Health and creativity

We live in a time when we are forced to rush, strive for success, and accumulate material goods, which often leads to the development of mental imbalance as a result of stress disorders, chronic fatigue, and the like,
it is especially important to prepare and equip yourself for unpredictable everyday situations, arrange a good foundation and develop appropriate mechanisms for these “dangerous circumstances” to human health.

We will succeed socially, emotionally, and physically if we have the opportunity to develop holistically in our environment. It is essential that we focus on creative expression. Creativity means creating the conditions for a healthy was acting in relation to oneself and one’s surroundings. A creative individual enters the world in a way that allows him to act in harmony with his own inner attitude and simultaneous understanding of others – so there is also a much lower chance that he will suffer from mental disorders (depression, anxiety, eating disorders, various addictions, etc.), which are becoming more common
in our society. Many psychologists and other scientists find that creativity is essential for establishing (and nurturing) mental health as it enables growth and development.

Creativity is inextricably linked to the environment from which we draw information, and at the same time invest our own impulses in it and thus we change and reshape it – we actively interact.
Just as we inhale and exhale air, so we receive and give in to the world our ideas.
When we breathe, we interact with the world and “represent the world” ourselves, we are the “lungs of the world” and with each of our creative gestures, we interfere with the very structure of living which interferes with ourselves. As the breath circulates, so do the creative forces –
these meet each other, touch, contact, and weave new structures, but are not limited by the goal of the final product. To create means to try new situations, improvise, learn, enter the process of interaction,
and establish relationships.

But we establish relationships by “sharing the air”, not appropriating it, allowing creative flows, to move outside hierarchical settings, within a field of communication based on respect and acceptance.
In this way, creativity calls for a more subtle treatment of relationships. This is only possible when an individual becomes aware of the process of internal growth or embarks on the path of awareness.
Creativity is therefore inextricably linked to health, a healthy attitude towards one’s own needs and desires, and the environment.

 

Mint an herb that soothes and refreshes

It’s been quite some time since the last post. But so much beautiful happened during that time that I simply did not have “time” to sit at the computer and write something.
Even if things are going well for us in life and in our family, there is no need to share everything and it is right that this intimacy remains intact.
It is necessary for our soul, for healthy development and well-being.  Sometimes the outside world or people in the outside world so quickly spoil the beauty that is in us and our actions, our dreams …
In short, it is necessary to feel good in your own skin, it is necessary to be with people who love us and whom we love ourselves and it is necessary to cultivate positive, healthy thoughts.
There’s a lot going on around the world, even bad things, but don’t let that pull us in. Let’s keep our distance from everything that’s going on, think good thoughts, and do good for the world and people.


Well, I share one gorgeous recipe for non-alcoholic mojito that we can relax.

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 5 g of fresh mint
  • 200 ml of carbonated lemon drink
  • 200 ml of mineral water
  • crushed ice

Wash the limes, cut them into thin slices, divide them into two glasses and sprinkle with sugar, and mash with a spoon or beater.

Fill the jars with crushed ice and mix the contents. Add the washed mint leaves and pour over the lemon drink and mineral water.

 

Does Conjugated Linoleic Acid Work?

Conjugated linoleic acid is a natural substance found in many of our foods that according to many studies can reduce fat and improve muscle mass in the body. Taken as a supplement with no change in eating or exercise habits, it would not make you lose weight but it could help you lose fat. It is often taken by men looking to lose weight and bodybuild at the same time, but it can also be useful for anyone who is overweight and under-exercising, as any increase in muscle will increase the metabolism, burning more calories.

Like many natural weight loss products, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) combined with a flexible healthy eating plan can lead to gradual long-term weight loss and help you get out of the yoyo dieting cycle where you are constantly losing and gaining the same 10, 20 or 50 pounds. Yoyo dieting is very bad for the health. It is better to remain overweight than to keep on losing and gaining, losing and gaining.

weightlosstipsMost experts (unless they are trying to sell you something) agree that the diet that works best in the long term is the non-diet, where instead of eating special foods and banning others, you eat slightly smaller quantities of a normal healthy diet. If you are currently living entirely on pizza, fries, and chocolate, then okay, some changes may be overdue. But you can still have small portions of all of those foods from time to time. If this is the kind of diet that you want, then CLA can help reinforce your plan by boosting your fat loss. Dr. Michael Pariza of the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported to the American Chemical Society that CLA “doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.”

