Step out of routine.
Regarding food choices and meals, it is easy to get into a habit of eating the same foods day after day and essentially living the same way day in and day out. While routine isn’t necessarily a bad thing, incorporating a variety of plant-based foods is beneficial as is making sure our lifestyle is in fact a health promoting one. Plant diversity is one of the strongest determinants for a healthy gut microbiome and it is a healthy gut microbiome that is correlated to numerous health factors such as metabolism, how well we absorb nutrients, the strength of the immune system, our mood and how we feel. Additional factors associated with a healthy microbiome include sleeping well, getting outside in nature, practicing mindfulness, exercise, and incorporating stress-reducing activities.