Getting laid off is one of the most stressful life changes a person can endure. In fact, psychologists often list it as a leading cause of stress, right alongside death, divorce and major illnesses. The immediate concern most people have after losing a job is maintaining financial stability. However, maintaining mental and physical health are also crucial to have the strength and sense of well-being to move forward. To keep your health in good shape despite this major blow, incorporate these four tips into your life during the transition period. [Read more…]
Just because babies are small does not mean they require fewer nutrients. In fact, they need a variety of vitamins and minerals to support the development of their body and brains. Health food should be introduced to complement with milk since it does not have everything babies need to grow fit and strong. However, you have to carefully choose the type of food to give your baby not just for health reasons, but also for prevention of stomach irritation. [Read more…]
Heart disease is no joke. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or simply want to make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent it, it is important to realize that half your battle is in the kitchen. Some of the food choices we make on a regular basis cause our bodies to react in strange ways – retaining salt and fluid, clogging our arteries, and so on. Here are some cooking tips to help you better safeguard the health of your heart.
Create a Weekly Meal Plan
One of the hardest parts of sticking to a healthy diet is planning what you’re going to eat from one meal to the next. While it’s always easy to run through a fast-food line, gorging on sodium-laden foods, it isn’t as easy to look in the fridge and decide what to make. Start each week by spending some time writing out a specific meal plan. What will you have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day? Make a trip to the grocery store and purchase the healthy ingredients you’ll need. The more you plan, the easier it will be to make healthier choices for your heart. [Read more…]
When you go to the grocery store to stock up your pantry, do you have a list? Or do you go through each aisle and just pick up whatever item you feel like taking home with you? It may be oversimplifying things, but if you tend to do the latter, you just might be an impulsive buyer. And guess what? Researchers say that financially impulsive people might be damaging more than their checking accounts! In fact, they go as far as to say that those who are financially impulsive actually overeat, damaging their health as well!
Researchers asked over 40,000 people if they would prefer £45 in three days or £70 in three months. Those who wanted the smaller amount were also impulsive in other areas of their life.
They were more likely to want the immediate pleasure of a cake, an affair or a puff on a cigarette than consider the long-term effect on their health or relationship.
The study by University College London found people who are young, poorly educated and on a low income were the most financially impulsive.
It’s not all that bad, though. According to Dr. Stian Reimers, those who are impulsive can learn how to control their impulsive urges:
“Simple techniques can help reduce impulsivity, like imagining how you’d feel about your decision in a year’s time or trying to avoid making decisions in the heat of the moment.”
The next time I feel like indulging in more chocolate cake that I should eat, I will try this trick.