Healthy Eating Tips

You would be mistaken to think only about exercise when you consider starting a keep fit program. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, exercise is important, but so is your diet. Real fitness means a healthy body…free from the problems that take all the fun out of life.

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Fact: Our modern way of life contributes to a nutrient deficient diet – no matter how well fed we think we are.

Fact: Food refining strips up to 80% of minerals from food as nature intended it to be.

Fact: Our environment is damaged by air pollution, toxic chemicals and man-made pesticides that we have no control over.

We can live full, rich and healthy lives if we just take action and incorporate a few straight-forward changes in eating and life-style habits. But with so many fad diets, and so much conflicting information that even the experts seem unable to agree, it’s no wonder you may have failed trying to improve your health and weight, by diet and/or exercise. In fact, it’s not your fault and you’re not alone. The UK Government’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson pulled no punches in warning that much of the British public is becoming obese at an alarming rate.

What is particularly alarming is the fact that so many children are overweight too. We live in an age where parents are, understandably, anxious about children playing out in the streets, so instead they may spend hours in front of the computer or TV. Given that we live in what is commonly referred to as “The Information Age”, this is very surprising; in which case why aren’t we all slim, fit and healthy?

As a qualified nutritionist, I have been seeing clients since 1999, and come to a stark conclusion. There’s more to “Keep Fit” than just exercise and diet. No matter how enthusiastic nutrition clients, or new gym recruits, start off, 80% of them will not follow-through with the long-term life-style changes needed to benefit from their new knowledge. Those who do not change will have wasted their money and time.

Consider two typical, but very different, clients – a busy Mum and a highly-stressed executive. Both are looking for advice on healthy eating and exercise. t is just too easy to wheel out a standard “Five-a-Day” and “30 minutes daily exercise on five or more days a week” formula, but this may be totally impossible for some clients. For most people, this advice is totally inadequate unless motivation and lifestyle are considered.

In addition to receiving advice on diet and supplements, clients need to seriously explore the benefits they’ll experience from a healthier life-style, and to consider the consequences of not following through on what they’ve learned. Even when health consequences are clearly understood, some clients are still unable to commit to life-style changes – as evidenced by those continuing to smoke despite the health warning on cigarette packets.

While a one-off nutrition consultation or coaching session can be useful to kick-start you into a new way of eating and living, the effect can soon fade. To be successful, your health and fitness programme must fit into your life as an on-going program, so it’s helpful to source a recurring series of practical tips on incorporating healthy eating into your every-day life.

Tips on Healthy Living

The United States has seen a huge increase in the number of obese people leading to an obesity epidemic. It’s so bad that they even had to add a category to the popular BMI system. No longer are the largest people considered morbidly obese they are super obese! Crazy to think that there are people beyond the morbidly obese stage but they do exist and mainly in the United States. Because of our extreme obesity problems pharmaceutical companies are cashing in on “quick fix” diet pills that promise to shed pounds in weeks. Most people can vouch that most of these diet pills are ineffective and a waste of money.

Not only are diet pills in abundance but diet programs as well. There’s always a new diet fad that everyone is trying. What people really need is a basic understanding of dieting and weight loss. Follow these 4 tips on healthy living:

Tip #1: Drink More Water

Water is crucial in order to maintain or lose weight. With all of the soda Americans consume, water is getting left out of the picture. Try to substitute your soda drinks for water. It is important to flush out the toxins and junk your body. Healthy living requires keeping your body hydrated and water does just that!

Tip #2: Eat More Often

What? I need to eat more not less? You need to eat more often, say every 3 hours instead of 3 times a day. Yes you need to consume less calories overall but eating more frequently will help increase your metabolism. It allows your body to remain at a healthy state that never goes into starvation mode. Breakfast is crucial for healthy living so don’t skip it.

Tip #3: Get to Moving

You need to be more active – move more. Even if your physical condition doesn’t allow you to exercise vigorously at least get up and walk or move your arms and legs somehow. Use the stairs when you can, go for a walk on your lunch break, go dancing, play with your kids or pets. You can make movement fun – it doesn’t always have to be the dreadful jogging.

Tip #4: Understand Why

Understand why you need to start living healthy. Do you feel tired and groggy often? Do you want to fit into your old clothes? Do you want to live to see your great grandchildren graduate college? Whatever it may be you need to contemplate it on a regular basis. Thinking about the “why” is crucial to keep you motivated with your healthy living goals.

