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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet When You're Trying to Lose Weight


January tends to be a prime time of year for weight loss. There are various factors that result in increased numbers of people actively trying to shift weight and get in shape. Festivities over the Christmas period in December can see us indulge in more unhealthy foods than we generally would at any other time of year. After all, who can turn down mince pies, Yule logs, hot chocolates, and piles of potatoes and stuffing on our Christmas dinner? January also represents a new page in the calendar and a fresh start to our lives - we come up with resolutions that can help us to prosper and flourish over the next twelve months. A change in attitude is extremely positive. But losing weight successfully requires a little more than an optimistic and progressive outlook alone. You’re going to have to conduct a fair amount of research that will allow you to make the right decisions in regards to your exercise and diet. Let’s focus on diet for now.

Eating in Moderation 

The first step towards losing weight by changing your diet should revolve around eating in moderation. Sure, you should cut out fatty foods, sugary foods, and foods with excessive levels of salt. But you can still maintain weight by eating too much in general. Make sure that your diet is balanced and that you tick off all of the major food groups. This will ensure that you are getting sufficient calories to fuel your body throughout the day, that your digestive system is getting enough fiber, and that you are getting other essential vitamins and nutrients. Once you have achieved this, you can then start incorporating some of the following foods into your diet as well in order to benefit from their different properties.

Ginger 

Ginger has plenty of health benefits. This flowering plant, which originates from China, has a long history of use in traditional medicine, as it contains gingerol, which has medicinal properties. It is highly effective in relieving nausea and vomiting. But in regards to weight loss, it is a natural appetite suppressant and also speeds up the emptying to the stomach, aiding indigestion. It comes in various forms, with some of the most popular being whole, powdered, or as an oil. If you aren’t the best chef and can’t see yourself realistically cooking up a storm in the kitchen, incorporating ginger into your usual meals, then remember that the benefits of ginger shots are the same as eating ginger in any other way - if anything, you get to consume a more intense dose all in one go.

 Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are low in calories and carbohydrates, making them a great filler if you’re looking to lose weight. You can use them to fill your plate and bulk meals up without having to worry about gaining pounds while eating them. On top of this, they have the bonus of being packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals such as calcium. Some leafy greens that you might want to try out could include:
-Kale
-Spinach
-Collards
-Swiss Chards

Cruciferous Vegetables 

Chances are that you haven’t heard the phrase “cruciferous vegetables before”. But there’s a good chance you have eaten them - they include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. These types of vegetables contain a lot of fiber and they tend to be filling, which makes them pretty filling. But they have low energy density and could spur your weight loss journey on in the right direction!

Avocados

Avocados are becoming an increasingly popular addition to people’s diets. Demand has spiked in the past few years alone. This goes to show that it’s pretty tasty! But on top of being genuinely enjoyable for most, avocados are loaded with the right type of fats that your body needs to function well. If you don’t like the taste of olive oil, but want to incorporate monounsaturated oleic acid into your diet, eating avocados is one of the best ways to achieve this.

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar is another food item that has gained significant levels of popularity in the past few years. Held on a pedestal by the beauty community, this type of vinegar can also be incorporated into vinaigrettes or salad dressings. If you’re feeling brave, you could even dilute it  and drink it. Having some of this at the same time as eating can make you feel more full, encouraging you to consume fewer calories throughout the day.

There are, of course, other foods out there that are great for weight loss. But try incorporating these few into your diet to start with!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Vacationing in Rockport, Texas

One year ago Rockport, Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey. The destruction was unimaginable. This little fishing town on the coast of Texas took an incredible blow which resulted in many homes and businesses being flooded and destroyed. But Rockport is rising. 
I recently took a long weekend trip to Rockport with a girlfriend, our kids, and her parents. We stayed in a house right on Copano Bay. Driving in, the destruction left by Harvey was still very visible. While there were a sprinkling of houses that were rebuilt and like-new, there were more homes that were clearly still being recovered. Many of these home-owners did not have hurricane insurance and the repairs can quickly become too much for any homeowner to manage.




The goal of our trip was to have a simple, relaxing, low-key weekend where we could fish, enjoy some cocktails on the deck, enjoy the sunsets, and unwind. That is exactly the trip we got. We had moderate luck with the fishing and crabbing but maybe that speaks more of the fishermen than the fish? The sunsets were lovely and the weather, although humid, was really great. The rain that was forecasted all weekend held off for the most part and the breeze was consistent and lovely.



















Though we spent the majority of our weekend at the house, we did spend some time one afternoon at Rockport Beach Park. Texas does not boast white-sand beaches. Until you get closer to Mexico, Texas beaches are good for fishing and shrimping, but exceptionally beautiful beaches they are not. However, the babies had never been to the beach so they have no frame of reference! Lydia loved splashing in the water and was extra surprised when a wave popped her in the mouth and the water was salty! The water at Rockport Beach Park was warm and there was almost zero current making it the perfect first beach experience for my little mermaid. Thomas also had a good time at the beach, but it turns out he's a sand man. He wasn't too thrilled with the water that moved by itself. He was perfectly happy playing in the sand under the fabulous straw-topped umbrella canopies that dot the beach.


Something else to note is that Corpus Christi, Texas is just a short 30(ish) minute drive away which means making a trip to the Texas State Aquarium or U.S.S. Lexington is super easy.


*All photos are mine, all opinions are mine. This is not a sponsored post.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Don't Overlook These Aspects of Your Health

There are lots of aspects of being healthy that people talk about a lot. In particular, you hear about staying a healthy weight, being physically fit, and looking after your heart, among other things. But there are other areas of your health that we perhaps don't talk about enough or as much about as other things. It's important to consider your whole body, and your mind, when you're thinking about your health and how to stay healthy. If you want to be a healthy person, take a look at these key areas of health that can be overlooked.

Your Digestive and Urinary Health

Some aspects of health don't get as much airing as others because they're a bit embarrassing. We can often struggle to talk about issues with our digestive or urinary systems, although digestive health does get a bit more attention. Your diet can make a big difference in how healthy you are in these areas, but there are other aspects to consider if you want to be healthy. If you take a look at https://www.urologygeorgia.com, you can find out more about urinary health and what you can do if you have a problem. Seeing a doctor can help you find the truth if you feel like something is wrong with either your urinary or digestive health.


Your Reproductive Health

Reproductive health can also be difficult to talk about, and many can feel like when they do open up, their problems aren't taken seriously. Research has shown that in a hospital ER, women wait longer to be seen for abdominal pain than men. This could partly be due to the view that women's pain is more emotional, as well as an assumption that it's just normal pain related to the reproductive system. It's important to be aware of what's normal and what isn't, not just for women in general but for you personally.

Your Sleep Quality and Energy

Getting enough sleep and having enough physical and mental energy is essential for your day-to-day life. If you're having trouble sleeping or finding that you have no energy during the day and you can't think of any reason for it, don't just brush it off. Sometimes, it might just be that you're stressed or you've been pushing yourself too hard. But lacking energy or struggling to sleep could indicate underlying problems, ranging anywhere from Lyme disease to depression.

Your Mental Health

The conversation about mental health is growing, but many people still don't think about it enough. It's important to consider how you feel emotionally, and not just your physical health. You don't have to have a diagnosed mental health condition to take care of your mental health. Everyone can get stressed and experience emotional problems, and it's important not to ignore them. Being more aware of your own mental health can help you to be there for others too.

You should keep an eye on every aspect of your health if you want to be healthy. Consider your body and mind as a whole to improve your health.

*This is a collaborative post*