• One Month To Xmas – Fitness Blitz




    There’s less than one month till Christmas day now – where has the rest of the year gone?! Well, now we are well into the countdown to the festive season, it’s time to take your fitness plan up a notch. That way, you can drop a couple of extra pounds so that you look fab in your Christmas party outfits, and you don’t have to worry too much about overindulging on all those yummy festive treats!


    So, ready for a last-minute fitness blitz to get you all ready for the Christmas holidays. Here are some great tips that can help you stay in shape, no matter how much turkey you eat!


    Forget The Cheat Days

    Cheat days are what we all look forward to. It’s that one day of the week when we can eat what we want without any regrets! However, now that Christmas is less than four weeks away, it’s worth knocking your cheat days on the head for the time being. Spend the coming weeks eating really healthily so that you can easily achieve your weight goal for the festivities. Just think – the Christmas holidays are going to be like one big cheat week so you can eat all your favorite treats then!


    Get A Personal Trainer

    Even if you pride yourself on being a gym bunny and regularly go, it’s still worth thinking about getting a personal trainer to help you this month. Let them know what your goals are, and they will be able to create a workout routine that will target your problem areas. Not only that, though, but most personal trainers will also help you devise a food plan that can help you further with your fitness and weightloss goals!




    Eat Your Largest Meal At Lunch

    You should have one meal a day that is larger than the other two. Most people tend to eat their largest meal in the evenings. However, as you are watching your weight, it’s a better idea to have yours at lunchtime. You should make sure that there are plenty of complex carbohydrates in this meal as well. This ensures that you have plenty of time to burn off all the calories from it throughout the day. It will also keep you full until well into the evening when you can have a light dinner.


    Prep Your Meals In Advance

    One of the main reasons why people end up cheating on their healthy eating plan is that they haven’t done much meal prep in advance. It really is worth reviewing some menu ideas for the week ahead and batch cooking some dishes if you have the chance. That way, you won’t have to rely on unhealthy takeaways and ready meals after a busy day at the office!


    Seeing as Christmas is just around the corner, there’s no reason you should give up on all your healthy eating plans and fitness programmes. There’s even more reason you should get in shape for the festive party season that’s almost here!

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  • Fitness For You, Health For Your Baby


    As a parent, it’s very natural for you to think about your fitness. As your child grows, you will want to keep up with them, and your physical prowess is a large part of this. Unfortunately, though, the line is easily blurred when it comes to the aims you have for your child in this field. Instead of aiming for fitness, a child needs to be healthy. To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the areas you should consider, along with some tips to help you find your balance.




    Food / Drink

    Most fitness experts will tell you that the food you eat accounts for the largest part of your goals. Without the right diet, it will be impossible to lose or gain weight, and you may even find it hard to push yourself at the gym. For you, this area has never been easier, with loads of options out there to make food easier.


    • Maintaining a healthy diet is made all the easier by modern options, with products like Huel becoming extremely popular. Using a meal system like this, you can avoid having even to consider the food you eat throughout the day. Of course, though, some might find this sort of eating hard to live with. If you think that this would be the case for you, it’s best to try and find a diet you can enjoy.


    • Along with the food you eat, you have to consider the drinks you consume, as well. Carbonated and other sweet products are usually bad for your fitness dreams, and will make your life harder. Instead, water is a much better option, though a lot of people may struggle to drink it all the time. Along with water, squash and milk can be very good for you, but you should always make sure the clear stuff is your priority.


    A baby’s diet has to be very different to that of an adult. From the nutrients they need to the amounts they consume, you have to be very careful to make sure you give them the right stuff. They have little self-control during these stages of their life. So, it’s worth making sure you make it nice and easy for them to eat well.


    • Instead of using food as a tool to help with their fitness, a baby or child will need it to grow. During these stages of their life, their development can be impacted by a huge amount when it comes to food. To help you with this, a doctor can give you advice and example meal plans for your baby. Along with this, though, you should also consider doing some of your own research to make sure your little one is getting the food they need.


