Healthy Lifestyle Changes For Long Life

The food you eat can affect your quality of life, health and your risk for certain diseases.  To eat healthier food, you may need to change some of your daily habits, but that doesn’t mean it’s is about drastic changes, strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love.

The first tip in our Tips In Eating Healthy, is,  it’s more about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood. That’s how we define a healthy lifestyle.  The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food, fast foods, and precooked foods, opting for more fresh natural ingredients whenever possible and cooking at home.  Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.

You’ll eat fewer calories and avoid chemical additives, added sugar and sodium, and unhealthy saturated fats of packaged and takeout foods that can leave you feeling tired, bloated, and irritable, and exacerbate symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety.  Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel.  You also may need to change some things in your environment.  Your environment includes everything around you, like your home or the place you work.  You don’t need to make huge changes to eat healthier.

You will probably want to add some physical activity to your daily routine as well.  You don’t have to change your habits all at the same time.  It’s best to set small goals and change your habits a little bit at a time.  Keeping your goals modest can help you achieve more in the long term without feeling deprived or overwhelmed by a major diet overhaul, that most likely, won’t be successful, per the CDC.  Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

This is the way Wikipedia describes healthy eating or a healthy diet…….

a diet that helps to maintain or improve overall health.  A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition, fluid, macronutrients, micronutrients, and adequate calories.  

For a full description from Wikipedia, read it here.

If adopting a healthier lifestyle seem overwhelming, take heart, even small changes can have a big effect on how you feel and how you take care of yourself.  So, what exactly is physical health?   There’s more than just eating to make you healthy, although eating the proper nutritious foods, plays a very big role in it.  So, what are the heart and cardiovascular risk factors involved in eating the improper unhealthy foods?

How About Your Heart?

One of the most important Tips In Eating Healthy is eating nutrient-dense foods that will enhance heart health.  Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in both men and women, according to the CDC. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, or 1 in every 4 deaths.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.  However, heart attacks and strokes kill more women than men, than all cancers combined.  Hypertension can be present with no symptoms, people can appear healthy and then suddenly suffer a heart attack or stroke.

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The new blood pressure guidelines from The American Heart Association (AHA), and he American College of Cardiology, define normal BP as less than 130/80 mm Hg, elevated blood pressure, as systolic between 120 and 129, and diastolic over 80.  Stage one Hypertension, as systolic, between 130 and 139, or diastolic, 80 and 89, and stage two hypertension, as systolic, at least 140, and diastolic at least 90.

The AHA recommends getting your blood pressure checked every visit to your doctor, or at least once every two years, even if it’s lower than 120/80, because, remember, you can have hypertension without any symptoms.

The good news is that 80% of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases are preventable with a healthy lifestyle.  Research published in JAMA Journal has confirmed that people who engage in the following four beneficial behaviors, have a 93 percent reduction rate in diabetes, 81 percent reduced rate in heart attack, 50 percent in stroke, 36 percent in autoimmune disorders, 93% less depression, and 74% less stress.  Engage in a minimum 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week, eat 5 fresh fruits and veggies every day, don’t smoke or use tobacco products, and limit your weight.  Now, that’s very easy and simple actions you can take.

So Move, Get Active

If getting physical activity sounds difficult, relax, you don’t have to join a gym.  A simple thirty minute walk each day, particularly outside, is effective and it doesn’t have to be all at once.  Squeeze in two fifteen-minute walks before and after work, and you will doing your body some good.

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The CDC in their Physical Activity Guidelines, recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobics exercise a week for adults to protect bones from Osteoporosis.  High impact, weight-bearing exercise such as walking, or using an ellipical machine also helps.  That seems simple enough, don’t you think?

30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and even take Saturday and Sunday off.  But, would it surprise you to learn, according to an CDC survey, only 53.3 percent of American adults aged 18 and over who met the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic physical activity, and only 23.2 percent met it for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.  Look, we know, exercise is work and it’s hard to motivate oneself to routinely do it.  But, taking a short walk out on a nature trail or around a small lake, will do wonders.  Not only will you be benefitting from the physical activity, but also benefitting from just being out in nature.

