10 Ways You Can Easily Improve Your Nutrition
When the clock strikes midnight on every December 31st, countless resolutions to eat better and exercise more take flight.
But most of the time, those flights have a very quick landing in the face of all the overwhelming and unattainable health tips and exercise programs readily available.
According to Family Physician and bestselling author, Dr. Walt Larimore, the road to a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be this way.
On an episode of Ask Dr. Walt, he sits down with his good friend and registered dietitian, Sherri Flynt, to discuss 10 simple ways toward a sustainable and healthier lifestyle.
While they discuss the time-saving tips of meal planning, food prep, batch cooking, the benefits of eating at home over a fast-food meal, whole foods, and never underestimating the power of plants, Larimore and Flynt reflect on the updated dietary guidance published by the American Heart Association, which includes:
- Consumption of fruit and vegetables
- Adding more whole grains
- Eating lean and high fiber protein
- Avoiding ultra-processed foods
- Choosing liquid non tropical plant oils
While there are many negative connotations to the word “dieting,” Larimore encourages viewers to combat negative self-talk by taking baby steps to eating healthier, which may mean adding one extra vegetable a day or choosing water over a sugary liquid.
Because a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, Flynt also reminds listeners that “having a potato chip doesn’t mean you failed.” Mindful eating, removing distractions, and enjoying smaller portions produce more positive self-talk on the road to nutritional eating.
Along with moderation, Larimore and Flynt emphasize the crucial balance of nutrition, movement, and good sleep. These three aspects cannot function properly without the others as Larimore confirms, “a good night sleep changes everything.”
Exercising, eating clean, and sticking to a regular bedtime are links in a chain leading to a balanced mental, physical, and emotional lifestyle that starts with one healthy choice at a time.
Adapting to more nutritional living doesn’t just mimic the advice of health experts and trends of today, but it points back to scripture’s command to treat our bodies as temples:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV).
Implementing healthy choices doesn’t just enhance quality of life, but it honors the One who created all the aspects of our bodies.
If you want to dive deeper into these health practices and discover the remaining five ways to improve your nutrition along with the number one piece of advice Flynt gives her clients to strengthen every facet of their health, click on the video above!