Simple Ways To Stay Fit With A Healthy Diet And Exercise

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Good nutrition and physical fitness go together like bread and butter (no pun intended). And, if you want to be as healthy as possible, it’s important that you pay equal attention to both. Here we will consider how the interplay works and why it’s essential to look after your nutrition if you want to be fit and healthy.

Simple Ways To Stay Fit With A Healthy Diet And Exercise

You’ve heard that you are what you eat, but very few people know just how true this is. The reality is that all the materials our body uses to fuel itself, build and replace tissue and regulate the delicate chemical balances inside our brains and blood come from our nutrition.

Protein: It Does A Body Good

The most obvious example of this is protein. Protein is made up of amino acids which are carbon compounds. Protein helps your body build skin, muscle, brain matter, and bones by recombining the amino acids in meat from animals and plants (to a lesser extent).

If you don’t eat adequate protein then you won’t be able to repair and maintain tissue. In other words, if you aren’t eating the right amount of high-quality protein, then you may find that your wounds don’t heal and your skin and hair seem less healthy. You may also suffer from a range of other problems.

If you are trying to build muscle, it is particularly important to eat more protein. Doing so will give you the matter needed to build those big muscles you’re working so hard for.

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Eating protein is essential for building strong muscles and bones.

Eat The Right Amount Of Healthy Carbohydrates

Likewise, what you eat obviously impacts your energy levels and feelings of vitality and alertness. For example, if you aren’t eating carbohydrates, your body will start looking elsewhere for things to burn. The body will turn to your fat stores initially, then to your muscles and eventually your organs. This means that if you work out and aren’t eating the right foods you could experience muscle wasting and feelings of exhaustion. And this is certainly not what you want.

Healthy carbs are unprocessed and rich in fiber. They include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • legumes
  • sweet potatoes

On the other hand, eating an excess of carbs can be extremely unhealthy. This means that when we have more carbohydrates than our body needs it will begin storing leftover energy as fat.

This, in turn, causes your heart to pump harder to move the blood around your body. This can cause circulation problems, lack of breath and other issues. An excess of carbs also increases your likelihood of obesity and diabetes. Likewise, sugar can cause serious damage to nerves and organs.

Related: 20 Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

In a like manner, diabetes or insulin resistance can cause coronary artery disease at which point the arteries can become impaired or diseased. This, in turn, creates the buildup of arterial plaque which means your blood can’t get around your body as easily. In fact, the plaque increases your chance of heart attack or stroke and often causes angina.

For more on improving your heart health, check out these impressive heart disease and fitness statistics.

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The Takeaway

As you can see, there are many ways to stay fit with a healthy diet. Good nutrition promotes healthy skin and hair. It gives you more energy and helps you stay alert and focused. And it can also protect you from serious health conditions including diabetes and heart disease.

Eating adequate amounts of protein is essential for maintenance and repair of body tissues. Protein also provides the proper fuel for impressive muscle gains. Likewise, unprocessed, fiber-rich carbohydrates can provide fuel for your workouts.


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Make The Journey Beautiful: Love And Gratitude

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Life is a funny thing. One day can be filled with joy and laughter, spent making wonderful memories with loved ones. While the next day we could get bad news that turns our life upside down (and I’m not talking about The Upside Down in Stranger Things either).

Life is unpredictable, isn’t it?

But while we can’t predict what will happen tomorrow, I know who holds the future and that gives me peace. When something terrible happens and I don’t know what to do I’m comforted knowing God is always there for me (and you) and I can run to Him with any problem I might have. In addition to my faith, I’m learning how to accept help and encouragement from others. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I can’t do everything on my own and need help.

So much for my dream of becoming Wonder Woman.

Reach Out To Others Throughout Your Journey

My journey back from Lyme disease to health is a daily challenge. Through everything, I’m learning to take each day as it comes. Ultimately, I want to help others who have health struggles, just as people in my life have helped me.

So many friends and family have invested time and energy into helping me and our family at times when I wasn’t physically able to get out of bed and cook dinner or drive our four kids to their various activities.

I’ve received phone calls, texts, cards and visits from friends who want to let me know they care and are praying for me. I’m forever grateful for the love and generosity that’s been shown to me and my family and hope to share this compassion with others facing similar health challenges.

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A Grateful Heart

My heart is full of love and appreciation for those who have been thoughtful and shown love to our family. Knowing how great it is to be on the receiving end of all this love and support has lit a fire inside me to do the same for others.

One of the many people who has made a big difference in my life is my cousin Natalie. She learned that she also has Lyme only a few months before my diagnosis.

And even in the midst of her health struggles, she’s been so encouraging, sharing information and ideas about treatment options that have worked for her. We’ve chatted on Facebook, texted, and talked on the phone about what we’re going through.

Thankfully, I continue to make new connections with people who are fighting with Lyme with all they’ve got. It’s so encouraging to have friends supporting you, especially in the midst of a health crisis. Sometimes what we need most is a listening ear. If there is anything I can ever do to support you please let me know.

Just keep in mind that the end of the day, we’re all human.

We all have 24 hours in a day, and those hours can go by quickly depending on circumstances and plans. Your health journey may look different than mine, but reaching out to others, sharing our concerns and supporting each other along the way sure does help!

