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Powerful Punchy Pumpkin Seeds

Maintaining a healthy diet is just as important as exercise when it comes to practicing a healthy lifestyle. Many of us are looking at new ways of introducing healthy super foods into our diets, but as our days become busier and schedules become booked up, it’s easy to pick up the wrong kind of snack foods. Say no to doughnuts and crisps and grab yourself a handful of powerful punchy Pumpkin seeds.

Not only are they deliciously more-ish, they’re easy to transport around with you during a busy working day, whilst being widely available in ready to eat packaging. Be wary that they are high in calorific content, so moderation is the key (as is the case with everything). Here are the top 4 pumpkin seed benefits which demonstrate why the pumpkin is the pumpking!

Help control stress

The naturally high level of L-trytophan found in pumpkin seeds have been shown to calm the nerves and maintain a “calm mood”. Ease your stress levels by munching on a handful of the “pumpking” seeds and taking a 5 minute break from your desk!

Glowing Skin

Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of vitamin E, preventing the early breakdown of skin cells. This helps to maintain a youthful looking glow whilst combating high levels of UV found in the sun. Perfect accompaniment for those in a warmer climate.

Lower cholesterol

Packed with phytosterol, which help to reduce cholesterol levels, toasted seeds contain healthy compounds that help to reduce LDL cholesterol levels. This increases your immune response whilst helping to decrease the risk of certain cancers.

They fill you up!

Packed with high levels of protein and fibre, the pumpkin seed is great snack to turn to for a quick fill me up. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a handful of toasted pumpkin seeds, seasoned with a dash of salt!

Top 10 tips to relax this Christmas!

Christmas Day is very much upon us, and with just 12 days to go, the Christmas spirit is very much in  full flow. Everyone will start to feel the stress levels increase, and our lives become jam packed with Christmas shopping, seeing family, and meeting end of work deadlines. Amongst all the “busyness” we often forgetting that our bodies and minds need time to stop, unwind and relax.

We touched on this topic lastyear, and the positive feedback from our Twitter followers (@healthyhideout) encouraged us to post an updated version. Why not try a few of the Healthy Hideout’s top 10 ways to unwind this festive month:

Find yourself a little quiet time

Before continuing with anything after arriving home from the office, be sure to spend at least 5 minutes sitting in a quiet place to relax your mind. Close your eyes and breath deeply during this time. It will allow your mind to empty the stress of the working day.

Make the work commute fun!

Enjoy this time by yourself in the car or on the train doing something you enjoy. Why not try taking your favourite novel to work and reading through a few chapters, or perhaps listen to a few of your favourite  musical numbers. You could even throw in a few Christmas classics for good measure!

Try to write everything down

If you have too many things on your mind, or are trying to juggle too many tasks, grab a pen and notepad and start to jot things down. Give yourself a quick time frame for each task, and then work through them one step at a time. There’s simply no point in trying to remember 100 things at once!

Keep your home tidy

Clutter around the house can quickly become overwhelming, and can often make you feel like you’re out of control. Take a few minutes each day to tidy away any mess, and try to keep on top of general cleaning bit by bit.

Leave work, at work

Try to avoid bringing any work from the office to your home. Mixing your working life with the comforts of your home can quickly become stressful. If you must bring work home, try to limit yourself to just a few nights a week.

Drop it at the front door

Get yourself a container or box large enough to hold your work bag or office brief case and place it next to the front door. When you get in from work, put it all in the box and don’t touch it until the next working day.

Take a bath or sauna

The bathroom is often one room in the house with a catch or lock on the door. Run yourself a nice hot bath, lock the door and escape for at least 1 hour. It’ll do wonders for your stress.

Spread your chores

Try not to pack all your “must-do” chores into a single evening. Try doing the laundry one evening, followed by Christmas shopping the next night. Spreading the load makes it easier to handle.

Recognise the ritual

Set yourself a standard “start to the evening” that you’ll look forward to at the end of each day. Even if it’s something as simple as a cup of tea at the dining table. At this point, you know your evening has officially begun.

Play it loud!

Playing enjoyable fun music throughout your home, lifts both you and your families spirits! A few sing-along Christmas carols can’t hurt, so be sure to re inject the Christmas spirit into your home!