    • Of course, when it comes to a baby, choosing the right ingredients and meals isn’t the only thing you should have on your mind. Different companies will use different methods and materials to make their products. Finding the best organic baby formula will take some time, but, once you do, it will certainly be worth it. There are loads of blogs out there to help you with this. Most people will talk to those around them, as well, though, as you probably know a lot of other new parents. The line is very much blurred when it comes to babies and drinks, as they usually have milk for a long time.





    Once you’ve tackled the issue of food and drink, you can start to think about the exercise in your life. For you, this will be another tool you have in the pursuit of fitness. Of course, though, you have to take the right steps to do it well, and it will take a long time to master this field. Below are some examples of the methods you can use to help you.


    • When you’re trying to get fitter, the exercise you will be doing needs to push you to your limit. You will need to be hard on yourself, forcing yourself to attend gym sessions and go the extra mile. A gym buddy is one of the best tools to help you in this, as it will add accountability to your exercise, making it a lot harder to skip a day. Along with this, though, a simple action like purchasing a year’s worth of gym passes can make it a lot easier to keep you going.


    • A gym buddy is a great way to make it harder to skip days at the gym. But, of course, you might not have any issues with motivation, and, instead, are looking for new ways to push yourself. There are two ways to do this, but a personal trainer will be the best. Having a direct link with someone will make it a lot easier to communicate with them. Of course, though, if you’d rather not pay for this, blog posts and forums can be a great way to access new workouts.


    The sort of exercise a baby or child needs is very different to that of an adult. Thanks to their growth, they will be able to eat a huge amount, and it will simply vanish into thin air. Below, you can find the main reason behind avoiding exercising your children too hard.


    • In reality, a baby doesn’t need to have a lot of exercise, as they are naturally prone to moving around a lot. As they grow, this trend will continue, with rolling turning to crawling, and crawling into running. Of course, during this time, they won’t need to get their exercise from anywhere else, especially if you give them plenty of time outside. Exercising a young child can be very dangerous. Their bones haven’t developed, and their body is very sensitive. Going to the gym can wait just a few years for them, though you’ll probably still struggle to keep up.


    Most parents hate the idea of being out of breath when their children are trying to play. But, likewise, you have to be very careful when it comes to everyone’s needs. You have very different bodies, and your child will need some time before they can live like you do. During this time, you will have to do a lot of learning, but it will be worth it.



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    Being Confident About The Way You Look



    We all lack in self-confidence from time to time. Some days, you look in the mirror and you’re pleased with the way your hair looks that morning and, other days, you feel like leaving the house wouldn’t even be worth it. Feeling happy with your appearance is a tough thing to master. You’ll always see some blemish or flaw that you don’t like, and the cruel thing is that it’s probably all in your head. Still, regardless of the number of people who tell you that you look good, it doesn’t change how you perceive yourself.

    And that’s the most important thing, at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what other people think of your appearance. All that matters is how confident you are about the way you look.  The goal isn’t to become arrogant or bigheaded about your appearance. The goal is to simply learn to love and appreciate both your best features and your flaws because everybody has a mixture of the two. Nobody is perfect, but you can still be beautiful with flaws. That’s a bit of a cliché, of course, but it’s the truth. Here are some pieces of advice to help you become more confident about the way you look.



    It’s important that we talk about diet, first of all, because many people struggle in this regard. The widespread and completely inaccurate folk myth is simply that you need to eat less. People believe that you need to cut down your diet to the “bare essentials” and lose as much weight as possible. They believe you need to stick to your greens and cut out all the junk from your diet. Only fractured parts of this advice are true but, in terms of your entire diet, this is a very unhealthy way to live. Undereating is just as dangerous as overeating. As we’ve mentioned before, you need to be careful with regards to what you eat, but that also means making sure you replace junk food with healthier alternatives rather than just “eating less.”

    A diet consisting solely of vegetables is unhealthy because you’re missing out on foods which contain other nutrients that your body needs. Starving your body might mean that you lose weight but it also means that you’re starving yourself of the food necessary for your survival. Remember, weight is only a small factor of health. If you want to be confident about the way you look, don’t follow a crash diet just so you can lose weight: focus on a healthy diet and achieving a healthy weight. You need all the iron and other vitamins that vegetables offer but you also need carbohydrates from food such as pasta and protein from meats or Quorn products. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, of course. Do some research into healthy vitamins and nutrients you should include in your diet so that your body is sufficiently nourished.



