I have started to post reminders to myself around my house. Believe it or not, I can wake up on any given day and just go through the motions forgetting about my healthy lifestyle commitments. It isn’t because of a lack of knowledge. It isn’t even a lack of desire. I just need reminders, so I make sure to reset my thoughts each day.
How do you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle?
As a follow-up to my reasons to exercise post, I am creating my reasons to eat healthy list. And yes the lists overlap so that should mean double motivation for a healthy lifestyle.
- Feel better
- More energy
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Lower risk of cancer
- Lower risk of diabetes
- Lower risk of _____ (fill in any other disease impacted by what we eat)
- Stronger bones
- Weight management
- Better performance during physical activities
- Stronger immune system
- Better digestion
Let’s do it!
I am challenged by what I am learning in my nutrition class and the supplemental research it leads to. Two things we need to take seriously, what we eat and how active we are. It isn’t about quantity of life as medicine can prolong that. It is about quality of life. So here are two concepts that are challenging my thinking that I thought I would share.
1. The American diet is negatively impacting our quality of life. What specifically in the American diet has changed?
- Addition of fructose
- Removal of fiber
- Substitution of trans-fats
Watch this thought provoking video from Dr. Lustig.
2. Being active daily is important for your physical and mental health.
Read this study from Dr. Chuck Hillman and brain activity. There are various studies out there on physical and mental health and exercise if you explore further.
So I am challenging myself to be wiser in my eating choices and active in my daily life.
How does this challenge you to live differently?