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Debbie McNamara

 Tags: Mental Health

Becoming healthier is a constant struggle for some. Try as you might, you fail to consistently eat better, exercise regularly, and make changes in your day that will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

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The problem that most people face when they try to become healthier is that they go all in, immediately. They throw out all of their junk food. They force themselves to go to the gym every single day. But going all in never works. Trying to change everything to get healthier results in not changing anything. The process starts to feel oppressive very quickly. You start slipping and eventually give up completely.

But being in better health doesn’t have to come from drastic changes to your lifestyle that make you miserable. To jumpstart your health and happiness, you can start with small and simple habits that are easy to maintain, like these three.

1. Sit Down to Your Meals

Overeating is a challenge for many Canadians. You might not even realize that you’re doing it, either. A simple way to combat this problem is to sit down to your meals, without distraction.

Sitting down can help you to eat less food, eat healthier, and consume fewer calories. You eat healthier foods because you are actually paying attention to what you’re putting in your mouth. People who eat standing up are more likely to eat unhealthy foods. Sitting down can allow you to become more conscious of your eating decisions.

In addition, it takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to tell your body that you’re full. Eating quickly on the go can make you accidentally consume more calories because you aren’t giving your brain enough time to process the food that you’re eating. Sitting down and eating slowly can increase your feelings of being satiated, so you stop eating sooner. This can help you maintain a healthy weight.

2. Step Away from the Screen

It can be very difficult to lead a healthy and active life when you’re constantly staring at a screen. Your screen habits are likely contributing heavily to your sedentary lifestyle. And this can result in obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Instead of watching hours upon hours of TV or playing games on your smart phone all night, go enjoy the outdoors, spend time with your family and friends, or seek other ways to find enjoyment.

Getting into the sunshine and fresh air can help you relax and clear your mind. Spending time with friends can offer you a greater sense of happiness. And spending less time staring at a screen can help you find more time in your day, which can help you reduce your stress level.

Even if you must work on a screen, make sure to step away to walk around, stretch, or socialize every once in a while, in order to improve your health.

Bonus reason: Your TV, computer, and smartphone screens are constantly bombarded by advertisements for processed foods. These ads are expertly created to produce a craving. Getting away from these screens can actually help you make better eating decisions, too!

3. Go to Bed on Time

Lack of sleep can have significant negative effects on your health. It can make you feel grumpy and foggy. It can slow down critical thinking and learning. And it can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stoke, diabetes, and other serious illnesses.

You set an alarm to wake up in the morning. But your bedtime might vary drastically from day to day, depending on must-see TV, your work schedule,and many other reasons.

Getting adequate sleep is incredibly important to your health. By going to bed at the same time each night, you can give your body the rest it needs to work optimally the next day, while also reducing the risk of disease.

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Debbie McNamara

Debbie is the perfect fit for business owners and employers, providing a great resource to those looking to retain and engage employees. Employee Benefits Consultant is her official title, but what she really offers is a business administration education, an LLQP certification, 20 years of professional experience in upper management, and an understanding of the needs and challenges facing both employers and employees. Off the clock, Debbie takes great pride in giving back to her community as an active member on a number of volunteer boards. With whatever extra time is left over, she can be found fulfilling a lifetime commitment to health and fitness by participating in individual sports such as running and CrossFit, as well as a variety of team sports including softball, indoor soccer, and volleyball.
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