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If we are honest with ourselves, the time goes where we choose to spend it. Sometimes we make good choices on how to spend our time and other times we choose poorly. We all have twenty four hours in a day, sixty minutes in an hour and sixty seconds in every minute. Choosing how to spend our time is a lot like how we choose to spend our money. Many people have a budget for their finances. They know how much money will come in each month, and they choose how much goes to specific things. Sometimes, there is even a little to spare.
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IN SHAPE The Health Plan that Works Many times we do not think about being sick until we are, but did you know there are a few simple things you could do to drastically decrease the probability of getting sick? The nutrients in food have powerful effects on our body. Some nutrients help viruses and bacteria, whereas some fight them. Prevention is truly the best and cheapest health plan.
1 FOLLOW GENERAL HEALTH GUIDELINES
Controlling stress, getting enough sleep, washing hands often, getting enough physical activity, and laughing often also boosts your immune system.
2 AVOID FOODS THAT INCREASE INFLAMMATION
Chronic inflammation leaves your body vulnerable to cancer, heart disease and viruses. Avoid eating a lot of fried and baked foods, foods high in omega-6 Fatty acids, saturated fats, and sugar, and drinking too much alcohol. On the other hand, fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids help fight inflammation. When it comes to Omega 3s, focus on EPA and DHA rather than ALA (the type found in plants). In fact, if you have less than 4 fatty fish (salmon, halibut, and sardines, for example) meals per week, I recommend a daily EPA/DHA supplement.
3 CONSIDER PROBIOTICS
It is estimated that 60-80% of our immune system is in our digestive system, aka “gut.” In order for your digestive system to protect you, it must be healthy. That means it needs the correct balance of microbes. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help balance your gut and promote immunity. Probiotics come in many forms. Look for a brand that contains several live strands and has been shown to survive stomach acidity. If you have been on antibiotics or don’t have a very nutritious diet, probiotics would probably benefit you.
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–For a general guide, most adults need 5-1/2 oz meat and beans, 3 cups of dairy, 2 cups of fruit, 2-1/2 cups vegetables, and 6 oz of grains per day. –Added sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium should be avoided. –The most common mistake is skipping fruits and vegetables, which are packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that play important roles in immunity.
–Be careful not to mega dose on any nutrient without a physician’s guidance. While getting enough of each nutrient is important, more isn’t always better. Some nutrients taken in excess can cause toxicity or interfere with the absorption and metabolism of other nutrients.
5 TAKE A VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT
Vitamin D has many roles in the body and may help prevent many illnesses including Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, and cancer, as well as bacterial infections. I usually recommend 1,000-2,000 IU per day.
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Some studies suggest that sugar decreases the white blood cells’ ability to engulf bacteria by 40%. One study showed that ingesting 75 to 100 grams of sugar (the amount in 24 ounces of soda) affected the immune system as soon as 30 minutes after sugar ingestion and lasted up to 5 hours. This means immediately after significant sugar consumption, your white blood cells could be “paralyzed,” leaving bacteria free to roam and multiply. Am J Clin Nutr November 1973 vol. 26
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What do you do with your spare time? When you arenâ€™t working or hanging out with the family, is there something special you do that helps define who you are? I think most of us have some sort of hobby that engages us. Sometimes is can be creative and relaxing, other times it can be physically and mentally exhausting. Either way, the hobby one chooses to do can become a large part of their life. 10 â€˘ www.adahub.com
The most important thing, though, is that each person find the hobby that is right for them, that opens up their world, and makes their life a little bit better.
One hobby that has become quite popular over the past decade is scrapbooking. This was a natural choice for Cassie Burrows. She has always been interested in art, so when she was introduced to it ten years ago when she was in high school, a love for this creative pursuit for formed. Some people might choose to have scrapbooks with a certain theme, or have them tell a story, but for Cassie it is all about color. This is not surprising since she received an Art degree from ECU. As Cassie says, “Some people love shoes. I love paper.” She can spend six hours decorating a single page, choosing the appropriate colors and designs, and changing them around to get exactly the effect she desires. Though she sometimes makes scrapbooks as gifts, either for her mother or her brother’s high school graduation, they usually function as a reflection on her past year, memorializing the great moments of her recent past. Instead of just putting photos in a frame or an album, Cassie puts them in this decorative setting, taking a year to make each scrapbook. While many people let their photos gather on their phones, pulling them out to show the latest baby picture or sunset, she chooses the individual photos that mean the most to her and turn them into her own creative project.
This isn’t the only creative hobby out there though. Some people choose to model bits of plastic into their own creations. Matt Temple does just this. When he was a little boy, he liked to play with little plastic army men. When he got older, one of his teachers introduced him to a game called BattleTech. Part of the process of this game was modeling and painting robots. This is where he got his start. As he grew older, though, he discovered the game of Warhammer and Warhammer 40K. The armies for these games were more varied and complex than his previous forays into modeling. He can create Britonians (which are the classic knights in shining amour), Vampire Counts (which have hordes of zombies), Imperial Guard (futuristic warriors), and many more. Now he is getting into another game called Flames of War which will give him the opportunity to recreate the 82nd Airborne Division of World War II. Before the modeling and painting, however, he has to decide which model to buy first. It could be a model from his gaming armies or just a really cool model he wants to paint. Then the aesthetic decisions come into play; stance, basing, and lighting all will play a part in the final look of a model. At that point he cleans the model and begins any physical assembly that he needs to do. Then it is on to the painting, which is his favorite part of the process. The painting goes quicker than the assembly and he can also see the results in a more timely manner. “It is quite challenging to make unrealistic objects look realistic,” Matt states. Despite the challenge, though, this is the most satisfying part of his hobby. He takes his own vision and makes it come to life.
While Matt transforms pieces of plastics, some hobbies are about transforming yourself. Michael Radosevich does this through bodybuilding. Michael worked out when he was in high school, playing every sport he could. He didn’t start bodybuilding until he was 18, though, and became friends with Matt Messex. They moved in together and would also work out together. They became interested in bodybuilding, so they started researching what you needed to do. Michael entered his first competition at age 20 and got last place. He was not disappointed though. He was just determined to work harder and do better. He viewed it as a learning experience, not a defeat. Now, three years later, in his fourth competition, he placed third. Though he is glad to see his hard work paying off, he looks to the future with excitement. Bodybuilding is not the hobby that many think it is. It takes immense dedication, not just physically, but mentally as well. In fact, as Michael points out, the mental discipline is much harder than just working out. He only does one competition per year because of the strain it can have on his body and his wallet. Twelve to fifteen weeks before a competition, he has to start preparing. He has to eat eight times a day, drink two Different hobbies fit different people. Perhaps you like to put your memories and moments down on paper, creating your own work of art through scrapbooking. Or maybe you want to assembly and paint knights, zombies, soldiers, and airplanes. Maybe the physical and mental challenges of bodybuilding are what suits you best. The most important thing, though, is that each person find the hobby that is right for them, that opens up their world, and makes their life a little bit better.
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