Here are a few tips to help you stick to a healthy-eating plan.

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , ,

healthy-eating-plan-wp

They come from clinical psychologist Jean Kristeller, who wrote “The Joy of Half A Cookie.”

Dr. Kristeller says, first: Relish the first bite of anything delicious. The first bite is always the best. And taste buds get fatigued after just a few bites. So savor the first bite to eat more mindfully. You’ll enjoy the flavor more – and need less food to feel satisfied.

Next, don’t think about what you CAN’T havefocus on what you CAN. So, instead of thinking “I can’t have French fries.” Think: “I get to have these delicious, fresh vegetables!” That simple switch changes your mindset from deprivation to indulgence.

Finally, to get on a healthy eating plan, ditch anything “enriched” and just eat the real thing. Foods are only enriched when the nutrients are removed – or nonexistent – due to processing, and need to be added back in. So instead of eating foods enriched with vitamins – eat foods that are loaded with vitamins in their natural state.

Follow me on Facebook

Having good neighbors is important…

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

neighbors-wp

You know that having close friends is one of the keys to longevity and wellbeing. But even being on good terms with your neighbors has benefits. Researchers from Rutgers University analyzed a 10-year study involving 1,000 adults. And they found having regular, positive contact with neighbors was linked to a greater sense of self-worth and purpose. Even if you just wave hello – or let a neighbor borrow your hedge clippers. It’s all down to the fact that our daily lives can be enriched by these seemingly minor encounters… which makes us feel like we’re part of a community, and that we add value to a larger social network – which has been proven to boost our health.

Follow me on Facebook

So you’ve just gotten a roommate – or you got married.

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

gain-weight-move-in-wp

And all of a sudden, the number on the scale is going up. What gives? You can blame it on something called “dietary convergence.” That’s when you start eating like the people you’re living with. Now, if you moved in with a vegan, whose favorite foods are broccoli and tofu, you probably don’t have an issue with dietary convergence… because your vegan roommate is probably prompting you to eat healthier foods. But nutrition professor Lauren Dinour, at Montclair State University, says, what usually happens is you and your new living partner end up eating worse. Dinour says most men will pack on 4 pounds after tying the knot – women will gain 7 pounds in the first year. And the same is true for unmarried couples who live together. Just so you know.

Follow me on Facebook

The importance of a high five at work!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

high-five-wp

Wanna lift the morale at work – and improve your own mood? High five your coworkers. High fives release the trust hormone oxytocin and reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Experts from UC Berkeley say high fives promote bonding among coworkers, and increase trust and productivity.

Follow me on Facebook

Beat lower back pain now!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

back-pain-yoga-wp

What does the Journal Of The American Medical Association say is the best way to beat lower back pain? Get up and get moving! Their studies found that’s the single most effective way to relieve lower back pain – and keep it from coming back. So what kind of activity works best? The experts say pretty much anything works – from strength training, to yoga, to walking. It works because the activity promotes blood flow, reducing inflammation. And anything that strengthens your core will take the pressure off your spine and prevent back spasms.

Follow me on Facebook

Don’t eat after 8pm!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

eating-late-at-night-wp

We’ve heard that eating at night leads to weight gain… even if you’re not eating any more than you normally do. So why is that? According to the Autonomous University of Chile, it’s because our bodies have adapted to burn more energy during the day. So as the sun sets, our metabolism naturally slows down, helping us prepare for sleep. That means we’re not processing food as efficiently. And in a study of 5,000 people, those who ate after 8pm had waists that were two inches bigger – even though they ate the same number of calories, and had the same activity levels as those who ate earlier in the day.

Follow me on Facebook

Are you going on a plane soon? Take THIS with you!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

chew-gum-on-plane-wp

On your next plane flight, bring some gum! The chewing stimulates saliva – and the extra swallowing helps equalize the pressure between your inner and outer ear. Plus, we tend to hold a lot of tension in our jaw – and chewing gum releases it. It also boosts blood flow to your brain and reduces levels of stress hormones. So if you have any flying anxiety, you’ll feel more relaxed.

Follow me on Facebook

Here’s why you should workout in the morning

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

exercise-morning-wp

If you want to get motivated to start working out in the morning, tell yourselfI’m an exerciser!” or “I’m a runner!” Instead of telling yourself, “I’m going to exercise.” Or “I’m going to run.” According to the journal Self & Identity, when people used that strategy, they were better at sticking to an exercise regimen. That’s because you’re giving yourself an identity – not just a command. And that makes you feel like exercising is part of who you are. It also makes you feel like you belong to a community of exercisers or runners. And feeling that you’re part of an active tribe makes you more motivated to keep up.

Follow me on Facebook

Here’s your clear-skin snack:

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

sunflower-seeds-wp

Sunflower seeds. Research in Experimental Dermatology found people with acne typically have low levels of vitamin E and zinc – which heal the skin, and regulate oil production. And sunflower seeds have both nutrients. They also have loads of selenium – which helps reduce redness and inflammation. All you need is a handful a day to get enough vitamin E, and half your requirement of zinc. For the remaining zinc, try chicken, shellfish or beans.

Follow me on Facebook

Getting your daily dose of daylight is important!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

walk-dog-uva-wp

For your blood pressure: Get 20 minutes of daylight a day. That doesn’t mean baking in the sun… you can get enough UVA rays walking the dog – or sitting by a window to drink your morning coffee. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, people getting 20 minutes of daylight saw their blood pressure drop 2 points without changing anything else. The reason? UVA light helps nitric oxide circulate in your blood. And that regulates blood pressure and lowers your risk of stroke.

Follow me on Facebook