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Importance of good health: 5 habits that will help improve your lifestyle – Times Now

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New Delhi:A healthy life means good health and sane mind. If you want to stay both physically and mentally fit, you need to practice good habits every day. You must do what is right for your mind and your body. Taking good care of your lifestyle and habits makes you feel good about yourself. It boosts your self-esteem and self-image. It is important for everyone to lead a healthy life. One should not succumb to bad habits like smoking, substance abuse and consumption of alcohol. These habits damage your health immensely and once you get addicted, there is no coming back from that.

There are lots of ways of being healthy. A healthy lifestyle prevents diseases and keeps you away from chronic illnesses. Good habits strengthen your immune system and help you stay fit. A persons overall health and well-being depend on how he chooses to live his life. Avoid eating junk and staying up late. Plenty of exercises, an adequate amount of sleep and a well-balanced diet is very important to stay healthy. If you are living a toxic life right now, this is your chance to improve and get back on track. There are certain habits you should adapt to your daily routine that will help in improving your lifestyle.

Remember that healthy habits can take you a long way. It is important for you to realize the significance of a good lifestyle.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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Heart-healthy lifestyle advice is given | | – Wilkes Journal Patriot

People with close relationships at home, work or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Feeling connected with others and having positive, close relationships benefit our overall health, including our blood pressure and weight. Having people in our lives who motivate and care for us helps, as do feelings of closeness and companionship, states the NHLBI.

As we age it takes more effort to maintain these relationships, but they can be vital to encouraging a healthy lifestyle. We simply need to find creative ways to connect.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for men and women in North Carolina. Most middle-aged and young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or being a smoker or overweight. The good news is heart disease is largely preventable with lifestyle changes.

February is American Heart Month and the NHLBI suggests these lifestyle tips to help protect hearts.

Move more Invite family, friends, or colleagues to walk with you regularly, add the date on both your calendars, and text or call to make sure you both get out for a walk. If you cannot physically be together, try talking on the phone while walking. If you have small children have a family dance party instead. At least 2 hours of activity each week is suggested, which is equivalent to 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or 10 to 15 minutes a few times per day.

Aim for a healthy weight Find someone in your friend group, at work, or in your family who also wants to reach or maintain a healthy weight. Check-in with them regularly to stay motivated. Agree to do healthy activities, like walking or cooking a healthy meal, at the same time, even if you cant be together.

Eat heart-healthy We tend to eat like our friends and family, so ask others close to you to join in your effort to eat healthier. Aim to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. Limit sodium, saturated fats, added sugar, and alcohol. It can be as simple as choosing drinks without added sugar such as water, milk, or 100% juice.

Quit smoking To help you quit, ask others for support or join an online support group. Research shows that people are much more likely to quit if their spouse, friend, or sibling does. Social support online can help you quit. All states have quit lines with trained counselorscall 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). Youll find many free resources to help you quit, such as apps, a motivational text service, and a chat line at and

Manage stress Reducing stress helps your heart health. Set goals with a friend or family member to do a relaxing activity every day, like walking, yoga, or meditation, or participate in an online stress-management program together. Physical activity also helps reduce stress. Talk to a qualified mental health provider or someone else you trust.

Improve sleep Sleeping seven to eight hours a night helps to improve heart health. De-stressing will help you sleep, as does getting a 30-minute daily dose of sunlight. Take a walk instead of a late afternoon nap. Family members and friends: remind each other to turn off the screen and stick to a regular bedtime. Instead of looking at your phone or the TV before bed, relax by listening to music, reading, or taking a bath.

Track Your Heart Health Stats, Together Keeping a log of your blood pressure, weight goals, physical activity, and if you have diabetes, your blood sugars, will help you stay on a heart-healthy track. It can also be fun to challenge others to stay on track with you!

Try this heart healthy recipe:

Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into one-inch cubes (about two large breasts)

1 C fresh pineapple, diced (or canned pineapple chunks in juice)

8 6-inch wooden skewers

Sauce Ingredients

2 Tbsp ketchup

2 Tbsp lite soy sauce

2 Tbsp honey

2 tsp orange juice

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp minced ginger

Preheat a broiler or grill on medium-high heat. Thread three chicken cubes and three pineapple chunks alternately on each skewer. Combine ingredients for the sauce and mix well; separate into two bowls and set one aside for later. Grill skewers for three to five minutes on each side. Brush or spoon sauce (from the bowl that wasnt set aside) onto chicken and pineapple about every other minute. Discard the sauce when done with this step. To prevent the chicken from drying out, finish cooking skewers in a 350-degree oven immediately after grilling (to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees). Using a clean brush or spoon, coat with sauce from the set aside bowl for serving. This dish pairs well with brown rice and grilled vegetables.

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5 ways that will help improve your lifestyle for good health – Datasource Hub

Keeping a healthy lifestyle is very important if you need to live a good long life. Follow healthy ways to improve your daily lifestyle.

A healthy life implies good health and sane mind. If you need to remain both physically and mentally fit, you need to rehearse great propensities consistently. You should make the right decision for your brain and your body. Taking great consideration of your way of life and propensities causes you to have a positive outlook on yourself. It helps your self-esteem and self-image.

It is significant for everybody to have a healthy life. One ought not surrender to negative behavior patterns like smoking, substance misuse and consumption of alcohol. These propensities harm your wellbeing hugely and once you get dependent, there is no returning from that.

