Improving and maintaining better health is a top goal for millions or even
billions of people around the world. Unfortunately, thanks to hectic lives,
stress, and numerous other factors, it’s a goal that gets set to the side all
too often.

Even when it’s front and center and thought of quite often, many think that
just a proper diet and exercise is all they really need. Knowing how to gain
weight or lose it for the sake of your health is one thing, making better
health-conscious decisions overall is quite another.

No matter what your reasons for wanting to live healthier are, you’ve made
an important first step by looking for informational resources. However, as
opposed to telling you the same stuff you’ve heard over and over again,
we’ve got some tips on this topic that you may not have considered.

Take Control

First, you need to control your environment and avoid ones that can
contribute to making less-healthy choices. When grocery shopping, stick to
your list and if it’s available, use the store’s app or website to map out your
trip. Plan your shopping according to what you need/want and stay away
from those ultra-bad food aisles like you’re allergic to them.

As you’ve likely always heard, snack on more fruits or vegetables. BUT,
that doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in those less-healthier foods that
you love so much. If you do have a favorite snack that you just can’t live
without, buy less of it and substitute it with fruits and vegetables as often as
possible. When you do give in, eat smaller portions than normal.

For dinner, make healthier appetizers and start off by filling half of your
plate with vegetables and then eat half of them before digging into the main
entrée.

Taking control of your environment and basically forcing yourself to eat
healthier is a passive way to make more health-conscious decisions. If you
want to go several steps further, you can take an online nutrition science
course.

Be Prepared

When COVID-19 hit, many of you were caught unprepared and had to
scramble to find essential pandemic equipment. With that trying time-
induced hindsight, you may be keeping a supply of N95 masks, Lysol, and
hand sanitizer around but there are a few other things that you should
consider for the sake of your health.

Of course, it’s always good to have a blackout kit with flashlights and
candles along with a basic first aid kit for those “just in case” situations.
Additionally, some of you are probably stocked up on food, water, and
other provisions and while that is a great best practice, are you really
prepared for (hopefully) rare health events?

Choking accidents happen when least expected and unfortunately, all too
few people know proper CPR. When looking to make more health-
conscious decisions, getting your CPR certification online and ensuring that
everyone in the household gets certified is a major step in the right
direction.

You should also have an epinephrine pen/auto-injector even if no one has
any known allergies. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep Narcan in case
you encounter an opioid-related health emergency.

On any given day, you make hundreds of decisions and when faced with
emergency situations, you have to make health-conscious decisions in a
matter of minutes. If not seconds.

You can only control your environment to a certain degree and there will
always be unforeseen events that can threaten the health of you and/or
your family. Be prepared for as many emergency situations as you can and
when you need to act fast, you’ll have the tools you need in order to take
back some control.