Becoming more healthy doesn’t have to involve major diet changes or completely rearranging your life. There are things that you can do, starting today, that can make a significant impact in your life.
#1 Eat More Vegetables and a Wider Variety of Vegetables
Here’s the thing about vegetables – most people don’t eat enough of them. Vegetables are like free calories. You can eat as many as you would like and it’s not going to have a negative affect on your health. Additionally, the more vegetables you eat, the less likely you are going to eat other things that are bad for you. If you think about what is on your plate when you eat a meal, the majority of your plate should be vegetables.
In addition to not eating enough vegetables, people tend to eat the same types of vegetables. It’s important to eat a wide variety of vegetables. Fortunately, vegetables are color-coded. All you have to do is pick different colors of vegetables and you will most likely get a wide variety of nutrients. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t rotate your green vegetables. Rotate your greens to ensure your getting all the nutrients and so you don’t get bored. Lastly, in order to get the most benefit out of vegetables, try to eat them raw. Cooking them takes many of the nutrients out of the vegetables. So, for maximum efficiency raw is almost always best.
#2 Sleep More
Sleep is one of the most vastly underestimated components of your overall health. Sleep is where we regenerate, grow and heal. It’s where all the damage that the body goes through during the day is able to heal for the next day. This includes your brain, which needs sleep to be able to function at it’s highest level. There are three pieces of sleep that you should understand: duration, timing and quality.
Duration: this is how long you sleep in a given night. Everyone is a little different, but a good number to shoot for is eight hours of sleep every night. Just know, if less than eight, more is always better.
Timing: this is what time during the day you are sleeping. As a general rule of thumb, you should try to get as close to circadian rhythms as possible, which means going to bed when the sun goes down and waking up when the sun comes up. That is what our body is naturally meant to do. If we don’t do that, or at least don’t have a consistent time of day we go to bed and wake up, it can majorly throw off your hormones, affecting your health in a significant way.