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Healthy Tips for a Healthy You

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Being healthy is not an ideal weight number on the scale.  It means doing what you can to keep your body, mind, and soul in equilibrium; which in turn will lower your risks for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type II diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.  Here are a few tips that will help you get and stay healthy:

  • Do not starve yourself. Eat 3-5 small meals a day. Any food you eat after putting your body into starvation mode will automatically be stored as fat.  This is due in part to your body going into survival mode after not being fed for a long period of time and doesn’t know when it will get its next meal (similar to hibernation).  Eating 3-5 small meals a day will keep your metabolism active.
  • Eat meals on smaller plates.
    When food is served on a larger size plate, bigger portion sizes will be consumed, leading to excess calories.
  • Wait at least 10 minutes before you think about getting seconds.
    It takes time for your food to digest and for your stomach to let your brain know you are full. If you wait at least 10 minutes, you will notice you are actually satisfied or full.
  • The few times you crave something unhealthy; it’s better to eat a little of it instead of none at all.
    When you deprive yourself from something you are truly craving, your cortisol levels rise; which cause stress and increase belly fat.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water daily.
    Water will not only keep you hydrated, it will help balance and protect your kidney function. Sometimes, you might think you’re hungry; but in reality, you might just be thirsty.  Water is essential, drink up!
  • Exercise at least 5-10 minutes a day?
    With busy schedules, sometimes working out for 30 minutes to an hour is difficult to do. However, if you exercise for as little as 5-10 minutes a day, you help keep your body active and endorphins triggered.
  • Lower stress levels.
    Stress is known to increase blood pressure and cortisol levels. Maybe try yoga, kick boxing or a massage to relieve some stress and tension.

~ Isabel M. Lopez, RN