3 Easy Tips to Change Lifestyle Habits For Better Health

Since problems with a person being overweight include diabetes and heart disease, it is vital that we make changes in our lifestyles to reverse this trend. Traditionally, when a person makes the decision to lose weight, it is typically starting a diet. If exercise is included, a membership to a gym is often purchased.

These are all good plans. However, they fail so often because it is too much drastic change at one time. Anybody can tough it out for awhile. But changing too many old habits all at once is overwhelming. Also, to get through a diet, a person may have thoughts of how good the forbidden foods will taste once the weight is lost.

If you’ve tried and failed and are afraid starting another diet will lead to more failure, here are some easy lifestyle changes you can make to help you get ready to live healthier and lose weight.


As our obsession with television, computers, and video games have increased, our time spent in physical activity has decreased. Fortunately, fitness shows by health gurus like Jack LaLanne have been steadily increasing over the years. Wii fitness programs are the newest addition to exercise videos while seeming like a game. Although exercising along with these programs is a great step to better health, more is needed.

We must restrict television time to 1 to 2 hours a day. It is far too easy to hear something that catches interest on the TV and sit down to watch…just for a little bit. An hour later you’re still sitting and got nothing done. How many times have you been watching a favorite program and been influenced to eat because you saw a food commercial? Turn off the tube and use the time to organize the closet, go for a walk, garden, or do anything that gets you moving.

Processed Convenience Foods

Processed foods are loaded with fat, salt, and sugars. Additionally, the processing often destroys a large amount of nutrients and enzymes. Without vital enzymes we cannot digest our food and make use of the nutrients we need. When our bodies are not getting the nutrients we need, we start craving more food and overeat. Pay attention to how much processed food you are buying because it is convenient to throw into the microwave.

Modern microwaves are better at cooking a wide variety of foods. Some even have browning elements. Microwave cookware has also evolved solving the old problem of having parts of the food hard and parts uncooked. It is possible to cook fresh foods from all food groups in the microwave.

Family Structure

Our family lives are rushed and stressed. Eating habits and mealtimes have deteriorated and the consumption of processed convenience foods have increased. In the last decade or two, we have learned just how important traditional family routines are. Commit to making time in your schedule so you can gather as a family during mealtimes. Eating together gives families an opportunity to talk about their days and model to children how to eat more slowly and chew their food.

Choose two or three days a month to prepare snacks and meals ahead of time. Make fruit and veggie choices convenient to access and ready to eat in Ziploc baggies (to go on the run) or plastic containers. Cereals like Frosted Mini-Wheats, crackers, pretzels, nuts and raisins can be packaged in baggies (together or separately) for easy to go snacks. Try mixing meatloaf recipes, making hamburger patties, casseroles, and trays of enchiladas and freezing them raw. A main meal can easily be popped into the oven or microwave on busy days.

Lifestyle changes are difficult to make. People like to keep doing things that are familiar to them. It’s safe. If you make changes gradually, just one at a time, and practice the new habit consistently, you will find you are living a different lifestyle in a year’s time.

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Living a Frugal Family Life Does Not Have to Be Scary

Is Michelle breeding moths in her purse? Or Is She Leading A Frugal Family Life?

So I figure there are four types of people in this world. Carefree spenders who don’t give a fig about the price – they want it, they buy it. Sensible spenders who consider their purchase, and spend wisely. Frugal spenders who will completely wear out everything before even thinking about replacing it. And then you have Me! The expression ‘tight as a ducks ar*e’ was invented for me. Although if I had a duck it would probably end up on the dinner table (sorry for offending any duck owners reading this!) along with a serving of plum sauce and Chinese pancakes.

Anyway, I digress. The main emphasis of this article is to help pass on some helpful, if not frugal, money saving tips, so here goes:

Grow Your Own Veggies.

If you have been relying on the supermarkets for your fresh veggies, it’s high time to consider growing your own food. What can be better than picking you own grown vegetables fresh from the garden for good health and family life? Even if you don’t have a garden, growing vegetables and herbs in pots on your window-sill, also known as container gardening, can be very useful. Mint, sage, rosemary, basil and thyme are great herbs for container gardening. If you are pressed for time, opt for low maintenance vegetables that include garlic, onions, tomatoes, turnips, cabbage, leeks and kale.

