One health tip that I wanted to share with you surrounds the importance of adding fiber to your daily routine. Not only does it help keep your digestive track healthy, it also helps you feel full, which may help over the holiday season!!! Lol!!! 🤣🤣 Of course, I like to think that I will eat foods that have enough fiber in them to keep me healthy, but the sad fact is that many of us don’t get enough fiber from the foods we eat!!!
Now fiber comes in two forms which are soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a type of fiber that dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber is a type of fiber that promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and helps prevent constipation. It does not dissolve in water.
Now both types of fiber are important and the health benefits may include:
4. Aiding the body in getting the toxins out of your system.
5. Maintaining a healthy digestive track.
6. Reducing risk of heart disease.
7. Maintaining healthy skin.
8. Increase in energy.
On average, a male needs to have approximately 35 grams of fiber a day and women need approximately 25 grams of fiber a day depending on you age. Check with your primary care physician on the amount of fiber you need in your diet.
Last weekend, my husband and I went to our favorite Farmer’s Market. While wandering through the market and looking for seasonal fruit and veggies, I discovered this “pear” that was shaped like an apple. We decided to get a basket of them along with some other goodies and I have to say that they are wonderful. It has this crisp taste of pear that reminds me of a Bosc pear and has a hint of apple. They are great by themselves as a healthy snack, mixed in a salad and dehydrated!!!
To dehydrate them, we used our Ninja Foodie and simply put the setting on dehydrate and used the standard temperature which 150 degrees. Next, we sliced the pears thinly, put them on a rack and set the timer for 5 hours. Once done, we tasted them and they were fantastic and had a sweet taste and were crunchy. So, if you get a chance to pick up some of these at your local Farmer’s Market this weekend, I would highly recommend them!!!
I was thing about that saying “you are what you eat” and I completely agree with it!! I worry that in such a fast paced world, many do not take the time to cook their own meals and turn to the unhealthy fast food junk that is out there and do it simply because it is “convenient.” Many do not want to take a deeper look at how their fast food, fast paced life is slowly harming them.
The same thing goes for what soaps, lotions, cosmetics that people use on their bodies every day. They head to the store, buy what is the cheapest or what it the new thing being advertised and they never take a moment to read what is on the label and what ingredients they are placing on their skin that is harmful.
Here is a list of chemicals that are found in everyday products that people use on their skin and their body is absorbing:
Amazing isn’t it?!!! Even staggering is the number of chemicals used in the cosmetics, yes, down to the lipstick, that women use on a daily basis!! It is extremely scary to me and I feel that the best way to combat this is to provide as much awareness to the subject in the hope is reaches and helps people.
So, the moral of today’s blogpost – you are what you eat and you are what you put on your body!!
I was thinking about how to get started on your roadmap to wellness and thought that goal setting is an important place to start. So, I thought that I would share with you my own thoughts about how to start on your journey toward achieving complete wellness:
1. Establish a long term goal – something that you want to achieve. You may want to be physically well or have financial security. Whatever you pick for your goal, be specific and write it down. Picture how it would feel to actually achieve this goal and what it would do for you.
2. Now write down what smaller steps you need to take to achieve your longer term goal. For example, many people want physical wellness and have goals to lose a certain amount of weight as a long term goal. The next step would be breaking that goal into smaller achievable goals such as going to the gym three times a week for a hour, drinking water on a daily basis and so on. The important piece of setting a short term goal is making it be measurable and specific. If you make a commitment to go to the gym, how many days a week are you going to go and for how long?
3. Put your short term goals into action. The important thing about writing down any goal is putting it into action which simply means, you need to do something every day to help yourself achieve that goal and inevitable achieve your long term goal.
The amazing thing about goal setting is that if you really focus on your goals and work on them every day, you will see results. Just remember to make sure that your goals are realistic and that you can break them down into smaller short term goals so that you can see movement toward your larger goals!!
So, spend a few minutes today thinking about what you want to achieve and where you want to start on your road to wellness.
As I started on my own personal road to wellness, I had to make many decisions and finally decide what I want from my life and what I want to achieve. In our living room, we have a quote on our wall that simply states, “Life is a journey and only you hold the map.” I find this to be true because we are the only ones who can determine our destiny!! Of course, the road can be a little bumpy on the way but in the end, we get to where we are going.
There are many areas of wellness to focus on – just think of the possibilities – do you want personal wellness, physical wellness or financial wellness. It is likely that you want all three of these things but the question to ask is what area is most important to you in the moment. I know for me, I want personal wellness but the other areas are equally important to me and at times more important depending on where I am in my own life.
The good thing is that there are no right or wrong answers to the question. It may vary day to day! So, ask yourself, what do you want for you own life? What is important to you? Sometimes, I need to take an inventory of this and reflect on what I truly want. More importantly, I have to look at my long term goals and what short terms goals are going to help me get to where I want to go.
So, get ready, pull out your own personal map and enjoy the ride!