March Marks National Nutrition and Sleep Awareness Month

Facial Surgery in Indianapolis, INYour total health is important and good health makes for easier recovery after any medical procedure, like facial plastic surgery. To emphasize the importance of your total health, March has been designated National Nutrition and Sleep Awareness Month.

Healthy eating and routine exercise are essential all year round, but many of us need a friendly reminder to get back on track, especially after all the holiday gatherings. Educational efforts center on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits, and ensuring regular sleep cycles.

Here are 7 helpful tips to get you back on track to a healthier lifestyle and body.

  1. Did you know? Promoting nutrition in your home will help your family live longer and have a collective goal that brings you together as a family more often. One of the key tactics you can use is focusing on making food rather than eating out at restaurants. By making your own food, which is often more cost effective, you can choose which ingredients to include while opting out of the less healthy options.
  1. C’mon, admit it. You have unhealthy junk food stashed away around the house. Limit your junk food (and temptations) by picking a few favorites and dumping the rest. While you’re throwing junk food out, swap it out for healthy snacks instead.
  1. Watch portion sizes and visit www.choosemyplate.gov for the recommended serving size.
  1. Drinking water can help maintain the balance of body fluids and control calorie by substituting it for sugary drinks.
  1. Don’t forget to get moving. Exercise lowers blood pressure and helps your body control stress and weight. Adults should get 2½ hours per week. Staying fit increases your quality of life, too. When you are fit, you improve your mood, reduce stress, and increase energy level.
  1. It should come as no big surprise that because we spend up to one third of our lives asleep, sleep is a key indicator of one’s overall health and well-being. Most of us are aware that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make sleep a priority. Avoiding stimulants like coffee and energy drinks throughout the day supports a natural sleep/wake cycle. Remember being too busy for sleep and rest isn’t better.
  1. Lastly for young and the young at heart alike, encourage positive language around physical and eating habits in your home. Avoid negative language that puts yourself or others down—especially when it comes to the miraculous human body!

When you’re making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits, and ensuring regular sleep cycles, your body thanks you! A healthy heart, better sleep, increased energy, better mental health, weight management, and increased happiness await.

Interested to learn more about how much easier recovery is after facial plastic surgery when you’re maintaining a healthier lifestyle? Call us in Indianapolis/Carmel at 317-614-0639 or in Greenwood at 317-210-4339.