There’s no better time to commit to living a healthy lifestyle than the present. And while that may sound like a large undertaking, making simple changes and creating healthy habits can go a long way to improving your overall wellness.
Let’s break down some of the things you can do to live a healthy lifestyle, step by step.
Eat Balanced Meals and Snacks
Food fuels our bodies, so it’s important to get enough nutrients during the day to energize your system without overindulging or filling up on empty calories (which could make you feel sluggish). The Healthy Living Guide 2020/2021 published by Harvard gives a great representation of what a healthy eating plate should look like. It includes a portion of vegetables and slightly smaller portions of fruit, healthy protein, and whole grains along with some healthy oils and plenty of water.
Incorporating a nutritious and healthy diet into your routine may not happen overnight, and that’s OK! Start small by making better choices at breakfast (i.e. whole-grain toast instead of white bread) or adding more veggies to your plate at dinner and go from there.
Track Your Progress
Any progress is good progress when it comes to adapting to a healthy lifestyle. However, sometimes it can take months to see and it can be easy to become disheartened. That’s why it’s beneficial to track your progress with a food and exercise journal or app. According to the American Society for Nutrition, journaling can help you remember what you have eaten that day and spot any areas for improving your habits (i.e. snacking late at night).
This nutrition advice can help you understand how many calories you're taking in vs. calories out, so you can find the best combination that works for your body and goals.
Incorporate Exercise Into Your Routine
A healthy diet is only one-half the puzzle in this case. It’s also important to incorporate more exercise into your routine to see results. Whether it’s taking a walk on your lunch break or going to the gym a few days a week, exercise helps you burn calories, improve your stamina, and strengthen your body, which are all important aspects of your overall wellness.
Swap Healthier Snacks Into Rotation
Finally, we can’t forget to mention the impact healthy snacking can have on your wellness journey. Swapping out some favorite comfort foods and snacks for healthier options can help you reduce your calorie intake while still fueling your body.
Consider some of these healthy snacks next time you need a midday pick-me-up:
- Apple with nut butter
- Greek yogurt with mixed berries
- Dark chocolate and almond mix
- Cut veggies with hummus
- Kale chips
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