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Busting Myths About Healthy Living!

If you spend any time online, or if you spend any time watching television, you have probably realized that “healthy living” and “weight loss” are advertised more than just about anything else. You may even have noticed that a number of television shows these days center around the pursuit of weight loss. And if you have ever made an effort yourself to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, you have also probably realized why weight loss and healthy living are advertised so heavily, and are of such interest to people in general: for the most part, it seems to be difficult to lose weight and stay healthy! If you have ever tried (and failed) to lose weight, however, here are a few myths worth taking a closer look at!

“Losing weight is difficult”: This is one of the biggest myths – and this misconception leads a great number of people to never even make an effort to lose weight, as they assume that there is no way they will achieve success. While losing weight and staying healthy are not exactly easy, these goals are also not nearly as difficult to reach as some people make them out to be!

“Living healthy is expensive”: A lot of people assume that they “cannot afford” to live in a more healthy manner – eating healthier foods, and working out more often – but the truth is, you really cannot afford to not live in a more healthy manner! When you lead a healthy lifestyle, you will feel a whole lot better in life in general – and what’s more, you will actually save money in the long run, as you will run into far fewer problems with your health.

“I don’t have the time to exercise as much as I should”: A lot of people think that exercise is something that should be done every day, for hours on end, when actually, exercise is best done in much smaller doses! If you are eating the right foods, your body will be put in a position where it is burning fat of its own accord – and when you exercise enough to keep your body healthy and active, you will promote this fat burning and this overall escalation of health. If you are eating the correct foods, your body will be set in a place anywhere it is burning fat on its own accord – and at what time you exercise sufficient to keep your body in good physical shape. People believe that workout’s are something that should be done every day.

Reduce Your Risk Of Getting Diabetes With A Healthy Living Lifestyle

Important news on reducing your risk of getting diabetes. Researchers have found that following a healthy living lifestyle can cut the chances of getting diabetes by up to 80%.

While experts have understood that what you eat, how active you are, your smoking and drinking status all impact disease risk, until now no one knew how much each factor might impact the risk of disease.

The research used data collected on nearly 115,000 men and just over 92,000 women who were aged between 50 and 71 and were taking part in a recognized study. No one had diabetes, heart disease or cancer at the beginning of the research.

Lifestyle factors that were considered in the study include:

- Exercise

- Healthy diet choices

- Weight

- Alcohol intake

- Smoking status

In the follow up period over a decade, 9.6% men and 7.5% of the women were found to have diabetes.

The team saw that for each healthy lifestyle choice, the chance of developing diabetes dropped 31% in the male and 39% in the female subjects.

According to the lead researcher each factor brought a lowered risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. Just being at a normal weight for your height reduced diabetes risk by 60-70%.

Here’s how the other lifestyle factors fared:

- Eating healthily reduced by diabetes risk by almost 15%

- Not smoking brought the risk down by nearly 20%

The increased number of lifestyle choices a person makes, the bigger reduction in risk they have for developing diabetes. The top number in terms of risk reduction is 80%.

The take home message here is that living a healthy lifestyle is good at any age, but the sooner you start, the longer you’ll be able to benefit from the results.

As part of this effort, be sure to look at just how much alcohol you’re drinking. While moderate (2 drinks/day for men; 1 drink/day for women) drinking has been shown to do no harm, and may even be helpful in terms of diabetes risk, too much of a good thing is a serious problem and can bring on chronic inflammation of the pancreas, and might impact its ability to secrete the hormone insulin, leading to diabetes.

Tobacco, as you might expect, is just as bad. It increases blood sugar levels and leads to insulin resistance. The more you smoke, the greater your risk. But the sooner you stop, the sooner your body starts to recover and repair itself.

The findings of the research tell us that there are several healthy living lifestyle choices you can make, today that will impact your chances of developing diabetes. Eating healthily is one of the best ones – choose more veggies, fruits and whole grains, leaner meats and low fat dairy. By putting more good, healthy food into your body, you’ll feel better and be better able to keep your weight in the normal range.

Being active on a regular basis is also important for reducing your risk of getting diabetes. Of course if you haven’t worked out in a while, talk to your doctor first, so you can be sure what to do and what’s safe for you. Even if your activity level starts off slow, you’ll still get some benefit, and be building toward being able to do more. Each day you’ll be getting stronger, healthier.

Children’s Healthy Living Depends on You

A healthy balanced lifestyle is developed in your child a lot sooner than you might expect. When you conceive a child you have to consider what you do every day and how it might impact on the gift inside you. Healthy development starts as soon as the new baby can sense its surroundings.

For example if a mother is in a stressful situation the baby is exposed to the hormones circulating around the mothers body and feels stress themselves. This is not good for an unborn infant and can lead to a distressed baby when born who is often inconsolable.

The mental development of your baby is just as important as the food they consume as they grow up. The majority of us often focus purely on the food we give to children without considering their environment and how it affects their psychosocial development. In order to promote healthy development it is important to spend time with your family to promote your babies healthy living by creating a suitable environment for them to feel safe in.

Consider your own childhood, were you incessantly instructed to eat your vegetables since they are good for you? Parents are insistent that vegetables are an essential part of a child’s healthy development but there is more to being healthy than food. It is common now for both parents to go to work and arrange child care for their children. Parents often insist it’s because they want their offspring to have everything they never had unfortunately all the physical possessions cannot make up for a parents care and attention being absent.

When I was growing up I attended church regularly and it has certainly given me a balanced spiritual grounding, but unfortunately for many now the pressure of life does not lend itself well to regular attendance in church. There is a gap which needs to be filled, but by whom if both parents are away working, is it sufficient to rely on paid help to promote the healthy development of your child? Everyone with children especially when both parents work should consider how they can have good quality time with their children.

Quality time gives your child someone to learn from, to look up to, you must find a way to fit this into your lifestyle for your children to develop a healthy balanced outlook on life. Are you really too busy to take half an hour out of your day to sit and cuddle your child while reading a story? Is that last report so essential that you have to finish it tonight or could you take it with you for when they are asleep. There is always another way to do what you are doing. Find the win win option where both your company and your family get what they need from you.

Ask yourself this simple question, and be honest with yourself about your true motivation.

Do you work to live or live to work? I myself have always and will always work to live, after all you can’t wait until you retire to start living the life you dreamed of, it could be too late.

It was my 3 year old son who taught me to change my attitude to life when he saw one of his friends Dad’s playing with a friend of his. He said my Daddy doesn’t do that. I realized when my wife told me that I had been so focused on work that I had neglected him. I haven’t ever done so since nor will I ever again.

Neither should you.

Now I spend quality time with my children every day, I’m not perfect, but then no one is, life would be boring if there were nothing to work towards.