How to eat healthier

5 tips to help you eat more healthy
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Lately I’ve been trying harder to eat more healthier. I know this sounds really cliche but after feeling super sick quite a few times this month due to unhealthy eating habits (i.e. eating 3 cinnamon buns in one day), I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to eat healthy. Here are some tips that I’ve found really helpful on my journey towards healthier eating habits!

1. Get rid of unhealthy foods

The best way to resist temptation is to simply remove it! All those unhealthy snacks and processed food has to go.

2. Buy healthier foods

Now that the unhealthy food is out, it’s time to bring the healthier foods in! Make sure you have some healthy snack options that make great substitutes for the unhealthy ones you’re used to eating!

3. Keep a dietary journal

Recording what you eat every day will help you become more aware of what you’re putting into your body. I also like to record how I feel after each meal or snack. That way if my stomach starts acting up, I’ll be able to look back and find out what my be irritating it. And by keeping a dietary journal, I’ve also been able to track how much water I’ve been drinking. This forces me to drink more water every day!

4. Set rules for yourself – and stick to ’em! 

I’m not going to lay out any rules here because I want you to find what works for you! But if you need help getting started, a rule I’ve set for myself is the rule of one. If there’s a plate of cookies, only take one. Only one treat per day. Only one serving of dinner, etc.

5. Have others keep you accountable 

It’s easy to break your own rules. But if you have someone to keep you accountable, you’ll be less likely to break them. Ask a friend or someone close to you to check up on you every once in a while and see how you’re doing!

I hope you found these tips helpful! If you have any questions or any other tips you’d like to share, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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Winter weekend getaway packing list

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This weekend I’m going away on a winter retreat with my youth group! We do it every year and this is my fourth time going.

Over the years I’ve learned how to pack light and efficiently. I went from taking along the largest duffle bag I could find to the smallest one I could find.

I wanted to share my packing process here on the blog for those of you who want to learn how to pack lighter or for those of you who will be going away for the weekend as well!

Clothing

How to pack light

I used to always pack entire outfits for each day I was away. But that meant bringing a lot of clothes for just one weekend. So instead, I now pack very versatile pieces that I can mix and match to create several outfits from just a few pieces of clothing.

For this weekend, I packed only one sweater, one flannel, and one tee. These pieces are all great for layering or can all be worn on their own.

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I also packed only one pair of jeans and one pair of leggings. Jeans can easily be worn a couple days in a row while the leggings provide a cozier alternative.

I’m also bringing along a parka, one pair of boots, my Keds, some socks, and under garments.

Beauty

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I’m also bringing a very minimal amount of beauty products – only the basic essentials. That includes my toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, fragrance mist, and my skincare products which include a moisturizer (which can be used for hands, legs, etc.) cleanser, micellar water, and toner. I also recommend transferring your products into smaller travel-sized containers or buying your products in smaller travel-sized packaging.

I’m also bringing very minimal shower products which only includes a bar of soap and a razor. Since I’m not planning on washing my hair, I’m packing my favourite dry shampoo.

Other

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I’m also keeping everything else I pack to a minimum. Only the essentials I think I’ll really need like my camera, charger, etc.

This is the first time I’m NOT bringing my flat iron. Say whhhaat?! That’s right! I’ll straighten my hair before I leave and keep it tied up for the rest of the weekend. But if I really feel like straightening my hair while I’m away, I can always borrow a flat iron from someone else.

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I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments below!