Although the 7 day diet is a great way to jumpstart some weightloss and a detox program, it is even more important to live healthy everyday. This calls for a lifestyle change rather than a diet regimen for a week or a month. Mentally all of us resist change – but a lifestyle change that enhances health and promotes well-being is easier than you think!
Here are some practical ways to make small changes that go a long way to robust health.
Maintain your ideal weight
Maintaining ideal weight or close to ideal weight is probably one of the most effective ways to stay healthy. Being overweight makes you more prone to onset of weight related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. Weight maintenance is achieved by altering the way you eat – portion control, sugar regulation etc. You are more likely to maintain weight if you permanently recognize your “food-failures” and make an effort to alter them.
Indulge in regular exercise
Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to maintain your weight and remain healthy. Exercise has many benefits and it is important to make it a priority in your life. Being fit does not have to mean working out in a closed gym all the time – it is about altering your lifestyle to be active as much as you can and derive the benefits of cardiovascular exercise. Walking a few times a week and combining it with riding your bike at home or in a gym gives you the right amount of exercise plus some variety to keep you from getting bored.
If you do an activity you actually enjoy, you are more likely to continue on with it. You can do a collective sport with your friends and family – for example going hiking/ sailing/ swimming on the weekend. This is a great way to combine entertainment with exercise.
Have a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet not only ensures weight control and maintenance – it also promotes a healthy body full of energy and vitality. To maintain your weight, eat a balanced diet containing foods from all categories according your needs. Make sure you get your primary source of carbohydrates from whole grains and breads and not from white flour or processed grain. Eat 6-8 servings of vegetables and fruits. Regulate the kind of fat you eat – choose sources that have unsaturated fat like olive oil. Make sure you include nuts and seeds for the extra nutrients. Don’t forget healthy power foods like green leafy vegetables, cold water fish like salmon and tuna that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, soy protein etc.
Manage stress at work
Managing stress at work is a huge part of our emotional well-being since we spend more time at work than with friends and family. Ensure you have a balanced work load by having good relationships with your managers and colleagues. Find out if your company can be more family friendly with telecommuting options, time off for parental issues, childcare options at work etc. Take the time to reach out to the Human Resources Department to find out the company policies.
Of late there have been many reports of the side effects of traditional allopathic medicine thereby causing a shift in the population to explore the alternative medicine route which is free of harmful side-effects.
Whenever possible, try to take a natural remedy for your ailment instead of an allopathic drug. Clearly, plant-based medicines will not substitute a triple by-pass surgery where traditional medicine must be followed.
However, for ailments that need a period of time for effect, plant based medicines are more effective and keep the body away from harmful chemicals that you put in your body as a result of traditional medicine practices. There are many cases of diabetes, headaches, skin diseases, gastrointestinal problems etc. getting cured as a result of natural remedies.
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