7 Habits of Highly Healthy People

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  1. Read labels on everything

    The most important habit we can have when it comes to health is awareness of what is in the foods that we eat. Tune out any marketing messages and focus on simplicity when it comes to ingredients. Remember they are listed in order of quantity so if sugar (or any of its aliases such as syrups, cane juice or fructose) is the first ingredient that is a bad sign. Also watch for things that have been 'modified' (ie: modified corn starch) or bleached as these processes not only compromise the nutritional value but actually make the products worse for you.

  2. Careful following health trends or fads

    We often find people who try and follow health trends and fads hoping to find the 'magic bullet' for longevity and/or weight loss, much like day traders try to follow the stock market hoping for that one great trade that will make them rich. It usually does not work out the way we intend or the rewards are short lived. We encourage our customers to follow a longer term, sustainable health strategy and not to keep switching tactics every time a new product, advertisement, book or news article comes out. These can be confusing and often contradictory, making us lose sight of our goals and objectives.

  3. Set your own portions

    One of the best ways to cut calories and have a better approach to health is to manage your portions. Restaurants will fill up a large plate because it gives the appearance of getting 'more for your money'. Most of the contents, however, are fillers such as pasta, potatoes, rice bread or other processed items that have a high shelf life. Even in smaller amounts, such as a sandwich, you could take off the top slice of bread and eat the sandwich with a fork which would cut your calories from the bread in half. The best approach is to be able to govern your hunger and stop when you are full. It helps to eat slow considering it is often 20 minutes or so after you start eating that you begin to feel fullness from the meal.

  4. Switch dietary consumption strategically on a regular basis

    The human body tends to react well to change and diversity because it has been good for survival through evolution. At a micro level DNA encourages diversity through pheromone manipulation making us attracted to others that are genetically different because this helps strengthen our DNA against disease. At a macro level switching out the foods we eat on an occasional basis seems to encourage better health. This also helps ensure that we are not eating too much of a particular food product or are not missing anything valuable from a food that might not be part of our regular routine. It doesn't hurt, and may benefit, to occasionally buy gluten free or low starch products even if you do not have a reaction to these ingredients. Eggs, for instance, have a lot of nutritional value but eating eggs as part of an everyday breakfast isn't necessarily good for you.

  5. Manage stress

    This is often the hardest habit to keep. People tend to have high pain thresholds when it comes to stress. They get so used to the pain they are in through their busy lives they no longer realize it and accept it as normal. We often use the analogy it is like someone constantly pulling the fire alarm at your office. How can you be productive and get work done if you are having to react to fire drills throughout the day? This is the same impact stress has on our body. Our immune and nervous systems react to stress by releasing chemicals that can cause damage to cells over a long term. If it is impossible to get 15 minutes throughout a 24 hour day to practice some sort of relaxation technique you may well be one of those people that has a lot of pain caused by stress. We often tell our customers that stress kills quicker than fast food or any other vice we may consume. A portion of our programs are designed to help specifically with stress management and work/life balance.

  6. Don't cut on sleep

    It is proven scientifically that lack of sleep increases the chance for heart disease significantly. During the night our immune system remains active doing routine tasks that help our health. Cutting sleep is a ticking time bomb and there is no job in the World worth having a heart attack because of too many long nights in the office.

  7. Enjoy quality over quantity

    As restaurants and packaged goods companies continue to increase the size of packaging there has been a continuous shift in many parts of the World away from quality food items in lesser amounts. Usually the content that makes portions of food look larger is the most unhealthy or unnecessary, such as complex carbohydrates or other starch fillers. Focusing on eating foods that come in smaller portions but that have a richer taste and higher quality can be a good way to manage health and diet more proactively.