Tips for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

11310737874_yoga-for-health4.jpgMany people today more than ever want to learn how they can live a healthier lifestyle. Creating a healthy lifestyle is an intimidating thought for some people. Some worry that they will not be able to afford the foods or the equipment that they feel they will need to be healthy; others simply do not like change and are concerned with the changes that they will have to make to their lifestyle.
Changes that can be made to any lifestyle can be done without costing a small fortune. In fact, some of these changes could potentially save money. One example of a healthy change that can save you a lot of money each year is smoking. If you are a smoker then you are likely aware of the harm it is causing your body, but most smokers, once they sit down and do the math, cannot believe that they are spending such a large portion of their income on their cigarette habit.
Another healthy change to consider is cutting snack foods and soda from your diet. Instead of soda, sip on flavored water, fresh juice, or green tea. Instead of choosing cream-filled cupcakes, reach for fresh vegetables or unbuttered popcorn.
Buying organic food can be fairly expensive. If you stop buying the foods that are not healthy, such as soft drinks, than you will free up a portion of your monthly budget that can now be applied to healthier foods. Cut costs of organically grown food by buying in bulk where it makes sense and by buying your items whole instead of pre-cut. For example, you will pay much less for 2 or 3 red bell peppers if you buy them when they are whole instead of buying a package that are pre-cut.
Whole grains are filling and are good for your body. Oatmeal, barley, brown rice and millet are just a few examples of the whole grains that you might consider buying that are cost-effective and easy on your budget.
The key to creating a healthy lifestyle is to make choices that you can live with while making the needed adjustments to your daily routine. One of the best ways to ensure success is by making these changes gradually. If one of your goals happens to be exercising, start out by taking a short walk each day in the morning or the evening. Walk for 10 minutes each day. After you have made this commitment to yourself, stick with it for a month. The following month, increase your walk to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes the following month. Continue in this fashion until you have met your goals.
Making lists of goals and things that need to be changed is a method that many people use. Looking at a list each day will help to keep all of your goals in perspective and allow you to work through one item on the list at a time.
Do not concern yourself with the fact that you are not making all of these changes fast enough. It is a lifetime commitment, changing old habits and routines takes time.
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Kickstart a healthy lifestyle

11310737874_yoga-for-health2.jpgTo kickstart a healthy lifestyle Your body needs a balance. It needs PROPER nutrients to function well… properly. Getting the right amount of the proper nutrients is key to a balanced nutrition which provides fuel for your daily activities. It also helps kick start your metabolism, aiding in weight loss, and helps keep you going through out the day. =) Here are some very simple ways to help Kickstart your healthy lifestyle and to help you start living better.
* ALWAYS EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST – Your body is crying for food in the morning which is why it is the most important meal of the day. It kick starts your metabolism and provides you energy to help start your day!
* EAT SMALLER MORE FREQUENT MEALS – Like so many others I am always on the go. So instead of starving all day then gorging in one meal I eat small snacks all through the day. This helps keep you from those nasty energy slumps and also helps keep the craving for sugary snacks away.
* HAVE HEALTHY SNACKS- Fruits, Veggies and small servings of protein such as unsalted nuts, yogurts or low fat cheeses are perfect for snacking on all day! This again will help prevent over eating at lunch or dinner.
* ACTIVELY SHIFT YOUR FOOD CHOICES – Aim to get your body a wide variety of nutrients, including protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
* PROTEIN IS IMPORTANT – Protein is contained in every part of your body. It builds and maintains healthy body tissue,It provides an excellent source of good sustainable energy and controls many of the important processes related to metabolism which burns fat. You should aim to eat 2-3 servings of protein everyday
* FIBER IS IMPORTANT – A very important competent in a healthy diet. The is very important to your digestive system. It helps process and absorb nutrients. Fiber is only found in food that comes from plants. Fruits, vegetables, beans, oats, whole grain anything are all great sources of fiber.
* REDUCE LEVELS OF SUGAR, SATURATED FAT AND SALT – Checking the labels of the food you eat is a good way to limit the amount you consume.
* MOST IMPORTANTLY STAY HYDRATED WITH PROPER FLUIDS – These are just some simple steps to help get you on your way to a better fuller life. You would be so surprised at the difference even the smallest change in your diet will make in your over well being. All of us aspire to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. It is truly in your reach if you just to commit to some GRADUAL, long-term lifestyle changes.
Healthy diets as well as some regular physical activity are the biggest factors to everything good throughout your entire life cycle. Something as simple as taking a brisk walk and skipping dessert or eating fruit instead of pie is all you need to start this gradual process.
Having a friend or mentor or someone with the same goals in mind also help you stick to your goal as well as helping move from being gradual to long term to a habit you do everyday! The more you start doing the better you will start to feel then the easier it will be to keep going. Before you know it you will look forward to your daily activities. They’ll be more of a leisure not a chore and you will see that you won’t only start losing weight and feeling better but you have started your new healthy lifestyle and started gaining a new lease on life!
God Bless
Bradley D Gardner/Nutrition Advisor
Bradley D Gardner
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