Keep on making healthy choices and connecting with others. You’re doing great!

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20 Insider Tips For Being Punctual: How To Be On Time

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A few weeks ago my family and I had a crazy morning. In a strange turn of events, my husband’s cell phone alarm didn’t go off, my Fitbit alarm didn’t work, one of our teenage daughters overslept and the other one was sleeping in because she had a late start schedule that morning at school.

If you can relate to this situation you can likely predict what happened next.

My husband, who is never ever late for work was the first to wake up and discover what time it was. Then he woke me up to break the news.

From there, things were fairly chaotic as we all rushed around to get ready for the day. I literally had 10 minutes to drive Emma to school. I’m not sure how we pulled it off, by the grace of God for sure. And perhaps the absence of the highway patrol (yikes). Either way, we made it on time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone comb their hair and brush their teeth that quickly before!

Needless to say, that night before turning in, we set back-up alarms for our alarms so we could avoid what happened from repeating itself.

Are You Chronically Late?

Being punctual is crucial if you want to live a successful life and be the best version of yourself. Learning tools to help manage your time and plan ahead can really boost your ability to be on time. As you might have guessed, this issue is not uncommon. Many of us have trouble getting where we need to be at a specific time. In fact, one U.S. survey revealed 15 to 20 percent of the population is “consistently late”, especially regarding work.

So whether you’re chronically falling behind or simply show up tardy every once in a while, this article is for you.

 

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20 Insider Tips For Being Punctual

  1. If you’re like me and need a cup of coffee to help you wake up in the morning, prep your coffee maker the night before so all you have to do is press start. Also, some coffee makers have a timing feature so you can set it to brew your coffee while you’re still in dreamland. Then, voila…when you awaken from your deep slumber you will have fresh coffee ready to enjoy.
  2. Plan ahead the night before by making a to-do list for the following day. Make this part of your evening routine.
  3. Lay out the clothes, shoes and accessories you plan to wear in the morning.
  4. Prep your breakfast and lunch so you can grab it and go.
  5. Keep your car keys in a designated place to avoid having to search for them when you’re short on time.
  6. Set multiple alarms (speaking from experience here). Use timers to help you stay on track with a variety of tasks throughout the day.
  7. Wake up when your alarm goes off the first time and get out of bed. Just do it.
  8. Set reminders for appointments and meetings ahead of time.
  9. Avoid over-commitment. Learn how to say no. It’s better to do a few things well than juggling too many activities and being stressed out all the time.
  10. When it’s time to leave stop what you’re doing and focus on the next event. Avoid getting distracted by other commitments.
  11. Avoid traveling during peak hours if possible. This can help you avoid traffic jams and other delays.
  12. Use your time wisely. Seizing a few extra minutes throughout your day can help immensely. Maximizing your time helps you meet deadlines, complete tasks and prevents you from having to rush from one meeting to the next.
  13. Keep your car full of gas so you aren’t delayed because you have to fill up.
  14. Keep a calendar to record all your upcoming events in the same place. If you prefer a paper calendar, use that. But if you like using your device consider keeping your schedule on a phone app. Or consider using Google Calendar. David and I both use it and it allows us to sync our calendars and share them with each other. This makes it easier for us to plan family events.
  15. Remember, being on time shows respect for others. Punctuality is just plain good manners.
  16. Plan on being early. Giving yourself a buffer is important because you can’t always predict traffic jams or other situations that could slow you down.
  17. Eliminate distractions such as loud noises, excessive talking and T.V when possible.
  18. Relax your expectations for how events should go. Don’t be a perfectionist. Lighten up and events will tend to go more smoothly.
  19. If you’re traveling, plan ahead and know exactly where you’re going. A GPS or Google Maps can help with this.
  20. You can be on time! But, life happens and sometimes an emergency comes up that must be dealt with immediately. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time always communicate that you’re running behind.
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To Sum Up

Most of us don’t enjoy the consequences of being late. It causes stress, loss of productivity, irritates others and can make your boss angry too; And who wants that?

Practicing the tips for being punctual above can help you create new habits for being on time. And who knows, you might even impress your friends and family with your newly discovered punctuality!


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Migraine Triggers And Risk Factors: The Quick Guide

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Migraines can come on quickly and, seemingly, out of the blue without any warning. However, if you’ve had migraines for a while you start to notice signs when a migraine attack is on its way. Although migraines are not fully understood, we know the environment and genetics are involved. Identifying and avoiding your triggers can help you prevent future attacks.

So on to the nitty gritty…

Migraine Triggers And Risk Factors

Migraine Triggers

Related: 10 Signs You’re Having A Migraine

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Soft cheeses and nuts are a migraine trigger for some people.

Migraine Risk Factors

Related: 10 Effective Treatments For Migraines

 

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The Takeaway

Knowing your migraine triggers and the risk factors involved is an excellent preventative tool. Also, keeping a migraine diary can help you recognize common patterns. I’ve found an app that serves this purpose and I absolutely love it! It’s called Migraine Buddy and it is free.

You can learn more about it here: Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines

Also, if you have a child who suffers from migraines you might find Migraine Headaches In Children: Types, Symptoms & Treatments helpful.


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