It's late March, but the flu is still going around with a vengeance. It even brought my husband down, and he never gets sick. The flu is no joke, but there are things you can do to ride it out and feel a little better:
Summer is just around the corner, and a lot of us are planning vacations. There are so many fun places to go, and I'm sure you're debating the best options. Why not consider staying at home for a change?
More and more Americans are doing this. For one thing, it's a whole lot cheaper. When you don't have to add in the expense of lodging, transportation, and meals out...you can save a fortune. Another good reason is relaxation. Traveling can be exhausting, and many return from a trip needing a vacation to recover from their vacation.
Staying at home eliminates all of these issues. Now it may sound boring to hang out at home, or you may be tempted to do projects around the house, but there are ways to make a staycation sizzle:
Diets come and go, and right now a keto diet is all the rage. I'm not personally a fan of any diet, but I thought I'd explain this one so you know what is involved..
A keto diet is where you eat a very low amount of carbohydrate. When you do this, your body needs to find a new source of energy. Since it can't use carb anymore, it turns to fat. Your body takes the fat in your liver, converts it to ketones, and burns those to provide that energy source.
Sounds good, right? You're burning through those pesky fat cells, and yes, people do lose weight on this program. The problem is most of that weight loss is from water. You may also be losing nutrients. Why? Because carbohydrates are our main source of vitamins and minerals. When you cut them out, you're also cutting out those nutrients.
Another issue is the byproduct of burning ketones. It makes the acidity in your body too high, and that can lead to kidney and liver damage. Dehydration, constipation, and kidney stones are also risks with this type of diet. That's why diabetics, pregnant women, and hypertensives should never go on a ketogenic diet.
If you are considering trying this, please speak to your doctor first. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and make sure you are still getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals you need.
If you're trying to find ways to stay motivated to exercise, team sports may be your answer. Joining a team in a sport you love can be just the push you need to keep at it over the long haul. Why? Because you're involved with others, and social interaction is a great way to motivate exercise.
Think about it. You make a commitment and then have to show up for practices and games. You make friends and don't want to let them down. You have fun, and there are often other social activities involved such as parties, meeting for workouts, and going for a bite to eat after a game.
If you're life is busy, joining a team may seem like too big of a commitment. You can always check to see if subs are needed. You can also joining an easy walking team in the neighborhood. Heck, watching your favorite sport on television can also be a great motivator. When I watch a swim meet, it makes me want to get back in that water and do some laps.
Give it a try!
If you're like me and over 50, then you might have noticed you can't eat like you used to. Gone are the days where you can eat what you want and not feel the effects.
Here are some tips on tweaking your diet as you get older:
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