    One of the best ways in which you can increase your body confidence is through the things you wear. Fashion has a huge impact on the way in which we perceive ourselves, and you could learn to better love the way you look if you tried out different styles which better complemented your natural figure and appearance. Start off with clothes that look tailor-made to your body; the goal is not to go for super-tight clothing but an outfit which simply follows your natural body shape and shows that you’re proud and confident of your appearance.

    In terms of your actual fashion sense, you don’t need too many focal points; you don’t want to distract from the “you” underneath all those fashionable items of clothing. You could check out sites such as frostnyc.com for accessories such as jewelry to bring an otherwise-plain outfit to life. Remember, you don’t need to go overboard with the outfits you wear. The goal is simply to choose clothes which look like they fit you perfectly.




    Emotional support

    Whilst you need to find confidence in yourself rather than depending on others to validate your worth, there is a lot that you and your friends (or family) can do for one another to build up your levels of self-esteem. If you and your female friends constantly find yourselves talking about weight struggles or other issues concerning appearance, you should really work harder to stop the negative discussion, as explained over at womenshealthmag.com. This isn’t to say that it’s bad to talk with your friends about the things which are upsetting or worrying you but that you all influence one another more strongly than you might realize. If one of your friends talks about a certain body issue, you might find yourself reflecting on that same part of your body and wondering whether it’s “normal”.

    Instead of constantly finding yourself in this negative cycle of self-deprecating conversation points, you and your friends could focus on talking about things other than appearance. You could talk about your accomplishments and the things which make you powerful or fascinating people beyond the way you look. Remember, looking good is all about feeling good, and you’ll feel much better once you and your friends start to reflect on all your positive traits. You won’t be giving one another ideas that there are issues with your bodies. You can start to pull away from that negativity and paranoia because there’s no need for any.


    Fake it until you make it.

    This final piece of advice might sound like a bad piece of advice from a motivational work speech but it’s actually the most helpful way in which you can become more confident about the way you look. Confidence is all about the way in which you portray yourself not to others but to… well, you. You might not feel very confident about the way you look but everybody has their doubts and self-esteem issues.

    The key to overcoming your self-doubts is to fake confidence until you feel confident. Start to tell yourself which parts of your appearance you like when you look in the mirror. Start to improve your posture so that you look taller, thinner, and more self-assured. All of these small changes, over time, will help you see yourself in a new light. Next time you look in the mirror, you won’t have to “fake” the feeling of confidence; you’ll see that all those positive traits really do exist and that your flaws are something to be embraced, as mentioned over at slism.com.

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  • Holiday Health: Workouts You Can Do Anywhere


    Staying healthy and getting enough exercise is a lifelong commitment. While it’s tricky enough to cram an hour of workout into an already busy schedule, we often hit the pause-button completely as soon as we go off on holiday. It makes little sense, after all, when we have so much more free time to enjoy.




    Do yourself a favour the next time your off on a big city trip or a leisurely weekend away, and make use of these brilliant workout hacks. It’s going to feel so much better to lay flat on the couch when you’re back home again.


    Walk more

    Daily exercise should be a part of who you are, so your body tends to let you know when you’re not getting enough movement – we get restless, distracted, and even a bit annoyed with each other. Ditch the car on your next weekend away and make use of your legs instead; rent yourself a bicycle, for example, and make it your new favourite mode of transportation when discovering a new city.

    Although it feels great to abandon your strict workout regime when you’re on holiday, you should still try to move as much as possible. Walking and cycling don’t really feel like a workout, and it won’t necessarily boost your fitness level – but at least you won’t be out of shape and back to scratch when you’re home again.


    Use the hotel facilities

    Remember to check out what kind of gym facilities when you’re staying at a fancy hotel. An increasing number of popular hotels in big cities, such as Shepherds Bush Hotel, offers guests 24-hour access to their gym so you can easily schedule a quick workout in the morning and do your best to forget all about it for the rest of the day.

