Update: Want to save £1,300 a year on your lunches….

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…. and still feel great? Well here at YourHealthDeals.com, we know that the daily dash from the office to the nearest high street sandwich shop can start burning a hole in your wallet and add pounds to your waist line! It’s no wonder really, given that on average we spend £5 a day buying lunch on the go and the unfortunate truth is that in most cases, these are carb-heavy, processed meals that leave you feeling sluggish and sleepy later in the day. Let us not forget that each of those daily £5 lunches soon add up to a sum of money that could be better spent going towards your next holiday.

So thanks to our friends at Glamour, why don’t you try making these lunches for a fraction of the price and yet multiples of added healthy nutrition. Everyday this week, we will bring you one recipe to get you started on the road to a healthy lifestyle that need not be expensive. All you need are some simple ingredients to make 5 lunches, which shouldn’t cost you more than £15 for a whole week of healthy lunches.

- 350g of new potatoes

- 2 salmon fillets

- 3 medium eggs

- Herbs: 2 small bunches of watercress, parsley and garlic

- 70g bacon lardons

- Veg: 3 mushrooms, 1 courgette, 1 spring onion, 1 onion

- Fruit: 1 lemon, 1 lime

- Tartare sauce

- 400ml semi skimmed milk

- 1 wholemeal bread loaf

- Vegetable stock

- Dijon mustard

- Curry paste

It would also be good if you can rummage through the kitchen and dig out the following additions that everybody has hidden away:

- 175g Basmati rice

- Glass of white wine

- Plain flour

- Olive oil

- Salt and pepper

- A whisk and blender

To get started and save you time later in the week, do some simple preparation at the start, store it in the fridge and you’ll be able to rustle up all the delicious lunch options we’ll bring you in a blink of an eye:

- Boil 350g new potatoes for 20 mins

- Boil 100g rice for 15 mins

- Boil 2 eggs for 7 mins

- Cook 1 salmon fillet in the oven for 8 mins at 200 degrees (leave the other fillet uncooked)

- Roughly chop your onion, courgette, mushrooms and garlic

- Beat 1 egg

Monday - New potato, bacon egg salad with watercress

- Fry up 70g of bacon lardons until crispy

- Mix half of your supply of boiled potatoes, chopped into chunks

- Chop half a boiled egg into small cubes and add to the mix, along with 1 bunch of chopped watercress

- To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil (to preference), half a teaspoon of mustard, a squeeze of lemon and salt / pepper to taste.

Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy Monday’s healthy lunch! We’ll bring you Tuesday’s lunch shortly….

….. Just because we think you’re all so great, here are the recipes for the rest of the week.

 

Tuesday: Watercress Soup

- Taking 1 bunch of watercress, separate the leaves from the stalks (but don’t throw them away), meanwhile fry half an onion

- When it turns transparent, add 1 clove of garlic, the watercress stalks and 1 glass of white wine. Simmer until the liquid reduces to a third, then add 250ml of vegetable stock and 50g of boiled potatoes (about 1/4 of what’s left from your original batch)

- Blitz in the food processor until smooth, then add the watercress leaves and blitz again. Finally pass through a sieve and season to taste.

 

Wednesday: Salmon Fish Cakes

- Pour 150ml milk into a frying pan, season and add 1 salmon fillet, skin side down, then simmer for 5-10 minutes. Once cooked, take off the skin and break the salmon into flakes

- Meanwhile, mash your remaining potatoes from the original batch and stir in 1tsp of mustard, 1 tbsp of tartare sauce, lemon zest, parsley and finally add the fish flakes when ready

- Put some flour on your hands and begin to shape the mixture into two round fish cakes

- Finally, take 50g of plain flour, add one beaten egg and 50g of bread crumbs. Dip each of your fish cakes in the mixture and then fry for 3 minutes on each side.

 

Thursday: Spiced Salmon Kedgeree

- Heat some oil in a pan and stir in1/2 tbsp of curry paste until you can smell the aromas

- Add 1 spring onion to the mixture – once it has turned soft and brown, add in a portion of cooked basmati rice and quickly stir

- To top off your delicious meal, take your cooked salmon fillet and flake into the mix, then add a chopped boiled egg

- Add some lime and parsley to taste. Bon appetit!

