Follow These Tips To Lower Your Chances Of Developing Heart Disease.
Heart disease is an umbrella term for anything that causes damage to the heart, and it can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, high blood pressure and medical conditions such as diabetes. Sadly, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, so taking care of ourselves is paramount before it is too late.
If you suffer any of these symptoms, you should contact the medical services immediately. We ignore the heart at our peril, and for the sake of ourselves and our families, we don’t want to become another medical statistic. It’s clear we need to do something about the way we live our lives to reduce the risk of heart disease, so the advice below is vital. Read what we have to say and then put into practice the right lifestyle choices.
Lowering your cholesterol is part of the battle in protecting your heart, so cut down on anything with saturated fats, such as cakes, sausages, fatty meat, and butter. Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are good for you and can help reduce any blockage in your arteries. Foods such as nuts, avocados, and oily fish are high in Omega-3 which is a good fat. When you know you aren’t eating enough, try supplements such as Caruso’s Omega 3 tablets which can balance your diet.
Too much salt is bad for us as it raises our blood pressure, so it is recommended we don’t eat more than 6g a day. Frozen foods such as pizza are high in salt, as are canned meats, bacon, and tinned beans. Always read the labels on the packages at the store, and always go for low salt options. When your blood pressure rises, it places greater strain on your heart and other organs, so it is wise to opt for foods with low salt content, including eggs, shellfish, and dried beans.
Eating a balanced diet every day is something we should all do, so while the occasional cake or pizza isn’t necessarily harmful in themselves, they should still be eaten in moderation with a healthier high-fibre diet which includes eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
As well as cutting down on unhealthy foods, you should also quit unhealthy habits such as smoking which will damage your arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack. Binge drinking alcohol can cause irregular heart rhythms and will increase the damages to your heart muscles. We all know drinking and smoking are bad for us, so protecting your heart is another incentive to cut down or quit altogether.
To avoid damage, we should all exercise regularly. People who are overweight are at greater risk of heart disease, so it’s important to keep fit to maintain a healthy weight. Keeping our heart pumping will strengthen the heart, get the blood circulating, and stabilize blood pressure. People who don’t exercise regularly are more likely to have a heart attack than those who do, so it’s important to make this a part of your daily routine.
At first glance, many senior citizens appear to be at a point in their lives where they are able to devote more time for themselves. This can be a false view as in today’s world, many grandparents have found themselves saddled with the responsibility of either babysitting several days a week or in fact raising their grandchildren. This can create a situation where mind, body and spirit are often pushed to their limits.
Even when a senior is not faced with that particular challenge there are often others such as health issues, pain, medication side effects, loneliness, low self-esteem and bereavement issues.
Hypnotherapy is a tool, which can be used alone or in conjunction with other modalities, services and/or medications. It can be used help seniors achieve a state of deep relaxation, while allowing them to be receptive to positive messages of change and healing. It doesn’t require any invasive measures or special equipment be used. It also does not require a large time commitment out of a person’s day, as a Hypnotherapy session lasts one hour. Positive changes from Hypnotherapy can be achieved in as little as one session, but in general, multiple sessions are required in order to facilitate lasting change.
One issue that plagues the senior population, is that many seniors often inadvertently find themselves interacting with others less and less. Isolation from society is an ongoing problem for seniors. It can be due to ill health, financial constraints, location, self-esteem issues or motivational issues. One way that Hypnotherapy can help with this issue is by helping to create a positive mindset, which allows for the ability to see new possibilities and explore opportunities that would not have been considered before. This can open many avenues of change. For example, a formerly reclusive senior may find himself or herself motivated to join a special interest club or a seniors fitness group to improve their health, therefore reducing their isolation and expanding their social circle.
If you are a senior citizen, who is struggling, and you want to make positive changes in your life but you don’t know where to start, consider Hypnotherapy.
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Does the Festive Season cause you stress because there are too many food temptations? Read more on how you can stop your food cravings and enjoy the Festive Season once again.
Temptations All Around
The festive season is probably the hardest time of year for anyone trying to have a healthier lifestyle. Enticing food temptations are around every corner, from gourmet stores displaying luxurious treats, to co-workers baking goodies and bringing them in to share.
It can be overwhelming and intimidating to try and constantly resist them, especially with well meaning persons encouraging you to have “just a taste” or saying things like “come on, it’s the holidays, one bite won’t kill you!”
It may be true that one bite won’t kill you but it could lead to an avalanche of poor choices and the attitude of defeat~ “well I gave in all last week, so I might as well just give up trying.” How do you stay motivated to resist temptation when you are faced with it every day?
