Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

About The Buzz: You’re Too Busy to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle?

TheBUZZ: You’re too busy to lead a healthy lifestyle?

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
When your career, family, and busy schedule take over, it’s easy to sacrifice health.

WHAT WE KNOW

No time to cook? The average American works at least 40 hours a week, on top of managing a house, kids, sports, traveling, and the other multifaceted day-to-day tasks … leaving little time to think about eating! When faced with running through the drive-thru or cooking a ‘well-balanced home cooked meal’ a significant number of Americans would choose ‘drive-thru.’ This overworked-undernourished cycle continues … so what can you do?

A diet that supports a healthy lifestyle is going to promote a positive outlook on life! Your clothes are going to fit better, you’ll have more energy, and you won’t feel guilty about what you’re eating; this formula can lead to improved mood, weight loss, and a positive self-esteem in general!

OUR ADVICE

Top 10 Easy Changes …

  1. Get Energy from Working Out. Regular exercise actually gives you more work energy throughout the day. So when work gets hectic, you need to work out more. Try a walk during lunch and take the stairs … every extra step helps!
  2. Get Your Sleep. Sleep deprivation has been proven to dampen creativity and actually prevent weight loss. Read More
  3. Cut Your Serving In Half. Who doesn’t love to eat out? When you do, cut your serving in half right away and put it in a to-go box – it’s that simple to cut calories! Eating Out Guide
  4. Hydrate. Water has amazing health benefits you shouldn’t miss out on. You should drink at least 64 ouces of water a day (remember fruit & veggies are composed of water too!), which can give you energy, protect your immune system and prevent dehydration that can lead to headaches and muscle pains.
  5. Stop Thoughtless Munching. If you have a candy jar at your desk and find yourself reaching for it regularly, you could be eating too much sugar and filling yourself with calories that could be better spent on a healthier, more filling meal—like fruits and veggies! Try this healthier crunchy snack.
  6. Minimize Happy Hours. Sure, a post-work drink can be relaxing, but indulging too often can lead to empty calories that will add up. To better relax, try yoga, reading, puzzles or physical activities. Our Guide to Better Balance
  7. Minimize Premade Dinners. If you’re busy you may grab quick-to-make meals like mac and cheese, pizza, burgers and frozen meals. For a balanced meal, simply add fruits, veggies and lean proteins—see some of our healthy plates & recipes for ideas!
  8. All Forms of Fruits & Veggies Matter! Some may worry that fresh produce will spoil quickly, so find new recipes for on-the-go and remember that all forms—fresh, frozen, canned, dried & 100% juice—are healthy! See Fruit & Veggie Storage Info
  9. Coffee & Energy Drinks Hinder Your Mood? Caffeine can cause anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, tremors and headaches. Scale back your caffeine and you could begin to feel better—try these healthy beverages instead!
  10. Healthier Quick Meals. Be watchful of the sodium in pre-prepared foods and meals so that you do not exceed recommended amounts. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, even in young adults. Quick Recipes Ready in 30-Minutes or Less

Easy Tricks for Everyday Meals …

Read our complete weight management guide and remember to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies at every eating occasion!

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