A. Eat to live. Whole foods, especially plants, nourish your body and protect your health in a way that frozen pizza, fast food, and packaged sweets never will. So base your meals and snacks around veggies and fruit, whole grains, legumes, olive oil, and nuts, along with nourishing protein (including omega-3-rich fish, such as wild salmon or sardines, a couple of times a week).
B. Use those limbs. If we were meant to live our lives on couches and in chairs, our bodies would be shaped like throw pillows. Those feet (and legs!) of yours were made for walkin’ — not to mention dancing, cycling, and hiking. And those arms were made for activities like lifting, digging, throwing, and pulling your body through the water (aka swimming). Pick an activity you really enjoy and “just do it.” Start small (five minutes!) and build up to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on more days of the week than not.
C. Cultivate quiet. Stress management isn’t optional or “extra” these days — it’s an essential part of maintaining good health. And better to de-stress a little every day than to wait until you’re in desperate need of a week-long retreat but too frazzled to find one. Start a regular meditation or yoga practice; on busy days, it helps to find even just a few moments of peace amid the noise in which to sit quietly, close your eyes, feel your body, and follow your breaths.
D. Connect with the people you love. Online and on our cell phones, we’re more “connected” now than ever. But human connection — feeling seen, heard, and valued — is what truly matters. Social isolation is on par with obesity as a health risk, and positive relationships are every bit as nourishing and important as real food and regular exercise. So place the people who make you feel good front and center in your life — and on your calendar!