Time management is one skill that everyone strives to incorporate into their lives but many find hard to perfect this skill. There’s only so much time in a day to accomplish everything we want to get done. For some people this can be problematic. If you are someone that struggles to manage your time effectively, the biggest thing you can do is stay organized. Some other things to do to perfect the skill of time management include:
- Set a schedule
- Block off time for certain tasks
- Sit down and make a weekly schedule
You could also make a monthly schedule of all your commitments at the beginning of every month. Staying on track and organized is the key to having good time management skills. If you have free time, make sure you use it wisely.
When we think of body types, our minds tend to go to fat, skinny, short, apple-shaped, hourglass, and lots of other funny shapes. Our world is filled with these stereotypes that make us think we have to fit a certain one. When in reality, our bodies are beautiful the way they are. Everyone’s body has a certain structure and genetic makeup that is unique to them. Instead of constantly comparing our bodies and striving for the stick thin figures that we see models in magazines, we should love our bodies the way they are. I am not saying that it is impossible to change your body however it should be done in a healthy way. Aim to be healthy, not to be skinny.
Some people in today’s society are so focused on achieving the “ultimate body” that they sacrifice health by starving themselves or over-exercising to the point of exhaustion. However, this take on diet and exercise will ultimately end in unhappiness. Take your energy and focus it on the positive things in your life. Tell yourself you have an awesome body and by exercising and eating healthy, you are making it even better. Take a positive outlook on your body and you will end up happier and comfortable in your own skin. Think about all the things your body does for you. It gets you from place to place, allows you to have conversations with other, and helps you to enjoy life. In addition, your body maintains all your internal processes to keep you alive. If you take the time to think about how your body supports you and truly appreciate it, you are taking the first step to loving your body. Your body is unique to you and that makes it beautiful!
At some point in time, many people have heard of pre and pro-biotics. What is it about these things that helps to keep our bodies healthy?
Prebiotics: The non-digestible materials from food that stimulate the growth and activity of bacteria in the gut. These prebiotic materials provide the nutrients for probiotic and other microorganisms in the gut that maintain intestinal gut health.
Probiotics: Improve digestion, immune functioning, aid in weight loss, and prevent colon cancer. Certain probiotic strains can provide microbial balance of the gastrointestinal tract, reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system. The most common probiotics include the Lactobacillus species, Bifidobacterium species, and the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii.
One of the best ways of introducing these microorganisms into your diet is to consume “functional prebiotic foods.” These fructan dietary options will contribute to the growth and balance of these probiotic species in your body. Some examples of these functional prebiotic foods include artichokes, onions, garlic, bananas, and asparagus, peas, wheat, rye, beets, brussel sprouts, and some chocolates such as milk chocolate.
People with gastrointestinal complications and diseases such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, FODMAP (Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols) and GERD want to be careful of fructan consumption. Consumption of fructan rich foods may cause symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and bloating.
8 foods that look like body parts
Have you noticed that certain foods look like body parts? Some foods both resemble and nourish specific organs. Ancient herbalists who observed nature believed the appearance of natural things gave clues to its virtues. This “doctrine of signatures,” as it was called, has been lost in today’s smorgasbord of studies, but some food gurus say the concept is not all bananas. Nutritionist Adrienne Raimo of One Bite Wellness tells us why oranges can be such great supporters of breast health.
This weekend I was invited to speak about Staying on Track with your New Year’s Resolutions on Good Day Columbus. It was a blast – you can watch the video here:
Some of the tips we discussed are included below, along with other bonus bites of information:
1. Assess your Motivation for making the change. Is it for a an external event, such as an upcoming wedding you want to lose weight for, or is it for a longer-term, internal goal such as wanting more vitality and better health outcomes.
2. Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals – by making general statements such as “I want to lose weight” or “I want to eat healthier” creates a very nebulous goal which may or may not be reached. When you include the elements of a S.M.A.R.T. plan (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely), your goal takes on more of a true form and is more likely to be effective.
3. Change your Environment – if your environment at home or work feels like a junk-food trap, you’ve realize the need to start cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator or avoiding the vending machine by bringing your own delicious and healthy snack 🙂
4. Planning helps make resolutions fail-proof – I’ve said it before to my clients and I’ll say it again. “If you don’t plan, plan to fail” – because it’s so very true. Nothing knocks a well-meaning person off the resolution wagon faster than either failing to bring in a healthy lunch or pack their gym bag the night before. Planning your meals, setting up a routine for a seamless morning, and having athletic gear for your workout packed will all help create success.
5. BONUS: Enlist Support! In order to use these tips to the best of your ability remember the importance of creating a support system. Whether that’s enlisting the help of family, significant other, group, or a nutritionist & health coach ….you’ll want someone to be there while you’re running a good race, and someone to pick you up after you’ve skinned your knee.