Things You Can Do for Your Health Today
This gives your brain the chance to get the signal that you’re full, so you’re less
likely to overeat. And if you take it slow, you’re more likely to think about what
you’re eating and make sensible, healthy choices.
Ditch the Juice, Eat the Fruit
If you like orange juice, have an
orange instead. Even 100% pure juice loses nutrition when you process it, and
it can put a lot of hidden sugar in your diet. On the other hand, actual fruits are
good sources of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folic acid. And they’re low in
fat, sodium, and calories.
Watch the Fat It’s not as clear-cut as it sounds.
You definitely want to
keep an eye on trans fats, which are added to some foods (like frozen pizza
and baked goods) to keep them fresh. They’ve been linked to heart disease.
But some fat -- from dairy, whole eggs, fish, avocado, or nuts, for example --
is good for you as part of a balanced diet. And high-fat dairy may even help
you lose weight better than low fat. This may be because the fat satisfies your
hunger better than other calories.
It’s not about how many people you know or how often you see
them. What matters is a real connection with others. It can make you happier,
more productive, and less likely to have health problems. So call up a friend
and go to dinner, or join a team or club to make some new ones.
Exercise is a proven way to improve your health, your mental
well-being, and even your libido. You don’t have to sign up for the New York
Marathon -- just get your heart rate up for 30 minutes or so a few times a
Gardening works, and so does a walk around the block.
If you can’t make it a habit on your own, try to make it social with a friend.
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