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A healthy lifestyle
This article will help you get a clearer vision of what living a healthy lifestyle actually means and what it might look like. It will also include a few basic but efficient tips to help you start off your journey of obtaining this lifestyle. While offering you said advice, it will also describe you some common do’s and don’ts and how to make your way through them.
We’ve all been there: feeling as though you’re stuck in an unhealthy way of living, wanting to regain perspective, and trying to be on top of everything in your life. Although all these symptoms are not uncommon, they can make you feel as though you’re not exactly living your life the right way or to the fullest.
This article will help you get a clearer image of what a healthy lifestyle looks like for you, as said image differs for everyone. It will also give you simple, easy-to-follow tips on how to be consistent in it without feeling like this certain lifestyle isn’t right for you.
The concept of a healthy lifestyle can often be idealized and too overwhelming at times. Everyone thinks of it as this ideal way of living that can be attained in a simple, efficient way. One could also try to compare their way of living with others and think that because their lifestyle doesn’t exactly resemble theirs, they’re probably doing something wrong. But the truth is there isn’t a specific healthy lifestyle that is to be used by everyone. There is no such thing as a “correct” lifestyle that everyone should start following. The concept of a healthy lifestyle is a very subjective matter; depending on who you are, how your brain works, and the people you spend time with, a healthy lifestyle can look very different for everyone, even if there are some common and basic things it usually requires.
To understand what a healthy lifestyle can look like, you must stop thinking that yours should resemble anyone else’s. We are all different individuals with different needs, and therefore should try and stay true to our capacities and wants. Although it might take some time and might not always seem obvious, one of the most important steps to achieve said lifestyle is to build it to your liking (while still making it healthy). The whole point of living a healthy life is for it to help you stay on top of things mentally but also physically, while also being effective in the long run. So, for this healthy lifestyle to work, you must make sure it is truly designed for you and adapted to your needs only.
An issue that is often disregarded is the fact that to have a healthy way of living, your life should also include “unhealthy” moments. It is easy to get wrapped in the idea of having a perfect, healthy life with no negative sides to it, which can often result in getting more stress and pressure on living this specific way. Having a healthy life isn’t about keeping up an image about how perfect it is, but more about staying consistent in an improved lifestyle that will most certainly have more of a positive effect on you for the future.
A healthy lifestyle can sometimes seem unattainable or difficult to get used to. This can be caused by numerous reasons, but the most common one is that you can tend to put too much pressure on a certain image of what that lifestyle resembles and set out unrealistic goals for it to happen. This can then lead to a sort of burnout and loss of motivation. The problem with this is that a lot of people don’t realize that obtaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight; it must happen gradually, without it being rushed, or else it probably won’t last if you try to change your whole routine too quickly. Also, if you were to change your lifestyle too fast, it could result in you disliking it anyway and having to come up with a new one that can be more fastidious.
Now that the whole concept and point of following a healthy lifestyle has been established, I will share with you some tips that might help you on your journey to becoming a healthier person in your everyday life. But the key for it to make sure it works is to start changing your habits gradually, without rushing things. If not, this whole experience will most certainly be much more difficult to follow, and it could become a burden in which you will quickly lose motivation to stay consistent.
The first and most important step that everyone should follow to obtain a healthy lifestyle is to fix their sleep schedule. As many people have probably said to you throughout your life, getting enough hours of sleep will not only improve your appearance but also your mood, efficiency, attitude, and motivation for the day. If you don’t get the sufficient hours of sleep that your body needs, it will affect you in the long run, although this fact can sometimes be overlooked. Many people take sleep for granted, thinking that because your body doesn’t always show signs of suffering when it doesn’t get enough sleep, it isn’t that important. Having a habit of not sleeping enough every night can be seriously damaging. To obtain the right sleep schedule, you should take notice of details such as the number of hours you usually sleep and when you would like to wake up. This can be quite tricky as we know that everyone’s body has different needs concerning sleep; some don’t need much and can therefore go to sleep later while others need their long-lasting beauty sleep to function and therefore must go to sleep at a reasonable hour and wake up at whatever time feels right for them (if their schedule allows them to do so). Of course, maintaining a fixed sleep schedule isn’t always easy as the quantity of sleep you get can also depend on what plans you have for the day and how late you need to stay up for whatever reason. Even if that may sometimes happen, the main thing is to try and stay as consistent as you can in your adapted sleep schedule.