There are loads of methods of being healthy. A healthy lifestyle prevents diseases and gets you far from constant diseases. Great propensities fortify your safe framework and help you stay fit. An individuals general wellbeing and prosperity rely upon how he decides to carry on with his life. Abstain from gobbling garbage and keeping awake until late. A lot of activities, a sufficient measure of rest and an even eating routine is vital to remain sound. On the off chance that you are carrying on with a poisonous life at the present time, this is your opportunity to improve and refocus. There are sure propensities you ought to adjust to your every day schedule that will help in improving your lifestyle.

Exercise all the more frequently:

Just working out isnt sufficient. You should exercise consistently to keep yourself fit. Remaining actually dynamic is vital. Do a mix of activities consistently for your general body improvement. Morning strolls and night strolls are likewise beneficial if you are hoping to improve your lifestyle.

Manage your stress levels:

Too much stress can be hurtful to your mental health. When your mental health begins deteriorating, it negatively affects your actual wellbeing as well. You should figure out how to quiet your nervousness and how to lift your temperament when you are discouraged. Realizing how to manage pressure is very important.

Dont skip breakfast:

Breakfast is the main meal of the day. You ought to never skip your morning meal in any situation, at all. A healthy breakfast keeps you fit and moving all for the duration of the day. It takes in more supplements when contrasted with some other supper during the day.

Make sleep a priority:

Your sleeping pattern chooses your mood and health. In the event that you have a terrible sleep plan, you stay lousy and agitated all for the duration of the day. An bad sleep cycle can influence your physical and mental health. To have a healthy life, the initial step is that you get sufficient sleep and dont take part in remaining up throughout the evening.

Eat a good diet:

You should eat healthy in order to stay healthy. A balanced diet gives your body all the nutrients it requires. To guarantee smooth working of your body and psyche you should focus on your eating routine. Improving your eating regimen is a significant advance towards improving your way of life.

Recall that healthy propensities can take you long way. It is significant for you to understand the significance of a good lifestyle.

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Samnit Singh The CEO Of Health, Wellness And Lifestyle – Influencive

Living an active, healthy lifestyle has been an ever increasing hype and ofcourse a necessity.

We know that social media, Instagram in particular, has made it easier than ever to find physical workouts, exercises and fitness related tips.

Samnit Singh one such top listed names in the list of youngest health and fitness influencers is a 16-year-young man whos more than just passionate about physical health and fitness. He stands as an inspiration and a role model for so many people out there that struggle with their physical health and body image.

The stigma attached to remaining fit by only eating healthy is true till some extent but wont last long if the body isnt into active fitness workouts and activity. Working out has proven to be one of the most effective ways to keep the body in the right shape and health.

Samnit Singhs Instagram fitness community is more than just gym rats; a starting place for many looking to change their lives and a social media staple for those looking to stay committed to their fitness goals. He leads the chart of so many others trying to come into this sphere of being fitness and health influencers and is the youngest!

He has achieved great great heights at a very young point in his life that makes him stand out of the crowd. He dedication and hard working nature is commendable!

The longer, harder and more often you exercise, the greater the health benefits, including reducing the risk of diseases therefore exercise is immensely beneficial to your life and should be incorporated into your weekly routine, Samnit suggests.

With a great audience to appreciate his work he needs to be a king at creating content, and he fulfils the exact goal with thinking vigorously and creatively. He portrays his skillset of remaining healthy, even in such busy and difficult times. He has has helped several others to embrace a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Samnit Singh lifestyle is a living example of the healthy trend of eating healthy and working out regularly. He believes in setting monthly fitness goals and working on his vigor to attain them with utmost zeal.

In conclusion, the aim for Samnit is to idealize the importance of staying healthy both mentally and physically. Using Social media as a key way to raise public awareness about new, emerging, and annual health concerns and health tips to keep the youth forever fit.It has been amazing to witness the journey of such a young man leading the list of health influencers and we wish him all the luck in the future!

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Black Nutritionists to Follow for Recipes, Healthy Eating Tips, and More – Shape Magazine

As in many health science specialties in America, Black people are grossly underrepresented in the dietetics industry. Less than 3 percent of registered dietitians and nutritionists in the U.S. are Black, while more than 80 percent are white, according to statistics from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. That means Black Americansare often fed information from (mostly white) practitioners who may not be culturally competent or, in other words, aware and inclusive of the cultural differences and lived experiences of diverse patients, says Josiemer Mattei, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at Harvard University.

"Diversity matters for everything," explains Mattei, whose research focuses on genetic, dietary, and psychological risk factors in racial and ethnic groups and underserved populations. "Having a diverse pool of nutrition and health professionals makes culturally-appropriate counseling more accessible to diverse communities. Patients tend to trust and relate more to providers with the same cultural background as themselves, increasing the likelihood of adhering to their advice."

To be a culturally competent nutrition expert means to be well-versed in the eating and cooking habits and behaviors of diverse populations,as well as the barriers that some communities can face when it comes to healthy eating, says Mattei. For example, communities of color tend to have more difficulty accessing grocery stores than white communities. Only 8 percent of Black Americans live in a census tract (a region defined for the purpose of a census, with an average population of 4,000) with a supermarket, compared to 31 percent of white people, according to statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program.

Other social determinants can affect Black health more indirectly, "such as high cost of advanced education and gaps in educational opportunities for underrepresented minorities," which in turn can "hinder career growth," explains Mattei. Think of it this way: A lack of educational and career opportunities means a lack of Black practitioners, and a lack of Black practitioners not only means lower-quality (read: culturally incompetent) care for Black communities but also a lack of mentoring and exposure to health science fields for young Black people who may aspire to work in these industries one day.

