Forget health envy! You can take steps now to transform how you look and feel by learning the simple—but important—actions healthy people take. Get started on your journey toward improved wellness with these 10 things healthy people do every day.
1. Listen to the body.
It’s easy to allow routine and habit to overtake what we know is healthy action. Listen to your body for clues about everything from hunger to thirst to rest. For example, if you’re feeling tired, take a power nap, if possible, or plan to hit the hay a little earlier so you’re getting the proper amount of sleep.
Hydration takes the edge off of hunger so you’re less likely to overeat. Plus, water offers the added benefit of being a beauty food: your skin will look healthier and more hydrated, too! Try these 3 Delicious Cleanse & Detox Water Recipes.
3. Snack smart.
Snacking helps prevent overeating at meal times and it keeps blood sugar levels stable so you don’t experience the crashes that drive unhealthy snack choices, like chips or processed sweets. Munchies like Avocado Hummus and 3-Ingredient Parmesan Kale Chips will nourish the body and satisfy the appetite.
4. Don’t bust a gut.
People on Okinawa, who are among the world’s longest-lived populations, have a saying that a person should eat until she’s 80% full. Take a cue from them; eat until your appetite is satisfied and then stop. Pre-portioned foods, like these 21 Clean-Eating Pre-Portioned Snacks are tasty ways to avoid overeating.
5. Eat breakfast.
Folks who skip the morning meal consume more calories throughout the day. Healthy people take time to eat a nutritious breakfast—one that doesn’t come out of a freezer box. Try Banana Walnut Overnight Oatmeal or easy Sun-Dried Tomato and Egg Muffins.