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This Superfood is One of Taylor Swift’s Keys to Weight Loss – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Her stage shows are true feats of endurance, requiring the singer to run, sprint, dance, and shake it for hours on end all while staying perfectly in tune with her songs.

While many stars might rely on backup dancers to carry much of their onstage performance, Swift likes to work hard to stay in perfect shape for her pop star lifestyle.

Taylor Swift definitely puts in work at the gym in order to keep her lean, trim figure. Swift is fond of regular cardio sessions to help build endurance and regularly puts in work on the elliptical or treadmill. Swift is also a known fan of the Body by Simone workouts.

The workouts burn calories through a series of movements that target many different areas of the body. Participants in the classes (which Swift attends in New York City on a regular basis) are encouraged to dance and move to the beat, having fun as they tone up.

Swift isnt a gym rat, and it is clear that when it comes to getting her exercise in, she prefers to do fun workouts that incorporate elements of her performances.

While exercise is important, diet also plays a huge role in staying fit. Taylor Swift follows a basic, realistic eating plan that encourages her to eat like a normal person. She has revealed that during the week, she tries to generally eat as healthy as possible, opting for salads and light sandwiches over heavy entrees like pasta or burgers.

For breakfast, Swift likes to eat a hearty meal of buckwheat pancakes and a fried egg, in order to give herself the energy to fully attack the day no lemon water and puny fruit cup for the hardworking singer.

Still, on the weekends, Swift likes to indulge herself with comfort foods like pizza, wine, and cookies from her favorite bakery in New York. The singer loves to cook at home and is a talented home chef, preferring recipes from Ina Garten.

Swift is also a Starbucks aficionado and treats herself throughout the week with her signature drink the skinny vanilla latte, a sugar-free drink that still has a jolt of sweetness. She balances out her caffeine habit with lots of water and reportedly drinks around 10 bottles of water every day.

Although Taylor Swift seems to stay slim and trim at all times, there are certain occasions when Swift feels the need to really cut calories. When she is trying to lose weight, Swift turns to chia seeds. Chia seeds are tiny, gray seeds that dont look impressive at first glance. But when added to water, the seeds expand, making them feel more like a fulfilling snack.

The seeds have some other health benefits as well. Reportedly, they contain a substantial amount of protein, fiber, and B vitamins.

While they have been touted as a superfood, some experts have pointed out that studies dont really support chia seeds being used as a tool for weight loss. Plus, they are rather high in calories, so it can be easy to go well over the recommended serving size and inadvertently consume too many calories.

In Taylor Swifts case, since she is exercising regularly and lives a generally healthy lifestyle, she likely doesnt turn to chia seeds on a daily basis, but rather, as an occasional dietary aid.

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Inside 4 Elite Thai Fitness And Wellness Centres, And The Figures Who Run Them – Thailand Tatler

Figures behind some of Thailand's top fitness and wellness centres discuss their dedication to people's wellbeing

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Keeping body and mind healthy has never been more relevant in modern times. While the world continues to advance in ways our ancestors would have never thought possible, this progress has come at a cost. The effects of environmental pollution and the sheer pressures of daily life take a serious physical and mental toll on us. With a long history of traditional therapies, Thailand has become associated the world over with physical wellbeing and its establishmentsfrom full-scale health resorts to specialised exercise studioscontinue to enhance this reputation. The masterminds behind a number of these establishments are society figures who practise what they preach when it comes to getting in shape and staying that way.

Opened in 1995 by Boonchu Rojanastien, who sought to create a splendid sanctuary of tranquillity removed from buzzing Bangkok, Chiva-Som Hua Hin has grown to become globally recognised for offering a path to wellness. Since its establishment, the resort has been a seaside favourite for Thais and foreigners alike. The famous spas name means haven of life and wellness is what it excels at, offering a variety of retreats and meticulously created programmes that range from fitness and stress management therapies to accelerated body shaping, chakra balancing and craniosacral solutions among others. Committed to providing world-class facilities, unparalleled skills and depth of knowledge, everything at Chiva-Som promises the utmost diligence and care complemented by the locations serene setting.

Today the spa is run by the late Boonchus son Krip Rojanastien, who says, We have always been committed to evidence-based holistic wellness, which we approach in a comprehensive manner. Even our logo, which represents the body, mind and spirit, encapsulates this. While quick fixes were once a popular go-to, people are becoming increasingly aware of the need for enduring solutions and in line with these changing trends Chiva-Som focuses on sustainable long-term answers. We need to address the root causes of physical and mental fatigue and be sensitive to individual needs, which is why our treatments and programmes are highly personalised, says Krip. We dont believe in simply adapting to changing trends and demands, our aim is to anticipate and pre-empt them.