    Use those swimming pools too, by the way, and look up the nearest park on Google Maps so that you can go for a jog as well if you prefer fresh air to treadmills.


    Map out a flexible workout regime

    If you’re serious about your fitness goals, you’ll probably have an accessible exercise routine to use anywhere already. Yoga is one of these, and you can discreetly use a hotel towel if you can’t be bothered to bring an entire mat on a quick weekend away.

    Plan a strength-building session where you only use your own body weight, such as simple pull-ups, sit-ups, and push-ups, and remember that every little session counts. You don’t have to push yourself sweaty as you’d normally do in the gym, but see this as a neat way to stay on top of those exercise goals and take care of your body.

    When you’re used to spending twenty minutes in the morning for a muscle-building session, and another twenty minutes later for a quick jog, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself on holiday without getting out of shape. Have another meal and that sugary cocktail; you’ve certainly deserved it.

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  • 5 Pre-Gym Motivation Tips For When You Don’t Want To Go


    You would hope that once you’ve overcome the initial teething problems of beginning a workout regime, everything else will fall into place. You’ll have bags of energy, and the gym or wherever else you get your exercise will be your second home. Alas, life just can’t be that simple. There will be days, more than you like, when you just don’t have the motivation to get yourself up and active. Should you settle for a day in front of the television? No way. Use our motivation tips below and get yourself onto the track, where you belong.

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    Give Yourself an Incentive

    Never underestimate just what a little bit of bribery can achieve. If it can make the world go round, it can surely lull you out of your sleepy daze and into your workout clothes. If the idea of visiting the gym is too much to face, give yourself an incentive to go. It can be something simple, like watching a film you have in your Netflix queue, or it can be grander: we’re thinking finally buying that gadget you’ve had your eye on for a while. It sounds silly, but scientists have confirmed that this kind of self-bribery is a solid motivation tool.


    Quick Energy Boosts

    Your body will, from time to time, lie to you. It’ll tell you that you should stay in bed when you should be keeping on top of your exercise. Before you let your body get its way, give it a jolt with an energy boosting product. Buy them from IsaElite, consume, and you’ll have all the power you need to not only work out but work out for longer and harder. There are a million and one reasons why our body might not feel up to exercise, but these reasons are pretty flimsy and fall apart when you’re given some energy!


    One Small Step

    Getting to the gym isn’t always a battle with the body; sometimes it’s your mind that’ll be the one that’s resistant. In these cases, you can overcome this resistance by doing something elementary: taking one small step. The small act of putting on your running shoes will help you overcome the hurdle. If that’s not enough, you can always take it one step further and sleep in your workout clothes. It sounds ridiculous, but it works.


    Find Your Buzz

    The gym isn’t always the most exciting place to be, especially when there’s something else fun happening. So what do you do? Bring the fun to the gym! Before you go, load up those epic workout songs on a Spotify playlist. You’ll be bopping along at the gym, and having fun! Who knew such a thing could happen?


    Workout With Friends

    Finally, let’s not forget the old tried and tested motivator, peer pressure. If you agree to workout with your friends, you’ll have a level of accountability that’s crucial when it comes to getting things done. Agree to meet them there at 9 am, and you best believe you’ll be there ready for action at 9 am!


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  • Eating Away Your Anxiety

    When you suffer with anxiety, your whole world can come crashing down. It’s such a difficult thing to explain to someone that’s never experienced it before because it’s not a visible disease. You feel scared and alone and most of the time you’re probably not even sure why. Much alike many other diseases, you can change your diet and adapt it so that you can relieve some of your anxiety symptoms, and in general live a much healthier and happier life. Here’s how you can eat away your anxiety.


    Junk food

    Eating copious amounts of junk food will increase the symptoms of your anxiety dramatically due to the array of man made substances that are added to increase the flavours. Additives, caffeine and salt are all culprits for triggering anxiety attacks. This is because once your body is coming down from the high that the food gives you, your body will often experience symptoms much alike anxiety; therefore inducing an anxiety attack. Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes will also improve your symptoms no end.

    Try cutting out junk food and see what difference it makes to your anxiety.


