Friday, 6 June 2014

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Relax - its Friday! (but don't relax too much!)

Time to relax... its Friday!

I hope your weekend is enjoyable and relaxing, but don't get too slack!  Weekends are about letting your hair down a little, but don't abandon all your healthy habits.  Some studies show people generally take in more calories on Friday, Saturday and Sundays and also exercise less. Abandoning your healthy lifestyle plan for those two days can undermine all your hard work on the previous days.  This can just slow down progress towards your health and fitness goals and make it harder to get focused again on Monday.  

You are not a machine and you don't have to be perfect all the time. Enjoy a drink or two, a dinner out or tasty dessert with family, but remember to counteract that with a nice long walk, a yoga class, some dancing or swimming, a lovely light lunch and some great restful sleep. I will be having eggs and bacon and a big cappuccino  for breakfast with my husband in our favourite cafe on Saturday morning ... as I do every Saturday morning. And we will just have a light salad or some fruit for lunch to balance it all out and I will go for a run on Sunday. Remember this is not about a Monday to Friday extreme diet then "cheating" on the weekends. This is about sustainable lifestyle change every day of the year.

Enjoy your weekend!

Lyndal @ Lean Green and Healthy

Health news from the net 6 June 2014

Health news 6 June, 2014.
Do you enjoy reading about health as much as I do?
Here are links to a few health and nutrition related articles I was reading today. Click on the links for the full article and to read them from the source. Hope you find them interesting.

Lyndal @ Lean Green and Healthy

Viewpoints: can you be healthy at any weight?
This article was originally published in the Conversation

Australians are getting heavier and, as a result, are more likely to suffer life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.
But should we be worried about a bit of excess weight? After all, isn’t it better to focus on exercise so we can be healthy, whatever our size?
Today’s Viewpoints: can you be healthy at any weight? Tim Olds argues we can; while Anna Peeters outlines why we shouldn’t give up on keeping our weight in check.

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Is your weekend too much of an indulgence?
This article was originally published by Susie Burrell

Whether it is the after work drinks on a Friday, the Sunday brunch or an all-day family get together, chances are that your weekends are filled with plenty of eating and drinking. Unfortunately a weekend of catch ups, socialising and partying can also lead to a few extra kg, kg that few of us want. So here are the key ways you can prevent weekend weight gain whilst still enjoying your precious down time.
Things tend to get out of hand on the weekend from a food perspective for several reasons. 

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Exercise is so much more than an energy burner!
This article was originally published by Joanna McMillan

In the bottle before you is a pill, a marvel of modern medicine that will regulate gene transcription throughout your body, help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and 12 kinds of cancer – plus gallstones and diverticulitis. Expect the pill to improve your strength and balance as well as your blood lipid profile. Your bones will become stronger. You’ll grow new capillaries in your heart, your skeletal muscles, and your brain improving blood flow and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. Your attention span will increase. If you have arthritis, your symptoms will improve. The pill will help you regulate your appetite and you’ll probably find you prefer healthier foods. You’ll feel better, younger even, and you will test younger according to a variety of physiologic measures.

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Does diet affect children's behaviour?
This article was originally published on ABC News

Talk to many parents and they'll list a number of foods guaranteed to turn their normally well-behaved offspring into an uncontrollable monster. But speak to those who spend their days working with children who have behavioural problems and you get a very different perspective.
Parenting forums, blogs and books are overflowing with advice about which foods to keep off the menu if you're worried about your child's behaviour. We're told children should avoid any foods containing additives, such as artificial colours or preservatives, along with anything containing sugar, wheat or dairy.
But how much of this relationship between food and children's behaviour is parental paranoia, and how much is real?

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