Saturday, 14 October 2017 / Published in Health & Wellbeing

There are many tips and tricks as to how to lose weight, how to eat better and make smarter health choices in life, but there is one major secret that many overlook: setting realistic goals.

While many set out to lose weight with good intentions and a strong desire to win, most fall short simply because of discouragement. This happens mainly when goals are just too unrealistic. There is a wise saying that states how many of us overestimate what we can do in 30 days, while underestimating what we can do in a year. In the health & wellness game, slow and steady always wins the race. It is all about consistency, desire & longevity. This is no shortcut, shortcuts will always cut you short!

Learn To Set Realistic Goals

One of the most important ways to succeed at weight control is to establish realistic goals and expectations.
Goal setting keeps you motivated and helps you stick with your program, so it’s important to approach it with a thoughtful plan. It’s important to set goals that you can reach and suit your lifestyle. You can always reassess goals and set more challenging ones as you go along.

You might have a combination of goals: your weight-loss goal, your health goals, your exercise goals or your daily servings and calorie goals. 

You must make your goals your own and stay with it. The more aligned they are with your likes and dislikes, your preferences and priorities, the greater your chances of success.

All the best!

Saturday, 14 October 2017 / Published in Health & Wellbeing

One of the best things you can do for your eyes is to eat a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables, but also low in saturated fats and sugar. Along with the vitamins, you should be sure to take in adequate amounts of the minerals zinc and selenium, both of which help protect the retina – the light sensitive part of the back of the eye. You also need some fatty acids – usually from fish – to ensure adequate moisture in your eyes. Ask your family doctor if taking food supplements containing these substances is right for you.

Here are six great foods that help you see clearer & have better vision:

Almonds – Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role as an antioxidant in the body. Vitamin E benefits include protecting the heart, eyes and more.

Fatty fish – Tuna, salmon, and mackerel

Citrus fruits & berries – Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is abundant in vegetables and fruits. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant, it helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin.

Leafy greensLutein, nicknamed “the eye vitamin,” is a type of carotenoid antioxidant that is most well-known for protecting eye health

Eggs – especially the yoke – Lutein, nicknamed “the eye vitamin,” is a type of carotenoid antioxidant that is most well-known for protecting eye health

Carrots – Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is also a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin, and more. 

More than 25 million people worldwide are affected by age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, which according to the American Optometric Association is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55. These diseases are often caused by oxidation and inflammation of the eyes, but research has found that foods rich in the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases. Other studies have found that a diet rich in vitamins C and E, beta carotene, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids can also prevent age-related eye diseases.