Friday: Veggie Delight 

- In a large pan, simmer 1/2 an onion, 1tbsp of curry paste and a splash of water for 5 minutes

- Meanwhile chop up the courgette and mushrooms and when ready, add to the pan, along with 250ml of milk and 75g of uncooked rice

- Simmer for 10 minutes until the rice is cooked.

And there you have it. An entire week of lunches at around 40% less than what you would usually spend on the high street – and yet heaps better for you. Trust us, you will notice the difference in a week, both physically and financially. Please do get in touch with us at the Facebook page and let us know how you get on and with these recommendations.

Stay Healthy and Stay Happy

 

Team YHD

 

 
 

It’s healthy to have a laugh!

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The great Charlie Chaplin famously said that “A day without laughter, is a day wasted” and at YourhealthDeals.com we would like to share with you a few of the wonderful benefits that a few extra giggles will bring to your lives.

Babies laugh about 300 times per day and yet the average adult only laughs about 20 times per day. We agree that there are plenty of other things that you probably don’t do as much as when you were a baby, but if you aren’t feeling like you’re getting your fair share then it’s about time you turn that around. Laughter is one of the  ways through which your body releases endorphins – these are the very same chemicals that get released following exercise – and is essentially a natural painkiller that gives your body a real buzz. We’re not talking about the polite conversational laughter that you might feel compelled to do in formal or unfamiliar situations – we are talking about the genuine uncontrollable laughter that leaves you gasping for air and fighting back the tears (good tears obviously).

Scientists at the University of Oxford have found that it can benefit your immune system by up to 40%. That’s is the kind of deal that we love – healthy, free and effective! Moreover, if you find yourself in a group, it’s a little known fact that you are more than 30 times more likely to laugh at something than if you are on your own. So next time that stand-up show is in town, or the latest Hollywood comedy is playing, get yourself down there and let your hair down. Other benefits can include:

- Lower blood pressure

- Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood

- Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles

- Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline

- Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

Better yet, laughter is one of the most effective social tools at bringing us closer together and extending our existence. It won’t surprise you to learn therefore, that those people who get out and socialise, tend to lead happier and more fulfilled lives than those who choose not to. Professor Dunbar from Oxford University says “If you don’t have friends and good relationships then you end up in a downward spiral. We pepper our conversations with one-liners. People who are good at telling jokes become very attractive social partners”. New social experiences come in all shapes and sizes, so whether it’s an afternoon frolicking down an English hillside, or even deciding to book a Spa Break with a group of your friends, it’s critical to your health and wellbeing that you get out, enjoy yourself and have a giggle.

So next time someone says something that tickles you, don’t be ashamed to knock back your head, laugh so hard that it hurts and let your body release all those health-inducing endorphins.

Stay healthy and happy,

Team YHD

 
 

Money-saving beauty tips

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Continuing our mission to get you looking and feeling great whilst saving you money along the way, the team here at YourHealthDeals.com has looked high and low to find you a wacky and wonderful selection of beauty tips. Why not give them a try and let us know whether you have any favourites on our Facebook page.

 

Avoid puffy eyes

 

Try to sleep slightly propped to reduce puffy eyes. When you sleep flat, all of the hydration can pool around the under eye area which means you can wake up with a lot of puffiness. Sleeping propped up ensures that everything drains out of your face efficiently, and you don’t wake up with big swollen and puffy eyes. We’re not suggesting that you sleep bolt upright, but an extra pillow or two will do the trick.

 

Make your Foundation go the extra mile

 

Use up any foundations that you’ve bought that aren’t the right shade for you by mixing them together to get the right shade. You can also add moisturiser to them to change the texture and make them go further.

 

Tame your frizzy hair

 

Transform desperately dry and frizzy locks into glossy, glamorous hair in seconds without the fussy brushes and expensive styling products. Simply grab an unscented body butter and massage a pea-sized amount into the ends for instantly super soft and hydrated locks

 

Heal skin blemishes

 

Cover skin blemishes with a dab of honey and place a plaster over it overnight. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile and speeds healing.

