How To Get Healthier When You Hate Working Out

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Meredith here. My plans to get healthy keep getting derailed by chips and Girls Scout cookies and cheese, and bread, and the list goes on.  I found this list of ways to improve your health without having to hit the gym.

Meatless Monday - No one expects you to become a hardcore vegan, but skipping meat 1 day a week is an easy way to be healthier.

Eat half - Portion sizes are out of control, so save half of your meal and wait 30 minutes. If you’re still hungry after the first serving, go back for the rest.Keep a food journal - When it’s all written down, it’s easy to see where your bad habits are and where you can make improvements in your diet.

Walk and talk - If you’re not getting your 10,000 steps a day in, start taking calls while walking or meet your friends for a stroll and a catch up instead of meeting over drinks or coffee.

Learn to love smoothies - You can pack tons of greens in a smoothie, and when you add nuts, some berries, almond milk or coconut water, and half a banana and you’ve got a healthy meal replacement.

Small swaps - You don’t have to give up the things you love, just make healthy substitutions. Trade your soda for a seltzer, use unrefined coconut sugar instead of regular white sugar, and sub your regular peanut butter for natural raw almond butter.

Hydrate - drink more water. It helps with digestion, leaves you with glowing skin, helps flush toxins, and you’re probably not drinking enough.

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