Something crucial to have for someone who wants to avoid stress and the anxiety of being on top of things is organizational skills. To keep a healthy routine throughout your life you must know when and how you should get through everything you have to do for the day or week. Although indeed, this type of skill comes more naturally to certain people, I would strongly recommend for non-organized people to also try and make a habit out of being organized, however hard it may be. Using basic organization skills can save you a lot of time for the day. For instance, if you plan out your entire week the weekend before, this will save you a surprising amount of anxiety knowing that everything you must do over the week is under control. Although the number of things to do can make this new concept more challenging, it’s still much more helpful than being spontaneous with this kind of thing. A basic organization tip that might help you to start is to make sure that you get most things -if not everything- done as you can afford some free time. This will undoubtedly lighten up your week and make you feel more accomplished.
A useful realization that came to me not too long ago was to make sure not to set unrealistic goals for ourselves in a day. Usually, what may happen to someone who is attempting to plan out his day is to try and create a to-do list with everything he wants to have done by the end of the day, without considering the amount of time each task will take and if he has enough motivation to complete all of them. Most of the time, what happens next is that he ends up completing barely half of the tasks he had set his mind to by the end of the day. As this often happens, you are then left upset or disappointed in yourself for not having completed everything you had set your mind on doing without realizing that you were being far too optimistic when visualizing everything you had planned. This effect subconsciously adds a new layer of stress that, in my opinion, is highly overlooked. You shouldn’t put pressure on yourself to do things that you know, deep down, you won’t have the time for; this will just make you feel even more stressed which defeats the whole purpose of being well-organized and being in a healthy lifestyle.
The last and most important piece of advice I feel the need to share is to take a few minutes for yourself whenever you can. Most people are so caught up in the idea of having this perfect, effortless lifestyle that they often forget one of the most crucial steps to it: taking a break! It positively affects you more than you know. In most situations, you are constantly trying to stay on top of everything in your life which, doesn’t necessarily cause much stress, but keeps your mind awake at all times which is extremely tiresome. Taking a break could take different shapes and forms depending on the type of person you are: it could be by reading a book, baking, meditating, journaling, or even going out with your friends for the extroverted type. But what you define as “taking a break” doesn’t truly matter, as long as you aren’t doing something that requires unwanted effort and stress. Once you are accustomed to doing this regularly, you will undoubtedly start feeling less pressure over things in general and hopefully feel less stressed.
What we must always remind ourselves is that, at the end of the day, everyone has their version of a healthy lifestyle. But to obtain this, you need to stick to doing things that help you get to a healthy mental and physical state. If you keep following pieces of advice that aren’t helpful to you, your current lifestyle might just get worse instead of improving which will cancel out all your efforts working toward this healthy lifestyle. All the advice I listed here previously are, in my opinion, the basics that everyone should try following but, like I said, if these particular suggestions don’t fit your standards, then there is absolutely no reason for you to keep following them. You must only stick to those that will have a positive effect on you.
To conclude, I hope I helped you get an idea of what a healthy lifestyle roughly looks like and how to get there; I find that the tips I listed here really could help you in general but also make your everyday life a bit easier. As stress and other negative feelings are very common in people’s lives, I find that this article could help them improve their general well-being.
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What is a healthy diet?
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Confused by all the conflicting nutrition advice out there? These simple tips can show you how to plan, enjoy, and stick to a healthy diet.
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important. The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. 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.
By using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create—and stick to—a tasty, varied, and nutritious diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.
While some extreme diets may suggest otherwise, we all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body. You don't need to eliminate certain categories of food from your diet, but rather select the healthiest options from each category.
Protein gives you the energy to get up and go—and keep going—while also supporting mood and cognitive function. Too much protein can be harmful to people with kidney disease, but the latest research suggests that many of us need more high-quality protein, especially as we age. That doesn't mean you have to eat more animal products—a variety of plant-based sources of protein each day can ensure your body gets all the essential protein it needs. Learn more »
Fat . Not all fat is the same. While bad fats can wreck your diet and increase your risk of certain diseases, good fats protect your brain and heart. In fact, healthy fats—such as omega-3s—are vital to your physical and emotional health. Including more healthy fat in your diet can help improve your mood, boost your well-being, and even trim your waistline. Learn more »
Fiber . Eating foods high in dietary fiber (grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and beans) can help you stay regular and lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can also improve your skin and even help you to lose weight. Learn more »
Calcium . As well as leading to osteoporosis, not getting enough calcium in your diet can also contribute to anxiety, depression, and sleep difficulties. Whatever your age or gender, it's vital to include calcium-rich foods in your diet, limit those that deplete calcium, and get enough magnesium and vitamins D and K to help calcium do its job. Learn more »
Carbohydrates are one of your body's main sources of energy. But most should come from complex, unrefined carbs (vegetables, whole grains, fruit) rather than sugars and refined carbs. Cutting back on white bread, pastries, starches, and sugar can prevent rapid spikes in blood sugar, fluctuations in mood and energy, and a build-up of fat, especially around your waistline. Learn more »
Switching to a healthy diet doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. You don't have to be perfect, you don't have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy, and you don't have to change everything all at once—that usually only leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan.
