Spring is Around the Corner: Here’s How to Improve Your Health

March 12, 2024

Spring is coming, which has many of us thinking of getting in better shape.

Try these tips to boost your health and wellness.

  • Eat breakfast. This very important meal helps you start your day on the right foot. Overnight, while you’re sleeping, your metabolism slows down. Eating a nutritious meal in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism, helping your body stay energized and squashing cravings. Make sure this meal is full of fiber and protein, like oatmeal or eggs.
  • Choose whole foods. Whole foods such as grains, fruit, vegetables and protein are the best foods for you. Choose these over processed foods like chips and crackers. The MyPlate guide is a good one to follow. It includes portions for fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
  • Don’t be afraid of fat. While fats have gotten a bad rap, healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados are good for you. They help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. These fats will also fill you up and decrease your hunger so you won’t snack between meals.
  • Choose packaged foods wisely. Many packaged foods are bad for you, but some are OK in moderation. Read the labels carefully and avoid any packaged foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils, which clog arteries with trans fats. Examples of good snacks are hummus with carrots, a slice or two of cheese and whole-grain crackers.
  • Watch portions. In an ideal world, you would cook all of your meals from scratch and know exactly what you were eating. But in the real world we entertain clients, attend networking events and enjoy social time with friends. Such events usually involve food. When you’re out on the town, opt for small portions when you don’t know exactly what you’re eating or can’t control the use of oils and healthy fats.

These tips will help you attain better health and keep health care costs down. If you have questions about health insurance, contact UROne Benefits™ today here or at at 800-722-7331.

This post was originally published in March 2017; updated March 2024.