 

Make the most of your body lotion

 

Applying body lotion straight after the bath/shower on a damp skin is more effective, which means you need to apply less product.

 

Keep your razors sharp

 

Rinse your razor in ice-cold water after use. It will keep the blades sharp for longer.

 

Swap your foundation for tinted moisturiser

 

Trade in your normal foundation for a tinted moisturiser with SPF to protect skin from sun damage. This will pay off in the long run as the SPF will keep your skin looking better for longer, plus thick foundations can sometimes block pores and aggravate skin causing blemishes and uneven skin tone.

 

Pomegranate spot healer

 

Save on expensive spot zapping treatments that can often dry skin by dabbing the juice from a fresh pomegranate directly on a spot. It will zap the blemish with a mega dose of anti-oxidants.

 

DIY Facials

 

To help yourself, try firming your face with facial exercises. The key is to use manual resistance facial exercises such as FlexEffect. These may look extreme, but they will not add to your wrinkles. However, these exercises take patience and persistence – initial changes to your skin should be seen within three months.

 

DIY Hair Treatment

 

To treat damaged hair. Mix 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil, with 20 drops of rosemary essential oil. Coat your hair in the oil mixture, then cover it with a shower cap, wait for 30 minutes and rinse.

 

Cheap alternative to shaving foam

 

Use conditioner on your legs rather than shaving foam. It’s cheaper, you don’t need as much, and you have it already – plus it moisturises whilst giving you a smooth shave!

 

Prevent blisters in new shoes

 

No need to expensive remedies here. Before you put your feet into your new sandals, apply Vaseline to prevent them rubbing and causing blisters.

 

Invest in a good haircut

 

Think long term – spend a bit more on day-1 to save long term. Although a good hair cut can be a little bit costly, a great haircut will give you longevity and longer lasting results compared to an average one, so although you may be spending more short-term, you’ll reap the rewards with longer lasting, beautiful locks.

 

Give yourself a good Blowdry

 

The better the blow dry, the less product you should need, so be sure to blow dry from wet – don’t be tempted to towel dry first. Dry in sections from wet with a bristle brush. The best test before moving on to the next section is to ensure each section is properly dry – if it is it will fall off the brush easily and feel cool.

 

Stay Health & Stay Happy,

 

Team YHD

 

 

 
 

Stick to your healthy resolutions!

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So, we’re 3 weeks into January… how are your resolutions going? And be honest with yourself ;-)

For those of you with health and fitness high on your agenda, we wanted to share a few thoughts on how to stick to those resolutions now that the hangover has passed.

1 - Hydrate Like Water is The Workout – Drink early and often, long before becoming thirsty and drink all day long. The body is made up of over 60% water and keeping your levels up will aid your exercise routine and help fight daytime fatigue.

2 – Exercise at a Your Pace – When embarking on your new healthy lifestyle, don’t forget that you’re not yet training for the Olympics. It takes time to build up your aerobic capacity and you need to give your body a chance to develop. Set yourself monthly milestones and try to improve your performances gradually.

3 - Make it Fun and Sustainable – Pick an activity such as swimming, cycling, running, or gym training and then try to consistently commit one hour every day (or every other day if your lifestyle prevents more frequently). The consistency elevates the body’s metabolism and will burn more calories around the clock, not just during exercise.

4 – Try and Workout with a Partner – The release of endorphins when you exercise is essentially your body’s natural happy drug. And it’s even better when you’ve got a training partner to help push eachother towards your goals. From day-1 it will be easier, more fun, and help you both to stay committed to your new regime for the long haul. So don’t be shy and find a colleague, friend, or even local sports club and get yourself a training partner.

So get out there, have fun and keep on the 2014 road to health and happiness.

 
 

Beat the Monday Blues!

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It’s definitely that time of the week again. You know, that feeling when you just want to hide under the duvet and start asking yourself questions like “why is the weekend only 2 days?” and “why is Mondday so far from Friday and yet Friday is so close to Monday?”

