I spent 5 years serving in the United States Coast Guard. Being active and fit was a major part of being in the military. Once I left it I had to find ways to maintain the same active and healthy lifestyle. I started a journey to lose weigh and be more active. This journey has led me to embark on nursing school so that I could better understand how to body works. During my time in nursing school has truly changed the way I have approached health, nutrition and overall fitness.
Don't stick to a limited diet to burn those extra pounds. Include beans, green tea, apples, bananas, blueberries, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, cheese, veggies, almonds, dark chocolate, chicken, steak, cauliflower, eggs, hot sauce, soups, celery with peanut butter, fish, nuts, and whole grains in your daily diet. These are high in fiber, antioxidants, omega 3s and low in calories - ideal for shedding stubborn fat.
Reduce your calorie intake by eating nutrient-rich foods (especially fiber-rich). They satiate you while keeping the calorie intake low. Reduce your portion size by serving in smaller salad plates, preferably blue in color. We often mistake thirst for hunger, so keep yourself hydrated. Chew your food slowly. Avoid TV or other distractions. Keep a food journal and ensure a good night's sleep.
When stressed, you may have stomach troubles or feel the need to stress binge. Restful sleep is an elusive dream because you're always upset. You may fail to recall even simple things, or find it tough to concentrate for long periods. Headaches may become intolerable and tiredness may reach new heights. Eat healthy, exercise, vent out your frustrations, talk to a friend, or simply just do less.
When you start feeling stressed, it's time to take a walk or jog. Have someone tell you a joke, or relive some hilarious moments. Talk to someone about your problems. Engage in your favorite hobby and spend time with kids. Read a good book or just take a warm bubble bath. Listen to your fav music and take at least a day off a week. Avoid junk food and meditate.
It is imperative to de-stress from time to time. Schedule time for yourself. Ask for help when you are feeling overwhelmed. Sit still and don't do anything for a while. Pamper yourself at home. Go for a walk. Stay hydrated. Take a power nap. Scream out loud to let it all out. De-clutter your mind and closet. Be mindful and give yourself fully to every moment.
A big bowl of hearty, delicious creamy Squash, Red Potatoes and Collard Green soup is a great warming food to beat the cold outside. Most versions of Butternut Squash soup are on the sweeter side but this one has savory notes and warm bodied spices. The regular chicken broth is replaced with a low sodium variety and heavy cream with half-and-half.