Follow these 4 tips on healthy living and you will definitely notice a difference in the quality of life. It’s not hard to live healthy – it just takes dedication and will power! Think about what your goals are and why you need to change. If you are having trouble getting motivated go online and join free weight loss forums. Talk to your peers who are going through the same thing. It always helps to talk to someone who knows what you are going through.

Simple Steps Towards A Healthier Lifestyle For Over 50s

Getting and feeling healthier is important to most people, especially when you near retirement and caring for your health takes on a new priority. Given the cost of medical insurance and good health care it is imperative as you get older to take more care of your health. Failure to do so increases your risk of medical conditions and not having the energy to do the things you wish to do.

12 Simple Habits To Be Healthier

I would like to share with you 12 easy ways you can improve your quality of life by adding these 12 habits into your everyday life.

1. Eat more spinach and other dark green vegetables such as kale and pok choy to boost your calcium and strengthens bones, spinach is also bursting with other vital nutrients and vitamin which does wonders for your health. Think of Popeye and you will know what I mean.

2. Sleep more – as Benjamin Franklin’s said “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man’s healthy, wealthy and wise”.

3. Walk more – instead of using the escalators at the tube stations, walk up them, leave your car at home and walk to the local shops.

4. Read more- reading is food for the mind and you can travel to Narnia or the Yellow Brick Road and still be home in time for dinner with your family.

5. Breathe more – tune in now and see how well you are breathing. A simple breathing exercise is to breathe in slowly through your nose for a count of four and exhale for a count of four. Repeat 5-7 times.

6. Spend more time alone in nature – this is an ideal way to reconnect and remember the sacredness of life – e.g. sit in the park at lunch time or if you can, take a trip to an area of natural beauty and enjoy being surrounded by nature.

7. Hug more people – hugging is the elixir of life. Make sure you give yourself a hug when you wake up and if your children are still at home, give them a hug or affection kiss before they leave for school/work.

8. Laugh more – Laughter yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress and tension.

9. Cry more- let it all out, laugh till you cry or cry till you laugh. Either way crying is cleansing for the soul.

10. Forgive more – easy to say, hard to do…But when you forgive others it allows you to love more and invite more love into your life.

11. Stretch more – wake up ten minutes early and practice simple yoga stretches or sign up, with a friend and join your local health club.

12. Drink more water – your brain consists of 77-78% water, so it’s vital to nourish and hydrate your brain. Sip water throughout the day.

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Simple Living Tips For a Stronger Heart & Healthy Body

Our bodies are designed to create fat to protect us. Before our modern days of convenience foods and unhealthy diets, where overeating is the norm and not the exception, that wasn’t a problem. People couldn’t always get hold of enough to eat as easily and they didn’t have as many processed or convenience foods. So, their bodies stored fat as something that they actually might have needed. Today we get too much food, more than our body needs, so we store the excess and end up with too much fat, everywhere including around our hearts. What can we do about it?

So, today we can eat all this not-so-good-for-us stuff and our bodies are able to create a lot more fat as a result. This may simply give you an image problem so you may, for example, want to lose weight around your stomach, butt and thighs. But, it can also lead to medical problems in some cases as well, including problems in the heart area.

Is healthy eating the answer to some of these issues? Yes it is!

So, let’s look at three important healthy living tips to see what they can do for you.

• Healthy living tip #1 — look after your heart…if you are carrying a lot of extra weight then you will simply be putting a lot more pressure on your heart. It is designed to support your body and asking it to support a lot of fat into the bargain can simply add to the strain. People who are significantly obese often end up with heart failure or breathing problems simply because of the excess weight they are asking their body to cope with. They may also be at a higher risk of suffering from high blood pressure and illnesses such as diabetes. Healthy living is a simple solution.

• Healthy living tip #2 — keep new fat at bay…if you have good eating habits then you can stop your body from producing excess fat. Fat is produced, in basic terms, when you take in more calories than you burn off. Your body needs to deal with the excess and guess what it does? Yep, turns it into fat. If you work out how many calories you should be eating a day and stick to that (or less than that) then you can keep the fat at bay and end up with positive effects all over.

• Healthy living tip #3 — get rid of the old fat…if you start eating better food then, as we’ve already seen, your body will find it harder to store new fat. But, what about the old fat you already have? What happens to that? Over time, if you stick with a healthy eating program, where you consume less than you burn each day, then you will make your body use up this excess stored fat. If you add extra exercise to the mix then it may get rid of it even more quickly. The point here is to burn more than you consume so that your body believes that it needs to release the stored fat.

Let’s face facts…it makes sense to do this! You’ll lose fat, stop new fat from being stored AND you’ll look after your health for a long way into the future.