[sociallocker]A healthy lifestyle is what everyone talks about and wants to do but seldom does anyone follow the discipline to have one. You neither want to be an overweight person, nor an underweight one. To maintain a balance you have to put in some efforts. When we talk about efforts, to us, it seems like moving a mountain, but it isn’t so. For a motivated person climbing Everest will seem like nothing but to one who isn’t even climbing anthill will be impossible.[/sociallocker]
We will show you some basic stuff that will help you achieve a healthy lifestyle with a very little or no effort. All you really need is motivation. A motivation to love yourself enough and live better.
- Drink enough Water
A human body is made up of 60% water. Water is not only to quench thirst, but there is more to it. It helps you maintain body temperature and improves food digestion. Not only that, our kidney needs water so that it can flush out the unwanted chemicals and toxins that our body doesn’t need. Adults should drink about 2-3 liters water a day. If you drink enough water, you’ll have a better looking skin, a pair of well-functioning kidneys and an energized body. Seriously, what’s a better way to motivate yourself than to say you’ll have good skin? Drinking enough water makes you feel your belly full and that helps you in keeping your body weight under control.
2. Cut or Quit on soda and caffeine
Do you know that a single can of your favorite cold drinks contains sugar equivalent of 10 teaspoons? Such high amounts of sugar increase your blood sugar triggering insulin reaction within your body. Soda can lead to diabetes and cause other health issues, including overweight problems.
Caffeine stimulates central nervous system. It makes you awake for a while and give you more energy, but, its overdose can lead to some serious health problems. Caffeine may cause heartburn, upset stomach, headache, high blood pressure, bone thinning, diarrhea, rapid heartbeat, muscle aches, pain in breast lumps, nausea and irritability. It also increases the frequency of urination disrupting your 1-2 liters of water per day goal.
3. Avoid alcohol
Alcohol is awful for your health. Alcohol impacts the functioning of your brain, lungs, liver and other organs. Just like Caffeine, Alcohol has been diuretic, which means it speeds up your urine production rate. High consumption of Alcohol may cause high blood pressure, liver damage, nerve damage, ulcers, malnutrition, mouth or throat cancer, vitamin B1 deficiency, gastritis and so on. Alcohol is also the main reason behind various broken relationships, domestic violence and car crashes. It is best if you cut it out.
4. Start the day with rich nutrient breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You sleep for 8 hours at night, which means no food in between. This means your body does not get any source of necessary proteins. Breakfast helps you refuel your body with it. A good and healthy breakfast gives you the energy to work throughout the day. A meal which is low in calories and high in protein will make the best light breakfast. Here are some breakfast ideas.
- Avocado toast
Ingredients- Bread, Alfalfa Sprouts, Avacado and Eggs.
Firstly, take a bread and toast it and then, take two eggs and boil them. After boiling, remove the yolk from the eggs and smash the egg white. Take an avocado and scoop out the insides of it. Mix the avocado insides with the egg white and put in on top of your toasted bread. Now, sprinkle some Alfafa sprouts on top of it. You can serve this meal with fruits of your choice.
- Banana rice cake
Ingredients- Brown rice cake, Almond Butter, Banana, Cinnamon.
Take a rice cake and spread almond butter on in. Take half a banana and slice it. Put the banana on the rice cake and sprinkle some cinnamon on top of it
- Turkey Sandwich
Ingredients- Bread, Turkey Bacon, Cheese, Turkey Breast, Spinach, Eggs, Avocado, Tomato, Onion.
Take a pan and add a table spoon of olive oil and then take two eggs and separate the egg whites. Take the egg whites and add in to a pan. After cooking it for about a minute, put it on a bowl. Take a turkey bacon and put it on a pan. After heating for a while, take the pan off the heat. After doing that, take an onion, a tomato and the insides of an avocado and cut them into small pieces.
Now make the sandwich out of all these. For doing that, take a slice of bread and on top of that, add a slice of cheese and a turkey breast. Layer the turkey breast with the pieces of tomato, onion and avocado. You can also add some spinach on it. After that, add the turkey bacon and top it with another slice of bread. Now, grill it all for an amazing tasting sandwich.
- Protein Pancake
Ingredients- Milk, oatmeal, banana, eggs, whey protein.
Take half a cup of milk, two scoops of whey protein, half a cup of oatmeal, egg whites from two eggs and half a banana and put it into a blender and blend it. Take your pan and add in a table spoon of organic coconut oil. After that, place your mixture on to the pan to make the world’s best healthy pancake.
After the pancake is done, put some slices of your favorite fruit on top of it. Instead of syrup, use organic coconut oil for a healthier option.
- Nuts Smoothie
Ingredients- Almond Milk, almonds, walnuts, banana, peanut butter, chia seeds.
Take a cup of almond milk, handful of almonds and walnuts, half a banana, one table spoon of peanut butter and some chia seeds. Blend all of it for a nice glass of smoothie.
5. Eat right throughout the day
Eat the right amount of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Fish, pork, beef, soy are lean proteins that helps our body to repair cells and support development. Whole grains such as wheat flour, cornmeal, oatmeal and brown rice will save our body from different chronic diseases. There are many foods consisting of good fats like avocados, olive oil, nuts, salmon, etc. A combination of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low fat diary, whole grains and good fats will make a balanced diet. A good time for eating a healthy evening meal is around 5 pm to 8 pm. It is best to avoid late night snack as it only adds up to the calories and interrupts sleep.
6. Maintain your hygiene
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. It is important to keep yourself clean. Wash your hands, take showers regularly, brush and floss your teeth and comb your hair. Nobody likes a person who smells, plus, when you look neat and clean it will skyrocket your confidence. There is no way better to freshen yourself than to take a shower also, it will improve your level of focus. You will be able to attract opposite sex much more easily if you are groomed well and smell good.
7. Exercise and Yoga
Human body hasn’t changed a bit from the Stone Age period, but our lifestyle has transformed a lot. In the Stone Age, people did the hunting for survival. Hunting includes a lot of physical effort that helps in keeping a human body fit. In today’s time we cannot hunt, but we can exercise regularly to improve our immune system. Exercising will help you get a sound sleep at night as you get physically drained after the workout and it will also prevent you from eating snacks late night. You’re never too poor to adopt a healthy lifestyle or too busy to make time to workout. You don’t have to go to the gym or hire a trainer to be healthy.
Yoga is a mind-body workout which not only tones muscles and burns calories, but boosts brainpower and reduce stress. Yoga has many benefits. It combines stretching and strengthening poses with meditation and breathing. Yoga brings peace to your mind, gives you a strong body and make your skin glow.
8. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is very important in leading a healthier life. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep, while school going children needs ten. Sleeping has a lot of health benefits. A good night’s sleep will delay the process of aging and help in boosting your mood and your health. If you rest well, you will not only cope with stress better, but also have a good control over your appetite. Not only that, sleeping also reduces your chances of getting ill and help you remember and focus on task better.
9. Have a positive mindset
It is awfully easy to hate yourself and be stressed about all the things in life. You have to learn to be positive about yourself and the situation. A positive mindset will add the glitter to your life. You’ll see an opportunity in every challenge. Not only will positivism give more gusto to your life, but help your immune system fight cold and heart disease. According to a study, if you can come up with two things that you’re grateful for, your mind will automatically follow the pattern and stop the negativity.