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Healthy Habits I Wish I Started Sooner - National Nutrition Month

If only I had known when I was 21, what I know now at 79, I'd be in great shape!

 March is “National Nutrition Month” and what a great time to start those habits of eating the best foods for your body instead of waiting until January 1st to start another resolution that will be usually ended and forgotten in 10 days...

Fun Fact #1 - It usually takes at least 30 days of consistent behavior to form new habits.

 You really must motivate yourself and think about why you want to make the change. Remember to continue the changes each day until you form your new habits.

 Insight Into My Own Nutritional Journey 

Five years ago, I connected with a lifestyle coach in a networking group I was in. She asked me to take her 30-day fasting course to lose weight and change my eating lifestyle. It also develops new habits for eating and food intake. 

Since I had tried several other diets and food loss programs and read all the books, which resulted with the programs bringing limited success, I thought if I tried her fasting program I could achieve some reasonable success!

 The key points of this fasting program were eating food portions “that would fit into the palm of your hand". I also drank shakes and water for breakfast and lunch and had a light dinner of a protein, vegetables, and green salad each evening. Alcohol and caffeine were eliminated for the duration of the fast. Each meal and bite were eaten slowly and thoroughly between bites.

 The idea was during the 30-day period to flush my body and determine which foods I was allergic to that caused me to gain weight. These foods were eliminated permanently from my diet at the end of my fasting and helped me maintain my weight. Amazing to me, I lost 28 lbs. In 30 days but within a years' time I had gained it all back and then some... 

 Fun Fact #2-  The whole trick to making healthy changes in your life is, once you have made the change, KEEP doing what got you to your goal!

The majority of people who want to have great nutrition and weight loss can usually accomplish that within the time period to get-it-done, but then they slowly allow themselves to slip back into the old habits and wind up right back where they started, myself included!

Creating A Successful Health Plan

Along with making sure that you develop healthy nutritional habits by eating health, you need to make sure that you are getting in the habit of making your annual check ups with your doctor, dentist, and optometrist. Eating healthy and creating health conscious habits are only part of a bigger equation. 

By getting in the habit of scheduling annual check ups, it allows for you to stay healthy. Also by taking preventative steps, you can avoid rushing to urgent care or going to the doctor when you’re sick. These tactics tend to be costly and taxing not only to yourself but to your family. 

Don’t have a health insurance plan? We can help you find the best plan to fit your budget and needs. We are the only Nevada Health Link preferred broker in Northern Nevada. Our agents have years of experience in the insurance industry and make it easy for you to understand and choose the right plan for you. We can also help you find the right dental and vision insurance plan. 

Don’t let your new nutritional habits be the only thing that keeps you healthy. Make sure you have a great affordable health plan through Nevada Health Link. Call the Nevada Silver Life & Health Insurance at 775-829-1221 and schedule an appointment to apply for coverage.

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