Did you know, just being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings? Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.  All the same things you’re trying accomplish with exercising, right?  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has done numerous studies of the healing benefits of surrounding yourself in nature.  Here are a few examples:

“A Review of the Benefits of Nature Experiences: More Than Meets the Eye”.  Beyond experiences of the five senses, evidence is emerging for other non-visual pathways for nature experiences to be effective.

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These include ingestion or inhalation of phytoncides, negative ions and microbes.  That’s what being fully immersed in nature really means!

“How does nature exposure make people healthier?”  Evidence for the role of impulsivity and expanded space perception and nature exposure has been linked to a plethora of health benefits, is covered by the NIH here in this 2018 study.  Quoting the study….

This study lends further credence to the hypothesis that nature exposure plays a critical role in human health and wellbeing.

“What are the Benefits of Interacting with Nature?”  Overall, this literature review has documented a broad range of the benefits of interacting with nature.  It has been shown that interactions with nature can deliver a range of psychological well-being, cognitive, physiological, social, tangible and spiritual benefits and that access to green space and natural areas is important for facilitating activities that are beneficial for human well-being.

“Bratman Describes Science of Nature’s Effects on Psychological Health.”  According to Bratman, nature benefits are in three domains,mental health, physical health and general subjective well-being.  A few examples include reduced stress, better sleep, improved mental health, reduced diabetes and obesity and improved immune function and general health.  Nature contact also holds promise as an aid for people trying to make healthier lifestyle changes.

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What About Your Eating?

Some people are well-informed about good nutrition, but, it seems, most are not, or don’t understand the importance of good nutrition.  Overeating and indulging in high-fat or high-carbohydrate foods that can make you feel tired after eating them, should be a clear sign that aren’t good for you, but many people continue to indulge in them any way.

According to the NIH in this study, there are hidden dangers in eating fast and processed foods.  Processed and fast foods are also high in salt.  The  fast and processed food manufacturers don’t just put salt on the French fries and on the meat, they also put salt in the French fry batter and inside the chopped meat.  They also include high fructose corn syrup in most foods.  The added fat, sugar, and salt create a taste that makes people crave these foods, a sensation that many describe as an addiction.  Both sugar and salt intake increase stroke risk, especially when consumed daily for years.

Additionally, what is generally not appreciated is that the regular consumption of artificially sweetened soda creates more of a stroke risk.  High salt does not merely raise blood pressure; it also causes microvascular hemorrhaging, which damages the interior walls of the blood vessels in the brain and increases permeability and the propensity for hemorrhagic stroke.  Taking a few minutes to rethink your eating strategy, can make a huge impact on your health in a positive way.

In these modern times, bad habits and convenience dictate most of out food choices. All detrimental to your health, frequent eating fast foods, because they taste so darn good and they’re addictive and because of time restraints and convenience, using precooked foods, or prepackaged meals, or processed foods, are over-used and abused in our 24-7 world.

Unhealthy Salty Fast Foods Bad For Brain Health

With a little planning, you can change those bad habits, because, remember, as a rule of thumb, you can make or break a habit on average in 66 days, according to PsychCentral. Make a list of what you eat often for convenience, and then make a commitment to substitute healthier options gradually, as you eliminate unhealthy processed and fast foods one at a time.  Do it gradually and you’ll be more successful.

Healthier options should include fresh, as humanly possible, certified organic and GMO-free, lean meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy, cold-water fish, fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices, some naturally fermented foods, and whole grains and complex carbohydrates.  The importance of fresh can’t be overstated. The less time involved from the farmer’s field to your table the better, because foods lose their nutritional value, as much as 50 percent over time, according to a University of California-Davis study.

This loss occurs, particularly, if the’re transported in refrigirated vehicles over weeks at a time, which most that are available to the population are.  It’s also worth repeating, that you purchase only certified organically-grown, non-GMO foods, too. According to the NIH, reviews of multiple studies show that organic varieties do provide significantly greater levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus than non-organic varieties of the same foods.

