Get a jump start on a healthy lifestyle for National Nutrition Month – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

It’s National Nutrition Month, and if you’ve been considering switching to a healthier lifestyle, now is a great time to make the leap. Luckily, Live In The D’s nutrition and fitness expert Jody Trierweiler is here to help you figure out where to begin.

Trierweiler said that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends you break down March into weekly goals to help you stick to a healthy diet.

Week 1: Eat a variety of foods daily

Try to incorporate all the food groups at every meal. Get creative! Add some veggies in with a morning omelet to help round out breakfast.

Week 2: Plan your meals each week

Have everyone at home make a list of their five favorite healthy foods, and turn that into your grocery list. Once you have everything you can use it as a building block for your meal prep.

Week 3: Share meals as a family, and try new foods

Pick up something new from the store, and check out recipes online on how to use them! This is a chance to try out new flavors and find out what you like. Plus, with all the unique recipes available online, you’ll have plenty of new dishes to try your hand at.

For more tips from Jody on how to get started on a healthy lifestyle, watch the video above.

A Guideline to Jumpstart a Successful Healthy Lifestyle Journey – The Sports Bank

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Summer is coming soon which means people will be flocking to the beaches and heading outdoors. If this means that you’re looking to get into a fit shape, or if you had already planned to anyways, you’re going to be looking at trying to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle journey regardless of the season, and that’s good because it can be a long but fun journey.

Deciding on becoming more fit and active is a great conscious effort to improve your health and your happiness. The connection between body and mind is strong, so putting in the work earlier rather than later will result in goals being met much quicker. If you’re looking to jumpstart that journey but need some tips on how to do it, here are things to consider.

Writing Down Your Goals

One of the best initial steps to take is to purchase a fitness journal and start writing down your goals from day one. You don’t need to have everything figured out just yet, but it helps to have some goals in mind that will allow you to figure out your plan from the start. A fitness journal also doubles a progress tracker. Weights lifted, PRs bested, miles run, your diet journal and anything else you want to record should go in this book. When you can track your goals, you’ll be more psychologically inclined to accomplish them. It’s a small trick, but something that you will keep with you on your fitness journey for a long time.

Picking the Right Supplements

Some people swear by supplements, others don’t, but it never hurts to include some in your fitness routine and diet to help aid in nutritional needs. Looking at the research on yk11, you can see that there are some supplements out there that aren’t common knowledge. SARMs are one example, but if you’re looking for more common ones, then you can’t go wrong with amino acids, vitamins, whey/casein protein, creatine, collagen, iron, etc. There are too many supplements to name, so it comes down to your goals. If you want to build muscle, increase endurance, or just promote a more healthy body, you’ll find the right ones.

Developing Self-Restraint

The mental aspect of exercise is almost a third of the battle, along with the physical output and your diet. It can be hard at first to restrain from eating too much, indulging in bad foods, or slipping into bad lifestyle habits, but you need to develop self-control if you want to achieve your goals. It’s not that you can’t enjoy a cheat day every once in a while, or go out for drinks with friends, but know your limits to keep yourself balanced and in check, so you can still achieve your fitness journey goals and have an active social life.

Finding a Workout Partner

You may also want to look into finding a good workout partner. This is another thing that is rather subjective as some people like to zone out to their music and workout alone, but having a partner could be a great way to stay motivated, motivate each other, and compare goals and knowledge. Having a workout partner makes it much more fun as well, and if you’re shy or nervous about the gym, it can add some confidence. The goal of a fitness journey is for yourself primarily, but it doesn’t hurt to have someone to share it with.

Deciding on the Right Routine

You might be looking to get stronger, which would mean focusing on compound lifts or push/pull to help get stronger. You may even be into Olympic lifting, or maybe you’re trying to increase cardiovascular function, the point is that there are plenty of routines to choose from, and they all depend on your goals. It’s good to mix up workouts and routines to give yourself some variety from time to time too. Choosing the right routine for your goals will allow you to figure out what you do and don’t like about it and modify it as you see fit. Don’t be afraid to branch out after you get the hang of a routine to make it more suitable for you.