 

Well ask no more! Here at Team YHD we have come up with a few handy tips to help you combat the age-old attack of the Monday Blues.

 

Make an Early start - this may seem obvious but bad things tend to happen when you’re late. Your may find your tension levels going up, you are in a rush, you don’t have time for breakfast, when you arrive at your office, people are shoving work into your face. It may seem like a punishment to wake up earlier on Monday but trust us, when you have enough time to organise yourself, you’ll feel like you can conquer the day and it’ll put you in a great mood for the rest of the week.

 

Plan the night before - it may seem like a bit of a chore at the time but just try spending a few minutes on Sunday evening getting everything ready for Monday morning. Iron a shirt, prepare your clothes, pack your files and think about how you want to structure your day in a few gentle steps. We guarantee that this will save you valuable time in the morning so that you can concentrate on other, more important, things like getting a good breakfast down and making the most of your start to the day.

 

Exercise – it might not be top of your Sunday list, in fact it’s probably the last thing you want to do when the weather is so cold outside, but a bit of exercise is one of the fastest and easiest ways to boost a low mood. Not only does regular exercise release feel-good chemicals serotonin and endorphins in the brain, it also decreases stress hormones like cortisol, meaning it’s one of the most effective ways to forget your troubles. If you don’t have the option of going to an indoor gym then don’t let the cold weather stop you – even a brisk walk in the fresh air will do the power of good for your mood and really help you gain clarity of your thoughts for the week ahead.  So wrap up warm and get outside!

 

Eat Well - in addition to making sure that you get a good breakfast inside you make sure that you resist any temptation to cure your case of the Mondays by reaching for comfort food like chocolate, sweets and biscuits during the day. While indulging in your favourite high sugar foods might give you an initial boost, ultimately they will only make you feel worse. High sugar, or high GI foods like cake and chocolate are digested quickly, causing a sudden surge of glucose into the bloodstream which is followed by a sudden drop. This can result in symptoms like fatigue, irritability, poor concentration and mood swings. Try snacking on things like nuts which release energy slowly and won’t cause you to crash. Or, if you can’t shake that sweet craving go for dark chocolate which is packed with anti-oxidants, is more filling than milk chocolate and contains less sugar – meaning less chance of crashing.

 

Give yourself something to look forward to – one of the main reasons why people tend to look forward to the weekend so much is because they tend to make plans that provide sense of wellbeing or social fulfilment. The good news is that you don’t need to deprive yourself until Friday to get this feeling. Obviously we recognise that people are busier than every before, but just try making a little bit of time for yourself during the week that gives you something to look forward to and break up the week. Whether it’s meeting a friend for a drink or taking up an evening class, such as dancing, a book club, or even learning a new language – you will be amazed at how much it changes your outlook at the start of the week.

 

Look After Number 1 (that’s you!) - the team here at YHD all stand by the philosophy that looking good can play a big part in feeling good. Even though we urge you to try the lifestyle changes we’ve suggested above, there is no substitute for when someone compliments your fabulous hair, radiant skin or simply relaxed appearance. So go ahead, treat yourself and turn Blue Monday into Mighty Monday. Use it as an excuse to indulge yourself with a spa day, a manicure, or perhaps treat yourself to some new and exciting experiences. Whatever you decide to do, you can bet it will help you in your battle to beat the Monday Blues.

 

And remember, Stay Healthy and Stay Happy,

 

Team YHD

 

 
 

No gym? No worries… tips to keep fit on a budget

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Isn’t it ironic how we spend time taking public transport or sitting in traffic travelling to the gym, only to spend an hour pounding a running machine or sitting on a bike going absolutely nowhere?

Here at YourHealthDeals.com we know that your time and money should be spent on the things that you really need, with what’s left over going towards the things you like. Sometimes a gym membership can just be that little bit too much of a regular outgoing, but if you’re still craving that regular fix of exercise then don’t worry because there’s a myriad of household gym equipment all around you – you just might not have realised it yet. Here are some of our favourites below and if you enjoy trying them out then please let us know and we’d love to share more with you.

