Why is it Key to Relax and How to?

Why is it Key to Relax and How to
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Why is it important to Relax and Tips on How to?

We are living times where everything is happening so fast. We are bombarded with media, messages, emails, constantly and it feels that everything carries a sense of urgency.

I got used to having to respond to every message or email I got almost immediately, having to run from one task to the next and always feeling that I was behind and not doing enough. It can be exhausting and I’m sure you know what I mean.

If we are constantly pushing ourselves to do more, must probably our stress levels are high and with it our cortisol.

Cortisol is the fight or flight hormone. It was extremely handy when we had to run from a tiger chasing us back a few thousand years ago. However, nowadays the tiger is the phone, the bills to pay, the email, the unhappy boss yelling, and so on.

And because those stimuli nowadays are almost constantly on, our Cortisol levels are always up.

So, what happens when we are stressed and Cortisol is high? 

When our fight or flight response is on, our body shuts down or compromises certain systems that are not useful when running away from the tiger, like the reproductive system, digestion, and detoxification.

This has multiple consequences for our health, especially when stress and high cortisol levels are chronically high.

Health issues related to high stress and cortisol are lower immune system, infertility issues, digestion problems, overweight, headaches, and many others.

This should be enough reason to consider reducing stress and add some relaxation during your day! 

So, how to relax? In a smart way

For many, this can be challenging, especially when having to deal with the feeling of not doing enough or staying behind.

But, please consider that you are doing it for your health. Also, I have found that relaxation done smartly can make you even more productive and certainly smarter.

Here are my 4 tips to relax during your day.

Start your day with a Morning Routine

I’m a big fan of morning routines. I like to start my day with 20 min of breathing practices and 5-10 min of visualization and mental preparation of my day. I follow it with a good breakfast high in proteins and fat, which keeps me satiated for many hours and keeps my brain working at its best.

Breathwork practice
My daily breathwork practice is my life savior!

Consider having in your morning routine some movement, meditation, hydration, good nutrition, and don’t check your phone for at least 1 hour after you have woken up. You can check my article about Best Morning Routine for a Great day.

Take Breaks During Work

I have found that working for around 1,5 hrs is the perfect time for me to stay inspired and productive. So, I try to take 15 min breaks in between. I go for a walk, have something to eat, tune into nature, or even go for an exercise session.

Choose something nourishing, calming, and relaxing. Avoid looking at the phone or any other screens. Connect with somebody, have a chat, distract yourself.

This way, when going back to work, you’ll be refreshed, filled with ideas, and ready to give it your all for another 1,5 hrs.

Keep nights for calming down and sleeping

During the night is the best time to let your body recover and restore. And if we do a few things, we can ensure to make the most out of it.

First, start by slowing down at least 3 to 4 hrs before going to sleep. Do things that you enjoy. Share quality time with your family and friends, read a book, stretch, take a bath, etc. Minimize phone usage and blue light in general, especially 1 hr before going to sleep. Use dim lights and create a calming atmosphere at home.

Night lights bedroom
Use dim lights at least 1 hr before going to sleep. Make your room as cozy as possible

At home, we like to put calm music and use dim lights. We also start talking at a lower volume and avoid playing active games with our kids 1 hr before putting them to sleep. We take showers, go to the sauna, use comfy clothes, and spend quality time together as a family.

And to ensure a good quality sleep check my article on How to Improve Sleep Quality?

Schedule unplugging time

Make sure to make time for longer breaks from the routine. It can be called holidays or unplugging time.

The main thing here is that you take yourself away from the day to day routine, keep the phone and computer away and preferably go somewhere else than your home.

When we change scenery our brains automatically let go of the ongoing day to day tasks and it becomes much easier to relax. 

Try to choose a place that brings you calmness, nature is great. And make an effort to be mostly with yourself. These are precious moments to reflect, reconnect, get inspired, make decisions, and so on.

Woman Relaxing
Take time to reconnect with yourself, reflect, envision, and mostly rest!

Follow these tips and keep in mind the effects that stress has on your body, and make sure you carve time to relax. This will not only improve your health but will make you a more productive, inspired, and happier person.