Jumpstarting your health journey can be an exciting time as you are making a commitment to bettering your health, mentally and physically. Choosing to commit to a health journey is an investment in yourself, so use these tips to jump-start it quickly and effectively.


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Healthy Lifestyle May Lower Death, MACE Risk in Chronic Kidney Disease – Renal and Urology News

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a 10-fold higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with the general population. Now a new study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology finds that adhering to generally recommended healthy lifestyle behaviors also reduces the risks for death and some major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in individuals with reduced kidney function.

Investigators led by Sarah J. Schrauben, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pooled data from 3 cardiovascular cohort studies in the United States (ARIC, MESA, and CHS) involving 27,271 participants. Kidney function categories were 60 or higher, 45 to less than 60, and less than 45 mL/min/1.73 m2, according to the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation for estimating glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).

Survival

Adhering to recommended lifestyle behaviors was associated with lower risks for all-cause mortality, regardless of eGFR. Death risk was 54% lower for former or never smokers compared with current smokers (reference). Compared with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher (reference), a BMI of at least 18.5 but less than 30 kg/m2 was significantly associated with a 16% decreased risk of death. Moderate or no daily alcohol intake was significantly associated with a 13% decreased risk of death compared with excessive intake (reference). A diet score of 2 or higher was significantly associated with a 7% decreased risk of death compared with a score of 0-1 (reference). Any moderate to vigorous physical activity, compared with none (reference), was significantly associated with a 20% lower death risk. Adhering to all 5 lifestyle behaviors reduced the risk for death by a significant 52% compared with adopting none.

For the diet score, 1 point was given for each of the following components recommended for the general population: fruits and vegetables (4.5 cups or servings/d or more), fish (3.5 oz or 2 servings/wk or more), whole grains (3 one-oz servings/d), sodium (less than 1500 mg/d), and sugar-sweetened beverages (36 oz or 4 glasses/wk or less). Moderate alcohol intake was defined as up to 2 drinks for men or 1 drink for women per day.


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Cardiovascular Events

Cardiovascular endpoints included a composite of major coronary events (myocardial infarction, fatal coronary heart disease, or revascularization procedure such as coronary angioplasty), as well as ischemic stroke, and heart failure events.

Regardless of eGFR, not smoking currently and any moderate to vigorous physical activity were significantly associated with a 38% and 15% reduced risk of major coronary events and a 52% and 14% reduced risk of heart failure events, respectively, compared with reference values. Any moderate to vigorous physical activity, compared with none, also correlated with a 20% decreased risk of ischemic stroke among those with an eGFR of 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 or higher.

A healthy BMI of at least 18.5 but less than 30 kg/m2 was associated with a 13% decreased risk of heart failure events, regardless of eGFR.

Remarkably, moderate to no daily alcohol (versus excessive consumption) was significantly associated with a 29% increased risk of major coronary events, regardless of eGFR.

The investigators found no significant associations between adherence to the American Heart Association’s dietary pattern and lower cardiovascular risks possibly because they merged the intermediate and ideal categories to define a healthy diet (a score of 2 or higher rather than a score of higher than 4).

Cardiovascular risks decreased as the number of healthy behaviors increased. Adherence to all 5 healthy behaviors was significantly associated with 27%, 38%, and 44% reduced risks for major coronary events, ischemic stroke, and heart failure, respectively, compared with adopting none of the behaviors.

That benefits of a healthy lifestyle did not vary by kidney function may reflect improvement in traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance, and hyperlipidemia, according to the investigators. However, healthy behaviors may also mitigate cardiovascular risk factors unique to kidney disease, such as albuminuria and mediators of inflammation and oxidative stress, they stated.

“Our study supports the importance of lifestyle as a potentially modifiable risk factor for individuals with and without kidney disease,” Dr Schrauben’s team concluded.