Long story short: The dietetics industry (and, really, the health-care industry as a whole) can do better. The first step in making nutrition more equitable and inclusive is to prioritize cultural competency among practitioners, says Mattei. That means using measures such as workplace training courses and seminars to educate RDs and nutritionists about health disparities, as well as implementing policies to help reduce barriers for marginalized communities, explains Mattei. In the bigger picture, prioritizing cultural competency also means "increasing educational and career opportunities to providers of diverse backgrounds, reaching out to communities [with] higher needs to raise awareness of the role of nutritional guidance, helping to break institutional barriers such as covering nutritional counseling through universal health insurance and making proper linguistic and cultural adaptations to reach a broader audience," says Mattei.

Granted, it's going to take time to move all of those needles forward. So, until then, it might be hard to find inclusive, trusted sources and pages about nutrition, especially on social media, where there can often be misleading posts from uncredentialed "experts" and influencers. If you're looking for credentialedand culturally competentexperts in this space, below are some of the best Black nutritionists to follow for recipes, body inclusivity messages, intuitive eating tips, and more. They also share their thoughts on the diversity gap in the industry they love.

Maya Feller, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. (@mayafellerrd)

"I came into nutrition when I was training for the 2005 Boston Marathon," Feller tells Shape. "After many miles, I found myself thinking about the meals I was eating and the impact on my training." (Related: What Runners Should Eat While Training for a Race)

"Black people across the diaspora have varied and nuanced cultural" eating habits and culinary practices," says Feller. "Black providers will be less likely to demonize these cultural foods. Patients have the right to see representations of themselves in their providers. Additionally, it's important for non-Black persons to have Black providers. This helps to break down stereotypes about the types of positions Black people can hold."

Tamara Melton, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. (@tamaras.table)

As the co-founder of Diversify Dietetics, a nonprofit dedicated to creating space for BIPOC to pursue nutrition, Melton is well aware of the gaps in the field. "I was a college professor [of nutrition at Georgia State University] for over 10 years, and I made an effort to recruit and nurture students of color," she tells Shape. "These students have amazing abilities, and they want to be a part of the nutrition profession. More dietetics educators and educational programs need to do the work to attract, retain, and support students of color."

As for her social media presence, Melton's Instagram feed features a blend of posts amplifying Black voices in nutrition, as well as delicious-looking photos of baked goods, easy fruit bowls,and creative snack plate ideas. "I'm a busy wife and mom of two young girls," shares Melton. "I have had my own struggles with my health as a woman, mainly related to infertility and having to advocate for myself in a health care system that doesn't always support Black women. I also believe that women are health matriarchs if mama's healthy, so is everyone else. I [like to] post messages that I hope will support and uplift women of color as they work to improve or maintain their health and the health of their families."

One of Melton's favorite meals? Roti (a type of roundflatbread) filled with curried potatoes and chicken. "My father is from Trinidad home of roti and my mom used to make roti for us on special occasions," shares Melton. "So roti reminds me of home and my family."

Aja Gyimah, M.H.Sc. (@compete.nutrition)

After completing her master's degree in nutrition, Aja Gyimah is now in the process of officially getting certified as a dietitian. The former volleyball player tells Shape that she first decided to go into nutrition because she wanted something to help with her athletic performance. Now, she says she's big on spreading the message that healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated. "As long as you're making an effort to add in some legumes, whole grains, and vegetables it could be canned or frozen I would consider that progress," she says.

Food is often "very personal and hard to talk about," especially for people of color who may not feel that experts in the space understand their culture or background, says Gyimah. "It really helps to speak to somebody who understands you and can relate to some of the challenges you face when it comes to healthy eating."

Shana Minei Spence, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N. (@thenutritiontea)

Brooklyn native Shana Minei Spence dedicates her Instagram presence to self-care tips and anti-diet messages. Case in point: One of her recent posts shows her holding a framed sign that reads, "You have permission to eat when you are hungry. Full stop."

"There is such an influx of fad diets and misinformation," Spence tells Shape. "People are very confused [about] what they should and shouldn't eat. People should know that they can eat anything they choose because their body is different and requires different nourishment."

Spence says she also makes a point to share these anti-diet messages because of diet culture's roots in racism. "Many diets and wellness ideas are geared toward non-BIPOC," she says. "When you look at the latest fad diets, foods that are cultural to many ethnicities are excluded such as rice or starchy vegetables and fruits. This leaves BIPOC feeling as though their cultural foods are not healthy. [This gives] into the 'white and thin ideal.'"

Spence says there's significant value in receiving nutrition education from someone who looks like you because they can understand your experience. "I cannot count the number of times someone tells me that they were told to stop eating rice and beans or plantains, or any other cultural food, because of diabetes," she shares. "I also cannot stress how important it is for people to understand that many people are turned off by receiving counseling because they are talked down to unintentionally sometimes or dismissed. This can also be problematic, and this is why there is so much distrust about the health field as a whole from the Black community."

Jessica Jones, R.D., C.D.E., and Wendy Lopez, R.D., C.D.E. (@foodheaven)

Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez run an online platform called Food Heaven, which focuses on helping women of color eat a balanced, healthy, plant-based diet. Scroll through their joint Instagram feed and you'll find tons of posts with evidence-based nutrition information, in-depth food tutorials, and body-positive tips for navigating difficult conversations about weight and dieting.

