Summer is fast approaching, and your recent health check is not looking its best. The effects of delicious winter casseroles, a reduction from three to five days a week to a mere single day a week at the local gym, has well, need I say, added a few extra pounds to that once lean and toned body. Of course, let us not forget, Isolation. Those sugary winter desserts twice a week, which normally wouldn’t be on the menu.
OK, well time to stop procrastinating and get on with putting an action plan in place to burn that fat off.
If you’ve been staying indoors at lunchtime due to the cooler conditions, start getting back into the habit of eating a lighter lunch and going for a 10 minute walk (or five minutes up and down the steps between floors) before heading back to work; or even better, if the weather permits eat lunch outdoors.
Another great tip to kick into life is to check your zinc levels, especially if you are feeling exhausted. Zinc deficiency may be one of the reasons why you are feeling depleted in energy amongst other things. If you have been noticeably exhausted for a while, go and have a health check with your GP. The last thing you want is to rely on high sugar snacks to give you artificial energy boosts through the day. I would also recommend adding Vitamin D due to the change of our environment.
Just when I thought I had this whole ‘raising a teenage daughter thing’ sorted. Her head spun 180 degrees of its own accord to make her resemble something more out of the “Exorcist” movie than the beautiful butterfly that was stretching her wings to flitter in-and-out of my life.
Of course, it’s in these moments that I try to remind myself that the pressures on a young woman in this day-and-age are more prevalent than they’ve ever been.
Parents, employers, educational institutions not to mention peer groups, boyfriends and advertisers are all weighing in on our daughters with conflicting opinions and advice that if we are not careful could boil over to negatively affect her. Throw still-developing hormones into the pressure-cooker and it is no wonder they can steam over every now-and-again.
It is no secret that young woman act and operate very differently to our young men.
Continuing from my previous blog on supporting our young males, let’s talk about how we can guide and encourage our young females through this intriguing time of discovery.
The pressure on our young women to be thin, have the latest clothes, wear make-up, have perfect hair, teeth, and ‘OMG’ the list goes on. Teaching our young women that looking perfect is the way to becoming successful is quite frankly wrong.
Girls think and do things quite differently to young men, they tend to be more emotional at this time about everything weather it’s an exam coming up, pleasing their parents, or maybe the way they look (well no not maybe). It is very important to keep in regular contact, ways to guarantee this is to organise shopping and lunch, of course you pay. Great way to check in and see if she is struggling with anything, such as, living costs, food, clothing or adapting to a new environment like flatting, university. Let us not forget keeping healthy and well.
Ways as a parent you can support your precious young lady:
These wee gestures may be just what she needs in her changing, busy young life. Remember, as busy parents we can be a bit forgetful, at the end of each conversation I always tell my girls I love them
Well, I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us.
I would like to focus on our young adults. With our busy and stressful lives, it’s easy to forget about our wonderful quirky teenagers who can have equally stressful lives, just different circumstances. Many will be at university, flatting for the first time and attempting to budget.
Moreover, their hormones are still all over the place making them difficult to understand and to us parents seem slightly crazy. One way we can support them through these turning points in their lives is to feed them well and encourage them to eat healthily.
Our young men need their fruit and veg and it can be a good idea to leave a box of these goodies on their back doorstep, adding some men’s multi-vitamins are a good idea too. If all else fails, remind him that women are far more attracted to a man who takes care of his body - sneaky but effective.
If you get the chance, outline some of the many positive aspects of these foods that might appeal to him. They will give him more energy on the sports field, are cheaper than takeaways, and best yet – they don’t have to be cooked! Nutritional supplements such as, Barley grass, Whey protein, Chlorella all play significant roles in increased energy levels, weight regulation and keeping the colon clean, along with many more benefits. The best way is to make smoothies with these nutrients, adding your favourite fruits in the morning.
Stay in touch especially when family gatherings like birthdays etc are coming up. This way you can catch-up on what’s happening in his life and if there may be any problems, he may need some support with at the time.
Whilst catching up, don’t forget to hand over that large bag of mixed nuts, grains and seeds to put in the fridge when he gets home, excellent for reducing cholesterol, great brain food and good source of protein, not only that, they taste fantastic.
Lean meat, fish and turkey should also be part of his diet as a healthy addition. Remember, even if he only listens to ten percent of your good-health advice, that is 10 per cent healthier than he would otherwise be.
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