Eat your meals at the same time every day
When your body doesn’t know what to expect, it can get stressed out. According to oncologist David B. Agus, MD, in his book The End of Illness, even simply eating lunch an hour later than usual can spike levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Michelle Miller, clinical nutritionist at Physio Logic NYC in Brooklyn, adds that eating at consistent times is also important for your body’s circadian rhythms. “When you eat your meals around the same time every day, your body develops reliable and consistent signals,” she says. “Hormones such as leptin and ghrelin help to modulate energy metabolism and appetite and are kept in balance with a more regular eating schedule.” Don’t miss these other healthy-eating tips that just might change your life.
Pack your suitcase on your bed
Don’t fill your luggage on the floor. Leaning down puts stress on your back, notes spine surgeon Gerard J. Girasole, MD, author of The 7-Minute Back Pain Solution. Instead, pack your luggage atop a towel-draped bed or table so you’re not bending over as much, thereby avoiding one of the everyday habits that give you back pain.