You do your best to eat healthy, stay active, and get proper rest. But, have you thought about stress? When you're stressed you're more vulnerable to indulge in less healthy habits, and those habits may have less than healthy effects on your heart.
For example, working more and sleeping less, feeling fatigued and exercising less, and reaching for high fat, sugary, comfort foods. This is not likely to help your stress levels. So, maybe the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones this Valentine's Day is making small, simple changes to reducing stress.
Stress was plaguing my life at an early age and continued through adulthood. When I realized stress was one of the major culprits contributing to my illness, I was determined to change that and I did. Here are my four musts for reducing and managing stress. Warning...they work!
Did anyone overdo it last night at Super Bowl? Maybe you’re thinking I’ll get to the gym to work off those extra calories. No matter how much you exercise, if you eat poorly, you will struggle both with your weight and your health. Your workout will not make up for a poor diet. Now don’t get me wrong, exercise is great and has amazing health benefits. It helps increase energy, is great for muscles and bones, a natural mood enhancer, good for brain health and memory, and sleep. But, our bodies are made in the kitchen, and eating real food in it's natural state has the amazing benefit of reversing and preventing illness and disease in the body such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, various types of cancer, and alzheimers.
So today, if you did overdo it a bit, just get back to a healthy eating regimen, and focus on taking 2 steps forward!