The older we get, the more we realize the importance of living a healthy life. Not only does a healthy lifestyle help us live longer, it also helps us to feel better about ourselves.
Healthy Living with what you Eat
You’re familiar with the saying, “you are what you eat”. Having a healthy diet is one of the keys to health. There are a variety of healthy diets, with Traditional Foods and the Paleolithic diet being two of the most popular. What they both have in common is each focus on a diet of unprocessed and unrefined foods. It sounds easy, but if you’ve ever read the label on any packaged food item, most, if not all of the ingredients consist of refined and processed items.
If you are accustomed to eating mostly processed, refined and prepackaged foods, you can slowly begin integrating real food items into meals. Try a serving of fresh fruit with breakfast and a fresh vegetable as a side dish with dinner. Salads are great options for lunch and they can be healthy as well as filling with the addition of grilled chicken or fish.
Often, a busy lifestyle can contribute to poor diet, as it’s difficult to maintain a healthy diet on the go without preplanning and preparation. Crockpot cooking is a great way to have a healthy meal ready after a busy day. Many meals can be put together in the crockpot and left to slowly cook to perfection throughout the day.
While cutting out all processed and refined foods from a diet may be difficult, the key is in moderation. Don’t become discouraged if some days you find it’s not possible maintain a completely healthy diet.
Healthy Living with Exercise
Another key to healthy living is exercise. Many jobs require sitting for long periods, and if you commute, that involves more sitting. Then after work, unwinding from the busy day often involves sitting as well. A sedentary lifestyle is common, which is why exercise, even for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, is important.
Exercise can easily be incorporated throughout the day. Perhaps taking a walk around the block can become a way to unwind in the evening, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator during the day. If it’s possible, walk all or part of the way to and from work. Or, if you’re a morning person, take a jog or a brisk stroll as the sun rises. Be creative and find an activity that is easy to incorporate into your lifestyle.
Exercise and a healthy diet are two ways to work towards a healthy life. Starting slow and being open to trying new things in terms of what you eat and how you exercise can make healthy living more fun and interesting.