There's no denying that we all aspire to be healthier but making the necessary changes to attain our desired "healthfulness" can prove to be challenging. There are two main factors that equate to a healthy body and we all know them well; exercise and eating healthy foods. Changing your daily schedule to adopt a new exercise plan takes time, as well as developing a healthy eating plan; instead of completely changing everything at once, why not just try injecting a few new healthy habits into your daily mix? The key to changing your body and your mentality, is small, attainable goals.
- Store nuts in your purse, your car, your office, etc so that they're there when you get hungry! Nuts are full of healthy fats, plant-based protein and many other nutrients. Nuts also contain unsaturated fats and antioxidants, and can promote heart health. Eating nuts regularly, reduces the risk of diabetes & helps fight inflammation. If you're looking to swap out your chips for a heakthier side, nuts are the way to go!
- Eat More Veggies. A 2017 review of nearly 100 long-term studies in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that eating 7 to 10 servings per day of fruits and vegetables is tied to a significantly lower risk of heart disease and stroke and a slightly lower risk of cancer. Incorporating more vegetables into your diet can have a profound effect on your mood, as well as your overall well-being. Try eating veggies at every meal, even frozen vegetables count. (+ it saves you a lot of time!)
- Berries are delicious and nutritious and did you know, they are full of antioxidants. Berries are great at fighting inflammation and protecting against cell damage that leads to a number of diseases. Which of the most common berries have the best health benefits? Blueberries reduce oxidative stress, thus lowering the risk of heart disease, lower “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood, lower the risk of diabetes and those that eat blueberries have slower rates of cognitive decline. Raspberries reduce oxidative stress, reduce risk factors for heart disease and reduce inflammation. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, lowers the risk for heart attack, reduce inflammation and reduces oxidative stress.
- Let them eat Chocolate! A 2018 randomized trial found that people who ate dark chocolate (70% cacao) every day for six months significantly reduced their total and LDL cholesterol levels. Dark chocolate is also, rich in antioxidants and packed with nutrients. It contains phytonutrients called flavonoids, which are plant chemicals that act as antioxidants and may play a role in cancer prevention, heart health, and weight loss.