Eat a protein-rich breakfast.
Leptin is good for you. Being an unwavering fan of breakfast for lunch, sometimes it’s important that I often have multiple breakfasts a day. Don’t say you don’t have the time – I’ve seen a buddy suck down 5 hard boiled eggs in as many seconds. So eat your breakfast, champ.
Surround yourself with health fanatics.
Habits, both good and bad, are contagious. If you surround yourself with healthy people, you’ll be reinforcing positive eating behavior. If you’re the only one in the group with a Big Mac at lunch and all your healthnut friends are gagging, you’re going to be less likely to choke it down. In contrast, don’t hang out with college kids who eat cold chili fries and leftover pizza for breakfast. Not a good influence.
Turn bad habits into good ones… slowly.
Build good habits one at a time. If you try to go cold turkey on all of your bad habits, it’s likely that your good-faith efforts will leave you frustrated and you’ll snap and return to your former mischievous ways. Turn bad habits into good ones slowly. If you crave soda, try drinking unsweetened iced tea or seltzer instead, but don’t cut out all of your other little goodies at the same time. Don’t overcompensate by gorging on other unhealthy things just because you’re trying to focus on building one good habit at a time, you little sneak.
Make an effort to stay informed about health-related issues.
Keep learning! If you push yourself to constantly learn new things to about being healthy – articles, documentaries, etc. – you’ll find that you’re “in the know” about the latest and greatest health trends and research, as well as more committed to following what you’re learning. Try to learn something every day.
Eat fun things, not cardboard.
Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring! Try some flavorful, spicy, low-fat Indian food, crazy smoothies with watermelon and mint, cucumber with homemade hummus, whatever! You don’t have to glumly chomp fiber one all day, every day. Actually, you don’t have to do that at all. Fiber one is gross.
Write it down.
If you have health goals (and you should), write them down! Putting your goals on paper forces you to think them through, organize them, and it creates an automatic reminder to follow them every time you pick up your notepad. Goals are good!
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