 

Tooth Brush Wall Squats: Instead of standing over the sink while you’re brushing your teeth, stand against a wall with your legs extended out about two feet from the wall. Slowly bend your knees to slide down the wall until you reach a seated position, like you’re perching on an imaginary chair. Start out holding the squat position for 30 seconds (working your way up to a minute with more time and practice). Then, stand up, take a quick break and repeat until you’re done brushing your teeth (two to three minutes in total). Not only will you keep you’re pearly white smile but this is a fantastic toning exercise for building strength in your bum and legs. Just remember to keep your back flat against the wall and position your knees slightly behind your toes.

 

Ride to Work: Now we all know that there is no such thing as enjoying being crammed into a packed train or sitting in stationary traffic for hours on end. That’s valuable time in your wonderful like that you’ll never get back, so try swapping it for an alternative, like getting on two wheels. We love our bikes at YHD and we’d love you to give it a try. If your commute is too long to go the whole distance on a bike then try travelling even just a small section of the journey and perhaps taking public transport the rest of the way. Try starting with three times a week and you’ll soon discover that it is not only a great way to rev up your metabolism and burn some extra calories, but it can also tone your entire body (not just your legs!). And don’t forget the extra money that you’ll begin to save for all spending on all the other things you enjoy.

 

Take the Stairs: Step away from the elevator and into the stairwell. This is a fantastic way to get your heart rate going and we know for a fact that some of our followers have even tailored their own training plan by running up the stairs every morning – just be careful though because we wouldn’t want any injuries. Scientists from the University of Roehampton found climbing five flights of stairs five times a week – an ascent of around 15 meters – burnt an average of 302 calories if the stairs were taken one at a time. Over time this will noticeably improve your oxygen in take and heart strength.

 

The Super-Subtle Ab Work Out: Next time you’re at your desk, sitting in on the train or even watching a movie sit up straight and squeeze your abs tight. Nobody will even know you’re doing it! Start off by holding the contraction for 30 seconds. That’s one set. Now repeat four times, with a minute between sets. As you get stronger, increase the number of sets you do during the time you’ve got. This is maximising your time and exercise efficiency at its very best. So get a little bit closer to a firmer tummy and you’ll also notice that the stronger your abs are, they better your posture is—which means you look taller and your bum looks a little bit perkier, even when you’re just standing around.

 

Dance dance dance: You don’t need to be Jennifer Lopez or John Travolta to shut the door, crank up the volume and strutt your stuff to your favourite songs. Dancing is the ultimate cardio to get your heart and limbs pumping. Try and keep yourself moving for an hour at a time, ideally twice a week – some of us here at YHD may not be doing it in the office just yet but you can bet that the mirrors at home have seen a few moves. To list just a few of the benefits, you’ll find that its burns calories, tones your legs and butt, and increases your flexibility. More than anything, it’s great fun!

 

So whatever you choose to start doing, you don’t need to spend money to start doing it. Get out there, give it a try and please let us know how you get on. We’d love to hear your stories so feel free to post them on our page at www.facebook.com/YourHealthDeals.

 

Stay Healthy & Stay Happy,

 

Team YHD

 

www.YourHealthDeals.com

 

 

 
 

Coco-Loco: Health Benefits of Coconut Water

02/01/2014Uncategorized

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We’ve heard it time and time again, staying hydrated is important. The body is made up mostly of water. Without enough of it, we can’t expect to function properly. Even things we usually take for granted– bowel movements, for example– can’t be done if the body is deprived of water. The problem is that many people aren’t drinking enough water because they find that its tastelessness lacks appeal. For those who need a beverage with taste, coconut water may be the perfect solution.

Coconut water is the clear liquid found in the centre of young, green coconuts. Unlike plain water, organic coconut water has a mildly sweet taste with a hint of coconut flavour. You could call it an upgrade from plain water because it naturally contains electrolytes and nutrients. On top of all that, it’s low in calories, fat-free, and cholesterol free. For those of us who don’t live in the tropics, brands like Vybe have packaged the organic beverage to give us all access to this super-drink.

