Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle issues. People tend not to exercise as much as they should, and they eat unhealthy foods that lead to things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.
The problem with lifestyle issues is that they are hard to turn around. I know, I was a smoker and I was severly overweight so I get it.
So many people try to change their lifestyle all at once, which is extremely hard to accomplish. How many times have you tried to change too many things at once? What was the result? You probably gave up all of your new healthy habits and went right back to the usual negative habits you had been doing before you tried a healthy lifestyle.
Sometimes it just takes a few days or a few weeks of trying to live healthy before you become overwhelmed and stop your new journey. You stop exercising and go back to eating processed foods and junk foods.
This is why it's better to change your health habits one habit at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed and stop trying to be healthy altogether.
If you choose an exercise that you really like or increase your physical activity slowly, you can usually stick to the program so that you don’t become discouraged and quit exercising completely.
The trick to health living? Start slowly. Don’t try any trendy diet or fitness fad. If you try these things full force, you probably will respond negatively and you won’t stick with the program.
There is no shortcut to success. You have to take the stairs.
There are a few simple things you can do to live a happier and healthier life.
Start with just these 5 changes in health habits:
1. Try eating one healthy meal a day. Even if you eat processed foods most of the time, if you try to eat just one healthy food each day, you will feed your body with good nutrition and healthy proteins. Healthy meals consist of mainly fruits and vegetables, supplemented with whole grain products, and lean meats.
2.Drink a glass of water before each and every meal. Water is the best liquid you can drink. When you drink a glass of water before meals, (an 8-ounce glass is plenty), you will feel fuller before eating, and you won’t eat as much!
3. Be active during lunch. Even if you are given a half-hour to eat, it usually doesn’t take that long to eat your meals. Try eating your meals and then take some time to exercise. You don’t have to work out excessively, no sprints necessary, but you should be able to take a brisk walk. This energize you and it will help burn off the calories you just ate and will aid in your gut process.
It really doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do as long as you choose something practical that will help you feel better after eating your lunch. Exercising during lunch also helps decrease the stress of your job and will make the rest of your day go easier (and hopefully faster).
4. Try a Meal Replacement Bar. This involves eating a healthy protein bar as a snack instead of junk foods. Most meal replacement bars contain a lot of good nutrition and fiber. They help stave off hunger pangs that are so typical of the mid-afternoon time. Careful in your choices! Look at the ingredients and make sure its all good stuff in there. My go to is IsaLean dairy free peanut butter, delicious!Keep a stash of these protein bars in your desk at work or in your purse so you can grab one whenever you feel hungry. It will keep you from going to the vending machines and eating poor food. Try eating a meal replacement bar that is high in fiber and that has at least 10 to 15 grams of protein per bar.
5. Exercise regularly. If you have a gym membership, try going there at least 3-4 times per week. Don’t let it turn into a monthly donation to them. Choose something you enjoy and make the most of it for at least a half hour. This will help energize you, may build muscle mass, and will help you lose weight by burning off excess calories!
Hope this helps! Let me know if you tried any of these 5 steps in your day!