Why the word “Diet” should be banned

The word ‘diet’ is so negative we don’t feel as though it should be used anymore, and below are a few reasons why.

Dieting is temporary. Whenever someone says they are on a diet, it means they are changing their eating habits for a short period of time. That’s not healthy in the long run and by using the word diet you’re always doomed to fail. Being healthy is all abut eating healthy and creating a much healthier lifestyle all round. If you really want to have a body that is happy, start creating tasty dishes with healthy ingredients, stocking up on protein, fibre and good fats. You should wake up wanting to be healthy and not sticking to a food plan that you absolutely hate. Living healthy doesn’t have to be hard, or troublesome, it just takes some getting used to. The healthiest people in the world are those that embrace healthy living as a whole.

Getting fit with a push, pull and legs routine

Have you ever heard of a push, pull and legs workout routine? It’s basically a way of working all of the major muscle groups.

  • A pull day would involve working the biceps and back.
  • A push day involved working the chest, shoulders and triceps.
  • And leg day is of course all related to building leg muscles.

By splitting up these muscle groups into activities, it’s incredibly easy to follow, whilst you’re able to get back in the gym the next day by working on a completely different set of muscles, whilst you’re still recovering from the previous workout. It can be a good idea to start by doing 3 days a week and then try to move on to 6 when you feel ready. By working all of these muscles, eating the right food and consuming enough protein, you can quickly build strength and grow in size.

Are daffodils good for you?

As many people know, daffodils are generally referred to as flowers or plants that you can add to your garden during the springtime, and they grow in many different parts of the UK, so it’s not uncommon to see them from March onwards. That said, what not everyone does know, is that many people use daffodils to create medicine. The bulb, leaf and the flower are used to make the medicine, so what are the so-called health benefits:

Well, daffodils bulbs contain chemicals that help reduce pain and right now daffodil is also being studied for possible use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. So there you have it, there are two big advantages right there, but it’s worth noting that these are not proven to work. In fact, despite serious safety concerns, people take daffodil for whooping cough, colds, and asthma. They also take it to cause vomiting.

So what are these concerns?

Well, generally it is accepted that a daffodil is unsafe for use. Merely chewing on the stem may be enough to cause a chill, shivering, and fainting. Daffodil can cause irritation and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and throat too. Daffodil may also cause salivation, diarrhea, brain and nerve disorders, lung collapse, and death.

This is why you should never use daffodils for health reasons in any situation. You will see a lot of pros and cons about the plant online. Some people argue that it can be applied to wounds, burns, strains and joint pains as a plaster, yet on the other hand you have people saying that it causes more problems. If you are keen to play it safe though, we would not recommend using this plant for health purposes, no matter who has recommended it. It’s been well known for hundreds of years now and the sheer fact that we’re not able to provide its health benefits as yet goes to show there probably isn’t that much the plant offers, and whatever issue you have with your health, there will be better options out there.

Daffodils are perfect for placing in your garden though and that’s exactly what you should use them for. If you take the time to grow daffodils in your garden it can be very rewarding and you’ll have some lovely vibrancy complementing your lawn in spring and summer. It’s no surprise why so many brides choose daffodils as their wedding flower in the spring months, and it’s extremely popular in the UK. But it’s not popular for health reasons, trust us! Just remember, at this moment in time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for daffodil, and you could cause more harm than good, so ignore those telling you to use it as a treatment and enjoy it as a flower in your garden instead.

Binge Eating: Why you should avoid going over the top at Christmas

Christmas is a time to indulge in sweet treats and calorific foods that are so comforting and warming. That’s what the adverts tell you at least, but don’t accept this. One month of going overboard on fatty foods can be detrimental to your health, and it can undo the amazing work you’ve achieved in recent months. There’s time for the odd mince pie or Christmas cake, and of course the turkey, stuffing and ‘pigs in blankets’ on Christmas day, however, this does not mean that you need to binge-eat for the entire month just because ‘it’s Christmas’. Take it easy and remember that your body still needs good fibre and nutrition, so keep those veggies, nuts, greens, fruits and proteins coming your way. Keep exercising too, and your body will thank you in January when everyone else in your workplace is left heavy footed, bloated and napping!

Top ways to eat avocado

Avocado has become increasingly popular over recent years, and that’s due to its many health benefits. It is always nice when we find a delicious tasting food that is actually beneficial to our health. Avocados contain good fats and are a great food for those that take part in a lot of exercises. We have outlined our favourite ways to eat avocado:

Smoothie- Avocados work so well in smoothies as they help produce a creamy taste, without adding fatty cream. Their natural health benefits can be consumed in combination with other tasty foods such as peanut butter, berries or green leafs.

On Toast- Nothing beats avocado on toast for breakfast. This meal will set you up for the day, and you get to eat the avocado in its natural form, yummy.

Brownies- If you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle but still crave a sweet fix, try making chocolate brownies, the healthier way. Use avocados instead of oil and butter and use dark chocolate over milk varieties. You will be surprised at how great these sweet, healthy treats taste.

Training for a half marathon

Taking part in a half marathon is a good test of your fitness and stamina as you push your body to its limits trying to achieve a personal best.

Running just over 13 miles cannot be achieved in a day unless you want an injury of some kind. You should follow a strict training plan to reach this target safely and healthily. Your training plan should start by easing you into shorter runs at a steady pace, the distance and effort levels will begin to increase over time. Training for a half marathon can safely be achieved in 12 weeks if you are already a relatively fit person.

A great way to train for a half marathon is by getting a friend to join you in the race and with the training too. This is a good training tactic as you will be able to support each other and spur each other on.

Health benefits of chia seeds

Chia seeds are becoming a healthy diet choice due to their rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. There are many ways that you can add chia seeds to your daily diet, you can sprinkle them onto yoghurt, add them to instant oats pots or even eat them whole. Adding chia seeds to your diet is a great idea as they add so many benefits to your health.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids- With high levels if this type of acid, you may see benefits of inflammation reduction, reduced cholesterol levels and enhanced cognitive performance.

Antioxidants- The high amount of antioxidants allegedly helps to protect the body from cancer and ageing.

Fibre- This helps with bowel regulation, lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation. In 2 tablespoons you will have consumed one-third of your recommended daily intake of fibre.

Fills you up- Chia seeds have a gelling action, and this combined with protein and fibre, can make you feel fuller for longer, helping with weight loss as you may be less likely to feel the need to snack.