The importance of a balanced lifestyle

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking of work as all-consuming and family as something to do on the weekends. But this is a dangerous trap because it can lead to burnout. And burnout is not a good thing for anyone, let alone for the person with the added responsibility of being a parent. A healthy lifestyle is not only about eating right and exercising regularly. It's also important to maintain a balance between work, social life, family life, relaxation, and hobbies.

A balanced lifestyle is how we live and reflects that the different elements of our life are in the right amount and proportion. Adopting a balanced lifestyle is of primordial importance because it has immediate and long-term effects on our health and well-being. Many recent studies clearly show that conditions such as heart diseases, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases may be preventable and even reversible by changing our diet and adopting new perspectives and lifestyles.

The importance of a balanced lifestyle is something that most people take for granted. The truth is that living a healthy lifestyle is imperative in one's personal and professional growth. Many people think that it's hard to balance work and family life, but the truth is that it can be a lot easier to do so than most people think.

recording your habits

No one eats perfectly all the time – even nutritionists! But as unhealthy behaviours become normal practice, you can end up with weight gain, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, and tons of other possible health issues. So, what bad habits are getting people into trouble? How many of them are part of your daily routine?

No Meal Planning. "Time" is one of the main obstacles to healthy eating, but last-minute choices also lead to fast-food drive-throughs and pizza delivery. Although it may sound convenient, consider reality when it takes you 5 mins to get dressed and then to have to drive to the nearest fast-food restaurant or perhaps a pizza order that takes 40 mins for delivery. Taking a few minutes to prepare your weekly meals before shopping for a week will save you money, calories, and time in the long run.

Eating out too often. Restaurants and take-outs, along with additional calories and salt, would still mean super-sized servings. Attempt to cook meals at home most evenings; that way, you can control the amount of sugar and salt in your food.

Mindless Eating. People emotionally eat all the time. Due to stress, boredom, tiredness, not thinking, and often eating when you're not hungry. Practice being mindful when eating.

Consuming too much-processed food. Salty and sugary snack foods are usually stripped of any meaningful nutrients. Go for mostly organic and whole foods and read labels to help make the smartest decisions, even when you're searching for refined products.

Too much sugar. Apart from the candies, cookies and soda contain a ridiculous amount of sugar. Other items that people don't realize contain a large amount of sugar include whole-grain cereals, salad dressings, condiments, and bread. Track your habits and your sugar diet overall to find ways to scale down on your empty calories.

Not chewing food thoroughly. In the same way, mindless eating also occurs when you're eating while busy or over-scheduled. Switch off your screen (your laptop, your desktop, and your mobile phone) at mealtime. Focus on chewing your food slowly. It can help with your digestion.

Eating on-the-go. Leaving the house for a long day with no preparation of snacks or food.

You're going to consume food or snacks that are too processed and will add too much to your waistline. Plan ahead.

Over-sized portions. You eyeball all your portions, but have you ever actually measured your morning cereal, peanut butter, or olive oil for cooking? Overdoing portions (including nutritious foods) can lead to the overloading of calories. You only need to measure out your portions a couple of times to give yourself some insight.

Not consuming enough. Not eating enough calories in the day to restore energy levels will lead to being undernourished or malnutrition, which contributes to overeating later (when you're starved and able to eat everything in sight)—avoid stuffing yourself in the afternoon and evening by separating calories, beginning with a balanced meal in the morning.

Not making water an option. It's easy to forget the calories from soda, juices, and other sugar-sweetened drinks! Sip on calorie-free beverages such as water and unsweetened teas instead of high-calorie drinks.

Set Goals for Yourself

You’re working hard, you’re dedicated, and you’re awesome. So why do you feel like you’re not getting ahead? Part of the problem comes from the fact that it feels like there are so many opportunities out there you’re not even aware of. It can be easy to overcommit your time to other priorities, and sometimes it’s hard to know what is important and what isn’t.

Planning ahead is the only way to set yourself up to succeed. Using technology like Apps will make it easier for you. I have provided a Printable Daily Tracker To Monitor Your Food & Mood.

You can practice more mindful eating by seeing what you're consuming throughout the week. Use our recipes section for inspiration and to plan what to buy and make for the week.

Learn How to Cook Healthy Meals at Home

Meal planning. Without a plan, it's hard to meal prep throughout the week to monitor what you're eating, calories, and budgeting as well. Ideally, most people's meal prep involves setting down a thorough schedule and a shopping list on a Sunday to be prepared for where to shop and what food you'll need for the week. For others, it may look something like scribbles on a sticky note—taco night, spaghetti night, stir-fry night. Whatever the method is, making a schedule lets you work out what you're going to do and sets you up for success.

Buy large quantities of fruits & vegetables. You need 5 or more servings of various vegetables and fruits or an equivalent of 400-800 grams (15-30 ounces) all year round. If you have a low humidity fridge section, ensure you store them there to last longer. If you don't try, freeze them for smoothies later. It's the best way to limit waste and ensure you're using all your fruits and produces.

Make a strawberry or green smoothie in the morning, a large salad for lunch, and stuff greens into the spaghetti for dinner. Use vegetables as noodles for a low-carb option by spiralling courgettes or sweet potatoes. Try to have half of your plate be filled with vegetables. Snacks are a perfect way to sneak into extra servings - baby carrots, apple slices, dried fruit, or vegetable soup are all great choices.

Select the whole-grain option. Choose whole grains over processed grains, at least 50 percent of the time. Whole grains, such as brown rice and bulgur, have their bran intact and thus more fibre, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, and other nutrients. Try quinoa, whole wheat noodles, oats, farrow, and barley as side dishes, on top of salads and soups. These grains options are better for your digestion.

