Quick Tips for Healthier Living

On Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Switching to a healthier lifestyle can seem overwhelming to those of us who have led less than ideal lifestyles.

Changing a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise all at once seems like too much work. Little wonder so many people get discouraged.

Switching to a healthy lifestyle isn’t one huge, all-or-nothing act. It’s more effective to make a small change to your life, and then add another when the first one becomes a habit.

With this in mind, here are six small but important changes you can make to improve your overall health.

Don’t Skip Breakfast
When you’re trying to lose weight it’s tempting to skip breakfast, but doing so only leaves you hungrier and more likely to overeat come lunchtime.
In a study by the National Weight Control Registry, 78 percent of people who maintain a 30-pound weight loss for a year of more report eating breakfast every day, while 90 percent eat breakfast at least five days a week. So remember Mom, and make a healthy breakfast a habit.

Monitor Hydration with Pee Checks
Most Americans don’t drink enough water. Dehydration reduces energy levels, impairs digestion and affects mood. Instead of counting to make sure you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, use your pee breaks as a guide
If your pee is pale yellow, like diluted lemonade, congratulations; you’re getting the water you need. Dark urine indicates dehydration and the need to grab a glass of water.

Small Plate, Small Servings
Over the last few decades, the humble dinner plate slowly grew from 8.5 inches in diameter to 12 inches. Turns out humans are psychologically primed to fill a plate. Similarly, if you eat off a full smaller plate, you trick your brain into feeling satisfied with less food.

Dry-Brush Your Teeth
Want healthier, whiter teeth? Before using toothpaste, brush for thirty seconds with a dry, soft-bristled toothbrush, then brush normally. This small change to your dental hygiene reduces tarter by 60 percent, and cuts down on gum bleeding as well.

Cut the Pleasantries at the Doctor’s Office

Studies indicate you’ll only see your doctor for three minutes during the average visit. With this in mind, maximize your time by skipping the chitchat and getting down to business. Say hello, and launch right into your most important health concern.

This strategy gives you more time to talk about what’s important. Interestingly, people who cut right to the chase are more likely to remember and stick to their doctor’s health recommendations.

Know when to Ask for Help

This is tricky for some people, but oh-so-important for healthy, happy life. Know when you need help, and don’t be afraid to ask for it. Struggling with unmanageable situations increases stress and health problems, whether you need help from a family member or the specialized help of alcohol rehab centers. Nobody’s perfect, and accepting help isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength and self-awareness.

About - Narendra is the editor of www.thelifestyleis.com, a freelance writer, photographer, style blogger and PR strategist. He loves fashion and style and unashamedly expresses his interests.

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