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Simple Ways Of Healthy Lifestyle

Manjula Raguthu MD,FAAFP,ABAARM

Manjula Raguthu MD,FAAFP,ABAARM

The term ‘healthy lifestyle’ has been bandied about for years, an abbreviated definition of how we should live if we want to get the healthiest body we can. One that both looks good and feels good.
But what does having a healthy lifestyle mean? You know the obvious behaviors that describe someone who’s healthy and takes care of themselves. A healthy person doesn’t smoke, tries to maintain a healthy weight, eats healthy foods with plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber and, of course, exercises on a regular basis.
Then there are other elements to add to the list. A healthy person also knows how to manage stress, gets good quality sleep each night, doesn’t drink too much, doesn’t sit too much…basically, does everything in moderation all the time.
When you look at everything that could possibly go into a healthy lifestyle, you can see just how hard all of those things are in our current world.
The good news is, you don’t have to change everything at the same time. In fact, the trick to healthy living is making small changes – Taking more steps each day, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water or saying no to that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes.
The Benefits of Moving More
The great thing about moving is that just a few minutes a day can have lasting benefits, many of which you may not even be aware of.
Some of the benefits include:
● Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
● Improves joint stability
● Increases and improves range of motion
● Helps maintain flexibility as you age
● Maintains bone mass
● Prevents osteoporosis and fractures
● Improves mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
● Enhances self-esteem
● Improves memory in elderly people
Simplified ways of Eating healthy
Eating a healthy diet is another part of the healthy lifestyle. Not only can a clean diet help with weight management, it can also improve your health and quality of life as you get older.
You already know about the food groups and the fact that you should eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods.
Most of us probably have a list of things we know we should do for a healthier diet but, again, making too many changes at once can backfire. Going on a restricted diet may make you crave the very foods you’re trying to avoid.
Another approach is to look for ways to make smaller changes each day. Just a few ideas for changing how you eat include:
● Eat more fruit: Add it to your cereal, your salads, and dinners or make it a dessert. Fruit is also a great snack after work or school to keep you going until dinner.
● Sneak in more veggies: Add them wherever you can–a tomato on your sandwich, peppers on your pizza, or extra veggies in your pasta sauce. Keep precut or canned/frozen veggies ready for quick snacks.
● Try a healthy salad dressing: If you eat full-fat dressing, switch to something lighter and you’ll automatically eat fewer calories.
● Eat low-fat or fat-free dairy: Switching to skim milk or fat-free yogurt is another simple way to eat fewer calories without having to change too much in your diet.
● Make some substitutions: Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick 3 foods you eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the next time you’re at the store, find lower-calorie substitutes for just those 3 items.
Dr. Manjula Raguthu has been a family physician for 26 years. She is specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, American Physicians of Indian Origin, Texas Academy of family Physicians and American Anti-Aging Academy. She takes a holistic approach to health, uses Bio identical hormones and integrative therapies to achieve optimal health for her patients. Visit www.medwinfamily.com for more details.

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