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Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

 

Give your loved ones the gift of good health this holiday season with these gift ideas for under $150. There’s something here for everyone on your list from the gym-goer to the foodie.

Unlocking Optimal Performance

An Elemental Approach to Health

Get Motivated

Tip #1: Wash your hair only on days you work out.

Only allow yourself to wash your hair after working out. This way, if you don’t go to the gym for a couple days, proof will exist in your greasy mane!

Tip #2: Give yourself a real reward.

An extrinsic reward is so powerful because your brain can latch on to it and make the link that the behavior is worthwhile, which increases the odds the routine will become a habit.

Start Eating Healthy

A Step-by-Step Process for Improving Your Eating Habits

1. Create a food diary which includes a list of your eating habits. 

2. Highlight the habits on your list that may be leading you to overeat.  Common eating habits that can lead to weight gain are:

Tips for Healthy Snacking

Snacking is good if you do it in moderation and make healthy choices. This post will help you take steps to ensure you are snacking when you need to in a healthy way.

Not everyone needs snacks. For some, too much snacking could lead to unwanted weight gain. You are more likely to need snacks throughout the day if you:

Seven ways to Reduce Stress

Breathe

It has been found that controlled breathing exercises play a role in decreasing stress. To start, inhale for a count of six, then exhale for a count of six through the nose. This will help to calm the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress.

How to go Lactose-free

Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar found in dairy products. It is also added to some processed and prepared foods like salad dressings. The enzyme lactase is needed to breakdown lactose.

Some people do not produce enough, or any, lactase. This is the cause of lactose intolerance. Due to this lack in lactase, lactose is not digested properly and ferments in the intestine which causes symptoms such as bloating, gas, cramping, nausea, and diarrhea.

Do You Know Your Fats?

Fat has long been hated by many and loved by few. It has been linked to low self-esteem, poor body image and of course health issues. However, this should not be the reputation for all fats. There are good fats out there that are an essential part of a healthy diet. They keep our skin soft, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, and are a great source of energizing fuel (double that of a carbohydrate or protein).

Health Benefits of Salt

 

The seasoning we all love to hate

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