6 simple swaps for a happier, healthier you
Start small to kickstart a healthier lifestyle.
We believe that a healthy body and mind amplify the benefits of Pendulum Glucose Control. In other words, a holistic approach that includes a healthy diet, stress management, quality sleep, and regular exercise can make a good thing even better.It may sound like a daunting mix, but it doesn't have to be. Hitting the right healthy lifestyle balance can be as simple as swapping some not-so-great habits for healthier ones. Need ideas? Keep reading for our six small swaps for your holistic well-being.
1. Swap your afternoon sweet treat for a high fiber snack.
The next time an afternoon slump has you searching for a sugar fix– be prepared. Try stashing some nuts or fruit in your desk drawer at work. Their fiber will keep you feeling fuller longer and will save you from the sugar spike (and inevitable sugar crash) that follows a trip to the cookie jar.
2. Swap seated meetings for a walk-and-talk.Get some extra steps in during your next one-on-one by turning it into a walk-and-talk. Your body will thank you for the fresh air. What’s more, studies have shown that exercise makes you more creative. Take advantage of this fact by using your meeting as a brainstorming session.
3. Swap 10 minutes of television for meditation.Studies show that chronic stress negatively affects blood glucose and insulin resistance. Try countering this with 10 minutes of meditation to manage day-to-day anxieties. If you've never tried it before — don't stress! There are plenty of classes, books, and apps available to get you started.
4. Swap social media scrolling for some extra sleep.Social media can be the ultimate time suck. If, like many of us, you're guilty of scrolling late into the night, imagine using that time to get some restorative extra shut-eye instead. The trick? Leave your phone in a separate room at bedtime to break the habit and get the rest you need for a healthy body and mind.
5. Swap alcohol for seltzer water with a twist of lime.Try swapping your evening glass of wine or weekend cocktail for some bubbly seltzer water. A squeeze of citrus can boost the flavor without the added sugar. Not only will you be avoiding the adverse effects of alcohol on blood sugar, but you'll also be staying hydrated — something that's important for everyone.
6. Swap counting calories for eating more slowly.
It can take up to 20 minutes to feel full once we've started eating. That's why slowing down is a great way to naturally exercise portion control. Try matching the pace of a slower eater, or practice putting your fork down between bites. Eating more mindfully is an easy way to slow the speed and quantity of food going in without explicitly focusing on calories. Tuning in to your hunger and fullness cues might just lead to your healthiest self yet.