Steps Towards Healthy Living

When people think about living healthy, two things come to mind: diet and exercise. But the reality of the situation is that this is far from enough to keep you healthy. First, this isn’t focusing on your mental health – a very important aspect of healthy living. Exercising and dieting in a certain way can keep you healthy and happy.

Drink water

You’ve heard it before, but it actually works. Drinking lots of water is the first step to being healthy. Sugary liquids have a huge impact on body weight. Drinking water ensures that you are getting all of the nutrients necessary to keep your body functioning properly while also helping you to lose weight.

First, water helps fill your stomach – preventing you from overeating. On top of that, water gives you more energy – allowing you to get up and exercise. Generally, you need anywhere between 8-10 cups of water on a given day. Keep a water bottle on you and fill it up whenever you see a water fountain.

Meditate and change your mentality

Meditation keeps your mind healthy and happy. Happiness impacts a bunch of aspects of your life besides just your mental health. For starters, it gives you more energy.

Meditating is an easy way to get your mind back into gear.

Meditating is an easy way to get your mind back into gear.

It is also important, however, to change your overall mentality when it comes to life. First off, love yourself. Next, push negative people out of your life – there’s no reason to be upset all the time. Finally, keep a journal. This allows you to put your thoughts on paper – getting them out of your head.

Exercise – the fun way

A lot of people say they don’t go to the gym because they “don’t enjoy going.” The solution is simple: find something you enjoy doing that also incorporates exercise. Surely you enjoy playing basketball, football, or soccer? If not, do you enjoy the outdoors? Consider going on a hike or walking through the park. Not only will these get you out of the house – they’ll also help you exercise different parts of your body.

Pick bright-colored foods and stick to brown carbs

Foods that are bright in color are usually high in antioxidants. These antioxidants remove radicals in our body that destroy our cells. Fruits and vegetables that are bright colored will help you feel better in the morning.

When it comes to carbs, stick to the brown carbs. White carbs are refined grains (such as white rice, pasta and white bread) that have nutrients removed in the production process. Brown carbs still have the nutrients and vitamins intact.

Cut out caffeine

Some people claim that they need caffeine for the energy – this is false. Caffeine is a short-term fix that will make you feel energized at the time but leaves your body exhausted in the long run. Instead, use the tips that I have included above. They will give you more energy than caffeine can provide.

Hang out with healthy people

If your best friends live healthy, it will help make healthy living a lifestyle instead of a chore. Your friends will push you to exercise, will take you out to healthy eating spots and keep you happy.

Increasing Your Metabolism… By Eating!

There are a bunch of ways to increase your metabolism. And a faster metabolism isn’t something to just brag about – it will trim your waistline and make you feel better each day. Most of the ways to increase your metabolism involve exercising… however, I’m going to give you some tips on how to increase your metabolism just by eating properly.

What is your metabolism?

It’s the process of breaking down fats, proteins and carbs to produce energy. Your metabolism depends on a variety of things – including (unfortunately for most) your genetic makeup. The number of calories you consume and the number of calories you burn while eating and exercising are a large portion of it.

Change in age = change in metabolism

As you age, your metabolism begins to slow down. Around age 25, your metabolism will begin to decline. Each decade, it will decrease by about 5 to 10 percent – meaning that by age 65, your metabolism could have slowed by 40 percent.

This is why it is important to start exercising now. Or, you could simple eat right!

Eating to burn your metabolism

Below I’ve included five ways that you can eat your way to a slimmer body. Start putting them to use today and see the payoff in the near future.

Eat more vitamins

Niacin is one vitamin that can really increase your energy production (that’s why it’s in a variety of energy drinks). Make sure that you are getting a lot of B vitamins throughout the day. These vitamins can be found in dairy products, whole grains, eggs and produce.

Some specifics to try: Quinoa is a rich grain. Eating just a little bit will get your metabolism going. Also, try making an omelet in the morning with a bunch of bell peppers and low-fat cheese.

Start drinking green tea

While it’s not good to get in the habit of relying on caffeine, green tea contains enough to jumpstart your metabolism without making you feel the jittery effects. Also, it contains the antioxidant EGCG, one that will increase the calories you burn throughout the day. If you really don’t want the caffeine, you can find decaf green tea that still contains EGCG – just know that it will not be as potent.

Drinking one cup of green tea can help you burn over 100 calories without doing anything else. What if you only drank green tea throughout the day? The results will skyrocket.

Get some protein in

Protein takes a lot of energy to digest. By eating protein, you are burning more than double the calories burned when eating carbohydrates or fat. Protein is also a key ingredient in building muscle – efficiency of calorie-burning in your body is increased by more muscle mass.

One thing you can try is peanut butter with celery stalks and skim milk. This will give you a jolt of protein will staying low in the carbs and fat department.

Relish in the spices

There have been numerous studies that have shown spicy foods increase your metabolism. For instance, Capsaicin (found in chili peppers) is shown to increase your metabolism by 5 percent. Also, spicy mustard has shown temporary bumps in metabolism activity.

Think of all the condiments that you put on sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs. Instead of using ketchup or mayonnaise, exchange them for spicy mustard. Or, consider sprinkling chili powder into your spaghetti sauce.

Eat breakfast

Don’t send your body into starvation mode: eat breakfast to keep your body constantly supplied with the energy it needs. When you have an empty stomach, your cells begin to conserve energy. Eat within an hour of waking up to get your body started.