    Diet plans

    Following diet plans might just help you eliminate anxiety symptoms. Sometimes, people feel anxious because of self confidence. If you’re overweight, or generally don’t eat a very good diet you could consider going down the route of isagenix diet plans. They are designed to cleanse your body and get you back on the right track with eating. You can buy the full range here, so why not teach yourself some good habits and put yourself in a position to beat these anxiety symptoms by cleansing your body of any nasty toxins that could be mimicking the symptoms of anxiety.



    Your body may be suffering from a lack of vitamins, and therefore presenting you with anxiety symptoms. Studies show that vitamin B and D relieve symptoms, so why not consider taking some supplements to help you on your way to beating this disease. Be sure to seek professional advice before taking any vitamins from your pharmacist or GP. They will be able to advise you on which are the best vitamins to buy for your circumstances.


    When To Visit Your GP

    Everyone experiences different forms of anxiety, but if yours is constant and is preventing you from living a normal life then it’s time to go and talk about how you’re feeling with your Doctor. There are many solutions in beating anxiety including medication, therapy, and like this article has been showing, changing your diet. Your GP should be the first stop you make so that you can be sure you’re taking the right steps to recovery. One of the main things your Doctor will make sure of is that you’re living a healthy lifestyle, and they will present you with all of the options available to you.


    Try these four ideas today and see how much your anxiety improves. Remember, never suffer alone.

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  • Making A Career From Your Weight Loss Success


    If you’ve spent a long time burning weight and shedding fat then it’s normal to feel like you’ve been on a long journey that has finally come to an end. You’ve reached your goals, you’re sticking to a better diet and you’re working out more. But what do you do from here?

    People are often motivated to do something because of their circumstances. You probably hate smaller portions and worked yourself to the bone just to lose that weight. Everything you did and the people you communicated with probably pitched in at some point to help out—but what do you do from here? The only motivation you have now is to maintain that weight, but if you’ve shed it for a long time and you’re no longer feeling the effects of food cravings, then being healthy is almost like second nature to you.

    You need a new goal to motivate you even further and take your success to the next level. Not everyone makes it to the end and you’ve probably experienced failure as well. If you’re looking for the next goal to conquer, then here are a couple of ways on how you can turn your weight loss success into a career.

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    Become a Personal Trainer

    If you feel like you have what it takes to motivate others into losing weight, then find some training information here. You’ll likely have to study more and take lessons, but it’s a great way to get started in the world of being a personal trainer. If you love to work with others, help them when they’re on the brink of giving up and watch other people succeed, then becoming a personal trainer is the ultimate career for you. You’ll be working with people who were in your exact situation, and the advice you offer them will be absolutely priceless.

    There’s nothing like showing a picture of your past self to your students. They’ll marvel at the amazing transformation you’ve made and look up to you for inspiration. Having a personal trainer that hasn’t always been slim is a great boost of motivation to anyone you work with. They’ll think that if you can do it, then they too can shed their weight and look slim, healthy and fit. Keep in mind that becoming a personal trainer isn’t all fun and games and it does involve a lot of hard work. However, considering you had the drive and motivation to lose weight in the first place, you can easily apply that mindset to the studying involved to pass your training course.


    Become a Dietitian

    Dietitians are experts on diets and nutrition. They specialise in creating meal plans and teaching people what they should be eating in order to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. If you lost your weight with a combination of exercise and calorie counting, then you’ll no doubt have a knack for being a dietitian. It takes a lot of skill and knowledge to know exactly how much food to eat, what the body needs and what it could do without.

    Much like becoming a personal trainer, becoming a dietitian requires a lot of knowledge in chemistry, maths and biology. Without qualifications in those fields, it’s difficult to become a dietitian. There are also specialised courses you can take. You should never attempt to become a licensed private dietitian unless you have the qualifications because you could give out bad advice due to your lack of knowledge, or your customers will lose faith in you because you have no real credentials.

    Dietitians have a rewarding job because they can help others become healthier and lose weight through knowledge and not so much training and sweating. It’s the perfect job if you want to help others with the knowledge and experience you have, and you’ll pick up plenty of scientific skills and knowledge to help you advance your career in the future if you chose to.