Make Your Own Meals.

Its been said time and time again, cooking your own meals from scratch is far cheaper than relying on overly processed, overly packaged convenience foods and ready meals, and is by far the best thing you can do for child & family health. If you are really pushed for time, why not have a marathon cooking session on a lazy Sunday where you prepare and cook meals for the whole week that can be frozen. Cooking in large batched saves you money on your energy bills too. Imagine having the oven on and crammed full with a large cottage pie, lasagne, fish pie, bread and butter pudding, and a pot of home made rice pudding sitting on the bottom of the oven. Cooking everything for the week once, then reheating portions in the microwave is much cheaper than running the oven to heat through a couple of frozen ready meals for dinner each evening. If you make large enough portions, you could even make enough for two weeks of meals.

Use your leftovers. Any leftover cooked veggies or meat can be added to a pot of soup, chopped and mixed with eggs, milk and cheese to make a frittata or crustless quiche. Save those stale loaf ends to make bread and butter pudding, or grind them up pop them into a bag and freeze. Handy for topping off savoury pies, coating chicken breasts before cooking, or making bread sauce.

Improve your grocery shopping habits.

Never ever go shopping when you are hungry! You will let your stomach rule your head and overspend on unnecessary items. If you have a friend who needs to shop, why not make a shopping list each, then meet at the supermarket and swap shopping lists. You certainly wouldn’t think of adding things to your friends shopping basket that’s not on the list would you? You just meet back at the checkout and swap trolleys.

Frugal Living Tips from our readers:

Tessa Swift emailed us a top money saving tip. Tessa says “For my Birthday I always ask my husband for my favourite brand of body lotion. Unfortunately it is very expensive, and being a ‘tight’ mum by nature, I like to get the most out of everything. So what I do is to buy a bottle of cheap, un-perfumed body lotion, then mix it with the expensive one. This makes it last much longer, and I can smell wonderful every day”

Jemma Richards sent this top tip in to us: “if you find any out of date natural yoghurt in the fridge, don’t ditch it. Use it as a revitalising face mask. Just make sure it’s natural yoghurt and not a fruit one, or else the fruit pieces will slide off your face and make a mess!”

Here’s a top make up tip from Susan P: “In hot weather, try storing your make-up, perfume and lotions in the fridge. This keeps my eye liners sharp, and my body butter from melting”.

Here is to a purse or wallet full of wealth – and not moths! And also to a bit of frugal family fun!

Health and Nutrition

The Health and Nutrition Industry has come about as peoples awareness of the damage they have done to their bodies over the years becomes more apparent, both physically and through scientific evidence. Whats more they want to do something about-now!

I know, I’ve been there and as a Baby Boomer we, in our millions around the globe, are doing what we can to turn our health around for the better. Having read numerous articles gleaned from newspapers, magazines, advertisements, the web and from fellow ”EzineArticle” contributors, many people are searching for a better lifestyle today.

My wife Cath and I decided to do something about it and sooner rather than later. Rather than talking about it, moaning about it, worrying about it, we chose to improve our health and our lifestyle through informed and better choices. We work from home now part time in the Health and Nutrition Industry having had our health improved with nutritional supplements and by adjusting our diets, so that we have both lost weight and feel great for it. Your health improves by first making a decision and then doing something about it.

It has been suggested that many of our ailments, sickness and diseases today, particularly in the west, can be attributed to poor nutrition in our diets. The fact that our diets are so poor due to the lifestyles we choose to live, with fast foods and rush, rush, rush, we are not allowing our bodies to rebuild itself, to repair itself properly, as it was designed to do.

I am not a scientist but I can tell you that by adding proven nutritional supplements to my diet and eating better and less, my health has improved and I have the energy to accomplish so much more in my day without the tiredness and exhaustion that were part of my life.

Obesity levels in the western world are simply staggering and if you do your own research, through various resources, you will have this confirmed in black and white.

