Dietary fibre is found in plant based, carbohydrate rich foods, that cannot be digested by the body. It’s job is to help the digestive system move the food that we consume along the intestines, allowing the body to absorb essential nutrients, and to help push any waste out of the body.
One of the first health tips many will suggest is to stay hydrated. There are many reasons to this tip and one big one is that our body is made up of >60% of water. Our bones, muscles, lungs, blood and brain all use a certain amount of water just to function. Water can also help curb appetite, deliver specific nutrients throughout our body and even help our five senses work to their greatest capabilities. Hydration can also aide in thinking clearly.
We all want to accomplish our health goals but when progress does not come quick enough, frustration may cause us to quit. However, this New Year we are going to focus on resolutions that create healthy, long lasting habits, not just quick fixes. A habit is a behaviour that starts with a choice and then becomes an unconscious action (1). This creation of lifelong, sustainable results is our ultimate goal. This all begins with identifying and creating specific goals.
Between a 40 hour work week, commuting, working out, chores and sleep where can we find the time to also prepare and eat healthy home cooked meals? It is not surprising that fast food gained so much popularity due to its convenience and affordability.
Being healthy was never a priority to me. I ate what I wanted, was active when I wanted but it was never consistent. For a long time, the only vegetables I ate were tomatoes and broccoli. I was a picky vegetarian leading me to make very unhealthy choices.