Making nutrition and lifestyle changes are never easy, but sometimes it can be necessary to improve your health or prolong your life. Luckily, living a healthier lifestyle does not mean you have to quit all your favorite cheat foods cold turkey or turn into a fitness model overnight. In fact, real change happens over time and is more about altering ingrained habits than sheer willpower. There are countless behavioral adjustments and additions that can be made to your existing routines even now that could set you on a new path to a better life. Below are just a few of the tried and true nutrition and lifestyle changes that, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), are especially effective.
The number one substance that should be eliminated as much as possible is sugar. Sugar contributes not only to weight gain, but also obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more, and is one of the most addictive and dangerous substances on the planet. Instead of choosing all the sugar-filled prepackaged junk that calls out to you in the store, focus on buying and eating more raw foods. Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, and more are all great ways to get all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals you need to keep you feeling fuller longer so that you aren’t tempted to reach for the sweets. Go shopping and prepare your own meals instead of eating out, and save money while actively making greater efforts toward better health. Above all else, make sure you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day to flush out all the negative toxins in your body to make more room for the good nutrients coming your way. In order to find out how much water you need per day, divide your own body weight in half and whatever number is left is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking every single day.
Of course, eating right isn’t always enough. You need to make sure you are getting up, getting active, and making smarter choices in terms of how you are living your life in other ways besides food. Taking just 30 minutes out of your schedule to exercise, going to bed a little earlier to ensure you get a full six to eight hours of rest, meditating and focusing on your goals, cutting down on cigarettes, and limiting your alcohol consumption are all other successful day-to-day choices you can make to effectively improve your health and well-being. Be mindful of the decisions you make and never stop trying to be better. Believe in yourself and believe that what you hop to accomplish is worth the effort. You only get one life, it’s up to you to make sure you make the most of it.
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