It’s never too late to start developing healthy habits, especially if you want to keep dangerous diseases away. To help you start, we’ve gathered 21 things that you can do to improve your blood sugar level, eat healthier and shed some of that surplus fat in the process.
#1. Don’t give up on dairy, but use low-fat, organic or homemade products if possible, for their reduced sugar content and high good bacteria count.
#2. Veggies are your friends. The more fruit and vegetables you eat and the more varied they are, the healthier you will be.
#3. The type of diet you follow should be as personal as your shoe size. There is no one size fits all when it comes to nutrition. You need to personalize your diet according to your specific needs.
#4. If you like rice, eat the brown or integral variety. White rice is the worst kind of rice you can eat. It has the lowest everything compared to brown or integral rice.
#5. Keep an eye out for phthalates and avoid them as much as possible. Because they are found in so many type of products, always read the label and, whenever you can, go organic or choose glass containers.
#6. The chair is not your best friend, so don’t stick to it for too long. Try and get off your butt every 20 minutes or so. Walk a bit, stretch or do anything else but sitting.
#7. Yoga is not just a hippie fad. Extensive studies have proven that yoga is one of the best possible exercise types out there for maintaining a healthy body and mind.
#8. Omega-3 levels are important. Try and get as much Omega-3 as you can from natural sources like salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, ground flax seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds.
#9. When you feel your energy ebbing, always choose good quality protein over carbohydrates. As opposed to sugars, protein evens your energy levels for longer.
#10. The more you stress yourself about how you look, the harder it will be to actually lose weight. Accept yourself the way you are, and focus on keeping up that diet instead.
#11. Food product labels are your best friends, so give them the appropriate amount of attention. Don’t rush to just take a look at the Nutritional Facts. Focus on them and understand what they mean.
#12. Although alcohol makes you feel good when you drink it, it is definitely not your friend when it comes to the effects it has on your body. Avoid it as much as possible.
#13. It is not cardio OR strength. It is cardio AND strength. You need both kind of exercises to help you lose fat and build a healthy, toned body and a sharp, focused mind.
#14. Going at it alone is an almost sure recipe for failure. Always seek others who can help you on your road to a better body and mind.
#15. Coffee is touted as having mostly beneficial effects on one’s health. Unfortunately, that is not entirely true. If you need a pick-me-up, choose green tea instead of coffee.
#16. Enough sleep is very important. We can’t stress this enough. You need your 7 hours of sleep, or you will start seeing adverse effects.
#17. What do you think about using a hula hoop? Childish, right? Well, it actually seems to be one of the best pieces of exercise equipment you could own, so don’t be afraid to give it a twirl (or ten).
#18. You should eat more salad. No, seriously! Leafy greens help a lot in staving off cell insulin resistance and also help with digestion. What more could you ask for?
#19. When you see a burger or any kind of fast-food product – run! Run as far away as you can! The saturated fats in fast-foods adversely affect the region of the brain that keeps your weight in check.
#20. Fight through the pain. Yes, we know it sounds like something from a bad action movie, but it is very true. Strive to do your exercises even if your joints and muscles try to discourage you from it.
#21. Depression can be as bad as eating only fast-food and drinking a lot of sodas. You need to do all you can to maintain a positive mental state, or it will be even more difficult to deal with those cravings.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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