As Chiva-Som continues to excel so too the industry as a whole in Thailand has boomed. I think the growth of the wellness sector here is a great thing, chairman Krip says, adding, We probably have the worlds best therapists and this type of business leverages an innate skill in Thai people. But it is important that we set high standards for ourselves. We should be aiming to exceed expectations. For Krip that means looking beyond the spa itself. With a keen understanding of the ecological impact of tourism, he is adamant that the business does its part to preserve the local area.

"You cannot expect to have personal wellbeing without environmental wellness. In the last couple of years we have been authorised to manage a plot of 12 rai [over 4.5 acres] of land attached to Wat Krailas, a temple less than three kilometres from Chiva-Som, he explains. We decided to plant over 5,000 trees on the site and turn it into a green area for people to enjoy. The top of the hill where the temple is located offers fantastic views and we have plans to take our guests up there to meditate and walk in the forest to truly get a taste of Thai culture and the tenets of Buddhism.

Although youngsters under the age of 16 are not allowed at Chiva-Som, the award-winning health resort is aiming to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices among children. Our challenge is to bring wellness and sustainability to the local community and the world, says Krip. We have a duty to spread the wellness message among children. We need to make an impression on future generations and the earlier you start the better. This is also why we adhere to the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals.

This year marks Chiva-Soms 25th anniversary and the chairman hopes to reinforce its formidable reputation with expansion to Qatar with the management of Zulal Wellness Resort, the countrys largest, and the regions first, full-immersion spa.

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Another award-winning Thai wellness establishment is The Barai, which opened at the Hyatt Regency in Hua Hin in 2007. According to Vansamorn Wannamethee, CEO of Chai Talay Property, owner of the facility, it took years to put the project together. Although it has garnered a reputation as a premier luxury spa, Vansamorn stresses that The Barai is more than that. We offer a journey for the mind, body and spirit, she says. Designed by Thai architect and National Artist Lek Bunnag, the spa has a unique setting that uses the architecture as a tool to not only foster a sense of inner peace but also to stimulate emotions and curiosity of the mind. The minute our customers enter the property we want them to feel relaxedto feel as if they have left all their stress behind them, Vansamorn says. Art as architecture is a key concept here in creating the right atmosphere. Even before guests indulge in our therapies, just walking around the property takes them on a journey of the emotions.

The Barai offers a wide range of treatments that take inspiration from traditional Thai methods but also infuse innovative Western therapies. In addition, it recently introduced what it calls its lifestyle collection packages that Vansamorn says were carefully created to instil lasting healthy lifestyle changes based around three pillarsrelaxation, exercise and nutrition. This holistic approach to wellness includes the use of technology and science. For example, our consultations feature specially calibrated machines to measure muscle mass and so forth, the CEO adds. Our qualified trainers and therapists are well versed in scientific and non-invasive ways to get you fitter and healthier without damaging your body. Running any kind of business in an environmentally friendly manner is crucial today and Vansamorn and her team are committed to ensuring the use of organic products, decreasing the use of plastic, recycling the spas water and more besides. We are also very careful in terms of where and from whom we source our ingredients for products, she says. We try to make everything that we do here as natural, organic and sustainable as possible.

While The Barai has been successful over the years, earning many accolades, Vansamorn is looking to up the spas game. To be honest, having only eight suites when demand is so high has been quite limiting, so we are looking to expand in the future. We have a plot of land next door and we are working on expansion concepts now.

Vansamorn hopes to see Thailand reinforce its position as a top wellness hub in the world. We have already made a name for ourselves but I think Thailand has yet to reach its full potential. Thai people have so much to offer. Instead of our therapists going to work abroad the focus should be here. We want to draw people to our beautiful country. As for The Barai, we will continue to build on what we have, she says. I think we have been able to show the world that when you truly strive for excellence you can achieve it.

