One of my guiding principles is to remember that you don’t know what you don’t know – and if you make the best decision you can with the information you have, then you won’t have any regrets. But if a time comes when you know better, then do better.
When I started to learn more about health and wellness, and how those things are connected to the environment, I wanted to do better. That spurred what has become a lifelong journey for me. Though I’m no saint and do believe in balance, making healthy changes has set me (and my family) on a healthier and happier path.
Help with Making Healthy Changes for Good
One of the new resources I use for health and wellness information is the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Healthy For Good website at www.heart.org/HealthyForGood. The AHA Healthy For Good website is a rich resource for healthy living content. It offers an extensive suite of recipes, videos, and editorial. The site is broken into four categories: EAT SMART is about smart shopping, cooking, and label reading. ADD COLOR encourages eating healthier by adding colorful fruits and vegetables to your meals. MOVE MORE is all about becoming more active, and BE WELL focuses on whole body health; including mindfulness, stress reduction, and overall wellness.
Speaking of eating smart and adding color, June is National Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month, so it’s a perfect time to get started making health changes. I’ll share with you (as I’ve done before) what has worked in my household.
Before my kids came around to vegetables, they were happy to eat fruit. So we became a smoothie household. One of my favorite tricks for getting greens into my kids was to sneak them into their fruit smoothies. I always added a pinch of spinach or kale and half an avocado. This tends to not change the color too much so it still looks fruity, and does not change the flavor at all.
The avocados give the smoothie its yummy creamy consistency. A 2015 study from Penn State found that adding one avocado a day as part of a heart healthy diet can help lower bad cholesterol. In addition to being delicious, avocados offer healthy, cholesterol-friendly components such as fiber and are also loaded with potassium and heart healthy fats. (Learn more about the health benefits of avocados at www.LoveOneToday.com.)
If you’ve ever seen my kitchen or met up with me at a grocery store, you would be sure to have seen avocados in my cart. That’s because we go through them quickly in my house.
Now that my kids are older and we don’t need to sneak vegetables into meals anymore, at least once a week we do a salad bar dinner. It works really well as a tool for emptying the fridge too! We put lettuce in our bowls and then each of us fills it with the healthy foods we want in our meal. There’s always avocado, cucumber and carrots, plus whatever else we have on hand that day, such as hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken, walnuts, sesame seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, chick peas, black beans, and more. We each have different preferences, but it’s all healthy.
You’ll find tips like these and more in posts such as staple ingredients for quick and healthy meals on the AHA Healthy For Good website.
Change is hard. That’s why so many people make resolutions at the start of each new year and then abandon them weeks later. The American Heart Association knows that. It’s why AHA’s ultimate goal is to inspire and help people navigate the barriers to change so they can not only make a change, but maintain it too. They don’t just tell people what to do, they show people how to do it. And when you know better, it’s that much easier to do better.
So join the AHA Healthy For Good movement and make a change for the better. Go to www.heart.org/HealthyForGood and click “join the movement” today. Because once we know better, we can do better.
If you could make one healthy behavior change, what would it be and why?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by AHA Healthy For Good. All opinions and anecdotes expressed here about making healthy changes are my own. The views, opinions and positions expressed within this post belong to EatSleepBe.com and do not necessarily represent those of The American Heart Association unless explicitly stated. The content on this site is meant to entertain, provide information, and to spark conversation. Always speak to your doctor or healthcare practitioner with questions or before making changes to your healthcare routine.
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