After the long slog of winter, trapped indoors during these crazy times, you’re likely chomping at the bit for some much-deserved fun in the Sun! Something about Spring generates optimism for life and hope for the future. It’s a fabulous time to get bod-ready for bathing suits and kickstart a healthier lifestyle.
Healthy Tips for Fun in the Sun
Being in the Sun is energizing and uplifts your emotional well-being. It’s the best source of vitamin D, of course. “You need very little exposure—something like 10 to 15 minutes a day to the backs of your hands, arms, and face—to get enough,” says Dr. Stephen I. Katz, director of NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.1
Social media and medical circles are abuzz about how nutrition is one of the few keys to repairing your health and keeping it robust. Yet, this seems to be the biggest stumbling block for most. Not just because people don’t want to give up their favorites, but also because some foods are addictive. Yup, you might have an addiction to sweets or carbs. The addiction prevents the switch that tells you you’re full to activate, so you eat more and more, thereby adding excess flab here and there and harming your health. It’s time to break the vicious cycle.
Cutting down on the following list until you can eliminate them from your diet will make your body love you again. Your liver will get a much-needed break from tackling the constant flood of toxins that are likely clogging up your metabolism.
Cut Down to Eliminate:
Sodas & Caffeine
Bread & Pastries
Wild-Caught Fatty Fish (Salmon, tuna, herring, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, trout, pollock)
Cruciferous Veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts)
Leafy Greens (kale, spinach, collards, Swiss chards)
Legumes (hummus, chickpeas, lentils, peas, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, navy beans)
Fermented foods (kefir, yogurt, Sauerkraut, fermented beets, kimchi, kombucha, tempeh)
Fruit (berries, banana, kiwi, apples, pomegranate, watermelon, mangos, avocadoes, olives)
Nuts (walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts)
Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed)
Sprouted Spelt bread/Ezekiel bread
Drink MORE water
Grab your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, and get active! Whipping your garden back into shape is an excellent way to get outdoors, move your body, and commune with nature. Or join a Tai Chi or Yoga group at the local park for destressing and stretching while enjoying the view.
Tactics to Destress:
If there’s one thing we know, stress is toxic to your appearance, health, and sanity. But most of us don’t make an effort to deal with the stress every day. Hey, meditation isn’t for everyone, but it’s not the only way to destress. And I’m not talking about a Hot Toddy or any alcoholic drink.
A recent review of almost 700 studies from 195 countries and territories. Researchers concluded: “By evaluating all associated relative risks for alcohol use, we found that consuming zero standard drinks minimizes the overall risk to health.”4 In other words, the only safe amount of alcohol they’ve established is none at all.
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