Avoid Chronic Disease – 6 Simple Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle involves having a healthy mind and body.
Enhancing your diet and managing your weight are important factors in achieving health. Weight fluctuations put stress on the body, and can make you feel uncomfortable and unhappy. Unfortunately, many people struggle with maintaining a comfortable and healthy weight.
This is why the Simply Healthy Team has put together a list of easy-to-remember and easy-to-implement tips for managing your weight and living healthy:
- Know your body, eat and exercise for your body
Many people struggle to understand their natural weight and so find it difficult to know what is “too much” or what is “too little.” Often you can start to feel guilty that you are “too big” or embarrassed that you are “too small.”
It is important to remember that health is not about having the perfect body but rather about having a positive attitude towards yourself.
By making smart choices around diet, and engaging in regular exercise, you’ll naturally gravitate to a healthy weight – and your best you.
- Exercise – a little bit everyday
It is essential to include some exercise in your daily routine. You don’t have to sign up for a gym or wear yourself out. Do what makes you feel good but try to walk for at least 30 minutes each day which helps burn about 125 calories. If you love dancing that is a great workout too.
Beneficial exercise should raise your heart rate (safely) and have you breathing deeply.
- Fight off hunger with more filling foods
When we feel hungry we have a tendency to snack – and to snack unhealthily. Avoid processed, high calorie food (like white bread, pastries, and white rice) . These foods do not keep you full and only encourage further snacking. Opt instead for low GI filling foods like yam (local) or quinoa (international.)
Consider boosting your meal with a supplement like barley grass or wheat grass, which don’t affect the taste of the meal, but make it more filling and nutritious.
- If you have to snack – snack healthy
It is important to eat filling and regular meals. But if you have to snack consider snacking on low-calorie, nutrient rich items like blueberries, Goji berries or a handful of nuts. Avoid high-sugar foods such as pastries, candy bars or sweet fruit.
- Consider a cleansing fast
Had a weekend of unhealthy eating? Consider cleansing and “resetting” your body with a short fast of 24 hours. This can also be beneficial to health by starving out pathogens in the body.
You might find it easier to fast from noon on one day (after a filling lunch) to noon the next day.
- Try an Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
Apple cider vinegar balances the body pH which is important in mineral transportation, allowing enzymes to work to stimulate the thyroid and increasing the metabolism. Try drinking apple cider vinegar in the morning (before eating) with lemon, ginger and a dash of honey or cranberry juice to taste.
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