5 Secrets to Slimming Down & Staying Healthy

rachelle-5-tips-slimmingHere at EverydayFamily we are always on the hunt for ways to provide you with quality tips and sound advice for living a healthier life in the midst of raising your kids. We know how hard it can be to make it all work with a busy schedule, so we we asked a mom who has found a way to make healthy living a regular part of her life while keeping up with the beautiful chaos that is life as a mom, grandmother, and business woman.

Rachelle Jorgensen is a triathlete who has found her way to making it all work, and she's sharing that with EverydayFamily. Here's what Rachelle has to say about how you can slim down, and stay healthy, while balancing everything else in your life:

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I know firsthand that a lot of women have a tendency to get lost in the mire of meetings, appointments, housework, and forget to take care of themselves!

As a wife, mother of three gorgeous children, a grandmother of one precious child, and CEO of my own interior design company, I realized that I needed to do something for me. Luckily, a friend convinced me to do a triathlon in 2008. I did one, became hooked, and so my journey as an IRONMAN athlete began! To this day, my training, nutrition and recovery remain a part of my lifestyle. I am 41 years old and feel younger than ever!!

Here are my 5 secrets to slimming down and staying healthy.

1. Be active.

There are so many ways people can keep active, and you don’t have to do hours and hours of training. Go out with your kids. When my children were in soccer, or doing their different sports, I would walk around the track. When they biked, I ran alongside them. Also, walk during your lunch hour. You can easily burn 200 calories!

2. Eat lean proteins.

I was a vegetarian for 18 years, so I enjoyed getting my protein in supplements, vegetables and beans. Now, I eat ground turkey, chicken, and every so often, I’ll have organic-based red meat that is really low fat. I won’t go higher than 7 percent in fat.

3. Supplement a meal with a protein shake.

Too often, people put an emphasis on having a big breakfast. I don’t do that because I work out first thing in the morning. Instead, I have a shake with PROLAB’s Whey Isolate Wild Strawberry. It is so good! I’ll mix it with frozen berries and frozen bananas, and I would be full for a couple of hours. Without the fruit, the shake is 120 calories.

4. Keep a food journal.

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List everything you ate and drank each day and then total it up to see what you’re consuming. You’ll be shocked to see how much you’re eating. An average woman in her 40s need to consume 1400 to 1500 calories a day. Unfortunately, a lot of people blow their daily intake on one meal at Starbucks or at any other fast food place. We don’t need to feel full; we only need food in our body to work. I love the saying: Most people live to eat, you should always eat to live 

5. Don’t eat after 7 p.m.

At a certain point in the evening, you’re not eating because you’re hungry, you’re eating because you’re bored or watching TV. You want your metabolism to go in its own burn mode, so it’s important to give yourself a cut-off time. If you still need to have something, drink tea with a little honey or natural sweetener. It’ll give you that taste of sugar, and that’s what you typically crave in the evening.

Which of these tips do you need to stick to in order to meet your slimming down and healthy living goals? 

Rachelle Jorgensen is a wife, mother, grandmother, and owner of Mia Bella Designs. In the last four years, she has transformed herself into an Ironman athlete. In 2011-2012, Rachelle placed first in the IRONMAN Canada Female 40-44 Kona Qualifier, the Female Masters Long Course Pacific Northwest Nationals, at IRONMAN Arizona, and current course record holder female for the 40-44 Kona Qualifier. This year, her big race is IRONMAN Cozumel in which Rachelle hopes to qualify for IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI. When she’s not training or redecorating, she likes to hang out with her son and husband, go to the beach, or work in her yard.

Image via Donny Munson

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