As a board member with the nonprofit Diversify Dietetics, Jones tells Shape that she recognizes how detrimental the lack of Black experts in her field can be to the overall health of Black communities. "When you are someone who is, let's say, not Black, working with these communities, I think there has to be a lot of cultural humility and cultural competence that's involved," she explains. "For example, I just purchased some nutrition handouts online from a dietitian website. And I was shocked because the handouts were very white-centric. Not only were there no foods that might be traditional foods that Black folks may eat, but there was also no diversity in the foods that were presented. So, I had to remake the whole handout and include different foods from different cultures for the patients that I'm working with. I can only imagine if I'd given them the handout as is, how alienating that would be, how unhelpful it would be, [and] how maybe it could create shame for folks because they may not see their foods there. Or, they might think that their foods are 'bad' foods."

Christyna Johnson, M.D., R.D.N., L.D.N. (@encouragingdietitian)

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In case you couldn't already tell from her Instagram handle, @encouragingdietitian, Christyna Johnson's page is full of motivational and nutritional health tips. It's almost like a daily devotional for a healthy lifestyle. One post that denounces diet culture includes uplifting messages such as, "You deserve a full life outside of food," and "you are a whole person worthy of a full life that is not dictated by your body image or food."

"I love talking about food and helping people feel better physically and mentally," Johnson tells Shape. "[For each Instagram post,] I usually pull from themes in my work with clients, things I observe on the internet, or from what I'm currently reading. I hope that [people] feel encouraged and seen."

You are a whole person worthy of a full life that is not dictated by your body image or food.

Vanessa Rissetto, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. (@vanessarissettord)

Vanessa Rissetto is the co-founder of the nutrition coaching platform Culina Health and director of the dietetic internship program at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She tells Shape she was inspired to become a dietitian because of the guidance she received from an RD after graduating college. "I was really encouraged at how digestible and relatable she made the information," shares Rissetto. Since then, she says she's been dedicated to making healthy lifestyles more inclusive and closing the nutrition gap. Her Instagram page is full of everything from body-positive affirmations to easy, nutritious recipes and comfort food suggestions because, sometimes, you just need some soul-filling food.

"I want everyone to feel that health is for them," Rissetto tells Shape. "I make sure to provide evidence-based research in an easy way to understand, as well as recipes that aren't cumbersome, don't cost a lot in ingredients, and are also a bit of fun."

As for the topic of inclusivity in nutrition, Rissetto says it's all about representing people of color as practitioners and thought leaders in the space. "I think helping people understand what an RD does and having people understand that we are culturally competent and want to work with you can help people feel comfortable seeking care in this space," she adds.

Marisa Moore, R.D.N., M.B.A., L.D. (@marisamoore)

Marisa Moore's Instagram is an endless scroll of colorful and wholesome meal ideas, from roasted broccoli and California grape salad to sprouted grain avocado toast to adorable mini apple crumbles. This culinary and integrative RD makes living a balanced, nutrient-dense lifestyle feel accessible with her approachable tips and anecdotes. "Sometimes [my Instagram page] reflects my cultural foods," she tells Shape. "And sometimes it reflects foods I've grown to love from travel and dining out, food trends, or the result of my inquisitive nature and wanting to try new foods and create and experience new recipes."

Moore says Black representation is "essential" in the general health and wellness space, but especially in food and nutrition. "Food is an inseparable part of our culture," she explains. "And telling someone to strip away what they know and love is not only hurtful, it's unnecessary. Giving up our cultural foods is not a prerequisite for health. The foods I grew up on greens, okra, sweet potatoes, peas, beans, and rice are all delicious and good for you, too. Though we are not a monolith, there's some comfort in knowing that the person in front of you gets it, without feeling like you have to explain everything or fear letting go of everything you enjoy."

Giving up our cultural foods is not a prerequisite for health.

Crystal Hadnott, M.S., C.N.S., Ph.D. (@crystalhadnott)

Crystal Hadnott has been a certified nutritionist and functional wellness coach for almost 20 years. Her page promotes body-positive affirmations, dispels fad diets, and encourages eating balanced meals full of whole foods. She tells Shape that she was first introduced to dietetics because of her own experiences with gut health and inflammation issues. "I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease," says Hadnott. "Frustrated with not getting my questions answered by doctors, I became a student of nutrition by researching the healing properties of food. This sparked an interest in nutrition, which later ignited a passion in studying the science behind food and its impact on the body's function. This led to my private practice because I did not want others to have the same unanswered questions and confusion." (Related: What It's Like Being a Black, Body-Positive Female Trainer In an Industry That's Predominantly Thin and White)

These days, when she isn't working one-on-one with clients, Hadnott shares posts that remind her Instagram followers that the brain needs carbs to function, videos that dive into the connections between food and mood, and much more. No matter the content of her posts, Hadnott says she strives to show people that "nutrition is not linear," meaning it must account for people's various life experiences, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds.

Tamar Samuels, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. (@tamarsamuels.rd)

Tamar Samuels is a self-proclaimed "holistic dietitian with swag" who's all about "real food, real science, and real love." She's also the other half of Culina Health and has been a registered dietitian for five years. She tells Shape that her fascination with science and nutrition began when she was a teenager. "I experienced IBS symptoms that led me to really hone in on my diet and make changes to relieve these symptoms," she shares. "After undergrad, my first job was working for a non-profit in Harlem, New York with youth, and I ended up teaching a healthy cooking and nutrition class. I saw firsthand how the lack of education and access to healthy food affected my students' concentration, energy levels, and mood. I then decided to change careers and pursue nutrition full-time."

