As a personal trainer, I find that most of my clients are in search of a healthy lifestyle. Whether their goal is weight loss, increased muscle, strength gain, general fitness, or improved performance, it all really comes down to living healthfully. Yes, the process may be different, based on an individual’s goals, but a healthy lifestyle is the backbone of every fitness goal.
I’m not here to convince you that this is an easy process. Change is hard. The work is real. It takes dedication and effort to begin living a healthy lifestyle. However, there are some things you can do that will help you change your mindset and begin the process of healthful living.
Real secrets to a healthy lifestyle
Sometimes it seems that when guidelines for living a healthy lifestyle are given, the writer either tells you how simple it all is, or when all is written, it just seems very complicated. It doesn’t have to be either. Instead, the secret is that a healthy lifestyle all stems from how you regard and treat your body. The rest will follow.
Love your body
At some point in our lives, most of us have looked in the mirror and said, “I hate my [fill in the blank]. Now is the time to stop that. If you have a hard time loving the way your body looks at first, appreciate what your body does for you. Your powerful legs allow you to chase down your toddler. Your strong back keeps you upright and going through the day. Your delicate touch allows you to create beautiful artwork. We all can find something to love about our body.
Move your body
The truth is, we sit too much. We drive everywhere, spend our days at a desk and our evenings on the couch. Get you body moving! Start with adding walking to your daily life. All those little tips you used to read about how to sneak in exercise really work. Park at the far end of the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Try walking to a friend’s house instead of driving.
Honor your body
Your body is the key to everything good in your life. Honor it! Stop filling it with junk, quit smoking, stay away from chemicals and drugs that will only do you harm. Get more sleep, drink more water.
Feed your body
The health of your body (and your life) has a direct correlation to the food you eat. Eat whole foods as much as possible. Stay away from processed and fast food. Reduce or eliminate added sugar. Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Your mom was right, it is the fuel that starts your day.
Too busy to prepare a healthy, filling breakfast? I’ve been fortunate to team up with Viance Nutrition to share a nutritious, quick, and delicious meal replacement that will help you reach your goals.
I knew the moment that I read the Viance Manifesto that this was an ethical company that really believes in the mantra of ‘you are what you eat.’ Their mission is to provide all-natural, non-GMO, superfood ingredients that will help people break free from harmful diets and destructive eating habits.
Viance Vitality Blend is a perfect meal replacement for those days when you just can’t find the time to make breakfast. Its non-gritty blend mixes smoothly with your favorite non-dairy milk (or water) and actually tastes delicious! Viance Vitality Blend has 10 grams of plant-based protein per scoop, fiber and omegas, alkalizing fruits and veggies, high-ORAC antioxidants, cleansing herb blend, prebiotics & probiotics complex.
Viance Vitality Blend is also low-glycemic and low in sugar. Not only can it help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, it will provide you with the nutrients your body needs, and can help lower your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Learn more about the benefits of Viance Vitality Blend!
Of course, Viance Vitality Blend is also delicious in smoothies or other recipes. It inspired me to finally jump on the smoothie bowl bandwagon and create this Super Food Power Smoothie Bowl!
Super Food Power Smoothie Bowl
- 1 large frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen Strawberries
- 6 oz vegan Greek yogurt
- ½ cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 1 scoop Viance Vitality Blend
- Sliced fresh strawberries
- Sliced almonds
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds (omit for gluten-free)
- Or any of your favorite toppings
- Place the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. The mixture will be thick. Pour into a bowl and add several sliced strawberries, blueberries, and almonds. Sprinkle with chia and hemp seeds.
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So tell me. Have you ever made a smoothie bowl? What’s your favorite smoothie bowl ingredient? What helps you maintain your healthy lifestyle?