Tapping On Emotional Memories
Commonly called Tapping, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a useful and effective tool to help combat food cravings because it works on the emotional memory tied to a food craving. The myth of "willpower" makes it seem that only those with a strong will can avoid all the delightful treats around them. Images of desired foods are very appealing, and are able to sway many people to suddenly want something that had not thought about, like seeing a tray of Festive cookies in front of them and suddenly wanting to eat them! Food cravings are increased when we smell food. Our sense of smell is one of our strongest senses. Smells tie us to emotional memories, like the smell of fresh baked cookies can remind someone of a happy childhood memory like baking with a grandparent.
EFT is a technique, which is most effective when done with a specific goal in mind. When working with food cravings, it is helpful to have that item – for example a cookie, placed in front of the person who wishes to work on their cookie cravings is the first step to combating the desire to eat it. All of our senses are engaged when we are around food. EFT works with all of our senses and our physical and emotional reactions to foods. The sight, smell, taste, sound, touch, and emotional connections to that food are all worked on bit by bit until the desire to eat the unwanted food is greatly reduced or disappears all together.
A Fun Experiment
There is a fun experiment anyone can try to see how much our physical responses and emotional responses play into our food cravings.
1. Have a desired food item (still in its packaging) placed on a table in front of the person who is craving it.
2. Have the person only look at the food in question and ask them how much they are craving it on a scale of 1-10? With 10 being that the have a very urgent desire to eat the food.
3. Ask the person to now handle the food and open the packaging on that food item. Notice the physical and emotional responses the person will exhibit. You will see physical signs such as heart racing, skin flushing, inhaling to smell the food better, and mouth watering. Emotional responses can smiling, happiness, anxiety (guilt) or anger because they are being tempted.
So if this Festive Season you want to try to not to eat every temptation you come across, try EFT. There are many reputable practitioners who can help you overcome your physical and emotional tie to food cravings.
Break your sugar addiction by tapping your way to success. Read more in this sweet post.
Sugar is addictive. It is one of the most addictive "legal drugs" in the world. In fact according to Statistics Canada, in 2004 on average, Canadians consumed 110.0 grams of sugar a day. That is equivalent to 26 teaspoons of the sweet stuff! That equals 21.4% of an adults total daily calorie intake. By 2015 the number had dropped to 101 grams, due to less sugary drinks being consumed. So we are trying, but what is a person to do when "willpower" is not enough?
Sugar comes in many forms. For many chocolate is an addiction. Inexpensive and easy to find, chocolate is filled with sugar in many sweet forms. Caramel and cookies enrobed in chocolate, dark chocolate with mint cream filling, crunchy nuts or nougat surrounded by a milk chocolate coating. Others prefer their sugar hot and comforting, like a hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Is it wrong to enjoy these sweet treats? No of course not. There is nothing wrong with indulging your sweet tooth one in a while, but what happens when you can't stop yourself? What happens when that chocolate becomes your addiction and your desperate struggle to hold onto your "willpower" doesn't last?
Willpower right? That is the answer! That is what EVERYONE says when someone cannot seem to stick to their plan. So that MUST be the answer because that is the problem. Everyone from personal trainers, doctors, friends, and family all say it. Even that slim co-worker who lost so much weight is telling you it's all willpower, Right? Wrong.
Willpower Is A Myth
Willpower is a myth. There is absolutely no scientific basis that is works. Why it works for some people is a complex answer that involves lifestyle, upbringing, genetics, mind set (e.g. exercise is fun not a chore), finances, emotional health and more.
Often called "Tapping," EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques is a method that uses repeated pressure with the finger tips on specific points in the body to release emotional blockages. These points are called meridians. Meridians are used in the ancient Chinese medicine of Acupuncture. Tapping can bring up many emotions, memories, and physical symptoms. This is an indication that it is working. When people suppress their emotions and try to ignore negative memories, it can lead to a whole host of physical and/or psychological issues.
To combat this, some people turn to food, (usually sweet foods) for comfort. The addictive nature of sugar fuels the desire to eat more and a vicious cycle begins that many people struggle to end. When eating is not about food, but is tied to emotions and negative memories, it is not possible to use willpower alone to stop the cycle.
Break The Cycle
If you suspect you have a sugar addiction and you would like to break your cycle of sugar addiction, consider adding EFT to your list of lifestyle changes. There are many qualified practitioners who can help you. The long term benefits of emotional release, resolution of negative memories, and stress reduction will improve your chances of beating your sugar addiction because you will no longer have the fuel to feed your desire to consume it in large quantities.
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