Taking Care of Your Body

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

Taking care of your body is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

A finely tuned and well maintained body is important for two reasons:

1. It promotes a feeling of well-being and health.

2. It looks good to yourself and others too.

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live  Jim Rohn

All the visible parts of your body – your skin, hair, eyes, hands, and teeth – as well as your overall body shape, are effective reflectors of how healthy you are. But they don’t, for the most part, take care of themselves.

They require some attention some attention from you. It’s easy to dismiss body maintenance as being the province of those with plenty of time and money at their disposal.

But it needn’t be.

Taking care of yourself is neither frivolous nor a waste of your time.

There are enormous benefits to be gained in terms of your morale and happiness, with corresponding benefits for your health and the quality of your life.

Of course, no one is entirely happy with their physical makeup.

There are many things over which we have no control, such as our height, the size of our feet, the shape of our bones, and the color of our eyes.

What is important is to make the best of what you have and to capitalize on your good points. If you have great legs flaunt them. If you have a nice butt, show it off.

Same goes with any body part you have you know looks good.

One vital statistic over which we you do have some control is your weight.

I know for many of you reading this, food has been a constant companion for you.

Food comforts us when we are worried, anxious and bored.

The problem with this strategy is the foods we choose are often high calorie foods which ultimately lead to weight gain unless you burn it off exercising.

In today’s sedentary society, we are often encouraged to indulge ourselves in more of everything than we really need.

When it comes to food, the consequence of overindulgence and labor-saving lifestyles is an increase in body weight.

Over time, being overweight can place serious strain on the heart, bone structure, and digestive system.

Conversely, desperate attempts to avoid obesity may lead you to eat poorly, and much less than the body needs, resulting in fatigue, malnutrition, and a slow wasting away of the body.

How to avoid overeating

  • Choose a smaller plate than usual and consciously eat your food.
  • Avoid large meals just before bedtime. I like to eat gluten-free rice cakes (caramel coated).
  • Weigh yourself regularly; if your weight increases, cut down on your food intake and exercise more. I also use my pants as a yardstick. If they get too tight, it’s time to cut back on the calories.
  • Eat seven or eight small, and I mean small meals a day instead of three.
  • Drink lemon water. I love lemon water because it satisfies my food cravings without causing weight gain.
  • Stop eating before you feel full. The mind is a few steps behind reality, so don’t wait until you are full to stop eating.
  • Drink some warm green tea with your meals. Green tea will help with digestion, but it will also cause you to feel full faster.
  • Prepare your snacks in advance. I keep plastic containers with cut up fruits and veggies in the fridge for easy snacking.
  • Try a smoothie after dinner. Add frozen fruit like strawberries,raspberries,bananas, add some greens like spinach. Throw in some lactose free Kefir milk along with “Good Belly” brand Probiotic fruit drink.

Source: Practical Family Health/ Readers Digest

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