Coconut water is also a great source of potassium. Potassium is important because it helps with nerve function, muscle control, and the regulation of electrolytes and blood pressure. Did you know that coconut water actually contains more potassium than a banana? Its abundance of potassium makes it a great post-workout beverage since low potassium can cause muscle cramps. Drink some coconut water after your workout to help care for those muscles!

If you’re looking for a healthy, yet tasty alternative to pop and sports drinks, coconut water could do the trick. Because it is all-natural, it’s free of high fructose corn syrup, added dyes, and artificial flavours. When it comes to replenishing the body, coconut water is a smarter choice since it lacks unnatural additives that suppress the immune system. However, when buying your coconut water, pay close attention to the label. Be mindful of brands with added sugar since drinking those in large amounts will defeat the purpose of opting for coconut water over anything else– the calories will quickly add up.

Not only is organic coconut water lower in calories than other sugary drinks, but it may also help decrease your overall calorie intake. We sometimes mistake the body’s signs of thirst for signs of hunger. As a result, we consume more calories than necessary in order to satisfy our cravings because initially, we can’t pinpoint exactly what our bodies need. By using organic coconut water to stay hydrated, we can stay fuller for longer with a nutrient-packed, low-calorie drink and respond to genuine signs of hunger with appropriate fuel.

Not liking the taste of plain water is no excuse for being dehydrated. However, flavoured water is not always the best choice since it often contains additives like aspartame and artificial colouring. Organic coconut water  nourishes the body while offering natural sweetness and flavour. Whether you’ve just completed a rigorous workout or you’re simply looking for something to quench your thirst, coconut water is a tasty all-natural option.

 
 

7 Easy Tips for a Tighter Tum

13/10/2013Uncategorized

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So what’s the truth behind getting the tighter stomach you’ve been looking for? The fact remains that you can do as many sit ups, crunches and other stomach exercises as you want, but if you aren’t eating and working your cardio to burn fat, then you may never see the results you are seeking. Remember that abs are built in the kitchen, not just the gym! Here are a few other little tips that we wanted to share:

 

1: An Apple A Day Keeps More Than The Doctor Away

 

Apples have pectin in them, which helps to boost your immunity and lower cholesterol. They are also a great food because they help to suppress appetite, helping to make you feel full and less likely to binge on foods that are not good for you. Adding fruits and vegetables to your diet is essential not only for good health, but for losing fat as well. Try to avoid juicing your fruits and stick with eating them whole, so as not to increase your fructose intake unnecessarily.

 

2: Increase Your Cardio Workouts For That Extra Cut Stomach

 

Cardio is important because it is what gets your blood flowing and your heart pumping, which in turns burns calories and fat. Make sure you have an active cardio program that challenges you so that you will work hard instead of just doing a few basic workouts. Try to avoid getting on a machine and just going at one steady pace. Mix up your workout and maximise the benefits by getting your heart rate high through interval training. And take the stairs from now on!

 

3: More Protein For A Higher Metabolism

 

Protein is important for building muscles- think of it like a fuel for growth. Protein takes longer to digest which means that your body will have to work harder, burning calories and increasing your metabolism. When you diet and work out, if you’re not getting enough protein, then you are minimising the benefits that you should be getting. Consider your diet and see whether or not you need to add more protein. And check out the great deals we have with MyProtein.

 

4: Jumping Exercises To Jump Start Calorie Burning

 

Jumping exercises, such as Jumping Jacks, are a great way to boost your calorie burning and fat burning. Jumping exercises are high intensity and will actually have your body burning calories for hours after you do the exercises. Try to do at least a 5 minute workout five times a week. Mornings are usually the best to give you that extra energy and start the day off burning calories quickly.

 

5: Using Weights For Definition And Muscle Building

 

Ok guys, we know you don’t need convincing to hit the weights, but we’d like to dispel a common myth for the ladies. Girls, you will not get big and bulky by lifting weights. It’s a great way of shedding fat and firming up so don’t be afraid to give it a try. It should complement any cardio session you do and really maximise the fat loss and cardio burn.

