5 Healthy Reasons to Take a Vacation

We’ve all been there. Life gets too busy and we claim that we can’t take a vacation. Even if you cannot afford to go to a luxurious place, why not make the most of what you have? Take a road trip and go sight seeing. Simply getting your mind off of your crazy, hectic daily life can work wonders for your mind, body and soul.

Here are five healthy reasons to take your own version of a vacation today!

  1. Vacation helps to get rid of the rut and stress you may find yourself in on a daily basis
  2. Getaways can refresh your mind, especially if you take the time to slightly disconnect from electronics. There is a whole world out there! Go explore it!
  3. Immersing yourself in a new experience can help you to gain knowledge and in turn you can share a plethora of information with others
  4. There is a strong possibility that you will remain more focused when you return to work because you have given your body relaxation time
  5. Your happiness level is bound to increase as long as you practice quality mindfulness!

Speaking of vacations, I spent my weekend in glorious Miami.

Prior to the short getaway, I felt like I needed a much needed break. Each night I simply felt drained and my inspiration levels were decreasing as the days progressed. Right now, I feel refreshed and energized because I took time away from emails, stress factors and other tidbits that were simply unnecessary.

According to Brendand Burchard, “You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it. This is going to be my day.”

 

Anita Haridat, Ph.D

 

5 Things Successful People Do Differently

How do you define the word “success”? To some, being successful means obtaining large sums of money. To others, being successful means that there is an ability to change the world. Can it actually be subjective? Regardless of what your definition is, it may be important to understand that people are not necessarily born with success. In fact, most of the people that we admire who have gained a plethora of success throughout the years had to work extremely hard, however what did they do differently? I have been taking the time to study people such as Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and Brendan Burchard. From just a small culmination of my research, here is what I found out:

  1. There is a focus on being productive, not being busy.
  2. They understand that life is not perfect
  3. They try to make continuous improvements in a small way
  4. Progress is measured and tracked
  5. They associate with people who are focused and like minded

This is just the icing on the cake, but take these tips in and it may make a difference for you!

 

Anita Haridat, Ph.D

 

Opt for Healthy Choices at Restaurants

Let’s face it- most of us enjoy the delicacies that restaurants have to offer. Whether we’re celebrating a birthday or having a weekly dinner at our favorite spot, good food brings people together. Even though this is the case, are you aware of the large portion meals filled with sodium and saturated fats that may be hurting your healthy eating habits?

Even if you think that you’re doing yourself justice by ordering vegetarian meals, certain additives may cause harm to your healthy eating flow. Yes, asparagus sounds delicious, but not if it’s drowned in cheese, butter or straight up fat!

Understand that just because you are ordering a vegetable that was once wholesome, it doesn’t mean that it is healthy on that restaurant plate. The truth it- it’s not low calorie unless the menu indicates that it is.

If you want to continue to eat healthy but you’re wary of dining out, don’t let that deter you! There are plenty of ways to have good meals at fantastic sit-down places without worrying about harsh additives.  First thing is first- choose the right types of restaurants. If certain places are known for their fried foods and hefty butter dishes, it might not be the best idea to go there, unless you’re into that kind of thing.

Do some research and look for restaurants that are known for their wholesome foods and meals with lean meat and fresh fruits/vegetables. With a simple internet search, you’re bound to find dozens in your area- I promise. Also, when you’re at a restaurant, try to keep your portion size at a small or median level. The amount that you eat when you’re there is nowhere the same amount that you eat at home. So eat what you can and bring the rest home. Portion control is key.

It’s also beneficial to look over your menu and spot the hints which tell that a product is simply unhealthy. Is it dipped in batter or breaded with all kinds of compounds? Those are probably not the best options for you. Opt for those dishes are steamed, baked, broiled, roasted or even flame-cooked. Not only are they still delicious, but they lock in the nutrients of the wholesome products that you desire.

Looking out for the right sauces are key as well! Opt for those veggies or lean meats that are cooked with olive oil or stock rather than some kind of cream entity. Those creamy meals are not the best to consume if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet- trust me.

Finally, last but not least, let’s talk about dessert. You may want to indulge in that chocolate cheesecake, but I’m pretty sure you can guess that it’s crawling with all kinds of sugars, saturated fats, etc. Why don’t you opt for some fresh fruit with whipped cream? And if you’re in the mood for something cold but don’t want to waste time with ice cream, how about a nice sorbet? The calories are low you can even split it with a friend if you can’t eat all of it.

If you really want to eat healthy, don’t be scared of going to restaurants. It’s all about making smart choices. Happy eating!

 

Anita Haridat, Ph.D