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The 20-something’s guide to staying healthy without feeling miserable

August 19, 2018 - 22 Comments

Aimee Song, fashion blogger of Song of Style, has her team member share how she's staying healthy without feeling miserable. Hi everyone! It’s Sophia from Aimee’s team! Two months ago, I made a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle. As someone who has been unfit for my entire life, it was a struggle. However, after 2 months of trial and error, I have found some tips that have helped me and will hopefully help you too.

I want to give you some background on my health: I never exercised my whole life, and I ate out a lot because I didn’t know how to cook. My excuse was that, as an early 20-something living by myself just trying to balance my job, social life, and everything in-between, being healthy was just not my priority and I simply didn’t have the time and money to invest in being fit.

But one day after I felt out-of-breath walking up the stairs of my apartment, I decided that 23 is too young to be this physically unfit and that it was time to make some changes. In the past 2 months, I have learned to eat healthy, workout 4-5 times a week, and actually, enjoy doing it. 1. The best workout is the workout that you actually enjoy – There is an overwhelming amount of work out options on the market right now. As someone who HATED working out, I can tell you the best workout is the one that you actually enjoy doing. I fell in love with boxing after trying it for the first time, and I have been going 4-5 times a week ever since. So I recommend trying all kinds of workouts and finding the ones that you like. Just remember that exercising is a positive addition to your life, and it shouldn’t feel like something to dread.
2. Meal prepping is easier than you think, and it will save you both time and money – Meal prep sounded like a lot of work to me. However, in the past 2 months, I have found that meal prep actually made my life much easier and helped with saving money on groceries. I find 2 recipes every Sunday (linked below) and make 3 portions of each recipe for the next week. I store them in these food containers, and every morning I just grab a box before heading out to work. It simplified my life because I don’t have to think about what to eat every day – and it helped me with saving money on groceries. 3. Make small healthy changes in your diet – It has been way easier to make small changes in my diet when it comes to eating healthy. For example, I am not a big fan of eating veggies, but I’ve found it so easy to eat more vegetable when I substitute rice with cauliflower rice, pasta with zucchini noodles or even make my own snacks instead of eating a Kit Kat (honestly, Aimee’s chocolate balls recipe is even better than Kit Kat, anyway). That way, I am eating healthier without even realizing it.4. Cut out alcohol – Alcohol is more fattening that you think since they are high in calories and it’s very easy to over-consume. I don’t know about you, but if I am treating myself, I would pick a cheese burger over a cocktail any day. And trust me, you will feel better once you cut alcohol out.5. You can still eat a ton as long as you are eating whole foods – I have to confess that I starved myself for a week in the beginning because I thought eating healthy was about eating very little. But I later learned under-eating might actually slow down your metabolism, and hinder your fitness journey. Don’t be afraid to eat a lot as long as you’re eating whole foods and minimize the amount of processed food.6. Drink Water – A good way for me to ensure I drink enough water every day is to fill up my 2.2L water bottle and put it right next to me at work. When water gets a little bit too plain, I also love drinking green tea or adding some apple cider vinegar into my water.
7. No food is off-limits; eat everything in moderation – Unless you are allergic, there is no food you absolutely can’t eat (yes, even Hot Cheetos are okay once in a while). You should eat everything in moderation. It is better to eat something you want and satisfy your craving than trying to suppress the cravings, which often lead to binge eating. With that said, the same rules apply to healthy food as well, so don’t overeat some food just because they are “healthy.”
8. Don’t weigh yourself all the time – If you are doing this to lose weight, I recommend you to ditch the scale. When I first started, I was obsessed with looking at the scale, and was frustrated when the scale wouldn’t move. I became obsessive so I finally decided to put away the scale and just focus on being active and eating healthy. A month later, I still weight the same, but my body fat % went down and I lost inches off my body!

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