Health & Lifestyle: How to Eat Healthy & Live Better

A healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be a jail sentence. You can have fun and take care of yourself at the same time. You just have to make the first step towards the rest of your life. We’ve got seven tips to help you eat healthily and live better. 

Almost half of Australians are trying to do something about their weight. Aussies in their forties are leading the way in fitness and popular cooking shows are their inspiration to get cooking & be healthy.

No Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks are pretty much the epitome of unhealthiness in liquid form. The average person drinks about 45 gallons of soda each year. The calories and sugar don’t all come from sodas. Alcoholic beverages, fruit juice and kool-aid are all often stuffed with sugar. All of this sugar can lead to diabetes, liver damage and premature ageing. 

Get Health Insurance

Personal insurance is important to help you stay on top of your overall health. Health insurance is a great thing to have as a backup plan for future uncertainties, as it covers the comprehensive costs involved in any individual’s medical or surgical expenses. 

Every country has its own health care system established for its citizens. You must always check the benefits & facilities provided. However, there are various countries such as Australia, in which healthcare is jointly operated by the government & private businesses as well. But, the thing of being healthy remains the same. You need to go to the doctor on a yearly basis for a check-up. This is mainly preventative, but you never know when the doctor may find a problem in the early stages so it is easier to fight. As you age, you also need to go to speciality doctors. Not to worry as some health plans do provide some special benefits such as routine health checkups, hospital insurance & likewise. Initiate some research & choose the health plan which stands best for your needs.

Get Enough Sleep

Zombies aren’t healthy. It’s important you get enough quality sleep. If you’re doing all you need for a healthy body, but not getting enough sleep, your mind isn’t healthy. Sleep helps in your mental and physical health. It’ll help you think, analyze, react, and learn. It also helps your body get over an illness. Sleep restores you so you can work on your healthy lifestyle on a daily basis with a vigour for life.

Get Some Exercise

You don’t have to run a marathon every day to exercise. You can walk a few minutes each day. You can get thirty minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week. It’s up to you what you can fit in your day and in your lifestyle. Exercise is all about mental and physical health. When your body is getting great blood flow from exercise, your whole body is rejuvenated helping you feel better and look better at the same time.

Almost 43 per cent of Australians are trying to lose weight, and people whose weight is classified as overweight are attempting to do so which is 62 per cent vs 27 per cent (more than twice as likely than those in the normal weight range to be).

Portion Control 

Portion control is a huge factor when it comes to controlling your weight. If something is low in fat, but you eat ten servings, you aren’t doing your body any favours. Eat smaller portions to avoid consuming a higher amount of calories. One easy example is to not eat a portion bigger than your hand. Of course, you can eat your weight in vegetables and things that are naturally healthy. Just because a food is labelled low fat or low sugar doesn’t mean you can eat the entire bag.

Choose Whole Foods

Processed foods aren’t doing your body any good. Stay away from those instant pasta fixes and frozen dinners. Cook your own meals from fresh fruits and veggies. Go for protein and fibre instead of food that’s sitting on your shelf. Processed foods are full of empty calories. You may not have time to whip up fresh vegetables every day, but try to choose protein and whole grains over random things you pulled off the grocery shelf. 

Only 11% get enough vegies,  but 50% of Australians eat the recommended two serves of fruit each day. Alarmingly, 1 in 5 Aussie homes reported household members who won’t eat them at all.

Manage Stress

Stress is one of the worst things in the world for your body. It takes a toll on you mentally and physically. Figure out the way you can manage stress. From working out and yoga to massage and meditation, it’s up to each person to find their way to fight stress. Remember there’s only so much you can control on your own. Don’t try to control the world, and don’t try to take on all of the world’s problems.