Clinicians may want to prioritize counseling patients with CKD about healthy behaviors with appropriate referrals. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) provides helpful information on Heart Disease & Kidney Disease.

References

Schrauben SJ, Hsu JY, Amaral S, Anderson AH, Feldman HI, Dember LM. Effect of kidney function on relationships between lifestyle behaviors and mortality or cardiovascular outcomes: a pooled cohort analysis. Published online February 5, 2021.  J Am Soc Nephrol. doi:10.1681/ASN.2020040394

Heart Disease & Kidney Disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/heart-disease Accessed February 25, 2021.

3 Ways to Restore Self Esteem and Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle in 2021 – SM Mirror – Santa Monica Mirror

Every year we start filled with resolutions, hope, and determination. We know that after the year we’ve just had, 2021 is going to be the year where we balance, correct, and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

In looking at lifestyle, health experts advise a 3-prong approach. First, identify obstacles that could go wrong. Second, get in touch with your core motivation. Third, take small actions to create your positive quality of life.

As we enter this first quarter of 2021, let’s take a closer look at how to achieve your goals to restore self-esteem and embrace a healthy lifestyle this year. 

Identify Potential Mistakes

As you may have been experiencing, coming up with a long list of goals is the easy part. Anticipating potential mistakes and identifying key obstacles is often a little trickier.

Many of the obstacles we face come from daily mistakes in our habits. This has never been more obvious than in the last months of lockdown and quarantine. Keeping a positive, upbeat mood has been challenging for many people. If you’ve been feeling a little less energetic and enthusiastic about achieving your personal goals, you are not alone.

Three common mistakes stand out at the top:

  • Never asking for help
  • Feeling wiped out by New Year’s Day
  • Hanging out with negative influencers

If you have been noticing that you’re not moving forward with your goals, consider these three possible reasons. Once you do this, you’re ready to move to one of the most powerful steps in accomplishing your goals.

Connect with a Personal Why

Simon Sinek, best-selling author, and inspirational speaker emphasizes this important step for goal achievement: finding your personal ‘why.’ 

Sinek is the author of several books including Start with Why, on the importance of finding your why. With this insight in hand, he says, “We imagine a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every day inspired, feel safe wherever they are, and end the day fulfilled by the work they do.” His work confirms that when people know their compelling reason for taking action, they do it.

Connecting with personal motivation is the key to break free from limiting habits and negative choices. You’re not relying on anyone else or an external authority. 

By defining your reasons for change, mental health experts note that you can access vast inner resources of energy, focus, and practical action.

If you’re having a hard time doing this on your own, you may want to enlist the help of a personal friend, coach, or mentor. Making significant change is often easier with the support of a professional coach. 

A personal coach is trained to assist in investigating potential habits of thinking, self-esteem, and motivation that help you access what matters most to you. Working with a professional counselor can also help to identify your inner motivation to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

Take Actions to Create Positive Results 

All of us care about how we see ourselves and how other people see us. This may affect our self-esteem and self-confidence. To manage this most effectively, taking small actions is key.

If you’ve been feeling that there isn’t enough time to exercise’ make a list of small actions. This may include meeting up with a friend, going for a walk in the morning and evening, and taking the stairs.

If you’ve been grappling with your appearance, explore how to improve how you feel about your looks. This might include consulting a plastic surgeon and learning about new developments in technology. 

Dr. Binder of Beverly Hills notes, “the consultation should be an educational experience for the patient. The heart of the consultation is managing patient expectations and providing realistic goals.”

If you’ve been struggling with weight gain during COVID-19, define easy actions. This could include talking with a nutritionist, experimenting with Intermittent Fasting, reducing sugar, and cutting down on soda, and eating more greens.

Sum Up

As you refine your goals for 2021, take this three-prong approach. Identify mistakes, find you why, and take a specific action. With this gameplan, achieving your goals is within reach.