These days, Samuels' Instagram feed is full of body-inclusive messages, intuitive eating tips, and posts that highlight the intersection of racial justice and health equity. "Nutrition is the foundation for preventative medicine, and the lack of access to healthy food and nutrition education from culturally sensitive dietitians leads to the health disparities that we see within the Black community: increased rates of chronic disease, obesity, and even maternal and fetal mortality," she says.

"I think nutrition can be intimidating and confusing for people," she continues. "It's multifaceted and isn't just about food for people. It's about culture, shared experiences, coping, celebrating, creativity, and health. Ultimately, I keep all of these things in mind when talking to my audience about food. My message always goes back to science-based education, providing easy and sustainable tools for making positive changes, and making nutrition and wellness relatable to everyone."

Krystal George, M.P.H., R.D.N. (@thesnappycook)

Warning: You may get hungry scrolling through Krystal George's Instagram page. From fried plantains with sauted kale, multigrain toasts with a side of sweet potato hash, to simple, quick bites like avocado toasts or snack options such as watermelon and popcorn, she's all about feeding your mind and body.

George tells Shape that she initially wanted to be a chef but ultimately pivoted to nutrition because she saw so many people in her community "struggling with their health and wellness, and much of it was linked to their diet and lifestyle."

"I want my platform to be a safe space for people to express their wins and struggles in trying to live a meaningful life," continues George. "A lot of my posts come from my passion for cooking, mental health and wellness, and self-compassion. The health field has a lot of professionals who [may] force an unhealthy view of wellness and often push people to [conform to] Eurocentric beauty standards. Instead, I hope to inspire [people to] love themselves, no matter where they are on their journey. It's about healthy lifestyle habits that fit their goals, not someone else's."

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Smart Food Market to Reach USD 940.98 Billion by 2028 | Rising Awareness Among Health-Conscious Consumers Regarding Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle…

Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global smart food market is projected to reach a market size of USD 940.98 Billion at a steady CAGR of 10.0% in 2028, according to latest analysis by Emergen Research. This steady revenue growth can be attributed to government support towards smart food initiatives and developments in the food industry to produce more food products with high nutritional value in an effort to reduce malnutrition among underprivileged sections in growing populations in developing countries. Issues such as malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation are factors resulting in a growing need to develop solutions related to food and natural resources, as well as nutrition.

Smart food products have been proving an ideal solution to combat some of these issues, and growing production and demand is driving growth of the smart food market, with the trend expected to continue during the forecast period. Micronutrient deficiencies among women and children in developing countries is another key factor driving need for adoption of smart food solutions. This is being backed by increasing investment by food processing companies in research and development for advancements in the food industry to develop and offer more nutrient rich food products with better shelf life. These factors are expected to continue to support market growth over the forecast period.

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A Week in the Life of Fitness Trainer and CHOP Health-Care Worker Lonnie Perry – Philadelphia magazine


When hes not working with patients at CHOP or training clients with Get In Lon Fitness, Perry stays energized with smoothies and black bean burgers from local spots, plus meditating and burning sage once a week.

Lonnie Perry demonstrates an outdoor workout. | Photo courtesy of Lonnie Perry

Welcome toSweat Diaries, Be Well Phillys look at the time, energy and money people invest in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle in Philly. For each Sweat Diary, we ask one Philadelphian to spend a week tracking everything he or she eats, all the exercise he or she gets, and the money he or she spends on both.

Who I am: Lonnie Perry (@_getinlon),33

Where I live: Southwest Philadelphia

What I do: Im a certified personal trainer and health enthusiast, and the owner of Get In Lon Fitness. Im a patient services representative at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. Im also currently studying for my Pennsylvania real estate license.

What role healthy living plays in my life: Living healthfully plays a major role in my life. For me its a daily form of self-care and therapy. During this pandemic I realized that living a healthy lifestyle goes way beyond exercise or eating properly. Its about the quality time spent with my family and friends. This is something we as humans take for granted at times. I prioritize my days that way. Healthy living has also played a huge role for my mental health. It has allowed me to take on life-changing events without becoming overwhelmingly stressed. For me, living a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance.

Health memberships: Title Boxing Club, $80, and Planet Fitness, $20

Perry is always on-the-go, working out indoors and hosting outdoor boot camps in the region.| Photo courtesy of Lonnie Perry

5:25 a.m. Its the last day of my time off from work. The alarm goes off and I snooze it immediately to get a few more minutes of shut eye.

5:34 a.m. I take pre-workout in a drink before I host my HIIT (high intensity interval training) class at Clark Park.

6 a.m. Its go time! Class is underway. My Tuesday morning class is mainly body weight exercises focusing on all muscle groups. Today was a small group of three very dedicated individuals. The format of the workout was 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off.

7 a.m. I travel to St. Francis de Sales Church to count my blessings for another opportunity at this thing called life. The weekday services are fairly short compared to the weekend services.

8 a.m. For some reason Im having a sweet tooth this morning. I drove down the street to get some coffee and donuts from a donut shop called Dotties Donuts. Dont worry they are vegan!

11 a.m. I finally finished the last chapter of a book Ive been reading on real estate investing. It took longer than expected to finish the book, due to the peak season of personal training. However, this book is a good read. It provided more insight for me on how I want my portfolio to look once I get started with real estate.

