Yeah, we know why your motivation is lacking right now: Bikini season is still far enough away, it’s still cold enough to stay cozy on the couch, and most of your new year’s resolutions have probably been abandoned.
And whether or not you’re looking for a kick in the pants, March is roaring in like a healthy-eating lion with its National Nutrition Month status.
When it comes to your health, it’s essential to get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and of course, exercise.
Most importantly, to help balance, you must also maintain a healthful and nutritious diet. When you eat healthy food, your body is able do what it needs to function properly.
Check out these tips to help you get started on this nutritious challenge!
Read Nutrition Labels.
Far too often we fall victim of purchasing foods without looking at the label. To eat more mindfully, start reading nutrition labels.
The more conscious you are about what you’re putting in your body, the better able you are to make healthy choices.
Pay attention to the ingredients being used, and the serving size as well as the calories.
Additionally, look at the daily values. To make healthy choices, look for foods with lower values of fat, sugar, sodium; and avoid unnecessary additives. Unfortunately, the latter are still snuck into most processed foods; so fresh is always best.
Be Very Mindful of Salt, Sugar and Fat.
When eating a healthy diet, it’s important that you keep your salt, sugar, and fat to a minimum.
Too much sodium, fat and sugar will not only spike your calorie intake but also put you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or just plain old obesity. Reduce your intake of these items for a healthier diet.
When it comes to improving your eating habits, no one expects you to change everything overnight. Take baby steps when it comes to improving your habits.
Start by swapping out dessert for fresh fruit or choosing water instead of juice or soda.
Also, try reducing the size of your potions while maintaining a nutritionally balanced meal. Doing so helps with reaching your nutritional goals.
But it also creates a sense of mindfulness to make focus and dedication not just goals, but lifelong habits.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables.
It’s important that you eat plenty of fruits and veggies when it comes to your health.
Fruits and veggies are filled with vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized, while also reducing the risk of many health-related diseases.
Fill your plate with lots of colorful fruits and veggies to sustain a healthy and nutritious diet.
Research is showing that the more of these fresh foods you incorporate daily, the less medicines and prescriptions you will need.
Get an Adequate Amount of Rest.
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important to your health. In fact, it is just as important as healthy eating and exercise.
In order to function at its best, your body needs to rest so it can perform its necessary and vital functions such as healing damaged cells, boosting your immune system and recharging your cardiovascular system.
So, stick to a sleep schedule, practice a bedtime ritual, and be sure to have comfortable pillows and mattresses for increased relaxation.
Ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
If you are not sleeping well, or you aren’t feeling rested when you wake up in the morning, it’s important to talk to your doctor and ask if a sleep study may be right for you.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.