My Top 3 Healthy Lifestyle Tricks

I'm a yoyo dieter. There I said it. I was trying to give you all the reasons why it's so hard for me to keep a steady healthy lifestyle while having a crazy full time job and blah blah blah, but I stopped myself. Because it's true, I am was a yoyo dieter and here's how I stopped falling back to it:

1. Try to be your healthiest first thing in the morning - Forget the excuses and stop leaving your workouts for the end of the day. Because if you are like me, at the end of the day you just want to eat and sleep. This is why I like waking up at 5:00AM, eating some healthy food, like a fruit bowl with chia seeds and then doing some type of exercise. I find that if I start my day right, it will be easier to make healthy choices afterwards. But if you really aren't a morning person, here's a tip I once read: if you were going to get paid to wake up so early to workout, you'll do it. So set up your alarm clock and think of it as a reward for your body!

2. Green Smoothies - The best healthy snack! I've found this is the simplest way to actually get back on track. You are literally giving your body a bunch of healthy nutrients that will help you feel good about yourself. My favorite recipe is a handful of spinach or kale, half a cup of papaya, half a banana, half a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a tablespoon of greek yogurt, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of chia seeds. But if you're a beginner, I would recommend one of these recipes from Simple Green Smoothies.

3. Don't Pay for a Gym Membership - Some people love the gym, some people hate the gym and some find the gym a waste of time and money (me!). Why? Because you can do almost all of those exercises outside or at the comfort of your own home at a much cheaper price.

So try to stay active. Go buy yourself some tennis shoes, 5 lbs weights, a yoga mat and download a workout app. That's all most of you will ever need. Need more? Buy some Jillian Michaels DVD's or search workout videos on Youtube. That's it!

Last but not least, I wanted to be clear that I know it can get a little overwhelming sometimes to have time to do it all (high five to all moms out there who actually do!). But once you start feeling that what you do to your body will reflect on your everyday life, you'll find the time. 

How do you keep yourself motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Let me know. Don't forget to share this post with your friends if you found it helpful. :)

XO, Elena