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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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Improve Your Health with Lemons

Posted by Phil Raby on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

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Lemons are one of the alkalizing superfoods that should be eaten in some form or another every day. Their health benefits have been known since the 1700s, when they were eaten to treat scurvy as sailors set sail for long periods.  Now, the lowly lemon has risen the ranks to that of a power-food, and for good reason. Lemons are thought to boost the immune system, improve digestion, purify the blood and can help prevent asthma. They are antioxidants, which can help prevent the formation of free radicals leading to cancer. They can lower the risk of ischemic stroke in women and can help prevent obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Besides all that, you’ll enjoy more energy throughout the day. But don’t think for a minute that buying lemon juice at your market is comparable to eating fresh lemons.


Eating More Lemons

Lemons are a bit on the sour side, so most people don’t want to eat them like an apple. If you can get your hands on a lemon tree, pick one yourself. Make sure it’s ripe, because it doesn’t improve in quality or continue to ripen once it’s off the tree. Begin your morning with a few squirts in a glass of warm water. Along with a jolt of vitamin C, it will give you nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and pectin fiber, with trace amounts of vitamin A and iron. Moving on through the morning, you can enjoy a cup of tea with your breakfast, with an added squirt of lemon. Get to lunch and squeeze lemon onto your salad, and with dinner add it to your fish.

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Enjoy lemons and stay healthy!

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How to Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

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When I was 18, I thought I could maintain my body for life. However, reality set in and raising kids became more important than working out for 20 hours a week. I was honestly in denial about all the weight I gained over 15 years. It was not until my two year old niece asked if I had a baby in my stomach like her mommy that it really hit home.

I tried virtually every diet under the sun, and never stuck to them. My problem was discipline, and more specifically a love of snacking. I would buy the family size bag of Doritos (10 ounces) and finish it in two nights; after eating a pretty substantial dinner. I realized that the unhealthy snacking had to go if I was ever going to use a public scale again (they stop at 300 lbs.). After several failed attempts, I decided I needed to gradually cut out the snacking instead of trying to quit cold turkey. I was watching a Pistachio nut ad — featuring Snoop Dogg of all people — when I realized the little green nuts might make a good alternative to potato and tortilla chips.


Green and Happy

Fortunately, the pistachios were great substitutions for all the unhealthy snacks, but they were also expensive. I recently switched from pistachios to roasted peanuts and lightly buttered popcorn. Instead of candy, I satisfy my sweet tooth with yellow raisins or dried apricots and mangos. I have lost nearly fifty pounds in 6 months by cutting nearly 700 calories a night (5 ounces of Doritos/140 calories each) and trans fat from my diet. I feel better and I have more stamina, all from making small changes.

Other small steps that will get you to your goal weight are:

Pick up a pen and write down what you are eating. A food log/diary helps control extra calories in two ways: the combination of plain old reality check (I just ate 30 minutes ago!) and awareness that what you’re putting in your mouth will soon be recorded.

Limit fast food to once a week. You can still satisfy your cravings while limiting the times you eat out. Put the extra savings into your holiday gift-giving fund.

Add veggies. Putting vegetables in all your favorite dishes, such as pizza and fajitas, is a way to cut back on calories. Tip: eat the veggies first!

Drink More Water. Switching your usual beverage for water is an easy way to cut calories.

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Do a Purge. Take five minutes and clean out your cupboards and fridge of fattening, unhealthy foods.

Do Not Skip Meals. You may be tempted to complete skip a meal, or two, as you head into the holiday season, but a total lack of food will make your body store additional fat and sugars in your body. In addition, skipping a meal entirely makes you more likely to overindulge during the next meal.

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5 Healthy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Posted by Phil Raby on Mon, Mar 06, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

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It might not seem like it, but actively boosting your metabolism is one of the best ways to lose weight. In a way, your metabolism is at the heart of your body’s digestive system, as it signifies the rate your body breaks down food and provides you with energy. Although the rate of your body’s metabolism depends in part on your gender, age, and genetics, and nobody can control those things, there are a number of other ways you can improve your metabolic rate.

