Staying healthy can often seem like a complicated and time-consuming task. What should you eat? What should you avoid? What should you do? The questions go on and on.
But sometimes health is simple. Sometimes there are quick and easy things you can do to lead a healthier life. This is a list of those things:
1. Designate a “sugar-free”day.
As you’ve probably heard, sugar is the downfall to a healthy body, and not to mention the culprit of many diseases down the road.
But instead of going cold turkey, start off easy: gradually decrease your intake with “sugar-free days.” Try doing this for three days in a row, and you’ll find your cravings will go away after three days. And if you must imbibe, eat one square of dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds. But just one.
2. Stand up at work — right now.
Did you know sitting for long periods of time is associated with an increased risk of mortality? Nine to 5’ers, don’t fret!
Instead, set an alarm to remind yourself to stand up every hour at the office. Better yet, ask for a standing desk. When you stand, stretch, do small hip swirls, and shake out your limbs … whatever you need to keep that blood flowing!
3. Stick to one cup of Joe.
Caffeine is a stimulant drug and anything more than one cup suggests self-medicating for low energy.
In truth, most people drink coffee for the comfort and the taste. If it’s the warmth you crave, try hot water and lemon. If you like your coffee with cream and sugar, try making a promise to drink it only black. This way you’re less likely to have more than one cup, since you aren’t drinking it simply for the sweet creaminess.
4. Chew your food slowly.
Good digestion starts with good chewing. Not only does it aid in the mechanical breakdown of food, it signals our body to release enzymes to further break down food, which enhances the absorption of nutrients we get from the food we eat.
So practice mindful eating: slow down, chew properly and really savor every moment.
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