June 15, 2017

Tips to live a healthier lifestyle

Healthy eating and physical activity are important steps you can take to help you live a healthy life and prevent disease.

Make healthy eating a part of your life every day

All foods can fit into healthy eating. Healthy eating is not about one food or one meal eaten in a day; it is the everyday pattern of the foods you eat that make up a healthy eating lifestyle. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Enjoy eating well. Remember to take time to share your meals with family and friends. It is one of the great pleasures in life! 
  • Balance your meals by choosing foods from each of the four food groups. Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide can help you guide your food choices. (To get a free copy, call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600)
  • Go for variety. Make choices from different food groups and try different foods within each group.
  • Learn to listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry; stop when you reach your “just full” feeling. If you are feeling uncomfortable, you have probably eaten too much. This may take some practise, because it is a feeling that many of us
    usually don’t listen to.
  • Try to eat more vegetables, fruit and whole grains.
  • Choose lower fat dairy products, lean meats and food cooked with little or no fat.
  • Limit salt, alcohol and caffeine.

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Let’s get moving! Enjoy being active every day

Do you think being active requires a lot of time and effort? Read on to find out how easy it is to enjoy active living.

  • Gardening, walking, dancing or playing with the kids are all ways you can enjoy being more active.
  • It’s never too late to start being active. Start off slowly and work your way up to 30-60 minutes of medium to fast physical activity every day. Get your heart beating faster!
  • Being active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or taking exercise classes. There are many ways you can be more active. Try different activities and choose what is right for you.
  • Every little bit counts – park your car and walk, and/or take the stairs more often.
  • You can spread out your activity through the day – build in 10 minutes of activity at least three times a day.
  • Get a copy of Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living. It’s a first step to getting started. (To get a free copy, call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600).

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Healthy eating and active living can help you have more energy, feel less stressed and feel good about yourself. Together, a balance between eating well and being active can help to make you healthier and reduce the risk of diabetes and other diseases.

Remember…even taking small steps can make a big difference. Ask yourself what steps you can take towards a healthier lifestyle.

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