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Why Wellness Doesnt Suck!

Do you know that giving in to your favorite chocolate mousse is okay? But it only becomes healthy and satisfying when you share your favorite dessert with your friend and partner it with water and fruits.

Unfortunately, a whole lot of Filipino food is unhealthy and Americanized, leaning toward the oily, fried, and fatty food choices. In fact, stress and sluggishness, dubbed by experts as the Black Death of the 21st century, may be attributed to ones food preference. But then again, leading a healthy lifestyle is a conscious effort and choice. It does not mean restricting your diet to mere salad and water and starving yourself from your comfort food. It is all about balance.

Go ahead, eat your sisig, but dont eat it 100 percent, health and wellness coach and specialist Catherine Brillantes-Turvill says. Incidentally, she is also the owner of the Nurture Wellness Village, a destination spa in Tagaytay (Pulong Sagingan Brgy. Maitim II West).

The Nurture Wellness Village offers the Work Well Project, which focuses on helping people, especially the young and working class, to live a healthy lifestyle. The project injects hip, fun, and doable activities one can apply at home or in the workplace.

The project banks on the growing cases of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer because of sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy food choices, and tobacco and alcohol abuse. Most of the victims of the NCDs are the working class aged 20 and above. The World Health Organization says that more than nine million of all deaths attributed to NCDs occur before the age of 60 and 90% of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, including the Philippines.

Work Well Project

We are a hospital in many ways but we advocate more on the prevention. We want to take away the negative notion that health and wellness is baduy (outdated) and for the oldies only, Turvill says.

Some of the activities one can do when in the village include a five-minute happy dance, which, despite the Tagaytay gentle wind that enveloped our body, made one sweat and pant in a therapeutic way. Also, the lush garden and scenic view was the perfect setting for a Tai Qi Gong, a traditional Chinese exercise, which improves health by increasing the energy flow through graceful repetitive movements.

For the tired and weary mind and body, the village offers traditional massages and a simple head and shoulder massage, which can be practiced in the office or at home.

Despite the craving for a hot bowl of bulalo to perfectly complement the chill weather, we consciously chose a healthier and organic food fare thanks to the healthy food preparation demo, including the fruit and vegetable juicing. Throw in any favorite fruit and vegetable in a blender, add water, and voila! a healthy and cheap concoction.

Kale: the super veggie

Among all the fruits and veggies one can juice, kale perhaps is the best option. Kale, dubbed as the wonder veggie, is closely related to cabbage and broccoli. It contains vitamins A, C, E, K, magnesium, calcium, iron, B6, potassium, and omega 3, among others.

Aside from these, the leafy vegetable is also a good anti-oxidant to fight skin problems and a good cancer protection thanks to its organosulfur compound, which is said to reduce the risk of cancer.

Add kale to your diet by injecting it in your malunggay-lemon juice combo or in your favorite soup.

Healthy at home and work

But if you dont find yourself visiting Tagaytay any time soon, here are some easy-to-do tips for a healthier lifestyle you can apply while at work or home:

Have a five-minute breathing exercise before going to work

Bring a healthy baon

Bring water jug

Walk or stand up every one hour

Use the stairs instead of the elevator

Juice your favorite fruit and vegetable

Eat in smaller plates

Only eat when you are hungry

Control hunger pangs with apple or bubble gum

The Nurture Wellness Village offers team building events, wellness packages, and wedding reception among others. For more information you may visit www.nurture.com.ph.

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    I Want To Start Living A Healthier Lifestyle? I want to be healthier but I don’t want salads for every meal. What other foods are good to eat and what are bad?

