I don't know it all but I will say, a good part, no actually a main component of our health is nutrition. There is no way around it, you need to nourish your body with healthy foods! Earlier this week I was talking with a client about healthier food pairings for lunches and snacks that they can keep at their salon to ensure she was staying on track and not feeling overly hungry or tired by the end of the day.
IMO, many times we don't consider that certain foods actually help other foods with the delivery of nutrients within our body which helps keep our bodies functioning properly.
For example: Vitamin C will help your body absorb iron better.
Now let me be honest, you don't have to know every little combination of what helps with what. In fact there are probably some that don't care. But by making sure you are eating as whole and nutritious as you can, you will be giving your system a better chance at functioning better. Do your research or talk with a dietitian, in fact check out this article that gives you 15 examples of food pairings and the reasons why they work.
The health coach in me is getting ready to have a word with you.
Repeat after me, being disappointed is okay, just as long as you don't allow it to defeat you.
Everyone gets disappointed within themselves no matter if it is some given task, a workout, a presentation, working on a health goal, etc. We get disappointed, it is part of life. There are steps that you can actually take to help you figure out what went wrong and get you past that obstacle. Personally this is what I do and hope it can help you too.
Start off by breaking the situation down and asking some questions, like what, why, and how.
What went wrong?
Why do you feel it went bad?
What contributed to the outcome?
What can you do to make sure next time goes better?
How can you ensure you succeed or do better next time?
These questions are just examples, but are some good ones to start with. Look at your situation, breakdown it down by looking at the physical and mental aspect that came into play. Example, if your workout or run didn’t go well, what went wrong? Was it the weather, your mood, lack of proper nutrition, how were you physically feeling, or a combination of things?
Answer those questions, give them solutions and implement them.
If it was lack of proper nutrition, plan better and look at your intake timeline. Maybe it was the weather and you may need to try and do your workout at a different time or place.
There is always solution to you problem, it is just finding the right one for you. Don’t let your disappointment defeat you.
Sleep Sleep Sleep!! Sounds great doesn’t it, especially for those that have issues with it. If you are having a hard time sleeping it can affect your health goals, in others words it can make your progress slower.
The way your body metabolize carbohydrates is affected by your sleep, they are not metabolized at the rate they would be if you were well rested. This can also lead to craving carbohydrates when you are tired and of course the ones we tend to crave are “junk foods”. Why? They are carbohydrates that are released faster into the bloodstream. What happens next? Your insulin resistance grows and stores more fats and sugars instead of processing it like is should, this can lead to weight gain.
When we are tired, it affects our mood, how we handle stress, our energy, and our ability to think clearly. This added stress then makes it harder to get a good night's rest. Studies have shown that cortisol increases when we are sleep deprived.
Most times exercise will improve your sleep quality. Everyone is different so the type of workout and when you perform it is really individualized. Some studies have found that exercise has improved the quality of your sleep, as in the amount of time spent in REM, total time slept, and how fast you fall asleep.
Exercise stimulate and releases growth hormones during the night which will help with muscle repair and development. If your goals are to put on muscle mass or even to lose weight by toning up, then this is important.
The takeaway, sleep plays a vital role in your everyday living activities and your workouts. Finding out why you are having a hard time sleeping takes time. I suggest starting with a sleep journal and seeing if you can find a common thread in it. Do some research on the issue and see if there is something your nightly routine that may be throwing you off, is it a health condition, or is it something you are eating. If you need help breaking things down, contact me and we will talk.
Check out these links that I found some useful and used as research, also below are some books that were recommended.
Start at timestamp 43:23 for the one below
Take A Nap, Change Your Life
The Promise of Sleep
Hi guys!! Welcome to my thoughts and just some health information that I hope you can use! Let me just state this now. I am not a writer, English major, or even a blogger, so there will be mistakes in here.