The number of spa and wellness establishments in Thailand has boomed in recent years and while the allure of the more lavish and well-appointed spas and wellness centres is attractive, there is also a certain charm and appeal in the smaller scale, more laid-back venues. Take 209 Aesthetic and Wellness Studio in Rama IX Road, for example, which came to existence just over a year ago as a result of two mothersMR Chantaraladda Yukol, known as Yingair and Orawan Setabandhu, or Yuiwho wanted to provide a cosy facility for women, particularly pregnant women and new mums, to pamper themselves and get back in shape. Many new mothers, myself included, want to get back into shape as soon as possible after having a child, but pregnancy and childbirth change you physically, so it isnt always easy, says Yingair. We wanted to help mothers feel good in their skins, feel pretty and get fit again.

Located in a detached house with a small garden area, 209 Aesthetic and Wellness Studio is a full-service spa that combines traditional therapies with advanced modern techniques in personalised treatments. Its post-pregnancy programmes entail toning and slimming massages, among other things, and are coupled with the use of a variety of specially formulated toning creams and oils, as well as cellulite-targeting machines.

What is clear for us is that we do not want to get into the more medical and invasive side of things, she says. I think people these days are too willing to be prodded by needles for beauty. This is why here at 209, we focus on different types of massages and traditional knowhow and the overall experience of being pampered. You might see slower results but it is effective. We embrace the use of touch combined with organic products.

The convenient thing about 209 is that customers can indulge in aromatherapy, slimming massages, facial massage and other regimens, all for a reasonable price. The problem with so many of the spas and wellness centres out there these days is that they are extremely overpriced, Yingair says. I understand that this might be the case perhaps because of the very advanced technologies they use but we wanted to make 209 accessible to everyone. Yes it is a business, but we are doing this from the heart based on what we are passionate about and we want to be able to share that passion with others.

A year into the business, Yingair says they are not quite at the stage of expanding into additional branches just yet. For now, it is about perfecting what they are doing and continuing to offer a sanctuary where people can feel at home and relaxed. We are, however, considering selling our high-quality products online, the entrepreneurial mum explains, adding, I come into the spa every week to make sure everything runs smoothly. We have a great team who have helped to build a loyal clientele.

Although there is a growing interest for working out and getting fit, the gym is not necessarily for everyone. Luckily for those in search of fun way to stay healthy, theres Tribe Bangkok, a boutique fitness studio on Ploenchit Road in the heart of the city. While the emphasis is on spinning classes, the studio also offers barre classes and boxing as ways to build stamina and achieve all-round fitness. What is also unique is that all classes are conducted to a specifically designed, tempo-driven play-list and led by energetic instructors who motivate participants.

Tribe is the brainchild of Pasu Liptapanlop and co-founders Ploy Bhinsaeng and Natapa Sriyuksiri. I used to live in Singapore where I got to experience spinning for the first time, says the son of politician Suwat Liptapanlop explaining how Tribe came about. I really enjoyed it but when I returned to Bangkok I couldnt find a place offering spinning classes, so my friends and I thought to open a place where people could try it as an enjoyable form of exercise. From the start our focus has been on community, which is a key factor that drives Tribe. We wanted to create an interactive space where like-minded people could burn off energy and leave in a good mood. Our classes are made to generate positive vibes and good energy.

In fact, at Tribe everything is meticulously created to ensure a sense of enjoyment. Exercise becomes a chore when it is boring, Pasu laughs. Hence our use of music. People really open up and feel more engaged when they are surrounded by music, following the beat. It sets the tone of the classes and really helps you get in the zone.

Kitted out with top-notch equipment, Tribe is the citys first venue to use high-quality aqua punching bags, known to enhance the boxing experience. We make no compromises with our equipment. And because we are a boutique studioas opposed to being part of a big chainwe can afford to take our time and really fine-tune things to get our classes right, says Pasu. We allow our instructors to set their own rules in terms of how they want to conduct their classes, which enables them to form close teacher-student relationships with their customers, he adds.

The indoor cycling experience at Tribe is a full workout that burns calories while improving cardiovascular health and building strength and endurance. The benefits of spinning classes are undeniable and Tribes way of offering a fun and dynamic means to stay fit has become a popular choice for people of all ages. We have clients ranging from teenagers to people in their 60s. Working out here is also a communal thing with friends and family signing up for classes as groups, Pasu says. Its about teamwork and how you combine positive energy together. Currently, people are more concerned about health and work-life balance and its not just about exercising but how you service both body and mind. I think our classes answer both.

Looking ahead, Pasu and his team intend to continue improving and create new products. We have to make sure that our ideas are executed in the best way possible and we want to keep rolling out new classes and enhancing the experience for our customers before looking to expand. It is important people truly understand what we stand for.

