When you’re ready to make a lifestyle change for a #HealthyNewYou, diet is very important. If you’ve got a busy, on-the-go lifestyle, it can be difficult to make major diet changes. Many of us need to grab whatever meal or snack is most convenient and go. Unfortunately, the foods that are the most convenient often aren’t the best for us.
If you take a little time to plan ahead and think about what you are eating, you can get the necessary nutrients you need for a healthier spine and better overall health. These tips can help you out.
1. Plan out your meals for the week.
Take the time to plan out what you’re going to eat ahead of time. If you can, prepare your meals for the week ahead of time and portion them out so everything is ready to go when you need it. If you have a healthy meal readily available, you’ll be less likely to eat fast food or a frozen meal out of convenience, especially if you took the time to cook the meals yourself.
2. Keep the unhealthy stuff out of reach.
It’s no secret that highly-processed, packaged meals and snacks aren’t good for us. They are often high in sugar and saturated fats, which can trigger inflammation, as can foods containing white flour. Foods that trigger inflammation can make conditions like back pain and arthritis worse, so you’ll want to take care to avoid them. What’s the best way to do this? Don’t keep them around. Stock up on healthy snacks and foods, rather than foods that contain lots of sugar, fat, and white flour. If you have healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds readily available for you to snack on, it’s easier to make the choice to go with the healthier option.
3. Drink lots of water.
Teas and sodas may taste good, but they aren’t doing anything to help you stay hydrated and can actually promote dehydration. It is important to stay hydrated to keep our bodies functioning properly. Dehydration can cause a number of health problems, including back pain. Drink water throughout the day, and you’ll be doing your body a favor.
4. Focus on getting the right nutrients.
The right vitamins and nutrients nourish your bones, muscles, and spinal discs. This can help you whether you have back pain now or want to prevent back pain and other problems in the future. The best way to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need is to focus on eating whole, natural foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, salads, and brown rice. Calcium and vitamin D are also essential for bone health and help prevent conditions like osteoporosis, which results in weakened bones and can increase the risk of a spinal fracture. You can get calcium and vitamin D through foods like dairy, dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach and kale), beans, peas, and salmon.
Healthy eating can be a challenge with all of the foods when there are fast food restaurants all over. Let’s work together and keep each other motivated to live healthy lives. Tweet me @GleiberMD with the hashtag #HealthyNewYou to let me know what you’re doing to keep up a healthy diet.