1:30 p.m. I decided to have a nutritious lunch, and I ordered a a smoothie from Sweet Treat Hut, a Black-owned juice bar and health store in West Philadelphia. I got a Miami Vice, which consisted of pineapples, coconut, strawberries, lemon, and almond milk.

4 p.m. I arrive to train my client. This is her first time in the gym in over five months. Our session today is more of a tutorial to get her mind and body acclimated to working out again.

5:30 p.m. My second class of the day. On Tuesday evenings I teach class at a gym in Bala Cynwyd called AFC Fitness. I usually dont work out with this group, but today I decided to join. It was by far the best decision I made all day. I felt amazing afterwards.

6:45 p.m. I have my last client of the day. This young lady is more consistent when it comes to exercising. Shes been working out with me on and off for a few months now, and wants to increase her stamina.

8:40 p.m. Home sweet home! I shower and get myself together for the long day ahead of me tomorrow.

Daily Total: $19.75

Perry takes a quick photo after a tough workout. | Photo courtesy of Lonnie Perry

5:30 a.m. Rise and grind! Today is the first day back to work after being off for a week. Im an early bird so I try to make the most of my day before work starts at 8:30 a.m.

6:30 a.m. I have my first client of the day. This gentleman has been working out with me for about a week. I already see improvement in his posture and form. When Im starting out with a new client there are a few basics that I pay close attention. Posture and form are crucial!

8:30 a.m. I clock in at work. My weekdays are kind of repetitive, minus a few hiccups. Sometimes coming back to work after having time off Im a bit sluggish. However, my vibe is very energetic today.

10 a.m. I begin the first chapter of a book titled Relationship Goals. Ive heard so many great things about this book. I hope it lives up to all the hype.

This week Perry is reading the book Relationship Goals by Michael Todd. | Photo courtesy of Lonnie Perry

12 p.m. On Wednesdays, my coworkers and I order lunch from Copabanana in University City. They have half-off burgers on Wednesdays. My go-to is the black bean burger with garlic spinach and provolone cheese with a side order of Spanish fries.

2:30 p.m. After having such a hefty meal, I went for a brisk walk around the block. The temperature was in the low 30s so you can imagine how fast I was walking. Im not a fan of cold weather.

3:45 p.m. I walked to our cafe to get some hot water for my green tea. I find that green tea helps regulate my digestion after big meals.

5:30 p.m. I have my second client of the day.

7 p.m. As I drove past Subway, I thought about the last time I had a sub from there and how I really enjoyed it. I made a U-turn to order a foot-long tuna sub with Sun Chips.

8:30 p.m. I meditate and burn sage to cleanse my space. This is a once a week thing for me.

9 p.m. I catch the second half of the Sixers game. Sports before bed is a must for me.

Daily Total: $18.15

Perry keeps track of his workouts to make sure hes meeting his goals. | Photo courtesy of Lonnie Perry

5:25 a.m. My alarm goes off. Surprisingly, I didnt hit the snooze button this morning. I think the meditation from last night gave me some positive energy.

6 a.m. Time for our Tone Up Thursday Boot Camp. On Thursdays we utilize light weights and/or resistance bands. We focus more so on toning the muscles and put less emphasis on cardio. There were a total of eight women that attended class this morning.

7:15 a.m. I train my first client of the day. As she begins her warm-up, I write up a workout that corresponds with her fitness level. I give all of my clients homework to help them along their journey. The goal is that each session should be better than the previous one.

8:20 a.m. I have my smoothie that I prepared last night. Lately, Ive been trying to be more conservative when it comes to spending money on food. I feel like thats where 80 percent of my money goes during the week.

8:30 a.m. I arrive at work. My first task of the day is scanning and faxing the providers paperwork from the previous day. This is a fairly easy task. but can be tedious if I allow the paperwork to pile up.

11:30 a.m. I grab lunch from another Black-owned restaurant in North Philadelphia, Ummi Dees Burger Bistro. I will literally travel from anywhere in the city to eat at this spot. The quality of their food and customer service is top notch! I order a large salmon cheesesteak with a side order of sweet potato fries. So good!

1 p.m. My eyes are starting to get heavy. I step away from my desk to chat with some coworkers upstairs.

4:45 p.m. I clock out of work 15 minutes early to help reduce the travel time to my eye exam. Center City is horrible when it comes to finding parking so I traveled on SEPTA. I started to have some nostalgia as I thought about all the times I traveled on SEPTA during my high school years.

7 p.m. I have my last client of the day. By this point Im drained physically and mentally. However, I have to make sure my client gets the best service.

9 p.m. I start getting myself ready for the work day tomorrow as I briefly watch the Warriors versus Clippers game.

Daily Total: $21.10

Perry wears a Get In Lon Fitness hoodie. | Photo courtesy of Lonnie Perry

6 a.m. For some reason my bed felt more comfortable than usual this morning. So comfortable that I turned off my alarm and slept for another hour! The life of a personal trainer can be taxing at times.

7 a.m. I scroll up and down my timeline on Instagram for about 20 minutes. Its mind-blowing how much time I spend on social media within a day. Some days I delete the entire app off my phone just to channel my time and energy to something more productive.

8 a.m. As I get myself ready for work, I remember today is casual Friday. I take off my uniform to put on something a bit more comfortable.

