Adding Healthy Habits To Your Regimen
In these crazy
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.