Use The 80/20 Rule When It Comes To Exercise And Healthy Eating

You could think of your health and wellness like a bank account, your own personal bank account to be more exact. You can make deposits and you can make withdrawals. If you continue to make deposits over time you will end up with a healthy balance, have a body you are proud to live in and reap the rewards of peak health and fitness.

If you continue to make withdrawals at some point your account will become overdrawn and you could find yourself on the sharp end of poor health which can in the short term lead to a lower quality of life and in the long term to disease and a shortened life.

As it takes time to build this bank account it is all about the small deposits you make on a daily basis. Each healthy macro-nutrient balanced meal (protein, carbohydrates and fat) and each proper exercise session (where you are working your muscles properly) will add to your account balance.

Think of this as a journey – and a journey is made up of hundreds of small steps rather than being a one time event. It is the little things you do and do not do on a daily basis that add up and make a difference. Not a small difference either – but a really big difference over time.

It is easy to ignore habits that you know are not helping you to reach your long-term goals. We get busy and we get lazy and we just continue down the same old path because it is easier to do so. Change is hard so we tend to put it on the back burner. But as the years pass those add up and combine to work against our health.

You may think you are doing well by getting the odd bit of exercise in or eating healthy here and there but at the end of the week if the deposits have not outweighed the withdrawals you will find your self-care bank balance has not risen and may well have dropped.

The real secret to making these things stick in your life is by sheer repetition. The more often you take some time to exercise or eat properly the more of a habit it becomes and the easier it gets. Soon it does not seem like a chore but is simply a part of your life. In fact you could say ‘it is not something you do – it is something you become’.

When you reach this point it is so integrated in your life that it seems like you have always done it. Think of brushing your teeth or getting dressed to go to work. You do not consciously think too much about doing these things – you just do them. They are part of your life.

It is exactly the same with exercise and healthy eating. But you do not have to be so strict that you end up feeling bad if you have …

Healthy Eating – Dinner Ideas for Popular Roots and Tuber Vegetables

Do you ever get home after work and feel stuck for good dinner ideas? For working parents with young families, dinner time is a very important time of the day; and so good dinner ideas are crucial.

For many families, dinner time is one of the few times of the day that everyone gathers around to enjoy a much- needed break and some mouth-watering dishes. So if it’s your turn to make dinner, don’t leave it to last minute, always be prepared with some good dinner ideas. Roots and tubers are just 2 of the 10 classes of vegetables that make wholesome healthy dinners.

Popular tubers and roots are easy to find in many local supermarkets. They are fairly easy to identify by their distinct enlarged shape; but it’s not surprising that most people are unfamiliar with most roots and tubers and tend to mix them up. While both are underground vegetables, true roots are not to be confused with tubers.

ROOTS

Root vegetables are edible roots of a plant. They include carrots, parsnips, swede, turnips, beetroots, radish, celeriac and salsify. They are highly nutritious vegetables with numerous essential properties that promote good health, for example: beetroots are rich in iron and folic acid; swede is said to have cancer protecting properties as well as betacarotene and vitamin C; carrots are a powerful antidioxidant rich in betacarotene, for better vision.

Preparation Tips for Roots:

Popular root vegetables make great healthy dinner ideas, for all occasions. In fact, they make rich, lively and nutritious meals and snacks, for people of all  are best served raw, saut?´┐Żed, baked, roasted, steamed or boiled, but the key is to not over-cook, so that their crunchy texture and nutritional value is not lost. Their rich flavour can also be enhanced using fresh herbs and spices.

Radishes, carrots and beetroots are great for salads and garnishing. Once washed, they can be grated or crinkle cut and served crunchy and cold or even warmed, with main dishes. Carrots and beetroots also make great soups and juices. Beetroot juice, in specific, is a strong purple/red dye and can be used to bring colour and life to other dishes.

Turnip, swede, parsnips and celeriac always need a good wash and peeling before use. These roots are best chopped and boiled, braised or roasted, with a little bit of olive oil and some good old seasoning. Salt should always be kept to minimum, if any at all.

Salsify, like most roots, need a thorough wash and peeling or scraping of the hard outer skin, before use. Salsify are also prone to discoloration and therefore once peeled should be placed in salt water or vinegar until ready for cooking.

Preparing root vegetables requires minimal effort. They are fairly easy to cook and can be served within minutes. Roots are also generally crunchy with no pungent odours, making them quite popular for use in salads, soups, casseroles, curries and stews.

TUBERS

Tuber vegetables are the edible tips of plant stems …