See also: The New Age of Altruism: Young Thais Who Make Giving Back A Life's Priority

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CPL promoting healthy lifestyle through sports – POST-COURIER

January 9, 2020


City Pharmacy Limited netball club received new uniforms that include polo shirts to participate in the NCD Private Companies netball competition this season.

It is also the companys objective to support and encourage its staff, especially women to stay fit and healthy during their free time.

The competition serves well in empowering women in sport, promoting healthy lifestyles, community, social and individual networking among staff.

Sport has become an important medium of communication among the CPL staff and their colleagues from other clubs competing in the netball competition.

Coach Oti Lasagavibau (pictured), who is also an employee of the CPL Group of Companies, said the competition was an avenue for the company promotes healthy and beauty lifestyles because it was also involved in promoting, marketing and selling health beauty products to stay healthy and keep fit.

She is urging all women to take part in sporting and fitness activities and take exercise seriously and at the end of the day their bodies are healthy and fit.

Rose Rauka, the team captain who works with the companys finance department was thrilled with the new uniforms and polo shirts that the club had received.

She said playing netball during her free time outside of the office helped her to stay physically fit and taking part in the NCD Private Companies netball competition builds their network and it strengthens their relationship also with employees from other business houses.

The competition, only held in Port Moresby attracts companies from the private sector operating in and around the National Capital District.

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Work-life balance: Is our mental health taking a toll due to stress – Hindustan Times

In our hectic lifestyle, often our workplace is the source of a lot of pressure and workload. We need to learn to maintain a balance, not letting our work stress permeate into our personal lives and vice versa, while at the same time ensuring to keep in mind the following steps to maintain our psychological well-being at the workplace.

Time management

Effective time management is the key to staying mentally healthy. Make it a point to disconnect from work on the weekends. It is important to set realistic goals, prioritize tasks and maintain a balance between demands of work, family as well as personal life.

Adopt healthy lifestyle choices

A disciplined and healthy lifestyle is very beneficial in maintaining mental health. An adequate sleep, a proper diet, and regular physical exercise would help us stay physically as well as mentally fit.

Avoid monotony

Often the mundane routines could become very depressing. It is useful at times to alter the physical appearance of your work station. Rearrange your desk, make efforts to brighten the room, and also try and bring changes in your work routine.

Allow yourself to take regular breaks

It is important to allot a me time, allowing yourself to get refreshed. It is ok for you to have a do nothing in your to-do list. Listen to yourself, and take time out from work and family.

Planning a short vacation could be one of the best ways to de-stress! It is important to keep aside some time for a recovery period along the way, to help replenish the energy being invested by you. This is not just a reward to give yourself for your efforts, but also a necessity for you to rejuvenate and take care of your own needs.

Keep it simple

Try and focus on one thing at a time. Maintain clear boundaries, and work towards short term goals. De-clutter your work space, and try to keep it simple, neat and tidy. Simplicity in your work environment would prevent distractions, and would help keep you motivated to work.

Focus on yourself

Instead of comparing notes with others, try to focus on your own performance. Despite of living in this competitive world, it is more beneficial to be focussed on your own work and efforts, rather than trying to succeed over others. Remember your own goals and targets, and be motivated towards it.


There will inevitably be times when you have too many things to be done. Rather than getting flustered, reorder the priorities in your head, striking off the less important or urgent ones and focussing on the present instead. At times like this, its important to take a step back and introspect on the reasons of our actions and why we want to achieve what weve wanted to.

Have realistic expectations

Getting caught up in the hectic pressures of our work often leads us to expect too much from ourselves or from others as well. Therefore, it is necessary to be able to remind yourself to be realistic in your evaluations, so that your decisions are based on objective facts rather than your faulty and unrealistic expectations. Always keep the external factors in mind, which are not in your control, to avoid experiencing chaos and confusion at the last minute.

Maintain clear boundaries

Not letting your personal life mix with your professional life though sounds quite an impossible quest, actually isnt so difficult to achieve. It is essential to ensure you have dont let your work spill into your home life as this is likely to have an adverse influence on your interpersonal relationships. At the same time, do not let your personal problems interfere with your professional responsibilities at your workplace.

Dont overcommit

Be aware of your limitations and also accept them. The goals that you set for yourself must be doable and achievable, without having excessively high or optimistic expectations from yourself. Take on only as much as you can handle, and its ok for you to delegate tasks to others or to be assertive.