Many studies have been done on CLA. One study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that people taking CLA lost on average six pounds of body fat more than a group that took a placebo. The researchers discovered that you need around 3.4 grams of CLA per day for it to be effective. CLA is found in food, especially meat and dairy products, but supplementation is necessary for most people to reach that level.

Another study at Purdue University, Indiana, found that CLA improved insulin levels in about two-thirds of diabetics, and slightly decreased their blood glucose levels and triglyceride levels, suggesting that it may help to maintain normal insulin levels. But see your doctor before taking any supplements if you have diabetes.

There are no magic pills for weight loss but if you are willing to commit to reducing y

our body fat permanently, CLA may help you. Keep in mind that its main effect is to convert fat to muscle, which by itself will not weigh any less. But your body will look slimmer and feel healthier if you do this, and combined with a good weight control eating plan conjugated linoleic acid can help you move toward your ideal weight too.

3 Bad Diet Mistakes To Avoid At All Cost

Even though there is so much information available about weight loss, the same diet mistakes are being made over and over every day. We are not talking here about little slipups where you ate a slice of pie that was not on the plan, but big mistakes that lead to failure to lose the weight that you want to lose. Understanding these errors can help you develop the attitude that will lead to permanent weight loss for you.

1. The All Or Nothing Attitude

All or nothing dieters will often pick out a complicated diet that is almost impossible for them to maintain. Before beginning, they will search the kitchen for anything that does not fit the plan and throw it in the garbage. They are planning to be the perfect dieter, and so they will be, for one day, three days, seven days, or even a couple of weeks. Then, inevitably, something happens that means they cannot keep to the diet one time. Immediately the whole thing is ruined in their eyes and the diet is over. They go to the store and buy all the things that went into the garbage last week and proceed to gain back all the weight that they lost, as fast as possible.

If you are this kind of dieter you need to ask yourself some tough questions. Do you really want to lose weight permanently, or just lose a few pounds so that you can enjoy putting them back on again? The way forward is to make small changes to what you eat so that you have a slow but steady weight loss.

2. The Attitude of Sacrifice

Another common mistake is to view your diet as a period of sacrifice. You do not allow yourself the foods that you enjoy most while you are on your way to your target weight. You may have a great diet plan and be very successful in losing weight, but what happens when you reach your goal? You have not learned to eat ‘bad foods’ in moderation so as soon as you start, you are likely to go out of control. It is better to include a little of everything in your diet and learn to enjoy it in small quantities. Yes, even chocolate!

3. Goal Failure

Setting achievable goals is vital in any weight loss plan. Goals should be clear, realistic, and set out in writing. While you probably do have an ideal weight in your mind, unless you are only very slightly overweight it is probably too distant to be useful. A more useful goal would be to lose two pounds per week for the first five weeks and then one pound per week after that. Some weeks you will lose more and some less, some weeks you may even gain, but if you track your progress on a graph you will see that ups and downs are natural and do not stop you from progressing steadily toward your major goal.

If you have been making these mistakes, do not worry. The most important point in dieting as in so many other things is to move on. Learn from your failures as well as your success and do not use a mistake as an excuse for giving up. The only way to achieve your goal permanently is to make a commitment to become a healthier person. Remember that eating normally includes eating more some days and less for others. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these bad diet mistakes.

Fad Diets: Why Are They Bad?

It is not surprising that many people wonder why fad diets are bad when they seem to get results. You will find many sites on the internet claiming significant weight loss in just a few days. That type of weight loss is always temporary. It is usually 90% water which will be put straight back on as soon as your body rehydrates, which it must-do if you are not going to suffer severe health problems or die.

