. When my mind feels better I don’t feel like I crave snacks as much.
8. Plan Your Meals
Number eight, plan your meals each week. That’s another really great way to feel on top or more in charge of the way you eat. I don’t know about you guys, but if I open up a refrigerator that’s empty or not much in there, my first thought is what can I have that’s quick? And then I’ll head right to my pantry and that might have, you know, some chips or canned foods or something like that. That’s not so great. So I love to cook about twice a week. I use my instant pot and things like that, and I’ll cook one to two huge meals that I can have as leftovers throughout the week. So Sunday and Thursday are big cooking days, in my household and that really helps to keep us on track. So plan your meals.
9. Cut Out Processed Sugars
Number nine, cut out processed sugars. Processed sugars, I know it’s fine to have a little bit around holidays and stuff like that, but having them daily and what it does, it just actually makes you crave more. It makes you hungrier. And for people who have sensitive blood sugars like I do, it makes your blood sugars really go up and down. So cut out the processed sugar, things you know like honey and stuff like that is fine. You can also find some recipes online for really healthy desserts and things like that. But candy bars, soda pop, probably not.
10. Find a Support System
The last thing, number ten is to get a support buddy or support system. You guys can help support each other. Having somebody to eat healthier with or to do a certain diet with goes miles. So there’s a lot of nutrition groups. There’s a lot of support groups online you can tap into, even like your local gym. A lot of times they have stuff that you can do online or on Facebook, on Instagram and things like that that you can be a part of, but I really believe, I tell my clients all the time, we get better together, we don’t get better in isolation. We get better when we have other people to support us.
So that’s it. Ten things you can do today. Start eating healthier now. Call me if you have any questions.