Ready to get started on the pathway to better health? Or are you looking to climb back on the health wagon?
Here are 5 quick and simple ways to get you started toward a better body and healthy lifestyle:
- Start every morning with a glass of lemon water – whether you’ve heard this one before or not, this is the best way to start your morning. Not only does it start you off with proper hydration first thing in the morning, but lemon boosts your immune system, clears skin, and gives you that morning boost you need to get your day going
- make it simple, buy a lemon, cut it up into multiple slices and store it in the fridge for the work week – this way each morning you can easily throw in a slice or two to your water without having to spend extra time each morning – we all know how pressed for time we are in the mornings!
- Reduce or remove caffeinated drinks from your diet – you may not be willing to completely remove caffeine from your diet (it does have its benefits!) it is best to reduce your overall intake. Especially if you are an office worker who spends most of their day at a desk. Caffeine releases adrenaline into your system which is your “fight or flight” response system, so unless you are planning on heading to the gym or to do some form of physical activity, caffeine won’t do much good for you. This article on Forbes goes through more about what happens to your brain and body when you consume a cup of coffee
- Quit chewing gum – this is something that many people might not know about – when you chew gum your body doesn’t recognize the difference between chewing food or gum, so as you start to chew the gum your stomach starts increasing the acid in order to prepare to digest the food that it assumes is on its way. As expected, you can experience an upset stomach because of this response. On top of this, chewing gum can be difficult on your jaw, cause headaches and is filled with artificial ingredients
- Increase your vegetable intake – vegetables are packed full of healthy vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that contribute to good health. Incorporating one or two more into your diet can play a significant role on good health. 50% of your plate at each meal should be vegetables – this is a number that has stuck in my mind ever since I learned about it. Each time you look down at your plate, estimate the percentage of your meal that you think is vegetables. A good thing to look into is seeing if there is a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) company in your area – you can pay a certain amount for a box of fresh, local organic vegetables to be delivered right to your door. Some companies allow you to choose which vegetables you want in your box while others will deliver you whatever they have harvested for the week – which is really great for getting a better assortment of vegetables in your diet, plus you may find a new food you really enjoy!
- Go meatless one day a week – It’s super easy to remember to do this when there is a catchy hashtag involved! #MeatlessMondays! There are countless benefits to cutting out meat one day a week. From health benefits like reducing your risk of heart disease, lowering your risk of obesity and diabetes; to cost savings from lower healthcare spending and buying less meat in the week; to helping contribute to saving the environment*- why wouldn’t you cut meat out one day a week!
- *to process one pound of beef it takes approx 1,850 gallons of water, requires significantly more fossil fuels and the production gives off a large amount of greenhouse gases
There are plenty of websites that you can find vegetarian recipes from (and you’ll be doing 4. and 5. above by making these meals!) but I thought I would give you a quick link to a couple options:
There is a website called Meatless Monday that is dedicated to this cause, so you can find a database of veggie recipes here. As well, I can always trust the Food Network to have some great recipes and reviews and you can find the link here!
These 5 changes can make a great impact on your health and the environment. By implementing these into your diet and daily routine you have started yourself on the road to a better and longer life.
Do you have any quick and simple tricks that you’ve implemented in your life that has made a difference in your health? I would love to hear from you in the comments!
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