Basic Wellness Tips

Here are some my wellness and survival tips for city living.

Stay hydrated:

Drink at least 8 glasses of water to keep yourself hydrated. The number should go up in the summer as we tend to perspire more which leads to rapid loss of water from the body. Each time you go out, keep a water bottle with you to ensure easy access to clean water whenever you are thirsty.

Be sure to have enough sleep:

Due to our hectic schedules, we tend to miss out on your sleep which could lead to many complications in life. Your body needs to rest after it has been worked up during the day. An adult needs 7-9 hours of peaceful sleep. Avoid pulling all-nighters and try to always get a good night’s sleep.

Use sunscreen:

Use sunscreen every time you step out of the house. The UV and UB rays are extremely harmful to the skin and can also lead to skin cancer. You should apply sunscreen every time. Why? Remember that sun rays can penetrate the clouds and when they reach you they will harm your skin. Apply it half an hour before you step out and apply it again after 2-3 hours.

Keep all the emergency numbers handy:

If anything happens to you, make sure you have all the emergency numbers handy. Keep them where you can quickly access them. You could still have them on your speed dials on your phone. In addition to that, if you are suffering from a  disease let your friends and family know about the medications you are taking and their quantities.

Avoid wearing flip-flops:

While they keep your feet cool and trendy during summer, they fail to provide the required support. If you have to walk long distances choose walking shoes over sandals as they provide support and will help you avoid foot, knee, hip and back problems.

Learn first aid:

Whenever you get a cut you should know what to do to stop the bleeding. Take a class for first aid it may save your or a loved one’s life.

Health is so important and the foundation for a happy life.  I hope this post points you in the right direction.

I really like this video and the tips, especially the essential oils diffuser:

Lets Get Healthy Together

Hi my is Janine.  I  as you can guess started this blog because of my struggles with painful PMS every month.  But I learned the healthier I lived such as getting more exercise, drinking more water and eating healthier,  the better my PMS got.  So as a consequence, I decided to shift the focus of this blog from PMS to wellness and being healthier.

I have lost weight and have more energy, but I feel that I have only just begun to on my journey to wellness and health.

I want to invite you to come along with me and share this journey with me.

I love New York and enjoy all it has to offer, but I think I can strike a balance with between savoring the best of New York and being healthy.

I have an open mind about what will make me healthier.

I hope to lose more weight, have more energy, sleep better and be more pain-free.

Will you join me and encourage me as we help each other.

I sincerely hope you get something out of this blog.







Staying Healthy When Dining Out

You have been so good about sticking to your eating plan, but you are now faced with the challenge of ordering a healthy meal at a restaurant. How do you avoid the temptation of chowing down on that decadent, juicy burger? How do you know which dish will best fit in with your new healthy lifestyle?

Fried, grilled, steamed or baked? One of the main worries when it comes to dining at a restaurant is the high sodium content of the food. Menu items that are fried or crispy are best avoided. Instead, opt for grilled, steamed or baked options as these will be lower in both sodium and oil content.

Choose your side dish wisely – Salad or steamed veggies are obviously the wiser choices when it comes to healthy eating. However, certain side salads can be drenched in unhealthy, calorie-ridden salad dressings. To avoid this, ask for your dressing to be served separately. That way, you can monitor how much of it you use.

Meat lovers, listen up!

A mouth-watering steak can be incredibly tempting. However, red meat is known for being bad for your health when eaten in large amounts.If you simply cannot say no to red meat, choose a dish where it is used more sparingly and isn’t the hero of the meal.

Eat something two hours before you leave the house – If you get to the restaurant feeling ravenously hungry, there is a much greater chance that you will make unhealthy choices. To avoid this, try to eat something light about two hours before you are due to leave home.

Be choosy when it comes to sauces – There is nothing worse than a dry meal, which is why it is unrealistic to suggest that you forego sauces altogether. Alternatively, make educated choices. Say no to any cheesy or creamy options and opt to indulge in salsas or olive oil-based concoctions instead.

Triple the Vegetables

In many restaurants, a side of vegetables is more like a garnish. You may get little more than a spoonful of broccoli or a few carrots and cauliflower. Ask for the kitchen to double or triple the number of vegetables you would normally get and offer to pay extra. Rarely will restaurants charge you, but it’s nice to offer in case.

Order Light

Many restaurants are also including light or low-calorie menu options. Always ask your server for this menu. These items should be lighter and include fewer calories. Some menus even offer entrees that you would order off the regular menu in a lighter version. For instance, the portions may be smaller or the entree may be prepared a little bit differently. Ask about your options and feel better as you leave at the end of the meal.

Box Half of Your Meal

One effective way to curb your calorie count, especially if you don’t want to order lighter fare, is to ask your server to box half of your meal. Before the meal ever arrives, ask for a to-go box and tell your server you only want to eat half of your meal at dinner. Take the other portion home and save it for lunch the next day. Not only will you get two meals out of 1, but you will also save yourself a lot of calories at dinner in the process. Your waistline will thank you.

Being healthy when dining out is all about planning and educating yourself about the choices that are available to you.