The first month of the year has already passed and we are in February, the month of love. As we approach a holiday that is often associated with chocolate, candy, and other decadent things, it seems like a good idea to talk about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Healthy living is all about balance and moderation (even dark chocolate can be good for you!). Below is a brief list of suggestions to help keep you on track this new year:
Eat a variety of foods. This helps keep dieting (and eating in general) interesting. It’s important to eat a variety of foods from all of the food groups to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need.
Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables. We’ve all heard this one since childhood, but it continues to ring true. Fruits and vegetables are key to healthy eating.
Maintain healthy body weight. Extreme weight fluctuation can be just as bad for you as being under- or overweight. Healthy body weight can best be maintained through a combination of a good diet and exercise.
Eat moderate portions. In most cases, changing the amounts of the foods you eat and eating more of what is good for you and less of what isn’t is a better long-term plan than completely eliminating foods.
Eat more fish. Fish are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Oily fish, like salmon, trout, and fresh tuna, contain omega-3 fats, which can have many health benefits.
Cut down on sugar and saturated fat. We all know sugar and saturated fat, like the fat found in most baked goods, butter, and hard cheese, is not good for us. Try to cut down on the amounts you consume, and try not to eat foods high in sugar and saturated fat content before bed.
Eat regularly. Eat less food more often. Instead of one big lunch at noon, have two smaller meals of the same amount in total.
Drink plenty of fluids. Water, water, and more water. It is calorie-free, healthy, and a necessity of life.
Get on the move. Exercise. There are so many options, but keep in mind one of the best options: MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING.
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