Partnership To Help Families Make Healthy Eating And Fitness Routine

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familyjogAlliance for a Healthier Generation and 24 Hour Fitness are joining forces to give families the power to live healthy, active lives. Through a partnership announced today, the Alliance and 24 Hour Fitness will launch Nutrition Revolution 5K, an event series in ten cities across the country that will educate and inspire children and adults to eat healthier and move more in 2015.

Nutrition Revolution 5K is an important part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s mission to combat childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and adolescents in the past 30 years. Today about one out of three children and adolescents (ages 2-19) in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

“Educating and inspiring kids and adults to develop lifelong, healthy habits is at the core of what we aim to do at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We couldn’t think of a better partner than 24 Hour Fitness to join our team and launch this exciting new event series. Together, we will help families start a health revolution.”

For 24 Hour Fitness, Nutrition Revolution 5K provides another opportunity for people to get the most out of the physical activities they enjoy – and get more out of the rest of their busy days. Nutrition Revolution 5K will feature simple steps to make healthy eating and fitness a part of daily life – before, during and after the event series.

“24 Hour Fitness shares a vision with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for healthy, active living that’s within everyone’s reach,” said John Tovar, Senior Vice President, Club Operations, 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. “We are proud to sponsor Nutrition Revolution 5K and show our commitment to families and members in the communities we serve.”

Learn more about how your family can join the revolution and make sure the finish line is only the start. Details on dates and locations for Nutrition Revolution 5K events will be posted on http://www.nutritionrevolution5K.org.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children. To learn more and join the movement, visit HealthierGeneration.org.

About 24 Hour Fitness

Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health club industry pioneer, serving nearly 4 million members in more than 400 clubs across the U.S. For more than 30 years, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club locations, personal training services, innovative group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment, 24 Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.

Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com for more information and to find the club nearest you.

How To Make Frustration Work For You

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By Loretta G Breuning

stressedwomanOur frustrations are often blamed on modern society, but monkeys had the same frustrations 50 million years ago. They chased rewards and failed to get them. They scanned for threats and got hurt anyway. They were let down by their fellow monkey. But frustration helped them thrive, and it can help you too.

Frustration comes with intelligence. Lizards don’t get frustrated because they don’t have enough neurons to ponder a Plan B when their Plan A falls short. Primates have a big stock of extra neurons so we can generate alternatives instead of just repeating hard-wired behaviors. But untried alternatives are risky, so we stick to Plan A until we have a sign that it’s not worth our effort. Frustration is that sign. Frustration is a tool for primates to stimulate more happy chemicals. Here are some examples.

Dopamine
Monkeys love to eat nuts, but cracking them open is frustrating. A monkey will bang away at a nut for a long time because the good feeling of dopamine flows when a reward is anticipated. Persistence often works, but if you’ve picked up a bad nut or your technique is flawed, persistence gets you nowhere. Knowing when to stop and try something different is the way to succeed. Frustration helps a monkey know when to stop. It’s a bad strategy to give in to frustration quickly is a bad strategy, but it’s also bad to ignore frustration forever. The primate brain decides when to honor frustration and shift its focus. That opens a monkey to new information so it finds a better nut or a better technique. Our brains don’t shift easily because old dopamine pathways have value and new paths are risky. It takes a big investment of energy, and frustration motivates that investment.

Serotonin
When a monkey reaches a juicy mango in a tree top, a bigger stronger monkey may snatch it from him. This is frustrating, but he may not resist because it hurts to get bitten more than it hurts to lose a snack. He will look for a new piece of fruit instead. He doesn’t want a distant fruit because isolation brings predators. He scans for a fruit that’s near the troop but not near a more dominant individual. His brain is skilled at comparing himself to other monkeys. When he compares favorably, his serotonin surges and he goes for the fruit. This is a nice monkey who is not consciously interested in one-upping others, but he has needs. He learned to meet his needs in youth with the help of serotonin. A young monkey is never fed solid food. He learns to get food while nourished by mother’s milk, and that learning includes how to manage the conflict that comes with group life. After weaning, a juvenile monkey will starve unless he holds his own in a group of monkeys who are bigger than him. He must know how to hold back to avoid harm until his serotonin says its safe, and then go for it. Holding back is frustrating so he eagerly seeks opportunities to let go. All too soon, another dominant monkey frustrates him, but he’s always alert for interactions that he can dominate. (And she is alert for interactions she can dominate. Male pronouns are used for simplification.)

