Add For Health
Thursday, July 7, 2016
With fresh, locally grown produce and goods available this time of year, it's easy to add in healthy choices. I'm going to go over a few ways "adding in" healthy choices can improve your lifestyle. I firmly believe that being healthy is a lifestyle choice that encompasses every area of health and that it should be something manageable day in and day out. The ultimate goal is to set yourself up for success to achieve and maintain a happy and healthy life!
Adding in Healthier Food Choices
A lot of diets and meal systems on the market are about decreasing types of foods or components of foods whether it be salt, sugar, carbs, etc. For many people, completely eliminating something you've become accustomed to can be challenging. So, instead of removing a food culprit, try adding something in. Start with one or two choices to add to your existing daily meals until it becomes natural and something you don't have to think about. There is research to show that doing something consecutively for 21 days will build a habit. Then, as you add more food options in, it will encourage you to not eat as many of the unhealthy items. Try adding some fruit to your breakfast and/or another vegetable to your dinner. It can also be something as easy as using extra virgin olive oil instead of canola. To me, living a healthy lifestyle should be a positive experience, not a negative one.
Add in H2O
Another way to positively affect your health is by adding in more water. It can be hard to remove our favorite beverages, so try just adding one more cup of water to your day. What I try to do on a daily basis is drink a glass first thing when I wake up in the morning. Starting the day off with a healthy habit will lead to further healthy decisions.
Add in “Me” Time
Finally, the last tip is to add in time for yourself. Having a happy soul can be one of the best health motivators. As a busy mom, I’m tired, but I’m working on this! I love to read and it's still important to take some "me" time, as we all should, and we will be happier, healthier and more productive!
By adding healthy choices into your daily life you have less room for unhealthy ones, and this will positively impact your health. Add in!
Cassie Kupsky Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Personal Trainer
Greater Green Bay YMCA