Happy birthday Shahid Kapoor: 5 healthy lifestyle habits of ‘vegan’ Kabir Singh – Hindustan Times

  • Happy birthday, Shahid Kapoor: From giving up on these 2 food items completely to sticking to these habits for a healthier lifestyle, here’s what credits the vegan Kabir Singh star’s eye-popping athletic physique

By Zarafshan Shiraz

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:28 AM IST

His evolution from Ishq Vishq to Kabir Singh or from comedy to romance and action has only given more reasons to fans to continue swooning over Bollywood’s chocolatey boy Shahid Kapoor who is now a handsome father of two. Between juggling dotting dad’s responsibilities to box-office record breaking films in his kitty, the hunk never misses out on prioritising health and his social media pictures flaunting his rock fit and fabulous body are enough to back our claim.

The actor has often set fans on frenzy by giving a sneak peek into his gym sessions or post cycling look when not dropping mirror selfies of his six-pack abs or ripped arm muscles. From giving up on two food items completely to sticking to some healthy habits for a fitter lifestyle, here’s what credits the vegan Kabir Singh star’s eye-popping athletic physique:

1. Shahid Kapoor does not count himself in the list of people who consume meat and seafood in order to gain a better physique. He turned vegetarian over a decade ago after reading the book ‘Life Is Fair by Brian Hines’ gifted to him by his father, Pankaj Kapoor. Pankaj is a practicing Radha Soami who are people standing against animal-cruelty as they are ardent believers of vegetarianism.

2. Having remained a vegetarian for the longest time, the Jersey actor turned vegan eventually.

3. After turning vegan a few years back, Shahid gave up on milk products and gluten as milk and yogurt contain some amount of sugar in them while gluten-free lifestyle not only promises better digestive health but also added perks of improving cholesterol and energy levels.

4. For a vegetarian like Shahid, a plant-based diet was sure to appeal and him turning vegan came as a shock to no one. From being a fan of Simon J Hill and his Plant Proof™ Instagram account to launching his own fitness app V-Fit and turning an entrepreneur, Shahid only took his fondness for a healthier lifestyle higher.

5. After playing the character of Kabir Singh who has severe anger management problems and abuses drugs and alcohol, it would be hard to believe that Shahid keeps up away from smoking and drinking but that’s how he is in real life. In an interview with GQ last year, Shahid had shared, “I don’t drink. I smoke occasionally. I consider myself a non-smoker, but I go through phases of smoking.”

Shahid’s current diet comprises protein-rich fruits and vegetables and we hope that his dedication for fitness and healthy eating habits continue to inspire fans in the years to come. Here’s wishing Shahid Kapoor a very happy 40th birthday, in tow with towering box office successes!

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Healthy lifestyle is the way towards heart healthy life – Kashmir Images

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Dr. Balbir Singh

Apart from family history, the poor lifestyle choices that one makes has been the leading cause of cardiac ailments among the younger generation in India. With changing lifestyle and poor socio-economic factors, there is a rapid increase in the number of patients living with ischemic heart disease. Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) or commonly known as heart attack, is one of the leading deadly diseases in developing countries like India. Over 20% of the population especially in the age bracket of 40-50 years is developing several cardiac ailments that ultimately lead to heart failure.

Cardiac ailments among the Indian population still remain the leading cause of premature mortality and morbidity. Attributing to a plethora of reasons including poor lifestyle habits like smoking, binging on alcohol, poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, has led to patients with high cholesterol, hypertension and high blood sugar levels. While a person’s genetic disposition and family history remain the most common and uncontrollable risk factors, the majority of heart diseases in the younger generation which is on the rise is due to excessive stress.

Creating awareness among the masses about the advancements can save many lives. Advancements in the field of cardiac sciences has been a boon to patients with end stage heart problem. The only and the easiest way to prevent heart failure are avoiding the lifestyle and food habits that encourage obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure.

Early detection & timely intervention is the key

While heart disease or failure sounds dangerous, it can be treated with better care and diagnosis. The only and the easiest way to prevent heart failure is avoiding the lifestyle and food habits that encourage obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure.

With availability of different biomarkers like Hs Troponin, Myocardial perfusion studies and CT angiography, early non-invasive detection of coronary artery disease is possible.

