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Five Steps To Put Your Best Fork Forward

Tips for a Healthier You!

1. Form an eating style that incorporates a variety of your favorite, healthy foods.

2. Cook more at home and try new healthier ingredients.

3. Make sure you are eating and drinking the right amounts of food and liquids for your body.

4. Get moving! Make sure you are exercising and being active daily/weekly.

5.  Make sure to follow up with your physicians! Keeping up with your annual check-ups is a crucial part in making sure that your body is functioning at its best.

Choose www.ChooseMyPlate.gov or https://cronometer.com to plan meals that are more healthful and portion controlled. Try and include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, aiming for at least half of your plate to consist of these nutrient-dense foods. Also, try and challenge yourself to eat 50% less of the empty caloric carbohydrates. This includes white, wheat, and whole grain bread, rice, pasta, and cereals. Aim for nutritional dairy products, and include a variety of lean protein, including plant-based proteins in your meals. The more variety of healthful foods you have in your diet, the broader spectrum of nutrients you will provide your body. Try cooking more at home and experiment with ingredients. Cooking at home is a great opportunity to involve the whole family. Have each person take a turn planning a new meal and preparing it at home. Take your favorite recipe and modify it to be healthier and more balanced. You can also change the way the food is cooked. If the original recipe calls for frying, try baking or grilling instead. You’ll find you are eating something that is much healthier for you but is still something you can enjoy.

How much we eat is just as important as what we eat. We all have different needs that are based on our height, weight, age, gender, and activity level. Even too much of a healthy food can lead to a larger caloric intake than what we need. You can use a variety of tools on www.choosemyplate.gov or https://cronometer.com to find a meal plan, including appropriate caloric amounts of each food group that is recommended for your body and goals specifically! How awesome is that?! Another big tip is to stay active. Find activities that you can enjoy each day of the week (but remember, always take a rest day if your body needs one). A healthy lifestyle not only includes proper eating habits but also getting regular physical activity. Don’t have time for 30 or 60 minutes of exercise? Try breaking it up into three 10-minute sessions, you’ll reap the same benefits. If you have any health conditions, make sure you get clearance from your doctor before starting an exercise program.

And remember, never skip out on those visits and check-ups with your local physician, nutritionist, and/or chiropractor! Scheduling proper doctors appointments are a key part in making sure your body is still running properly, even if you feel like you are on top of the world. 

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