Making Healthy Food Choices in Your Busy Life!

As you know – I have been on a health kick…so today I’ve got some tips for making healthy food chioces to help you on your road to a better life!

You’ll be pleased to discover that a hectic life doesn’t mean that every meal has to be fast food on the run! Sometimes it’s difficult to make healthy changes, but with a little planning and know-how, it can be done.

You already know how important it is to make healthy food choices for you and your family. But how can you fit the best choices into your busy life?

Here are some strategies to help you and your family make healthy choices:

1. Make dinner time a social experience.

Dinner should be about enjoying your company and taking pleasure in the foods you’re eating.

Dinner becomes a great experience when you’re able to enjoy healthy foods together. Take time to eat as a family and enjoy a real conversation with each other. Talking will naturally slow down your eating pace, while also reconnecting you with your family members.

When you begin to look at mealtime as a social experience, it becomes easier to make the right choices about healthy foods. Suddenly you aren’t so worried about rushing through and making it quick.

2. Avoid temptation.

It’s so easy to walk into the store with good intent, but walk out with bags full of unhealthy foods. Unfortunately, our wills are weak, especially if we’ve trained ourselves over the years to buy junk foods.

* Think of healthier alternatives to your family’s favorite unhealthy foods. Rather than high calorie chips, try trail mixes or rice cakes. Low calorie puddings or frozen yogurts are better alternatives to higher fat ice creams.

* Never shop when you’re hungry. This way you won’t pick out unhealthy choices because they look good at the moment.

* Get rid of the unhealthy foods in your home. If they aren’t around, you won’t be tempted to eat them.

3. Eat fast and healthy meals at home.

When you’re tired at the end of the day and you realize you still have to feed the family, it’s easy to go to a fast food chain and throw fast food on the table. It may save some time, but it won’t save your health – or your pocket book!

* Look online for quick and easy recipes made with all natural ingredients. Many recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less and only have 5 ingredients. Taking the time to do some recipe research will save your sanity in the long run. Then once you find a “hit” with the family, store the recipe in a book or on your computer.

* The great thing is that there are many easy, fast, and healthy foods you can make at home. This takes some planning, but you’ll be more satisfied, save money, and be healthier as well.

* When you cook, make large batches and freeze the leftovers. This way, you’ll already have meals in the freezer that you can just thaw, heat, and serve. No mess, no fuss! This is the opportune way to enjoy “fast” food at home.

4. Eat Slower.

Since the brain takes about 20 minutes to get the signal that the stomach is full, if you eat too fast you’ll pack in a lot more food than you need. When you’re still thinking you’re hungry, it’s easy to make the wrong choices about food. If you slow down while you’re eating, you’ll eat less and you’ll still feel full.

* Set a calming mood before sitting down for a meal. Avoid having the television on or eating as you’re rushing the kids out the door to another activity. Sitting calmly at the table will allow everyone to relax and enjoy their meal.

Using these techniques will bring all kinds of healthy benefits to your family and teach your children a healthy lifestyle. Healthy food choices are a possibility in your busy life if you take the time to plan ahead and make dinner time a priority in your home.

Fitting A Workout Into Your Busy Life

Trying to squeeze in a workout session into our busy lives can be very difficult to do. In fact, we get often get tired of planning and eventually we give up. Exercise has been proven to have a significant effect on a person’s overall physical, mental and emotional well-being. This is our best defense against stress and illness. And because of this scientific reason we should seriously make ourselves a priority and include a workout program into our daily schedule. Exercise is essential when it comes to health and wellness.

To help you get started, here are some tips on how to incorporate workouts in your life.

Wake Up Early

To start your workout for the day, begin by waking up early. A morning exercise fires up your metabolism and helps improve your energy and mood for the day. It might appear difficult at first but soon you will see and appreciate the benefit of setting your alarm clock a little earlier.

Find Your Soulmate Workout

Exercise is not boring if you find something that you love. Try out various activities such as dancing, yoga or even water sports. Indulge in activities that you love. Try new things – there are lots of fun fitness options available. Your favorite activities will add more fun to both your weight loss program and to keeping your life healthy. As time goes by you will realize workouts have become a habit or a welcome release from the pressures of the day.

Walk Your Way to Fitness

Walking is the best and easiest exercise for a busy life. Try to add a daily 30 minute walk to your routine. Instead of taking the elevator try the stairs or park at the far end of the office car park. You will burn more calories by simply walking.

Make It Part Of Your Routine

Try to incorporate working out by making it part of your daily routine. Just like brushing your teeth, eating breakfast or taking a shower.You’ll soon find that you can still manage your day and time. Just make it a habit.

Turn Chores Into Exercise

This is one of the simplest tips when it comes to staying healthy. In fact, chores such as vacuuming or mopping are considered as a low intensity workouts. Make your household chores fun and interesting by turning it into an exercise.

We all have busy schedules but it is not an excuse for not exercising. We can find ways to squeeze a workout into a hectic schedule. We only need to manage our time properly and set priorities in order to achieve healthy goals which lead to a better quality of life.

Getting the Best Price For Your Small Business Life Insurance Policy

Being a small business owner means you have to learn about so many things. A real pain is finding a good small business life insurance policy. It feels, as a small business, that they try and rake you over the coals. When you are only one or two employees they can be even more difficult. The prices are astronomical. The process is like jumping through hoops just to have someone watch and laugh at you. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few things that might help.

Why Bother with Small Business Life Insurance?

Right now, there’s the question of whether or not you should even offer insurance, right? Yet, as a business owner you want to do right by your employees. Often, having a good insurance policy would allow you to give your employees something that makes them happy. Honestly, if done right it does not have to be horribly expensive.

How to Buy a Small Business Life Insurance

Your best bet in buying small business life insurance is to contact a broker or a number of brokers that will walk you through the process. You have enough going on in your business to keep you busy day in and day out. There is no need for you to become an insurance expert. Let the experts be the expert. Talk to 3 to 5 companies at a minimum. Make sure you like the people you’re talking to. If you don’t, get rid of them. This is business, not pleasure. So, make sure that the people you like know their business.

What to Look for in a Broker?

When talking to an insurance broker, you want to make sure they can handle small business life policies. Just because they can sell personal life insurance does not mean they can help you. Ask that question up front in the very beginning. It will save all of you a lot of time. Also, ask them how many small business life insurance policies they have handled. If the number is small, then consider whether or not you want to be there training case.

The Rating of the Company

Ultimately, when you choose a company you need to consider their rating. The bigger your company is, the more likely it is that your insurance policy will be necessary. I realize that is morbid, but it is life. You want to make sure that the life insurance company will be there when you need them. A superior rating is wonderful. I would be wary of anything at fair or below. But that’s just me.