Effective management includes a combination of lifestyle changes, medicines and non-invasive treatments. Invasive and surgical treatments are required in more severe cases. In most cases it is possible to eventually resume normal life. Some simple lifestyle changes include eating a healthy balanced diet, being physically active, doing regular exercise, no smoking and controlling blood cholesterol and sugar levels.

Cardiac Hospitals in India perform more than 2 lakh open heart surgeries and are increasing annually by 25% but they are not able to control the numbers of heart attacks. The surgeries done are only palliative. Educating the essentials about Heart disease and its risk factors is important to eradicate the casualties from the root.

What are the symptoms?

Not every CHD patient has the same symptoms and angina chest pain as its most common feature. Symptoms may vary from nil to severe, some may have an uncomfortable feeling like indigestion and some cases may be experiencing severe pain, heaviness or tightness. The pain is usually felt in the centre of the chest, that spreads to the arms, neck, jaw and even to stomach, and is accompanied by palpitation and unusual breathlessness.

If arteries become completely blocked, it can cause a heart attack that can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle. The discomfort or pain of a heart attack is usually similar to that of angina, but is often more severe and may be associated with sweating, lightheadedness, nausea and breathlessness. This is more common in people with diabetes. Heart attack if not treated straight away can be fatal.

How to manage the heart ailments?

Although coronary heart disease cannot be cured, treatment can help manage the symptoms, improve the functioning of the heart and reduce the chances of problems such as heart attacks. Effective management includes a combination of lifestyle changes, medicines and non-invasive treatments. Invasive and surgical treatments are required in more severe cases and the outcomes are favorable in most of the cases, where the person is able to resume their normal life.

Some simple lifestyle changes include eating a healthy balanced diet, being physically active, doing regular exercise, no smoking and controlling blood cholesterol and sugar levels. These can reduce the risk of CHD, stroke and dementia and also have other health benefits.

Heart Failure or Cardio Vascular disease refers to the fact that your heart is not as healthy as it should be. You have to take better care of it for better functioning. But the best part is that you can prevent it with a healthy lifestyle.

  • The writer is Chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Max Hospital, Saket.

Useful Tips to Start a Healthy Lifestyle – London Post

It can be so difficult in this day and age to adopt a healthy lifestyle. With the amounts of unhealthy sweet and savory treats available, it is very easy to give in to the temptation. Every time we turn on the TV we are met with yet a new chocolatey snack or the latest creation at the local fast-food restaurant. Yes, it certainly can be a losing battle when it comes to the war with inviting, however, extremely unhealthy food.

Another huge issue is having the time or the energy to undertake a daily workout, get out for a regular run or keep up with the latest workout video at home. We all know that the chaos of everyday life can get in the way and create a barrier that causes our physical health to slip drastically, as most of the population has adopted a hectic, busy lifestyle. However, it is so important that we do try our utmost to look after our health by counting those calories and getting some crucial exercise. 

Choosing to adopt a healthier lifestyle not only improves our physical health but can also have positive effects on our mental well-being too. Exercising regularly and eating more nutritious foods are proven to elevate our mood and reduces feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety. Injecting your life, with a boost in the healthier living department really will benefit your overall health dramatically. 

Here are some useful tips on how you can begin your journey to achieving a healthier way of life!

Introduce More Fruit and Vegetables to Your Diet

Getting a regular intake of fruit and vegetables is crucial in maintaining our health. They are both packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins needed for our bodies to function correctly. We are recommended to at least get in our five a day, so instead of reaching in the fridge for that bar of milk chocolate or eyeing up that tempting bag of potato chips, grab an apple or make yourself a nice healthy salad instead. I am not saying to banish that junk food out of your life completely, just cut it down. After all, we do deserve a treat now and again!

