Feel bet­ter in 5

Big changes start with sim­ple steps. Try these ideas to help im­prove your well­be­ing

Diabetic Living - - Contents -

ZUC­CHINI POWER

The per­fect sum­mer veg to en­joy raw, grilled, sliced or diced is the zuc­chini. Why? Be­cause it has numer­ous ben­e­fits to your health, whether you have di­a­betes or not.

Zuc­chini con­tains 35 per cent of your daily rec­om­mended in­take of Vi­ta­min C, and is rich in B-vi­ta­mins, which can boost your body’s en­ergy pro­duc­tion, re­duc­ing fa­tigue.

High in wa­ter, it also has the abil­ity to im­prove di­ges­tion, re­duc­ing con­sti­pa­tion and other di­ges­tive is­sues. Fur­ther, zuc­chini is low in fat and sodium but, as a re­sult, is high in potas­sium and fi­bre, which helps to main­tain healthy blood cir­cu­la­tion. And, due to the higher in­take of fi­bre, you’ll feel fuller longer, re­duc­ing your BGLs and in­creas­ing in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity. Lastly, this power food also has other health pro­tect­ing an­tiox­i­dants and phy­tonu­tri­ents that can main­tain and im­prove eye health. What a veg!

EM­BRACE THE OCEAN

Sum­mer is here and we can guar­an­tee there may be a trip or two to the beach. Other than en­sur­ing you slip, slop, slap, head­ing into the ocean wa­ter for a swim is one of the great­est ways to calm your mind and re­lax your body. Be­ing full of min­er­als in­clud­ing sodium, mag­ne­sium, chlo­ride, cal­cium and sul­phate, the ocean is great for help­ing with closed wounds and cuts, as well as re­duc­ing the symp­toms of hayfever and si­nusi­tis (the salty wa­ter re­duces

in­flam­ma­tion of the si­nus lin­ing).

But that’s not all! The sea also heals your mind. The weight­less­ness of float­ing in wa­ter can have a calm­ing ef­fect, and has been shown to de­crease symp­toms of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. Once you’ve en­joyed your swim, be sure to take a mo­ment on the beach to lis­ten to the rhythm of the waves crash­ing in.

While you’re there, make sure that you take time to watch sun­rise or sun­set over the wa­ter – you can thank us later.

OR­CHES­TRA OF THE BRAIN

It’s never too late to learn some­thing new, and that in­cludes a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment. Learn­ing an in­stru­ment en­hances your mem­ory, in­creases your fine mo­tor skills (and hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion) and teaches you both spa­tial rea­son­ing and lan­guage skills.

While lis­ten­ing to mu­sic stim­u­lates your brain, learn­ing in­stru­ments en­gages most of your senses (vi­sion, hear­ing and touch), en­gag­ing more ar­eas of your brain and strength­en­ing the cor­pus cal­lo­sum (the nerve fi­bres that con­nect the two hemi­spheres of your brain).

Whether you learn or re­learn an in­stru­ment at home or with a mu­sic teacher, or join a group, mu­sic can re­duce stress, en­hance emo­tional well­be­ing and bring a sense of achieve­ment in mas­ter­ing one of your favourite songs.

BE­COME MORE SPON­TA­NEOUS

They say life is too short to spend your time pleas­ing

oth­ers, so to­day is your re­minder to stop, and start liv­ing a life that is true to you. If you’re de­lay­ing a dream, or turn­ing down op­por­tu­ni­ties… why? Don’t be scared of what other peo­ple think. Some­times you need to say yes to the un­known and see where life takes you.

It can be scary to take that first leap of let­ting go of plans and per­fec­tion, but more times than not this can be what is hold­ing you back. Spon­ta­neous peo­ple have been known to feel more free­dom as they are more adapt­able and flex­i­ble with plans, and more open to op­por­tu­ni­ties. As we get older, we be­come more cau­tious about de­ci­sions and con­se­quences, caus­ing us to play it safe. Take a mo­ment to find your in­ner (fear­less) child, and ask them what they want to do be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion. If all else fails, flip a coin and fol­low fate’s

de­ci­sion.

LIVE YOUR BEST FRILUFTSLIV

Nordic con­cepts are tak­ing over once again, but this time it’s friluftsliv (pro­nounced freeloofts-liv). This con­cept trans­lates as ‘open-air liv­ing’, and is per­fectly con­nected with the Swedish say­ing “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. No mat­ter the weather, head­ing out­doors – whether to see wa­ter or green­ery – strength­ens your men­tal and phys­i­cal abil­i­ties. Whether it’s go­ing for a walk around the block on your lunch break, eat­ing your lunch at the lo­cal park, com­mut­ing by bi­cy­cle or go­ing for a swim at the beach, it’s enough for you to take a break and con­nect with your roots.

Stud­ies have found those who head out­doors are more likely to con­nect with their work, feel more re­freshed and are more cre­atively in­spired. So, if you have the time to sit down and watch Net­flix, then you have the time to head out­side to con­nect with the great out­doors and em­brace friluftsliv.

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