For many, travel means either indulging in oversized restaurant meals or eating fast food for convenience, but if you normally eat a healthy diet, it’s surprisingly easy to keep it up on vacation. By making a few smart choices when you plan, you can feel satisfied and still enjoy the trip.…
Many of us just think of lemons as a sour fruit to twist in your water or a great start to a tart, tasty dessert, but lemons provide a few health benefits, too. They contain flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and are high in citric acid, a compound that’s known to help fight kidney stones. High in vitamin C, 1 lemon provides 36% of your recommended daily amount, and it’s also a good source of potassium. That vitamin C supports your immune system and helps you fight colds and stay healthy. It’s the perfect addition to hot tea, hot soup, or a twist in a drink when you’re thirsty.
The rind also provides pectin, a prebiotic that feeds good gut bacteria and it’s said that it can slow digestion and help you feel fuller, longer. You can add rind to a marinade, to baked goods like muffins or coffee cakes and to salad dressings. So, if you have a recipe that includes lemon rind you’re getting a little extra hit of pectin that aids in digestion….
Can you really achieve your health and fitness goals by thinking positive? Yes! You can! If you’re welcoming spring feeling like you’ve fallen behind in your fitness goals already, thinking positive may be just what you need to get back on track.
It may sound too good to be true, but staying positive can be an incredibly effective way to lose weight, exercise more and make better health choices. Scientists estimate humans have about 60,000 thoughts every day, so if you’re mired down in negative thinking, changing your thought patterns is a good first step to achieving your goals. The good part is a few simple steps can turn things around – here are some quick tips to get started:…
It’s no coincidence that the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day is also American Heart Month. It’s a great time to make some heart-healthy changes that can have long term benefits. A great first step is adding some foods your menu that are good for you heart. Here’s a list of some of the best foods, and they’re delicious, too!…
If you thought this past winter was NEVER going to end, you weren’t alone. Many places in the United States got an extra-large dose of snow, cold, and dark skies that extended long past the official first day of spring. For some, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) made the winter doubly difficult, but now that spring is really here there a few things that will you feel better fast….
We’ve saved one of the best “healthy hacks” for last –
Stress can be a pesky adversary when it comes to weight loss. Busy schedules, sleepless nights, and a never-ending to-do list can cause overeating and less time for exercise and relaxation. This can result in weight gain which can have long term effects to your health. The stress, or fight or flight reaction causes your body to release adrenaline, which raises your heart rate and can disturb your sleep patterns, and increases cortisol levels in the blood (which can make you crave fat and sugar) and tells your body to store more fat – all of which can have profound long-term effects.
Stress related eating can compound the effects of stress on the body. Awareness is really the first step in stopping stress-related eating, and knowing your triggers, difficult times of day, and comfort foods can be a great way to put the brakes on unhealthy eating. Here are a few quick tips to help you consciously control stress eating.
The cold coupled with shorter days drives us indoors for longer spans of time in the winter. This trend can cause us to become gradually less active, which cuts both into our mood and metabolism.
In other words, it’s natural to feel bogged down by the cold winter season, but you don’t have to succumb to the “winter blues.” Take extra steps to counter act these changes in weather to stay true your healthy living goals.
Make sure you’re already on track come spring time with these tips to overcome the excuses that we often use to wait till the weather becomes warmer.
Fight The Cold
It can often be tempting to retreat back inside, under the covers or even curled up next to a space heater. If the cold is what has you doubting your resolve to work out here are a few things you can do.
Make your fitness resolution stick by involving the whole family! A commitment to fitness helps build a stronger, healthier family unit — with benefits for every aspect of life: not just for your physical health, but also for your emotional, social, and mental well-being, too. Being fit can lead to:
- A healthier body … with better resistance to common sniffles and “bugs” and with less risk for life-changing health issues, such as heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis.
- More physical energy, physical strength and endurance … to do what’s important to you and your family, to protect yourselves in emergencies and to learn and be more productive at school and at work.
- Looking and feeling your personal best … which builds self-esteem and self-confidence (something valued for adults and kids).
- A sense of well-being … which encourages a positive outlook and stamina to handle the daily stresses, challenges and ups and downs of your busy lives.
- Positive interactions with family and friends … which adds fun and a better quality of life.
Move it or lose it! Or, better yet, move it and lose it with these eight “healthy hacks” you may not have thought of before. Make a plan to incorporate these ideas all at once or one by one and you will see results. Small steps add up to a healthier you!
Park your car in the at the back of the lot.
Besides making it less likely that your car will get dinged you’ll also be guaranteed at least two long walks every day you work. You’ll also save yourself plenty of time and frustration trying to find the perfect spot.
Return your supermarket cart.
Similar to parking your car at the back of the lot, this is a very minor habit that will guarantee you another mini workout each time you shop.