The lifestyle I led in college is extremely different than the one I lead today. While it’s taken me years to build healthy habits into my life, I have learned some important lessons along the way on how to be healthier and make lasting lifestyle changes.
Always read the ingredients
A good rule of thumb is if there are more than five ingredients or if you can’t pronounce any of the ingredients, the food is processed (unless it’s quinoa.) Processed foods are extremely unhealthy and a leading cause of disease. Look for foods with simple, real ingredients like whole grains, fruit, and nuts.
Regular exercise is no substitute for a bad diet
Think 80% diet and 20% exercise. That being said, a solid workout has minimal effect if you follow it up with a cheeseburger and fries. Everyone deserves a cheat meal here and there, but eating healthy foods most of the time will yield the best results for your health and body.
Love the life you live
Today’s popular fad diets encourage us to go to extremes like juicing, no carbs, or no meat. But, think about it, can you maintain that lifestyle? Probably not. Find foods you love that also happen to be healthy for you. They key to healthy living is loving your healthy life.