You’re not alone. Over 80% of us do. There are many ways to go about it, but the following are tips to make it last over a lifetime:
· Avoid a diet with too much red meat, potatoes, processed foods, butter, and sweets.
· Include stress management activities in your DAILY life.
· Quit drinking sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages.
· Get enough sleep every night.
· Walk briskly 2 to 4 hours a week.
· Aim for no more than 1 hour of television watching per day.
· Drink alcohol moderately.
· Lift weights twice a week.
· Do 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week at a “somewhat hard” intensity.
These were taken from the June 2016 IDEA Fitness Journal. They work, but they require you to make a complete lifestyle change and stick with it, well, for LIFE!
I find that I can become easily upset with my husband when he does not do something the way I prefer it to be done, or in the time frame that I was expecting. When we get into conflicts about the little stuff, I am reminded to take a set back and re-evaluate why things are upsetting me. The key is the terms “my way” and “my time frame”. I have to check myself and bluntly realize that I am the one with the problem. I also have to remember that my husband is my partner in life, and I am not his boss.
Once I stop to evaluate the situation and why it upsets me, then I can have a reasonable discussion with my spouse about things that are upsetting me. It is important to realize that my reasons are often selfish, and I need to explain to my husband why it is important to me.
I am comfortable in a world of order. In my world everything has a place and should be tidy. But in my husband’s world, things do not have to be so organized. He finds a way to use our things and enjoy life. The little things do not get to him. So we have to find a way to meet in the middle. I find that some of my emotions stem from being jealous of his ability to not allow the little things to bother him.
Some important tips to deal with conflict in a relationship that I have to review often include:
By taking a closer look at the frustrations in your relationship, you will find that you can be much happier with yourself and your relationship.
As I threw away several moldy, mushy, and expired items from my fridge, I decided that I needed a new plan. I have a household of two adults and while I love to eat healthy, I tend to throw away a lot of food every week on trash day. Healthy foods tend to be more expensive and usually we have to purchase more than we need or would like to eat in the time frame before it goes bad. I looked into my options and tried a meal delivery program. There are several meal delivery programs available and many with great discounts or even free starter kits.
The program I chose has meal preference options to meet our needs. For example, you can choose vegetarian, low calorie, quick meals, or eliminate a certain kind of meat. We get a box delivered once a week (on Tuesdays) with 3 meals. The packaging is perfect and has plenty of sturdy ice packs.
There are many aspects about this program that I love! First, we are getting healthy, portion controlled foods. We are trying new recipes that we may not have before and they do not repeat meals. But they do give an easy to follow recipe card and a list of all of the ingredients to reproduce the dish should you choose. All of the ingredients are fresh. We have tried many new food items and learned how to cook with fresh herbs and new grains that we have not tried before.
This routine has become great for my lifestyle. I grocery shop on the weekend and make meals for the weekend and the beginning of the week while the items I purchased are still fresh. Then our box comes on Tuesday and we have meals for the remainder of the week. We found that we are cutting back significantly on our weekly grocery bill and are wasting very little food now.
I encourage you to give food delivery services a try if you have a smaller family like mine, want to try new healthy, portion-controlled recipes and cook with new ingredients.
Alzheimer's disease and dementia are a growing concern as the human race continues to live longer and longer. The good news is there are things you can do to prevent this devastating problem:
This time of year people are faced with two afflictions; spring cleaning the home and allergies. Most do not realize that the two are often connected. The house dust mite is the most common source of indoor allergens. Most mites are found in your bed. The combination of dead skin, moisture from sweating, and heat from your body make your bed the best breeding ground! Not only do dust mites cause allergies and skin irritation, but they also poop in your bedding!
Most people do not know how often they should wash or replace their bedding. Now that I have creeped you out, here is some help for you:
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