Oxytocin
A monkey feels good when he gives or receives a grooming because oxytocin is stimulated. But the quest for oxytocin often leads to frustration. Sometimes you groom others and they don’t groom you back. Sometimes they forget you when mating season comes, or when meat is being shared. Sometimes you risk your life defending a grooming buddy and they don’t defend you back. Frustration motivates you to take your grooming elsewhere, but that can be frustrating too. You might even suffer the indignity of having your grooming offers rejected. Frustration can build to the point that you consider leaving the troop. You risk being eaten alive out alone in the world, but the prospect of new monkeys treating you right lures you on. It’s hard to build trust bonds with new grooming partners, but frustration motivates you to keep trying.

In today’s world, you can eat shelled nuts from a bag on the couch. You can sue people who steal your mangoes. You can negotiate contracts with your grooming partners. But we still get frustrated because our brain keeps trying to stimulate more dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. The next time you feel frustrated, you can see it as tool that opens you to new information. You can celebrate your ability to design a new strategy instead of mourning the disappointment of your expectations. We can never be sure which choice is best, but we can be sure that our brain evolved to make such choices.

Loretta Breuning is author of the book Meet Your Happy Chemicals, which shows how you can naturally stimulate more of the dopamine, serotonin and endorphin that make you happy. Dr. Breuning is Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, and a Docent at the Oakland Zoo.

Steps You Need To Follow To Make Your Kids Self Reliant

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By Diana Maria

twokidsunYou often would come across certain parents that linger over their kids and jump over even at some of their slightest things they do in their daily chores. They simply do not expect and forgive their simplest mistakes they commit and such parents are in large numbers. On the other side you have powerful parents who very well understand that their children would learn while they commit any small or big mistake in their lives. Speaking in terms of development it is fair to see kids becoming more and more reliant and independent with their growing age. Parents need to find midways and balance their lives to up bring their kids in order to make them self reliant. If you are worried as a parent as to what steps you need to follow to make your kids independent, check out these steps as discussed below:

Let your kids take some decisions

Even kids have the power of making good decisions provided you give them some opportunities. For instance, allow them to decide between the blue and red shirt or in between the cheese sandwich or the butter sandwich. As kids grow you can ask them to take few decisions with certain small or without any guidance. They can even express their desire to get engaged themselves for instance they can easily decide on hiring a math tutor for them or to which friends they should stay together, etc. You may be discouraged to allow your kids taking these decisions; however, allowing them sometime can really help them to grow. Even though if they commit mistakes while taking such decisions but doing this will certainly help them in learning from the same.

Motivate your kids to try out certain jobs on their own

Though it may sound a big strange but kids are supposed to get engaged in some responsible tasks as well. In this way they would learn from the given responsibility. This could include things like packing their own bags and making their own beds. These things could be the best ways to begin with. The older kids can be given bigger tasks as well, like cooking or making them responsible for doing their own homework without the parents checking. With these things you can see children coming one step ahead and asking to participate in different things you do, however, you need to be smart enough to decide which tasks to allocate and which one to avoid. By adding responsibility over their shoulders can really help them to grow and even learn from their mistakes.

Become your kid’s coach instead of being his sage

If you see your kids asking questions about certain things to do or asking the action plan for any particular situation, at times instead of replying them certain answers, asking questions can prove fruitful to you. You can pose the same question to your child and just try to know how they would react at that particular situation. By doing this, you can certainly help your kid to unlock a number of answers in the brain of your kid. Hence the next time when you see your kid approaching you with certain situation, he would certainly try to use his brain and put his step forward to become self reliant.

Try to be a good support system of your child

groupkidswbgAt times this can prove out to be a cheering thing for your kids while rest of the time it can mean to motivate them to try once again. Indeed the kids when they really need your help should realize the fact that they can easily count on you. So make sure you teach them to seek your help whenever they feel they really require it. This is only possible when you make them as your friend, which can help them to share all the things they do in their daily chores. At such junctures, they will never hesitate to share even something challenging and dangerous things as well with you. So, when they finally come to ask your help you are supposed to be their perfect support system as it helps in making them feel more protected.

