Nancy Addison’s Top 8 Tips For A Healthier New Year
It is a new year, and it is a good time to get healthier after our holiday food indulgences.
Rather than swinging through various diets, it is more important and sustainable to develop a healthy lifestyle and diet that works best for you.
Here are 8 of my top suggestions to help you reach and maintain your optimum weight and goals simply and successfully.
- Eat fresh foods
The first part of an effective, healthy weight loss program should focus primarily on consuming fresh, whole, organic plant-based foods. Focus on eating fresh, whole vegetables and fruits, and avoiding all boxed and packaged foods. It may feel overwhelming at first, but try to stick with it and it will become easier the more you do it.
This healthy lifestyle plan also involves getting yourself moving. Exercise is important for everyone and is necessary to keep your body healthy. Studies show that when you exercise before breakfast, it stabilizes your blood sugar immediately and energizes you for the rest of the day.
- Explore weight training
Weight training increases bone density, and it improves muscle mass, balance, and connective tissue strength. It also increases your metabolism!
- Always eat sitting down at some form of table
This does not mean eating in the car. In fact, a good lifestyle means to never eat in your car, standing up, walking, or in front of the refrigerator. Enjoy each bite, and chew your food thoroughly. Savor your food and enjoy it.
- Chew your food completely without washing it down with liquids
When we drink liquids with our food, we are watering down our digestive juices in our stomach, and the food is not as effectively digested. We also may not chew our food as thoroughly if we wash it down with a liquid. So try to avoid liquids with your meals.
- Eat three good meals a day with little or no snacking
Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch is an important key to health. Small snacks can make your body dependent upon constant nourishment.
Why would your body consume unwanted extra weight (fat), if it is never hungry? You need to give your body a reason to burn off that weight.
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day
This means if you are 100 pounds, you would drink 50 ounces of water every day. Quality water is important.
- Cut wheat and corn out of your diet
Wheat and corn should be greatly reduced or completely eliminated from your diet. Wheat has the unusual characteristic of being able to raise blood sugar rapidly. Additionally, due to today’s modification of wheat, it now contains up to 80% more gluten than it did 100 years ago.
Gluten is the glue-like substance that is part of various grains. When we eat wheat or other grains that contain gluten (and are refined, highly processed, or have had the fiber removed), it is quite literally like eating glue.
Corn is not only high in sugar, but also prone to molds and funguses that can be toxic to us and compromise our immune systems.
In conclusion, find what works best for you by listening to your heart and your own body. You are the best guide and judge of your body and your health. For many of us in transition, whether with new food choices or with life in general, it takes baby steps. Becoming a healthier person is a journey. Simply start the journey, and see where it takes you!
Nancy Addison is a certified health counselor, certified in plant-based nutrition, certified raw food chef, certified in Health-Supportive Cooking, and certified in Mediterranean Cooking. Nancy has written 6 award-winning books on health, nutrition and cooking. You can reach her on her website, Organic Healthy Life, or find more easy, healthy recipes in Nancy’s books, using her universal author link for amazon: Author.to/nancyaddison
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