With these tips, you’ll find the uncountable stress of Christmas becoming easier to manage. Remember this is the season to be jolly, and Christmas is meant to be enjoyed. How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Many of us at the Healthy Hideout already have our Christmas Trees up!

10 ways to unwind this Christmas!

As the Christmas period starts to swing into full flow, our lives will start to become increasingly busier, often forgetting that our bodies and minds need time to stop, unwind and relax.

Relax this festive season!

Relax this festive season!

We know that the Christmas shopping needs to be done, family visits need to be organised and penciled into the diary, and Christmas menus need to be planned.  Why not try a few of the Healthy Hideout’s top 10 ways to unwind this festive month;

  1. Have some quiet time – Before continuing with anything after arriving home from the office, be sure to spend at least 5 minutes sitting in a quiet place to relax your mind. Close your eyes and breath deeply during this time. It will allow your mind to empty the stress of the working day.
  2. Make the work commute fun – Enjoy this time by yourself in the car or on the train doing something you enjoy. Why not try taking your favourite novel to work and reading through a few chapters, or perhaps listen to a few of your favourite musical numbers. You could even throw in a few Christmas classics for good measure!
  3. Write things down – If you have too many things on your mind, or are trying to juggle too many tasks, grab a pen and notepad and start to jot things down. Give yourself a quick time frame for each task, and then work through them one step at a time. There’s simply no point in trying to remember 100 things at once!
  4. Tidy your home – Clutter around the house can quickly become overwhelming, and can often make you feel like you’re out of control. Take a few minutes each day to tidy away any mess, and try to keep on top of general cleaning bit by bit.
  5. Leave work, at work – Try to avoid bringing any work from the office to your home. Mixing your working life with the comforts of your home can quickly become stressful. If you must bring work home, try to limit yourself to just a few nights a week.
  6. Drop it at the front door – Get yourself a container or box large enough to hold your work bag or office brief case and place it next to the front door. When you get in from work, put it all in the box and don’t touch it until the next working day.
  7. Take a bath – The bathroom is often one room in the house with a catch or lock on the door. Run yourself a nice hot bath, lock the door and escape for at least 1 hour. It’ll do wonders for your stress.
  8. Spread your chores – Try not to pack all your “must-do” chores into a single evening. Try doing the laundry one evening, followed by Christmas shopping the next night. Spreading the load makes it easier to handle.
  9. Recognise the ritual – Set yourself a standard “start to the evening” that you’ll look forward to at the end of each day. Even if it’s something as simple as a cup of tea at the dining table. At this point, you know your evening has officially begun.
  10. Play it loud – Playing enjoyable fun music throughout your home, lifts both you and your families spirits! A few sing-along Christmas carols can’t hurt now can they?

With these tips, you’ll find the uncountable stress of Christmas becoming easier to manage. Remember this is the season to be jolly, and Christmas is meant to be enjoyed. How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Is your Christmas tree up yet?

Top 6 Tips to a Healthy Heart

Many of us believe that in order to maintain a healthy heart, serious action is needed such as the intake of medicines and rigorous diet changes. The truth is, simple short term changes can have lasting long term effects.

Many research studies have shown the healing power of a positive attitude and having a generally good time with life – We only get one after all, so why not make the most of it!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 6 tips towards a healthy heart!

Enjoy life to the fullest! Your heart will thank you for it!

Enjoy life to the fullest! Your heart will thank you for it!

Enjoy Life to the fullest

Studies have shown that people who laugh more and have lives filled with activity are much less likely to fall victim to a heart condition. When we finally decide to fly the nest and leave our parents house after signing a mortgage agreement of our own, adult responsibilities tend to result in the fun coming to a sudden stop. Maintain some childlike fun in your daily lives – Your healthy heart will thank you for it.

Spend time relaxing

The cycle tends to be the same for most of us. As life begins to gather pace, more things need doing, stress levels boom and the risk of heart disease increases.  The world moves along at the fast pace, a pace that you can’t change. You can however change your response to it. Dedicate a time in the day to get away from it all and relax your mind, be it with yoga, reading your favourite book or even walking the dog.

It’s only one glass!