Motivate them for healthy risk taking things

Assure your kid that making certain decisions on their own is okay to you. We all know doing certain things the first time may not be a perfect thing at one go, which even applies for the adults. However, it shouldn’t deter you to allow your kids to try out the healthy risk taking things. It may be natural to see parents shielding their kids for certain risky taking tasks, however, if you do so you are actually snatching away the opportunity to become confidence and self reliant.

Final words

Seeing a self-reliant child in this fast and busy world has become a compulsion rather than obligation for the modern day parents. The above steps can really help them in becoming a self reliant kid.

– Diana Maria is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on betaout.com

Make A Change Today!

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By Diane Lang

thumbsupWe have no choice but to change. It’s a natural part of life but yet we fear it. To decide if you want to change as a whole or just make some small changes ask yourself these questions:

1. Is your life satisfying and/or fulfilling?

2. Do you feel making changes is easy or do you fear change?

3. Do you enjoy changes?

4. What do you want to change and why?

The next question I always get is why don’t people change? These are some of the reasons we fear change.

1. Is the change worth it? We think what if we change and things get worse? Is the grass really greener on the other side?

2. We fear change due to our upbringing or past experiences but remember every situation is different. We can’t base everything on past experiences plus we can use the past experience as a teachable moment so we don’t make the same mistakes twice.

Fear can be learned. The good news: if it’s learned we can unlearn it and form new habits/thoughts.

3. Are you afraid to rock the boat – make waves in your life that will affect others like family, friends, or partner?

4. We are afraid to step outside our comfort zone. We are afraid to lose our stability and security. So, we stay in our comfortable mode but that also means we don’t grow or develop.

5. We become overwhelm during changes.

It is normal to have fears and doubts. Feel the fear, express the doubts don’t try to push them aside or bury your feelings. Making changes is a big move and its ok to feel uncomfortable but don’t let that stop you.

Here are a few ways to start making changes

manpose1. Take a look at yourself and your life. Be honest with yourself. Who are you? What isn’t working in your life?

2. Change your perspective on change – change is necessary to grow, develop and reach our full potential. If we don’t change we will become stale, stagnate and depressed.

3. Treat yourself kind, respectfully and be patient

4. Start small – one change at a time. Baby steps are good with change; you don’t want to overwhelm yourself.

5. Have an action plan – set your “change goal” and an action plan on how to reach this goal. It makes the goal more attainable.

6. Don’t’ expect perfection or unrealistic expectations.

7. Don’t expect all family and friends to agree with your changes but do have support. If you don’t have supportive friends or family, professional support is available through groups or counseling.

8. Make a commitment to yourself to change. This will help when you hit times of discomfort. When you make the commitment you’re more likely to stick with it.

Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, happinesss author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

How To Make A Safe Mosquito Repellent

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By Sharon Gnatt Epel

mosquitoSummer is finally here, and along with sun-drenched days and romantic balmy nights are pesky little mosquitoes that buzz in your ears, and leave little red bumps that make you scratch ‘til you bleed.

But mosquitoes are more than just an itchy summer nuisance: they carry malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever and encephalitis – illnesses that can cause serious health issues and result in death. That’s why it is important to take precautions against getting bitten.

Most of the effective commercial insect repellents on the market contain one of two chemicals: DEET or picaridin (a synthetic compound first made in the 1980s). Developed by the U.S. Army in 1946, DEET was given the green light for use by the general public in 1957. The EPA has long insisted that both these ingredients are safe for adults and children when used according to directions. However, a Duke University study done in 2002 concluded otherwise, showing that these ingredients can potentially damage brain cells, cause adverse behavioral changes, and interact badly with certain medications. More serious effects like brain cell toxicity and death were observed in animals exposed to DEET with greater frequency and longer-term use, suggesting that the general public should think twice before using it with any regularity.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, covering a surface area of 16-22 sq. ft. and averaging somewhere between 0.5 to 4.0 mm in thickness depending upon its location. The outermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, keeps external toxins from penetrating the skin and gaining access to internal organs. However, not all toxins can be repelled by the body, and the introduction of nanoparticles in manufacturing (those molecules smaller than 40 nm in diameter) has been a game changer, allowing a variety of chemical preparations to find their way past natural barriers and into the bloodstream.

