6 Daily Habits Of Healthy People That You Should Adopt ASAP
For those of us who are health conscious, we know that everyday is not so easy, between picking the right foods to eat to fitting in time to exercise. We aspire to be like one of those green-juicing, yoga-loving health gurus, but how on earth do they do it with what looks like such ease? It seems like every move they make fits into the definition of a healthy lifestyle.
While there’s not exactly one simple solution to becoming a healthy person, there are certain habits these health-conscious individuals have in common. To help you pinpoint what exactly you can do everyday to help with your overall health, we’ve consulted with a range of nutritionists to provide you with six tips for a healthier daily lifestyle.
They sit down to eat
Many of us live an on-the-go lifestyle, but this can prevent us from taking care of our bodies or taking the time to stop and smell the roses. “[Sitting down to eat] helps people enjoy their food,” says Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE. “Eat mindfully and recognize when you’ve had enough.”
They're not perfect
Treating yourself here and there won’t ruin your health, so focus on good habits overall. “My secret to success is always striving to do the right thing when it comes to food and fitness 80% of the time,” says Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD. “It is unrealistic to think you can be perfect so a little less than perfect fits the bill.” So no need to beat yourself up if you were too tired to go to the gym this morning!
They eat breakfast
Having a meal first thing in the morning helps prevent you from overeating later, and can also help with weight management and improve your focus throughout the day. “Eating breakfast sets the tone for the day because it gets our blood sugar up, which makes our brain function better the rest of the day,” says Keri Gans, RD. “ It gets our metabolism going, it reduces cravings later in the day, and it puts us in a better mood.”
They don't have food regret
“Healthy eaters don’t think about what they ate long after they have finished the meal or snack,” says Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD. “They don’t feel guilty about eating or punish themselves by not eating later, and they don’t let what they ate influence their self- worth.”
They drink a lot of water
”Skip the sodas and diet sodas and concentrate on drinking lots of water every day,” says Danielle Hamo, RD LD/N. “Drinking water prior to a meal can aid in eating less food and in weight loss, and water helps skin look at its best,” she says. Staying hydrated will not only help you stay full, but it will keep you energized and in a better mood throughout your day.
They plan their meals
Healthy eating becomes much easier when you think ahead. “Meal planning decreases stress, saves money and allows us to make healthy choices before life gets in our way,” says Lori Rosenthal, MS, RD,CDN. “When we are hungry and we don’t know what we are going to eat, healthy choices often lose to whatever is most convenient.” Making a grocery list and keeping healthy ingredients on hand can help encourage a better diet.