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Day 1: How to Start The Change Of Bad Food And Lifestyle Habits

Philippe H.

Everyone wants to lead a healthy life free of prescribed drugs and continuous hospital checkups, but the question remains, are we willing to be conscientious enough in doing what it takes to achieve this?

Most of us are used to a certain eating routine, and cannot seem to get out of it. We are often conscious of the danger it poses to our health. But as habits which has become more of a lifestyle, we excuse ourselves by saying ‘this is a once-in-a-while craving, it should do no harm’.

More often than not, there may be a valid reason for not eating well or cultivating an unhealthy lifestyle habit. Some of this include the demands of work, and the stress that culminates from our daily lives. The influence of all these combined factors result in, impatience during breakfasts, eating while standing, feeding on leftover foods and a host of other things. These are really unhealthy dietary choices. To tackle bad food and lifestyle habits, you should take a close look at these 3 questions;

  • Are you aware of the bad habits you want to fix?
  • Do you know why these habits exist?
  • Are you willing to figure out ways to slowly change this bad food habits into healthier ones?
The moment you’re able to provide positive answers to these questions, it’s safe to say that you’re on the right path to changing your bad food and lifestyle choices.

Putting this in a broader perspective, there are some things that can help you achieve your goal and the next few paragraphs will highlight them in steps.

  • Making Breakfast a Priority
Breakfasts are the most important meal for the day. For one, it gives the right boost of energy needed for the day’s work. https://cdn.fitlope.com/releases/2020/02/200219092539.htm">According to a German study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, breakfast helps a person burn about twice as many calories per day, because the body’s absorption of carbohydrates, fats and proteins is usually faster in the morning. Sandwiches with healthy veggies, smoothies or fruits are great starters for the day.

Breakfast is a great meal, both for adults and young ones alike. The Cleveland Clinic buttresses this point in a study it conducted, where it revealed that teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18, who ate breakfast before school got better grades than students who skipped them. This shows how our mental alertness and soundness is connected with the food we eat. Breakfasts sets your body system for the remainder of the day, as it gives you a renewed level of energy boost, amongst other amazing benefits.

  • Regular Exercises
According to the World Health Organization , at least 80% of health-related issues such as stroke, Type 2 diabetes, about 40% of cancer and heart disease could be prevented if people engaged in more exercises. These shows us the importance of exercise, and how simple changes have a great impact on the overall wellbeing of an individual. Physical activities help keeps the organs up and running while unwanted elements are expunged out of the body system in different forms e.g. sweat. Exercises helps improve the efficiency of the heart.

  • Daily Meal Plans
A step towards a healthy lifestyle is being intentional about our nutritional diets. Daily meal plans help to organize our feeding, as well as ensure that they are balanced.

A lot of chronic diseases such as cancer can be avoided by including fruits and vegetables in our meals. This has been well buttressed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study shows that just 1 in 10 adults consume the recommended amounts of fruits, while only about 9 percent of the adult population consumed the recommended amounts of vegetables in 2015.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers need to pay even more attention to their diets, since it also affects their fetus/babies. Hence, a recommended balanced diet should contain a variety of vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat milk products.

  • Snacking Right .
When it comes to snacks, it is usually tempting to go for sugary foods, either to satisfy our cravings or otherwise. However, this could come at a heavy price. For instance, it may be the source of increased sugar intake, and subsequently diabetes creep in. For people who just enjoy taking snack, it may be helpful to take more nutritional snacks like cucumber and carrots, instead of chocolate bars or cookies that peer at you with doe eyes every time you open your office drawer.

  • Mindfulness with Eating
Studies have shown that people tend to consume larger quantities of food than they actually envisaged when they eat from a large bowl, or eat rather too quickly. Movie goers, for one, who are given extra-large popcorn packs ate 45.3% more than people who snacked on fresh popcorn in smaller containers.

So, taking conscious efforts to eat in smaller bowls may do the trick as regards to eating the right amount of food. The same goes for taking time to consume foods. When people consume food in a haste, they tend to eat more which could affect digestion. It is advisable to eat in strides to aid digestion and improve metabolic activities.

Conclusively, changing bad dietary and lifestyle habits can feel like a herculean task, but when you take into consideration the level of comfort and serenity that comes with a healthy body, it’s becomes important to inculcate the right eating habits. When we take more time in breaking bad habits that our brains and minds are attuned to, we will soon find out that it actually costs less to live a healthy lifestyle.

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