Your daily choices have a big impact on your health. They can either help you stay healthy or contribute to life-shortening illnesses and disabling conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity and depression.
The best way to become more healthy is to make small changes that you can stick with over time. Start by adding one new health behaviour to your day at a time. For example, instead of having a can of soda at lunchtime, drink water with a slice of fruit or cucumber added for flavour. Once this becomes a habit, you can then start to build on it and increase the amount of time you are doing the healthy behaviour.
Avoid saturated fats by choosing foods low in them, such as lean meats, skinless poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Limit added sugars by eating fewer foods containing them or by reading the labels on food packaging. Choose more fruits and vegetables (3 or more servings per day) and whole grains. Choose liquid vegetable oils (such as canola, corn, olive, safflower and sesame) in place of butter or solid fats when cooking.
Get more physical activity by taking the stairs rather than the elevator and going for walks at work or after dinner. Try to walk for at least 10 minutes each day, or use an app on your phone to remind you to move more often. Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food. Bli mer hälsosam