Use humour

If you make an effort to find opportunities to smile and laugh often, not only would this help lighten your mood, but it will also have a positive effect on the others around you.

This is the cheapest and easiest stress-buster ever. While it is easy to get trapped in the vicious cycle of a hectic routine, it is more important to remember to enjoy yourself. Look for opportunities to laugh at, and humour is a great way to lighten the mood and relieve your stress levels. Being at work doesnt mean you cant have fun!

(The author is Consultant Psychiatrist and Director at Fortis School Mental)

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Netflix roasted for leading viewers astray with health misinformation in Gwyneth Paltrows Goop show – RT

Gwyneth Paltrows wellness brand Goop has secured its own show on Netflix and anti-pseudoscience crusaders are demanding its cancellation, insisting the doyenne of jade vaginal eggs is hurting people with health misinformation.

Paltrows medical faddism does real harm by contributing to the erosion of critical thinking, University of Alberta researcher Tim Caulfield tweeted on Monday after Netflix posted a teaser for the premiere of The Goop Lab later this month, setting off a firestorm of panic among a certain stripe of science enthusiast. The idea of an entire show devoted to whatever bizarre health practices the actress can dredge up from obscurity - the teaser mentioned psychic readings, exorcisms, and cold therapy - has triggered calls for its cancellation from skeptics who fear an outbreak of 'monkey see, monkey do' among its audience.

Caulfield wrote a whole article last month eviscerating the celebrity wellness industry, insisting that while it might seem like a relatively harmless form of profiteering, it actually gives cover to scientifically-unproven health practices. Non-pharmaceutical procedures like cryotherapy, gluten-free dieting, and IV vitamin therapy - to say nothing of the jade egg that made Goop a household name - would be utterly obscure if not for their celebrity boosters, he argued, accusing celebrities of contributing to a culture of untruth and confusing people about what a healthy lifestyle entails.But pharmaceutical companies - FDA-approved drugs being the preferred route to health for many critics of Paltrow and other celebrity wellness gurus - spend over $6.4 billion advertising their products to customers every year. Some of these ads use celebrities - who can forget then-presidential candidate Bob Doles star turn in that Viagra ad, or Olympic athlete Bruce (now Caitlin) Jenners fulsome praise of painkiller Vioxx on the Larry King show? Vioxx may have gone on to kill tens of thousands of people, but at least they werent taken in by some snake-oil seller like Goop. Surely, Americans should have the right to choose whether theyd prefer to pop pills, juice, or shove a jade egg where the sun doesnt shine?

Not to Caulfield and the others who joined him in speaking out against The Goop Lab. An absence of critical thinking and a favorable feeling for celebrity anecdotes have combined to short-circuit our natural skepticism, he insists, going so far as to link the Goop craze with the fake news epidemic. Indeed, hes written an entire book slamming Paltrow and Goop - apparently hoping readers will stop uncritically listening to and funneling money to celebrity wellness gurus and start uncritically listening to and funneling money to him instead. Its a microcosm of the fake news epidemic in general, which exists largely in the minds of establishment journalists angry when their audiences prefer competing narratives.

A petition, apparently launched last year when the show was first proposed, warns that Goop is scaring people away from vaccinating their children and warns that a measles epidemic underway in Washington at the time would worsen if people take the celebritys advice. Ironically, the petition features an image of a baby suffering a rash in reaction to receiving the smallpox vaccine - though it had been erroneously passed off as a child with measles by CNN. Paltrow is routinely excoriated for introducing the world to holistic health psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, who espouses a link between vaccines and autism, in 2018, even though the Goop website dismisses the vaccine-autism link as a conspiracy theory in the only vaccine-related article it has published.

The petition author isnt the only one to draw a direct causal line between Paltrows show and declining enthusiasm for vaccines - some went even further and suggested children would die of vaccine-preventable diseases if The Goop Lab was allowed to air.

Others (accidentally) admitted that real scientists already have health shows, and that those are carried by Netflix already.

While the common line seemed to be that the bizarre treatments publicized by Goop were harmful, even predatory

some pointed out that not all medical treatments were particularly scientific or healthy, either.

Paltrows show may give a voice to the most ridiculous pseudoscience, but censoring it because harm is a step down a slippery slope that ends in barring coverage of all treatments that fall outside the scope of orthodox medicine from the airwaves. Every medical innovation has faced doubt before becoming widely accepted - better to beef up ones own critical thinking abilities than impose censorship in service to the lowest common denominator.