Eat the Correct Portion Sizes Throughout the Day

It is extremely important to eat acceptable-sized portions throughout the day. Making sure to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner is the most successful way to adopt a healthy diet. For instance, choosing to skip breakfast can result in uncontrollable hunger later on in the day and this is setting you up for an afternoon of binge eating and then, of course, the healthy diet goes straight out of the window. Eat regularly however, take care in controlling the portion size. Bear in mind if you do get a little peckish between meal times you can indulge in a healthy snack to satisfy that rumble in your stomach.

Cut Down on That Salt and Sugar Intake!

Choosing to overindulge in the salt department can result in suffering some major health problems such as high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. Try and reduce your daily intake of salt and when cooking maybe research recipes of a healthier nature. The professionals over at https://www.thebircherbar.com.au can provide you with assistance to introduce healthier food options into your life. They provide ideas, recipes, and products that will get you on your way to adopting a healthier lifestyle. You could use herbs and spices as an alternative to giving your food flavor and when purchasing snacks opt for items that contain less sodium content. Also, try to decrease the amount of sugar you ingest on a daily basis, instead of quenching your thirst with fizzy beverages, replace them with natural fruit juices and cut down that chocolate!

Get Physical!

Exercise is good for everybody! Whether you are slim or more on the larger side physical activity is crucial in maintaining your overall well-being, inactivity can result in some major health implications. Try and introduce some sort of regular exercise regime into your everyday life, whether it be a brisk stroll in the morning, power walking in the evening, or getting yourself down to the gym for a full-on workout, the benefits it will provide to your health are enormous. By undertaking frequent exercise you will burn off those occasional snacks you have limited yourself to and aid in maintaining the health of your heart! Your heart is so important, so take care of it!

Yes, there are mountains of ways you can bring a healthier approach to your life. The best way to start is to eat well, exercise regularly, and cut down on those salty, sugary snacks. You will soon be on your way to a healthy, more balanced lifestyle!

How to maintain a healthy lifestyle during lockdown | Eating healthily during the COVID-19 pandemic – Patient.info

COVID-19 has made some remarkable changes to our lifestyles. To cope with these sudden changes, many of us turned to our cupboards and ate and drank more while sitting at home. One year later, these habits have resulted in many of us feeling less fit than we were before the pandemic.

So what can we do to curb these new habits, eat more healthily and get back to feeling our best?

How has lockdown affected our lifestyles?

Research has shown that a change in daily routine can increase stress and anxiety and this may result in dysfunctional coping behaviour, leading to more comfort eating and emotional eating. It’s therefore unsurprising that our lifestyles have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and especially during periods spent at home in lockdown.

A survey conducted by Ipsos MORI and King’s College London found that during the first national lockdown, 35% of people reported eating more food or more unhealthy food than they normally did. Close to 50% said that they put on weight during lockdown. The same percentage reported feeling more stressed or depressed than usual. Almost a third of people said they drank more alcohol.

Curbing lockdown eating

Whilst comfort food and alcohol may seem like a quick and easy fix for difficult emotions or boredom, they won’t actually solve the problem and may make the situation worse.

Madeleine Hawkes, weight management dietician at Nutrition Synergy, recommends taking some time to consider whether or why you’re actually hungry in order to eat more intuitively.

“Next time you find yourself heading to the fridge, ask yourself, ‘Am I truly hungry?’ If not, ask yourself, ‘What am I actually hungry for?'”

  • If you’re bored then what you’re seeking is stimulation, not food. You could try playing some games like sudoku, or read a book to keep yourself occupied.
  • If you’re feeling low and you’re actually hungry for comfort, why not reach out to a friend or run a warm bubble bath?
  • If you’re feeling stressed, get outside for a walk in the fresh air, or try a home workout online in your living room to get the blood pumping. Evidence shows that exercise can really bring stress levels down.
  • If you’re feeling anxious, you could try some meditation apps or yoga to keep you grounded in the present.

Finding balance during a pandemic

With many of us either working from home, furloughed or possibly out of work, our days have lost their usual structure. This can lead not only to our sleep getting disrupted but also to our meal patterns becoming disrupted. Try to maintain your usual routine of meals to increase a sense of normalcy and reduce grazing.

