How many times have you heard that in your lifetime? Unfortunately, we all know that we really are what we eat, and for the average American, it shows! Living healthily begins with a healthy diet and not some fad that you used as the basis for this year’s New Year’s resolution. If you are going to live a healthy lifestyle, it means making some radical changes in several areas of your life, beginning with the foods you eat. From there, there are other conscious choices you should make to round out an entire healthy living regimen. And if you have kids, that’s an extra reason to change some habits. Let’s begin with our diet.
1. A Look at What the Experts Say – Don’t Deprive Your Diet of Carbs
You have probably heard it said repeatedly that carbs are bad for you, that they are fattening. This can be the case if you are not conscious of the types of carbs you are eating. Slow-burn, whole grain carbs are very good for you in more ways than one and they are not fattening if you don’t add slabs of butter on whole grain bread or in the grains you cook for meals. According to Harvard University’s School of Public Health, you should not fall into the “no carb trap,” but rather, choose carbs coming from whole grain sources.
Sunday mornings are special for us as all the family enjoy breakfast together with no rush, so we make churros with whole wheat flour and sugar-free chocolate.
2. Carefully Chosen Whole Raw Foods Are Best
For years, you probably thought that organic foods were a just fad meant to raise the price tag high in health food stores. Can you really be sure that those foods are indeed organic? Actually, the answer is quite simple and yet quite complex! Most of the time, if a food falls under the jurisdiction of the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), it is a punishable offense to label products “organic” if they are not. The fines are quite steep, so most producers do try to stay within legal guidelines.
That being said, there is also a great deal of concern over GMO cross-pollination of food crops which makes it difficult to say with 100% surety that all crops used in organic foodstuffs are devoid of genetically modified organisms. There is a way to get around this, however, because it is easy to grow your own fruits and vegetables in a controlled environment with auto blackout greenhouse kits. If you use organic soils and nutrients, you can be assured that the crops you raise will be as organic as humanly possible.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen we started our own veggie garden. We have several herbs right now and we plan to expand and grow vegetables as well. Being a former plant-killer I just want to go step by step
3. You Know the Rules – Now Follow Them!
At this stage of the game, there is no need to rehash the commonsense rules you already know. Of course, you know that you are not to eat a huge meal and go directly to bed. You know that you should eat saturated fats only in moderation and that you should avoid processed sugar and sugary drinks. These rules for a healthy diet have been drilled into us since childhood, but how many people actually make a conscious effort to follow them? These are the rules, so if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, follow them!
4. A Final Note on Exercise
Everyone knows the importance of getting adequate exercise weekly, but most people don’t spend the right amount of time exercising or they aren’t doing the best kind of activities for their age and current state of health. You can’t expect someone who has been inactive the entirety of their adult life to suddenly begin a strenuous 60-minute cardio workout without the danger of complications, just as a half hour leisurely walk isn’t going to pump the blood strongly enough to do a 21-year-old, physically fit person any real good.
Before beginning any new exercise regimen, it is highly recommended that you consult with your family doctor to see what is best for you, personally. Never try to push beyond your endurance unless it is safe to do so and if you have any doubts whatsoever, get professional advice first. As the old adage goes, “When in doubt, don’t.” You should exercise, that is a given, but only undertake what is safe for you at this stage in your life. You can always build up gradually but if you overdo it, you may suffer serious consequences or lose the ambition to keep trying altogether. You can also find a sport, dance or anything that makes you move as a way to keep fit and healthy.
A healthy lifestyle begins with a healthy diet, but remember, this is something you will be doing for the rest of your life. Make good choices now and you will find it easier to change the way you live over a longer period of time.
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