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Understanding the Health Triangle, Social, Physical and Mental Health in Human Life – Thrive Global

One commonality virtually everyone in the world has iswanting to be healthy and in shape. We do this by dreaming about our dreambodies, fantasizing about what we want to look like in our clothes, and othersimilar ways. Whats interesting is that most of us know the steps we need totake to create that life.

Whether its cutting junk food out of our diet or increasing the number of daily activities we do, the problem is that most of us are stuck with simply starting the journey. However, this process doesnt have to be complicated.

Simply starting the steps you know you need to takeputs you much closer than you think to achieve your goals. In saying that, youalso dont want to jump into what you think is a healthy lifestyle completelyblind. Here is a problem that many people make. Doing the wrong routines orplans to get in shape has the potential to do more damage to your body than notdoing anything at all.

For the most part, simple research about your body typeand conditions should give you a good idea of how to go about starting yourhealthy lifestyle. Worth noting, this journey is going to take more than simplyworking out regularly and eating nutritional foods.

Creating this life has proven to be more of a mentalstrain than anything else. In other words, it will require you to push yourselfto your physical and mental limits to see how far you can go. Once you knowyour limits, you give yourself more room to try new things to increase yourchances of succeeding in your goal to be a healthy person. With this in mind,lets go over seven tips you must follow to stay in shape and be healthy.

1: Hydrate

Hydrating is one of the most overlooked tips yet one ofthe most effective in helping you stay in shape. If you drink at least a gallonof water a day, your energy and performance output will stay consistentthroughout the day.

2: Avoid Starvation Diets

Despite popular belief, you dont need to starveyourself to stay in shape. All in all, stick to diets that keep you energizedas opposed to ones that starve you to lose weight.

3: Find An Exercise YoullEnjoy

As we all know, exercising will need to be a part of your life whetheryou like it or not. However, there are ways to make it fun and exciting. Bymixing exercising with a sport or activity you like doing, you can trickyourself into thinking youre not working out at all.

4: Eat Foods Youll Enjoy

One thing that avoiding starvation diets will allow youto do is eat foods you enjoy eating. This should be the main priority of yourdiet over anything else. Just keep in mind that you know what foods are morehealthy for you than others. 63 per cent of Australian adults were overweightor obese while 35.7%among American young adults were obese due to unhealthy eating habits.

5: Have Regular Physical Check-Ups & Insurance

Your body can be looked at as the vehicle you drive tocreate a healthy lifestyle. For this reason, it needs to be maintained andchecked for any irregularities. You can do this by having regular check-upswith your doctor. Also worth noting, this is where having health insurance comes into play. This will protect youagainst any uncertainties that prevent you from making any progress. TheAustralian healthcare system is broadly funded by the government & byprivate health insurance as well. The healthcare is borne by NGOs, with asignificant cost being borne by individual patients. Thereby, you must alwayscheck the facilities & benefits provided to you by your countryshealthcare system or private firms with better facilities & affordableoptions & choose the one that stands perfect as per your needs.

6: Surround Yourself WithHealthy People

They say that you end up taking the characteristics andlikeness of the people you surround yourself with the most. If this is true,surround yourself with people that already have the lifestyle that you want tolive.

7: Be Consistent!

Arguably the most important quality to have whencreating a healthy lifestyle is consistency. You need to remind yourself thatthe most in-shape people today didnt get there overnight. Taking smallincrements over time will get you to where you want to be physically andmentally.

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Ask the Expert: Will an Ayurvedic Diet Cure My Winter Blues? –


We chatted with the lead Ayurvedic Counselor at Boston's Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline to get the low-down on this ancient Indian practice.

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If youre starting the new year with some winter doldrums and struggling to meet unrealistic fitness goals, maybe what you need isnt a laundry list of resolutions but a fresh perspective on health. Insert: Ayurveda.

Everything that goes on in the universe, and in our lives, is a transfer of energy. We put food into our bodies to create energy. We interact with one another and either pass on energy or take energy. And as the seasons change, we experience a monumental shift in energy. Think back to the summer: You probably had a lot more energy during the dog days of August than you do now. This is what the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda is all about: Balancing energy systems with the cycles of nature.

