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3 Tips for Your Mental Health

Posted by Phil Raby on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

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Many people focus on their physiological health to the detriment of their mental health. Even though society tends to prioritize physical health above all, mental health is just as important. If you want to boost your mental health, here are three tips that will help you do just that.

  1. Learn How to Deal with Stress

Without a doubt, stress is a part of life. Fortunately, you can develop good coping skills so that it doesn’t impact your mental health substantially. Different people have different methods of coping with stress. Identify what works best for you. Some examples of coping methods include exercise, taking walks, playing with pets, hanging out with friends, or journal writing. Anything that will make you smile and boost your optimism is likely a good coping strategy.

 

  1. Develop a Good Support System

Humans are social creatures, so you shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to other people. In fact, you should develop a good support system to ensure your mental health. People with strong family and social connections tend to fare better in terms of mental health. If you don’t have supportive people in your life, make an effort to meet new people. Join a club, support group, or a class.

  1. Value Yourself

The final way you can ensure your mental health is by learning to value yourself. Due to the judgmental nature of society, most people view themselves in a negative rather than positive light. Fortunately, how you view yourself is a mindset that you can change. Whenever you catch yourself in the midst of self-criticism or self-pitying, try to think of at least one thing that you love about yourself. With time, thinking positive rather than negative thoughts about yourself will be second nature for you.

Many people make the mistake of neglecting their mental health in favor of their physical health. However, mental health is just as important as physical health. If you want to boost your mental health, employ these tips and you will likely notice a significant increase in your happiness overall.

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Do Not Fall For These Weight Loss Myths

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

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In today’s world, fad diets claim to be the easiest and most effective solution for weight loss. Let’s not forget that cutting an entire food group out of a person’s diet is said to be the best way to lose weight. With all of these different concepts, it’s hard to decide the most effective way to lose weight. However, much of what you know about losing weight might be a myth.

  1. All Carbs Are Evil

Cutting out all carbs from your diet isn’t necessary. Your body requires carbohydrates for energy. However, your intake should consist of whole grains. Avoid unhealthy ingredients like sugar and processed grains. You will still lose weight if you cut out refined carbohydrates and continue to consume complex carbs.

  1. You Can’t Eat Fat When Dieting

Although it seems to make sense that adding more fat to the amount of fat you already have stored will make you weigh more, this isn’t necessarily true. Other factors play a role such as your caloric intake and how many unhealthy carbs you’re eating. You can cut out all fats and not lose much weight. Don’t forget, certain fats are necessary for energy for your body.

  1. Trendy Diets Are the Answer

Trendy diets aren’t always the answer. In fact, in most cases, these diets require a person to cut out an entire food group, which is very unhealthy and might not even be effective. The diets that claim if you only eat a certain food, like cabbage soup, don’t have enough nutrients for your body to run off of – which will have a negative impact on your overall health. Furthermore, they’re impossible to stick to over a long period of time. Slow results through cutting calories, changing your mindset and exercising are much more effective for most people.

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How to Incorporate Superfoods Into Your Busy Summer Schedule

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

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Summer is a busy time of the year — perhaps even more so than the holidays. The kids are out of school and the beach or pool beckons you to enjoy its cooling benefits. It can be easy to let your diet slip and fall into some unhealthy eating habits. Use the tips below to incorporate some healthy superfoods into your summer diet.

Start the Morning Off Right

Don’t skimp on your nutrition first thing in the morning. Whip up a quick and nutritious smoothie with lots of blueberries, strawberries and bananas. Add in your favorite milk and a generous dollop of Greek yogurt, whirl until smooth and you have a delicious smoothie packed with superfood nutrition.

 

Make Lunch Count

Rev up your energy levels so you can keep going all day long by opting for a filling salad. Not just any greens will do though, so make sure to pile on the spinach and kale for their superfood powers. Salads don’t always have to be savory either. Toss on a few handfuls of berries for a deliciously sweet and savory lunch that’s tasty and nutritious.

Do Dinner Right

Stir fries are the perfect way to stay away from the allure of eating out and processed foods without heating up the kitchen. After you’ve finished stir frying your favorite meat, rice and veggies, push the food to the side of the pan. Quickly scramble a few eggs thoroughly before mixing them into the rest of your meal. They are the perfect protein boost to add to veggie stir fries. Add an avocado salad and you have double the superfood power.

Using the above as a springboard, do you have any other favorite ways to add superfoods to your diet? Chime in with your ideas!

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