While being higher in these nutrients, they are also significantly lower in nitrates and pesticide residues.  In addition, with the exception of wheat, oats, and wine, organic foods typically provide greater levels of a number of important antioxidant phytochemicals (anthocyanins, flavonoids, and carotenoids).

Incredible Healthy Nutrient-Dense Variety Of Food

A good practice also includes eating fewer, larger meals a day, and preparing and eating at least one nutritious well-balanced home-cooked meal a day at home with fresh natural ingredients.   Studies show, like this one published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, that people who eat fewer larger meals have lower blood-glucose levels. Less frequent eating has been shown to improve satiety and reduce hunger compared to more frequent meals, per the NIH.

It might be breakfest, because it is important to fuel your body early in the day, for the day ahead, and besides, studies have also shown that the body’s control of blood sugar levels is better in the morning.  It’s a known fact that people who skip breakfest, are likely to overeat during the day and are typically more obese, according to the NIH.  Eating small healthy snacks, such as a handful of fresh raw almonds, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, will help substain your energy throughout the day.  It’s much more than just eating nutritious foods, isn’t it?  Get moving physically and eating fresh, nutritious foods, is a major part of the solution, though.

Eye On Good Nutrition

Let’s zero in on the specifics.  Good nutrition is the science that interpretes the interaction of nutrients and other substances in all foods, in relationship to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health and disease, on a living organism.  A good nutritious well-balanced diet includes complex carbs (unrefined), lean proteins, fiber, healthy fats (unsaturated), essential fatty acids, amino acids, water, and micro nutrients, such as minerals, vitamins, and trace minerals.  The U.S. Government Dietary Guidelines For 2015-2020 lists all of the types of foods you should eat and is a great reference point.  Now to the specifics:

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For meals eat fresh, organic, well-balanced nutrient-dense foods, such as grass-fed finished lean meats, fresh, organic, free-range finished poultry, grass-fed finished dairy and eggs (A); fresh cold-water or wild-caught fish and seafood (A); fresh organic fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, and seeds (A); and organic whole grains and complex carbohydrates, natural fermented foods, monounsaturated oils like extra virgin olive oil, fresh organic herbs and spices, and antioxidant drinks, infused water, naturally fermented red wine and beer, and fruit and veggie smoothies (A). And, reward yourself with a piece of dark chocolate for a snack!  Yes, that’s right, dark chocolate, not milk chocolate (A).

Take these simple Tips In Eating Healthy and implement all of them to boost your healthy nutrition and physical wellness:

  • Substitute a fresh organic apple or some fresh organic carrot sticks for a unhealthy vending machine snack.
  • Replace water or fruit-infused water for a sugar carbonated drink or diet drink. Studies, like an NIH study shows these drinks are really unhealthy (drink minimun 8-8 ounce glasses of water a day).
  • Reduce salt consumption by eating less frozen, processed, or packaged foods, and avoid adding salt to your cooked food.  If you must have salt, you should use natural sea salt, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
  • Choose whole grains instead of refined white bread or white rice.
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    Mediterranean Style Healthy Food For Life

    Per the NIH,Use extra virgin olive oil for cooking in the form of cold-pressed olive oil to boost your high-density Lipo-proteins, or avocado oil.

  • Avoid trans-fats or saturated fats by eating organic lean beef, or chicken without the skin, or wild-caught fish.
  • At parties or family gatherings, we’re all familiar with the 80-20 rule, eat 80% healthy foods, 20% pleasure foods, that’s a little to liberal. Make it 90-10 which is a little more restrictive, but you’re still able to indulge if you like.
  • Add 2 or more servings of anti-oxidant-rich fruits and 3 or more servings of veggies to your diet a day, according to U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
  • Always have some emergency high protein such as a bag of nuts or protein energy bars so you’re not tempted to eat junk.
  • Supplement your diet with a natural Adaptogen (Adaptogens help your body to “adapt” to negative and harmful changes) Maca (A).

Get Rid Of Tobacco

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Good habits help you quit unhealthy ones, such as eating healthy, reduces stress and can help smokers quit.  The American Lung Association recommends swimming, jogging, brisk walking, and any activity you can involve yourself in, that will not allow you time or the temptation to light up.

