When Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave talks health and wellness, we listen. After her own life-changing weight-loss transformation, she dedicated her career to helping people live their own best, healthiest lives through her accountability coaching business, All In By Teddi.
Since Teddi joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ladies on-screen, she's shared an abundance of knowledge and inspiration off-screen as well, regularly responding to Instagram followers' questions with generous feedback. And fans appreciate her candid, relatable — and, yes, doable — advice aimed at real people in the real world, taking into account everyday obstacles and temptations.
We've compiled Teddi's very best tips and tricks about diet, wellness, and fitness — and you'll want to bookmark this page and return to it whenever you need a bit of inspiration.
1. Be prepared.
If Teddi's diet and fitness tips are woven through with one recurring theme, it's: Get prepared. You'll definitely want to set yourself up to succeed if you want to maintain a healthy diet while life, parenting, work — whatever your circumstances — just keep happening. Hit play on the clip above to see how she stocks a prepared fridge.
2. Quit cravings cold turkey.
If you're trying to kick your unhealthy cravings, the best way to do it is to eliminate them from your diet completely, versus phasing out in stages and hoping for incremental success. "The less you eat something the more the cravings go away," Teddi wrote on Instagram Stories. "Plus I tell myself that I have eaten 'whatever the junk food' is a million times and it never did me any good."
3. Eat the heaviest meal in the middle of the day.
Teddi keeps her breakfast light. "You can't go wrong with a serving of oatmeal with fresh berries," she told a fan. And at the end of the day, she'll have soup for dinner "nine times out of ten." She wrote on Twitter, "I always keep it light at dinner. I love having a clean soup full of veggies." (Her favorite combo consists of spinach, mushrooms and cabbage).
4. Cut processed foods — ASAP.
If overhauling your diet and eating healthier are your main goals, there's one thing Teddi says you need to cut immediately — period. "When home and you are able to prepare your own food, cut out anything processed," she wrote on Instagram Stories. She followed up that thought with another tip: "Remind yourself, it's a lifestyle change. Not a diet." To that end...
5. Ignore fads.
Speaking of diets, you'll never see Teddi on one. She's not vegan, she won't go Keto, and she certainly won't ever fast intermittently. So, how does she maintain her health? It's all about making a sustainable lifestyle change. When asked about diets on Instagram Stories, she shared this piece of wisdom: "Diets don't work. Lifestyle changes do. If you are looking at something like it's a temporary change you will always set yourself up to fail. Once I stopped dieting and started changing my life everything changed." (But don't be worried: Teddi still indulges in a cheat meal every once in a while, and you should too.)
6. Make a plan to avoid emotional eating.
No matter how healthy your lifestyle is, almost everyone falls victim to the urge to start snacking during stressful times. But as much as many people turn to a pint of ice cream during such times, Teddi preaches the importance of stocking your house with smart snacks to prepare for when anxiety strikes. "I keep healthy clean foods in the house and it's highly unlikely I will want to overeat on something like cucumbers," she wrote on Instagram Stories. "When I used to have a lot of junk food in the house, I would have a harder time controlling it before I was #allin."
7. Hydrate early and often.
Water is the first thing Teddi recommends consuming each morning to get the day going. "First, drink a glass of water before anything. And then, of course, keep the hydration going by mindfully drinking copious water throughout your waking hours — during which you should definitely make a point to sweat!
8. Banish late-night impulses with alternatives.
"I get a lot of questions about what I do before bed to avoid eating junk food," Teddi told fans on Instagram, before revealing what works for her: "Baths and tea or warm water with lemon truly help." And there's something else that Teddi is well known for: being a very early riser. "So does getting to bed early."
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