I wrote this post with people who live in parts of the world, where winter is cold, gloomy and bleak in mind. During the winter months, this is the time of year where many are susceptible to being the unhealthiest. While summer yielded endless days of blazing hot sunshine, women unveiled their bikini ready bodies whilst the men displayed their ripped physique.
The impact of summer on health
Summer is the quintessential time for putting our best foot forward. Our clothing shifts into a direction where the entire body is accentuated or exposed. It is also a time of year where people are more body conscious, be it comparing ourselves to the latest hot celebrity or observing the body type of our male or female counterpart(s). This combination of image awareness, soaring temperature and determination to look flawless enforces the notion of optimising good health.
From a psychological aspect, our emotional state elevates during the summer time. We have a tendency to be more sociable, do outdoor activities and frolic. In other words, we become much more motivated. I find it amazing how people (myself included) manage to accomplish more during the sunny days. Continue reading
Bridge the gap between your fitness goals in 2018 and where you are today. Image by stockimages
Well, here we are again – New Year’s resolutions time! It’s that time when we resolve to do all the things we know we should do in order to live the better life we imagine for ourselves. And for most of us, those resolutions last all of ten minutes! Then we’re back doing the same old things that have brought us to a life that we’re less than happy with. And as the old saying goes: If you want things in your life to change, you have to change things in your life.
This is true for all areas of our life, but specifically we’re going to look at health and fitness in this piece. Most of us aren’t exactly where we want to be in terms of our health and fitness level. We want to be healthier, more trim and toned than we are at the moment.
We start off with the best of intentions. We decide that once and for all: We’ll eat more healthily, we’ll go to the gym and do all the things we know we need to do in order to get fit and healthy this year. So we do that stuff for a while, and then we stop.
What usually happens is that we reach a point where the temptation to eat or drink what we know we shouldn’t becomes too strong. We succumb to the bad weather blues when it comes to going out for a run, or we stay in bed for that extra hour instead of getting up and going to the gym for the workout that we committed to a few weeks ago. Then we gradually slip back into our old patterns of too little exercise and too much of the wrong kinds of food.
So how can we avoid slipping back like this and keep our new healthy eating and fitness regime going? Continue reading
Tongue colors & shapes. A guide to help you. Photo courtesy of Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
People, you need to take your tongues seriously. I don’t mean like the way Miley Cyrus does. I mean she was recently sued for nearly killing someone with it according to a report by Rolling Stones.
What I am talking about is even more serious. Did you know that you could see how fit or healthy you are just by examining your tongue?
Traver H, Bloem of breakingmuscle.com explains: “TCM believes the tongue is a microcosm of the entire body and will reflect its excesses and deficiencies. Being directly related to the stomach by proximity and availability, the tongue acts as a very good reflection of our digestive systems. If your tongue’s neighbor the stomach is having problems, it’s most likely going to spill over into your tongue’s life.” Continue reading
Are you missing out on Grilled Wagyu Beef Steaks for nothing?
image by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee
Did you know that a number of vegetarian and vegan websites promote health benefits of such diets through shoddy research like the one below?
In a research by Seventh Day Adventists published on the The Wall Street Journal here it is claimed that in a period of 6 years a diet study was conducted on 70,000 people. The researchers claim that “male vegetarians have a 12% lower chance of dying than meat-eaters”
However people who actually ate fish and even ate meat occasionally were added to the vegetarian group. When you take the fish-eaters and occasional meat-eaters and put them back to the meat-eating group, there is actually no difference in the life expectancy of vegetarians vs. meat-eaters. Continue reading
We all complain and worry about not really knowing what is in our food. We may be slowly creating cancers in our own bodies without knowing. If I asked you what you think the solution is, most of you would reply that there is nothing much to do. I would have given the same answer a few weeks ago. But all that changed after I met the woman of my dreams.
Here’s the thing; you would be dead-wrong if you believed that there is nothing you can do. The average Joe/Jane like you and I wouldn’t know where to start but the woman of my dreams does. She is the woman of my dreams because she has given me a voice to take on the food industry. Continue reading
I am sure many of you have felt like giving in to a lifestyle where you do not have to drive to the gym after work to exhaust yourself for another hour. Where you can eat everything and not feel guilty. Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world in which you don’t criticize yourself constantly for having little extra fat around your waistline?
