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Simple Steps To Attaining a Healthier Lifestyle (1)

Updated on September 29, 2012

It's A Lifestyle...

I like that word- lifestyle. I like it for several reasons, buy primarily because it doesn't imply a quick-fix. If you are overweight, obese, having health issues, reaching your late fiffties, sixties, or later, or simply desiring to improve your health, this is a good thing for you to be reading. It's important for you, or anyone to realize that improving your health is not something you can work part time at- it requires a change in your lifestyle. This change will require discipline and planning. It will most likely mean that some old habits will have to die. And old habits die hard. But in the end, won't it be worth it? Isn't it worth it to live longer? To have more energy? Better health will mean that you can enjoy life more and have more experiences. It will be totally worth it in the end to make the decision that no matter what, you are going to improve your health and your life.

Where Do I Start?

You might be asking yourself- "where do I start"? Let me make things crystal clear. One of the best places to start getting healthier is by assessing your eating habits. Food plays an important role in getting and staying healthy. The things you put into your body will have a profound impact on how well you feel, how well you think, how much energy you have and whether or not other decisions you make will be good for your health. Instead of dissecting the minutia right off the bat, let's cover some more general rules of thumb.

Healthy eating does not necessarily mean eating less. For many, people it might mean exactly that, but it doesn't always. I say this because so many people see eating as evil, and the cause of being overweight or obese, or even unhealthy. The answer is not, however starvation, but a correct view of food. We need food, it makes our bodies run, it's the fuel we live on. The problem lies with the laziness we exhibit when going about obtaining food. That's right, laziness. How often do we pick up food on the run, order take out, or call in a pizza delivery. With each of these methods you cannot begin to avoid starchy, sugary, fatty foods. Living healthier means you have to make time to prepare your own food the right, healthy way. You can't rely on others to prepare your food the way it needs to be prepared to facilitate a healthier, happier you. This is up to you; no one else will do it if you don't. Are you starting to see what I meant by a new lifestyle? Living healthier is always worth it, but rarely involves making the easy choices. So, how do you prepare healthier meals? Stay tuned for some good ideas and advice.

General Eating Guidelines...

We'll start off with some general guidelines and then progress to some more detailed instruction, like recipies. First off, practice eating smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. This prevents your body from overloading on calories and energy at any one point in the day and provides a much healthier atmosphere for your digestive system and metabolism. Secondly, do not skip breakfast! Breakfast performs an important function- it provides nutrients and energy to your body to rev-up your metabolism after a long night of fasting- breakfast is essential. Furthermore, watch your carbohydrates later in the day, or after about four pm. You can recognize carbohydrates as breads, pastas, oatmeal, beans, potatoes, fruit, rice and any type of grain or wheat product. I don't tell people to completely eliminate carbohydrates after four o'clock, but they should definitely be restricted to no more than a small serving of complex carbohydrate. Complex carbs should be recognized as whole wheat products, including whole wheat breads, whole wheat pastas, oatmeal, and even brown rice. Fruits, and anything starchy or white (like white or red potatoes or white rice) should be avoided, especially later in the day. Think of fruit as an excellent source of nutrients and energy, best consumed during breakfast and before exercise.

More To Follow...

This is the first of what I intend to be a multi-part series. We've confirmed some good methods to get started on eating healthy, and below I will include a helpful recipe. Good luck with your efforts, and remember, living a healthier lifestyle is always worth it-don't give up.

Healthy Fish Cakes

Ingredients

8 Tilapia fillets
150g oats
2 Tbspn Dill
2 Tbspn Italian Seasoning
1 Tsp Black Pepper
1/4 Tsp Salt (Himalayan Sea Salt)
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1/2 Onion
1 Tbspn lemon juice
2 Large egg whites

Nutrition Values (per cake)

Calories: 150
Protein: 21
Carbohydrate: 10
Fat: 3

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 360f and spray a large baking tray with PAM or a low-cal spray.
2. Put the oats into a blender and mix into a fine dust. Place in a large mixing bowl.
3. Place the Tilapia two fillets at a time into a blender and mix.
4. After you have all the Tilapia blended, place in a mixing bowl with the oats and add the seasoning.
5. Dice the peppers and onion into small cubes and add into the bowl.
6. Separate the 2 egg whites and add into bowl along with lemon juice.
7. Using clean hands, mix all ingredients together well .
8. Make 12 patty's and place them on the baking tray. Put in oven for 35 minutes or until lightly brown.

5 stars from 1 rating of Healthy Fish Cakes

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      Jesse Claffee 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thank you, healthylife2! It is a commitment, that's for sure.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great advice and I liked the fact that you said it takes time and effort. It feels like a full time job but I hope in time it gets easier. I will have to try that fish recipe. Voted up!