    Become a Blogger

    If you prefer a more liberating career, then become a blogger or content creator. Bloggers usually write information about their weight loss and post it on the internet for people to see. You can write stories, meal plans or even a book. The goal is to attract attention from readers and your income usually stems from affiliate links or even advertisements. Some people find success in offering private training over the internet, and others like to write books and sell them. What you put in the book is entirely up to you. Some people write about their experiences losing weight, and others write meal plans and dieting tips and compile them into a small book.

    Attracting people as a fitness blogger usually involves a mix of talents. You’ll need to define your own kind of writing style and this can usually be difficult if you’re not used to writing for people to see. For instance, you could have a relaxed and friendly tone in order to attract casual readers. Alternatively, you could also speak in a professional tone to appear more knowledgeable. There are many different ways to build a brand as a fitness blogger so it’s important to experiment with different options to find what works best for you. Take a look at some fitness blogs to get some ideas on how you can structure your own.

    Bloggers will need to add images and different pieces of advice on their posts, so if you’re afraid of revealing your identity or showing off your body then you probably shouldn’t become a blogger. It takes a lot of time and effort to involved in social media too. You need to try and expose your blog on social media if you want to get a larger audience, so learn to use platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You’ll have to post many pictures, write a lot of articles and respond to comments from your readers. If you don’t think this is something you could handle, then blogging might not be the best option. However, if you’re a natural at engaging people and writing, then blogging could be a fantastic career choice.


    Become a Reviewer

    Reviewing is another form of content creation. What you review is entirely up to you, but the basics include workout equipment, supplements and even diets. As someone that has lost weight, you should have a great understanding of the tools you use, the food you eat and the diets you’ve tried. A reviewer can be critical about generally anything, so it’s completely up to you on what you chose to review.

    You can set your reviews out in a video format, you can mix it in with blogging or you could even apply to be a reviewer for a larger company that works with magazines or other publications. Reviewers generally have to try things for long periods of time so it does take a lot of work. However, you’ll get to play with the latest products, sample the latest foods and give your expert opinion. This career is similar to blogging because it involves building up your own personal brand, but it’s a fantastic way of making a career out of your weight loss expertise. Reviewers tend to get money for the companies they work for. They also get income from affiliate linking if they work independently.


    There are many different ways to turn your weight loss success into a career. Some of them require additional studying and others can be done with a bit of writing or recording knowledge.

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  • Going Green With Your Diet

    Making a decision to embark on a healthy eating plan is not always an easy one. Motivation and confidence are big factors in the decision to take control a portion of your life and work with it to be healthy. If you don’t have either of these, you’re going to fall at the first hurdle. One of the other hurdles to overcome for some people is the fact that they have to eat ‘green’.




    Clean eating doesn’t always work for everyone. Let’s be honest here, clean eating involves having to totally overhaul and change your tastes from artificial flavourings and saturated fats, to purer flavours that aren’t always nice! Switching your diet means retraining your brain to like foods that you wouldn’t necessarily choose to eat and if you’re not a lover of salads and vegetables, you’ve an education ahead of you. You can start any lifestyle change or quick diet like the one you find at HCGdiet.com and make it work for you, but you will have to be open minded about the food you will be eating. We won’t pretend bread and potatoes aren’t delicious, but switching your tastes to accommodate new things? Not always easy.



    Don’t panic, though. We’ve got some excellent suggestions for foods you absolutely should try to inject a little greenery into your day to day foods, and how they can do your body a favour in your healthy eating endeavours.

    • Avocado. All you have to do is click onto social media and you see the avocado boom that has taken hold of the healthy eating world. Smashed avocado on toast with a perfectly poached egg on top looks delicious but avocados are an acquired taste! Until you try them, you won’t know if you like it so make a point of giving it a go!


    • Apples. Okay, so not strictly a ‘green’ food, as you can get the beautiful red apples as well as the green ones, but apples are an amazing fiber. They are vitamin rich and full of B1, B2 and B6 along with many others and they’re also a fantastic cleaner for your teeth!


