So, over the past 5+ months I've been trying to make some positive healthy changes. I started:
- Drinking an acceptable amount of water, 64-96 oz a day
- Went vegan
- Increased my exercise substantially
- Increased my daily raw food intake
- Lowered my calories
- Added phsyical therapy to my daily activities
I've started wanting to get a bit healthier, now that I've pretty much mastered everything above, except maybe exercise, with my pain that will take a few more weeks of physical therapy to keep me in the groove I'm in. Anyhow, I started reading articles on green tea and flax meal.
I was reading about how adding 2 cups of green tea to your day can help prevent cancer. Also, that 4 cups a day can help reduce cholesterol, increase weight loss results and prevent type II diabetes. So I've added 2 cups in the morning and 2 cups when I get home from work. Luckily the caffeine is low (4 cups of green tea is equal to less than 1.5 cups of coffee). It's also a diuretic, which is great as I have a problem with often being bloated and retaining water. I drink a lot but I probably eat too much salt. Maybe that will be the next thing I tackle. Although I'm sure I eat way less now that I don't eat restaurant/processed foods like I used to.
Flax has similar benefits to green tea, 1-2 tablespoons a day help to fight breast, prostate and colon cancers. It also has lots of fiber, soluble and insoluble, about 3 grams per tablespoon, which helps with gastrointestinal issues like ibs. It can also help regulate blood sugar, preventing and helping with type II diabetes. It's also helpful in preventing heart disease and the good fats like the ones in flax meal keep your heart healthy. I am now eating 2 tablespoons a day in my smoothies. Be sure to grind the flax seeds and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge/freezer to keep it from spoiling. If you eat the seeds whole, they pass through and you don't get the benefits.
I'd like to start adding at least 1-2 new healthy additions to my lifestyle over the next few months. My second 4 month goal ends June 19th, by then one of my goals is to have added 6 healthy new habits. So far I've added 3 since february 19th when this second challenge started. They are exercise, flax meal and green tea. I'm thinking that by June I'd like to have added spinach to my smoothies. I need to add two other things. Preferably not diet related. Maybe yoga? Or some stress relieving technique.
What healthy changes have you made to your lifestyle? Do you have any recommendations for me? :)