Research shows that approximately 15 percent of DEET is absorbed through the skin. Insect repellent manufacturers openly acknowledge that the toxic effects of diethyl-meta-toluaminde (DEET) include: reproductive disturbances, genetic material mutations, and central nervous system disorders. The Pesticide Information Project of Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University discovered way back in 1997 that, “Everglades National Park employees having extensive DEET exposure were more likely to have insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function than were lesser exposed co-workers”.

Feeling like you are caught between a rock and a hard place? No worries: natural alternatives to these synthetic chemicals do exist, and have been proven to be equally effective, without posing long or short-term danger to your health. In fact, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a statement in May 2008 equally recommending DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 (an insect repellent developed by Merck) for protection against mosquitos after a study published in 2006 found that a product containing 40% oil of lemon eucalyptus was just as effective as products containing high concentrations of DEET.

Some of the natural oils that repel mosquitoes are:

• Nepetalactone, also known as “catnip oil”

• Citronella oil (requires reapplication after 30 to 60 minutes)

• Neem oil (has both repellent and insecticidal properties and repels mosquitoes for up to 12 hours)

• Bog Myrtle from Scotland also known as sweet gale

• Essential oil of Eucalyptus (citriodora, globulus and radiata)

• Essential oil of Basil

• Essential oil of Geranium

• Essential oil of Thyme

• Essential oil of Blue Cypress

• Essential oil of Peppermint

While these oils are extremely effective, please remember that natural remedies do require more frequent application than synthetic preparations containing DEET, and should be applied every one to two hours, depending upon a number of factors that include whether or not you are wearing sunscreen, how heavily you are sweating (and thereby diluting the repellent), whether you’ve been swimming, and how quickly the oils are evaporating on your body (when exposed to high winds and temperatures).

It is very easy to make your own mosquito repellent. All you need is:

1. A small spray bottle that holds about 4 oz. (120 ml)

2. Your choice of 4-5 essential oils (combinations are more effective than single oils)

3. A carrier (non-essential) oil for dilution like jojoba, almond or any vegetable oil

4. Aloe Vera gel (optional)

Directions:

Add 30-40 drops total of a combination of the aforementioned essential oils, to about 3 oz. of water. Do not exceed 40 drops of essential oils.

My favorite combination includes geranium, basil, thyme, eucalyptus and peppermint. I also like to add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil, and 1 teaspoon of neem oil, so I reduce the total amount of water to about 2.5 oz. to allow for these additional ingredients.

Shake well to combine the ingredients and apply to the body.

2 Notes of caution:

1. Be sure to check for skin sensitivity before applying these oils. Just because an essential oil recipe is all-natural does not mean that a person can’t be sensitive to plant oils.

2. Do not use citrus oils directly on the skin if you plan on being in direct sunlight, as they can cause photosensitivity. They can however, be safely used to spray on clothing during the day or night.

Using an insect repellent made from natural ingredients is a little extra work, but a small price to pay for protecting our health, and reducing the amount of toxins in our bodies and our fragile environment.

– Sharon Gnatt Epel is the CEO/Founder, La Isha Natural & Organic Skincare.

Ten Minutes A Day Of Exercise – Can It Really Make A Difference?

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By Lorne Holden

swimWish you had more time to exercise? Wish you had any time to exercise?

Take heart. It is possible, even in just ten minutes a day, to get enough exercise to significantly impact your health and well being.

Recent research has taught us that frequent exercise, even if done for short periods of time, is far more beneficial that the occasional huge blast of exertion. Ten minutes a day of walking, running or yoga can significantly change how you feel in your body and thus how you feel in your world. Incredibly, ten minutes a day adds up to seventy minutes a week, four hours and twenty minutes a month and sixty hours a year! That’s a lot of exercise to get or to miss.

