They say time is money. Well, give enough time to your body to clean, process, and restore tissue for another day of wear and tear. If you sleep with an empty stomach and bladder you will make the best of this rest, therefore eat your last meal at least 3 hours before you plan to sleep.
When measured on a cost per serving, per weight, or per nutrition basis, fruits and vegetables beat out meat and junk food. Try to buy in season, as these will be the most appropriate for the climate, richer in nutrients, and at the best price. Replace butter and hydrogenated vegetable oils with olive oil and coconut oil, using virgin oil or coconut oil for hot cooking and extra virgin olive oil for cold foods. Research shows that 2 tablespoons of olive oil per day can reduce the risk of heart disease. To increase your good cholesterol, add avocado and nuts to your diet at least twice a week.
Exercise is one of the healthiest investments of you time and should happen at least 3-5 times a week, spaced out no more than two days apart. After two days of no exercise the muscles slow down their metabolic rhythm to a basal state (as if you had not exercised) so even if your week is very busy make sure you exercise throughout the week.
Create Your Support Network
Humans are not like trees and can grow all by ourselves. We are social beings and thrive on the interaction that the community provides for us. Make a conscious effort to meet and talk to people that are sincere and trying to be better every day, those that inspire you and make you want to be a better human being.
Do What You Like To Do
Make time for what you like to do. As your body relaxes and is happy all the organs and systems work at their best.
Visit a Doctor and Dentist When Healthy
Book appointments for your kids and yourself to make sure you are up to date on all your vaccines, that your height and weight is appropriate, and that your teeth have not developed any cavities you are unaware of.
This article originally appeared on page 18 of the September 2016 Issue of beijingkids magazine. Click here for your free online copy. To find out how you can obtain a hard copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.