Low-crab diets are gaining traction around the world for helping people lose weight, the most prominent among which is the fat-rich ketogenic diet. Over the years, fruits have acquired a notorious reputation with health and diet freaks. This is because they are rich in sugars, which increases their carbohydrate count. So, while people are moving towards high protein low-carb diets, they are eliminating fruits along with grains and breads from their meals. However, fruits are one of the healthiest foods to eat, especially when you’re on a diet. This is because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and are also powerhouses of antioxidants. So, these nature’s candies may have a lot of sugars in them, but the calories that they supply to your body aren’t empty – the nutritional value of fruits is too high for you to be ignoring them! Moreover, there are weight loss fruits that are rich in fibre, which is a satiating nutrient, which also helps in regulating blood sugar levels.
8 Healthy Ways to Start Your Day
Mornings can be mayhem or magical–depending on your outlook on A.M. activities. Most of us would settle for somewhere in between. And that’s doable, if you rethink the moments between your feet touching the floor and heading out the door.
Here are ways to get your day off to a healthy start, courtesy of Alice D. Domar, PhD, director of the Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health at Boston IVF, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Wake up your senses. Fill your bedroom with soothing light and your favorite colors, fragrances, flowers and music.
Reach for the sky. Stretching your body when you wake up is a wonderful way to loosen up your joints and increase flexibility. Mimic the way a cat wakes up by elongating your spine and stretching out your arms and legs, one at a time. Slowly stand up, inhale as you stretch, and exhale as you contract.
Make a promise to yourself. As soon as you wake up, think of one nice thing you can do for yourself that day.
Indulge in a water massage. Use your morning shower to cleanse your body and your mind. Mentally focus on positive thoughts, and use the pressure of the warm water to stimulate your muscles. Be mindful of how the warm water and soap feel against your skin.
5 Ways to Make an Average Day Healthier
Need a few tips for motivation in the morning and feel healthier throughout the day? Try integrating these tips into your normal day.
- Set your alarm 5-10 minutes earlier and start stretching in bed! Get out of bed, get on the floor and learn a few yoga poses that you can easily fall into to get your blood pumping and energy started. Look out your window as you do these and calm your mind for a few minutes before the day begins! Even if you are not a morning person, you can surely spare 5 minutes to start your day this way.
- Take time to get protein into your breakfast before you leave the house. Studies show that children score better in the classroom if their days begin with a protein rich breakfast at home, so big kids, (like the parents), can learn from this and get to work ready to go.
- If you spend time at a computer or desk at work, rest your eyes and shoulders. Take frequent, some studies suggest every 20 minutes, breaks from your computer screen to rest your eyes and brain. Turn away from the screen or stand up and away and reach for your elbows behind your back to simultaneously get into perfect posture by rearranging your shoulders and tilting your chin down. Talk about multi-tasking, your neck and back will thank you over time.