Changing Your Eating Habit, Change Your Life

Are you thinking about being more active?

Have you been trying to cut back on fattening foods?

Are you starting to eat better and be more active but having a hard time sticking with these changes?

Old habits die hard. Changing your habits is a process involving several stages. Sometimes it takes a while before changes turn into new habits. You may face challenges along the way.

But adopting new, healthier habits may protect you from serious health problems, such as diabetes. New habits may also help you look better and feel more energetic. After a while, if you stick with these changes, they may become a part of your daily routine.

Below are strategies to help you improve your eating and physical activity habits and outlines four stages people may experience when changing a health behavior which include:

  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance

Here are few healthy habits to follow:

Get 150 to 300 minutes of moderately intense or vigorous physical activity each week.

Brisk walks, tennis, swimming, soccer, basketball, hikes, hula hoops—do whatever you enjoy best.
Strengthen your muscles at least twice a week.

Do push-ups or pull-ups, lift weights, do heavy gardening, or work with rubber resistance bands.
Eat more of these foods: vegetable-heart

fruits and vegetables
whole-grain breads and cereals
fat-free or low-fat dairy
seafood, lean meats, and eggs
beans, nuts, and seeds
Limit these foods and drinks:

sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts
foods made with butter or other fats that are solid at room temperature
refined grains (bread, chips, and crackers)

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