A better approach is to make a few small changes 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. Think of planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps—like adding a salad to your diet once a day. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices.
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Setting yourself up for success
To set yourself up for success, try to keep things simple. Eating a healthier diet doesn't have to be complicated. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, for example, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients whenever possible.
Prepare more of your own meals . 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 the chemical additives, added sugar, and unhealthy fats of packaged and takeout foods that can leave you feeling tired, bloated, and irritable, and exacerbate symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety.
Make the right changes . When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it's important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing dangerous trans fats with healthy fats (such as switching fried chicken for grilled salmon) will make a positive difference to your health. Switching animal fats for refined carbohydrates, though (such as switching your breakfast bacon for a donut), won't lower your risk for heart disease or improve your mood.
Read the labels . It's important to be aware of what's in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar or unhealthy fats in packaged food, even food claiming to be healthy.
Focus on how you feel after eating . This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The healthier the food you eat, the better you'll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.
Drink plenty of water . Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many of us go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It's common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.
What is moderation? In essence, it means eating only as much food as your body needs. You should feel satisfied at the end of a meal, but not stuffed. For many of us, moderation means eating less than we do now. But it doesn't mean eliminating the foods you love. Eating bacon for breakfast once a week, for example, could be considered moderation if you follow it with a healthy lunch and dinner—but not if you follow it with a box of donuts and a sausage pizza.
Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits.” When you ban certain foods, it's natural to want those foods more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation. Start by reducing portion sizes of unhealthy foods and not eating them as often. As you reduce your intake of unhealthy foods, you may find yourself craving them less or thinking of them as only occasional indulgences.
Think smaller portions . Serving sizes have ballooned recently. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entree, split a dish with a friend, and don't order supersized anything. At home, visual cues can help with portion sizes. Your serving of meat, fish, or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards and half a cup of mashed potato, rice, or pasta is about the size of a traditional light bulb. By serving your meals on smaller plates or in bowls, you can trick your brain into thinking it's a larger portion. If you don't feel satisfied at the end of a meal, add more leafy greens or round off the meal with fruit.
Take your time . It's important to slow down and think about food as nourishment rather than just something to gulp down in between meetings or on the way to pick up the kids. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.
Eat with others whenever possible . Eating alone, especially in front of the TV or computer, often leads to mindless overeating.
Limit snack foods in the home. Be careful about the foods you keep at hand. It's more challenging to eat in moderation if you have unhealthy snacks and treats at the ready. Instead, surround yourself with healthy choices and when you're ready to reward yourself with a special treat, go out and get it then.
Control emotional eating. We don't always eat just to satisfy hunger. Many of us also turn to food to relieve stress or cope with unpleasant emotions such as sadness, loneliness, or boredom. But by learning healthier ways to manage stress and emotions, you can regain control over the food you eat and your feelings.
It's not just what you eat, but when you eat
Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day . A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, while eating small, healthy meals keeps your energy up all day.
Avoid eating late at night . Try to eat dinner earlier and fast for 14-16 hours until breakfast the next morning. Studies suggest that eating only when you're most active and giving your digestive system a long break each day may help to regulate weight.
Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and nutrient dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Focus on eating the recommended daily amount of at least five servings of fruit and vegetables and it will naturally fill you up and help you cut back on unhealthy foods. A serving is half a cup of raw fruit or veg or a small apple or banana, for example. Most of us need to double the amount we currently eat.
To increase your intake:
- Add antioxidant-rich berries to your favorite breakfast cereal
- Eat a medley of sweet fruit—oranges, mangos, pineapple, grapes—for dessert
- Swap your usual rice or pasta side dish for a colorful salad
- Instead of eating processed snack foods, snack on vegetables such as carrots, snow peas, or cherry tomatoes along with a spicy hummus dip or peanut butter
How to make vegetables tasty
While plain salads and steamed veggies can quickly become bland, there are plenty of ways to add taste to your vegetable dishes.
