Healthy living starts with making the right choices. Making small changes in your daily routine can really have an enormous impact on your health. Eating healthy is not just about eliminating the foods you love – rather, it’s about making better choices, curbing your intake of foods you know are heavily processed, and enjoying more wholesome foods. Here are a couple of tips that have helped me maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Enjoy Healthy Snacks: I keep bags of almonds and other healthy nuts in my car, my desk drawer, and even my gym bag. This has proved especially helpful in the car; I’m much less likely to pull into a fast-food drive thru when I’ve got a handful of almonds to keep my hunger at bay. Plus, almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, calcium and magnesium. To make almonds extra tasty, roast them in the oven on a baking sheet for a few minutes.
Exercise Even When You Don’t Have Time: It’s hard to get to the gym every day (or even every other day), especially when there are deadlines to meet, exams to study for, meetings to attend, etc. But make time for it. Even if it’s just a 20 minute workout in your basement, a short walk or run around the neighbourhood, or an aerobic class at the gym, you will feel more alert, more productive, and less stressed after the workout.
Drink More Green Tea: My mother used to sweeten my Red Rose tea with a lot of milk and sugar. I grew up with a sweet tooth and so it was only with much difficulty that I learned to really enjoy drinking unsweetened tea. But now I love drinking green and white tea. The health benefits of green and white tea are numerous (helps to lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, among other benefits). While I still enjoy a cup of coffee everyday, I’ve discovered that there are a plethora of fabulous teas and I’ve been having fun sampling as many as I can. I caught the end of the Dr. Oz show the other day where he mentioned that Yerba Mate Tea is excellent for weight loss – I can’t wait to try it.