It can be a hard thing to conceptualize since city living has become so far removed from nature. Plus, Boston is teeming with technology. Even the wellness industry is filled with new and innovative ways to help us become healthier, stronger, and betterfaster. And theres nothing inherently wrong with the push for more, but at what point do we sacrifice intuition for innovation and the betterment of the collective for solitary prestige?

We chatted with Claire Este McDonald, nurse and lead Ayurvedic Counselor at Bostons Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline, to get a better understanding of Ayurveda and how to apply it to everyday lifeespecially, and most importantly, while living amidst the hustle and bustle of a city.

Ask the Expert: Will an Ayurvedic diet cure my winter blues?

The answer: Maybe. But remember, diets dont work. Its about consistent and healthy lifestyle habits, which is what the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda is all about.

To understand Ayurveda, you have to understand the five elements of naturespace, air, fire, water, and earththat, combined, make up the three doshas, or energies, that all Ayurveda principles rely on. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We all have some aspects of each dosha, but for the most part, lean heavily towards one. There are multiple online questionnaires to help you find out which doshas youre made ofbut like any personality test, take it with a grain of salt.

McDonald explains that Vata energy embodies the elements of space and air and is the energy of movement. Pitta reflects the qualities of fire and water and resembles transformation, while Kapha embodies water and earth and personifies structure.

She points out that none of us are the same, as in all things. By understanding which energies we are made up of, we can better maintain our nutrition and exercise to instill balance throughout the seasons, because as we move throughout the different seasons, these energies are higher during different times.

In the fall we begin to have more roughness and coldness in the air, or Vata energy, McDonald says. It becomes very mobile, light, and dry, and those who have higher Vata qualities might notice dryer skin, stiffer joints, a harder time getting going in the morning, and your energy might become more erratic.

Conversely, in the summer, Pitta energy is higher and we crave lighter foods, our moods are boosted, and our overall morale is a little livelier. Which seems rudimentary, but there are lessons to be garnered through Ayurveda. And as McDonald tells me, it all comes down to how well were digesting our food.

In the winter, we need nourishing foods that are grounding, she says. Its why our bodies crave heavier and denser foods like soups and stews. She recommends incorporating spices like ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cumin to your meals as well as fennel. And she says when you sit down to eat, dont hold backeat, and eat a lot.

Grounding exercise in the winter is also a good idea. But overexercise is not good, she adds. Do things you are drawn to and exercise to the point where your upper lip becomes sweaty. It cleans the skin and the channels of the body to improve circulation, and at the end of the day, its basically a way to get your bowels moving. Because, as stated earlier, its all about how well youre digesting your food.

In the summer, all the opposites are true. You might not be as hungry, McDonald says, so you want to consume foods that stimulate digestive firewhat she calls our ability to digest food in an appropriate manner. Foods that fit the bill include parsley, coriander, and cilantro, and she suggests also taking advantage of the bountiful harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables during this time of year.

The basics of Ayurveda are simple: Eat with the seasons and listen to your body. But theres a whole system of practices and diagnostics beyond nutrition and exercise to explore that an Ayurvedic practitioner can help you with. And as with all things related to a healthy lifestyle, its about creating a routine you, and only you, can maintain.

Sometimes we act as if were the only people that exist in the universe, McDonald says. The universe has an impact on everyone and energy is constantly flowingit cannot be created nor destroyed. Its simply transferred. How is it flowing through you and what can you do to optimize it? We have more control over our health than we realize.

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Live Well San Diego kicks off 10th anniversary celebration – CBS News 8

SAN DIEGO Live Well San Diego kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration this weekend with a pair of fun activities. San Diego Countys vision for a region that is healthy, safe and thriving was celebrated at a San Diego Gulls ice hockey game and during the grand opening of the new Sweetwater Bike Park.

During their game against the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday night, the San Diego Gulls became the newestLive Well San Diego partner, bringing the total number of recognized partner organizations to 479. The Gulls were presented with a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors recognizing the organizations commitment to advancing the Live Well San Diego vision.

We were proud to welcome the San Diego Gulls as a Live Well San Diego partner during Saturdays game. It was great so many County of San Diego employees were in attendance, said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. Athletes and sports teams understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and set a great example for all of us. The hard work and dedication the Gulls make daily to Live Well San Diego should be an inspiration to us all. Its great to have them on the Live Well team.

Launched in 2010, the Live Well San Diego vision was created by San Diego County in response to statistics that found that throughout the nation and locally three behaviors (poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and tobacco use) were contributing to four diseases (heart disease/stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and respiratory conditions) that resulted in more than 50% of deaths in the county.