8:30 a.m. I arrive at work. Two things are happening: its Friday and its payday, so the energy is at an all time high at work this morning! Also, the schedule for today looks light so it should be an easy day.

9 a.m. My coworkers tempt me to purchase breakfast, but I decide to hold off until lunch.

11:30 a.m. I send a few workout routines to my clients. During this time I create a variety of workout routines based on the fitness level of each individual Im training.

1 p.m. I took a late lunch today. I ate two black bean burgers that I purchased from BJs a few weeks ago. As you can see, black bean burgers are one of my favorite things to eat.

3:15 p.m. I wash down my lunch with Fiji water that I purchased from Acme. Lately, Ive been trying to drink at least one gallon of water a day to stay hydrated.

5:30 p.m. I clock out of work. Let the weekend festivities begin.

Daily Total: $3

8:30 a.m. The weekend is normally the only time that I dont have to be up at the crack of dawn. I cherish any moment that I get to sleep in. Sleep is so underrated. During this time I write up workout plan for my bootcamp class that I host every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

10 a.m. The air is very crisp and the sun is shinning bright. The excitement of exercise fills the Art Museum steps. As members of the boot camp begin to arrive, I break down the dynamics of the workout before we get started.

11:30 a.m. My girlfriend and I make a pit stop at Dunkin Donuts for iced coffee. She is usually a Starbucks fanatic but this will suffice for now, as we have dinner reservations later this evening.

3:30 p.m. I travel to the King of Prussia mall where I purchase an outfit. I try to be very strategic when coming to this mall. There are so many options! I get what I need and I leave. This is my first time spending money on clothes in a very long time. I was overdue for some retail therapy.

4 p.m. Before leaving the mall I fulfill my guilty pleasure by getting ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. Its almost automatic that I come here any time Im at this mall.

6:45 p.m. Bon apptit! Dinner at Eddie Vs to celebrate my birthday. I ordered an eight ounce filet mignon with King Crab. Lets just say I didnt have to come out of pocket for this delicious meal!

Daily Total: $375.00 (The majority was spent on clothes!)

Money Spent: $437 (too much!)

Classes Taught: 4

Workouts Completed: 4

A previous version of this article mentioned a personal training session at Planet Fitness. However, they do not permit training from non-employees.

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Why Diet Culture is Toxic – Catholic University of America The Tower

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By Claire Prudhomme

Diet culture is thought of as the status quo of health within the United States and it is hard to see its toxicity until it is pointed out. Some examples of toxic diet culture is societys encouragement of restrictive eating, extreme weight loss and unrealistic body standards. Diet culture leads the consumer to believe that extreme calorie deficits and the use of weight loss pills and shakes are maintainable. Not only are they not sustainable, they also cause a negative way of thinking that can be detrimental to mental health.

The diet culture industry is consistently profiting off of your insecurities. To lose weight, your body has to exert a certain amount of calories more than what you normally take in via food on a daily basis. This obviously varies from person to person but selling this image of a slim girl and what it takes to lose weight is obviously wrong. A diet is only temporary in maintaining a level of health due to the way diets cause so much temporary restriction.

In 2020, the United States diet and weight loss industry was worth $71 billion. The diet industry is not limited to skinny teas, detox pills and colon cleansing. It also has so much to do with food distribution within the United States. Even the mundane items like diet soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, diet-company chains, meal replacements, medical programs and more all are active participants in the way we are influenced by the fitness industry. In fact, the way that stores are organized tend to put healthy food at the forefront of the store.

Social media and the internet has only expedited the effectiveness of the toxic diet industry. With things like the Chloe Ting Workout Challenge and the widespread information about various diets like Keto, people are often left to the persuasiveness of toxic diet culture. The message they receive is what they are doing to be healthy is simply not enough.

Healthy isnt limited to just one look. For so long, an industry has pushed an idea that a person has to be skinny and toned to be healthy. This is not true. Health isnt a one size fits all kind of scenario, it varies and fluctuates throughout a persons life. Diets simply dont contribute to health living, they provide temporary moments of healthy fixation; they dont change the lifestyle of a person.

You dont have to diet to live healthier or even to lose weight. The first step to living a healthy lifestyle is to implement small changes in your day to day life. Instead of eating a cookie every night, maybe try a cup of fruit every now and then. Keep doing this until you feel a habit start to form and studies show that it takes around 66 days on average to form a habit. Try to take the stairs instead of the elevator every once in a while. The key is that you dont do it all at once.

The moment you create a multi-level plan, your brain is destined to be set back. Instead of saying youre going to workout an hour a day, cut out all sweets, wake up early etc., pick one thing to make a habit at a time. If you change habits slowly, you can change your lifestyle permanently.

Also, there is nothing wrong with loving who you are and what you look like now but still want to change to be healthier. Your desire to change should be rooted in a want to feel happier and healthier, not to fit a certain standard. Practicing self-love is more important than fitting into society standards.

Confidence and the way that you look in clothes comes from an acceptance in yourself, not an acceptance by others. The moment that a person accepts themselves for who they are, it is easier to accomplish whatever goals they have.

Your body fuels you, so you better fuel it.

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Global $1.37 Billion Pea Protein Ingredient Market to 2025: A Healthy Alternative to Lactose Intolerant Consumers, Vegetarians and Vegans -…

Dublin, Feb. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Pea Protein Ingredient Market - Global Industry Analysis (2017-2020). Growth Trends and Market Forecast (2021-2025)" report has been added to's offering.

