Plan meals ahead of time to prevent making last minute trips to the drive-thru

Good nutrition is important for good health. After a long day, we often think, “what should I cook for dinner?” Include fresh vegetables in your cooking for added health benefits. A healthy home cooked meal is far better than what’s offered at any fast food location.

Eat mindfully and simplify your menu

Pay attention to the foods you are eating and chew each bite at least 30 times (this will help to slow down and aid in digestion). Keep it simple by eating only whole or natural foods which will help to cut out chemicals from your diet.

Protect yourself from illnesses and diseases

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Don’t forget to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Connect Socially

After a stressful event, it is easy to isolate yourself. Make sure that you are spending time with loved ones. Consider planning fun activities with your partner, children, or friends. Seek help from a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson. Having a sympathetic, listening ear and sharing about your problems and stress really can lighten the burden.

Limit your intake of processed meat.

Go easy on the sausage, hot dogs (do you know what hot dogs are made of?) bologna & salami. Despite the good taste, these are often loaded with saturated fat, preservatives, sodium & calories. Instead, enjoy a super ono-licious balanced meal prepared with fresh meat, such as fish or chicken. Add fresh vegetables for added health benefits. Your body will thank you.

Sleep

Adults (including the elderly) should sleep 7-8 hours every night; school-age children should sleep 10 hours and teenagers should sleep 9-10 hours. Adequate sleep increases healthy brain function and helps your emotional well-being. Sleep will also play a role in your physical health. Remember sleep is a necessity, NOT a luxury.

Avoid drugs and alcohol

They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but in the long run they can create more problems and add to your stress instead of take it away.

Stick to a Healthy Eating Plan

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, a healthy eating plan:
 Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
 Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
 Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars

Be active at least 30 mins/day for five times a week

Physical Activity helps to promote range of motion to your joints and promotes circulation to all parts of your body. Remember, physical activity has many health benefits!

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Did you know that laughing may actually help your heart? According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, attending cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, laughter can decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation, and increase HDL or the “good” cholesterol.

Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better and the effects can last 24 hours.