Reach Your Health Goals This Year with Better Food Choices

For years you have vowed to yourself that you wouldn’t allow your health to slip this year. After just a few short months, you are back into the same old habits and unhealthy routines. You don’t want this to become another failed year in terms of your health, so why not make a conscious decisions to make a change this year? Whether you’re trying to reach new goals or simply feel more energized, you need to use food as fuel rather than a comfort. You may be aware of the healthy choices on offer out there, but it is up to you to take action and factor them into your life from now on.

 

Low Carb Choices

 

Although low carb options might not be for everyone, they are definitely very effective for many people. You may find that your energy levels improve over time and your hunger cravings are curbed more effectively. If you’re not sure where to begin you could try this easy low carb tomato sauce recipe. Reduce the amount of pasta, potatoes and starchy vegetables you use and you will have the ideal low carb diet.

 

Less Sugar

 

Reducing your sugar intake is much easier said than done, especially with so much temptation around in the stores. Take it one day at a time and try to make small changes as you go. Instead of going cold turkey, it is definitely more effective to take it slow. Start with your day to day foods that contain a lot of added sugar; this will help to retrain your taste buds so you’re not constantly craving the sweet stuff.

 

More Water

 

Increasing your water intake is definitely the best way to improve your overall health. Believe it or not, when you think you’re hungry you might just be dehydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and keep topping it up throughout the day. If you dislike the taste, you can always infuse it with lemon or fresh mint to make it more refreshing.

 

Wholegrains

 

If you can’t face a completely carb-free diet then wholegrains are definitely the way to go. Brown rice, seeded bread and wholegrain pasta should be well stocked in your cupboards from now on.

 

Get Savvy With Spices

 

Even the plainest of foods will taste amazing if you add the right herbs. If you’re looking to stock up your pantry with key spices, you definitely need peppercorn salt, cumin, cayenne, parsley and coriander if you’re going to create consistently tasty and healthy dishes. Going on a diet can be incredibly boring if you don’t flavor your food effectively, this is something you definitely need to try for yourself!

 

You don’t need to feel stressed and overwhelmed at the thought of eating health meals this year. Just a few simple swaps will make a huge difference. Whether you’re cutting down on sugar or opting for a low carb diet, there are so many effective food swaps you can make right now.

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Making An Individual Contribution To Fighting The Climate Crisis

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With a deepening climate crisis, it is becoming ever more clear that we need to be taking much better care over our environment. Whether the focus for doing this should be on governments, businesses, or the individual may be something that world leaders cannot seem to reach a consensus on, but it does remain that we should all be doing something. And instead of waiting around for governments to tell you what you need to be doing, we should all be taking decisive action right now to reduce our impact on the planet. After, it is the only one that we have. 

 

Here are some areas in which you should consider making improvements in your life. 

 

Water Conservation

 

While 70% of the planet may be covered by water, most of this is not drinkable. In fact, there is less and less drinking water available and many countries are facing a crisis point. Some areas of South Africa recently came very near to having to permanently turn off their municipal water supply because of a lack of water. Fortunately, citizens got behind water conservation measures and reversed the trend. However, it is still estimated that with the next five years two billion people will be without clean sanitary water that they can live off 

 

Our clean water supplies are getting used up in a number of different areas. Many industries such as agriculture will use vast amounts of water in production, and across the globe individuals often treat water as an infinite resource, which it is not. 

 

Reducing your water consumption is something that you can do to help the environment. This starts by not flushing the toilet as often, not leaving taps running, having showers instead of baths, and not using a hose to water your garden. You could look at getting Team Poly water butts to collect rainwater which could be used for flushing toilets and watering your garden. Making good use of natures water delivery system takes the pressure off the valuable water reserves that we all so vitally need. 

 

Switch To A Green Energy Provider

 

With many major power companies still burning fossil fuels to create the power for our homes, it is clear that this is an area that needs improving. While you may not have the power to change this as an individual, if enough people start to switch to green suppliers, this will push the major power providers to change the way that they do business or face extinction. 

 

There are many great green energy suppliers out there, many of whom are great with respects to the way that they manage their customers and run their businesses. Check out the credentials of a few operating in your area, compare their prices and services and ditch the smog-producing power companies that we just don’t need in society anymore. 

 

Then, look for ways that you can improve and reduce your own energy consumption by switching off unnecessary appliances and lights when you are not using them.

Four Positive Habits to Protect Your Future Health

When you are still young and fairly healthy, it can feel strange to even contemplate getting old, let alone living in a way that promotes health later in life. What young person wants to spend their time contemplating old age? But unless you spare a thought for your older self now, you’re less likely to build healthy habits into your lifestyle, which can be detrimental to your health prospects in the long-term.

 

So you do you look after your health as you age and promote longevity through your daily habits? These tips will help you live in a way that promotes longevity.

