Happiness improves your health

Through the years everybody encounters hardship. It’s part of life. The big question is: what do you do in these moments of need. Will you sit in a corner and feel sorry for yourself? Will you go on as if nothing is the matter? Or will you grab yourself by the shoulders and shake yourself up?

Happiness improves your health

I have been the caregiver of my parents for 2 decades. While being an entrepreneur and aging myself as well this took a toll on me. At times I was so tired I couldn’t imagine feeling joyful and happy.

Yet I chose to shake myself up. It wasn’t easy, I must admit. The main obstacles were internal. This little voice in my head said: “You can’t do it”, “You’re too old”, “You’re a woman” or “Everybody has a hard time now and again”.

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Healthy Lifestyle: 25 Tips to Celebrate your Leisure Time

1. Spend time with your better half

Healthy Lifestyle: 25 Tips to Celebrate your Leisure Time

Both my husband and I were solo entrepreneurs working from home. Being in the same building the whole day is no guarantee you really connect to each other. Nowadays, after our move to Spain, we still spend a lot of time solo in our study rooms. Every day we make it an effort to do things together with full attention for each other.

2. Leisure time playing

Play a game with your (grand)kid, a friend or with the neighbor kid. Fool around with things you find. Try to remember what the movements were of old nursery rhymes and relive them.

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What not to do when you want to lose weight

Stick to your goal

When I was young I weighed 50 kg. With my height of 1.72 m that hardly was sufficient and I often had black spots in  my eyes when I rose from a squatting or sitting position.

After my pregnancy this changed dramatically. I was happy I had gained 20 to 25 kg and that I didn’t lose it after giving birth to my son.

The menopause brought another change. Suddenly I saw myself in the mirror with a bloated head. I had gained too much weight and it showed. When I finally had the nerve to weigh myself, the scale showed an unwanted 86 kg.

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Portion distortion at your plate

Pasta Ratatouille Bake – One of my favorite recipes

A good health as well as a poor health are quite often attributed to our diet. There is a limited truth in this. Our age, the height and weight of our body, our lifestyle, and also our hormones, potential medication, and our health status, contribute to how we feel. As far as food can make us feel better, it is good to reflect on our dietary intake.

Good health, good weight, and good food

Although there is an abundant amount of information on the Internet on food, it’s very easy to get totally at loss. Just try to answer the question how you can combine the goal of a steady and acceptable weight, with a good health and exceptional good food. The best I found on the Internet is the ‘weight loss plan’ of the National Health Service (NHS UK – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/start-the-nhs-weight-loss-plan/).

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Reaching a desired goal

Lose weight slowly and healthy to feel great about yourself.

It was horrible to see our friend that ill. And even worse hearing his story about unattended complaints and wrong diagnoses. It got us thinking. How could we be sure we didn’t have any hidden illnesses?
So as soon as we could, we went to the GP for a blood and a urine test.

What a disappointment. Both our cholesterol levels were way too high. And here we thought we were doing so well, eating healthy and moving a lot. The solution was to lose weight. I had to lose at least 10 kilos and my husband 15.

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