A Professional Healthy Living Tip A Day!
The lifestyle choices we make so affect our health and beauty. We looked for a healthy living tip to pass on but there were some many that involved eating, exercise, and lifestyle that we decided to poll experts for the healthy living tip they recommend most. We polled experts across the country and came up with one healthy living tip a day if religiously followed, should lead to a happy, more beautiful you.
Sunday – Rejuvenating your Body
Women of my age, over forty and hoping to be around for at least as many more years, often think in terms of I'll relax when… Relaxing can mean many things, including bad things for your body.
When relaxing means meditation and rejuvenation, it has positive effects on your body, but when relaxing means becoming a couch potato, your muscles will not forgive easily, you'll begin to find aches and pains that you've never had before, and the skin that you've been so proudly maintaining will likely become wrinkled and lose all elasticity.
Rejuvenation is healthy, just be sure that you're taking thirty minutes each day to use your body, too. You have to use it now in order to be able to use it in the future.
Monday – The Secret for Living a Happy Life
Life changes including menopause, kids leaving home, and career and body changes can leave you feeling unhappy. Happiness is a choice and is completely dependent on your thoughts. If you feel less than satisfied in a particular area of your life then try this: Focus on what you do want with thought and feeling – Aligning the feeling is very important. If you want to lose weight but feel fat or want to have new relationships but feel lonely it will not only be harder to be successful but your journey will be a struggle.
To be happy, start now. Focus on a goal and imagine what you will feel like once you have succeeded. Then act from that place. In other words; how does a thin person act? And do that. If you are lonely you may act desperate which can actually repel people. Relax, be happy and find activities that are not only fun but get you around new people.
Tuesday – Eat More Raw Foods
Remember when Mom used to say “eat your vegetables?” That’s truer than ever with menopause. Many fruits and vegetables, when eaten uncooked, help lessen or completely reduce menopausal symptoms. Plus, they’re providing your body with plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Incorporate as much as the following into your diet. The more raw foods you eat, the better you’ll feel! Enjoy melons, bananas, oranges, dried apricots, dried figs, kale, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and fresh ginger.
Lindsay S. Nixon – Happy Herbivore – happyherbivore.com
Wednesday – Snack Well For Better Sleep
As you get older, physiological and hormonal changes can make it more difficult to get enough quality sleep. The foods you eat can make a big difference. If you’re not sleeping well, it doesn’t just make you grumpy. Poor sleep can slow your metabolism, making it more likely you’ll gain weight. After dinner, when unhealthy cravings tend to emerge, don’t ignore them, but don’t give in all the way, either. Have a small snack (about 150 calories or so), that’s high in complex carbs and fiber, with a little bit of protein…don’t be afraid of a small amount of sugar. Great options include peanut butter on toast, hot oatmeal with some banana, or some whole-grain crackers with some cottage cheese.
Sean Folkson – NightFood, Inc. – www.NightFood.com
Thursday – Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Exercise is critical for proper hormonal function, to burn extra calories, reduce the effects of stress, keep skin looking vital, and as a potent anti-aging remedy. After the age of 40, many aspects of our physiology start to decline as our reproductive age passes. Basically, as a mammal, once we have reproduced, our animal bodies start packing it up since our main job to keep the species going is completed. One of the main ways to offset this is exercise. Exercise allows our brain to send signals to all our body cells to stay alive and stay vital.
Peter Bongiorno, ND,Lac – Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist –www.InnerSourceHealth.com
Friday – Healthy Living Tip
The best way to rejuvenate is to fast periodically, eating nothing, and drinking nothing but water. This gives your body a chance to do internal housekeeping since it no longer has to devote energy to digestion. This can be done safely by anyone for up to three days. Most people would detox fast on a water-only fast, and would not be able to work–so it should be done on a weekend or holiday when you can rest.
If you want a more prolonged cleanse, drink freshly made juices: this is called a "juice feast." Drink green smoothies to alkalize, herbal tea, water, and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices. Take colon cleansing herbs and psyllium husk to remove toxic buildup in the colon, and if possible get a colonic once or twice a week. You will feel so much younger after a one-week cleanse, and will want to repeat it several times a year!
Susan Schenck, LAc, Award Winning Author of “The Live Food Factor” and “Beyond Broccoli” – www.livefoodfactor.com
Saturday – Healthy Living Starts With Healthy Eating
- Omega-6 bad; Omega-3 good! Remove vegetable oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids from your diet. These omega-6 fatty acids will generate inflammatory hormones (eicosanoids) that speed the aging process.
- Don’t eat fried foods is the most obvious first place to remove omega-6 fatty acids from the diet. Remove any processed food that contains polyunsaturated fats on the nutritional labels or uses soybean, corn, safflower, or sunflower on the ingredient label. Even canola oil has a lot of omega-6 fatty acids (about 20%), but less than its other vegetable seed oil cousins (50-75%). This simple step eliminates most processed foods right off the bat from your diet (not a bad thing).
- Choose instead to increase the intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from fish and purified fish oils. These fatty acids, at high concentrations, are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. A minimum would be at least 2.5 grams of EPA and DHA per day.
- Practice calorie restriction without deprivation. Successful aging requires maintaining muscle mass so you have to have adequate low-fat protein at every meal. This also
- increases the release of satiety hormones such as PYY that stop hunger. An appropriate amount would be the amount that can fit on the palm of your hand (this is about 3
- ounces for women and 4 ounces for men).
- You also have to restrict the intake of excess carbohydrates that will increase insulin. This is easily accomplished by eating primarily non-starchy vegetables with limited amounts of fruits.
Healthy lifestyle habitsare the key to maintaining our youthful, healthy self. What better could we turn into a habit than a healthy living tip a day from a professional. Literature is full of advice and guidance and much of it may or may not actually provide benefit. We have picked a healthy living tip a day for your from professionals from across the world – use them, enjoy them, benefit from them, and pass them on to family and friends!
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