Healthy snacks such as carrots, or plain popcorn, or fresh fruits, can be a good diversion when you want to light up.  Learning new ways, such as meditation or Yoga, to relieve stress can help curve the desire to smoke.  When trying to quit, remember the “four D’s”, delay until the craving passes, distract yourself, drink water to beat cravings, and deep-breathing, to effectively reduce stress of early smoking cessation, which has worked for some but not others.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has a guide for tobacco users “to Quit”.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Evidence shows that alcohol intate should be one alcoholic beaverage a day for women, and two for men.  Alcohol consumption is fine, and even considered healthy by most medical professionals, and per studies like the NIH, particularly if it’s naturally fermented wine or beer, as long as it is done in moderation.

According to the NIH study,  regular and moderate wine consumption (one to two glasses a day) is associated with decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, including colon, basal cell, ovarian, and prostate carcinoma.  Moderate beer consumption has also been associated with these effects, but to a lesser degree, probably because of beer’s lower phenolic content.

Use the S.M.A.R.T. Principle

Setting S.m.a.r.t. Healthy Sustainable Goals

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time bound. Here is Wikipedia’s take on S.M.A.R.T. goal setting.  Write your new realistic goals down and display them where you can see them and be reminded of them, every single day.  Be clear and specific in your goals.

For examples: “Walk fifteen minutes each morning and night.”  Start with small, realistic goals that you know you can achieve, and set specific time limits for each goal.

Adopt These Healthy Behaviors

  • It’s important that you sleep well.  Adults need at least seven hours of restful sleep a night, even better if it’s eight.  There are countless documented studies on sleep deprivation and the damage it does to human health. The NIH has several that come to mind: “Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency”, and “The Benefits of Slumber”.
  • Insufficient or restless sleep can cause cortisol release, which plays havoc on many of your body functions, bringing unwanted stress.  Establish a regular bedtime routine, including, a few minutes of meditation, or reading a few pages in a book until you get sleepy, and turn off the TV or laptop at least one hour before you lay down to sleep.
  • Get up and be physically active.  Population health studies reveil that if you sitting for more than 10 hours of sedimentary time a day, your cardiovascular risk really goes up.  It’s recommended for every 20 minutes of sitting, stand up for 8 minutes and walk around for at least 2 minutes.
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    Try walking meetings, instead of sitting meetings, or consider a standing at an adjustable desk.

  • Unwind when you feel stress.  Taking a few minutes for stress relief when you start to feel tense, can make a big difference in your overal health and well being. Five deep breathes, a few minutes of meditation, or a short walk out in nature, may be all it takes, to get you grounded and re-centered.

Natural Healing Plant Supplementation

As an added protection and assurance, begin the practice of supplementing your diet daily, with an non-toxic, organically grown, natural Adaptogen, healing, nutritious plant food called Peruvian Maca (A).  The wide ranging benefits of Peruvian Maca are well documented, and are incredible, per this NIH study.  High in nutritious value and well-balanced in primary nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and various plant compounds called polyphenols, P Maca is the perfect healthy choice to add to your daily diet.

The wide-ranging benefits are many, and include anti-oxidant properties, an anti-inflammatory properties, it balances the endrocrine System and all it’s hormones, including estrogen levels in women, boosts energy, endurance, and physical performance, improves memory, mood, and learning, reduces acute stress levels and symptoms of anxiety and depression, improves circulation and ph alkaline balance, improves libido, boosts fertility, reduces the symptoms of menopause, and provides a sense of overall health and well being.

Maca is a plant with great potential as an adaptogen and appears to be promising as a nutraceutical in the prevention of several diseases,

quoting another NIH study.

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P Maca is one of the few natural plant world wide that has the unique distinction of being recognized as an Adaptogen.  Adaptogens are simply natural plant foods that have the ability to assist your body to naturally “adapt” to, and resist unhealthy conditions, such as stressors, inflammation, infections, illness, and disease.  Are you ready to start some new healthier habits?  Are you ready to take action, now, that you have learned what to do.  It’s your choice.  Take action!

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