Tips for Simply Better Living
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Carolyn Brown, MS, RD, teamed up with Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic to provide tips to help Americans achieve simply better living.
- Keep it simple: Product labels can be confusing for many of us, making it difficult to easily find wholesome food options. Simplify your supermarket search for better-for-you foods by focusing on brands which give you uncomplicated product information right on packaging. Look for products that include straightforward ingredient statements and display the USDA organic seal or other easily-identifiable category differentiators on the front of packaging
- Get moving: Eating healthy is only one part of the simply better living equation. Fitness also plays a large role in feeling and living better. Short on time? Dread going to the gym? Do what fits in your schedule, even if it’s just a ten-minute online exercise video to help you get back to basics. Make exercise fun with new activities, like hiking or kayaking, to keep it interesting. Don’t forget to stay hydrated; bring bottled water or a reusable container along to your workouts.
- Give your shopping list a makeover: If you’ve ever ended up with a fridge full of mismatched food and “nothing” to eat after grocery shopping, bring recipes to the store to use as your shopping list. Recipes will help guide what goes into your grocery cart and ensure you stock up on healthier foods that meld into cohesive dishes. If you’d rather leave your recipes at home, go online and create a shopping list in advance at SimpleTruth.com, and be sure to stick to your list to prevent impulse food purchases.
- Get your snooze on: In addition to healthy eating and exercise, sleep is a key component to wellness. According to the National Sleep Foundation*, the average adult requires about seven to nine hours of sleep each night, which is often a challenge for many. Try setting a sleep cycle by going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. Don’t give up if it doesn’t work right away. Relax before going to bed by taking a bath or reading a book. Soon your body will associate these activities with rest, helping to make it easier to fall asleep.
- Make it meatless: Mix things up at dinnertime by serving vegetables as your main dish. Bring well-seasoned leafy greens to the center of your plate and dress them up with other plant-based components. If your veggie of choice is not in season, opt for frozen vegetables, which can be just as nutritious as fresh produce. Simple Truth offers a variety of frozen options from cut corn to mixed vegetables to mukimame.
For more simply better living tips along with product information, including local store availability, product assortment and the full list of the 101 artificial preservatives and ingredients which are not found in Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic products, visit www.simpletruth.com.
About Carolyn Brown:
Carolyn Brown, MS RD is a NYC based nutritionist. She works in private practice at Foodtrainers, specializing in weight management and general healthy living. Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from Tulane in New Orleans and her Masters from New York University with brief stays in Colorado and Italy in between. She is a weekly contributor to WebMD’s Real Life Nutrition blog and has been quoted and written for many websites, television programs and other publications including CNN, FOX, health.com, CBS news, Glamour, WebMD and the New York Daily News. Carolyn's favorite activities are snowboarding, running and yoga and favorite vice foods are her dad's homemade pizza, and pretty much anything with dark chocolate. Follow Carolyn on twitter for more nutrition nerdiness: @onesmartbrownie.