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Living Near The Sea Can Improve Your Mental Health!!!

There are very few people who don’t enjoy the benefits of going for a walk by the sea or looking out at the ocean from a sandy beach. Now, some new research suggests there is a reason for our age-old affinity with the ocean.

The research, published in this month’s issue of Health & Place, found that living in a residence with a view of the ocean was associated with improved mental health.

Researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Michigan State University looked at the visibility of blue and green spaces for residents in Wellington, New Zealand. Blue spaces were defined as water regions such as beaches and oceans, while green spaces were areas such as parks and forests. Although Wellington is a urbanized capital city, it is nestled next to the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The researchers then compared this topography data with information gathered from the New Zealand Health Survey, which was used to assess anxiety and mood disorders.

After taking into account other factors such as the people’s income, age, and sex, they found a correlation between people who had a view of the ocean and positive mental health.

However, while you may think that this effect was due to being near “the great outdoors” in general, the study specifically found that green space did not have the same effect.

In a statement, study co-author Amber Pearson explained why this might be: “It could be because the blue space was all natural, while the green space included human-made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, as well as natural areas such as native forests. Perhaps if we only looked at native forests we might find something different.”

The researchers hope to better understand this issue by conducting similar studies in areas that harbor other types of large bodies of water, such as the Great Lakes. Eventually, they hope that a more comprehensive understanding of our surrounding environment and its effect on our health could help guide more effective city planning.
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Inspirational... Jason Greer (2008 NPC Atlantic City)

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Inspirational... Jason Greer (2008 NPC Atlantic City)!

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The problem isn’t willpower. It’s neuroscience.
You can’t — and shouldn’t — fight back