Other fad diets are not so obviously crash diets with outrageous claims but they are overhyped diet plans that tend to be fashionable for a while and usually make a lot of money for the inventor in associated product sales. In the best cases, these are good nutrition plans which will help you lose weight, but which you could probably have gotten for free from your doctor. In the worst cases, they will prove so difficult to follow that you will give up after a week.

The bad of fad diets

1. Diets that promise quick and easy weight loss are usually based on eating more of one food type and none of another. These do not give the benefits that you would get from a balanced diet. They may suggest you take supplements but many supplements are not absorbed by the body unless they are taken along with the foods that the diet has banned. After a few weeks, if you stick to it that long, you may begin to develop nutritional deficiencies.

2. Fad diets are often boring and over-restrictive. After the novelty of the first day or two, you will not enjoy your meals. You will then start to crave food constantly and will break the diet. You may even feel guilty, thinking it is your fault that you did not lose weight.

3. Most fad diets do not follow the recommendations of the American Heart Association and similar bodies for fat levels in the diet. Often the diet will recommend high-fat foods and low carbs which if taken long term, could result in heart disease. The promoters may tell you that the diet is only intended to be followed for a short time. But you probably will not reach your goal weight in that time, and then what? You either continue with a plan that is not good for your health or stops and probably gain back what you lost.

4. Many fad diets do not help you to incorporate enough servings of fruits and vegetables in your weight loss program, or give you the variety of foods that your body needs.

5. Quick weight-loss diets are just a temporary solution and do not help you to make permanent changes to your eating habits. Permanent changes are the only way to remain at your target weight once you reach it. Fad diets encourage yo-yo diet-binge cycles of fast weight loss and equally fast weight gain. This is worse for your health and your self-esteem than if you had stayed overweight all the time.

Whatever the publicity materials may say, these diets will not help you in the long term. The best way to sustain weight loss is to eat a varied and healthy diet, do not overeat, exercise regularly, and avoid fad diets.

Getting the Kids Excited about Eating Healthy

Let’s face it; almost every parent automatically goes into a discussion about eating healthy with the fear of dread and failure. It is written all over our faces. We go into that conversation expecting a battle and even a loss.

It does not have to be that way, however. There are some creative and fun ways to get the kids excited about eating healthy, especially if you include them.

Make It Fun!

There are so many creative ways to get the kids involved in making healthy choices. What you want to accomplish is a sense of pride and a feeling that they are in control. Once you take out the idea that you are in control and it is their body and their choice, things will go a little smoother.

Have your children accompany you to a fresh fruit and vegetable stand. If the weather permits, get your kids involved in picking their own fruit – anything from strawberries to apples and grapes to pumpkins that is available in season for picking.

On your outing, make it clear that the foods they are picking will be the ones that they will help to make into meals.

Get the Kids in the Kitchen

Many of us from generations past seem to believe that cooking is a solo act. Get your kids in the kitchen and involved in the act. Cooking should not be a chore for one person to maintain. Let it be a family function.

Teach your children how to assist you in preparing the family meal. Have them take turns chopping and dicing (of course, according to age and safety) and have them take turns to season too. There is not a kid around that does not love to add spice to a recipe.

This gives the kids a great opportunity to see how healthy cooking is fun while giving them a sense of pride and a lifelong skill. If you do not know how to cook, you will not know how to survive!

Take Turns/That’s Fair

Have a schedule of who gets to pick which meal for the week. Let your children sit down on a Sunday and browse a cookbook of simple recipes, or go online. We all know that our children are perfectly capable of using the internet.

By having each child pick a meal once or twice for the week, you give that child the feeling of accomplishment and success. Take them to the store for the ingredients. Have some fun when you get home and sort and group your vegetables by color. Slice, dice, and parboil them and put them into little baggies for later use.

Another great idea is to have a special treat for dessert that has healthier ingredients and prepare it for the weekend. You can use things like skim milk or egg whites to make heart-healthy desserts fun and tasty too!

How to Make a Heart Healthy Home

Just as with any other undertaking, making your home heart-healthy requires a little bit of thought and some action. You will want to have everyone in your home on board right from the beginning.

