Whether you’re 18 or 80, being active and eating a balanced diet are both important components to keep you in good health.
But what exactly does a healthy diet mean? And how can you switch to a lifestyle that’s healthier overall?
Here are some ideas that you might want to consider.
How To Introduce The Changes
Below we’ve set out some changes that could radically change your health, but change can be difficult. Making better lifestyle choices will benefit you long-term, but sticking to your new habits can be challenging.
Be kind to yourself when trying to introduce a lifestyle change. If you fall off the wagon one day, it’s not a disaster. Anyone can have a bad day, and the important thing is that you hop right back on and resume your new healthy habits without beating yourself up.
Slow and steady gives you the best chance of being able to stick to your lifestyle changes without having to ensure a shock to the system first. Introducing changes slowly can also be helpful. This gives your body time to adjust; if you get the balance right, you might barely notice a difference.
Reducing Meat Consumption
Vegetarianism has been a popular lifestyle choice for many years, but more recently, veganism has rocketed in popularity. This means giving up any products which are derived from an animal, even non-harmful products such as eggs and honey.
Although meat can provide many essential nutrients, it’s possible to lead a healthy life without consuming animal products. And with the western diet containing a very high proportion of meat, there are significant benefits to making the change.
A high meat intake has been linked to diseases such as cancer, so reducing your consumption is a good idea. If you don’t like the idea of becoming completely vegan or vegetarian, a popular alternative is a flexitarian. This is someone who tries to regularly follow a plant-based diet but occasionally has meat or fish.
You don’t need to eliminate meat from your diet to enjoy a health boost; even changing some of your meals to vegetarian could improve your overall well-being.
Switch To Oat Milk
Milk and dairy can form part of a healthy diet, but oat milk is another option that might be worth investigating.
As we’ve already seen above, plant-based diets are enjoying a surge in popularity. Switching to oat milk can be part of an overall dietary change, not least because it offers many nutritional benefits.
Oat milk is vegan and offers a wide range of nutrients. It’s high in protein and dietary fiber while delivering generous Vitamin D and B12. This can protect bone health and boosts the immune system.
If you’re looking for a greener option, oat milk performs well here too. It has few greenhouse gas emissions, requires little water to produce, and doesn’t take up much land. This means that you can reap the health benefits of switching to oat milk while also protecting the planet – that’s got to be a win-win!
The idea of meditation may sound a bit new age, but you don’t need to be a radical hippy to feel the benefits of practicing mindfulness.
One of the biggest problems of modern living is the pace of life and the stress it causes.
More people are flitting around at breakneck speed and not taking time to relax truly. With smartphones and tablets constantly demanding our attention, it can be hard to switch everything off and stop.
Scheduling some quiet time for mindfulness can enormously impact your health. It’s a lifestyle change that anyone can adopt, and it doesn’t have to cost anything.
You might prefer meditation in a quiet room in your house, or mindfulness may come more naturally if you take a walk around a local park. However, if it works for you is fine. The key is regularly taking time out of your busy lifestyle to breathe, clear your m,ind and de-stress.
Almost every adult eats too much sugar every day and probably doesn’t even realize how much they’re consuming. The amount can quickly accumulate between natural sugars in food and added sugar.
There is no need to consume added sugar to stay fit and healthy, so many people opt for a sugar-free diet. This is harder than it seems because it’s not simply a matter of cutting out biscuits and cake.
Sugar contributes to several illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic liver disease, and chronic inflammation, to name just a few.
Quitting sugar means giving up simple carbohydrates, plus not consuming anything with added sugar. Focusing on whole foods, planning meals, and adding spices to disguise the missing sugar makes it possible to retrain the palate to do without sugar and make yourself much healthier in the process.
Don’t Forget The Basics
As you’re overhauling your lifestyle, don’t neglect the basics. This means getting good quality sleep, leaving work on time, drinking plenty of water, and spending time with family and friends.
All of this is important for your physical and mental well-being and, when combined with your new lifestyle commitments, will help you feel much healthier and fitter in the future.