The market is expected to show favourable growth during the forecast period, reaching US$ 1,374.3 million in 2020. In the next five years, the market is expected to register a CAGR 8.4%. The global pea protein market is expected to flourish owing to multifunctional properties of pea protein.

This latest market research report on global pea protein market discusses the changes in the global diet. The growing popularity of veganism in the West and awareness of environmental impact of meat consumption are expected to play a critical role in shaping the market. The research report highlights key drivers, restraints and potential threats to the pea protein market globally.

According to analysts, increased preference of convenience food products is likely to be the key driver. Pea protein is gaining wide popularity as it provides a healthy alternative to lactose intolerant consumers, vegetarians and vegans. Heated conversations around healthy lifestyle choices and conscious consumption are boosting the demand for nutrient-rich protein alternative. Pea protein is also being widely consumed as it can be easily absorbed and digested in the body. The market is increasingly substituting meat industry as it provides simple storage options and has lower processing cost.

The dry segment is expected to lead the global market. The pea flour extracted in the form of powder is dry pea protein. The dry pea protein is known to be more sustainable compared to the conventional protein sources therefore, providing enhanced functionality by increasing its range of applications.

Europe is expected to dominate the global market during the forecast period. This dominance will be due to large scale consumption and production of plant based products. Furthermore, shift of consumer preference towards veganism will also drive the regional market. The growth of this regional market will also be attributable to the awareness about benefits of pea protein. This has also led manufacturers in this region to comply with the EU standards regarding non-GMO products. These factors are likely to boost the demand for market in this region.

The key players are investing in research and development activities to expand and improvise their product portfolio. This will create dominance and increase competition in the market. They are actively investing in research and development activities along with focusing on mergers and acquisitions to stay ahead in the competition.

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The key players operating in the global pea protein market are

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1. Executive Summary1.1. Global Pea Protein Ingredient Market Snapshot1.2. Future Projections1.3. Key Market Trends1.4. Analyst Recommendations

2. Market Overview2.1. Market Definitions and Segmentations2.2. Market Dynamics2.2.1. Drivers2.2.2. Restraints2.2.3. Market Opportunities2.3. Value Chain Analysis2.4. Porter's Five Forces Analysis2.5. Covid-19 Impact Analysis2.6. Economic Overview2.7. Key Developments2.8. Key Regulations2.9. Key Patents

3. Global Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, 2017-20253.1. Global Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, by Nature, Volume (Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017-20253.1.1. Key Highlights3.1.1.1. Organic3.1.1.2. Conventional3.1.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis3.2. Global Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, by Format, Volume (Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017-20253.2.1. Key Highlights3.2.1.1. Isolate3.2.1.2. Concentrate3.2.1.3. Hydrolysate3.2.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis3.3. Global Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, by Application, Volume (Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017-20253.3.1. Key Highlights3.3.1.1. Food & Beverages3. Cereals & Snacks3. Meat Substitute3. Bakery & Confectionery3. Performance Nutrition3. Beverage & Desserts3.3.1.2. Animal & Pet Food3.3.1.3. Pharmaceutical & Dietary Supplements3.3.1.4. Cosmetics3.3.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis3.4. Global Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, by Region, Volume (Tons) and Value (US$ Mn), 2017-20253.4.1. Key Highlights3.4.2. BPS Analysis/Market Attractiveness Analysis

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6. Asia Pacific Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, 2017-2025

7. Latin America Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, 2017-2025

8. Middle East & Africa Pea Protein Ingredient Market Outlook, 2017-2025

9. Competitive Landscape9.1. Company Market Share Analysis, 20199.2. Product Heatmap9.3. Company Profiles9.3.1. Company Overview9.3.2. Regional Presence & Revenue9.3.3. Business Segment Revenue9.3.4. Product Portfolio

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If You’ve Got Grit Then You’ve Got This Pandemic, Says Clarkson University Research – Clarkson University News

A study co-authored by Clarkson University Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Biology Ali Boolani suggests that grit -- one's personality associated with perseverance and passion for a long-term goal -- determines lifestyle behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research appears in the January 2021 issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal Personality and Individual Differences.

The study for the researchers' scientific paper, "Influence of grit on lifestyle factors during the COVID-19 pandemic in a sample of adults in the United States," examined the relationship between grit and lifestyle behaviors during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and initial lockdowns in the United States.

Those with higher grit (more conscientious and more determined to persevere) were more physically active, reported less sedentary time, and practiced better dietary habits.

"Interestingly, grittier individuals are also more likely to want to lead a healthier lifestyle even though they are already leading a pretty darn healthy lifestyle," says Boolani. "So long story short, gritty people led a healthier lifestyle during the pandemic and had a desire to do even better."

Boolani adds that grit is not only a good trait to have to survive the pandemic in a healthy way, but it can also lead to better health during other stressful or negative events, or even in non-pandemic times.

"We should focus on increasing grit in individuals as a way to make them want to lead healthier lifestyles," he says. "There is some great work by Angela Duckworth on grit and how we can increase it.

"Anyone who wants to lead a healthier lifestyle shouldn't just focus on physical activity and a healthy diet, but also focus on increasing their grit. Our research shows that grittier individuals not only led a healthier lifestyle during the pandemic, but they also wanted to continue to improve."

The co-authors of the paper were Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies at University of Regina; and Joel Martin, Nelson Cortes and Shane V. Caswell of the Sports Medicine Assessment Research & Testing (SMART) Laboratory at George Mason University.

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