“Here is a picture from a recent trip to sunny San Diego. Reg and I had spent the day in La Jolla and were cruising back to our rental unit in Mission Beach. San Diego has to be one of my favourite American cities. Miles of gorgeous beach, friendly locals and delicious seafood. It’s so important that we take the time off from our busy schedules to recharge our batteries and spend time with the people in our lives that matter the most. This is vital to our health and well-being.”
Nourish Your Body
What does your body need to be nourished and achieve a healthy weight? Some foods are nutrient dense and give you lots of energy where as others are full of empty calories and leave you feeling drained. A handful of raspberries contain fibre, vitamin and minerals where as a processed rice cake contains some calories but that’s about it.
Your body needs food that was created by Mother Nature. Your body requires water, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals found in whole foods like fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meat, fish, seafood, eggs, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
We all know that we should be keeping processed foods in our diets to a minimum. Processed foods can become a crutch for those of us who don’t grocery shop and carry food with us on a regular basis. Keeping a food journal to record what you eat and drink is an excellent way to take a look at how you are doing. Awareness is the first step in becoming a conscious eater.
What does it mean to be conscious eater? A conscious eater is someone who chooses nutrient dense food, eats when they are hungry, chews every bite thoroughly, enjoys their food and stops when they are 80% full.
It is critical to stay in touch with your body while you eat and drink. If you don’t, you may find yourself overeating or eating when you are bored, lonely, stressed, angry or sad. You get the picture. I also encourage you to pay attention to how certain foods and food combinations make you feel. You might find that some foods or food combinations cause bloating or indigestion and others makes you feel vibrant and energetic.
Remember to drink water throughout your day to keep your body functioning optimally. Do not under estimate the power of good hydration. All of the functions your body performs from digestion to elimination require water. Throw in a slice of lemon to stimulate your digestive system and for some added flavour. Drink herbal tea on cold days when you might not feel as thirsty.
Your body was designed to move. Exercise strengthens muscles, improves postures, boosts metabolism, increases circulation and enhances your sense of well-being. Simply put, moving your body feels good. Exercise when combined with a healthy diet decreases your risk for obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Get moving and have fun! Select the type of exercise you enjoy and do it regularly. If you haven’t found the type of exercise that you like keep trying. At least you will be moving your body while on your search. Aim to exercise 6 days a week with at least one day off for recovery. Recovery is just as important as the exercise itself. Your muscles need to repair and rebuild. Remember quality over quantity. More does not equal better. Too much intense exercise if form of negative stress.
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