Our bodies have been wonderfully made, by a master designer, and when we introduce a proper diet into our lifestyle, with the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly, your life can be changed dramatically. For those of you who already look after yourselves, athletes, footballers, basketballers, your lives can be improved too, your recovery rates lowered, your overall performances improved with a better diet and nutrition in your life.

If we feed our bodies properly, then it will do what it was made to do. It will repair itself, common ailments can be gone forever, as my wife can testify to you from first hand experience.

With good and proper nutritional supplements and a carefully planned and balanced diet of lean meats, fruit and vegetables, it is possible to have your health and fitness restored.

The Health and Nutrition Industry today, commonly known as the ”Wellness Industry” is booming!!! Wherever you look, the media today, is full of health improvement tips, the internet is full of sites showing you their own products and services, advising us all that we need to improve our diets and indeed our health!!

When you decide to improve your lifestyle and your health, can I ask you to choose carefully. Look to market leaders, and there are half a dozen or so who have stood the test of time, and read about them, read testimonies about peoples health improvements, read about lifestyle improvements that have occurred both in the short and long term through the use of their products.

Don’t get sucked in by all the hype and there is plenty of that, particularly on the internet. Find out about the products or the company, before you go spending your hard earned money, ensuring that you will get the results you desire. Do not just jump on the bandwagon of the latest craze that is sweeping your nation, make an informed choice of your own and enjoy the benefits to come.

Why not contact your local Network Marketer, where Home Based Distributors will have a personal interest in your health improvement and you may even want to join them and help others improve their lives also.

We all age, we all die some day, but why bring it along sooner than is necessary. Why don’t you choose to do something about it today? Why don’t you allow that desire inside, which is niggling away at you now, that desire to improve your health and regain that enjoyment of life, to come out.

Do yourself a favour, nobody else will. You choose. Go on, go for it and really live life to the full with your health improved, with the ones you love. It is possible. We have done it!!

Violence and Intentional Injury – Health

Violence is constantly in our consciousness as we go about our daily activities. Acts of violence include assault, homicide (murder), sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide, and various forms of abuse. Each year in the United States, intentional injuries account for 50,000 deaths and more than 2 million nonfatal injuries. All these events have the potential to touch the lives of the college student regardless of the school, gender, or ethnicity. This section deals with one aspect of violence-personal and sexual assault.

Safety at the Automated Teller Machine

An increasing number of people are using automated teller machines (ATMs) to carry out various banking transactions. These machines serve as a convenient way to make deposits or withdrawals in a variety of locations and when banks are closed, during holidays, evenings, and weekends. Unfortunately, over the last few years many violent crimes have been committed at ATM sites. If a transaction is necessary, the following rules should be kept in mind at all times:

Use the ATM during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must use an ATM at night, take someone with you and use only a machine in a well-lighted area.

Before using the machine, check to make sure no one is acting suspiciously or hanging around the area. Trust your instincts if you feel uneasy. Seek a machine in another area if you sense something is not right.

Make sure no one attempts to crowd you while using the ATM, and take all receipts with you. Do not discard your receipt in a nearby trash can.

Do not write down your personal identification number (PIN) or carry it in your billfold or purse.

If you drive to the ATM, park in a highly visible location and under a light at night. Always lock your car and hold your keys.

Do not assume that a drive-up ATM is free of assault potential. Always be alert to the surroundings.

Date or Acquaintance Rape

The terms acquaintance and date rape have been brought to the national consciousness over the last decade. Acquaintance rape is forced sexual intercourse between persons who know one another well. Date rape is a form of acquaintance rape that involves forced sexual intercourse between people who are in a dating situation. Statistics indicate that 50% of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows or is dating. 2 ,3 Researchers have found that 24% of college women reported that they were victims of attempted rape, and 17% had been forced to have sex against their will.

In the college setting, poor communication is associated with behavior that results in attempts at seduction. One survey of 600 college men and women found there was substantial agreement among both genders that aggression and coercion usually occurred when one partner felt “led on” and the other did not make it clear “how far” she or he was willing to go. Obviously, one solution is for couples to learn that “no” really means “no” regardless of the tone or hesitancy with which it is stated.

