Healthy Habits for a healthy lifestyle
- An avocado everyday: avocados help to reduce inflammation, protect against liver damage, allow your body to absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods and are used to provide energy.
- Fermented vegetables eg sauerkraut, kimchi: contain high levels of beneficial bacteria, which help reduce gut and bowel disorders, improve dental health and are now thought to play a role in mental health.
- Substitute fish for meat 2 times a week: oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies provide omega 3 fatty acids, which your body uses for muscle activity, digestion, memory, eye health, blood clotting.
- Use dairy and meat from organic grass fed animals: these products have been shown to have a higher proportion of beneficial nutrients compared to conventionally reared animals.
- Get enough sleep: a lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases.
- Eat more fibre: fibre can help to reduce diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Fermented vegetables, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, nuts and vegetables are excellent sources of fibre.
- Add lots of colourful vegetables to your meals: colourful vegetables are packed with nutrients to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- Exercise regularly: lack of exercise is a risk factor for chronic illness and premature death. Make sure your exercise regime develops strength, cardiovascular fitness, mobility and flexibility.
- Relaxation and active recovery: encourage your body to relax and recover from life’s stresses. Regular massages, walks in the fresh air, yoga, pilates, meditation, reading a book or listening to music are ways to relax and recover.
- Plan and write down your weekly meals, relaxation and exercise in advance: it is far easier to stick to good habits when they are written down.
If all this seems rather daunting, start with just one or two of the 10 habits and then add another one when you feel ready. If you manage to do all 10 add some new ones of your own.