How to Make Moderation Work for You
By Sandy Schroeder
If you are like me, there are times when you just can't wait to dive into some fried zucchini or a super burger, but my doctor and my scales tell me that should not be an everyday treat.
Learning to pace ourselves really applies to almost everything that we do, according to the researchers from Otago University in New Zealand.
Here's How It Goes
Sleep results - The study of mental health and habits of young adults found sleeping eight hours created the best level of well-being. Sleeping less than 8 or more than 12 hours signaled depression.
Diet trends - Participants who ate 4 to 8 servings of raw fruit and veggies daily had the best health. The ones who ate fewer than 2 or more than 8 servings had a lower quality of mental health and well-being.
Exercise - The ones who were active at least 30 minutes daily, but not more than two continuous hours did the best. They reduced inflammation that comes from sitting too much, but did not overdo it.
Where Do You Stand With Moderation?
Check these red flags for sleep:
- Do you go to bed whenever you are tired instead of setting a regular time?
- Are spicy foods, alcohol, and electronics frequent late night habits?
- Do you consume caffeine 'round the clock?
- Do you always have problems on your mind?
- Do you have a bedtime ritual such as soft music, warm baths or simple snacks?
See if these diet red flags fit:
- Are you doing more and more takeout?
- Do you have some fresh fruits and veggies daily?
- Do you do sit-down lunches or dinners with your family or just eat on the run?
- Do you frequently try new recipes with healthy ingredients?
- Do you often eat in front of the TV or the computer?
Check your exercise profile:
- Do you sit at least 10 hours a day?
- Do you walk, jog, run or bike?
- Is exercise an afterthought or a daily habit?
- Do you exercise with your family and plan active weekends?
We are all individuals, so your idea of moderation may be much different than your neighbors. If you would love to sleep better, eat healthier and exercise more, you might want to redefine your version of moderation
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