Have a healthy day!
When I was in college, I had a professor who said that “Education today should be application tomorrow”. That line clicked with me almost immediately. Health has always been one of my favorite topics. They say health is wealth and it truly is! Getting educated on health related topics and making informed choices at home for the well being of the family should always be # 1 priority.
I am not an advocate of extreme dieting. It never has worked with me personally. Taking it one step at a time and making small changes goes a long way. Over a period of time, we have gradually made a few changes in our home and I think it really has made all that difference.
- Cook at home more often. This really is the key. You know what exactly is going inside your body. Plus its good for your wallet and good for your waist. Win-win!
- Drink more water. Cut down on soda and sugary drinks. Aim for 8 glasses of water.
- Eat more protein such as lean meats, fish, beans, paneer etc.
- Eat more vegetables. Think bright colors so as to get the best nutrition. Limit intake of starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn and peas.
- Eat whole fruit instead of fruit juice which could be devoid of fiber.
- Aim for complex carbohydrates and whole grains. But do not eat excess of grains.
- Cook with healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, butter, ghee etc.
- Eat yogurt with live active cultures. It is good for your gut health.
- Its okay to eat whole eggs in limit.
- Try to incorporate nuts and seeds in limit. Some of the examples are walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds.
- Read labels before buying food.
- Do not microwave in plastic containers.
- Use stainless steel utensils and cast iron pans for cooking and glass containers for storage.
- Walk more steps. Try to get some kind of exercise in your regime.
- Eat meals together as a family. This really improves the mental well being. A family that eats together stays together.
- Cut down on chemicals used in cleaning. Use more of baking soda and vinegar.
- Limit screen time for adults and kids in the family. Talk more to each other.
- Let kids spend more time playing outside.
- Listen to music. It lightens your mood.
- Pray more. It brings on peace and hope.
- Get enough sleep. 8 hours for adults, more for the kids. This curbs your hunger hormone and puts cravings and junk eating in check.
Please note that this is not professional advice. The opinions expressed here are my own and something that has helped my family. Always talk to your doctor for medical advice.