We are a few weeks into 2016, and with the majority of the year left to go, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make 2016 your healthiest year yet. The mistake that most people make when trying to make healthy changes is that they think too big. Many of us can benefit from small changes. Over time these small changes may add up to produce big changes to your lifestyle.
Here are three healthy changes that you can make to make 2016 your best year yet:
1) Clean out your pantry
For this first suggestion, we’re not talking about getting rid of food that has expired or spoiled. Instead, we’re talking about food that is simply unhealthy for you. More and more science points to a high-carbohydrate diet being unhealthy. Most of us want to start something diet-related at the beginning of the year, but leaving the unhealthy junk in your pantry and fridge leads to temptation that many of us cannot resist. By getting rid or donating the food, you remove temptation and are far more likely to succeed at your new diet.
Speaking of diets, if you’re looking for a diet that will produce noticeable results, consider Ideal Protein. Our doctor-assisted diet program works by cutting out the excess carbohydrates in your diet and focusing on good, nutritious food. Doing so will boost your body’s natural ability to process fat, leading to rapid weight loss. If you’re interested in Ideal Protein, talk to your doctor or read more about Ideal Protein on our website.
2) Work Harder and Smarter
Stress contributes to bad health, and one of our biggest sources of stress comes from our jobs. In 2016, focus on de-stressing by working smarter in the work place. One of the best ways to work smarter is to delegate and plan ahead. For example, if you have a big project coming up soon, plan which steps you want to tackle first so that you don’t have to finish a project in one sitting. Delegation works the same way: ask for help when you feel like you need it and don’t try and take on the world.
The other way to improve your work life: work harder physically. If you work in an office building, don’t take the elevator or escalator. Instead, take the stairs! Something even as small as taking the stairs can make a huge difference in your physical activity. Also, when planning your meals, consider packing a meal ahead of time. Most packed meals are far more nutritious and balanced than meals you can get at a fast food restaurant.
3) Get More Sleep
While it varies from person to person, most adults need 7 hours of sleep every night. Some people might require more sleep and some can operate on less sleep, but 7 hours is a good baseline to aim for. Getting enough sleep allows you to feel more rested and more prepared for your upcoming day. It’s also important to get the right kind of sleep. Staying up too late and sleeping in too late is not as beneficial as going to bed at a reasonable time and waking up in the morning. Set an alarm and wake up when it goes off. Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep!
These are just three small healthy changes that you can make to start 2016. If you’re interested in improving your health, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors and talk to them about ways you can live healthier. They will have suggestions to make you feel better and live a healthier, longer life.