Here are five healthy ways you can go about boosting your metabolism:


  1. Eat Omega-3 rich food, such as salmon, trout, halibut, eggs, milk and yogurt. You can also gain your Omega 3’s from certain types of cereals and bread (check out the nutrition labels). Eating Omega-3 rich food will help regulate your metabolism by balancing your body’s blood sugar and reducing its inflammation.
  2. When you work out, amp it up a notch — in short bursts. When you do cardio-based exercise such running or swimming, or when using any type of cardio exercise machine, move as quickly as you can in 30-second intervals. After the interval has stopped, return to your routine speed for 30 seconds, and then begin again after the time has passed.
  3. Do some strength training to build some muscle. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder; just pick up some weights for 30-40 minutes per workout, twice a week. Building muscle burns fat and raises the metabolism.
  4. Drink a cup or two of green tea every day. Studies have shown that the active ingredient in green tea, called catechin, helps boost metabolism.
  5. Eat breakfast in the morning and go to sleep at the same time every night. Eating a nutrient-filled breakfast—such as oatmeal with fruit and yogurt or whole-grain toast—shortly after waking up “awakens” your metabolism as well.

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And don’t forget to keep exercising. Keeping your body moving regularly in and of itself will keep your metabolism going strong.

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Signs of Extreme Exercise

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

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We all agree that exercise is good for you, but sometimes people become addicted to it and will continue to work out furiously even when health conditions should stop them. Here are a few signs that it’s time to take a break.

Prolonged Soreness

Muscle pain or soreness that doesn’t go away within three days indicates that you are probably overdoing it. After intense training, your body requires a period of rest. Constant, unrelenting soreness is a sign that you’re not taking the time to heal.

Irritability

Have you been easily agitated lately? This could be a sign of fatigue, poor nutrition or an underlying illness.

Recurrent Frequent Sickness

Most healthy people have a strong immune system and rarely contract worse than a mild cold once or twice a year. If you’re getting sick more than this and feel fatigued much of the time, that’s a good sign that you need to rest. Healthy people who get plenty of rest and have a good diet can exercise while they have a cold. But anyone who gets a major cold or flu more than three times a year needs to rest and boost their immunity.

 High Blood Pressure

This one can be tricky. Typically, unless you’re older, you probably don’t keep a close watch on your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is high, and other risk factors for this condition are not present, you may be over-doing it at the gym. Hypertension is a serious condition, and if you have it, you should get checked out by a general practitioner immediately.

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 How to Recover

  1. Take a lean, nutrition-dense diet, and get hydrated.
  2. Rest. Watch your favorite comedy series, meditate or enjoy relaxing music, and get plenty of sleep.
  3. Commit to getting enough rest from now on.

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What to Eat and Drink to Reduce Belly Bloat

Posted by Phil Raby on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 08:02 AM

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Summer will eventually be here. Midriff baring, short skirt wearing, bared limbs and breezy hair will all be happening shortly. With that in mind, there are ways to whittle that middle and reduce the belly bloat by eating.

Fiber in Fruit and Seeds

Fiber helps keep everything heading south. The skin and edible seeds of fruits and vegetables help provide ample roughage to aid in waste removal.

Pick up a few of these on your next grocery shopping trip:

Pineapple- This fruit contains bromelain, an enzyme that help with digestion. Have a slice pre or post meal to prevent the onset of bloat.

Chia and hemp seeds- Seeds provide valuable nutritional benefits and extra fiber. Add a teaspoon to cereal, salads and in baked goods to take advantage. Chia seeds in water or juice or in a smoothie are an interesting textural experience as the seeds grow a gel-like coating.

Water

Consumption of water helps hydrate the skin and keep elimination processes working properly. Avoid constipation and unnecessary discomfort with some good H2O. A good rule of thumb is now to drink half of your body weight daily. If the scale reads 140lbs, drink 70 ounces of water daily.

Other beverages are:

Coconut water- The no sugar added variety offers a dose of potassium that helps to level out extra salt in our body by removing the excess.

Water with lemon or cucumber slices- This option first thing in the morning provides anaturally alkaline beverage to balance acidic foods.

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Natural Diuretics

There are some foods that are naturally diuretic and help flush out extra fluid; leaving you with fresh nutrients and fiber instead of a poofy belly.

