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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Busy, Busy...Healthy?

Argh! Finding time to look after our health in such a busy world can be a nightmare. It's so easy to put off going to the gym because you have that work deadline to worry about. Or reschedule that doctor's appointment because it's probably nothing anyway, and you just have to get the house clean and tidy before you guess descend on you for the weekend. But is your health suffering because you are just too busy? If so then you could be headed for a fall. Read on to find out more. 

Too busy to eat well?

OK, so anyone that has done a healthy eating plan rather than a crash diet knows that it does take a little more effort and preparation. You have to plan what you are going to eat with the nutritional content in mind. Instead of just plumping for the first thing you see that you know will be tasty. 
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Then there is all the actual meal preparation to do. Chopping the veg, and cooking things from scratch, so you know that they are not packed full of sugar and other icky additives that are bad for you. But there are some ways around this if you are struggling to find the time. 
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First of all, why not consider joining a slimming group that promotes food optimising? It can make it a lot easier to plan your meals. As you know exactly how much of each item you are allowed in a day, while still staying within healthy parameters. 

These groups often have their own brand of ready prepared food too. So if you are super stuck for time, you can have a ready meal, or snack that you know is truly healthy. 

Another way that you can improve your eating without it taking up too much of your precious time is to go for a diet that excludes certain food groups such as carbs, or refined sugars. This will have the knock on effect of improving what you eat as you look for alternatives to these less healthy items. 
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Too busy to hydrate? 

Now most of us know that value of drinking eight glasses of water a day. Not only does it make us feel better, but also helps our bodies and minds to run properly, and control our appetite. But in all honestly who drink that much, unless they are making a special effort? Very few of us! But it is truly is worth making that effort and fitting enough water into your day. 

The best way to do it is to make a routine out of it. So you fill your bottle at specific times, and then you know you have to long to drink it until it's time for the next one. It can also really help to track the amount that you have got through in a day with an app, or planner sticker to help keep you motivated. 

Too busy to go to the Drs? 

Do you find yourself cancelling doctors appointments because you have so much stuff going on in a day that you just can't spare the time? If so then you could be setting yourself up for disaster. As attending medical appointment should be one of the most important and urgent things on your to-do list. 

It is always better to be safe than sorry with medical issues and if you're concerned, even if you think you may be being a bit daft, go and speak to someone about it. You’ll probably find that they are very understanding and happy to tell you that there is nothing to worry about. 
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Although if you are struggling to get to your local GP because of time constraints, you may want to consider another option like an online pharmacy, or having an appointment by video call. Then at least you can get treatment for your issue, even if you are snowed under with other things.  
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Too busy to relax?

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Now, there are probably quite a few of us out there that feel we are way too busy to relax. But down time is as important for your physical and mental health as anything else that you do. 
In fact, if you are claiming that you are too busy to possibly relax a lot, then it might be worth looking at your schedule to see if you are over-stretching yourself. 

It can be hard to say no when you have a lot of people relying on you like work, family, and friends. But sometimes we need to step back and put our own oxygen mask on before we help others. 






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