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Tips to be Healthy and Happy

Updated on July 9, 2012

Eat Breakfast! Combine Protein and Carbs for a Powerful Energy Combination

Eating right is important to feel, look, and be at your optimum health.
Eating right is important to feel, look, and be at your optimum health.

Intimacy Helps Keep Us Healthy--Mentally and Physically

Give a hug to get one! A hug can boost your spirit so give one today.
Give a hug to get one! A hug can boost your spirit so give one today.

Walking in Central Park, New York City

Life's easiest form of exercise is walking. Take advantage and walk as much as possible.
Life's easiest form of exercise is walking. Take advantage and walk as much as possible.
Delicious scallops with broccoli rabe and other vegetables is a healthy choice for a seafood dish.
Delicious scallops with broccoli rabe and other vegetables is a healthy choice for a seafood dish.

Being Healthy--the Objective


Suggestions to maintain one’s health

1. Maintain blood pressure as close to 120/80 as possible. Stay away from salting your food and drink plenty of water and green tea. High blood pressure will make the size of your heart increase, this is not good.

2. Exercise three times a week and work towards increasing your heart rate. Remember to warm up and cool down to avoid injury. Always stretch after a workout too.

3. Floss and brush your teeth daily. This is actually connected to your cardiovascular health.

4. Don’t smoke.

5. Avoid second hand smoke.

6. Eat fish; three times a week is recommended. The omega 3s in fish keep our arteries younger and more elastic which is important as we age.

7. Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

8. Learn something new every day. This will keep your brain young and neurons will continue to develop new pathways in your brain. No matter your age you can do puzzles, sudoku, crosswords to develop new neurons. Even better for you is to learn a new language or take dancing lessons! You will use so many parts of the brain and it will make you feel great too!

9. Live within your budget. Don’t over reach with expenses and have an emergency fund. Keep track of your bills and keep purchases to mainly what you need and not what you want. Perhaps you would like to donate a bit of time/money to someone less fortunate as well.

10. Meditate. Start with 10 minutes and work up to 20.

11. Read the labels on your food and stay away from anything that your grandmother would not recognize as food. Also, stay away from high fructose corn syrup, it is very bad for the human body.

12. Get 20 minutes of sunshine every day if possible, especially if you live in a northernclimate. The vitamin D helps keep depression at bay.

13. Develop and maintain friendships. Try to reach out in person by phone or have lunch with a friend at least twice a month if possible. If lunch is hard during the week, have brunch on a Sunday!

14. Keep away from stress inducers. We each have different ones, so learn how to attune as to what brings on stress for you.

15. Get your annual checkup at the doctor’s office and stay current on your vaccines.

16. Develop and maintain intimacy with your significant other. Keep the communication lines open, this is key to intimacy. Keep the spice by trying new places or outfits or role-playing! It can be a lot of fun.

17. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. The brighter in color the more antioxidants and the better for you.

18. Lift weights, especially as we age, this technique helps keep muscle and our metabolism working. This is great for older folks because your metabolism is slowing down and lifting weights will help you to burn calories.

19. Get enough calcium—yogurt, milk, cheese, broccoli for example. Be careful with caffeine as it will make you lose the calcium if you have too much caffeine in your system. For the women, caffeine can make PMS worse as well as cause tender breasts to be even more tender.

20. Consume a handful of nuts as a snack. These are very good for you as long as you watch the portion size. The vitamin E is especially helpful to fight colon cancer.

21. Eat avocados, especially the men. This is helpful for a healthy prostate gland.

22. Avoid all white food. It is void of any nutritional value. While potatoes do have Vitamin C, they should be eaten in moderation because they function like bread or pasta, not like a vegetable.

23. Eat breakfast. Try to eat both protein and carbohydrates at this meal. It will last longer than just carbohydrates. A suggestion is greek yogurt, a crunchy healthy cereal and blueberries. Yum!

Sunshine Aids our Health and Happiness

Enjoy the sunshine and if possible watch a romantic sunset with your significant other too!
Enjoy the sunshine and if possible watch a romantic sunset with your significant other too!

Super Foods to Fight Disease

10 Super Foods for Super Healing!

Eat more of these foods to prevent disease

1. BEANS—lowers cholesterol, reduces chances for breast cancer and stabilizes blood sugar.

2. BERRIES—full of antioxidants. Will help prevent cancer and constipation. Eat them at peak freshness, do not slice them before storing them and eat them fresh.

3. BROCCOLI—Cancer fighter and heart disease prevention. Color should be dark, almost purple, lightly steam it and add lemon.

4. CARROTS—To prevent heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration. Eat with a little fat to help absorption of beta-carotene.

5. FISH—Omega 3s in Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Swordfish, Mackeral, Rainbow Trout, Sardines and Herring. Excellent for heart health.

6. MILK—the calcium prevents osteoporosis and lowers blood fat. Preferably drink organic milk, soy or almond and always the lowest fat version possible.

7. NUTS—The antioxidants and flavonoids in peanuts, almonds, and walnuts will prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol. WATCH THE SERVING SIZE! Nuts have healthy omega fats but don’t eat the whole bag.

