Facts About Eating Healthy That Everyone Should Know

 

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to eating healthy. Because of this, many people attempt to eat a more nutritious diet and wind up not seeing any kind of real results. Make sure you keep all of these things in mind before you kick off a new diet.

 

Fats Aren’t the Enemy

A lot of people think that fats are something that should be avoided at all costs. However, there are some fats that are actually good for you. Make sure that you don’t stay away from healthy fats, like the fat in avocado, if you want to make progress.

 

Focus on Portion Control, Not Calories

Many people who are trying to lose weight obsess over trying to count their calories. This can be very challenging and overly restrictive. Instead, try to focus on portion control. Take a small plate, fill it with food, and don’t eat anything beyond that. It’s an easy, healthy way to diet.

 

Lean Proteins and Fiber Will Keep You Feeling Full

Many people struggle with hunger pangs between meals. This is usually because the meals they’re eating can’t keep them feeling full for long enough.

Make sure that you make lean proteins and fiber a part of most of your meals and snacks. It’ll ensure that you stay full until your next meal rolls around, and will help you to avoid binging on other kinds of foods. Salmon, apples, and chicken are all potential food choices.

 

Now that you know these facts about eating healthy, you’ll be able to start working towards living a better, nutrition-filled life. Don’t obsess over what you eat; just learn to eat the right way. Once you do that, dieting and weight loss will both feel like a breeze instead of a chore.

Maintaining A Heart Healthy Life

 

Heart disease has been known to be a top killer of people from all backgrounds, however this never means that you have to sit back and watch it happen. The truth of the matter is that we all have the power to change up some of the risk factors, whether it be family history, age, gender and much more. If you want to keep your heart healthy, there are several key factors that you can keep in mind.

 

If you are a smoker, you need to quit. This is one of the biggest risk factors for the development of heart disease. The chemicals that are found in tobacco can do all sorts of damage to your blood vessels and heart, thus narrowing down the passages or arteries. Not only that, but the carbon monoxide that is present in cigarette smoke actually replaces health oxygen in your blood, thus increasing your heart rate as your heart tries to supply
enough oxygen for your body.

 

Proper physical activity is another way that you can keep a healthy heart. Not only are you controlling your weight, but you are also reducing the risks of other conditions that can start to put on your heart, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Trying to get about a half an hour to an hour of moderate physical activity each day is a great way to get started.

 

Finally, eating a proper diet will go a long way for overall heart health. Reach for foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grains and low fat dairy. You may just be amazed at what some of the slightest tweaks to your diet can do to help you feel better along with giving you the ability to power through your day or a workout routine.

Is It Time for an Intervention?

 

Guess what mom and dad, I’m a vegetarian!

 

If those words would strike terror in your heart if it came from your child, this article is for you. While we all are aware that vegetarians walk amongst us, when someone we love becomes a vegetarian, its easy to fear they have fallen in with some strange eastern cult and that we should start looking into organizing an intervention before they go off the deep end and go to South America to disappear forever into a commune or follow some cult leader to doom because.

 

But before mom goes into hysterics or dad puts the kid in a padded room, lets have a reasonable discussion about what it means when your loved one becomes a vegetarian and what you can do to make sure they are safe and still the same person you always have known and loved. And the heart of being able to cope with the conversion of a child or a loved one to vegetarianism is knowledge and understanding.

 

The truth is you have not lost your child to a cult or to another religion if they become a vegetarian. In fact, you can still take them to church and they can be the same religion they always were and also be a devout vegetarian at the same time. That is because their decision to not eat meat is primarily a dietary decision and it doesn’t have to mean anything severe or odd about the one you love.

 

More and more normal and healthy people you already know have made the move to a vegetarian lifestyle and it doesn’t change who they are. There are primarily three reasons the one you love may have decided to become a vegetarian or a vegan.

 

1. For health reasons. Eliminating meat from your diet is good for you and it is an outstanding way to diet. If your loved one just wants to eat more healthy, there is no reason to organize an intervention to put a stop to that.

2. For ethical reasons. Because your loved one is upset about the cruel and unethical treatment of animals who are raised for slaughter to provide the meat industry with food to feed us. Even if you disagree with this ethical position, eliminating meat from the diet is not a radical thing to do. It is just a different lifestyle and a healthy one at that.

3. For spiritual reasons. Most religions encourage some form of fasting or limitation of excess in eating. Perhaps your loved one is going through a time of greater religious devotion and not eating meat helps with times of contemplation and prayer. Anyone would see that as a good thing to be encouraged and supported.

