Warm weather is on its way! This means getting pretty pedicures to show off in new sandals, trips to the beach with the family, and – horror of horrors – tank tops and shorts! Yes, this is the season when people really start to buckle down with their fitness and health. After all, those extra pounds you hid under big sweaters may have kept you warm in the winter, but now they are just depleting your self-confidence whenever you try on a sleeveless top or cute dress.
Work, relationships, financespick your poison. Were all stressed out. And we all know the harmful effects of stress on the body — hair falling out, weight fluctuations, sickness — things that inevitably stress us out even more!
While we all know what were SUPPOSED to be eating, other factors play a role in what we CHOOSE to eat. One of these factors is stress. Stress eating can keep you from reaching your diet and fitness goals. Do you find yourself reaching for a powdered doughnut when youre feeling overwhelmed? Then here are some ways to reduce your stress eating habits: 1) Tame Your Stress
Relax…I said “STOP doing.” It takes more effort to continue doing most of these things than to stop for just a day. It won’t hurt you, and it might actually help. 1. Stop Nagging Try not to nag your kids or your husband about what they should be doing or what they’re doing wrong. Instead, focus on the positive and compliment them for what they are doing right. This may just give you a whole new perspective on your attitude. 2. Stop Eating Processed Foods
The old adage is true: you are what you eat. There have been numerous studies on how diet impacts mood and they all agree that the foods you eat affect the chemical composition of your brain, which in turn affects your mood. Food affects the release of neurotransmitters, the chemical signals that relays info between nerves. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine have all been linked to increased levels of alertness and energy. With the right combination of vitamins and nutrients in your diet, you can eat your way to a happier you.
Imagine something powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and even put you in a better mood. No, it’s not a drug. It’s a superfood! And, best of all, these life-changing superfoods are available right now in your local supermarket. Here are 7 superfoods that will benefit you as both a mom and a woman. 1) Blueberries – Antioxidant Superfood
What one culture considers a delicacy another culture considers a nightmare. If you’ve ever traveled the world, then some of these “exotic” foods may be familiar to you. You may have even tried some of these dishes. But, personally, these foods make me think twice before I utter the words “I’ll try anything once”… 1. Fugu in Japan
Now that we are a few weeks into January, many people have forgone their hopeful New Year’s Resolution to lose weight by dieting. But, don’t feel bad. A diet is not the right way to go about losing weight, anyhow. In honor of Healthy Weight Week (Jan. 16-22), here are 7 good reasons why dieting isn’t the way to go. In fact, for 2011, you should resolve NOT to diet. 1. Dieting is Unhealthy
Every household has a medicine cabinet. It’s filled with bottles of Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, bandages and anything else you may need for a variety of illnesses. But, do you ever wonder what dangers are lurking in your own medicine cabinet — dangers that could do much more harm than good? Here are some very important things to consider: Expired or Recalled Meds
A common question asked by new mothers is what types of foods to offer and what types of foods to avoid when it comes to introducing their babies to solids. The recommended age for weaning a baby off of a breast milk or formula-only regimen is 4-6 months old, according to the American Academy of Pediatric. After that time, you should gradually introduce new foods to their system. When you do decide to take that step and introduce new foods to your baby, here are some tips about what foods to avoid until your babys first birthday: