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Seven Suggestions for Healthy Living

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Healthy living is more than just eating a salad for lunch. It involves taking care of your mind, body and soul. There are many simple things you can do each day to live healthier. The list below has easy suggestions that you can do each day to feel better. If the suggestions listed below are overwhelming, just choose one or two to stick to it for a month and then add another more next month.

1. Eat more vegetables and fruits

Vegetables and fruits are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants to help your body perform it’s best. Eat lots of them at every meal and as snacks. That also includes eating a salad for lunch.

2. Cut down on sugar

Sugar has many harmful effects on the body including causing the blood glucose to plunge and spike, increasing the risk of obesity and diabetes and stresses the liver, among others (see Mercola article). Eating fewer processed foods will decrease your sugar intake as well as not drinking soda or eating sweets only on special occasions. Do not substitute artificial sweeteners or “diet” anything. If you are craving sugar, eat fruit. The fiber in fruit slows the body’s absorption of sugar.

3. Drink more water

Water has many benefits including nourishing your skin, aiding digestion, boosting energy and speeding up your metabolism. Start drinking more water by filling a large bottle in the morning and refilling it at lunch to drink in the afternoon.

4. Be loving and kind to everyone

People who are loving and kind are generally happier, more successful and may live longer. Just a friendly smile can brighten anyone’s day, including yours. Doing kind things for others goes a long way and simple acts can make a big difference in everyone’s well being.

5. Drop your resentments

If feel angry or agitated when you see someone or even think of them, you probably have a resentment. Make it right. Talk or write about why you feel that way and if you need to, seek or give forgiveness for that person. Life is too short to carry around resentments so drop them and try not to pick up new ones.

6. Exercise 20 minutes a day

Exercise can help control weight, boost immunity, and improve mood and energy levels. Start with exercising 20 minutes a day every day. You can run, swim, ride a bike, take a class, do pushups and squats, go to a gym or do some kind of (hopefully enjoyable) exercise. Start slowly, but start, and be sure to do both cardio and weight training for optimal benefits. Once it becomes a habit, you can even move it up to 25 and then 30 minutes per day. Your mind and body will thank you.

7. Sit quietly without distractions

Some people call it meditation but the goal is to be able to sit quietly, both mind and body, for at least 5 minutes every day. Studies have shown that daily meditation may ease anxiety and depression as well as reducing blood pressure and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.  In order to meditate, you need to find an area free of distractions, a comfortable posture (lying, sitting, or walking), something to focus on (mantra or breath), and the ability to let thoughts that enter your mind come and go without judging them. Set a timer for 5 minutes to start and increase the time as you feel comfortable until you reach 20 minutes or more.

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