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What A Holistic Nutritionist & Food Stylist Eats In A Day!
Sophie Bourdon is a holistic nutritionist, writer, food stylist, and photographer based in Toronto, Canada. She created her website, The Green Life, to share her passion for plant-based eating, and today she's showing us a typical day on her plate.
7 a.m.: Wake up
I start my day with a cup of warm water with lemon. It rehydrates my body, kick-starts my metabolism, and provides a good dose of vitamin C. After my lemon water, I meditate for about 30 minutes. I end each meditation session with setting up my intentions for the day.
8 a.m.: Oil pulling
I do my “oil pulling” session while I’m preparing breakfast. I started oil pulling with coconut oil a couple of years ago, and now I can’t go a day without it!
I haven’t had a cold in two years (knock on wood!), and I like to think that oil pulling has a lot to do with it. It’s not only great for the health of your teeth, mouth, and throat, but it also supports the immune system.
8:30-9 a.m.: Breakfast
In the colder months, I’ll usually have oat or quinoa porridge, but as soon as the temperature gets warmer, smoothies are my go-to breakfast.
It’s such a great way to squeeze a ton of fruits, greens, and superfoods into my diet. I almost always serve my smoothies in bowls. It forces me to “eat” my smoothies instead of drinking them, which greatly helps the digestive system and assimilation of nutrients. It also allows me to enjoy my breakfast more mindfully.
This morning was a blend of spinach, banana, cucumber, frozen mangos, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and water. I always throw a bunch of superfoods into the mix.
Today I put maca powder, moringa powder, and pine pollen (my new favorite—a wonderful hormone-balancing and adaptogenic superfood). I topped my bowl with a coconut granola that I made last night, fruit, and bee pollen.
9:30 a.m.: Tea
After breakfast, I make myself a tea that I enjoy while I start working.
Lately, I’ve been drinking a mix of chaga, holy basil, and nettle. Nettle is one of my favorite herbs to enjoy as a tea. It not only tastes delicious, but it is also a great source of iron and calcium and a wonderful remedy for allergies.
Chaga and holy basil are two powerful adaptogens. They help me cope with stress and give me sustained energy. Both are great options for those who want to cut down on coffee but still need a little boost.
My breakfast usually fills me up and fuels me until lunch, so I rarely need a snack in the morning.
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
Lunch is almost always a colorful salad that I throw together in a few minutes with whatever is in the fridge. Today was a blend of spinach, grilled asparagus, mushrooms, red cabbage, carrot ribbons, and hemp hearts drizzled with a tahini-turmeric dressing.
After lunch, I’ll usually go grocery shopping for the recipe I’m testing or shooting for the blog the next day. It allows me to get out of the house and soak up a bit of sunshine.
Sophie Bourdon
I’ll walk and make a few stops in the neighborhood to buy what I need, or I’ll sometimes bike to the Kensington market, which is always so vibrant. I’ll stop a Witches Brew to grab a kombucha on tap.
3 p.m.: Snack
My afternoon snack usually consists of an apple, a handful of nuts, some dried mulberries, and raw cacao nibs.
4 p.m.: Workout
Workout time! I’ll either do a HIIT at home or head out for a run.
5 p.m.: Protein shake
I’ll have a protein shake as a post-workout snack. Right now I’m loving the fermented vegan protein from Genuine Health.
7:30 p.m.: Dinner
Dinners are usually simple and inspired by the season. In the winter, I’ll make a soup, a stew, or a bowl of roasted veggies with a hearty grain.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m craving lighter meals. Tonight I made sweet potato falafel served with quinoa, greens, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, avocado, za’atar, and a spicy tahini sauce.
I‘ll only have dessert if there’s a sweet treat in the house that I’ve made for my blog.
I made these ice cream sandwiches earlier this week, so that’s what I had tonight. It’s a super-easy vegan chocolate ice cream made with avocados, cacao powder, and coconut cream, sandwiched between two tahini cookies. Heaven!
9:30 p.m.: Tea
Before going to bed I’ll always have a cup of herbal tea. I use a blend of herbs that have calming and relaxing properties to prepare my body for a restful night.
It includes skullcap, lemon balm, and passion flower. It makes me sleep like a baby, so I'm fully rested and energized for the next day.
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#Motivational Monday!
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Eat Apple Everyday!!!
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Memory Problems?
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#FatLossTips ‬: Keeping a food diary is an effective weight loss method. A food diary is a list of the foods and beverages you consume throughout the day. Once you’ve completed your daily food diary, you’ll be able to analyse it and see what foods are causing you to gain weight, what foods are missing from your diet and what situations and emotions triggered eating.
Rather than filling out your food diary as you eat your foods during the course of the day, though, leave the task until the evening. In fact, make a little ritual out of it. Get yourself comfortable on the couch with your food diary, your water bottle and an online calorie calculator. As you begin recalling and recording what you’ve eaten throughout the day, you will proceed with the mindset that your eating for the day is done and is now being recorded for posterity. You are now looking back on your day’s eating – there is no way that you are going to add anything new to your list; it doesn’t work that way!
As you write down the foods that you’ve eaten, also record how you were feeling at the time you ate them, along with the situation you were in. If you identify that, during times of stress, you are eating more than the usual amount or you’re eating junk food, you can probably identify yourself as an emotional eater. An emotional eater is someone who eats in response to stress.
Once you have listed the foods that you’ve eaten, along with the way you felt and the situation you were in, you will now be able to identify your psychological triggers. Psychological triggers are situations that cause certain behaviors on your part.
So, what can you do with this information? If you now that youa re going to face a stressful situation, you can either avoid the situation all together, or substitute another behavior, i.e. instead of watching TV, read a book.
In conjunction with analyzing the emotional and situational factors associated with your eating, you can benefit greatly by tracking your calorie consumption by way of your food diary. In fact, many experts belief that tracking your calories is the single most important thing you can do to improve your eating habits. There are a number of ways to easily and conveniently track your calories. The first is by using a mobile app. A great app that makes it really easy to input your foods and keep track of how many calories you’re consuming is Lose It.
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