Nut milks, cauliflower rice, cakes made with banana instead of flour; I think it’s safe to say that the world has gone health mad, and it’s a good thing. The sad truth is that as well as almost half of adults in the western world being obese, there are numerous other areas of our health that we could improve on.
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to be that little bit healthier. I’m not talking about diet here, but all the other little ways we can give our health the boost it needs. Diet does play a big part in our overall health, but a good diet isn’t all it takes to be healthy. I eat fairly well, I have the odd brownie now and then, but apart from that, I’m good at eating healthily. (Brownies are my secret obsession – I could live off of their gooey goodness.)
The question is, what are the other things that we can be doing to improve our health, aside from eating well? I did some research into this and came up with some lifestyle changes that I’ve listed below. Have a read, implement them, and you’ll look and feel better in yourself, as well as being a healthier person.
Swap to mocktails
A few cocktails with the girls at the weekend won’t kill you, but if every weekend you drink more than you should do, it just might. Something that we often forget is that alcohol is a drug, and a highly dangerous one if not drank with caution. If you want to be healthier, you need to reduce your drinking, so that you’re having no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. Just six glasses of wine equate to 14 units, so drinking more than you’re meant to is easy to do. Instead of drinking alcohol on nights out, mix things up and switch between drinks. Mocktails can be just as delicious as cocktails, and come with the bonus of not leaving you with a headache in the morning.
Do you smoke? By far one of the worst things you can do for your health is smoking as it comes with so many nasty side effects. You might not want to hear it, but you can’t be healthy if you smoke, it’s just not possible. Health is all about what you put into your body, and putting carcinogenic smoke into it is never good. If the idea of quitting is too hard to bare, why not swap to vaping instead? You’ll still get the same nicotine hit; you’ll just be inhaling using steam instead of smoke. On sites like the Vapouriz website, you can pick up e-liquids ranging in nicotine strength, making it easier to wean yourself off of it.
When we think about being healthy, a lot of us make the mistake of focusing on our physical health and not thinking about our minds. Your mental health plays a big part in whether you’re healthy, so it’s worth ensuring that you’re doing all you can to keep your mind healthy. One of the biggest causes of mental health problems is stress, which is why keeping any stress at bay is a must. For me, one of the best ways to do this is by practicing yoga or another form of meditational exercise. These types of exercise help to soothe your mind and relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life. Hence, why they’re so fantastic when it comes to giving your mental health a boost. You can choose to attend a class or use online tutorials to learn and practice.
Make these simple lifestyle changes to become that little bit healthier.