We've forgotten to enjoy the act of eating. We stuff our faces on the run, we eat to make our stomachs full and our brains focus, we eat quickly and often alone. We microwave pre-cooked meals and boil in bag rice so we don't have to measure the water. We've taken one of the great physical joys of life and reduced it to time saving measures.
Self care allows us to maintain healthy boundaries to make sure that we are at our best. This makes us better parents, better employees and employers, better people.
Fear teaches us what we value. When we are able to recognize what we value, we can understand why we value it. These realizations are what will direct us to purposefully creating situations that provide what we need and want in healthier ways.
While overall our lives have improved over the last 70 years, it has changed so fast that each generation has had to learn how to navigate a world their parents never dreamed of. These generations came on the heels of a generation that knew long continental war and wasn't prepared for the changes that brought. The topic of self a care is in the media because we're just rediscovering it. And self care has changed because now we can pick and choose from methods from around the world that have been proven to help keep us ready for whatever the world throws at us.
Self care is a term that allows us to remind ourselves that our methods of dealing with the world should be caring for ourselves, not just comforting ourselves by reaching for a cocktail or a piece of chocolate cake. It can involve reminding yourself with words that you are doing your best. It can be learning not to over-extend yourself with commitments. It can be signing up for a personal trainer or a yoga class. Sometimes, it's that glass of wine or dessert with a friend. What is always should be is a way of rejuvenating your body, mind and spirit to be ready to tackle the hardships and celebrate the successes.
Lack of physical activity is the beginning of problems for the body. Physical activity doesn't have to mean working out, but it does mean get moving! Muscle burns calories more efficiently than fat, so building some muscle can help with weight loss. It's also important for your immune system and your heart.
If you know you are at risk there are certain signs you should be looking out for. Testing for type 2 diabetes is simple and can be done through your doctor's office. Here's what to look for:
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, eat whole fresh foods and get regular checkups from your doctor to make sure your triglycerides and blood glucose levels are well controlled.
Keeping your blood glucose controlled is important for a number of reasons. Higher glucose levels can cause inflammation and cause significant side effects such as numbness and tingling in the legs, feet and hands and reduced blood flow to these same areas which can keep wounds from healing. Learning to help you body keep your blood glucose levels in the normal ranges can help protect you for years to come!
White blood cells are an important part of your immune system, and they often are high in diabetics but don't actually work as effectively against infection by bacteria and viruses. That makes vaccination important for people with diabetics, and should be considered seriously by people with prediabetes. Influenza is an important vaccination, especially since influenza … Continue reading Vaccinations are important if you have diabetes