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Healthy living is not about a new diet, an “on trend” fitness routine or even about New Year resolutions. Living healthfully is about making choices that positively affect your mind body and soul. It’s about making choices that will pay huge returns in vitality, longevity and wellness. It’s not always easy. But like anything else, continuous practice goes a long way.
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Here are ten lifestyle hacks for healthy living.
Practice Moderation & Eat More Plant Based Foods
I love to eat. There is no question about that. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that I just can’t eat like I used to. Trust me, I still have my fare share of treats but, eating consciously versus eating “blindly” is a healthier way to go.
Yesterday when my family and I went to a burger joint to grab some lunch after church, I ordered the bacon and cheese burger but split it with my daughter. It was so good. I got to satisfy my craving and only consumed half the calories. We also split a garden salad. If you are dining solo (and the restaurant allows), you can also try ordering a “kids” size meal instead. Portion sizes are way larger than they used to be these days and unfortunately calories are too.
Eat lots of Greens
Adding more greens to your family’s diet is an easy way towards healthier living. One of the greens I like to prepare is kale. It’s delicious and it can be easily prepared in so many ways.
Skipping breakfast sounds like a great way to skip out on calories but it’s really not. Missing or skipping meals can wreak havoc on your metabolism. Not too mention, people that skip breakfast tend make up those lost calories by making unhealthy choices throughout the day.
Get the Family Involved
Getting healthy is not only something that you should do for yourself but for you family too. So why not get the whole family involved? My family and I love taking walks around the neighborhood together. Some studies have shown that people that get healthy as a group versus going at it alone can have more long-term success. Not only do you get to spend more time with your family but, everyone benefits.
Get Creative about Exercise
Exercise does not have to come in traditional methods like going to the gym or taking a walk…so get creative. As long as you are burning calories and getting the heart rate up it counts! Dancing, biking, swimming, bowling, horseback riding…it all counts.
The human body is mostly made of water. Therefore a body that performs at it’s very best is hydrated. For those that have a hard time consuming enough water don’t forget… fruits and veggies contain water too. Also, alternatives like fruit infused waters and coconut water are so good.
Grow Your Own
Not everyone has the space or even a “green thumb” to grow their own vegetables but where is a will, there is a way. Co-ops and plant pots make gardening accessible for just about everyone.
Oh and about that “green thumb” thing…there are lots of resources out there to help people get through. You may not yield a big harvest the first time, but you’ll get something, so be encouraged. This year was our first year growing something else other than herbs. It wasn’t easy, we didn’t even get a big crop. However, what we did harvest saved money, was delicious and built a tremendous amount of pride. Not only that, my four old learned life lessons in biology, responsibility and healthy eating all from our family garden.
Of course, growing your own garden encourages healthy because it is so much more accessible than going to the store. Remember, even if you are only growing one fruit or vegetable in planter on a small porch, you are giving your family something.
Use Sweeteners Sparingly
There is nothing like an occasional sweet treat but, if you can help it, skip the sweetener at home. Not adding sugar to tea, smoothies and other foods is a lifestyle hack worth it’s weight in gold. Most times when we make smoothies at home, we skip the sweeteners all together, especially when making fruit smoothies that are already naturally sweet.
Act Like a Child & Have a Good Laugh
Having a good laugh and being silly is good for the mind, body and soul. So have a good hearty laugh. Tap into that inner child. Your body will thank you for it.
Take Time to Relax
In order to give the best of yourself to your family and others, you have to be able to give to yourself. So give yourself the gift of rest. You’ll never hear someone say, “I’m so tired that I could run a marathon” or “I am so exhausted that I am full of ideas”,because bodies need to rest. Just like food, adequate rest is like fuel that propels bodies to operate at optimum levels and is one of the foundations for healthy living.
These are just a few easy hacks that I use to live a healthier lifestyle. If you want more tips on how you and your family can get on the path to healthier living by incorporating more plant-based foods in your diet, try products like Silk® Soymilk which helps making healthy swaps easy.
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