Adding Healthy Habits To Your Regimen

Healthy Habits

In these crazy days, we are presently living in it is hard to stay on top of what’s healthy sometimes. We are basically learning more each day how to get used to the different norms in life since the pandemic started. However due to this unfortunate situation we have lost sight of the basics. That is those healthy habits which will be beneficial to us in the long term. There are some healthier habits that we can add to our daily regimen that will help us keep our body working at its best. I will discuss some and get you in the mindset to think of some others that will be helpful to you.

Move It!

Many of us work jobs that require a lot of sitting. This may seem like a benefit, but it can cause some issues. Sitting for long periods of time not only causes you to get stiff and achy. It can also put you at a high risk for obesity. So start to include breaks throughout your day. Use this time to stand, get some fresh air and walk around. Let this be a regular practice daily to avoid unwanted side affects from sitting too long. This practice not only gets your body moving but it also improves your blood pressure. So give yourself a break and get in motion.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are so beneficial. They offer so many vitamins and nutrients, so we should add them to our dishes to benefit from their nutrients. Fruits are easy to add and can be eaten as a snack or salad. However to get the nutrients from vegetables we need to try eating them raw. You can enjoy them in salads, appetizers, side dishes, and smoothies. According to the U.S. dietary guidelines, we should eat 2 to 2 and a half cups of vegetables a day. So you can break it up to what is comfortable for you. If raw is too difficult for you try blanching the vegetables.

Drink Up

Other options to stay hydrated include sparkling or mineral water and herbal tea. If you insist on drinking sugary drinks water them down or add ice to decrease the sugar. You will still enjoy the flavor but consume less sugar. Whatever your preference the important thing is that we find ways to stay hydrated. Here are a few ways we can add this healthy habit to our daily routine.

Foods high in water content

Hydration Tips:

  • Start the day off with a glass of water and end the day with one too.
  • Drink a glass after using the bathroom. So as you get rid of water and waste you replenish your water levels.
  • If you enjoy snacking eat salty snacks which will make you thirsty and you can drink water to quench that thirst.
  • Eat foods rich in water content.
Work Up a Sweat

In the morning when you wake up get your body moving with a quick 10 minute work out. For some exercise ideas check out Self.com It will not only wake you up but get you energized and motivated to start your day, plus tone your body.

Meal Prep

During the week many of us have crazy schedules and cooking healthy is the last thing on our minds. So take advantage of your down time and do some meal preps. You can make a few meals and portion them out and freeze them for the week. My favorite method is the crockpot. You can make a meal without standing over a hot stove all day and have leftovers for days. Those leftovers can be meals in the coming week or later. So find some simple recipes and make your life a bit easier.

Oral Hygiene Tips
Oral Hygiene

When you think of oral hygiene many only practice brushing their teeth. However there is more to proper oral hygiene. You need to clean your tongue as well as your teeth. To do so effectively you need a tongue scraper. Your tongue holds toxins and when it isn’t cleaned properly those toxins spread throughout your mouth and body. So if you don’t have one purchase a tongue scraper that you are comfortable using and use it daily.

Consume Less
Cutting Back

Overeating is a common thing that affects all. Especially since we were on quarantine, food became a comfort to many. However this isn’t beneficial and will only put you at risk for many health issues from obesity to high cholesterol. So to avoid overeating there are some options you can use. The first is portion control. Portion control is where you use smaller plates, bowls, or containers to eat. I personally have been practicing this and have noticed quite a difference in my appetite. I get fuller faster and consume less. If this isn’t for you another option is to fill up on protein-rich foods which leave you feeling fuller longer. Those foods consist of nuts, seeds, beans, peas, lentils, fish, poultry, milk, and lean beef. So try one of these options the next time you attend an event, go to your favorite buffet or feel the need to turn to food for comfort.

Salt can be your enemy

Salt and sugar if eaten too much can cause many health issues. So to reduce your salt and sugar intake incorporate spices in your foods. Spices like thyme, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, rosemary, and many others add flavor to your food and provide you with many helpful nutrients.

Don’t Eat Before You Sleep

There are many opinions on whether it’s safe to eat before going to sleep. However, in my personal opinion, it isn’t a healthy practice. Your food does not digest properly and you are susceptible to heartburn or upset stomach. So try not to eat at least two hours before bed to avoid any digestive issues. While you’re sleeping your body can regenerate and recuperate from all of the wear and tear from the day you have experienced.

Sleep Right

Sleeping is supposed to be a time for your body to rest and recuperate from the strenuous day you have made it through. So in order to allow your body to function at its best sleep on you back. This allows your body weight to divide more evenly, and puts less pressure on your spine. Another great advantage of sleeping on your back is it avoids unwanted wrinkles on your face.

Hope these healthy habits can help you on your health journey. Start incorporating them today and find what is beneficial to you. Healthier habits can ease the pressures of worrying about dieting, and going cold turkey on those snacks you love. Instead, you are slowly introducing your body to healthier alternatives without torturing yourself. Being happy is apart of being healthy so let’s make these changes without stress and mental torture.

Until next time stay safe and positive.

scarletshealthandwellness

Starting my journey to a healthier lifestyle began when I realized that the human body is like a machine. Whatever you put in it affects how it works. To allow our body to function at it's best we must care for it properly both physically and mentally. So my mission is to help others by sharing tips and ideas on ways to bettering their health.

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