Is the Paleo Diet for You?

Is the Paleo Diet for You?

Apr 08

You have undoubtedly heard about the trend of the Paleo diet. Maybe you have even given it a try. In this diet, we are supposed to eat like our ancestors did. In theory, they had a much better idea of what kind of diet we should be eating. The Paleo diet promises everything from clearer skin to fat loss. It is definitely appealing in that way. So is it worth trying?

Let’s compare the diet of the Paleolithic human with the diet of the human today. The Paleolithic human ate three times more produce than the typical person in the United States, much more fiber, much more protein, more vitamins and minerals, more unsaturated fat, more omega-3 fatty acids, and much less sodium and saturated fat. The average person today eats from one of the following calorie sources: yeast breads, pizza, alcoholic drinks, sweetened beverages, chicken-based dishes, and grain-based desserts like cookies and cakes.

So in the Paleo diet, you are supposed to eat raw nuts and seeds, animal products (like eggs and honey), animals, vegetables, and fruits. The Paleo diet would have us avoid any grains, processed oils, or processed food. There are a lot of good things about this diet. Eating more vegetables and fruits and eating less processed foods is a great idea.

I’m not a fan, though, of any diet that says, “you must eat this and never this”. I think it’s better to make small changes to your normal diet than to strictly go with one plan that limits the foods that you can eat. However, there are a lot of things we can learn and implement in our diet from the Paleo diet, like eating more vegetables and fruits and eating less processed foods.

Ultimately, if the Paleo diet works for you than it works for you and you shouldn’t care what I think. Personally, though, I would be less likely to jump on the Paleo diet train and more likely to make smaller changes to my diet.

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Workout Time

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Workout Time

Jan 28

Everyone knows how important exercise is to your health. This is true for anyone, but this is especially true for the recovering addict who is returning to the real world and trying to re-start his or her health. The prospect of working out regularly may seem overwhelming to you, especially if you have never been one to exercise. However, it’s important that as a recovering addict or alcoholic, you cultivate habits that take the place of your previous destructive habits. Here are some tips that will help you.

1. Find an exercise activity you enjoy. There are so many different ways to work out. Try different things and see what you most like to do. Do you like Zumba class? Are you a fan of kickboxing? Have you tried cycling? What about swimming or water aerobics? How about yoga or pilates? It’s important that you find exercise you will want to do. And don’t be afraid to switch it up so it doesn’t get boring.

2. Incorporate cardiovascular exercise with muscle toning. No matter what you do, you want to make sure you are getting a combination of cardiovascular exercise (treadmill, cycling, aerobics, etc.) with muscle toning (lifting weights, sit ups and push ups, etc.). Most fitness classes are going to have both aspects built into the class, but if you would rather work out on your own, that is something to keep in mind.

3. Add a social component to your exercise. We are a lot more likely to maintain our exercise habit if there is a social component. You are more likely to go to your Zumba class if your friends are holding you accountable because they will be there. You are more likely to go hiking if you go with a friend. Besides, you will probably need to focus on the friendships you have with people who want to do healthy things like hiking as opposed to your old drinking buddies.

4. Reward yourself. The best way to make sure you keep exercising is to give yourself a little reward. For every week you make it to the gym three times, reward yourself with a new outfit or a movie you want to see. Keep yourself excited about the prospect of working out!

5. Drink a lot of water, and eat a lot of protein. You want to stay hydrated, and you want to stay energized. Protein keeps you energized for your workout, and water will keep you hydrated. This is going to keep you in a good state while you are working out.

There are many things to consider when it comes to working out. The most important thing is to realize that you can cultivate an exercising habit, and you can be healthy!

4 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy

4 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy

Jan 17

We all worry about keeping our wits about us, especially those of us who used to participate in heavy drug use or heavy drinking. I have a recovered addict friend who used to jokingly refer to himself as “shot out”. So how can we keep our brains in a healthy state? How can we keep our minds sharp and improve our logic, memory, and problem-solving skills? There are many different ways to do that. Let’s explore a few of them.

Read or Listen to Audiobooks. One of the best ways to keep your mind in a good state is to read. If you don’t have a lot of time for reading or you’re more of an auditory listener, listen to audiobooks. Audiobooks are great for when you are driving, when you are at the gym, or when you are doing household chores. Reading interesting non-fiction can contribute to your knowledge and expand your horizons, but even reading for pleasure can exercise certain parts of your brain that otherwise don’t get exercised.

Do puzzles or play games that are good for your brain. You can find lists of games and puzzles on the internet or your phone that will help you to keep your brain sharp and give you something fun to do! Games help us to practice strategizing and using logic, and puzzles can help us to solve problems. These things are going to be great for keeping our brains sharp.

Incorporate meditation into your day. Meditation is a great practice. One way to keep your mind sharp is to give it time off every now and then. If you incorporate five to ten-minute meditation sessions throughout your day where you shut your mind off and focus on your breathing, your mind will be a lot clearer and more focused when you do use it. You won’t identify so much with your thoughts so you won’t get so caught up in them.

Get high-quality sleep. One of the best things you can do for your brain is to get eight to nine hours of high-quality sleep every night. If you are feeling tired because you didn’t get that much sleep, don’t be afraid to take a nap. There are many things you can do to get better sleep like not watching TV in bed and not eating very close to bedtime or drinking caffeine later in the day.

There are quite a few things we can do to keep our minds sharp. Make an effort to incorporate some of these things into your day so you can work on your brain health.

7 Tips to Eliminate Stress

7 Tips to Eliminate Stress

Jan 12

Stress is an inevitable part of life, especially in America. You may feel that there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s particularly stressful to be a recovering addict or alcoholic who is trying to adjust to drug-free life in the real world. Stress can be very damaging to your health. Follow the following tips, and you will be able to eliminate your stress.

1. Get enough exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to help your stress level. It’s not just a matter of going to the gym, but try taking little walks throughout the day or working with a treadmill desk or a stand up desk.

2. Get enough sleep. Make sure you get eight to nine hours of sleep every night. Being sleep deprived can cause your stress level to go way up.

3. Eat a healthy diet. There are plenty of ways to make healthier choices when it comes to your diet. Have a look at some healthy recipes online to eat healthier foods.

4. Don’t live your life behind screens. Life can be stressful if you constantly have your face buried in your phone, behind your computer, or behind your tablet. Don’t forget to get up and stop looking at screens for a little bit each day. Go for more walks. Have more face-to-face interactions with people.

5. Do more things you enjoy. Make time for the things you love to do. Whether it’s going on a camping trip once a month, watching more movies, or reading more spy novels, don’t neglect the things you love to do.

6. Reduce stimulants like nicotine and caffeine. You’ve already stopped alcohol, which can contribute to your stress level, but stimulants like nicotine and caffeine can greatly contribute as well. Cut them out as much as possible.

7. Find a way to relax. Whether it’s taking more bubble baths, getting massages, meditating more, or coloring in an adult coloring book, find good relaxation techniques that will help you to combat stress in your life.

8. There are a lot of different things you can do to eliminate stress. Stress contributes to so many different diseases and conditions that are bad for your health. Getting a handle on it is important. Look back over these tips and try some of them in your own life.