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Healthy living is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days. It’s the new black, from partial vegan pregnancies to veganish to downdogs. Often, in the rush to jump on bandwagons, one can forget to really research what they are getting into. I hear a lot of conversations about what to eat, and how much to work out, and “what ups with all the soy?” So here are my top five ways for you to jump on the healthy eating bandwagon.

1. Read those labels
A lot of very crucial information can be found on the label! For instance, if soy protein isolate or corn syrup is the first or second ingredient, then you can make the decision from there. A tip I have learned: the shorter the ingredient list, the healthier the product, usually.

2. Avoid combination workout classes
In my opinion, stripper-yoga-lates or “Ploxing” is probably as effective as just one regular, non-combo class. The point of working out is to get the heart rate up and sustain it there for at least 30-45 minutes, so this can happen whether or not you’re doing crunches on a pole to a Pitbull song.

3. Detox
Detoxing is a great tool. I used to detox every season. Now that I’m older and lazier, I have to make myself do it, but it always has a great outcome. Beware of just jumping into them though: Research is key.

4. Eat a healthy lunch
I always say the most accessible meal to make healthy is lunch. It’s cheaper than dinner, and you can choose to go to that “new vegan spot” or pack up a healthy lunch. The trick is to avoiding the temptation to hit the vending machine and buy Skittles and a Coke.

5. Beware of bad habits
I’m at the age where bad habits form at light speed, and good ones seem to be harder to come by. It’s the part about being a grown up they don’t tell you. But luckily, science is on our side and we know it takes about 21 days to form a habit — hence all the 21-day kickstart diets. So give yourself three weeks of practice and hop right on the healthy bandwagon.


Read the previous installment of Feed the Vegan on Food Republic.