5 Lifestyle Changes to Keep Your Body, Mind and Soul Happier and Healthier in 2023 | Health

The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future, and as we look to 2023 with January almost upon us, it’s an opportunity to prioritize our health and wellness resolutions and make significant changes to our lifestyle. Whether it’s through diet, exercise or stress management, small adjustments can lead to big improvements in our overall quality of life and now is the time to buckle down and make health and well-being a top priority.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Akshay Modi, CEO of Modi Naturals, suggested five ways to keep your body, mind and soul on track to be happier and healthier in 2023:

1. Change your eating habits – Eating habits play a crucial role in determining overall health and well-being. Eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods can help reduce your risk of chronic disease and promote a healthy weight. An important aspect of healthy eating is choosing the right oil. There are a variety of cooking oils on the market, and a conscious consumer should choose an oil that has the goodness of olive oil, antioxidants, and a high smoke point for everyday cooking. A blended oil or multi-source oil that contains the benefits of olive oil is very beneficial for health as it contains antioxidants, making it the ideal oil for Indian cooking. Another key element is the high smoke point, ideal not only for everyday cooking but also for frying and frying. The high smoke point prevents the degradation of fatty acids at high temperatures, making the food healthier.

Ideally, your edible oil should also contain oryzanol, a powerful natural antioxidant that protects against heart disease by maintaining optimal cholesterol levels (lowering LDL and increasing HDL). It also helps prevent other lifestyle conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cancer. The perfect cooking oil should have low oil absorption, making meals lighter yet healthier and tastier.

2. Healthy meals a day – Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. However, food preferences have changed dramatically over the years. The pandemic era taught us how to be more health-oriented, and dietary trends have shifted significantly from high-calorie foods to low-carb and low-fat options. A quick bowl of cereal along with a slice of almond bread with some protein-rich peanut butter in the morning will give you the jump start you need for a long day. However, every meal is important. Lunch can be moderate, with fried chicken/paneer/salmon and green vegetables over rice. Finally, dinner should be the lightest meal, with salads and soups cooked in extra virgin olive oil. If you are bored of the usual food, you can also try making 100% durum wheat pasta with vegetables or chicken.

3. Healthy snack – Binge watching your favorite show on Netflix has become the most popular way to enjoy the weekend, but what do we eat? Most of us rely on ready-made, high-calorie snacks. This year, let’s make choices that are not only good for our taste buds, but also good for our bodies. Here’s a healthy snack idea for you to try. Spread peanut butter on a slice of apple or multigrain bread for a classic, quick and delicious snack. Peanut butter is a healthy option and a great substitute for high-calorie cheese or a mayonnaise dip.

4. Yoga and meditation – If you work long hours on your laptop or have a desk job, make sure you follow a strict fitness regimen. Yoga and meditation are the key fitness programs that can help you become stronger and calmer in 2023. For too long, we have forced our bodies into rigid exercise routines. This year let’s break free from those heavy and rigid body movements and find more intuitive and fluid movements. They are receiving well-deserved popularity as people all over the world experience their physical and mental benefits. These practices can prevent muscle stiffness and reduce stress, which is a common goal of people who want to develop positively and focus on self-improvement.

5. Focus on yourself – Make 2023 the year you finally invest in yourself. Find opportunities to travel, take reasonable breaks from work, and spend time with friends and family every weekend. Remember to spend at least an hour alone every day. Use stress management methods such as deep breathing, listening to music, going for a walk, etc. If you think you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Talk about it with your partner, friends or family. Channel your energy into caring for pets or growing plants of your choice.

Make a conscious and determined choice like adopting sustainable practices. Choose positivity and watch the world around you change in 2023!