Here's to a Healthier Life!
A Better You is in the Future Starting Right Now, Today!
You hear a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? In just about every magazine you see on the news stands there are endless articles about how to improve everything about yourself.
It's no wonder that sometimes it's easier to procrastinate about changing something about your health because it just seems too overwhelming to start.
In general, a healthy person doesn't smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises. Sounds simple, doesn't it?
Well it can be if you let it. If you just incorporate one new healthy activity or habit into your life per week just think how easy it would be to live a better life and create a healthier you!
Small Changes Add Up!
They don't have to be big changes either, just pick one at a time and start with something simple.
The trick to healthy living is making small changes that are doable and not punishing yourself by denying yourself your favorite foods and doing harsh workouts that make you just want to quit before you even start!
Taking more steps during the day to add to your exercise is one example, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water...these are just a few small ways you can start living healthy without drastic changes.
The best way to go about becoming healthier is in very small increments, becoming comfortable with a change until you go on to the next one. This webpage will offer some examples of how you can incorporate small changes into your daily life that may just lead to making bigger ones in the long run.
So take your time, start with just one, get comfortable, come back to this page, pick something else, get comfortable with that one, and go from there... it's NEVER too late to start!
Dryer Sheets that are NOT Harmful to Your Health
Most store bought dryer sheets contain the same chemicals found in car oil, that's why they make our clothes so soft!
As you may surmise from this little known fact, car oil is not something you really want to put on your clothing or pillowcases where you may be breathing it in all day and night which may have negative health effects on your body that you're not even aware of.
SOLUTION: Sprinkle a washcloth with an essential oil, like lavendar, and use it in lieu of a dryer sheet. The heat will disperse the oil's aroma for a pleasant, nonirritating scent that leaves you happy and pain free!
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss
It's been proven that just drinking 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar a day slows the absorption of simple carbs. No bad results for just consuming a small amount of this product.
Studies suggest that apple cider vinegar, being packed with digestion-enhancing stomach acids, curbs bloating and eases hunger pangs.
To get the benefits, follow one of the apple cider vinegar recipes on this page and sip it before your two biggest meals of the day, You can even make it three meals, it won't hurt.
So even if you've had trouble giving up all the carbs in your diet, this little trick will prevent your body from absorbing them, which will most likely provide you with some beneficial weight loss.
Great Healthy Recipes
Healthy Garden Macaroni Salad Recipe - by Mom G.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and tell you that once you try this recipe, you will probably never make another macaroni salad recipe again because it's just that good!
Someone once said the same thing to me about a meatloaf recipe that you cook on top of the stove, and I never really tried another recipe for meatloaf but that one since. So, you be the judge.
This is my mom's recipe and it's one that my whole family has enjoyed for many many years. We have enjoyed it at summer barbecues, block parties, and as a nice side dish in the summer as well. I hope you enjoy it too.
I think it is a healthy recipe to begin with because there really is not that much mayonnaise in it, but I included side notes in parentheses as to how you can make it even healthier if you choose to.
The trick to this recipe being so great is very little mayonnaise and using fresh garden vegetables. Of course, the garden part is not always possible, but the fresher the better.
8 oz. cooked elbow macaroni
¾ cup mayo (use light mayo if watching your calorie intake)
1 tsp. salt (ground up sea salt will give you a healthier option)
½ tsp. basil leaves
1 cup diced cucumbers
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced green pepper (any color is fine, or mix it up too!)
1 cup diced radishes
1 bunch sliced scallions
2 diced tomatoes (slicing grape tomatoesin half works best)
Stir together first three ingredients. Add the rest and mix well. Chill covered in refrigerator. This recipe can be doubled very easily for a large group, just make twice as much!