— Eat greens every day. “Greens” includes dark-green leafy vegetables (salad, anyone?) such as broccoli, spinach, romaine, kale, collard, turnip, and mustard greens. Raw or cooked or raw, either is fine.
— Spend less time on my phone. Believe it or not, we sometimes function better when we disconnect from all the chatter.
— Go to bed earlier. Sleep is when the body restores itself at the cellular level and damaging stress hormones are turned off. Plan at least 8 hours a day for this health-promoting activity.
— Do not eat at my desk. Ouch. Take at least 20 minutes to focus on relaxed eating. The world can live without you for that long.
— Spend more time outside. Got that one. I am happily writing this column on the back porch with my puppy asleep under my chair.
— Enjoy a backyard barbecue every once in a while. It’s summer! And good evidence says we tend to ingest more health-promoting nutrients when we share meals with friends and family.
(Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator affiliated with Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. She is the author of "Quinn-Essential Nutrition" (Westbow Press, 2015). Email her at to firstname.lastname@example.org.)