1. Healthy living begins with what you put into your body; you really are what you eat! I suggest eating five to six small meals a day, rather than the traditional three-meal-a-day plan. Frequent meals served in smaller portions keeps your blood sugar stable and helps to avoid energy highs and lows. Before your blood sugar begins to drop, it’s time for another meal.
Eating frequent meals will help you to lose weight because you will have less chance of overeating. Since you won’t be starving before your meal-time, it will be easier for you to push away from your plate.
2. Get up and get moving! Regular exercise raises HDL (good cholesterol) and reduces triglycerides (fat) in your blood. It increases your heart and lung capacity, allowing you to move faster and go further. Thirty minutes of exercise a day is all it takes to improve your health. A brisk walk, fifteen minutes in one direction, turn around and walk back for fifteen minutes—can put you on the right track to healthy living.
3. Even if you eat a healthy diet, you might want to consider taking vitamin supplements. Women can benefit from iron magnesium and calcium, to help regulate blood sugar, and to promote sound sleep. Magnesium may also help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and hypertension, and help prevent migraines in pregnant women. Be sure to include vitamin E for skin protection and improved elasticity. Vitamin B6 may help to boost your energy level if you feel fatigued.
4. Manage the stress in your life. Let’s face it—we all live with stress, but being able to handle your particular situation may mean the difference between a little annoyance and a nervous break down. Try to recognize life’s challenges for what they are and if you begin to feel overwhelmed, reach out and ask for help.
5. Speak words of encouragement to yourself. Allow your mind to be filled with positive thoughts and affirmations. Instead of telling yourself how tired you are, or how bad you feel, try telling yourself that you will feel better every day. Concentrate on all that you have and all that you are capable of doing. Begin each day with these affirmations to promote healthy living.
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