Health Tip: Eat Clean Healthy Foods & Stay Active (Lyn–Desert Rain)

Treat your body with respect.  Make these golden retirement years the best they can be.  Start right now on a mission to change your lifestyle to benefit all your body organs from deep inside your heart to the outer reaches of your skin.  Number one on the list should be to clean up your diet.  Start eating “clean.”  Get back to the basics:  Eating a diet of mostly whole, unprocessed foods and avoiding the junk promotes health and well-being.
Go for the whole.  Whole, minimally processed foods such as fresh produce, beans, nuts and grains are rich sources of nutrients & fiber, while highly refined foods such as white bread, cookies, cakes and chips have been stripped of the good stuff.
Skip the processed foods.  Highly refined, processed foods lack nutrients and often come with added sugars and unhealthy fats.
To me, clean eating means to get off refined sugar and refined carbs.  They don’t add any nutrients or health benefits.  I know it’s an up hill battle.  There are so many goodies out there tempting us.  We just have to try to do our best.
The next important key to good health:  Keep moving.  Exercise to keep your body fit and healthy.  My favorite is walking.  It’s one of the best things you can do for your mind too because it increases production of the brain chemicals–the neurotransmitters and endorphins–which will help elevate mood.  It’s also a good way to manage stress.  Setting off down that walking path can help you blow off steam and relax.
Exercise fights fatigue too.  In one study, people who began exercising for 20 minutes three times a week reduced their fatigue by 65 per cent after six weeks.  The more active you are on a regular basis, the more energy you have.
This is my last health tip for this season.  To all my friends:  Stay active, eat healthy, be safe.  See you in the fall.

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