5 Healthy Living Tips Almost Every Health Expert Agrees On
Choosing a diet that suits your lifestyle and ethical views is hard if you want to make sure you stay healthy and get everything your body needs. There are so many opposite and seemingly extreme diets: from vegans to the raw meat caveman diet.
In this confusion, how do we choose? How do we know we are doing it right?
Well, we’ve consulted different experts and come up with 5 Healthy Living Tips Almost Every Health Expert Agrees On that will help guide you through this difficult food jungle.
ONLY AUTHENTIC FOOD ALLOWED
It is important to understand that our bodies evolved with nature. This leads to the logical conclusion: processed foods are not healthy. The extra oils, salt, sugar, and other ingredients with no actual nutritional values do more harm to your body than you might think.
Fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and seeds are full of nutrients that your body happily processes and turns into energy while taking all it needs from them. You should be getting eight to twelve servings of these per day.
If you are not used to eating these, choose a timeframe in which you’ll do the transition and take the time to learn about them, how to cook them, and combine them. There is a learning curve that will empower you to make wiser and healthier choices.
KEEP AWAY FROM PROCESSED SUGAR
Processed sugars are in almost everything you can buy that isn’t authentic food. We have been ingesting it for so long that we’ve been basically training our brains to look for it in everything we eat.
We need to train our brain so that it is satisfied with sweet food, such as an apple or a pear, without needing the processed sugar high. The ingestion of processed sugar leads your sugar levels in your blood to spike and your body to release insulin. This is every single time we ingest processed sugar. Over time it causes diabetes and heart disease.
Remember, it has no nutrients at all. It is basically a drug that causes a high and has terrible consequences on your health.
PLANTS, ALWAYS PLANTS
It doesn’t matter what meal of the day it is or what else you’ll be eating, choose the plants first. If you are not vegan, you can start by introducing the habit of first eating plants. This is, start your breakfast with a couple of pieces, say banana and an apple. At lunch and dinner, start off with a salad or creamy vegetable soup.
Plants are also great snacks. They are fresh, full of nutrients, and easy to carry around.
On the other hand, if you are vegan, make sure you are getting enough plants in your daily diet. There are so many ready-made vegan meals available that sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what you are really eating.
GET ALL YOUR CALORIES
When you start transitioning into a diet with no processed foods and lots of plant-based meals, it is easy to have a hard time getting all the calories you need. This will lead you to eat lots of wheat in the form of pasta and bread. This isn’t ideal.
The best choice is to make sure you include beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes too. They are so full of nutrients and will get you all the calories you need. They are also very versatile and will give you amazing dishes once you get the hang of it.
SLEEP WELL, MOVE AROUND
Sleeping enough and at the right time is an essential source of energy for your body. It allows it to relax, rebuild muscles, and process everything that has happened during the day.
You should be getting between 7 and 8 hours per night. It is also important that you get them at the right time. The best time to sleep is from 9 pm until 5 am. Now, most of us will not do this. We should try though, to go to sleep before 11 pm and not wake up later than 7 am.
Exercising is also vital. Whether moderate or not, you will sleep better, eat better, and be a lot happier if you exercise. The World Health Organisation recommends cycling for just 30 minutes a day, for example. It isn’t really that much, is it?