The tobacco industry claims that the purchase of cigarettes has fallen worldwide since heavy taxation and advertising restrictions have been implemented. The idea of taxing junk food in the same way as tobacco and subsidizing healthy food is a combination that could guide people to choosing healthier food (which will be cheaper after subsidizing) instead of the poisonous junk food (which today is way cheaper than healthy food but will be more expensive after taxation). In the long run, billions spent on healthcare due to the outcome of an unhealthy diet can be put to better use.
Should the government subsidize healthy food…
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Those who oppose this idea claim that the government and the food companies are two different entities. Adjusting food prices will interfere with the free market and create a false economy. In fact the term “junk food” lacks a consensus on its definition. Some perceive junk food as anything that is processed, others define junk food as food that has certain sugar content or that contains preservatives. Same goes for how people define healthy food; is being organic good enough or does diet soda also fit the category?
… and tax Junk food?
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Why are you killing yourself with all that labor and toil in order to lose weight? What if I told you there is an easier and more efficient way to lose weight and that it consists of having fun? According to a new study, your attitude towards exercise can influence what you eat post-workout and ultimately whether you lose weight or not.
You might be one of the many millions of people who are frustrated because of the ineffectiveness of exercise and efforts to lose weight. You may be gaining weight and eating more despite or even due to the fact that you are exercising. Continue reading
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10 Rules You Can Break and Stay Healthy
Eat sugar. Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times best-selling author of the Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox makes the point that everyone loves sugar because it’s programmed into us. So you shouldn’t worry if you find yourself craving sugar sometimes. It’s normal! Eat sugar once in a while and don’t eliminate it completely and forever.
Enjoy your caffeine. Dr. Sarah Gottfried, best-selling author of The Hormone Cure, advocates a caffeine detox to reboot, but she allows coffee. If you are consuming more caffeinated drinks than water, consider seriously cutting back. But have a cup of coffee daily because it’s good for you.
Eat carbs. Stop demonizing carbs. Paleo pioneer Robb Wolf recommends increasing carb intake for endurance athletes. Almost all health experts allow themselves carbs, even if it’s occasionally. So you have no reason to feel guilty when devouring carbs.
Don’t work out If you are trying to build muscle-mass then you already know that muscle grows faster while you rest. Not getting enough rest may cause injuries that will set you back weeks if not months. So make sure you get enough rest days in between workout days.
Don’t put eating right and exercising on a pedestal. Chris Kresser says, “There’s more to health than food, and there’s more to life than health.” Part of being truly healthy is realizing that it’s a total mind-body pursuit.” Jillian Michaels says, “A healthy lifestyle is not as much about losing weight but gaining happiness”
Stop counting calories. What matters most is food quality, not calories. Obsessing on how many calories you consume a day will drive you crazy. I suggest you do it at the beginning so you understand how your eating habits contribute to your daily calorie intake. Once you have an idea you will be able to control what and how much you eat without feeling the need to count every single calorie in your diet.
Don’t follow a 21-day diet. You become truly healthy by changing your lifestyle for the better. There’s no such thing as a 21-day quick fix.Long-term commitment is not an idea that sells easily but it’s the only thing that really works. ((Source: 10 Habits Of People Who Break The Rules But Stay Incredibly Healthy BY DR. AMY SHAH ))
Get rid of the super-fit celebrity poster.If you want to look like the person on the poster you will need more than just discipline and hard work. You will need to be air-brushed and seeing that Photoshop doesn’t work in real life, it does not make sense to use such images for motivation.
Don’t compete. Stop competing with the number on the scale, with your gym partner, or with Jason Statham. Just like everything in life, comparing yourself to others will only make you feel worse. All you have to do is be better than the person you were yesterday.
Don’t always sleep 8 to 10 hours. Sleep expert, W. Christopher Winter, recommends mini-naps, if possible, to recharge on the days you don’t sleep well. It’s OK to be a little sleep-deprived sometimes as long as you’re getting enough power-naps most of the time.
When you train you get better because of:
- improved oxygen delivery to your muscles;
- changes in your lungs allow you to take bigger breaths;
- strengthening of the heart boosts cardiac-output and blood flow;
- oxygen carrying capacity increases due to the creation of extra red blood cells.