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Posted: August 31, 2022

Top 5 Lifestyle Tips from a Registered Dietitian

Ketogenic, paleo, intermittent fasting, cleanses, cabbage soup … there are so many fad diets floating around. Many of these diets are hard to follow in the long term, are unbalanced, and do not lead to sustained weight loss or a healthy body and mind. It is more impactful to think of your health, weight and wellness in terms of a lifestyle instead of a temporary diet. Not sure where to start? No need to worry – your Vitamine registered dietitians are here with their top 5 lifestyle tips to help you get started. 

Top 5 Lifestyle Tips:

  1. Focus on variety: Instead of putting the emphasis on what you cannot eat, celebrate what you can include in a balanced diet. Try to include 3-5 food groups at each meal and 2-3 food groups at snack time. This will help your body get more of those essential nutrients that it craves. Also, don’t be afraid to try new foods or try cooking things in different ways. Adding flavor with spices and herbs is a great way to make your balanced meal even tastier.
  2. Get moving: The general recommendation for exercise is 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. For some that may be daunting, so I say just start moving. Even starting with 5-10 minutes per day of physical activity can help you start creating a healthy habit of movement. Also, try to find something that is enjoyable. You don’t have to go for a run; you could just dance to your favorite songs in your kitchen for 10 minutes.
  3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Proper hydration is an important part of a balance lifestyle. Water is always best, but you can jazz it up with bubbles, herbal teas or fruit/herb infusions. Also keep in mind that water is not just for the summer. You can get dehydrated in the winter too, especially with the drier air. A good place to start is to aim for half of your body weight in ounces per day of water intake.
  4. Catch some Zs: Good, quality sleep is essential for our overall health and wellness. When we are not getting enough sleep, we often tend to over-eat more often, do not complete as much physical activity, and have a harder time managing our stress levels. It might sound silly, but set a bedtime for yourself and create a bedtime routine around that time. By doing this on a regular basis, you can start to teach your body to shut down and rest at a certain time.
  5. Manage stress: Chronic high levels of stress can wreak havoc on the body in many ways. Stress can increase your blood pressure, stress hormones, and risk of hypertension, heart attack and stroke. Finding healthy outlets can be helpful in reducing your stress and therefore your risk of developing physical side effects. Some examples of healthy outlets include exercise, reading, drawing/coloring, puzzles, gardening, chatting with friends, taking a luxurious bubble bath, etc. Find what works best for you and make it a point to include it in your weekly routine. 

Still feeling a little overwhelmed? Pick 1 or 2 of the suggestions above to focus on for the next month. Often when we try to change too many things in our lives at once, it becomes easier to get overwhelmed and let things fall off. Remember that creating new habits takes time – but if you stick with it and focus on your health as a lifestyle you will succeed in improving your overall well-being. If you are still unsure of where to start, reach out to one of your Vitamine registered dietitians by sending them a chat message today!

*The blog articles, recipes and recommendations found on this site are not intended as medical advice and should not replace consulting with your medical provider. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.