June is National Men’s Health Month! Everyone has their own habits, good or bad. We love our habits so much, they’re part of our character and getting rid of them could be challenging. Our nutrition habits aren’t an exception. Treating yourself to sweets as a child can lead to a lifetime of reaching for dessert. Everything in moderation is what I always say! I am sharing this infographic from Nuts.com and valuable information on nutrition and forming healthy habits.
Go Nuts for Healthy Snacks This Month
However, events happening around us could be a great reminder to evaluate our habits, especially as they relate to our health. One of these events is National Men’s Health Month which was conceived to educate men and their families about living a healthy lifestyle. This awareness event runs in June and it’s based on the idea that the way we treat our body can have a significant impact on the prevention of disease. I am big on forming good habits and there are a number of small habits you can form to set your body up for a healthier future.
According to the experts, a step by step process is the most efficient way to transform your lifestyle. Food is only a part of the process. High-protein meals and nutritious snacks during the day are great components of a healthy diet and can help you feel your best. However it’s not just the way we fuel our body that matters, it’s the way we treat it too. That’s why physicians recommend an average of 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours. Your brain and body perform best when well-rested. Being active is also a critical part of the game, and you don’t have to be an athlete to do so. If you don’t have time or can’t afford a gym membership, there are plenty of quick (30 minutes or less) workouts that are equipment-free. Simple changes like taking the stairs at work and parking at the far end of the parking lot can also add to your activity level and help set you up for future success.
Don’t be afraid to start small with trying one of these tips at a time then gradually building on them. It’s actually more beneficial for you to form these habits long-term if you don’t overwhelm yourself by biting off more than you can chew.
Last but not least, let’s address a common misconception. People believe that living a healthy lifestyle means cutting out all of the foods we love–but that’s not the case. For example, according to this article from nutrition expert Michael Peluso cacao nibs and the dark grades of chocolate they produce may provide important benefits to your intestinal regularity, heart and blood vessels and blood sugar level. In addition, cacao could be tagged as a smart snack. A study led by researchers at the Northumbria Additionally, a University in the UK examined the effects of cacao consumption on cognitive activity. Subjects who consumed a cacao drink before performing mathematical calculations completed them more quickly and accurately than the control group that received no cacao. Chocolate lovers, rejoice!
As you know, I do love chocolate but in case chocolate isn’t your ideal treat, the list of healthy snacks is endless. For example, pistachios feature a creamy texture and a naturally sweet flavor. It’s also a rich source of phytosterols, plant-based compounds that have been proven effective at lowering blood cholesterol levels. I really feel that there is something in incorporating more plant-based foods into one’s diet.
A healthy lifestyle isn’t all about extra work and sacrificing what you love. There are plenty of creative ways to live healthier and still enjoy yourself.
What are your plans to form healthier habits? Best Wishes, ~Sara