Add color . Not only do brighter, deeper colored vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but they can vary the flavor and make meals more visually appealing. Add color using fresh or sundried tomatoes, glazed carrots or beets, roasted red cabbage wedges, yellow squash, or sweet, colorful peppers.
Liven up salad greens . Branch out beyond lettuce. Kale, arugula, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, and Chinese cabbage are all packed with nutrients. To add flavor to your salad greens, try drizzling with olive oil, adding a spicy dressing, or sprinkling with almond slices, chickpeas, a little bacon, parmesan, or goat cheese.
Satisfy your sweet tooth . Naturally sweet vegetables—such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, yams, onions, bell peppers, and squash—add sweetness to your meals and reduce your cravings for added sugar. Add them to soups, stews, or pasta sauces for a satisfying sweet kick.
Cook green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus in new ways . Instead of boiling or steaming these healthy sides, try grilling, roasting, or pan frying them with chili flakes, garlic, shallots, mushrooms, or onion. Or marinate in tangy lemon or lime before cooking.
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December 2, 2023
A magazine article or online article about healthy living
You should say:.
- What the article was
- When and where you read it
- What you learned from the article
- Explain why you think it is a good or bad article
Sample Answer 1
I have read many articles in my life. Today I will talk about an article about healthy lifestyle that I read last year. I read this article from the website fitness.com. I was browsing through a website, when I saw the link to this article.
The name of the article was very eye-catching. It was “Look Younger, Live Longer”. I clicked on the link and it opened this article. Nowadays, we all are living a sedentary lifestyle and facing many health related problems. This article opened my eyes that to become healthier, it was all about making small lifestyle changes.
I came to know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We should have a healthy and wholesome breakfast and never skip it. This helps boost our immunity and also helps us go through the day with full energy. I have never skipped breakfast since I’ve read this article and I can concentrate on my work and studies better. I also read that we should have at least one seasonal fruit everyday. It also said that walking for an hour a day is as good as one hour of gym. Since then, morning walk has become a part of my routine.
I used to dislike broccoli before I read this article. However, after reading that Broccoli is a very good source of proteins and is full of nutrients, I started having it regularly. I feel very fit and healthy and have rarely fallen sick since I made these small changes. I have bookmarked this article and read it often. I have also shared it with many of my friends and relatives.
Sample Answer 2
Recently I came across an interesting article on the internet about the benefits of drinking warm water with lemon in the morning. The website name is bodyandsoul.com.au.
You would normally think that lemon water is just one kind of drink that helps keep your body hydrated, however, it brings you many other benefits that you can‟t imagine. – The article says that if you build up a habit of kicking off your day with a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon, you will do your body and mind a great favor.
Firstly, lemon juice is a great source of Vitamin C, thus it helps boost your immune system in fighting off colds and flu. Moreover, lemons are great for combating skin ageing because they are rich in antioxidant properties. Lemon also helps clean our urinary tract and detoxify our livers. The list of benefits doesn‟t end there. The high level of potassium in lemons can help brain and nerve functioning and control blood pressure. Lemon water can also ward off stress and depression, which have been linked to low levels of potassium. As a result, the article suggests if you continue drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning for at least 21 consecutive days, you will notice the difference in your skin and general health immediately.
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I don’t usually read magazines, but I did recently read a blog post about healthy lifestyles. It was written by a person who used to be obese and had changed her lifestyle gradually and was now much happier with herself and her life in general.
She talked about some of the problems overweight people face and how difficult it can be to break bad habits and make new healthy life choices. For example, she talked about her diet and the things she used to eat almost every day and how she began to make small changes to her diet, like switching from unhealthy snacks like cookies to healthier snacks such as fruit and even snacking on vegetables like carrots and celery sometimes.
She said that she discovered the power of tracking macronutrients instead of just counting calories, and that this had a major impact on her losing weight without having to starve herself, in fact, she said she probably eats more now than she did in the past, but she eats healthy food now and she is more aware of her macros on a daily basis which allows her to have the odd cheat meal or treat with her family.
Another important aspect she discussed was exercise and how before she never did any and now she exercises every day, sometimes she simply takes a walk for around 30 minutes or so, and other days she goes with her friend to the gym where they do some steady-state cardio workouts and around 30 minutes of weight training. In her experience, she believes more women who want to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle should explore weight training as a means of achieving their goals, not only using gym machines like a stairmaster or treadmill, because weight training can actually help burn more calories than walking or running.
So overall, she talked about the three most important things she had learned through her journey to a healthier lifestyle: motivation, nutrition and exercise. She confessed that it had not been an easy transformation, but she feels a lot happier, and healthier, now than ever before in her life.
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