At mealtimes, try to build a balanced diet using these strategies:

  • Aim for half the plate to be made up of vegetables. Vegetables are low in calories, a great source of fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • A quarter of your plate should be protein, either animal or plant-based. This is the part of the meal that fills you up and keeps you feeling full for longer which helps reduce snacking in between meals. 
  • The remainder of your plate can be made up of complex carbohydrates like wholewheat pasta, brown rice or sweet potatoes. Avoid ‘refined’ (processed/white) carbohydrates, both sugary and starchy.

For those who find themselves snacking between meals, try to pick some more nutritious alternatives. “It’s best to have healthy snacks in the house which are easy to reach for,” says Madeleine. “Fruits make an excellent choice for a sweet tooth. Vegetable sticks with hummus, Ryvita crackers with reduced-fat cheese or unsalted roasted nuts are great savoury choices. BBC Good Food has some fantastic snack ideas if you’re lacking inspiration.”

Stay hydrated

The body’s cues for thirst due to dehydration can often be confused with hunger. To keep hunger at bay, make sure you’re drinking enough. Any drinks, except alcohol, contribute towards your fluid intake, and you’ll need more if you’re partaking in regular exercise.

“Reduce your intake of sugary drinks and alcohol as these are ’empty calories’,” explains Madeleine. “Avoid drinking too many coffees (ideally fewer than four per day) and energy drinks – they can make anxiety worse if drunk in large quantities because of the caffeine they contain. Great choices include sugar-free squash, herbal teas and water with fresh herbs like mint or fruit and vegetables such as cucumber, ginger or grapefruit.”

Be kind to yourself

Finally, and most importantly: be kind to yourself. We are living through a global pandemic for which none of us has been prepared. Whatever you are doing to cope during these uncertain times, you are doing the best you can. Self-criticism and blame serve no function other than to make a difficult situation harder. Try to extend the same gentle acceptance and empathy that you would for a friend in the same situation to yourself.

Vice President calls for national campaign to promote healthy lifestyle – Hindustan Times

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday called for a national campaign for motivating people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, avoid sedentary living and junk food, in view of growing incidences of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country.

The World Health Organisation data has attributed 61 per cent of all deaths in the country to NCDs like cancer, diabetes and blood pressure, he noted.

“We need to go for a massive national campaign for change of life style. Also food habits.. Our forefathers who lived for thousands of years have given us wonderful food. What is lacking in India? All varieties… for all seasons with all reasons,” Naidu said during his address at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) here.

Sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food habits are linked to the increased incidence of NCDs in the country, he added. Naidu claimed that 98 per cent of rural people are not affected by the Covid-19 due to a healthy lifestyle and living close to nature.

Observing that nature has been kind to India in the form of abundant sunlight and air, he regretted that they are not being taken advantage of, leading to the occurrence of various diseases.

He urged the scientists to create awareness among people on making healthy choices. The Vice President also stressed the need to promote organic farming, revisit our traditional food habits and promote the consumption of protein-rich food for better health outcomes.

Cautioning against the fad for instant food, he quipped “instant food means constant disease.”

Naidu, who inaugurated Pediatric Rare Genetic Disorders laboratory at the CDFD, asked the scientists to continue to work to develop simpler and cost-effective methods for diagnosis of various genetic diseases to help in better patient management.

He lauded CDFD scientists for identifying novel genetic mutations for more than 10 disorders in India, including the identification of four new genes, which would be helpful in genetic counseling and management of diseases.

He asked CDFD to create awareness among the people through media on the services it was offering on genetic diseases.

Referring to the unprecedented challenges faced by humankind in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, he commended CDFD’s Corona Warriors for providing accurate diagnosis of the viral infection.

Pointing to the problem of increased crime rate in the world, he lauded CDFD for providing state of the art DNA fingerprinting service to courts, judiciary, National Investigating Agency (NIA) and CBI for ensuring correct judgment in criminal cases, and in providing relief to the families of disaster victims.

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