Wellness Wednesdays: Optimizing your environment for better health

How committed are you to your health? 

Buying a new pair of running shoes, healthy cookbooks and a sleek new FitBit are all great steps, but they are actually not the most useful for developing healthy habits. The key to getting your wellness in check might actually be right in your environment, says experts.  

"If you really want to develop some healthy habits, take a moment to look around you," explains Dr. Karen Latimer to AOL Lifestyle. "With wellness in mind, reset your surroundings." Below, the physician shares her tips to inspiring a healthier lifestyle. 

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California Chicken, Veggie and Avocado Rice Bowls by Half Baked Harvest | Tieghan Gerard

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New Year's Detox Salad by The Healthy Apple | Amie Valpone

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Garlic and Toasted Tomato Sandwiches by Food & Wine

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Chicken Shawarma with Green Beans and Zucchini by Food & Wine 

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Ratatouille Minestrone by Food & Wine

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Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches by bon appetit

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Big Italian Salad by Food & Wine

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Farro-And-Kale Salad With Olives And Pine Nuts by Food & Wine

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Sesame Ginger Chicken Meatballs by Food & Wine

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Broccolini, Mushroom and Sesame Salad by Food & Wine

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Warm Chicken Sandwiches with Mushrooms, Spinach and Cheese by bon appetit

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Curried Carrot Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas by Vegetarian Ventures | Shelly

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Celery, Fennel and Apple Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts by Food & Wine

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Blood Orange, Kale and Lentil Salad by PDXfoodlove | Rebekah Hubbard

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Sweet Potato Crust Quiche by Live and Love to Eat | Claire Marshall

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Kickin' Turkey Club Wrap by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Brussels Sprouts with Sausage and Cumin by Food & Wine

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Avo Toast by Crazy Sexy Kitchen | Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno

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Charred Broccoli and Red Onion Salad by Food & Wine

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Vegetable Summer Rolls with Chile-Lime Dipping Sauce by Food & Wine

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Curried Cauliflower Tartine with Hummus, Scallion and Chili Oil by Brooklyn Vegetarian | Amy Jennings

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Curried Tofu and Avocado Dip with Rosemary Pita Chips by Food & Wine

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Chopped Salad by Crazy Sexy Kitchen | Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno

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Red Lentil Dal with Coconut Milk and Kale by Food & Wine

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Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup by Fork Knife Swoon | Laura Bolton

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Tamari by Food & Wine

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Chicken Chile Soup by Food & Wine

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Roast Chicken Panzanella by Food & Wine

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Vegan Zucchini Sweet Potato Rolls by Lemons and Basil | Kaylee Pauley

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Vegetarian Chili with Barley, Quinoa and Beans by Food & Wine

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Cucumber Mint Salad with Creamy Lemon-Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette by Food & Wine 

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Kitchen Sink Soba Noodles by Food & Wine

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Moroccan Spiced Roasted-Heirloom Cauliflower Salad by  A Couple Cooks | Sonja & Alex

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Quinoa Wraps with Black Beans, Feta and Avocado by Marin Mama Cooks | Jackie Grandy

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Moroccan Red Lentil with Chard by Feed Me Phoebe | Phoebe Lapine

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Asparagus and Red Quinoa Salad by bon appetit

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Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken by Campbell's Kitchen

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Stewed White Beans with Green Chile and Herbs by Food & Wine

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Veggie and Yogurt Sandwich by Haylie Duff

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Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl by Domesticate ME! | Serena Wolf

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Korean Sushi Rolls with Walnut-Edamame Crumble by Food & Wine

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Quinoa Fried Rice by Feed Me Phoebe | Phoebe Lapine

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Mediterarnean Vegetable and Bean Salad by Chef Billy Parisi

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Crockpot Quinoa Lentil Tacos by Begin Within Nutrition | Cristina Cavanaugh

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Pork and Pineapple Fried Rice by Food & Wine

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Shrimp and Vegetable Summer Rolls by Food & Wine

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Mashed Avocado and Chickpea Salad by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Quinoa Salad with Spring Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Soba Noodle Bowl with Garlic Sesame Ginger Tamari Sauce by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes | Heather Poire

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Spicy Green Papaya Salad by Food & Wine

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Summer Chopped Salad with Quick Pickled Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Black Beans by Love & Lentils | Sophia Zergiotis

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Warm Spaghetti Squash Salad by Food & Wine

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Thai Brussels Sprouts Salad by food & Wine

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Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Roasted Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Turkey and Lettuce Cups by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Shaved Raw Asparagus with Parmesan Dressing by Food & Wine

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Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Sweet Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Cheese with Balsamic Glaze by ragamuffinrecipes | Maura Boylan

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Hummus Deviled Eggs by Food & Wine

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Tuna Niçoise Sandwiches by Campbell's Kitchen

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To optimize your environment for better eating habits, the doctor suggests starting in the kitchen with the fridge and pantry with things to clear out. Don't just toss (or donate!) unhealthy items, but keep an eye out for expired and old packaged goods, as well as food that you have never used and probably will never use. 

Keep healthy choices front and center on the shelves. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be washed and chopped as soon as you get them for easy access. 

Make getting ready to exercise as easy as possible! To inspire motivation, Dr. Latimer suggests to start by donating all the workout gear you don't wear and only keep the clothes that make you feel good when you put them on. The rest of the house should be free of clutter (Marie Kondo style!) for a clear, stress-free environment.

For more of her tips, watch the video above! 

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