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      A good healthy diet high in fiber, lean meats, eggs, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, antioxidant foods, healthy beverages and low in added sugar and salt help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, increase energy, improve brain function, lower blood pressure, reduce cancer risk and have a more positive lifestyle!
      You need to eat a lot more food and a lot more fiber!
      Diets that exclude foods from any food group are fad diets and do not lead to permanent weight loss or solve any other health issues.
      First, try to kick your fiber intake to 40 grams of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
      Whatever you do, get your fiber from your food, not from a jar.
      Fruits and vegetables have good fiber in them. A high fiber diet increases the metabolism.
      Try a breakfast cereal with at least 20% of recommended daily allowance of fiber in it. They are usually low in sugar so there is a double benefit. Blueberries or raspberries on top add more fiber and antioxidants. But fresh or frozen, not the kind in syrup. Oatmeal with berries or a bit of fresh honey is also good.
      Raw nuts are a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Avocados are the best.
      Lots of beans, peas, and grains are high fiber. Whole grain breads. Fiber kicks up the metabolism so you actually burn more calories. These foods will give you more gas in the beginning but if eaten daily, the bacteria in the digestive tract will elevate lowering the gas output.
      This will get you on the path for a healthy daily bowel movement. This helps clean the system and aids healthy digestion. A high fiber diet reduces transit time – the amount of time it takes food from when it is eaten to when it is expelled. This reduces toxicity in the system both from internally produced, ingested, and external toxins.
      Next, take an age appropriate basic daily multivitamin. Don’t look at your multivitamin as nutrition but more as an insurance policy. Think of it as filling in the gaps in your daily diet as opposed to a primary source of nutrients.
      You have to drink lots of water to be healthy. But you can disguise it. Fill your glass all the way full with ice before pouring low sugar beverages. Try iced green tea with a splash of orange juice in it for sweet. More antioxidants. Add lemon juice to water for flavor. Slice up a cucumber and float it in pitcher of water. Gives it salty fresh taste. But you must drink up to 100 oz of water daily to help your body get rid of waste and the natural toxins.
      Last, you need to get 8-9 hours of quality sleep depending on your age. All recent sleep studies report a connection between poor sleep patterns, weight gain, and lots of other health issues. This includes going to bed as close to the same time every night including weekends. Most of us stay up late Friday and Saturday night and it throws us off.
      You must combine a healthy diet with exercise to multiply the benefit. Whether an hour a day in the weight room or just a 30 minute brisk walk every day, the added benefit of a regular exercise program really do increase and accelerate overall health.

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    Why Is Healthy Lifestyle Important?

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      Everyone would have individual reasons why a healthy lifestyle is important, but here are some general ones:

      *Because health is wealth! Inasmuch as you cannot place a monetary value on healthy, vibrant life.

      *Because true health significantly reduces your likelihood to succumb.

      *Because you don’t want to have discomfort laying in some bed in the hospital when all you had to do was cook healthy meals at home to strengthen all systems in your body.

      *Because you don’t want to have to pay super high medical bills for being rushed to the hospital because of a stroke or heart attack. Remember the phrase: Pay now, or pay later. You could either pay a little more for healthy foods (grass-fed meats, fresh, organic produce, fresh milk, etc) or pay a boatload of money in the future for chemotherapy, surgeries, etc

      *Because you just want to feel good all the time and be able to play with your kids and grandkids, travel the world, accomplish your goals, look good – pretty much enjoy life!

      REMEMBER: your health is not only an asset, but a liability.

      Read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price and begin to learn about true health.

      Wishing you the best in health.

      Mr. Obie
      http://www.ObiesHealthyFitness.com

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    How Can I Live A More Healthier Lifestyle? Hi everyone I am a 18 year old girl who is about to start college in a few weeks. Basically I want to start living a healthier lifestyle, because I want to have more energy than I do now since I am going to have a busy schedule this semester. Do you know of any exercises that I can do at home that could keep me in shape. Also how can I change my eating habits, as of now I just eat whatever I want. I’m 5’0 and weigh 148lbs which is about 30lbs overweight for my height I think.

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      Tips of a Healthier Lifestyle:

      Give your body the energy it needs
      Stay physically active
      Be positive and make your mind fresh all the time by being happy
      Keep your mind and body free of harmful drugs and alcohol.
      Practice safe living habits
      Get regular health care

      Diet Tips for Healthier Lifestyle: Avoid the tobacco, alcohol, drugs always and also caffeine most of the time. You may be consuming junk food mostly up to now. But that not makes a healthier lifestyle. Make yourself feed on the foods that are healthier like fiber foods, protein based, probiotic based, seeds, nuts, grains which nourish you well and provide the good nutritional value to your body. Also drink adequate water to have a well-balanced hydrated body.

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    Healthy Lifestyle………? I have a cousin whose crazy about the junk food and not so crazy about exercising. How can I tell him the importance of exercising, eating right and getting plenty of sleep?

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      You can take responsibility for your own eating, sleeping, exercising, and lifestyle. The best persuasion is to demonstrate the success of your choices. A direct assault on another human being’s way of living may be successful, but in most cases, it will not.

      If you are respectful, you can gently provide the person with little known facts about his food and lifestyle choices. There is a lot of good science about healthy living. Just start reading books by authors like Neal Barnard, Howard Lyman, and Dean Ornish.

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