To address these issues, the county partnered with schools, government agencies, businesses, neighborhood-based organizations and other entities to leverage existing resources to improve the health and well-being of all County residents.

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In the past decade, organizations and individuals have shared their knowledge, resources and ideas to address a broad spectrum of community concerns, from access to health care to crime prevention to improving the natural environment.

The 10th anniversary kickoff events over the weekend were the first of many planned for the coming months. The next event will be Love Your Heart on Valentines Day, Friday, February 14. For more information on all upcoming Live Well San Diego events, visit the Live Well San Diego 10thanniversary website.

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New year, new healthy you – Norwalk Reflector

Whether it is sticking to a new diet, increasing physical activity,or quitting tobacco, Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is here to help and encourages residents tostick to it.

General goals such as I want to be healthier in 2020, have good intentions, but oftentimes are hardto define and become unsustainable. However, taking those good intentions and breaking themdown into a few small goals can help keep you on track of reaching that new healthy lifestyle.

HCPH recommends the following steps for a healthier new year:

Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular exams and tests canhelp find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when yourchances for treatment and cure are better.

Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness.

Make healthy food choices. A healthy eating plan includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains,and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs,and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Startsmall and reduce your consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages like pop and juice anddrink more water instead.

Get active. Start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further from yourdestination. Consider mall walking if the weather is cold or icy. Adults should get at least 2 1/2 hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity.

Be smokefree. If you are ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569 for Spanish speakers) for free resources, including free quitcoaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources whereyou live.

Get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases andconditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Adultsneed seven or more hours per night.

Manage stress a good diet, sufficient sleep (at least 7 1/2 hours per night), daily exercise andwellness activities, like yoga and meditation, are key ingredients to maintaining and improving your mental health, but dont hesitate to ask for help from a mental healthprofessional when you need it.

HCPH programs and resources are available online at To schedule a flushot appointment with HCPH, call 419-668-1652 ext. 241.

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It takes two The secret to maintaining a healthy lifestyle – Express

As a result of getting fit and healthy with a friend, 62 percent agree they are more likely to stick with a new plan. And one in four believes they burn off more calories when working out with a friend than they do alone. A third of those polled in the study, commissioned by WW Weight Watchers even admitted they would give up sooner without the help of another person to keep them going. Half put the success with a friend down to feeling more motivated, 44 percent enjoy planning meals together and a quarter prefers having someone to exercise with.

But the average adult admitted to falling out of a gym routine after 10 weeks and slipping up around eight weeks into a diet.

Zoe Griffiths, the global director of nutrition at WW: It's interesting to see how much of a positive influence a partner can have on Brits sticking to diet plans and fitness routines.

"Whether it's giving up something together such as chocolate, or hitting milestones together like five or 10k runs, it always helps having someone else going through the same emotions.

"You're more likely to stick to a wellness commitment or diet when you do it with someone else you can lean on for support and motivation.

"It helps you to be more open and honest about your diet, makes activities like working out more enjoyable and softens the fear of failure."

The study also found two thirds are planning on getting healthy with their other half, while a fifth is taking the plunge with a friend.

An eighth are even attempting to make a lifestyle change with their colleague.

A third of those polled admitted they usually need to be motivated when sticking to a health plan, with their friend considered to be the best at giving them a boost when they need it.

More than a fifth (22 percent) also said it's easier to be active if it means spending time with a relative or buddy.

And one in four finds following a plan with a fitness partner both confidence boosting and fun.

A further 22 percent said if they're following an exercise regime with a companion they wouldn't quit even if they wanted to because they wouldn't want to be the one to let the team down.

Similarly, three in 10 admitted to cancelling on a gym buddy in the past, which left 48 percent feeling guilty and more than a quarter feeling lazy.

When it comes to eating, one in four prefer meal-planning with someone else rather than going it alone and 15 percent admitted it is most difficult to stick to a healthy diet when eating out with friends.

A fifth of those polled struggle with their food plans when on holiday.

Zoe Griffiths added: "With the pressure of new year, new you ever prevalent, we want people to feel as though they are set-up for the best possible chance of success when it comes to achieving their wellness goals.

"A unique WW insight has shown than members who join together are likely to lose up to 14 per cent more weight than those who join alone, so the results from this study make total sense."

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