There are several tips to begin your heart-healthy home endeavor. Here are a few:

Incorporate Team Work

Once you have decided to create a heart-healthy home, it is time to gather around the family members and let them in on your little secret. Starting out too fervently may alarm your team members, so begin with a casual family discussion starting with the basics.

Let your family know that they are important to you and because they are, you want what is best for their health. Letting them know that you are intent on keeping your own heart-healthy will give them a clear understanding that you are not dictating, but a participant, as well. Tell them that you want to be healthy so you can be in their lives as healthy individuals for years to come.

Start a Plan of Action

One of the most important things about making a heart-healthy home is to steer clear of dictating what should and should not occur. Let your family members be a part of the decision-making from the beginning.

When you allow your family members to be part of the decision-making and give their input, you allow for freedom and creativity. It is also necessary to be open to giving and taking. Do not deny a treat or a sweet now and then; just make sure it is in moderation.

Add Instead of Subtract

When it comes to meals, the best way to get your family to try new foods is to add something new every couple of days. Rather than taking out all cookies or cakes in a gung-ho fashion from the onset, try incorporating something new. You can even be creative and have your kids pick a color and add foods based on that color. For example, if you choose green, you could add:

* Green squash
* Green grapes
* Broccoli
* Creamed spinach

This way, it will be more fun rather than a chore. Adding and creating your own healthy dips is a great way to get the whole family involved.

On to the Next Step

If you start your heart-healthy endeavor with a team spirit firmly in place, you can then feel free after a bit of time to incorporate exercise into your regimen.

After that, there will be no stopping you!

Heart Healthy Tips for Women

Most women do not know this fact, but the number one killer disease of women is not breast cancer; it is heart disease. Armed with this fact, women today need to be more attuned to their bodies, what they put into them, and how they use them.

The lifestyle of women is very different today than it was just one generation ago. Women are working and managing their families. There is also the influx of single motherhood in today’s society. With all this stress put upon women, it is no wonder that heart disease is among their number one killers.

Time Is a Woman’s Best Friend

Have you ever noticed that many of today’s women are food shopping, talking on their cell phones, and tending to a small child while writing something down? Women today are experts at multi-tasking. However, to what end?

A woman has the super-hero ability to find time for everyone and everything, except for when it comes to the most important woman in her life – herself.

Finding time to instill good habits is not only essential to a woman’s health but essential to her family’s health as well. If you do not take care of yourself, who will take care of your family?

Nutrition

Find a few extra minutes in the morning to throw some healthy snacks in your bag. It could be something as simple as a few carrot sticks or some nuts and grapes. Perhaps shopping for these extra healthy snacks and putting them in a separate bag on Sunday evening to take to work will be enough to get your week off on the right foot.

Exercise

Common sense tells us that exercise is important. One hour per week is a great way to start. One hour per week is not a huge commitment and will reap benefits in health as well as attitude. You will probably notice that you will feel better afme and my wifeter that one hour and will want to commit to doing that a little more.

In bright red pen, put down a time one hour per week that you are going to exercise, even if it is a brisk walk during lunch.

And if there is a set of stairs that you can take instead of using the elevator, then do so. Leave yourself five extra minutes per day to walk up to work. Get off the subway or bus one stop earlier during nice weather and walk a bit.

Be held accountable by your sister, your husband, your children, or your best friend. Include them in your commitment and have them hold you accountable.

Sleep

Once you find yourself including some type of cardio into your lifestyle, you will find yourself wanting to do more. Cardio has many benefits from heart health to peace of mind to better sleep.

With all these benefits, why not really think about your loved ones and put taking care of your heart on your list of things to do today!

 

What are the basic nutrient groups?

What are the basic nutrient groups?

Foods are grouped together when they share nutritional properties. Hinging on the plan you select, you may find the food groups arranged with some slim differences.
Here are a few examples of a regular diet so you might stay healthy.

