Healthy eating is a choice, a lifestyle, and a decision only you can make for yourself, but once you do, you’ll never want to go back to the way you used to feel~Jennifer Hudson
Eating healthy is a lifetime journey~
It’s Healthy Food Not Diet Food
~Source: It’s Healthy Food
One Should Eat To Live, Not Live To Eat
I don’t like to use the word “diet” as I prefer to call it healthy eating.
My Monday gym workout is done! I am ready to get on with my day.
Enjoy your day to the fullest~
carrots, bell peppers, collard greens, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, spinach, apricots
As the saying goes, eyes are the windows to the soul’. These 8 foods will help keep them in tip top shape!
Carrots are a well known vegetable for keeping eyes in good health. The Vitamin A has been proven to help with night vision.
Bell Peppers contain Zeaxanthin know to keep eyes healthy and reducing age- related degenerative disorders to the eyes.
Collard Greens, like carrots, are a great source of Vitamin A.
Broccoli also contains high levels of Vitamin A. It too can prevent age related diseases.
Kale is a power packed vegetable containing Vitamin A, zeaxanthin and lutein compounds.
Brussels Sprouts contain high amount of zeaxanthin, lutein and beta-carotene which all promote good eye health.
Spinach is packed full of lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.
Apricots contain a good source of Vitamin A. With a high beta-carotene content these little fruits are a great way to protect your eyes.
So why do these foods help to keep the eyes so healthy?
Research undertaken by the University of Manchester* in England has shown that the zeaxanthin and lutein compounds, when combined, produce and oily yellow substance that build up on the central part of the retina.
This substance, known as macular pigment, is considered to be what helps protect the eye from age-related macular degeneration or AMD for short.
~Source: Keep Your Eyes Healthy
My eyes have never been the best, worn glasses since I was 10. I wear my contacts more than my glasses. I suppose eating these different vegetables will help my aging eyes and that is a good thing for me.
Just maybe my Momma knew what she was talking about all those years back, telling me to eat my vegetables.
Do you eat your vegetables? I love a variety of vegetables and enjoy them raw as well.
What if you could effortlessly feel more relaxed, sleep more soundly and think more clearly?
Sounds like a dream?
Study after study proves you can do all that-and more!-just by stepping outside!
Soaking up some sun
gives you a hefty
dose of mood-lifting vitamin D,
slashing your risk of depression up to 85%.
~Source: Woman’s World Magazine
“Keep Your Face Always Towards The Sunshine And The Shadow’s Will Fall Behind You.” ~Walt Whitman
The sun is shining in my world and I am loving it.
A Walk A Day . . .
The popularity of walking as a fitness activity is growing by leaps and bounds. Low risk and easy to start, walking has proved its health benefits in numerous studies. An eight-year study of 13,000 people found that those who walked 30 minutes a day had a significantly lower risk of premature death than those who rarely exercised.
A regular walking program can help:
- Reduce blood cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase cardiovascular endurance
- Boost bone strength
- Burn calories and keep weight down
A walking program is simple to start. All you need are comfortable clothes and shoes. Layer loose clothing, keeping in mind that exercise elevates the body’s temperature. Shoes specifically designed for walking are best.
Every workout should begin with a brief warm-up and a few simple stretches. Walk around the house or in place for a few minutes to get the blood flowing to the muscles before you attempt to stretch them. Although walking primarily works the major muscles of the legs, don’t forget to stretch your back, shoulders and arms. This will help to loosen up any tension you may be carrying and make your walk more enjoyable as well as more effective.
Beginning walkers can make their workouts less strenuous by limiting how fast and far they walk. Keep in mind the following:
1. Walk short distances. Begin with a five-minute stroll and gradually increase your distance.
2. Forget about speed. Walk at a comfortable pace. Focus on good posture, keeping your head lifted and shoulders relaxed.
3. Swing your arms naturally, and breathe deeply. If you can’t catch your breath, slow down or avoid hills.
4. Be sure you can talk while walking. If you can’t converse, you are walking too fast.
Walking is one fitness activity that allows you numerous options. Once you have reached a point where you can walk a few miles with relative ease, you can start to vary the intensity. Walking hills, in addition to increasing your cardiovascular endurance, is a great way to tone the legs. Concentrate on lengthening your stride or increasing your speed. And don’t forget to reward yourself after each workout with a few minutes of relaxing stretches to help prevent sore muscles.
