We are often guilty of starting something and not seeing it through or not making it a habit. This is especially true of food diets. We aim at the bigger picture and forget the small steps that make a difference. In doing so, we make the bigger picture so daunting and insurmountable that we are not able to follow it beyond a few enthusiastic attempts. Here are 4 minuscule steps that will help you in the long run.

1. Don’t replace the calories. Replace how they go in                                          

This is simple. Easiest to follow. Have your rasam rice or your rajma rice. Replace the white rice with brown or red. Or the rice with Dalia/ Broken Wheat. Or with a mix of quinoa and dalia.Baked Pakora instead of fried. Jaggery instead of Sugar. This way, you will not miss out on your favourite food. This also reduces the chance that you feel any pangs or cravings to cheat on your diet.

2. Always be physically active. Always.  

A lot of us miss out on our scheduled work out because we schedule long hours and we try to beat ourselves to stick to it. Eventually, monotony sets in and we struggle to continue with our commitment to it. While it’s great to take out at least 30 minutes a day to exercise, being physically active is of great help too. Choose the stairs, skip the elevator. Walk up to your colleague for giving feedback, not send it on the text!

3. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.  

There is no such thing as enough hydration. Drinking as much water as you would like and thinking are still legal! Water is a life giver. It flushes out toxins, helps maintain skin, helps in weight management, prevents cramps and pains, lubricates the joints, cushions the brain and spinal cord….. You get the drift! Just Hydrate. There is nothing wrong that can happen with this.

4. Say no to processed food

Don't buy the juice in cans or cartons. Make them at home. Time might be a constraint. Then make the choice to not have it than have one loaded with sugar and preservatives. Stay natural in everything you do as much as possible.  ( Try the TMK Energy drink made with no preservatives or processed sugar. Click here to buy.)

Living healthy should never be forced upon anyone or taken up because of a sudden medical emergency. It should be an everyday choice we make. Because being healthy is being happy.

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