9 Ways To Get Healthy Habits Back On Track This Week

The good news: The path back to healthy living doesn’t have to mean overwhelming yourself with a rigid plan. Some of the best ways to incorporate healthy choices into your life are super simple, and inherently flexible. To get you back on the right track, we partnered with AstraZeneca to offer some easy and actionable steps you can use to live well and feel great this week.

1. Ease In

 

One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to improve their health is jumping in too intensely all at once ― which can set them up to fail. Ease your way into a sensible plan that fits your lifestyle, and recognize that the less drastic the changes, especially when you’re just starting out, the more likely they are to become permanent.

Massage: Get In Touch With Its Many Benefits

Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. See if it’s right for you.

Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.

What is massage?

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

The Benefits of Cannabis on Your Self-Esteem

If I told you that your body is worthy of love, care, and compassion exactly the way it is right this second, would you believe me? If you’re suddenly squirming uncomfortably or rolling your eyes, the odds are you probably aren’t completely comfortable with your body. You’re not alone. A 2012 UK study conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group found that “roughly two-thirds of adults suffer from negative body image.” Yes, all adults. This is not just a “women’s issue.” People of all genders struggle with body image.

I’ve previously talked about using cannabis to help reframe limiting beliefs. After exploring more deeply, I’ve found cannabis can help cultivate body love as well. Since poor body image can negatively impact mental and physical health, you’re doing yourself a huge favor by taking active steps to improve your relationship with your body. Cannabis is the perfect conduit for such a transformation because it can help muffle some of the negative self-talk in your brain which, at least for me, often feels like it’s communicating exclusively in SHOUTY CAPS.

Acupuncture and Weight Loss

 

Chinese acupuncture is finally getting under the skin of dieters by tapping into the body’s many hidden energy meridians. The ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments, and practitioners of Western medicine now embrace it to quell chronic pain, postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, addictions and weight loss. When fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy along rivers of Qi (pronounced chee), or life force.

There are many reasons people become overweight – hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common.

Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-pronged approach.

Healthy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos

Delicious sweet potato black bean and avocado stuffed burritos. Healthy, freezer-friendly and great for an on-the-go breakfast!
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INGREDIENTS
  • 6 low carb whole wheat tortillas
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1- 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • few dashes of red pepper flakes, if desired
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mexican or colby jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup red enchilada sauce

Your 10-step Plan to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions and Healthier Habits

Whatever you want to achieve, these simple tips are the universal tricks to help you banish that unhealthy habit…

1. Be Realistic

Set yourself up for success by only making resolutions you can keep and ones that are practical.

2.Break it Down

Breaking your longer-term goals into more manageable short-term chunks is not only beneficial to achieving what you what, it’s also more rewarding as you can celebrate passing each successful step.

3. Don’t Overload on Resolutions

Do one thing at a time. “One of the easiest routes to failure is to have too many ­resolutions.

5 Surprising Winter Health Tips

Here are my favorite tips for staying physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy during the winter months. (Vacation not included!) These five simple suggestions are things anyone can do easily and inexpensively to stave off the winter blues and sniffles.

Raise your vitamin D levels naturally (without pills or sunlight). We’ve all heard about the marvels of vitamin D: heart health, skin health, immune health, mental health….But, you don’t need to supplement or risk skin cancer to get high vitamin D levels. The big secret is making healthy lifestyle changes. For example, if you lose just 5% or more of your body weight, your vitamin D blood levels will shoot up. Other ways to increase vitamin D naturally are to lower your cholesterol, exercise, and eat more fatty fish, such as wild salmon (farmed salmon contains only a quarter of the D that wild salmon contains, 250 IU per 3.5 ounces versus 1,000 IU).