Every year brings out new resolutions and opportunities to change lifestyles for the better. Well, this year brought mostly COVID, so whether you were planning on it or not, it’s high time to boost your immune system and switch to a healthier lifestyle.
And the key? Strong resistance! Luckily, you don’t just need to take supplements to help. In fact, you can base it all on a healthy diet and reducing some of your bad habits.
Remember, life is all about balance, so let me help you find yours! Here are 5 useful tips on how to improve your lifestyle in 2020 – and as always, BOOK A FREE CALL with me (worth $99), so I can give you a whole bunch more!
1) Limit Gluten and Yeast
A gluten-free diet is an approved treatment for diseases like celiac disease, gluten allergies, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, neuropsychiatric diseases, and autoimmune diseases. Because of its great effects on health, going gluten free has become a major trend in cultivating a wholesome diet. The reason? Wheat proteins are widely accused of being the main perpetrator of people’s overweight problems.
Most of the products that don’t contain yeast are also gluten-free, which can make your diet even better. Benefits of a yeast-free diet are also great for the human body as they highly reduce or even eliminate symptoms of candida overgrowth – a condition causing mouth yeast infections, as well as fungal skin and nails disorders.
Going yeast-free not only helps keep your body in better shape, it also prevents these fungi diseases. It’s especially beneficial for women taking birth control because some hormones increase the risk of developing a yeast infection.
2) Eliminate Processed Foods
Do you know the statement of Hippocrates about proper nutrition – “We are what we eat”? A well-balanced diet is key to the proper functioning of every human body. That’s why another tip for becoming healthier is cutting processed food out of your diet. However, many people aren’t even aware what deems a product “processed”.
Highly processed foods are foods of low nutritional value that typically only provide sugar, salt, low-quality fast, and calories. They are also chock-full of preservatives, dyes, and enhancers that can cause a whole host of other issues. Not only will these types of foods deplenish you of energy, but they can also cause a lack of concentration, heart problems, atherosclerosis, and poor physical health, to name a few.
If you want to change your lifestyle, the answer is whole foods. There is no better energy, or source of macro and micronutrients, vitamins, etc. than those sourced from fresh, unprocessed foods. This is one of the reasons fruits and vegetables should be included in every meal. Pay attention to the foods you buy and make good-for-you choices!
3) Don’t Smoke and Reduce Alcohol
As WHO summarized, “smoking tobacco causes NCDs such as lung disease, heart disease, and stroke. Tobacco kills not only direct smokers but even non-smokers through second-hand exposure.” There is nothing “healthy” about smoking, and it has no part in a healthy lifestyle. Especially during COVID-19 times, the impact it plays is dramatic.
Another thing to consider is reducing alcohol intake. There is no need to cut it off totally; alcohol does have some advantages for human health. This is especially true when it comes to a way to wind down and relax. However, it’s all about balance. A glass of wine a day is totally acceptable, but a bottle – not necessarily.
4) Limit Sugar and Salt Intake
Too much sugar and salt can lead to weight gain, poor physical condition, dangerous obesity, and chronic health problems. Even though it tastes good, it can easily make you addicted. That’s why it’s high time to say goodbye to fizzy soda drinks, sweet sugary juices, energy drinks, and artificially-flavored waters. Nothing beats pure water – and with lemon and mint, or other fun fruit and herb flavor combos, it tastes even better! Coffee and tea, are also more than welcome, just be mindful of any additions you use to spruce it up. There can be lots of unnecessary sugar and calories in those too!
Too much salt raises blood pressure, which can run to serious health problems, such as heart attack or stroke. Carefully check the amount of salt in the products you buy, and avoid junk food and oily, salty snacks. Replace them with healthy nuts and homemade veggie chips where you have control of the added salts.
5) Move Your Body
Physical activity is a real lifestyle changer. Not only does it get you back on track with your shape but also boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, produces endorphins, oxygenates your brain, and significantly improves mental condition. Sports also shape both body and mind and can surely keep your resistance in check – even if you’re doing them just for fun and recreation. Going for a brisk walk does wonders too, so don’t think that exercise can only be done in a gym setting!
The Bottom Line:
Improving your diet and quitting bad habits should not be a punishment for you but an excellent investment in general well-being. Remember, it’s not about putting pressure on yourself, as this may can you to lose motivation quickly. Changing your lifestyle is a baby-step journey. Start by picking just one tip listed above and work on it first, then start to add some more. Once you feel and/or can see the changes that are being made in your overall wellbeing you won’t want to go back to your old life! Trust me on this!
And remember, I’m here to help! I’d love to help you ditch the weight and increase your energy TODAY, so CONTACT ME and let’s set up a call to do just that!
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