Healthy Living

20 Immediate Changes That Will Improve Your Health

Eat a piece of fruit or carrot sticks before lunch to prevent those 3:00 cravings

More fruits and vegetables — probably one of the oldest standbys in medical advice. Groan-inducing though it may be, a diet rich in these fresh items is one of the best lifestyle changes a person can make. However, this is often easier said than done, as not everyone is a big fan of fruits and veggies, so getting those four to five servings (about two to three cups) of them every day can seem like a near impossible task. It's important not to overdo it, either.

One way to incorporate more of these super-powered foods into your daily diet is by eating a piece of fruit or a few vegetables before lunch. When you snack on an apple, for example, before your midday meal, the fiber reduces the body’s absorption of simple sugars, thus reducing insulin production and staving off hunger. Not to mention all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you’ll get! It turns out snacking, done correctly, can be really good for your health.