We all know that diet and physical activity significantly affect our health. They help prevent many illnesses and also help keep the symptoms of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, at bay. Not everyone with chronic illness is physically able to get enough exercise. But we can all make healthy diet choices to help improve symptoms, keep chronic illness from worsening, and lose excess weight.
Here are seven healthy diet choices you can make to help you manage the symptoms of your chronic illness, especially if adequate exercise is not an option.
1. Make healthy eating a priority
There never seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything we need to do. It might feel like adding healthier habits to your daily routine is a just another added stressor to your life. But devoting time and intention to healthy diet habits results in higher energy levels and lower stress, which will help you get through challenges imposed by illness and everyday life.
2. Eliminate unhealthy foods
Sugary and high-calorie snacks or desserts set healthy eating habits back, as do other processed and junk foods. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Limit or eliminate alcohol consumption, especially beer, which is high in calories. Avoid cheeses and meats that are high in calories, fat, and sodium.