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Kickin’ It With Cascade Ice: The Healthy Hostess Ali Hively

by Cascade Ice on October 24, 2013

This week, Cascade Ice is “Kickin’ It” with The Healthy Hostess, Ali Hively. Ali is a certified personal trainer, certified nutrition and wellness consultant, personal chef and healthy living blogger. See Ali’s healthy living tips below.

Why is “Healthy Living” important to you?

Healthy living is important for so many reasons! Some of the most important reasons are to feel good, to be a good role model for my children and others, and to live life to the fullest.

Who are your “Healthy Living” role models and why?

My peers in the blogging and fitness industry are some of my biggest role models. My husband and family are also healthy living role models.

What is your go-to healthy meal when you are short on time?

When  I am short on time, I always make a big salad with anything from the fridge. I start with a big plate of greens and add anything I am in the mood for. Sometimes I top salads with leftovers, fruit, beans, nuts and any veggies I have on hand!

Do you have any tips for families who want to make some healthy lifestyle changes?

Eat fresh and get moving! When you shop the outer edges of the grocery store, you are able to fill your cart with fresh produce, meats and low-fat dairy. These are the best foods to get you on track for healthy living. The fewer ingredients in a single food, the better it is for you. Also, make sure you are active everyday. Whether it’s a family soccer game after dinner, an early morning jog or even a swim at the pool, make sure the whole family is moving!

Are there any foods that you consider to be off-limits completely?

I don’t consider any foods to be totally off limits. Everything in moderation – as long as you are realistic about it. For me, I no longer choose to eat fried foods because I have not had them in so long and now they just don’t feel good to eat. But if there is a special dessert, count me in!

In addition to eating right, do you have any other tips to share on overall wellness?

I think the key to overall wellness is finding a good balance of everything.

  • Rest is important. Getting enough sleep gives you the energy you need to be active, prepare healthy meals and take care of yourself and your family.
  • Create good, lasting habits. Good habits are better than trying fad diets because you are less likely to break a promise to yourself!
  • Exercise 5 days a week for your whole life – not just for a certain time period. Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress and can keep you sane, as well as in shape!
  • Surround yourself with fit and healthy people. These type of people like to do active things and are often happier people in general.
  • Spend time outdoors – it can give you a new outlook on life. Whether you are taking a bike ride or weeding the garden, make a point to get some fresh air!

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