As you may or may not know, March was National Nutrition Month. I had planned to write a timely post about how to jumpstart your health. However, I blinked and today is April 1st.
Then I thought “Shouldn’t every month be National Nutrition Month?” I know my main objective is to live a long, healthy, life not just live a healthy lifestyle one month out of the year.
As a result, I came up with my top ten healthy tips that you can incorporate into your busy life every day.
- Stay Away From All Soda- Obviously, stay away from the sugary stuff, but also any soda that has the word diet attached to it. Diet soda has been linked to dementia, heart disease, strokes, and low bone density, just to name a few.
2. Eat Nuts-
Most nuts are a good source of fat, fiber, and protein. They also contain magnesium and Vitamin E. Eating nuts may help reduce risk factors for many chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Which nuts are the best? Almonds, pistachios, cashews, and walnuts are my favorites.
3. Eat Real Food, Not Processed Food-
If you can not pronounce the words on the packaging, stay away. In addition to scary sounding chemicals, processed foods have lots of sugar.
4. Get a Good Night Sleep-
A lack of a good night sleep can drive insulin resistance, throw your appetite hormones out of whack and reduce your physical and mental performance. A good night sleep is just as important as eating well and exercising.
Get at least 30 minutes a day. You don’t need a fancy gym, go outside and walk! Don’t have a consistent 30 minutes? Break it up into small increments. You have 10 minutes don’t you?
6. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables-
Your plate should be filled at least halfway with veggies at every meal. Yes, even breakfast. Think of fruits as nature’s dessert. If you can, buy organic. Here is a list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.
7. Reduce Your Intake of Added Sugar-
Sugar is one of the worst things you can put in your body. It can be more addictive than cocaine. A high intake of sugar can cause inflammation, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
8. Maintain Your Personal Relationships-
Social relationships are vital to your mental well being as well as your physical health. When you go for a walk, invite a friend, get out into your community and socialize.
Studies show that people who are close with friends and family are healthier and live much longer than those who are not.
9. Drink Water-
10. Don’t Go On a “Diet”-
Take it from someone who has been on every “diet” out there. Diets are notoriously ineffective, and rarely work well in the long term.
Instead of going on a diet, try adopting a healthier lifestyle. Eat your veggies, protein, and limit your sugar intake. Don’t focus on depriving yourself, focus on nourishing your body.
There you have my top ten ideas to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Did I miss something? Comment below!