Growing older is a whirlwind which can take us by surprise when we hit our mid-twenties. We are suddenly a world away from being a teenager and we are closer to becoming parents and grandparents mentally.
One of the things we have to start thinking about more during our twenties is our health. Gone are the days when we could eat 20 bags of Doritos without putting on a pound, and we are no longer invincible. Unless we want to be hooked up to an Oxygen tank or unable to walk in our 50s, we need to act and become healthier today.
Sometimes people say you shouldn’t weigh yourself when trying to stay healthy, but it is a simple fact that if we see a number on the scale, we are more likely to act on it. You should be weighing yourself once or twice a week to check on your progress, and this will provide you with the motivation to make healthier choices in your life.
Learn how to cook
If you ever want to be healthy and fit, you need to put down the ready meals and start experimenting in the kitchen. When we cook food for ourselves we are able to control what goes into our meals. We are able to ensure that everything we put on our plate is healthy, natural and unprocessed. Start creating simple dishes with a meat of your choice, vegetables and a source of carbohydrates like potato or sweet potato. You can create well balanced meals in no time and be healthier than ever by sticking to a formula of 50% vegetables, 25% protein and 25% carbs on your plate.
Sugar is a fuel which our body needs to function, however, when we eat processed or refined sugars they can be harmful to our bodies and make us put on weight. To cut down on the sugar in your diet you can start off by switching the sugar you have in your coffee for a dash of honey. Honey is a natural product and even helps keep your immune from hay fever. Cut out soft drinks, limit alcohol and drop the chocolate cake if you want to stay as healthy as you can. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every so often, but just make sure you cut it out for the rest of the time.
If you sit at a desk all day working and then come home to sit in front of the TV, it is no surprise that you aren’t shifting the pounds. If you want to keep your body and immune system strong you need to get up and do some exercise every single day. It only needs to be 30 minutes of an activity, but it will make a huge difference to your body.
Eat the rainbow
You may have heard that the more colorful your plate is, the healthier the meal is. This is a fact and you can really benefit from packing your plate full of color. Get your greens from leaves, broccoli, and beans, get your yellow and orange with bell peppers and chili, bring deep red onto the plate with beetroot and add purple in the form of cabbage. Every different colored vegetable has a different nutrient which your body needs, and it is this which will keep you fighting fit throughout your life.
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