Looking After Yourself in 2013

 Health Tips with Karla Heintz (BSc), Nutrition Educator & Author

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Many of us would like to believe the lifestyle our culture encourages results in a healthy body and well-being. Time for the truth: it doesn’t.  A drive through window, long work hours, and a vast movie selection at your fingertips sadly creates an environment not good for you and your family’s waistline.  Make this year the one where you look in the mirror and know you are of value, and it is time to start looking out for yourself, instead of falling prey to a marketing message aimed at making money.

Go to bed earlier.  Don’t worry about the dishes in the sink, as you can always address them tomorrow. Even 30 minutes extra of shuteye – lessens the chance of you overeating. Less sleep produces more Ghrelin – an appetite-stimulating hormone.

Eat Breakfast – you deserve it and need it. This balances your blood sugar for the day and adds a nice kick-start to your metabolism.  Lacking ideas? Try large flake real oatmeal with some honey, walnuts, a tsp. of peanut butter and diced apple.

Try a brand new exercise.  Skipping is a unique activity and does not cost a thing.  There are many basic moves you can do in your home.  Ten minutes of skipping is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging! Definitely worth a session.

Consider your bones this year.  As we live in a vanity world, we forget to take care of what is on the inside.  Canada is very far from the sun, and no matter how you look at it we need to honor Vitamin D as a daily supplement for all ages.  Consider Calcium too if you do not consume a minimum of 3 dairy products every day.

Reach out to your community.  Generous hearts weather it be in giving your time to help others, or donating to some group, lights up the same part of your brain as does so when you are eating a food you enjoy. According to Dr Oz, taking care of your emotional health and well-being can make you up to 16 years younger! 



Karla Heintz (BSc) Nutrition Educator and Author of

‘Picky! Not Me Mom! A parents’ guide to children’s nutrition.