Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy LifeA healthy lifestyle is important for everyone. Insomnia and not getting a good night’s sleep can be frustrating and impact on your day to day living and quality of life. Sleep problems can be caused by changes in your daily routine, times of worry, a new baby, shift work or sleep apnoea, but the good news is there are many things you can do to help yourself.

If your asthma is getting you down or if you feel anxious, tell your doctor. The data presented in this chapter show a high level picture of trends in life expectancy and health in England. These trends are influenced by changes in patterns of mortality (chapter 2) and changes in the prevalence of disease over time (chapter 3).

Being the healthiest you can possibly be means eating a variety of healthy foods, being physically active and understanding the nutrients you need to protect your bones, immune system, physical and mental health. A healthy eating plan, knowing which diets work, how active you should be for your age and what you can do to manage your weight are important too. What about getting a good night’s sleep, knowing how much alcohol puts you in the risky category and the benefits of stopping smoking even after 24 hours? All these things contribute to a healthier life and we have topped it off with recipes from Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella.

Meatless Monday is an international movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15%. On average, Americans consume 8 ounces of meat per day — 45% more than the USDA recommends. Going meatless one day a week can reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help limit people’s carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Check out featured meatless options at FFC and Nolan’s.

So, what do we need to do to enhance the length and quality of our lives even more? Researchers worldwide are pursuing various ideas , but for Mattison and colleagues, the answer is a simple change in diet. They believe that the key to a better old age may be to reduce the amount of food on our plates, via an approach called calorie restriction”. This diet goes further than cutting back on fatty foods from time-to-time; it’s about making gradual and careful reductions in portion size permanently. Since the early 1930s, a 30% reduction in the amount of food consumed per day has been linked to longer, more active lives in worms, flies, rats, mice, and monkeys. Across the animal kingdom, in other words, calorie restriction has proven the best remedy for the ravages of life. And it’s possible that humans have just as much to gain.