Family

Tradition, Family Values, & Healthy Living

Family traditions are usually defined as a combination of social ideals, personal attitudes, ideas, and environment derived from your parents or relatives, while family values usually refer to how you frame your personal life in the context of political and social issues. Family traditions include honoring the people and places from which they come from.

Tradition and values can vary from family to family, but what doesn’t change is the effect these traditions and values have on your body, seeing as most traditions include unhealthy meals. You can have it all: tradition, values, and healthy living. It is about living your life in balance or moderation.

You should always eat a balanced diet. Diet extremes harm your body rather than provide balance. Even eating the same foods over and over again are not necessarily good for you on a daily basis. If you have broccoli one day, have string beans another. If you have good, down-home cooking for one meal, make sure that one of your other meals is filled with fiber, whole foods, little sugar and little fat. Life is about many choices. Make your choices wisely.

Weight – You need to find your ideal body weight. Being overweight or underweight can cause health problems. Underweight people usually have a more difficult time fighting off serious diseases like cancer and balancing their immune system. Overweight people often suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or heart problems. Genetics can play a major role in your health, and it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle being under-or overweight, but no one can predict if you have won this healthy living lottery. Every person is different; one person who carries extra weight may really suffer, whereas another person who also carries extra weight has no issues at all.

Refined or Fast foods -If you are trying to be healthy, are overweight, or trying to lose weight, and have any kind of health issue, fast or refined food is probably one of the worst things you can eat. Fast food is usually filled with fat, refined sugars, gross amounts of sodium and countless carbohydrates, all of the things that are poison to your immune system. Many desserts, sweets or snacks are loaded with bad carbohydrates, ones high in sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, which can increase your bad cholesterol, blood pressure, harm your heart and can lead to diabetes. However, if you have to have one of your family recipes filled with sugar and fat, try melsLaw: If you eat too much of one kind of food, balance your diet by eating an equal amount of an opposite kind of food until you can eat a proportionately balanced diet. For example, if you are a fast-food junkie, rotate your meals between grains, leafy vegetables and fruits, and fast food, which usually consists of refined foods, fat, salt, and sugar. This is not a perfect diet, but it is a start on your road to healthy living. High-fat foods contain more calories than low-fat foods, fruits, vegetables and grains, and are not as satisfying as the latter.

Exercise. Next to diet, exercise, or physical activity, is critical and probably the most important thing you can do to achieve optimal health and feel better. Nutrition and physical activity are interactive; each influences the other. Exercise and physical activity both involve body movement, muscle contraction and energy release. The difference between exercise and physical activity is that exercise is usually considered to be more strenuous and structured. For our purpose, exercise and physical activity are the same.

Exercise:

o Improves nutritional health

o Reduces stress

o Improves your self-image, outlook and mood – spiritual happiness

o Lowers risks & combats chronic diseases – cancer, diabetes, heart, high cholesterol, hypertension, immune system

o Helps you to manage your weight

o Strengthens your body & improves body composition – helps prevent injuries

o Helps improve your sleep

o Enhances immunity

o Improves quality of life

o Increases your energy and relieves fatigue

o Can be entertaining and fun – exercise with a friend or people-watch while you run

o Increases your life span

o Is free or inexpensive

Blue-collar ethic. Blue-collar ethic usually means working class people performing manual labor, earning an hourly wage, and having a sense of family values. If you are one of these people and you prefer fast food and like to have a beer after work, do so, but only in moderation. (See melsLaw above) If you choose to drink, drink a light beer or have a glass of wine. If you eat fast food every day, make sure one of your meals is very high in fiber and whole grains. Studies have shown that nothing good can come from smoking if you are trying to improve your health. If you smoke, try and cut down slowly with the ultimate goal being to stop smoking.

Religion. Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs are, treat your body like a place of worship. It is the only one that you have, and you need to take care of it and honor it.

Source by Melissa Melcombe

Fresh Ideas on a Healthy Lifestyle for You and Your Family

Wish to live a long and lead healthy lifestyle? Then it's time to do something about your habits and about the way you live. Let's take a look at a few practical, fresh and useful tips on healthy lifestyle for you and for your family.

It's all about planning, instead of dreaming.

There is a big buzz in the society about healthy lifestyle. It is fashionable and trendy. So, many people dream about how they would start a new and healthier life. Dreams are good, but they won't do you much good in regards to a healthy lifestyle, unless you start planning things.

Shifting to a healthy lifestyle for the entire family is even harder. It does take tons of practicality and planning. So, where do you start? You start by discovering your unhealthy habits and doing some practical planning to change them. This may include meal planning, grocery shopping planning, eat out planning, etc.

One of the things you can do to significantly improve your lifestyle is to change your diet. And one of the key things to do here is to start cooking more meals at home. Yes, it can be hard and troublesome. But the fact is that you get full control over your eating habits, if you cook at home and plan your meals and your grocery shopping.

First of all, you can start by throwing away your fryer or at least but cutting down the amount of food you cook in it. Foods cooked in oil are not healthy. So, you should plan your meals ahead of time to avoid getting tempted to cook something fast in your fryer.

This also means getting in control of your grocery shopping. Avoid ready made foods or half made foods. Put together your shopping list way before you go shopping. Put whole grains, fresh veggies and meats or fish instead of ready made foods, snacks, chips and other junk food. Most ready made snacks are very unhealthy. Plan your shopping so that you can substitute them with healthy lifestyle alternatives, such as nuts, seeds, veggies or whole grain breads or cookies.

Once you learn to shop healthy, then you can more easily shift to a healthy lifestyle.

And, you would get more control over your eating habits. If your home is stuffed only with healthy foods, then no matter how much you crave for the unhealthy ones, you just would not have much choice.

So, as you may see, you gain much more control, if you plan your cooking and your food shopping. The next one of the healthy lifestyle tips is to learn planning your nights out dining. Start by looking up healthy foods restaurants in your neighborhood. Check out their special offers, discounts and other things to benefit from. Then start planning your nights out or your eating out in those restaurants.

This would help you to gain more control over your healthy lifestyle eating even when you eat out of your home.

Hopefully, these easy and practical tips on healthy lifestyle and planning would help you to start changing your habits towards healthier and happier living.

Source by Vitaliy Knysh