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Keeping healthy by Tina Y. Gerber-McCurley

It's important to support your mind, body and soul by making small adjustments to your daily routine. Introducing small changes can have a big impact on your overall health. Setting a few small goals can lead to a healthier and happy life.

Who doesn't want to enjoy those warm summer months which will be upon us soon?

We all have the best intentions regarding healthy eating and living; now is the time to act. Let's face it, making those all-important choices can be hard, but together we can succeed.

We need a healthy diet and a healthy plan. This should include plenty of water, fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, nuts and seeds. Veggies and fruits are loaded with fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Your body will feel more comfortable, once a regular eating pattern has been established. Get rid of those donuts and sugary drinks. My weakness is still Dr. Pepper.

Hydration is extremely important and is often overlooked. Drinking plenty of water helps to ensure your body is functioning at optimal capacity. If you drink tea or coffee, the most beneficial intake is no more than 4 cups daily. Excessive caffeine can lead to insomnia and heart palpitations.

Processed food can contribute to obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. I have successfully brought my diabetes reading down from 27/21 to 6/7 consistently, by changing the foods I eat, eating more fruits and veggies and fewer empty calories, such as chips and cookies. I have lost 41 pounds to date. I also understand this can be more challenging with the soaring food prices.

Moderate exercise will also help maintain a healthy lifestyle and relieve daily stress. Remember to cut out risky behaviour; you know what it is. While they say alcohol is fine in moderation, tobacco and drugs are bad for everyone, regardless of amount.

A healthy health plan will also include a good night's sleep. Getting quality sleep cannot be overstated. Poor sleep will reduce your physical and mental performance, whether playing sports, cards, coaching your child's little league, or at work. So make the effort to regulate your bed times.

Finding your mental health, well-being, and emotional balance in life will benefit you and your entire family. Make time for self-care, whether it's a round of golf with the boys, having your nails done, or a time of fellowship and prayer. Many Churches offer programs to eat healthier or locally drop in for a hot meal. If you feel overwhelmed, with fear or anxiety because of poor health, whether physically, emotionally, or mentally, God provides peace and healing.

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