Obesity is becoming an epidemic, people are leading more sedentary lives, and processed foods are practically devoid of essential nutrition. The type of lifestyle a family leads can contribute to lack of exercise, poor eating habits, chronic fatigue, and increased allergies. People get into stale routines, remain inactive, and suffer from stress, indigestion, and depression. Most think altering their lifestyle will be a complicated process, require sacrifice, cost a small fortune, or not make enough difference. That is simply not the case. Implementing lifestyle changes for the whole family can be simple, start slowly, and have a dramatic positive effect on wellness.
Healthier foods have improved in taste, texture, and pricing. Plant-based ingredients in alternative products eliminate eggs, animal products, preservatives, sugars, and artificial ingredients. There is more nutritional value in a mayonnaise substitute, for example, than in mayonnaise made with eggs, chemicals, and oils. Pea proteins provide a creamy texture and a great taste. Pricing is low because manufacturing food alternatives using plants requires less land, less energy, and less resources. A variety of flavors can accommodate the preferences of family members, so eating healthier is still delicious. Customers can find out more about healthy alternatives by reading labels on products, searching online for manufacturers of plant-based alternatives, and look on social media sites for coupons, recipes, and announcements regarding new product releases.
Exercising is another change to improve the family lifestyle. It does not have to include a gym membership, expensive home equipment, or new clothing. Put on a pair of sneakers and go for a walk a few times a week. That simple activity will improve circulation, increase oxygen levels in the brain and muscles, and provide energy and a sense of well being from the release of endorphins. It can be done alone or together, based on schedules, and family members can encourage each other to turn off the computer or television for half an hour and get out of the house. Implementing changes slowly, and expanding on successes, can help a family become more fit, manage weight, and suffer less from stress, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. It will not happen overnight, but will make a lasting difference in overall health.