eater, opt for lean protein such as organic chicken or fish.
3. Eat a plant-based diet.
Michael Pollen said it best in his quote, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” This is true for everyone whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, meat eater, or raw foodist.
Eating a mostly plant-based diet will significantly improve your health. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Again, if you choose to have some animal protein in your diet, choose lean, organic meats. Minimize your consumption of red meat.
4. Schedule exercise into your day at least 3 times a week.
We all know we should exercise on a regular basis, but it's not typically the top priority for many of us. The benefits of exercise are numerous, so I encourage you to schedule it into your day at least 3 times a week.
In addition to losing weight, exercise can reduce infections, prevent heart attacks, control blood sugar, protect against cancer, combat stress, and prolong life. Even if it’s a brisk 30-minute walk, commit to some form of exercise on a regular basis.
5. Manage your stress.
We're an extremely stressed out society. Our lives are so busy with a demanding work schedule, family obligations, social commitments, and so much more. We barely have time to think clearly. Learning to manage your stress effectively cannot only promote weight loss, but will help you feel better and happier. Exercise is a great stress management tool.
Some other suggestions for managing stress are to take time for yourself, connect with friends and family, practice deep breathing exercises, take the scenic route to work, cut your personal internet time in half, meditate, or try yoga.
Healthy eating, regular exercise, and proper supplementation are the keys to having the healthy, slim, and happy body that you want. Even when we eat healthy, our bodies are not getting the optimal levels of nutrients. Our food is simply not what it was 100 years ago.
Our produce is grown in nutrient depleted soil and transported to our local grocer over long distances. In addition, our high stress levels and toxic environment deplete our nutrient stores even more. A good quality multi-vitamin, vitamin D3 and Omega-3 can be powerful aids in making you healthy.
Now that you have a few tips to getting on a healthy path, try incorporating these actions into your daily routine. The key is to take it step by step. Don’t try to do everything at once, or it can become overwhelming. Try one thing at a time, and don’t be too hard on yourself. I would love to hear from you. What are some of your tips for optimal health?