Some suggestions include:

  • Asparagus
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelions
  • Watercress

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The Best Choice for Breakfast

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

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“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” You have probably heard this saying a million times. While this sounds great, it really is only as good as what you eat. High sugar breakfast cereals, for example, are completely unhealthy and will do nothing for you on your quest to lose weight. On the other hand, oatmeal is one of the best foods for breakfast and is one of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet.

 

 Why Oatmeal?

Oatmeal has several immediate and long term benefits when eaten. Oatmeal contains a special fiber that has been studied for decade that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Lowering high cholesterol levels can therefore significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Some studies have also linked that same fiber to enhancement of the immune system, making it respond to bacterial infections quicker. This means spending a lot less time sick. Finally, oats have been shown to significantly lower your risk for type-2 diabetes. With all these benefits, there is no reason not to start the day with a bowl of oatmeal.

How to prepare

Depending on what type of oats you have, the process will vary. For all types, it is best to add the oats to cold water and then cook at a simmer. The preparation of rolled oats and steel-cut oats require similar proportions using two parts water to one part oats. Rolled oats take approximately 15 minutes to cook while the steel-cut variety takes about 30 minutes. Avoid using instant oats because they tend to contain a lot of added sugars and other unhealthy additives.

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If you want to add a little excitement to your oatmeal, try adding fresh fruits, cinnamon or a sugar alternative.

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Big Meals or Small Snacks: Which Is Better For Weight Loss?

Posted by Phil Raby on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

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If there is only one thing you have heard other people say about dieting, it is probably that you should eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of 2-3 larger meals. There are many arguments for this frequent feeding theory such as better digestion, increased metabolism, and even better absorption of nutrients. However, because this theory has been around for so long, it is taken as a fact and is not disputed. In reality, these claims are not scientifically proven. Even if you have been trained to thinks smaller meals burns more calories or increases your metabolism, knowing all of the facts can help you determine whether larger or smaller meals are right for your weight loss goals.


More Eating = More Calories Burned?

It is true that every time you eat, you burn some calories. But really what matters is what you eat during those meals. What you eat determines how many calories are burned to break it down, not necessarily how often you eat. Keep in mind that if you eat more protein in your diet, more calories will be burned throughout the day. If you eat a lot of fat or carbohydrates, much less calories are burned. Therefore, eating the right things will increase the amount of calories burned no matter when you eat them. No matter what you eat, if you eat the same amount of food with smaller, more frequent meals than if you were eating 3 large meals, your caloric intake is the same at the end of the day. Burning calories depends more on what you eat than when you eat it.

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Bottom Line

As long as you are making healthy dietary decisions, when you eat does not make much of a difference. Create a schedule that works for your lifestyle. To maximize the amount of calories burned each day, eat the right foods that will achieve that. Instead of focusing all of your energy on when you are supposed to eat, put more energy into what you are eating and the dietary decisions you are making.

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Sports Fitness Nutrition

Posted by Phil Raby on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

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Even endurance athletes occasionally need to trim down. But when you’re several years into a regular fitness regimen and are constantly pushing against plateaus, the best way to break that boundary is to shock the system with a new routine and high quality sports nutrition supplements.

If you’re an athlete or just devoted to maintaining high levels of fitness, dieting the way the average person does simply will not work. Just cutting back on calories will have a deleterious effect on hard earned muscle tissue and cut directly into your performance. What you need is a diet of lean protein, fresh vegetables- and lots of them.

You might be saying, “But I eat like that all the time.” We’re sure you do, but if you’re human, chances are the winter season is a particularly difficult time to maintain that competitively trim physique you need to stay in top form. That’s where a natural, herbal weight-loss and sports nutrition supplement like Healthe Trim comes in.

Healthe Trim is a leading sport and fitness supplement that will support your metabolism to work at optimal levels and give you the energy you need to push through tough workouts.

The active ingredients in Healthe Trim are;

  •  Hoodia Gordonii: a spiny, leafless plant with many medicinal uses
  •  Green Tea Leaf Extract: a well-known delivery method for super-nutrient green leaves containing Camellia sinensis.

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Even for a quick turnaround, however, you should not attempt fat loss the way the average dieter does. You have to pursue your goals in a way that will support your athletic ambitions. Call today and find out why Healthe Trim is among the most popular supplements on the market.

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