Day 47 – Catching Up!

After doing the math I have realized that forgetting a couple days here and there regarding my blog has set me 4 posts behind, so I will be making up the time over the next couple blogs by doing two a day. Speaking of making up lost time, today’s health topic is scheduling!

Finding the time to be healthy is hard for young professionals like us, always running around trying to fit as much into one day as we can. Sometimes it seems almost impossible to set time aside for a workout or a healthy meal preparation. My solution is to get to bed early and wake up with some extra time before the world gets busy. I complete my work out and prepare my meals before most people’s alarms are going off! That way when the busy day begins I am already prepared to be healthy throughout.

Finding time to squeeze in extra healthy decisions, like small walks and relaxation time is a continuing challenge, however. Some solutions are easy, like when I use my breaks for walks outside, and I use my time before bed to relax and meditate if needed. But for some people this is not an easy option, especially those with kids. I say to you, my parenting friend, that you should include your kids in your healthy decisions in the evening! Helping them with their homework can be easy, relaxing, and fun! And getting outside to cook and play is much of the same, and is good for everyone! 🙂

For more info about how to schedule your good health throughout the day, click on the image below!
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Additional Sources:

1.) http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2011/01/18/how-to-make-time-for-health-when-youre-busy/
2.) http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/health/5-ways-to-make-more-time-for-your-health#wjZAXp1ZCqygOIfr.97
3.) http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20339151,00.html

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day 46 – Fun Time!

I had a very fun day today, and the best part is that it was good for me! Yesterday we talked about how good it was to get some sun here and there, but having fun while doing it is like killing two birds with one stone! Needless to say I feel a lot better after spending some time outside with my family, soaking in a few rays, and reeling in a white bass to boot!

You might think I’m crazy for saying things like fun is good for you, but I am not alone. Scientists and psychologists agree that having a little free time set aside to get out and crack a smile doing the things you enjoy is actually very good for you; both mind and body! Don’t believe me? Click on the image below for more info!

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Additional Sources:

1.) http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
2.) http://mindapples.org/2012/02/16/why-having-fun-is-good-for-you/
3.) http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9769/5-healthy-reasons-to-start-having-more-fun.html
4.) http://www.tesh.com/story/health-and-well-being-category/having-fun-can-be-good-for-your-health/cc/6/id/17818
5.) http://valyaboutenko.com/health-benefits-of-having-fun/
6.) http://www.femalenetwork.com/health-wellness/happiness-is-healthy-the-health-benefits-of-having-fun
7.) http://stress.about.com/od/positiveattitude/a/having_fun.htm
8.) http://stress.about.com/od/funandgames/a/Having-Fun-Why-It-Provides-Some-Of-The-Best-Stress-Relief.htm

Day 45 – Sunshine

We all no that getting too much sun is bad for you. But did you know that small amounts of sunlight is actually a big part of staying healthy? I try to get some by going on my walks during break at work. There are a ton of good effects that the sun has on our bodies, and it should not come as a surprise; we have been evolving with the sun for millions of years! It makes sense that we would get use to it, and, in fact, need it to stay healthy.

But what are these good health effects I speak of? Click on the image below to find out!
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Day 44 – A Healthy Smile

Dental health is very important to us health nuts. We don’t just worry about our digestive systems and our waistlines, but our other body parts too, like our teeth for example. Quite a bit of time can be dedicated to discussing the importance of good dental hygiene, but also to the foods that support it! I’m sure you have heard many times that calcium is good for your bones, but it is also great for your teeth! Ergo, getting lots of healthy dairy in your meals is a good idea.

The other food groups, however, are equally important since your teeth contain more than calcium rich hardness, but soft insides as well which need lots of different vitamins and minerals to be strong. And let’s not forget those gums! Healthy eating habits along with regular brushing and flossing help promote good gum health, and will benefit everything else in your mouth for that matter!

Don’t buy into some of the myths about dental health, however. My favorite is that chewing sugar free gum is good for your teeth. While this is somewhat true, the aspartame found in most sugar free products has very negative side effects according to several independent studies (not promoted by the food industry). Don’t believe me? Ask the air force! They tell their pilots to avoid aspartame because of the damage it does to your nerves (namely their eyes) alone, not to mention the plethora of other negative side effects it’s been shown to have. So chewing sugar free gum all day is NOT good for you, and I was sad to give it up because I loved chewing gum. Sugary gum is no better either, sadly, and who wants to chew flavorless? Yuk! But, I digress.

Click on the image below to learn more about what kinds of foods are good for your teeth, and why!
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Day 43 – The Power of Oats

I put raw whole oats in my yogurt each morning when eating my fruit mixes. It’s delicious and a good way to give your breakfast some lasting power until lunch. It’s also very good for you! Don’t believe me? Then check out this article from livestrong.com about raw oats by clicking on the image below! You might be surprised to find out how something simple like oats can have complex rewards for your health! 🙂

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Day 42 – Legume Lovers

Beans were an awesome addition to my diet. They helped reduce cost on my grocery list by filling in gaps and making my meals spread out and last longer, they added a lasting fullness factor, and they certainly didn’t skimp on the health benefits. The fact is, beans may be one of the single most important parts of what I eat today. And with all the different varieties available (I get the 15 bean soup mix) there is no end to the list of various benefits you get. Generally speaking, however, it boils down to complex carbs, (which we discussed in an earlier post) fiber, lots of vitamins and minerals, and especially protein. Beans can almost replace meat entirely in the protein department if it were not for the vitamin B-12 factor!

Want to know more about why you should love legumes? Click on the image below for more info!
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day 41 – Citrus Secrets

I include a lot of citrus fruits in my diet on a daily basis. From lemon water with each meal, grapefruit for a snack, and oranges for fresh juice there really is no wrong way to enjoy citrus. The best part (other than tasting delicious) is that it is incredibly good for you.

The one I enjoy the most by far is lemon water. This stuff is addictive it’s so good and refreshing. But i recently learned that it offers more than just hydration and vitamin C. It comes loaded with more health benefits than I ever could have imagined! Click on the image below for more info.

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Day 40 – Sweet as Honey

Ever have anyone tell you that local honey helps with allergies? Yea, me too! But they were wrong. The good news is that honey still does offer some other health benefits, and is certainly better than refined sugars. I use it in my tea and coffee throughout the day.

Click on the image below to learn more about honey and what it can do for you!
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Day 39 – Juicing

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I made some delicious juice today so I thought I would share the recipe. It’s perfect for your memorial day picnic! 🙂

Cut the following into chunks and put them through your juicer.

1 Pineapple
4 Granny Smith Apples
6 Strawberries
4 Oranges
2 lemons
1 lime
1 grapefruit

That should be enough for 1 pitcher. Cut another lemon and lime and add the slices into the pitcher for garnish if you want to add a fun summer touch! 🙂

Day 38 – Facts about Alchohol

We all know that when a person drinks, they should do it in moderation. But did you also know that there are actually some health benefits to including some alcohol in your diet? (This does not include sugary drinks, since the high volumes of sweeteners outweigh the health benefits.) Most of us have heard the common fact that red wine is good for your heart, but in fact any alcohol will do the same trick. Interestingly enough, heart health is not the only benefit that alcohol provides. There are other healthy perks to having a drink as well. Click on the image below for more info.

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