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Five Ways to Start a Healthy Living

Most people will realize that they need to stay fit if they are already suffering signs and symptoms of an acute illness. Many of them neglect to harness a healthy living beforehand to prevent such illness-condition to set in.

Latest statistic shows that millions of Americans die from the complications of diabetes, cancer, and acute infections every year. The reason for this is not because the state failed to supply its people with an adequate access to health care, but more so because of the slackness of people to employ a healthy living.

If you are a type of person who cares a lot for your health and you are very much aware of how it will feel when you are in the limelight of wellness, then good for you because you will live longer and enjoy life to the fullest. However, if you are one of those negligent citizens, you should now be alarmed and do something to save your health.

Here are the five ways you need to know to start a healthy living.

Stop your vices. Most people who contacted cancer are those who love to spend the day with at least five sticks of cigarettes. You are aware that smoking is bad for your health, and this reminder is always attached in every cigarette commercial on TV or over the radio. Lung cancer and any other types of carcinoma can be triggered by the chemicals you inhale while you smoke. If you do not want to die early, better put an end to this habit.

Increase oral fluid intake. Not because it was repeatedly stated since you where in first grade, but because it remains to be an important everyday task. Drinking eight glass of water a day can do a lot in your body, such as rehydrating your cells, maintaining blood function, energizing your immune system, and facilitating the movement of food for digestion. Eight glasses is the average requirement, but if you are doing tasks that make you sweat a lot or if you are enduring the heat of the sun most of the time, then you should drink more than what is required.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Processed foods have chemicals incorporated in them, such as those that are used as preservatives. Eating freshly-picked fruits and vegetables will always be one of the best things to do to achieve a healthy living. You are not only guaranteed with safety, but you are also assured to get an adequate amount of minerals.

Take your daily dose of vitamins. You do not always get the right amount of vitamins from the food you eat, especially if you are not aware of what your meal is all about. that is why you need to take your vitamins daily to supply the missing elements in your body that are needed to maintain the vital functions of your organ-systems.

Sleep well. At the end of the day, your body is asking for some respite. Healthy living is not only about moving energetically or eating a well-planned meal, you need to allow your body to rest, and as recent research would suggest, a five to six hours of sleep can already do so much.

Attitude and Your Choice of Food – Holistic Healthy Living

Think healthy living. What comes to mind? If you’re like a lot of people, you immediately think about diet and exercise. Skip the fries, eat your veggies, and walk around the block a couple of times.

That will help. Usually.

But it’s not the whole enchilada!

Diet and exercise are integral parts of a healthy lifestyle, it’s true. Yet there’s much more involved. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently reported (May 3, 2006) that common parameters like obesity, smoking, and alcohol use didn’t explain the difference in health status between a group of British citizens, who fared better, and their less healthy American counterparts.

It’s likely that stress is an unexplored factor that accounts for much of the difference. One important piece of the stress puzzle, especially when it comes to healthy food choices, is attitude! In other words, if you’re selecting healthier foods under duress, they may not do you as much good as you’d like.

Ruth’s favorite cup of tea

My former client “Ruth” provides a great example. Ruth had moved to the U.S. from Europe, leaving behind her family, friends, career, and the lifestyle she knew as home. She married a man with whom she shared a cultural heritage and little else. Before long, she became ill.

Ruth came to my bodywork practice to try and deal with the physical pain she felt, but it didn’t take long to see that there was more going on. I referred her to another practitioner with a broader scope of practice, hoping he would help her get to the bottom of things.

On her next visit with me, Ruth was despondent. “He took away my tea!” she said.

A couple cups of common black tea a day had been providing Ruth what little comfort she’d been able to find in this foreign land, and now the practitioner had told her that she must cut them out of her diet forever. Furthermore, he’d filled her with such fear that even if she’d wanted to go ahead and drink them anyway, she couldn’t do so without feeling she was pounding another nail in her own coffin.

Ruth’s choice of an alternate beverage was no empowered one, that’s for sure. She felt deprived, fearful, cheated, and betrayed. Furthermore, in this lonely life she’d resigned herself to, she had lost her one source of comfort. A simple cup of tea.

You see the situation, don’t you? Ruth’s feelings of deprivation and fear were doing her far more harm than the tea would have. If she really needed to stop drinking tea, she was going to have to find another source for the comfort and companionship her soul craved.

Comfort, companionship, playtime – or a snack?

Her situation is far from unique. It’s not at all unusual for health & fitness participants in our wellness coaching program to express similar feelings. When we’re successful in engineering a healthy change in food choices, it’s because the participant has been able to identify the roles that certain foods have in their life and find another way to satisfy those needs.

For example, a person for whom food is a comfort will explore other ways to comfort herself, perhaps through an evening bathtime ritual or spending quiet time with friends. A person for whom sweets satisfy their “Inner Little Kid” might introduce more play into their life – taking up a craft or hobby, hitting the golfball, or going out for a bike ride.

When healthy eating is an empowered choice, though, it can be a great thing!

Fear & deprivation just don’t cut the mustard

As you continue with your healthy living program, check in with yourself from time to time. Watch for any signs that fear or deprivation are fueling your choices. If you notice either of those states creeping in, first of all congratulate yourself for your awareness! Then simply re-create yourself in a more powerful state.

Healthy Living With Diabetes

Healthy living with diabetes is really a God’s gift for a diabetic. It is undeniable that a diabetic is mostly in a seriously worrying health disorder condition. How to live with diabetes and manage the health is the major concern to every diabetic patient. Although there are surprising technological advancements in the field of medicine, there is no medically proven cure for diabetes as permanent measure, but it can be managed with proper way of blood sugar control. One can be successful in overcoming the related problems if proper care is oriented in changing the lifestyle.

It is not surprising that so many people are diagnosed with diabetes even at early age. It is important to know what causes diabetes. You know, there are two types in it. Type 1 diabetes is present at birth due to heredity which cannot be prevented. Type 2 diabetes is developing with inactivity and obesity. Away from these two factors, there are some other risk factors as well which include family history of the disease, age above 40, oscillating cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, and irregular food habits.

If the disease is untreated it can entertain many diabetic complications like blindness, stroke, heart problem, kidney failure, and erectile dysfunction. To the worst of all, amputation of legs may be the end, starting from one or two fingers. If it is diagnosed with early symptoms of diabetes, many risks of diabetic complications can be minimized. You can enjoy a healthy living with diabetes if you take proper care in the following matters:

Healthy eating: You should eat healthy foods that have low sugar, saturated fats and reduced salts. The diet what you consume should be rich in fiber content. You should eat fresh vegetables and fruits with your daily meal. If your meal contains cereals and nuts, you can have a healthy living in general. Whatever the foods you consume, the quantity should be in measured size with whole grains. And it should be consumed four or five times a day in small portions, and have a check on weight gain.    

Physical activity: Physical activity is highly recommended and very essential for healthy living. If you take care to have mild to normal physical movements in all activities, you can keep your heart and pancreas in good working condition. You will find it easy to control blood sugar levels.

Weight control: Keeping a check on your weight gain can help you to promote your health with normal conditions. If you lose weight and get slim, you can have a safe living with type 2 diabetes. 

Monitoring blood sugar levels: Frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels should be done regularly. You can be safe with these readings if you keep a close watch over the fluctuations.

Bad habits: If you quit smoking and avoid alcohol consumption, you can have longer healthy living with diabetes.