Simple ways to be healthier that don’t require much effort
Making healthy choices doesn’t mean that you have to change your whole lifestyle.
A few little changes to your eating habits and lifestyle can make a big difference to your physical and mental health.
You don’t have to punish or deprive yourself to be healthy.
In this article I’ve listed 21 easy ways to be healthier. These tips are perfect for anyone who is busy, tired or lacking motivation.
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21 EASY & LAZY WAYS TO BE HEALTHIER
1. Smoothies for Breakfast
Smoothies are a good choice for a quick and healthy breakfast when you haven’t got much time.
Just add a banana, some frozen berries, a handful of spinach and some water to a blender and you’re done.
Healthy smoothies are helpful for weight loss, cleansing and detoxing your body, keeping you hydrated and keeping your bowels regular.
Smoothies are easily digested and the nutrients are easily absorbed so they’re great for anyone suffering from digestive problems.
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2. Have some fruit with breakfast
Adding a banana to your oats or a handful of berries to your cereal is a quick and easy way to start the day on a healthy note.
3. Prepare snacks
Having some healthy snacks, like a small bag of nuts in your desk drawer at work or in your bag can stop you from being tempted by unhealthy snacks like chips and chocolate bars.
Nuts are packed with protein, healthy fats and minerals like magnesium and selenium.
4. Take a Detox Bath
Relaxing in a warm detox bath is a great way to unwind while also drawing out toxins and impurities.
Depending on the ingredients you use, detox baths can also help to ease insomnia, relieve joint pain, clear your sinuses and top up your magnesium levels.
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5. Use Healthier Sweeteners
Sugar is not only bad for your teeth and your waistline, it also increases your risk of type 2 diabetes and other diseases.
Artificial sweeteners are just as bad, so try using stevia whenever you can.
Stevia is a natural sweetener that is extracted from the plant Stevia rebaudiana.
Stevia doesn’t raise blood sugar so it’s a great natural sweetener that can be added to tea, coffee and recipes that require sugar.
6. Eat half a plate of vegetables for lunch and dinner
Ensuring that your half of your plate contains steamed vegetables or salad is an easy way to ensure that you’re getting the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables per day.
7. Take Vitamins
Taking a daily multivitamin is a good way to ensure that you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy.
During periods of prolonged stress, the body needs extra B vitamins, while magnesium can help with muscle pain and zinc is helpful for immunity.
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8. Avoid Screens at Night
Exposure to bright light at night-time, like watching TV or being on your phone or laptop right before bed inhibits the release of melatonin, which helps us to prepare for sleep.
It’s a good idea to avoid screens for at least an hour before bed or use blue light blocking glasses if you can’t avoid it.
9. Take a Nap
Taking an afternoon nap is one of the easiest (and laziest) things you can do when you’re feeling tired.
The ideal time to take a nap is between 1:00 – 3:00 pm for no longer than 15-20 minutes to avoid waking up feeling drowsy.
Meditation not only benefits the mind but also the body as well.
Studies on meditation have showed that it helps to relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome. 
Listening to a meditation app. before going to sleep is an easy way to relax and prepare for a restful sleep.
11. Drink water
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily is essential for clear skin and healthy kidneys.
Staying properly hydrated also helps to control your appetite because dehydration is sometimes confused with feelings of hunger.
12. Try Meat Free Monday
Studies show that there is a potential relationship between red meat consumption and colorectal cancer. 
Going meat free for one day a week is an easy way to be healthier while also helping the environment.
Try adding some lentils, black beans or chick peas to your dishes in place of meat.
13. Use a Slow Cooker
Preparing dinner in a slow cooker is an easy and lazy way to have dinner prepared when you get home from work.
All you need to do is add your ingredients to the slow cooker in the morning, set the timer and it does the rest for you.
Stews, curries and soups are perfect for the slow cooker.
14. Cook Extra
Doubling or tripling your recipe when cooking is an easy way to have meals ready for the next couple of days.
You can also freeze a couple of meals for nights when you don’t have the energy to cook.
15. Take a Break from Screens
Staring at a computer screen or your phone for long periods can be hard on your eyes.
We also tend to blink less when looking at screens, which can lead to dry eyes.
Every 30 minutes or so, take a break and look out the window or into the distance to give your eyes a break.
16. Swap Coffee for Matcha
Matcha green tea is a nutritional powerhouse that is also helpful for boosting the metabolism and increasing fat burning.
Matcha contains higher levels of antioxidants than regular green tea, which increases its fat burning and metabolism boosting effects in the body.
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17. Move around
Sitting at a desk all day or watching TV for hours is not good for your health.
Every hour, make an effort to stand up and move around to get your blood pumping.
18. Exercise for 7 Minutes a Day
If you don’t have the energy or the motivation to do a full 30 or 60 minute workout, a 7 minute workout may be ideal for you.
Working out at a vigorous level can give you similar benefits to a longer workout in half the time.
Try some stair climbing, sprints or any exercise that gets your heart rate up.
19. Add Olive Oil to your Salad
Adding a drizzle of olive oil to your salad helps with the absorption of beta carotene, which is found in orange and dark green vegetables. 
Most salad dressings, especially the low-fat varieties contain sugar, but it’s easy to make your own salad dressing with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.
20. Ditch the Soda
Sparkling water will give you some fizz without the sugar.
Add some mint or lemon slices if you don’t like the taste of plain sparkling water.
21. Use Vegie Noodles instead of Pasta
Thin strips of zucchini or carrot made with a spiralizer are a good substitute for pasta, which is high in carbohydrates.
You can also buy vegetable noodles pre-made in some grocery stores.
Just cook the strips in a small amount of olive oil for a few minutes until soft.
So, there’s my list of easy ways to be healthier without too much effort.
A few simple changes to your eating habits and lifestyle can make a huge difference to your energy, motivation and overall health.