 

6: Water, Water, Water

 

Remember that your body is made up mostly of water and you need to make sure that you keep your body replenished and hydrated. Water also washes out fat cells and toxins that are in your body. Also, if you drink a glass of water before each meal, you will feel less hungry which will help to keep you from eating too much. Drink at least eight full glasses of water a day, perhaps more depending upon your body and your routine.

 

7: Think Yourself To A Toned Stomach

 

The brain is a very powerful tool. Studies have shown that people have been able to improve themselves through applying the positive power of their mind. We’re certainly not going to suggest that you can “think yourself fit” by sitting on the sofa all day, but with a positive frame of mind it will really help with the motivation you need to get on and tackle your goals in life. The more you envision it, the more it will help. So start feeling positive and go make the most of what you’ve been given – and then make it even better!

 

Stay Healthy, Stay Happy,

 

Team YHD

 

 
 

Get burning those calories

15/09/2013Uncategorized

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Ever find yourself running around without time to go to the gym?! Well now you can still get through your daily activities without neglecting your exercise, just by introducing these simple tips to your daily routine.

1: Tip toe

Instead of standing lift up on the toes of your feet.Hold as long as you can it is a classic strength building exercise. If you can do this you can burn few calories and develop bigger calf muscles which burn more calories over the long term

2: Walk and Talk

Try to avoid siting and talking when you are on phone. If possible walk around to assist a boost in your metabolism and burn a few calories.
3: Chewing Gum
Whilst the chewing alone, will not burn many calories, the important thing is that it keeps you away from snacking on those other unhealthy treats.
4: Do the 5 Minute Challenge
During the course of a day, try to spend least 5 min of every hour moving around. Straighten up, have a stretch and go to drink some water. By the end of the day you can burn up to 170 calories and you will also see an improvement in your energy and concentration levels.
5: Laughing
Who ever knew calorie burning could be such a hoot. Whatever tickles you, make sure you get a 15 minute fixation of good laughter everyday. You’ll love the benefits.
6: Get on your bike
We love cycling and if you haven’t yet joined the revolution then now is as good a time as any to do so. You will burn calories, build muscle, get fit and importantly, you will save a bundle of cash on not using the car or taking public transport. Saddle up today!
7: Take the stairs
An average person can burn 9 calories in one minute while walking up the stairs. So skip the lift and start climbing those stairs!
8: Get your endorphins pumping
This can be anything from a doing 30 star jumps or burpees when you wake up in the morning, to having sex at the end of the day. Whichever you choose, make sure you enjoy it :-)
Happy calorie burning.
Team YHD
 
 

Kale – Your New Friend with Benefits

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“What on earth is Kale?” we hear you asking. Well fellow health lovers, it just so happens that Kale is truly one of the most exciting vegetables that we want you to start incorporating to your and your family’s diets today. Kale has been referred to as “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse – and here at YourHealthDeals.com, we’d like to take a few minutes of your time to explain why.

 

Heralding from the cabbage family, Kale is one of the most tasty and attractive vegetables grown by British farmers and it’s packed full of good-for-you nutrients. Although bearing similar characteristics to the cabbage, Kale actually has a much richer flavour than cabbage and it is successful in harsh climates where more delicate cabbage varieties fail.

 

This inexpensive vegetable is quite simply and fantastic way of introducing a heap of nutritional benefits into your diet. We’ve included a few of these benefits below and we’d really recommend that you start adding it to your daily routine. Try throwing some of into your next omlette, or perhaps you’d like to be a bit more adventurous and fancy attempting the beef and kale lasagne for the next family meal.

 

For those of you that follow our Facebook page, you’ll know that we sometimes suggest adding some of this “wonder veg” to our recommended smoothies and juices. If you’ve ever thought we’re a bit crazy to propose it as an ingredient, then just read a few of the amazing benefits below.

 

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your body healthy.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up to the Kale Club today and start reaping the benefits.
Stay Healthy and Stay Happy,
Team YHD