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Build Self-Esteem

 

Studies show that having a positive self-esteem improves adherence to health-promoting habits in your day to day life. In other words, if you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to set up healthy habits and stay motivated to do them on a daily basis. For many of us, a large element of good self-esteem is related to how good we feel about our appearance. This doesn’t mean that we should try to live up to unrealistic and toxic beauty standards, but that we should take pleasure in looking healthy and well. Maintaining an appearance that helps you feel confident is one way to stay young at heart. Whether you invest in All on 4 Dental Implants or take the time to get your nails done, looking after your appearance can help you feel youthful as you begin to age.

 

Eat The Rainbow

 

You’ve heard over and over again: a diet full of nutrient-rich and natural foods is crucial for a healthy body. Not only does maintaining a healthy diet help you find balance in terms of your energy levels, but it also aids your body’s natural defense mechanisms in the fight against diseases. There is a common misunderstanding that you can eat whatever you want when you’re young, as your body is more resilient. In fact, what you eat now directly impacts your health when you start to age. Everything from your bone health to your skin depends on getting sufficient nutrients over time. The sooner you start to eat well, the sooner you will notice a difference in your overall physical health. What’s more, you’ll be investing in the health of your body for years to come.

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Drink Lots of Water

 

Drinking lots of water every day is one of the best ways to ensure that you age well. For an average-sized adult, eight large glasses is a good rule of thumb when you’re working out how much water you need for the day. Drinking this much water might not be easy at first, and you might find it difficult to remember to keep topping up your hydration. Until you have your routine down, it may help to set calendar reminders or stick post-it notes around your home or office as constant reminders that you should be sipping on a glass of water. Remember, coffee and tea are not considered a replacement for water because they actually cause dehydration, so if you do drink coffee or tea, make sure you’re drinking extra water to compensate.

 

Take Breaks At Work

 

A growing body of research is showing that one of the worst things you can do for your health is working too hard. Not only can working too hard result in burn-out (which will prevent you from being able to do anything as your body will be in shut-down mode) the constant stress can be extremely damaging to your long-term health, and contribute to a variety of health issues, especially when combined with other factors such as lack of sleep and poor diet. In this day and age, there is a strong cultural pressure to be constantly productive, so it’s important to make a conscious effort to resist the pressure and take breaks when you need them.

 

The key to making your breaks beneficial to your health is to make them regular, and ensure that your breaks are proper breaks. Rather than waste little bits of time throughout the day on activities that are not restful and yet are not productive (like scrolling Instagram or reading the news online) it’s better to set aside time for genuine rest. For example, a ten-minute walk around the block after lunch can do wonders for your attention span, and help you feel ready for the afternoon ahead. Or, rather than eating your lunch at your desk, be sure to take a good old fashioned lunch break

 

Whether you’re twenty-five or forty-five, setting good habits in your day-to-day life is a great way to promote longevity and ensure your future health.

 

Channel Your Energy into Your Garden to Find Paradise

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Your garden may not feel like the most exciting part of your home. While your walls can be immediately improved with some wallpaper and a few throw cushions can bring color to any space, your garden will need a little more imagination and thought to bring it up to scratch.

 

The good news is that even the least experienced gardener can create a small paradise at home. Yes, it will take time and energy but if you are willing to channel your positivity into a worthwhile project, you are sure to succeed.

Water

The main reason that the gardens are so lush is that they have plenty of water. Adding a water feature to your garden, as well as a simple irrigation system is a great way to encourage wildlife to come and join in and ensure that every plant gets the moisture it needs. To do this, you will need a pump system to push the water around and a Berkeley b3zrm comes recommended – especially if you have a large area in a dry state.

 

The sound of water is well-known to be relaxing and it can even help you sleep. A simple fountain or tiny waterfall is all you need to introduce that gentle sound and start to build your paradise with sounds as well as looks.

Plants

If you aren’t so green fingered, you should choose plants that are likely to survive and thrive in your garden without too much input from you. This means choosing plants that are already suited to the environment you have. For example, you’d be hard pushed to never see a yucca in Louisiana so if that’s where you’re based, that’s the kind of thing you should go for!

 

When you arrange your plants, think about the height and width they will grow into, not just their size now. It’s important that plants have room to reach their full potential so even though you might have a bit of a gap to start with, nature always fills it up.

Nature

It is always tempting to control every aspect of your garden but a true paradise will find its own rhythm. This means encouraging wildlife to come into your garden as well as giving your plants a chance to thrive on their own terms.

 

There’s a reason that jungles and forests look the way they do: the plants and animals work together to find a balance of their own. Letting go of your garden this way might feel risky but you will soon reap the rewards of a hands-off approach.

 

Putting out food for birds and other animals is also a good idea. Though insects and bugs might be unwelcome inside, outside they are more than your neighbors, they are the reason your plants are looking so healthy! A bug hotel might sound like a kids’ project, but every garden should have one.

 

Your garden is your chance to relax in your own slice of paradise. It will take time to grow up but when you give nature a chance to thrive, it never turns you down.

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