Massage + A Healthy Diet: The Perfect Combination to Balance Summer Stress
Elements Massage McAllen Oct 11, 2012
Eating healthy is never an easy task. While the summer months provide many opportunities to eat
light and avoid over-indulging, challenges will always exist. Get an early start to forming your healthy
eating and de-stressing habits this season by calming your digestive system and balancing your body
with these quick tips.Healthy Eating Habits:
Prepare yourself and your meals – Ensure your schedule has time for good health by planning ahead.
Plan out your meals and make the trip to the grocery store or local farmer’s market early to stock your
kitchen with a nutritious array of foods and on-the-go-snacks.
Sleep – A sufficient amount of sleep can act as a mental reset button as well as help you to maintain
an ideal weight by omitting cravings for both sugar and carbs. Seven to eight hours is an adequate
amount of sleep for the average adult. Despite what some may believe, the attempt to recapture lost
sleep on the weekends does not benefit the body as much as maintaining a consistent and healthy
sleep pattern will.
Find Balance for Your Body With Therapeutic Massage
Studies have found massage helpful for stress relief and for balancing your body by aiding its ability
to handle anxiety and depression, as well as boosting immunity. Massage has been shown to help
regulate naturally-occurring chemicals in the body (hormones including norepinephrine, cortisol and
serotonin) that are associated with stress and relaxation.
Manage your plate size – Try to fill only half of your plate with lean proteins (tofu, fish, chicken)
and complex whole grain carbs. The other half should consist of fruits and vegetables.
Drink water – The goal here is to drink at least six eight-ounce glasses a day. This amount increases
based on your activity level. Drinking water throughout the day aids your body’s detoxification process
and boosts energy and digestion.
Do not skip meals – Eating smaller meals more frequently can boost your metabolism and your
ability to burn calories. Be sure to eat breakfast, even if it consists of a small portion of fruit or a
homemade smoothie of your favorite nutritious ingredients. Carry healthy snacks throughout the day
to remedy your cravings with a nourishing solution.