Studies by the British Heart foundation have shown that those who choose to drink a glass of wine with their evening meal may lower their heart disease risk by at least 30 percent.  A small amount of alcohol enjoyed each day may be better than practising abstinence, and is of course better than drinking excessively. Red wine in particular is associated with having a strong healthy heart.

Create your own home haven

Spending time relaxed rather than being stressed can halve your heart disease risk, so why not create your own haven in the comfort of your own home? Plenty of natural light, soothing music and an abundance of fresh flowers are great starting points. Have a dedicated quiet space in the house to ensure you have a place to think without interruption.

Soothe your soul

Belief in yourself helps to to keep you mentally grounded, which can help towards maintaining a clear focus. Research has shown that people who use positive words such as “hope” and “joy” tend to outlive their pessimistic others by a decade. Try to embrace all the good things in your life, rather than focusing on the negatives – It’s obvious, but happiness is better than anger.

Have fun and socialise!

Our hearts are healthier when in the company of others that we know and love. Try not to make excuses by not having enough time, and surround yourself with family and friends! It’ll do wonders for your well being, without you even thinking about it.

So what do you do in your daily lives to help maintain a healthy heart? The Healthy Hideout would love to hear your recommendations.

6 steps to a Healthy Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is time and effort invested well. We don’t have to stress how important is it to protect your heart the way nature intended. It doesn’t have to be a long list of major lifestyle changes either, a simple walk after dinner or changing ice cream for an apple as pudding can have massive long term benefits.

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 6 tips to keeping your heart healthy:

Small Changes = Big Results

Simple diet changes can cut your cholesterol by up to 30 per cent. A 5 minute weight-training workout can replace up to 10 years of lost or damaged muscle tissue. You don’t have to invest in endless amounts of equipment – Simply use what you have around the house. Why not try a bag filled with books as a simple weight lift.

Don’t be a couch potato

Recent studies have shown that 38% of Britons are getting less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Our bodies are built for daily activity, so it’s important to get out and about at least once a day. Why not try going for a stroll in the evening rather than sitting in front of the television. Try it for one month and feel the difference – you’ll be one more step away from & the need for coronary artery bypass surgery!

Fresh is best

Exchange any processed foods in your diet for fresh, whole foods where possible. Wholesome foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, dairy products and even soya work to protect your heart by reducing blood fats. This lowers overall elevated blood sugar, calming inflammation and destroying rogue free radicals.

Keep track of stats

If you want to be sure that your making progress, keep track of all the important information such as your weight and waist diameter. It may seem like something you can “remember” but make note of each night before you go to bed – It takes less than 30 seconds to do.

Avoid Toxins

It may seem obvious but try to cut out anything that’s going to have negative effects on your body. This includes avoiding tobacco, trans fats and excessive sugar, as well as environmental pollutants – All these things wreak havoc with our hearts. Don’t turn your body into a hazardous waste dump!

Smile & Be Happy

Many studies support the questionable fact that being aggressive, holding grudges and impatience are traits that can be linked to having an unhealthy heart. Furthermore, socialising with friends, being quick to forgive and keeping a positive attitude have all been linked to having a healthy heart. If your not stressed, neither is your heart.

Start your quest for a happy heart today and what changes you can make.

The Finnish Secret!

Saunas have long been used in Scandinavia and are still considered a staple in everyday life. It is estimated that there are more saunas in Finland than there are television sets. The population of Finland is approximately 5.25 million (2005), therefore there is one sauna for every 2.6 people. When you contemplate this fact, it is quite evident how important saunas are in the Finnish culture. Why is it then, that these wooden houses are so popular, and why do the Finns hold them in such high esteem?

Saunas trigger the body to heat up, and sweat. This has two main benefits. Firstly, this heat causes the body to excrete toxins which build up in the body. Secondly, the high heat, which ranges from 80°C to 100°C, artificially triggers the body’s immune system into thinking a foreign virus has taken a hold of it. The body then releases antibodies and white blood cells to combat this virus. As a result the body’s immune system is strengthened, helping to ward off any future viral attack.

Without going into a full article on this, I challenge you to try a sauna (after given the all clear from your medical doctor of course), and see if you don’t feel like a million pounds afterwards.