So many people struggle to live a healthier life because they’re under the impression that they have to make drastic changes in every aspect of their life. Forget about the over the top, intimidating goals of losing weight and getting healthy. The key to living a healthier life is to focus on making small changes and engaging in healthy behaviors on a routine basis. Here are some lifestyle tips that can make a big difference in your life over time.
Simple Ways to Live a Healthier Life
Making changes to your diet can be one of the most difficult things to do, but it is one of the most important changes to make in order to live a healthier life. It’s important to think of your diet as a lifestyle change instead of a temporary two month change to your eating habits.
1. Make Slow Changes
If you change your whole diet, all at once, it might be harder to stick to. Start by making slow changes to your diet, like swapping those potato chips out for carrots instead.
2. Plan Meals In Advance
Create a meal plan for the week so you’ll know what to buy at the grocery store. This will also keep your from eating out at restaurants.
3. Grocery Shop On A Full Stomach
I can tell you from experience, it is never a good idea to go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. When you’re hungry, you’re inclined to buy more food than you need and make unhealthy choices.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for a healthier life.
4. Drink Eight Cups A Day
Drink a minimum of eight cups of water every day. Keep water on hand at all times and drink it throughout the day. Drink more water if you’re going to exercise or live in a humid and hot environment.
5. Stop Drinking Soda
Sodas are full of high fructose corn syrup and diet sodas aren’t any better. Diet sodas are full of artificial sweeteners that are toxic and stimulate your appetite. The sugars in soda can also be damaging to your oral health. Harmful bacteria in your mouth feed off of the sugar from sodas, causing cavities.
6. Don’t Eat Out As Often
Not only is it healthier to eat at home, but eating out less often will save you money. Restaurants use additives, unhealthy oils, and tons of salt in their food.
7. Eat Your Veggies
Add a serving of vegetables to every meal. Vegetables have the most nutrition value per calorie. They fill you up and provide your body with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Lifestyle Habits And Behaviors
Living a healthier life also requires you to make changes in other areas of your life, besides your diet.
8. Wake Up At The Same Time Everyday
This will ensure you get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. It may take 10-12 days to get completely used to it.
9. Create A Better Sleep Environment
Block out unwanted noise and light. Keep the temperature in your room a little cooler and make sure your bed is comfortable.
10. Take It Easy On The Caffeine
Everyone responds to caffeine differently but it’s probably not a good idea to drink coffee after dinner.
Moderate And Balance Your Lifestyle
11. Practice Good Hygiene
This should go without saying but good hygiene helps prevent the spread of infection, and makes life generally more pleasant. Wash you hands after using the bathroom and keep your living space clean. Practicing good oral hygiene is a must as well. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist at least twice a year.
12. Exercise Your Mind
Regardless if you’re in school or not, you should constantly be learning. Learning can expand your world by improving your skills and broadening your mind. Try taking up a new hobby or skill.
These are just a few of many changes you can make to your everyday life that will help you live a healthier life. Just remember to start small and you will notice big changes in the future.
Written by Trisha Banks. Trisha is a blogger for Lakeway Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Lakeway, Texas.
Photo: Ed Yourdon