What lifestyle changes are you making to improve your quality of life?

Spring is a time when people seem to take stock of their lives and look at opportunities to change. Have you decided to eat better and exercise more, have a better work-life balance, get rid of negative, stressful relationships? Take the poll below to share what lifestyle changes you’re making to improve your quality of life.  Feel free to submit a comment about what you're doing.

What key lifestyle changes are you making to improve your quality of life?

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Bonnie C. May 2, 2014 at 11:04 am

I've been walking a bit more and trying to cut back on sweets and fats in my diet. It seems to help with my moods (post-menopause mood swings are almost as bad as pre-puberty hormone-related mood swings), and I feel better too!

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Rose Richardson April 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

It was truly a divided decision because along with more exercise I also have amended my diet to promote more healthier eating. I feel doing both of these things together will allow me to promote my healthy physical and mental state of being as it is now.

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Ed April 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

How much carbs should one consume in a day? I have been looking into people's opinions and wonder what would be best for me. I read that to kick start weight loss, one should not consume carbs for two weeks, then only eat 50 grams of carbs a day for when you exercise. That all depends on how frequent and intense your exercise sessions are. Is that a good plan to follow?

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Janet Anderson April 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Ed,
We'll refer your question to a nutritionist. Thanks.

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Christie Williams, MS, RDN, LDN April 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

This is a great question! Carbohydrates are a important part of balanced diet and are determined individually. They are usually based for adults on age, weight and acitivity. Carbohydrates are converted partially to glycogen, which is stored in your muscles to power your workouts. If your exercise is about a hour or so, a healthy balanced diet is the best to follow. Remember carbohydrates come from dairy, vegetables, fruits, legumes, breads, cereals and sweets. The typical diet should be about 15-25% protein, 25-35 % fat and 40-60% carbohydrate. Many studies have been done on those who have lost a significant amount of weight and keep it off. These include: 1. Weighing on a regular basis i.e. every week or two 2. accountability to portions 3. exercise 4. positive self-talk.
For a quick start use of meal replacements- a calorie/portion controlled food such as a shake/bar or prepacked meal once or twice daily has also been associated with significant weight loss. ----In the end, plan and eat mindfully.

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