5 Diet and Health Regimens You Should Try This Year
Last year, I decided to make some serious changes to my diet and health regimens and went on the Keto Diet back in May. Since then, I’ve lost over 40 pounds and feel the changes dramatically. Below, you’ll find some of the things I’ve been doing that work for me and might work for you too!
The old year is out and the new year is here, and we all know what that means: once more doing our best to become a better and healthier version of ourselves. Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially if we haven’t been taking care of our own health these past few years. This is especially true if we’ve tried before and failed spectacularly at it, ending up even worse than before.
However, with some changes in our diet and lifestyle, as well as a heaping dose of self-perseverance, we can make 2019 the year that we finally get that dream body we’ve always wanted. To help you with this, we’ve assembled some of the best diet and health regimen tips that you should try this year.
Switch out dairy milk for plant-based milk alternatives
If you can’t resist your daily bowl of milk for your cereal or your nightly dessert of a tall glass of chocolate milk, then why not take the healthier route and try drinking plant-based milk instead? Plant-based milk, if you weren’t aware, is “milk” products derived from all-natural plant sources. These sources range from beans, grains, and even nuts.
They’re made to have the same rich and creamy consistency as regular milk, while at the same time having nowhere near the number of calories or cholesterol. They’re also fortified with additional vitamins and nutrients to ensure that you’re not missing out on the nutrition that regular milk provides. This makes plant-based milk that much easier to include in a healthy low-calorie diet.
Even though I didn’t drink too much milk during the course of the day, I switched to Almond Milk which is plant-based, and I have to say, I love it! It’s really delish in my cereal, and I think it tastes much better too!
Take up a combat sport
No, we’re not talking about getting into a fight club and getting bruises all over your face that you’ll have to explain to your boss the next day. No, this is all about you signing up at your local gym to get into a daily boxing or kickboxing training session with a qualified instructor. Years ago, I studied karate and got to my brown belt. I loved it and was very dedicated. I still practice some of the exercises I’ve learned and I have to say, it really helps me to get moving. Adding exercise to my diet and health regimens has been one of the positive things I’ve done!
While it may seem intimidating, it’s really not—all they’ll do is teach you how to do the basics and then practice them again and again while making sure you’re safe by wearing protective gear. Not only will you get a great cardio workout with every session, but your hand-eye coordination and reflexes will also be honed as well. More importantly, it lets you vent stress in a much more active and cathartic way. You won’t even have to spar with anyone in the ring to be able to reap all these benefits—not unless you want to!
Add more fiber to your diet
Fiber is one of the most important parts of a healthy diet that’s also very easy to neglect. After all, who wants to go all through the trouble of steaming or stir-frying vegetables when you can just order fast food takeout? It’s simply more convenient and arguably more delicious. However, in doing so, you open yourself up to a lot of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as being morbidly obese besides.
I can’t stress this enough, adding fiber to your diet does a lot of good for your body. It helps regulate your bowel movements and clean out your intestines by providing roughage. More than that, fiber also helps make you feel fuller faster and for longer, preventing you from overeating. This results in gradual but significant weight loss, as well as the stabilization of your blood sugars and cholesterol.
I’m a huge fan of bars that contain lots of fiber and always throw a few in my handbag in case I get hungry throughout the day. They are good for you and a great way to get your daily fiber too!
Fix your sleeping schedule
Another key health regimen that you should definitely take up this year is to get enough sleep. Thanks to technology as well as our busy everyday life, getting eight full hours of sleep is more of a rare luxury than anything else, especially for those of us who work irregular hours. This, of course, has a lot of awful consequences for your health, from hampering your ability to keep mental focus to poor recovery from injuries and exercise. Any of these can easily land you in the hospital, not to mention just make you feel crummy all over.
Manage your schedule better. Try your best to get at least seven to eight hours per night of sleep—no more, no less. Remove all gadgets and anything with screens from your bedroom. If you’re someone who works in the night shift, invest in thick curtains and warm light to simulate nighttime.
I’ve worked hard to try new techniques to ensure I’m getting the sleep I need. You can try taking melatonin which many folks find very helpful. There are so many awesome apps out there too that can help you get the sleep you need and stay asleep too. Be sure to do some research and check them out.
Probiotics may seem like some new-age nonsense spun to make you buy pricey food from the expensive grocery aisles, but studies have shown that they do have a significant impact on your health, both on the physical and mental side. For one, up to 80% of our immune system resides in the digestive tract. As the immune system is practically the only barrier we have against diseases and conditions, ensuring that it’s in good health by taking probiotics goes a long way to keep ourselves physically fit and feeling fine. Besides this, probiotics have also been discovered to have a positive effect on anxiety management and mood regulation.
I recently wrote an article on why it’s important to take probiotics daily so be sure to read that too. You don’t have to splurge on your organic market to get good probiotics, however. Adding fermented foods such as kimchi or sauerkraut can easily help. Greek yogurt is also something that you should look into. If you want a fresher approach to probiotics, then vegetables such as onions, garlic, asparagus, and cabbage will do the trick.
Don’t be content to stay the same way you’ve always been for the past few years. By adding the above tips to your health and diet regimen, you can finally transform yourself into the new and better you that you’ve always dreamt of. Just remember to take it one day at a time and to never give up, no matter how many times you fall off the wagon.
I’ve still got some more weight to lose, and I know I’m going to achieve my goal weight because I’m determined and excited by the results! You can do this too! Just start with day one and each day make sure you tell yourself it’s a new day!
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