Change What You Eat To Change How You Feel

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It’s in the news all the time nowadays: info on the importance of eating well, advice on losing weight, and tips on super foods that give you energy and stamina.  And it’s true – the better you eat, the better you will feel.  If you want to cut down on your visits to the doctor and minimize the out of pocket costs of your private health care, there are a lot of ways to change your diet and eat better. When you do, not only will you feel better, but you’ll have more energy and cut your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other medical conditions.

Tip 1: Change how you shop.
You are what you eat, so if you’re filling your grocery cart up with a bunch of junk food week in and week out, you’re going to start feeling like junk. With a few changes to how you shop for groceries, you will be on track to changing how you eat.  First of all, make a grocery list.  It’s easy to run into the market for a “few” things and come out with a lot more than you intended.  So, write out a list of things you need during the week and stick to the list when you get into the store – this will help cut down on unnecessary expenses, as well as those spontaneous junk food craving purchases.  Next, don’t shop when you’re hungry.  This also leads to buying unnecessary junk food! And last, plan out your meals ahead of time.  Research some new healthy recipes in your cookbooks at home or online and find some that you’d like to try.  Write out the ingredients you need and buy them weekly – that way they won’t go to waste.

Tip 2: Change your mind set.
Sometimes you just feel like reaching for the most convenient item on the shelf for a snack instead of the healthiest.  So even though those potato chips look and sound amazing in the middle of a long work day, don’t give in!  If you need to, give yourself a mental pep talk and remind yourself of the reasons why it’s important to start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Tip 3: Find out what foods sharpen your mind and body.
There are a variety of foods out there now that are known for their outstanding nutritional content and ability to help boost memory while helping keep your brain sharp and strong.

–       Fish:  Salmon and other types of fatty fishes are high in omega 3-fatty acids and DHA content, which are known for their ability to boost memory function and higher brain activity.

–       Foods high in antioxidants: There are a lot of foods out there with antioxidants in them, but some of the yummiest are strawberries, as well as vegetables like kale, spinach, beets, and broccoli.  These foods are also excellent memory boosters and will help give you a natural burst of energy to get through your day.

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You might know that there needs to be a change in your diet, but are overwhelmed with the prospect of actually doing it.  That’s ok! Check into your company health insurance policy and see if a nutritionist is covered in your plan. If you are able to meet with a nutritionist to discuss your journey toward healthy living, you might have the opportunity to not only learn more and get the tools you need to put you on track for success.  Your body is worth investing in.

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