4 Tips for Going Green In Your Diet and Lifestyle

by Sarah Ruhlman

Living a clean and healthy life is something that many people aspire to achieve, but knowing what to do and what not to do, is it’s own little quest. Before any action can be taken at all, you’ve got to take long hard look at yourself and do a little self-reflection. Owning up to the poor choices you make in life is a tough process where you may find the issues you suffer from are of your own making. It’s not easy to point the finger at yourself and being stoic enough to accept your shortcoming.

Many people sink into denial, then make a promise to themselves to eat healthier or live a fitter lifestyle, but within a week or two, slip back into the same monotonous routine. Fast food and a sedentary life is the easy choice, and actually getting your backside to enact real change takes strong will power.

Mindful consumption

A healthy diet is a tough job to stick to, especially in this fast-paced world where eating on-the-go is the main kind of way most people get their daily nutritional needs in. Believe it or not but even while you’re physically active, you can still be lazy by making poor decisions that are purely for convenience than to save time. You should stop yourself from scraping the bottom of the barrel by choosing to get a fast food meal which is laden with excess levels of fats, sugars, and salt. Accessibility to food is one of the main contributing flaws in the modern world which lead to your character taking a turn for the worst. So, make a healthy balanced lunch the night before and store it in the refrigerator, ready to take to work in the morning.

What to exclude

Lowering your cholesterol will undoubtedly lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Cutting out the things you crave for after a long hard day of work is by far the most difficult and annoying act you will embark on during this process. Cut out the beers, spirits, whiskey and other alcohol beverages which will contribute to clogging your arteries. If you know yourself, and you think this may be hard to do on your own, you can look for ways which help you detox off alcohol. By no means do you have to go cold turkey, as doctors agree that one glass of red wine every now and then is actually good for your heart.

This goes without saying, but you need to hear it again; stop smoking. The average smoker will live 5-7 years less than someone who doesn’t smoke. Those are years and years of life you could enjoy with family and friends. This is no joking matter, no leeway, no if, but, maybe, should, would, could nonsense type of deal, you must become resolute in your mission to come off nicotine addiction. There are plenty of sources online that can help you formulate your plan of attack against this nasty habit, so you should never feel alone as many people are in the same boat as you.

What to include

Heavily processed foods have an abundance of chemicals and undesirable quantities of sugars and sodium. So cut the reliance on food that has lots of preservatives out of your life. Buy fresh, cook fresh and you’ll eat fresh. Rather than buying biscuits as a snack, go to your local fruit market and buy some irregular items to make a quick salad with. You can find many recipes that incorporate sweet pomegranate, peaches, cranberries, blueberries, watermelon, plum, and cherries. Mix that produce with some tuna or some homemade chicken breast, and you’ll wonder how something that tastes so good won’t have a detrimental factor upon your life.


Love to live

If you’re going to follow these plans, you’ll find that making the final plunge is no longer that cliff-face you’ve always been afraid of. Start living a healthier life by committing to some form of fitness regime. Working out involves setting yourself goals and sticking to them. In the hopes that this will instill within you a sense of self-worth and a newfound respect for your body, you could sign up to your local gym. Throughout your workout and life in general, stay properly hydrated and nothing works better than good old fashioned water. Energy and sports drinks have electrolytes and glucose in them which will give you a boost of energy, but in the long run, they’re just as unhealthy as a sugary soda. Stick to natural juice which has vitamins and minerals in them and just plain tap water.

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