 

Notice before the list we used the word “vegan“. Don’t be afraid of that word. If your child calls from college to say, “Guess what mom and dad, I’m a vegan“, that just means your child has become a vegetarian but is following a culture of vegetarianism that is more extreme than others.

Instead of overreacting and putting your loved one into an intervention, the best response to learning he or she has become a vegetarian is to learn more about it and encourage the move. Your loved one can be a lifelong vegetarian and have nothing bad come of it. If fact, he or she will live better and longer because of the decision. Do some reading about what it means to live a vegetarian lifestyle and be supportive in how you prepare meals or in what restaurants you chose when spending time with your loved one.

 

Then be open to hear why your friend or family member made this change in their life. Will they try to “convert” you to become a vegetarian also. Perhaps. But by engaging in an open discussion of what it means to be a vegetarian, you can express support for your loved one without becoming a vegetarian yourself. And when you make their decision normal and approved of as part of your family life, it can enrich your loved ones life and yours too. Because becoming a vegetarian is a very healthy step for anyone.

Problem Gambling: What You Should Know

 


Americans spend more on gambling than all other recreation combined.
For most, it’s a fun diversion but for a few, gambling can become a serious, life-altering problem.

Problem gambling is behavior that causes disruptions in any major area of a person’s life. It affects as many as six to nine million Americans.

 

Would you recognize a gambling problem in someone you know? It may be easier if you know the signs. Here are some questions from the National Council on Problem Gambling. If you or someone you know answers yes to any of the following questions, it is likely that gambling has become problematic.

1) Have you gambled until your last dollar is gone?

2) Have you often gambled longer than you had planned?

3) Have you lied about your gambling to friends or family?

4) Have you used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid?

5) Have you made repeated attempts to stop gambling?

6) Have you broken the law or considered breaking the law to get money to gamble?

7) Have you borrowed money to finance your gambling?

8) Have you felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses?

9) Have you been remorseful after gambling?

10) Have you gambled to try to get money to meet your financial obligations?

“Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It’s a serious condition that responds well to treatment,” explains Keith Whyte, executive director at the National Council on Problem Gambling. Whyte says that anyone can develop a problem with gambling. It can affect men or women of any age, race or religion, regardless of their social status.

 

Some risk factors, individually or in combination, might make a person more vulnerable:

• A stressful life event such as the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, injury/disability

• An early big win

• Pre-existing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, alcoholism

• Family history of addictions such as alcoholism, compulsive gambling and drug addiction.

 

There is hope and help for problem gamblers and their loved ones-and many people who seek help do recover. For more information, call (800) 522-4700.

A problem gambler doesn’t need to wait to “hit bottom” before asking for help.

 

Reliving the Past: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Common among war veterans, rape victims, and others who can experienced terrifying events, post-traumatic stress disorder is a conditions that is characterized by the gripping fear persistent due to flashback thoughts of an ordeal. Post-traumatic stress disorder, also called PTSD can hurt a person’s work, social, and family lives.

 

There are a number of horrible events that could cause one to experience PTSD symptoms. Besides those listed above, these include: child abuse, violent attacks, threats, natural disasters, and accidents. In any cause, there is usually a sense of helplessness and tragic danger. However simply witnessing a horrible event can cause PTSD.

 

PTSD has a number of distinct symptoms that can help you diagnoses your own condition. There include nightmares about the event, avoidance of thoughts or feelings, difficulty remembering the experience, irritability, difficulty concentrating, emotional drain, guilt, feelings of distance from friends and family. Having one or two of these symptoms does not mean you’re suffering from PTSD, and not everyone experiencing an event will develop this anxiety disorder. Generally, you should see a doctor is these symptoms last after one month.

 

Treatment for PTSD is very important because the disorder can cause you to miss work or school and have trouble socializing. Having PTSD is nothing to be ashamed of-over 5 million America adults alone say they have this disorder. PTSD affects anyone, regardless of age, race, economic status, religion, or gender, although more women than men tend to have PTSD. When something tragic happens in your life and you can’t move on, PTSD is a likely disorder to develop, no matter who you are or what you look like.

 

Thankfully, there are a few ways to treat PTSD. Therapy is a very good way to talk about your problems, and it can also help you from experiencing PTSD from the beginning. Remember to tell you therapist the truth about everything and ask for advice whenever you feel like you need it to avoid never-wracking situations, like panic disorders or flashbacks.

 

Medication is also possible to help people deal with PTSD. If PTSD is left untreated, the results could be other anxiety disorders, depression, sleeping problems, substance abuse, and a lowered immune system. You can win the fight against PTSD! Treatment in all forms is available to help you move on with your life or find closure. Talk to you doctor today if you’ve concerned about yourself developing PTSD.