8. ONIONS—Lower cholesterol, prevent hardening of arteries and thins blood.

9. ORANGES—Vitamin C helps boost immunity, the pectin (white stuff) aids in lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.

10.TOMATOES—for the lycopene. Eat ripe ones for the most nutrition.

How To Prevent a Heart Attack

FOODS and ACTIVITIES SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PREVENTION OF A HEART ATTACK

1. Drink green tea.

2. Understand how many fat grams you eat each day. Recalculate to eat 15-20% of your calories as good fats: omega 3s and 6s as well as the mono-unsaturated (olive oil).

3. Cook with olive oil and use the extra virgin in your salads with vinegar for your salad dressing.

4. Eat more fiber. Whole grain breads, cereals and pastas. Toss beans into salads, casseroles and soups. Add fiber slowly to give your digestive system a chance to get used to it.

5. Eat fish.

6. Eat more veggies and fruit: kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, red peppers, and berries! (these are considered fiber too).

7. Eat 5 ounces of nuts per week.

8. Do not eat butter.

9. Add ground flaxseed to cereal and salads (keep the ground flaxseed in your fridge).

10. Drink a glass of red wine or have a square of dark chocolate each day. (This is my favorite!)

11. Exercise—choose an activity that you can do with people if possible and change it up by crosstraining.

12. Lower stress, anxiety, depression and anger.

13. Meditate.

14. Develop a spiritual practice you can do for 20 minutes a day.

15. Enjoy the people in your life! Laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love walking. I used to do meditation and you remind here that I really should take that back up. Your hub is a motivational one. I will share and vote up as well.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      You have a really good base of information here. Great tips and helpful stuff here. Voted Up and Useful!

      Mekenzie

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Lot of effort thought put into this hub, Great overview on overall Health, Voted up

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      UrsulaRose 4 years ago

      A well-written informative Hub Article that everyone should heed the advice given. Definitely worthy of being shared. :)

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Dear Christy, Walking is super easy and healthier than we think, especially if you incorporate a few hills and wear appropriate footwear. Try to get your heart rate up a bit as your heart is also a muscle and needs exercise too.

      If there is only one thing you do, I would recommend meditation! It has helped me to gain clarity, focus and determination for all circumstances, not to mention the feeling of interconnectedness which is quite awesome too!

      Thanks for the vote and the share! I appreciate it.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Mekenzie, I appreciate compliments and the votes! :) Definitely worth a smile. Take care and thanks so very much.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Thanks CCahill. Yes, this hub did take me a while to compose and edit. I wanted it to incorporate more than just a list, but also some of the benefits to each item. Several of the books from Amazon are ones that I own as well so that was a natural extension of the information. Thanks for coming by and the vote!

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Dear UrsulaRose, Many thanks for the vote of confidence in your sharing this hub. It means a great deal. Yes, I do hope that many will heed the advice and as a result be healthier and happier! Take care! Peace.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great tips! The only thing that I seldom do is taking my breakfast as I´m not hungry at all. I only eat when I´m hungry and that´s usually at night time. Thanks for your following me. Voted up and useful;-)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You have some great tips and very good advice here, I especially love the "stay away from anything that your grandmother would not recognize as food" that brought a smile to my face.

      Excellent hub and voting up

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, the comment about grandma not recognizing something as food is a good one but sadly there are many items that fall into that category. I always think of fruit roll ups--how can that be food? I hope everyone will eat healthily because it is so important to living a long, fulfilling life. Take care and thanks for the vote!

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Hi Thelma! How are you? I know what you mean about not wanting to eat breakfast. I don't get hungry early in the day either. I tend to eat more on days that when I work out, on those days I may even eat two smaller breakfasts. It is important to eat every so many hours because otherwise your metabolism will hold on to every calorie when you do eat as it is afraid of starvation. Missing a meal is not terrible once in a while, but try not to do that every single day. Take care! Peace.

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      Muhammad Faisal 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Great hub nice... thanks for this information its very helpful

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Thank you for reading and commenting. It is great to know that you have found it helpful.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Those are such great tips and I try to do all of them but still working on getting more sleep and drinking green tea. I also like the idea of learning something new every day. Voted up!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Dear yoginijoy,

      It is a pleasure to be here reading your hub that is packed with great information and so very useful to every one who reads this. Very well-written and I fully agree with you on all that you have mentioned here in order to develop a healthy body and a healthier mind.

      You have presented all the details beautifully making the reader want to read till the end, it is so very interesting.

      Enjoyed and bookmarked it for future reference too. As always I am sharing it across the hub community, tweeting and pinning too. Love and Peace and a warm hub hug, Rema.

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      @healthylife2, Thanks for reading! Yes, it is hard to do them all especially if you don't like the flavor of green tea. There are mixtures now-passion mango green tea for instance! Very yummy! Sleep is a tricky one--some days the hours get away from me too.

      Stay healthy!

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      yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Dear Rema,

      You are such a sweet person! Thank you for all your kind and considerate words! I am most grateful and humbled too.

      Like meditation, I do think that nutrition should be a focus in everyone's lives. In the USA it is too easy to eat poor, non-nutritious food. But the consequences are poor health! It can be so hard to explain to folks to change their diets because it is also attached to culture.

      Take care of yourself my friend. Hugs!

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