You know you “should” meditate, bypass the elevator for the stairs, and order a salad instead of a sandwich—they’re the “healthy” things to do, after all. But when you can’t relax, ran that morning, and are craving bread, it’s easy to think one tiny choice doesn’t mean anything. However, recent research shows that some seemingly insignificant acts may have significant payoff when it comes to your physical and mental wellness, waistline, and work performance. Make these seven picks and never again worry that you did the wrong thing.
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Your Go-To Lunch Is a Salad
Studies show: A significantly reduced risk of dying from chronic disease
If your noon order default is a bunch of leafy greens buried under other fresh veggies—and you rarely get ham and cheese on rye—you are drastically decreasing your chances of meeting your fate from non-communicable chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In fact, a recent study from the World Health Organization found that 63 percent of deaths in 2008 worldwide were due to these diseases—and poor diet was a significant factor. By comparison, people who live in cultures who primarily consume plant-based diets rarely fall victim to these conditions.