20 Best Small Changes for a Healthier Lifestyle.

And don't forget to drink your milk!

With the elevators currently out of order in my building, I’ve been forced to take the stairs. It got me to thinking about how all of us can make relatively small changes that add up over time. Cumulatively, they can have a big impact on our lives.

Unfortunately for me, I’m on the 41st floor. But here are are few simple and small things that all of us can do:

  1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  2. Use BBQ sauce or ketchup instead of mayo.
  3. Use low sodium soy sauce.
  4. Steam your vegetables.
  5. Replace one non-water beverage with water, each day.
  6. Eat an apple before you go out to eat – it cuts your appetite.
  7. Run, jog or swim an extra three minutes at the gym.
  8. Pop your own popcorn.
  9. Don’t salt your fries.
  10. Use egg whites.
  11. Snack on nuts and berries instead of candy or chips.
  12. Eat breakfast.
  13. Park your car in the farthest spot – it will make you walk more.
  14. Walk your dog five minutes longer.
  15. Blot your pizza to remove the grease – it saves 50 to 100 calories.
  16. Do calf raises when waiting in line.
  17. Eat angel food cake instead of regular cake.
  18. Eat chocolate pudding instead of chocolate.
  19. Order sorbet instead of ice cream.
  20. Use leftovers instead of cold cuts – deli meats are high in sodium and a source of nitrates.

What small changes would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Re. #9 – Instead of salt, I use malt vinegar on fries.

  2. Johnniecakes says:

    Drink a glass of water after every bad habit. After a cigarette, after a soda, after a bag of chips……

  3. instead of having pizza, have a rice cake with tomato sauce n’ cheez :)

  4. Use lean ground turkey instead of ground beef and use spaghetti squash instead of pasta.

  5. Use bulgar wheat instead of meat in your chili. It’s a greatsource of protein. Delicious!!!

  6. 1.If you indulge in fatty foods balance it with green leafy vegetables. 2. Broccoli, nuts, onions, beans, and garlic all help reduce sugars. 3. It only takes 15 minutes of activity a day to maintain body integrity, your worth another 15. 4. Self massage works wonders. You get blood flowing, reduce any fluid buildup, and de-stress the area.

  7. But tuna salad isn’t tasty when you use BBQ or ketchup…how should I address this issue????

    • You could try vegan mayonnaise or instead of using mayonnaise use tuna packed in oil and add some pickle juice. That will give moisture without the need for mayonnaise.

      • You should use yougourt or low fat sour cream insted of mayo or oily tuna.. Mix that with a little dijon mustard and lemon juice. It tastes so great and its very low cal

    • My mum used to put vinegar on tuna, but it’s even nicer on tinned salmon (never tinned with oil!)

    • When I make tuna sandwiches, I mix the tuna with sweet relish. Instead of dumping a bunch of mayo in the mix, I spread a small amount on the bread just as I would with any other sandwich. Obviously it would be healthier without the mayo, but you can have the best of both worlds this way.

  8. I find eating more fruits and vegatables 7-8 servings helps push out the room for junk food.

    I also try to drink neater than the the model in the photo

  9. Always makes me laugh that people will look for the closest parking spot at the gym.

  10. It always makes me laugh that people drive to the gym. ;)

  11. Egg whites? No thanks. Dietary cholesterol intake has no connection with blood cholesterol levels. The yolk also has all the vitamins. But perhaps most important, whole eggs taste much better, and are very satisfying. The first step to healthy eating is liking what you eat — and nobody likes egg whites.

  12. don’t salt your fries?????
    How about not eating deep fried food at all.

  13. Of-course neither I am no connoisseur on the subject, nor a nutrition specialist; nonetheless, regarding what I have been thru, my very modest recommendation resides on the following: as long as you are keep a measured balance between what you eat and the physical activity that you perform, there should be no inconvenience affecting weight affairs

  14. Ask for the salad dressing on the side. Use only enough to give it flavor.

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