'Bachelor' Winner Courtney Robertson Shares Her Tips on Diet and Exercising (EXCLUSIVE GUEST BLOG)

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Writing exclusively for Celebuzz, Courtney Robertson, winner of The Bachelor season 16, offers helpful tips and advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

My father has always said, the secrets to good health really aren’t secrets at all. The information is out there for all of us -- you just have to find it.

Indeed, now that I am an adult, I’ve come to learn how true those words are.

Today, I operate on a simple, balanced workout plan that really does wonders for my body.

Of course, to get to that point, I had to do a number of things -- everything from trying out new diets (I was a raw vegan for a long time) to understanding calorie intake and asking myself a number of health-related questions (ie., “Why am I craving this particular food?” and “What kind of eater am I?”).

Along the way, I learned a number of helpful tricks of the trade (feel energized; don’t deprive yourself of anything) that put me on the healthy path I’m on today.

So, in my first blog for Celebuzz, I thought I’d take readers through a typical day to show you how I found that balance between eating right and staying fit.

The first thing I do every morning is drink a glass of water. Then I go for a cup of coffee, black. It took some time to get used to drinking it this way, but now it’s the only way I can enjoy it.

For food intake, I stick with fresh fruit -- strawberries, blueberries, bananas and grapefruit. If I’m in the mood for something on the hot side, I’ll try oatmeal or cinnamon raisin bread from Ezekiel.

Lastly, I’ll take a shot of El3ive, an Aphanizomenon flos-aquae blue-green algae that is all-organic and one of the best things you can put into your body.

For lunch, it’s all about salads, soups, sweet potatoes, and wraps. A typical lunch for me involves a big mixed green salad with avocado. I love to add basil or cilantro to mix it up.

Of course, as every working person knows, to get from lunch to dinnertime often requires having a little snack, which I like to do around 3-3:30 p.m. My favorite snacks tend to be Think Thin bars, especially the Creamy Peanut Butter and Brown Crunch. I’m also a big fan of veggie, kale or baked chips, grapes and popcorn (if I want something salty).

Snacking is key. By the time dinner rolls around, you won’t be completely starved, plus you’ll feel more energized as the day goes on.

Even though my friends always make fun of me for this, I like to eat dinner on the early side -- around 6 p.m. -- to avoid falling asleep with a super-full stomach.

I cook at home on most nights. My favorite dishes to make are quinoa with black beans, mixed in with olive oil, cumin, cilantro, tomatoes and salsa.

Some of my other go-to dishes include salmon salad, veggie Pad Thai, and angel hair pasta with marinara.

On the liquids side, water remains essential. I drink at least half my body weight in ounces per day. I also try to drink at least one green juice and Gt's Kombucha each day.

And for all you wine-lovers out there: Yes, a few glasses of red wine won’t hurt you, so long as you do it in moderation.

With the fun part out of the way, now comes the less desirable one: Exercise.

Over the years, I have learned to love working out. Not only does it help me clear my head, it always makes me feel better and more energized when I’m finished.

I work out at least five days per-week. I typically start on the Stair Master for 5-10 minutes, though some days I’ll start with the elliptical instead, for 20 minutes.

On most days, I try to walk two-to-four miles on the treadmill. Walking is the best thing for my body -- it puts me in a great meditative state and keeps me looking long and lean. I also mix in some interval training to get my heart rate up.

Then it’s all about stretching. I’ve come to learn you can get the same effects of yoga just by stretching for a good 10 minutes after your workout.

To finish it all off, I round everything off in 15’s -- 15 squats, 15 push-ups, and 15 crunches.

Sound like a lot of work? Maybe, but I can assure you the results are 100 percent worth the effort. After all, a little goes a long way, especially if you do it every day.

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    That doesn't even sound like a lot of exercise...

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