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   Healthy Living
The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.
~Thomas Edison

What does Healthy Living mean?

“A healthy lifestyle involves eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and managing stress effectively. Making these healthy choices every day can affect more than your physical appearance -- it can also increase both the length and quality of your life by boosting your immunity to disease and keeping you emotionally healthy.”  ~ Reasons to Live a Healthy Lifestyle
http://www.livestrong.com/article/370474-reasons-to-live-a-healthy-lifestyle/

How can I start Living Healthy?

    Take stock of your life and make S.M.A.R.T. goals:

WebMD:  Healthy Living: Eight Steps to Take Today
Mayo Clinic: Resources for Healthy Living
Family Doctor.org:   What you can do to maintain your health?

    Healthy Eating

“Healthy eating is not a diet. It means making changes you can live with and enjoy for the rest of your life.

Diets are temporary. Because you give up so much when you diet, you may be hungry and think about food all the time. And after you stop dieting, you also may overeat to make up for what you missed.

Eating a healthy, balanced variety of foods is far more satisfying. And if you match that with more physical activity, you are more likely to get to a healthy weight—and stay there—than if you diet.” ~ Healthy Eating Overview
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/healthy-eating-overview

  The idea of what defines “healthy eating” has changed greatly over the last few decades.  From the Basic 4 food groups that many of us remember being taught in school, to the Food Pyramid and now to the most recent USDA recommendation, MyPlate, it’s difficult to stay knowledgeable about the best recommendations for healthy eating.

Talk to your medical care provider at North Coast Family Medical Group about the best ways to change your eating habits to achieve the best possible outcomes, individualized for you.  Not every approach is the right one, but your medical care provider at North Coast Family Medical Group will help guide you.

Resources:
Good Food on a Tight Budget
Mediterranean Diet
DASH Diet
Pegan (Vegan/ Paleo) Diet
Best Diabetes Diets
Diabetes Recipes for Success
Diabetes Diet
Engine 2 (Vegan)
Vegetarian Starter Kit
Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid
Recipes for Diabetes Management
Recipes for Healthy Living

    Healthy Activities

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
~ John F. Kennedy

Food can be many things to many people: Sustenance, solace, pleasure, entertainment, or addiction.  But the main purpose of food is to fuel your body’s activities.  Finding the right healthy activities to balance your food intake is an important part of healthy living. 

  As with plans for healthy eating, not every activity is right for every person. Certain exercises may be too strenuous for one’s current chronic health problems, or maybe you’re just not ready for them yet. Talk to your doctor or physician about the best ways to start a healthy activity plan.

Resources:
For Seniors
General Guidelines (all age groups)
AHA (adults)

Other resources for living a healthy lifestyle: 
Stress Management
Mindfulness
Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC)
Sleep Hygiene


Copyright 2010. North Coast Family Medical Group. Last updated June 2015