Last year, in the Journal of the American Medical Association,Dr. Timothy S. Church, of the Louisiana State University System, published research confirming that ten minutes a day of moderate activity significantly improved the fitness levels and heart health of the participants in his study. 1

Additionally, the association between small amounts of physical activity and longer life also holds true. Steven Moore, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute states that “a very low level of activity, equivalent to 10 minutes per day of walking, was associated with a gain of almost two years of life expectancy.” 2

Amazing, right?

rollerbladeA simple, wonderful way to grab ten minutes of exercise is to take a short walk. Keep it simple: walk five minutes out, and five minutes back. A brief walk in the fresh air can do wonders for how you feel in both your body and mind. And remember – a ten minute walk every day adds up to over an hour of walking a week. That’s a a great boost to your system.

If you can’t leave your office or home for a walk, there are many Ten Minute fitness programs that can be done indoors, even in small spaces. A quick, yes, ten minute search on the internet will offer up a variety of choices. There are even Apps you can get for your phone.

What matters is frequency and consistency.

“You mean now?” Yogi Berra once famously answered, when someone asked him the time.

Yes, now.

Get Ready. Get Moving. Ten Minutes a Day.

“Those who think they have no time for exercise, will eventually have to make time for illness.”
Edward Stanley

References

1. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10192772

2. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/07/exercise-daily_n_2089038.html

– Lorne Holden is an award winning artist and author based in New England. Her new book about the benefits of daily endeavors can be found at www.makeithappenintenminutesaday.com. Her favorite ten minute daily exercise is yoga.

Good Readers Make Good Writers

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By Thomas Weck

WriterIt is never too early to teach a love of writing to your children. It has long been believed shown that the better the reader, the better the writer. By developing an early love of reading in our children, they will be poised to become good writers.

In our culture today, being a good writer is more important than ever. We are constantly writing–emails, texts, presentations, blog posts, Facebook posts, and Tweets, to name just a few. And what we write has more power if it is coherent and concise. With Twitter, one has to express an articulate and grammatically correct thought in 140 characters or less! This is often a challenge for even the most seasoned writer!

Because writing is so important, a good writer needs to know how to select the most powerful words.

Because writing is so important, a good writer needs to know how to select the most powerful words. By reading regularly, children will be exposed to a vast array of new vocabulary words. I do not have to tell you how important a good vocabulary will be to a child’s schoolwork. To be able to integrate this vocabulary–which hopefully is ever-expanding–into their everyday writing will make the difference between a college essay that gets noticed and one that gets put in the discard pile. Then there is always the importance of vocabulary for the SAT-college entrance tests!

Discovering a wide range of vocabulary starts from the time your children are very young. In the Lima Bear Stories Series, for instance, I purposely used exciting vocabulary words. Those words are put in special italics to encourage the reader to take another look at the word and discover its meaning in the context of the story. Here’s an example from The Megasaurus. “Suddenly the beans felt the earth tremble and heard a terrible roar. The trees began to sway.” Notice the words selected: the earth trembles (not “shakes”); they heard a terrible roar (not “loud noise”); the trees began to sway (not “move”). It is easy to identify the more powerful word, right? Special attention to these uncommon vocabulary words will alert the reader to a future use in his own writing whether for a short Tweet or a school essay.

groupkidswbgLater in your children’s lives, good vocabulary will be the lifeblood of effective, persuasive written communication that will get noticed and stand out above others who don’t have a good vocabulary. Carefully chosen, strong words need to be in their minds and at their fingertips in order to convey the messages they wish to send. Instead of having to struggle for the right words, they will be able to select from a wide array of impressive, useful words. Their love of words will inevitably grow, leading to an even greater vocabulary. There is nothing so wonderful as when an intriguing word pops into your head to use in writing at precisely the right time! Start good writing habits with good reading habits to help create the best writers in the future.

– Thomas Weck is a creative and captivating national award-winning author of children’s books, including the popular Lima Bear Stories Series: The Megasaurus, How Back-Back Got His Name, The Cave Monster, The Labyrinth and Bully Bean (coming in July 2013). Learn more at LimaBearPress.com.

