5 Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Life

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Making positive changes to your lifestyle’s unhealthy habits might seem like a difficult task to take on. What are reliable ways you can root yourself in good health practices that will stick for life? Dierbergs Markets' Nutritionist Trish Farano dishes out some of her favorite healthy tips to help you get started:

You want to be healthier – you want to eat better. You want to exercise more. You want to be more relaxed. You know you need to sleep more.  How on earth is it possible to achieve balance between all these things? It’s easy to give up before you even begin. You are not alone.

Tip #1: Pick one new healthy habit to work on at a time.

I like to think about getting healthier by focusing on things I can do versus things I can’t do.

For starters, you don’t have to make major changes all at once. Pick one thing (and only one) to work on for a bit. It doesn’t generally matter in which order you do them, because over a few months, you can incorporate all of them into your life. What is important to me may not be your top priority and that is just fine.

Tip #2: Add more produce every day (special mention: no foods are forbidden!).

Focus on adding more produce to what you eat every day. Don’t think so much about what you can’t or shouldn’t eat. In fact, take those words out of your eating vocabulary. If you can begin to add more vegetables and fruits to your daily life, you’ll find you don’t have quite as much room for the other things. When you do eat them, you may find you eat less.  Also, take a moment to actually savor them instead of eating them as quickly as “forbidden foods” because nothing is forbidden.

Tip #3: Just. Move. More.

Almost everyone I know thinks they could get more exercise. Sometimes life gets in the way of getting formal exercise. You may love the idea of getting up in the morning to take a walk, but your two year old was up all night with an earache; or, your preteen had an angst-filled day and you didn’t sleep over it. Instead of worrying about exercise, simply aim to move more. Moving more is a loose enough concept that unless you didn’t get up from your chair the entire day, you can be successful and that leads to more moving more.

Tip #4: Get better sleep – and more of it!

If you’ve flipped on the television or read anything on the internet, you know that we are a sleep-deprived nation. I hear people say every day how tired they are. Sometimes I hear it because I’m the one saying it! Add sleep time to your life by streaming the nightly late show monologues rather than staying up. Get several days’ worth of lunches ready one evening so you can maybe sleep a little later in the a.m. (You much more likely to peel and slice a carrot in the evening when you aren’t rushing to get out of the house or trying to get the kids moving.) Cool down the house for sleeping or invest in a white noise machine to cover up other noises. Switch to decaffeinated beverages after a certain time of day. (For me that time is 2 p.m.; it might be a different time for you.) Finally, determine what your best bedtime is and stick to it!

Tip #5: Be grateful.

We all go through those periods when life is overwhelming. It makes it hard to eat well, get enough exercise or sleep well. We lose focus and find it hard to be organized which only adds to our stress. It is easy to say reduce your stress level but that may be so very hard to do. When stress relieving techniques don’t even work, find a few minutes to give thought to that for which you are grateful. Usually those are simple things that we often take for granted.  

Above all, be kind to yourself. You want to live a healthy lifestyle and you can. It may take a little time for new habits to form, but given opportunity and perseverance, they will.

 

Trish-Farano-Guest-Blogger - Trish Farano has spent eighteen years with Dierbergs Markets in metro St. Louis, Missouri. The last seven of those have focused on teaching healthy cooking classes, developing and testing recipes, serving as prop stylist for photo and TV projects, and handling nutrition initiatives for Dierbergs and their School of Cooking. In addition, Trish is a Dietetic Technician, Registered and a longtime member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).