Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts

Mar 10, 2012

Health Tips for Busy Moms

Busy Moms Have Busy Schedules... 
Make sure to pre-plan your week. It's so easy to be reactive, allowing your day to completely get away from you... at the end of the day you're exhausted and you still haven't accomplished half of what you wanted to! If you catch yourself saying at the end of every day, "Tomorrow I'll make sure to exercise" you need to break out your calendar and write yourself in first.

You need to take time for yourself.. If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy
When mom’s stressed or burnt out, everyone in the house suffers. Even a baby gets fussy when his mother is upset. Older children may respond to a tense mom by acting out. So by paying attention to your own needs, you’ll actually be better at meeting everyone else’s.

Organise yourself and plan your daily schedules to keep healthy and fit.

Follow a fitness regime.
Kickstart your day with 2 glasses of luke warm water with may be a pinch of zeera(cumin) soaked overnight, followed by 30minutes brisk walk and 15-20 minutes breathing exercises or pranayama.

Avoid Stress and Sleep Deprivation as they make you Fat
Stress and sleep deprivation release cortisol into your bloodstream, which triggers fat storage around your waist. Not only is it demoralizing to carry more weight than your ideal, it increases your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis, among other conditions. 

To reduce stress there are a number of natural supplements. Some of these include kava, an herb from the South Pacific; and Passion Flower, a gentle herb that helps you relax. Some people prefer a herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. Taking half a capsule of ashwagandha is one option. For those who have trouble relaxing at night and falling asleep, the occasional use of Good-Night-Rx is quite helpful. 

And last but not least, a good yoga or meditation session may work better than anything else. Take some time to watch spring blooming outside your window and meditate on all that you have to be thankful for. Maybe you won’t need the stress herbs after all.


Preplan your meals
The  evening before, plan what you will eat the next day. Package your snacks into portion sizes and put together your meals. 

If you plan to be out during lunch, fix a salad or other meal that does not need refrigeration. If it does, carry an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack. This way, you are never without something healthy to eat. 

Have breakfast - a real one: Pay attention to the habits of people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off: Seventy-eight percent of them start the day with breakfast. Those are the findings of the National Weight Control Registry, an ongoing study of successful losers who have dropped 30 pounds or more (70 on average) and kept it off at least a year. Their typical breakfast: cereal and fruit.


While you're putting out breakfast for your kids, load up a plate for yourself. A study from Virginia Commonwealth University found that eating a high-protein and carb-rich breakfast helped dieters lose impressive amounts of weight - an average of 23 pounds over four months and then another 17 in the next four months. Their breakfasts sound more like lunch - a sandwich of turkey and cheese on two slices of bread, a cup of milk, an ounce of chocolate, and a protein shake - and totaled 600 calories.

Pack up some backup:  Pair carbs with protein, which will curb your hunger without throwing you under the low-blood-sugar bus an hour later. Pack a slice of low-fat cheese with an apple, whole-grain crackers smeared with peanut butter, or sugar-free, fat-free yogurt with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.

The kids are vegging out in front of the computer. You send them out to play while you work on your laptop.Send everyone to the park (including yourself): Take a 30min brisk walk, or aerobics class, or swimming.

Eat Nutrient Rich Foods
Plan your meals in such a way that you are able to consume all the nutrient-rich foods because many different nutrients are needed for good health, and no individual food will supply them all. Fruits such as apples, grapes and bananas are great for the busy individual. They are perfect to eat on the run while still providing valuable nutrients.

Always stock healthy and quick snack items such as veggie sticks, nuts, cheese sticks, protein bars, and greek yogurt.

Drinking at least a gallon of water per day should be your aim, at any coast. Also avoid starched items such as pasta, potatoes and cereals. Moreover, keep in mind carbohydrates are not the enemy, they should be taken from the right source.



May 3, 2010

8 superfoods for shedding weight


It's time for a new slim-down funda: Eat more to weigh less. Eating the right foods help you shed weight by increasing your calorie burn and cutting down food cravings.

1. Eggs : Dig in to eggs, yolks and all: Eggs do not harm your heart, they can help you trim inches. Women on a low-calorie diet who ate an egg with toast and jelly each morning lost twice as much weight as those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories but no eggs, a study from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge reports. Egg protein is filling, so you eat less later in the day.

2. Oats : "Oatmeal has the highest satiety ranking of any food," Grotto says. Unlike many other carbohydrates, oats—even the instant kind—digest slowly, so they have little impact on your blood sugar."

3. Lentils : Lentils are a great tummy flattener. "They're high in protein and soluble fibre, two nutrients that stabilise blood sugar levels," says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., author of The F-Factor Diet (Putnam Adult). Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area."

4. Apples : An apple a day can keep weight gain at bay, finds a study from Penn State University at University Park. People who chomped an apple before a pasta meal ate fewer calories overall than those who had a different snack. Apples are high in fibre—4 to 5 grams each—which makes them filling. Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat or an "apple shape."

5. Chillies : A great reason to spice up your meals: You'll increase your metabolism. A compound in chillies called capsaicin has a thermogenic effect, meaning it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies. Plus, you can't gulp down spicy food. Eating slowly gives your brain time to register that your stomach is full, so you won't overeat.

6. Yogurt : Dietitians often refer to plain yogurt as the perfect food. With its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady. In a study from the University of Tennessee, people on a low-calorie diet that included yogurt lost 61 per cent more fat overall and 81 per cent more belly fat than those on a similar plan but without yogurt.

7. Parmesan : Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds. Lowfat-dairy fans didn't experience the same benefit. Whole dairy may have more conjugated linoleic acid, which might help your body burn fat.

8. Olive oil : Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite. But that's hardly its only slimming feature. Research shows it has anti-inflammatory properties.
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