Switch up your protein. Your requirement for protein consumption is 0.83 g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. This is 56 grams per day for the average male and 46 grams per day for the average female. For meat-eaters, select protein options of grass-fed beef, lean turkey, organic chicken, and wild-caught salmon. For vegan or plant-based options; tofu, tempeh, edamame, nutritional yeast, quinoa legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Try different cultures. Some of the healthiest diets, such as the Mediterranean diet or traditional Japanese or Chinese cuisine, are high in vegetables and grains and skip processed foods. Using spices such as curry powder and herbs such as basil help spice the food without adding salt. Plus, eating food like Thai curries and Greek salads isn't just healthy for you; they're tasty (and not that hard to make at home!).

Add Healthy fats. Choose unsaturated (e.g. olive oil, avocados, nuts) over saturated fats, such as butter, more often than not. Fat is a type of food, and much like proteins and carbohydrates, your body requires some energy fat to digest vitamins and protect your heart and improve brain health. We've been warned for years that eating fat can add inches to the waistline, increase cholesterol, and cause various health issues. But now we know that not all fats are the same.

Control portion sizes. As mentioned above, follow the servings guideline for nutritious meals. We're not suggesting that you measure everything you eat but getting an understanding of healthier servings to avoid consuming more than intended.

Limit sugar and salt. Most of us eat more than the average amount of sugar and sodium recommended per day. Eating too much of either, over time, will place you at risk for health problems such as high blood pressure or heart failure. Try to consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day if you're a woman and less than 9 teaspoons if you're a man. Check the ingredients labelling on the products and use the sweeteners sparingly while you cook. As with salt, it is recommended that we consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day (even less for certain individuals, such as those with heart failure or kidney disease).

Stay Active Every Day without trying

Let's talk exercise without trying... although I'm a believer in training, not just your body but your brain as well. But no time to exercise? Regular physical activity will provide health benefits in spades. If you're strapped for time, you can up your fat-burning potential by adding these simple habits to your current routine and turn your day into a series of mini-workouts instead.

Shop with a basket. Use a shopping basket instead of a trolley at the supermarket. As you are wandering around the aisles holding a little (or a lot) of extra weight, your arms will receive a toning workout.

Walk when you talk. Instead of sitting down for work meetings or catching up for coffee with friends, invite them to walk. Even if you're taking a call, use it as an opportunity to get up and walk.

Take the stairs. The stairs are a great opportunity for a quick cardio hit! Skip the elevator or escalator as often as possible to work your legs and raise your heart rate as part of your daily routine.

Laundry squats. It has to be done regularly, so why not turn laundry days into a mini workout by squatting each time you pick up an item to put on the clothesline or fold?

Engage in child's play. When looking after the kids (or even the dog), take them to the park and run around with them. Being present and active with kids helps boost your mood, de-stress, and work up a sweat.

Get in the garden. Breathe some fresh air, absorb vitamin D from the sunshine and get the blood flowing with gardening. Manual labour can be hard work. Bonus points if you use a watering can instead of a hose.

Lastly, if you need someone to help prioritize your training or accountability, you can contact us to strategize your workout to fit in your schedule.

Nutrition and Supplements (e.g. vitamins, minerals, herbs to increase nutrition)

Consuming whole foods, real, raw food daily seems impossible for most people; however, a supplements regime should always be the last resort, like insurance that you're doing the best for yourself and your family. I have listed reasons when you should take supplements:

To eliminate nutritional deficiencies: you need to nourish your body with the best quality food first. However, this can be difficult in our fast-paced world with busy people who are unsure where to start. People who won't take the time to prep food. Along with easy access to fast food that is heavy in refined and processed ingredients and little to no nutritional value. Supplements can help fill the gap and provide us with at least the minimum needed nutrients.

To get enough vitamins, minerals, essential fat, and antioxidant support for our unique needs, everyone's nutrient needs are different. It is naïve to take the recommended doses of any vitamins or supplements and assume you're getting enough for your own health benefits. Some may require more or less depending on their diet, and only through careful study and consultation with a healthcare practitioner can you determine if you're meeting your own needs.

To fight free radicals: some supplements have antioxidant effects. This means they counteract the damage to your body by environmental pollutants (such as smog in cigarette smoke ) and the body's natural waste production.

To aid in fat loss: in recent scientific research, replacing saturated fats with fish oil supplements can aid in the reduction of abdominal fat.

To increase energy levels: in organic whole food diets, combined with a healthy lifestyle, you can meet most of your needs, but how many of us live this way? Depending on individual needs, supplementation may be necessary for more energy.

Some athletes train at high intensity for prolonged hours, and this depletes their nutrient stores.

To support graceful ageing: the correct multivitamin taken once or twice a day can make you look and feel years younger.

To reduce the risk of illness: it has been shown that certain supplements may help to fight and reduce many diseases. Many studies have shown that fish oil supplements can act as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. it is especially protective for the heart and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack dramatically

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The entire contents of this website are based upon a registered holistic nutritionist and a registered pharmacist. Please note that HPN Inc. content is not advised by a dietitian, physician or other licensed healthcare professional. The information on this website is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace other qualified healthcare professional's care. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. Always consult with your primary care physician or other licensed healthcare providers for all diagnosis and treatment of any diseases or conditions, as well as before changing your health care regimen. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist & a Registered Pharmacist, it is out of HPN's scope of practice to diagnose or treat disease. Tests ordered by a qualified health care professional & medication prescribed by a physician may be used to confirm nutritional deficiencies & medication management contributing to various health conditions.
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