    • Broccoli. One of the most delicious green foods, packed with antioxidants, iron and is loaded with more vitamin C than the average orange. Thankfully, broccoli is a very versatile veggie, meaning you can add it to anything from juices to roast dinners.


    • Cucumber. The biggest staple of any salad and sandwich, cucumbers have both ascorbic acid and caffeic acid. Don’t worry, these aren’t dangerous. They help to prevent water retention and can dramatically lower your cholesterol.


    • Kale. As with avocado, kale has burst onto the scene in a big way and you don’t have to eat it fresh. Kale chips are crunchy and have the same delicious benefits as what you’d add fresh in a salad!


    Your diet can be overhauled and made colourful with a few simple swaps and adding a little greenery to it can give your body the overhaul you so crave.

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  • Mental Health: How To Regain Control Of Your Health Concerns


    As society grows, our life expectancy has also increased. Being young today means access to a world of information, and it’s no excuse to continue with harmful habits as we should all know better by now. When the knowledge gap closes up, it also means constant reminders of how we can live better, be healthier – and even live longer if we just follow the protocol.



    Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as this and the lack of control combined with all of this new knowledge can easily trigger an unhealthy dose of anxiety. A regular headache grows in our mind to become meningitis, we fool ourselves to believe that anything is a sign of something worse – and the anxiety grows.

    Here are a few words of advice from the experts out there, making it easier to manage our health worries, accept our lack of control, and regain a sense of calmness.


    Pay a visit to the doctor

    First of all, and no matter if you have reason to be worried or not, you should book an appointment with your doctor. It’s important to do this as, even though you feel in yourself that you might have exaggerated these symptoms, a doctor can offer guidance and comfort.

    He or she is able to listen, take you seriously and consider your symptoms. As you talk, it’s natural to mention other things that have been worrying you lately – and you might even notice that by mentioning the loss of someone close to you, the anxieties and worries you’ve been having are rooted in actual grief.

    That people have health concerns after seeing someone else fall ill is something doctors have seen many times, and you won’t be the first person in her office with anxieties like these. Talk it out, go back home, and notice how that voice of concern has been slightly silenced.


    Regulate your checking behavior

    While a quick visit to the doctor is the first step towards a calmer self, your next step is to reduce the amount of time you check your symptoms. If the visit is positive and your doctor tells you there is nothing to worry about, remind yourself about this the next time you experience anxiety.

    Rather than feeding the beast by heading online immediately to look up your symptoms, slowly start to reduce this instead. Remind yourself on how a lot of people with a serious diagnosis often receive compensation, support groups, and guidance that makes it a lot more likely that you too will be able to overcome a challenge like this.

    If you’ve made a habit out of checking every symptom you have, it’s important to know that stopping with this completely is going to be tough. It’s a habit, after all, and they don’t usually leave just because you tell them to. Spend a bit less time on reading about symptoms and health, until you have gradually decreased it enough to eliminate the behavior.


    Change your thinking

    To change the way we think is, of course, a lot easier said than done. It is necessary, though, and not as hard as you might think if you put your mind to it – literally. As mentioned, media and society, in general, tend to make it easier for us to catastrophize scenarios; if a negative outcome is to occur, we’re quick to think it will be devastating. Just like, if we notice a symptom, we tend to jump to conclusions and assume the worst.

    You need a voice of reason to mingle with that anxious voice, and the best way to do this is to get that visit to the doctor over with right away. When you something triggers your anxiety, ask yourself if you’re jumping to conclusions and if what you’re thinking is a fact – or an assumption.

    Think about the times you’ve had health problems in the past and overcame these and consider whether you’re underestimating your ability to cope. Spend some time on feeding yourself positive outcomes of health problems, and remember that even when people receive a diagnosis, they often enjoy a long and able life thanks to modern medicine.

    Where asbestos exposure may entitle you to financial compensation, the best cure for anxiety is to change your thinking. It will take a bit of time, and the best way to speed things up is to stop avoiding reminders of illness and death.

    Talking about the illness you fear, for example, is a great way to do this. Find yourself a family member who is willing to listen or pay another visit to your doctor. You’ll take the fear out of these visits and become more open about your worries – which, again, opens your mind to different ways of thinking.


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