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Managing a healthy lifestyle and a busy schedule

Managing a healthy lifestyle and a busy schedule

Even though your schedule might be hectic day in and day out, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day (19th February) coming up, make some easy lifestyle changes from which you can benefit.

Try these easy guidelines to transitioning your lifestyle to a more healthier one:

1. Remember to have a good breakfast. It is important for sustaining your energy levels and keeping your blood sugar levels stable. Choose a breakfast that is high in complex carbohydrates, high in fibre, rich in protein and provides good fats. Try a bowl of oatmeal every morning.

2. Drink more water. At least eight glasses of water a day is recommended. This will also boost your immune system as well as increase your energy levels. Lose the gassy drinks and caffeine!

3. Fill up on enough iron. Not consuming enough iron throughout the day may cause fatigue and even depression. Keep your energy kevels high by eating lentils, oatmeal or lean meat.

4. Take baby steps. If you’re thinking about changing your lifestyle, take it one step at a time. Take your vitamins daily or try snacking on veggies and nuts instead of potato crisps or chocolates. Start small, and keep pushing yourself a little more each day.

5. Try three ingredient meals. You can get all the fuel you need from meals made with only three ingredients, like the sweet potato spinach breakfast hash. These are quick and easy recipes – perfect for your busy schedule! For more easy recipes, see http://greatist.com/eat/3-ingredient-healthy-recipes.

6. Breathe between bites. With deadlines looming and crazy daily schedules, be mindful of what you’re eating. So often we are scoffing lunch at our desks in front of our PCs. Relax, and take time to breathe in between bites, realising what your body actually needs.

7. Avoid snacking. Opt for high protein meals that will keep you fuller for longer, instead of sugary snacks that will only keep you satisfied for a few hours.

8. Turn off technology. After a stressful, busy day at work, the last thing you need is a stressful, busy evening. Turn off your technological devices and take the time at home to relax and recharge for the next day.

By making these simple changes, you can even decrease the threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). For more information, read Developing countries worst hit by lifestyle diseases.