The Path to Healthy Living
East & West series
Day after day you're bombarded with health advice, food warnings, and the importance of exercise. You're aware that you should exercise and eat smart -but it seems so difficult! Do the "health authorities" really expect you to change your routine of fast food and couch lounging overnight? Not exactly- the easiest, most successful transition stressed by health experts is a gradual approach to implementing your new, healthy lifestyle.
To start down the path towards healthy living, remember these tips and take it at your own pace. Before you know it, you'll be one of those "healthy achievers" you used to envy!
Start your day with a tasty breakfast -it's not a myth, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your mind and body will get a jump-start that lasts throughout the day!
Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods-eating healthy doesn't have to be boring! Enjoy plenty of grains, fruits, and vegetables. *Healthy hint: steaming your vegetables retains more nutrients.
Maintain a healthy weight with regular exercise, or any activity more strenuous than using the remote!
Eat regular meals, skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger. If you have a weakness for certain "unhealthy" foods, don't make yourself miserable trying to eliminate them from your diet, allow yourself a small portion to satisfy the craving.
Know your diet pitfalls-track your eating habits for a few days and identify any weaknesses.
Focus on the worthwhile benefits such as, increased energy and confidence, more restful sleep, and stress reduction.
Look at healthy cooking as an adventure, try unfamiliar foods and have fun!