A Guide to Changing Your Life with Diet & Lifestyle.

Cars, television, the internet, smartphones, and other technological advancements are just a few of the luxuries that have made modern life more sedentary than ever before. While all were invented to make life easier and more convenient, they have also unfortunately taken a toll on human health. But with resources like the internet comes information, and an increased awareness regarding how to overcome these adverse side effects. Millennials, for one, are taking note and endeavoring to make healthy living trends by focusing on three, key areas: physical activity, dietary habits, and mental health awareness. When all three are in perfect harmony, a healthy lifestyle is sure to follow. And with information relating to health and nutrition becoming more and more ubiquitous, a mindful and proactive approach to living has become more popular and significant than ever.
With great knowledge comes great responsibility. So what do you need to know to change your life? Here’s an important list to get you started:
Diets Alone Don’t Work!
Being healthy, among other things, implies having a healthy weight. If you’ve struggled with weight issues in the past, you’re probably familiar with the yo-yo effect of dieting. However, dieting is far more complicated than reducing your caloric intake. It involves systematic work and a careful re-evaluation of your lifestyle choices, thought patterns, and strategies for stress management. In addition to increasing your physical activity, you will need to understand your relationship with food and make your journey a positive one by adapting your attitude to your new active and lifestyle fitness.
Alcohol and Tobacco Use
While many indulge in the use of alcohol and tobacco, there are no health benefits associated with either that couldn’t be gained from other, less harmful sources. Without a doubt, quitting both will improve your physical and mental health as well as reduce your risk of developing cancer and heart disease. Besides, there’s no room for toxins and alcohol dependency in leading a healthy life. However, if you don’t feel it’s necessary to give up alcohol or tobacco entirely, making a concerted effort to reduce your use can offer some benefits as well.
Yoga and Zumba
Including any form of physical activity into your daily routine will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your health. While this isn’t exactly news, it’s still important to try to be as active as your life allows you by moving, bending, and stretching as much as possible. Depending on personality and individual preference, you may benefit from either Zumba or yoga if you’re in the mood for something different.
Zumba is particularly fun for the outgoing person as it makes exercise more playful and communal. While yoga, on the other hand, may attract more sensitive and patient individuals. Yoga also has a spiritual side to it as it includes meditative practices and a more holistic approach to life; which leads us to meditation and mindfulness.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Prolonged stress, a common problem in our fast-paced society, is extremely damaging to our emotional and mental well-being. Depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure are often a result of too much stress. While psychiatry can offer some help in dealing with and reducing stress, the ancient art of meditation, which is often recommended by psychiatrists, can be just as, if not more, effective. Meditation can have a great impact on one’s quality of life and is becoming an increasingly popular practice and lifestyle choice for those oriented toward peace and spirituality.
Vegetarianism and Veganism
To live a more peaceful and mindful life, many have chosen a meat and animal product free lifestyle because they are concerned about personal health and animal welfare. On top of being environmentally friendly, a meat-free diet is especially good for your health, provided it includes a whole array of foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. An abundance of sweets, sugary drinks, and dairy does not contribute to a healthy vegetarian diet.
Veganism has also proven to be a very healthy lifestyle due to the avoidance of dairy and high intake of plant foods. Vegans also tend to eat more fruits and vegetables than non-vegans and thus benefit from a higher intake of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and fatty acids. In short, a vegan diet is an exceptionally healthy diet, but it does require discipline and imagination when it comes to recipes.
Explore the Outdoors
Modern life usually involves an abundance of indoor activities. With the amount of time the average person spends cooped up in an office, it should be no surprise that many in the general population suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Other than giving you an essential dose of vitamin D, outdoor activities have numerous other health and well-being benefits. Outdoor activities boost your oxygen levels, clear your mind, and make your body more resilient. Outdoor activities can also enhance your connections to others yielding improvements to your mental health. And, you’ll also connect with nature and be reminded of its majesty and importance of human life.
Conclusion
Adopting a healthy lifestyle does require discipline and hard work, but it doesn’t have to be all at once. Remember to start small and savor the little victories as they come. Connect your actions with positive results and use the improvements you see on the quality of your life as motivation to stick with the healthy changes you’ve adopted. Deciding to incorporate exercise, meditation, and healthy eating habits into your daily schedule will take time and commitment, but it can also be a journey of joy and progress. Remember this as you begin to implement these changes into your life to ensure you maintain a positive attitude. When it comes to proactive lifestyle changes, patience and presence at the moment will be your ally, helping to transform slight changes into long-lasting victories.

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Author Bio
Meighan Sembrano has completed her Mass Communication degree. In her free time, she likes to write about health, lifestyle fitness, world news and beauty. She is an author at Consumer Health Digest since 2012. Follow on Twitter and Pinterest.

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