A few simple changes in your lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health now and can also prevent you from experiencing a variety of health problems in the future. I notice that younger people are starting to suffer from heart disease due to a poor diet and an epidemic of inactivity. I urge my patients to stop smoking, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and augment their balanced diet with appropriate nutritional supplements. For example:
- Get active! Try to exercise for 20-30 minutes at least 3 days a week.
- Eat out less and eat home-cooked food.
- Brown-bagging your lunch is a good idea because you can control your fat and sugar content while adding nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains.
- Limit your intake of alcohol and stop smoking. Drinking alcohol excessively and/or smoking limits your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.
Try to implement some of these changes. Be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself. Changing engrained patterns and habits takes time. I now provide lifestyle coaching to our patients and to Victoria as a whole. Call us if you are keen to have more direct guidance and a list of more specific improvements that you can make.