Listening to lively music while you walk is also a great way to energize your workout. But if you wear headphones, keep the volume down and watch out for traffic that you may not hear.
Keep track of your progress. Many experts recommend that you walk a minimum of 20 minutes a day. But there are no hard and fast rules. Fit walking into your schedule whenever you can. That may mean two 10-minute walks each day, or even hour-long walks two to three times a week. The best schedule is one that keeps you walking and keeps you fit!
For reliable and unbiased information on health and fitness, check out the American Council on Exercise at http://www.acefitness.org.
Source: A Walk a Day
“Walk With Someone You Love!
Best Way to Enjoy Your Walk.
That’s a Real Walk” ~ Hey Rich
The lovely quote on my photo was a comment left on my blog post titled,
~Source: Pinterest Quotes
make exercise part of your routine.
like brushing your teeth,
or taking a shower.
don’t even think about doing it.
6.43km/4 miles~ I got my RUN done early and always feel terrific when I am finished.
I hope you can get some kind of fitness done throughout your day.
Have a beautiful day and remember to count your gratitudes~
Regularly taking time out of your day for a 20-minute walk can put 20 percent more pep in your step within a month, report scientists at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Live three more years with 5-minute walks!
Think it takes an hour or two daily exercise to lengthen your life?
A new study in The Lancet reveals that fitting in just three 5-minute bouts of moderate activity-such as brisk walking or bike riding-each day helps you live three years longer!
That’s enough exercise to strengthen blood vessels, improve insulin resistance and reduce obesity-key factors for staying healthy!
Speed up, add years!
Gentle jogging can tack 5.6 years onto your life by upping insulin sensitivity and cutting blood pressure without straining your heart!
Source: Woman’s World Magazine
~Source: For Workouts
The sun is shining and that makes me a happy girl on my run. 3 miles done and oh yes, with lots of ‘pep’ in my steps. Remember, you can go for a short walk, long walk, slow jog, run and more at any age.
Try your best.
Have a great day~
Gain a year by dropping your diet!
Struggling to lose those last 10 pounds?
Women who are a few pounds overweight actually outlive those in the “normal” BM range, reveals a just-released National Center for Health Statistics analysis that included nearly 3 million people.
Lead study author Katherine M. Flegal, Ph.D., explains that slightly heavier folks tend to visit the doctor more often for health screenings, so they catch problems earlier and can nip them in the bud.
What’s more, a little extra weight helps you recover from illnesses more successfully by giving you a reserve of body fat that keeps your immune system strong!
More good news about those extra 10 pounds!
They erase years! Want proof?
A study by plastic surgeons of the faces of female identical twins revealed that the slightly overweight twins looked about five years younger than their sisters.
A few extra pounds plump up skin, making it look more youthful by removing wrinkles!
~Source: Woman’s World Magazine
Interesting article I found to share with you. I had been told that being ‘too thin’ can make one look less youthful as they age. I try to do the best I can and continue with my fitness.
I never like using the word, “diet”, as I like to think of it as a “life style change.”
I have been at the gym early this morning and always grateful to be a morning person. Have yourself a wonderful Monday~
Spices for Weight Loss
1. Cinnamon~ Helps reduce blood sugar and helps carbs process healthier.
2.Cayenne Pepper~ Contains capsaicin which burns fat.
3. Mustard Seed~ Boosts metabolism 20-25% for several hours after consumption.
4. Ginger~ Acts as diuretic, improves gastric mobility, hinders cholesterol absorption.
5. Black Pepper~ Boosts metabolism, helps digestion, and aids nutrient absorption.
~Source: Herbal Medicine and Home Remedies
I really like to try different spices on my foods, as they add more flavour. Ginger is one I use all the time. I buy Ginger Root and cut it up in tiny pieces or grate it onto my cereal. It is hot, so love to take a bite of it with a piece of orange.
I was also told that Ginger Root is terrific for inflammation in the body. My upper back, neck and shoulder still aggravate me due to a car accident a few years back. I am hoping the ginger root will do some good for my health issues.
Please remember, if you are under a doctor’s care to talk it over with him/her before you try anything new.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank-you for visiting my blog today.
“Life is a gift.”~Maya Angelou
~Source: Attitude of Gratitude