No, today’s post isn’t New Years’ resolution-esque; we’re not going to suggest the major changes you should instil into your life to make you a healthier person. After all, these big changes are rarely sustainable.
Instead, the focus is going to be on some of the smaller habits that you can change. It means that you’re not going to be planning a marathon by the end of today’s post, but rather looking at the smaller life changes you can make that can really make a positive overall difference.
Stop cigarettes being your get-out clause
We all know the drill. You’re met with a stressful situation and the first thing you do is turn to a cigarette.
Suffice to say, this needs to stop. We don’t need to mull over all of the health problems that are caused by cigarettes, they have been documented for all to see for years. Instead of following this habit, turn to e-cigarettes and all of the vape flavours that are available, or look for another healthier substitute for stress.
Turn to home-cooked meals
It sounds simple, but the repercussions from constantly dining out really do span far and wide. One of the big problems with this approach is that you don’t get a thorough understanding on what you are eating. The restaurants might now be obliged to publish nutritional information for all of their dishes but in reality, when it comes to the crunch, this isn’t something that you look at. Ultimately, you are more inclined to make poor food choices.
However, when you are physically buying all of the ingredients for home-cooked foods, you understand everything that enters your body. This can make a huge difference to your overall health.
Carry water everywhere you go
It’s something that has been drilled into us for years, but whether it is for convenience or a different reason, far too many of us don’t drink sufficient amounts of water. We should be turning to at least two litres per day, but this figure can easily increase depending on your activity levels and the environment you live in.
The solution? Carry a water bottle wherever you go. It’s not ideal, but you’ll soon find that you feel a whole lot better because of this. It will flush your body of toxins and eliminate the possibility of dehydration (which causes a lot of the everyday, common complaints that many of us suffer with).
Use chopsticks to eat
This last habit sounds utterly bizarre, but trust us, it can work like a charm.
One of the big problems a lot of us suffer with is eating mindlessly. We put food into our mouth – but don’t really think about it. In fact, in some cases, it almost becomes a race to finish your plate.
The problem with this is that by the time you have finished your meal, your brain hasn’t registered it. It means that you can still feel hungry, and this is where chopsticks come into the picture.
These will slow you down and by the time you have finished eating, there’s less chance of you turning for more.