8 Things to Do Right Now for a Healthier Week You vow to cut back on carbs or commit to a juice exercise and cleanse plan for a week. By day three, though, you find yourself giving up before you’ve even gotten off to a good start. Get back on track to a healthier week with small changes you can make right here, right now that yield big results. ” I was doing so well on my diet, and then life got in the way.” It doesn’t require a major diet and lifestyle overhaul– just some small baby steps that are totally doable. Of course there’s no one-size-fits-all diet solution for everyone, but just by committing to making one of these easy tweaks to your diet and lifestyle, you’re already off to a great start. If you’re feeling inspired to get back to a healthier, leaner you ASAP, read on for tips to get your week going strong. Truth: Life is hard, unpredictable, and comes with its own set of challenges. Honestly, we often get in our own way before life even gets the chance to throw us a curveball. The good news, however, is that you can start developing healthy habits right now to incorporate in your everyday routine. 1. Clean Up After Indulgences with Probiotics Have you had a weekend of full-on indulgence, or are you coming off of a sugar bender? Instead of seeking relief in a detox or juice cleanse, try some gut-healthy probiotics like Kombucha tea or kefir to help with the stomach’s natural digestion. Unlike some fruit juices or smoothies, probiotic-rich foods are relatively low in calories and sugar, making it perfectly okay to really indulge throughout the week with none of the guilt. 2. Stay Hydrated Similar to the apple allowance, drinking eight glasses of water a day can also help keep the doctor away, or at the very least keep you full and energized to tackle on another week. To remind yourself to get plenty of H2O, try these easy tips. 3. Skip the Chips and Calorie-Dense Dips for Healthier Snacks Schedules get hectic, workloads become overwhelming, and then there’s lunch somewhere lost in the shuffle. Munching on healthy snacks throughout the day will keep you from overeating later on at dinner or grabbing something unhealthy and quick from the drive-thru. 4. Prep Ahead to Make Weeknights Easier and Quicker This means chopping all of your vegetables ahead of time and storing them in the fridge in individual containers, pre-cooking grains like quinoa or bulgur, and making a large portion of homemade dressings and vinaigrettes to use all week for side salads. Minimal grocery shopping + low-key preparation = maximum results for the week ahead. Now, start planning. You already know you can add beets and spinach to your smoothies, but have you tried using sweet potatoes as zoodles or an alternative crust option? And we can’t forget about sneaking veggies into low-calorie casseroles or morning muffins. You’ll get your week off to a healthy start with fruits and vegetables that pull double duty. 6. Engage in Daily “Deskercise”. Making healthier diet swaps is a surefire way to jump-start your week, but for faster results, you’ve got to get active. You can undo the damage of sitting all day or mindlessly snacking at work by sneaking in some simple exercises at your desk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. 7. Make Freezer Smoothie Packs. Another DIY moment: Prepare pre-packed smoothie bags by putting your favorite blended goodies, pre-cut frozen produce, and non-liquid ingredients (protein, veggies, or whey powder) into Ziploc 2-Gallon Freezer Bags. That way, all you have to do when the alarm sounds is dump the bagged ingredients in the blender, and you’re off! You can thank us later for making your mornings much easier. 8. Cook at Home Instead of Going Out. Not only do you save calories by ditching take-out or avoiding restaurants during the week, but you also have more control in what goes into your meals. Cooking soups or slow-cooker classics at home also lends itself to healthy leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day. If you’re looking to get a head start on home-cooked meals to mix in your weekly lineup, our customizable meal planner, the Cooking Light Diet, could also be a help. Get back on track to a healthier week with small changes you can make right here, right now that yield big results. Honestly, we often get in our own way before life even gets the chance to throw us a curveball. If you’re feeling inspired to get back to a healthier, leaner you ASAP, read on for tips to get your week going strong. Making healthier diet swaps is a surefire way to jump-start your week, but for faster results, you’ve got to get active. You’ll get your week off to a healthy start with fruits and vegetables that pull double duty.