10 Tips To Make Healthy Beverage Choices

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waterFrom Your Health Journal…..”An excellent ‘tip’ sheet from ChooseMyPlate by the US Government on healthy beverage choices. Many times, I have blogged about drinking healthy, and even created a web site about the positive effects of drinking water. Sadly, many children do not understand the benefits of drinking water, and consume too much of the liquid candy. In fact, I have seen reports that state that 25-40% of children’s daily calorie intake is from liquids. This is too high, and must be reduced. They need to drink more water. Children should drink plenty of fluid throughout the entire day. Water should be the number one choice, but other beverages such low fat milk or 100% all natural, unsweetened juice are also wise choices. These drinks help to keep the body hydrated while providing nutrients for good health and growth. It is very important to choose the correct beverage selection for your child! Some drinks are healthy choices, but others are just ‘liquid candy’ to the children. Please visit the link below to rad the complete article from the government about healthy drinking choices.”

From the article…..

10 tips to get started

What you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. Here are some tips to help you make better beverage choices.

# 1 Drink water
Drink water instead of sugary drinks when you’re thirsty. Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which provides more calories than needed.To maintain a healthy weight, sip water
or other drinks with few or no calories.

#2 How much water is enough?
Let your thirst be your guide. Water is an important nutrient for the body, but everyone’s needs are different. Most of us get enough water from the foods we eat
and the beverages we drink. A healthy body can balance water needs throughout the day. Drink plenty of water if you are very active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult.

# 3 A thrifty option
Water is usually easy on the wallet. You can save money by drinking water from the tap at home or when eating out.

# 4 Manage your calories
Drink water with and between your meals. Adults and children take in about 400 calories per day as beverages—drinking water can help you manage your calories.

# 5 kid-friendly drink zone
Make water, low-fat or fat-free milk, or 100% juice an easy option in your home. Have ready-to-go containers filled with water or healthy drinks available in the refrigerator. Place them in lunch boxes or backpacks for easy access when kids are away from home. Depending on age, children can drink ½ to 1 cup, and adults can drink up to 1 cup of 100% fruit or vegetable juice each day.

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The Biggest Mistakes Healthy People Make

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From Your Health Journal…..”A great article from MSN by Katy Moore about mistakes healthy people make. For example, taking some vitamins may actually be harmful if not done correctly. Some people who work out may think they do not need to eat their greens, but again, not true. Other notable things are about organic foods, as many feel they are more beneficial to better health. As the article states, an organic biscuit is still a biscuit. Diet drinks may be missing the spoonfuls of sugar found in regular fizzy drinks but sweeteners used to give that sugary taste are still undesirable as they’re chemical based. My favorite is the paragraph about salad, as many people eat if for its health benefits, but so many people add a lot of extra calories and fat to it, it almost takes away the benefits. Please visit the MSN site (link provided below) to view to complete article.”

From the article…..

So you go to the gym, drink low calorie drinks and eat low fat meals. You’re healthy right? Not necessarily. We talk to leading nutritionist and accredited practising dietician Dr Joanna McMillan about potential pitfalls that can hinder your health rather than sustain it.

I’m healthy, I take lots of vitamins

Less is often more with supplements. Some vitamins can even be detrimental to your health in large doses. “B6 can cause nerve damage in excess while overloading on iron tablets can instigate cellular damage in the gut, so be aware of what your body needs.” says Dr McMillan.

I work out so I don’t need to eat my greens every day

Just because you have gym membership doesn’t mean you can skimp on the essential nutrients found in healthy foods. Dr McMillan suggests that, “at least half a mealtime plate should consist of vegetables, which provide the vital phytochemicals our body needs

I’m healthy, I always buy organic

While eating organic food means consuming less potentially damaging chemicals, the widespread belief organic food is more nutritious, is largely unfounded according to Dr McMillan.

“Forget buying organic because you think it’s healthier. An organic biscuit is still a biscuit. If you can afford organic fresh food then great, but for most Australians the focus should be on eating more fresh food full stop.” she says.

I look after my health by concentrating on fat contents

Focus on fat and you might be missing some other health demons. Most people consume far more salt in their diet than recommended, with much of it hidden in processed and low-fat foods.

“Too much sodium can cause long term health problems like high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and kidney issues,” Dr McMillan says.

Diet drinks are healthy-they have no sugar

Diet drinks may be missing the spoonfuls of sugar found in regular fizzy drinks but sweeteners used to give that sugary taste are still undesirable as they’re chemical based. Dr McMillan’s main concern is how they perpetuate the craving for sweet things.

“The bottom line is, we should be drinking water or veggie juice to quench our thirst, not relying on sweet tasting fizzy drinks”

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