  • Grain: brown bread and rolls, whole-wheat pasta, English muffin, pocket bread, bagel, cereals, grits, oatmeal, brown rice,
    unseasoned pretzels, and popcorn.
  • Fruit: apricots, apples, bananas, dates, grapes, orange,
    grapefruits, grapefruit juice, mango, melon, peach, pineapple,
    raisins, strawberries, tangerines, and 100 percent fruit juice.
  • Vegetables: carrots, broccoli, collards, green beans, peas, kale,
    limas, potato, spinach, squash, tomato, sweet potatoes.
  • Nonfat or Low Fat Dairy: fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk or buttermilk, fat-free, low-fat, or reduced-fat cheese, fat-free or low-fat regular or frozen yogurt.

The Wondrous Benefits of Soy Protein

The Wondrous Benefits of Soy Protein

Soy protein is emerging as one of the great alternative protein sources for human consumption. Health experts are all excited about how soy protein can change the face of nutrition. What’s all the rage? Here are some great reasons to get with soy protein.

Soy Protein is Plant Protein
Soybeans contain complete protein and have one of the best protein digestibilities among all protein sources. Soybeans also contain little or no fat and have virtually no cholesterol. Lactose intolerant ones will be pleased to know that soybeans contain no lactose.

Being a plant protein, soy is free from steroids and antibiotics animal protein contains. It is also free from the parasites that contaminate some of these products. They also contain none of the diseases one can contract from mean sources such as Mad Cow Disease, and Foot and Mouth Disease.

Vegetarians love this bean as it provides a comparable – if not better – source of protein as compared to its animal counterpart. It provides a protein that is better and easier to digest and is comparable to most protein supplements.

 

Soy Beans are Very Versatile
Soybeans are very versatile. Various cuisines, especially Asian ones recognize the value of the humble soybean. A variety of naturally yummy delicacies are all soy-based: tofu, soy pudding, Soya milk, and meat substitutes – not to mention condiments such as soy sauce, and hoisin sauce.

To counter the problem of world hunger, the growing of soybeans has been suggested. Not only are soybeans easy to grow and harvest, but they will also grow pretty much anywhere and produces much in a little time. There have been farmers reported to have replaced their entire crop line with soybean plants. These hardy little plants produce much per harvest, and, as said earlier, can grow in even the most trying terrain.

The Great Substitute
Soy is low in fat and can be used to substitute most protein sources. When cooking, you may use soy substitutes instead of flour for a low-fat alternative. This makes it a great protein source for those that are looking to lose weight without compromising their protein requirements.

Bodybuilders are considering how this can make their jobs a lot easier. Without the fat and with all the protein goodness – easily digestible at that – bodybuilding has just received a great blessing of a food.

Although these bodybuilders are currently debating how soy can be a help to bodybuilders, it doesn’t take away anything from what soy can contribute to the overall health of a person.

It is very advisable to stick to natural protein rather than processes protein if possible, as processed foods typically have some risk attached to them. The best use of this food can be attributed to how it perfectly fits into anyone’s low-fat, high-protein diet.

Soy products can be incorporated into shakes and drinks. And being lactose-free, lactose intolerant people will still be able to get their milkshake fix without having to suffer so.

Soy products are also a great source of other nutrients such as saponins, isoflavones, and phytosterol. Saponins help support a healthy immune system. It also combines with cholesterol to avoid increased absorption of cholesterol in the body. Phytosterols also help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the body in the same way saponins do.

Isoflavones are powerful antioxidants and prevent the effects of free radicals in the body. They prevent many of the signs of aging and have been known to help prevent cancer. This alone makes soy a miracle protein source in its own right.

Isoflavones, along with vitamins A, C, and E are among the front lines in the fight against such disease – they also counter the effects of pollution and stress.

How Much is Too Much
Unlike other protein sources, it is pretty safe to consume a wide amount of soy products. While allergies to soy products exist, cases are few and far between. When changing to a soy diet, however, it would be best to consult your physician or your nutritionist. Ask specifically if the soy interferes with any prescription drugs you are taking.

Soy can be a great blessing for people who are looking for a great source of protein that does not entail the side effects of most of the other sources. It would be advisable for one to explore how it can improve one’s diet.

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