Researchers also point to a special problem on some college campuses in which there are strong fraternity or sorority organizations. This certainly isn’t an attempt to ostracize any campus groups because athletes and other campus groups have allowed inappropriate actions on the part of their group members. The concept, however, is the “house party.” With its drinking, intimacy, sexual teasing, and competitiveness, the house party may provide a social setting that encourages aggressive sexual behavior. Today many sorority and fraternity organizations have classes that educate members in an effort to improve mutual understanding and avoid date coercion or rape.

When a traumatic experience occurs, such as acquaintance or date rape, the victim usually experiences a great amount of enduring and substantial psychological damage. Date rape victims are particularly vulnerable because they are the victims of misplaced trust. Once the trust in a relationship is broken because of forced sex, developing new relationships becomes much more difficult for the victim.

Regardless of how psychologically strong a rape victim is, most are likely to experience shock, anxiety, depression, shame, and a host of other psychosomatic symptoms. The psychological reactions following a rape are referred to as rape trauma syndrome. The syndrome is characterized by fear, night mares, fatigue, crying spells, and digestive upset. Sexual function and desire may be impaired. The victim of violent sex may want her partner to be warm, tender, affectionate, and understanding, but she may not desire sexual intercourse for a long time after the rape. Sometimes lengthy counseling is necessary to help the rape victim reestablish a trusting attitude toward her relationships and sexuality.

Another common problem facing rape victims is self-blame (the victim blames herself for what occurred). The victim tends to go over every single aspect of the attack to understand what she could have done differently to have prevented the rape. Although most victims are blameless, self-accusation also is quite common. Self-blame is particularly prevalent in the case of acquaintance or date rape because the victim believes the event occurred because she created the situation that allowed the sexual coercion. The frustration is enhanced because the victim tends to view her friends as being successful in the dating situation and believes she has failed. The rape victim tends to perceive herself as having permitted a social occasion to turn into a painful event. Here again the victim will need the understanding of friends, family, significant others, and possibly professional counselors to understand and work through these feelings.

The best protection against date or acquaintance rape is preparation and remaining aware that the potential always exists for unwanted sexual advances and potentially traumatic sexual experiences. Planning what to do if faced with unwanted advances and acting assertively can prevent or terminate many potentially devastating situations before leading to the rape situation.

Health Insurance – Tips and Information for Choosing a Policy

There are more than a quarter of a million residents in Plano, Texas. The average age of these residents is 32 years old, which means that there is a lot of life to live for the residents in this city. When it comes to health insurance, Plano, Texas insurance companies have something to offer for just about everyone. Finding health insurance in Plano isn’t complicated, and there are dozens of different insurance companies out there to choose from. You need to make your first decision carefully: the most reputable insurance company available.

When you are trying to find health insurance Plano, Texas has to offer, you don’t have to look far. You should consider different elements of the policies that you are offered to find the best value for your money. Instead of looking at the cost of each policy and making a decision that way, you owe it to yourself to check out the coverage that you are given and figure out which policy actually gives you the best coverage for the price. Too often, people assume that they can’t afford coverage, but most people don’t realize that they can’t afford to go without it.

Even when you are worried about affording health insurance, Plano, Texas insurance companies will be able to help. These professional companies have policies designed for all types of people and can help you better understand your options when it comes to coverage. First, compare coverage and exclusions so that you know what you are getting. Then, look at deductibles and co-payments so that you can see what those are like. Finally, look at the monthly premium of each policy to choose the right one for your healthcare needs.

Finding the best health insurance Plano, Texas has to offer is not a complicated process. It does take a little time, and might require you to talk to an agent to learn more about your options or find a suitable policy. Just make sure that you take the initiative to get the best policy possible because it is out there waiting for you. Because of its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there are a lot more affordable options in Plano than many people might realize. Take advantage of this so that you can find a health insurance policy that gives you the protection that you need.

Bottom line, there are outstanding benefit options in the North Texas area, just look around and you will find them.