I hope you find this useful and if you need any help to make your Healthy Habits stick please contact me. I would be honored to guide you in your journey to a longer, happier, and smarter life!

Until next time, chill!

Daniel

How to Make Cooking Keto at Home Easy?

How to Cook Keto at Home Easy?


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Cooking at home every day is demanding. Having to think about what to prepare, making it, and cleaning the mess, it is a lot of work. That is why eating out nowadays is so popular and for many the first option. 

On the other hand, I believe that Health starts in the kitchen. Because what we eat define us, and determine our well-being. And there is nowhere you can eat, except for home, that you will know exactly what is on your plate.

And then if you want to eat a Ketogenic Diet, it requires a bit more of planning and effort in the kitchen to make sure you stay on track. However, it can be quite easy!

So, how can we make cooking Keto at home easy?

I believe that it is possible. I cook for my family every single day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snacks, mostly Low-Carb/Ketogenic. I prepare everything from scratch, with no processed foods and always with fresh ingredients.

Here are my 5 tips to make cooking Keto at home faster, more pleasant, and easier.

Start by Planning your Groceries

First, I would recommend you to get clear on your top 10 Keto dishes. Consider having 2 to 3 types of breakfast 5 to 6 types of lunch and dinners, and a couple of snack options. 

After you know what are your usual go-to dishes, it is very easy to get your groceries planed. You will know which foods to buy after repeating the same dishes a few times.

Every time that you are in the kitchen, keep a pen and paper close by. You’ll start noticing which ingredients start to run low. Write them down right away for your next shopping trip.  

Finally, before going to do your groceries, do a final check-up to make sure you can make those 10 favorite dishes. Write down what you are missing. Don’t trust your memory!

Always go Bigger

When buying your groceries, make sure to buy more than enough. You should be able to cook 2 to 3 meals for each of the 10 dishes. This way you won’t have to go to the groceries too often and you’ll save a lot of time.

Keto Fridge
This is how our fridge usually looks like after going to the shop!

When cooking, make sure that you double or triple your recipes. Food in the fridge stays good for at least 4 days and there is always the freezing option. This way, with one effort you can eat many days.

You can opt to separate your meals in portions in case you will take them with you to work. Or for your kids to have something ready just to heat up.

Make it Easy for Yourself

The least processed foods are always best, however, when cooking for a big family it can take a lot of time. So, it is ok if you use some ready or easier to use options like:

      • Pre-washed clean salad
      • Ready washed and cut vegetables
      • Fish and chicken fillets without bones or skin
      • Ready or almost-ready snacks like:
        • Sliced turkey
        • Frozen berries
        • Yogurt 
        • Seeds and nuts
        • Cheeses
        • Olives
        • Boiled eggs

 Try to always have in your kitchen these options. So cooking or putting together a plate with few things can be easy and fast.

When tiredness hits, improvise!

Related to the point above, when you have run out of options and ingredients start to be low at home, it is good to have the “putting a plate together” option.

This means that you can use whatever is in the fridge, maybe some leftovers, add some cheese, a vegetable or two, few olives, boil a couple of eggs, and voila!

Putting a plate together
Steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cottage cheese, and boil eggs. Easy, Keto, and Nutritious!

This takes a maximum of 10 min and you’ll have a good Keto plate to eat. The main thing is that you follow the points above so that you always have something in your fridge or cupboard to fix yourself and your family a quick meal.

Think in advance

A key strategy to be able to stick to the Ketogenic diet is to be one step ahead in the kitchen. Before ending the day make sure you are clear about what you’ll be eating the next day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Also, make sure you have ready Keto snacks, bread, or crackers to eat with or after your meals. Usually, these take some time to prepare. It’s best if you have them ready from the day before and that you do bigger batches. So that you don’t have to worry about them for a few days.

Keto Chocolate Cookies
Have snacks always ready. These are our favorite Keto Chocolate Cookies!

I hope you find these tips useful. This is what I do every day to keep my family fed and healthy. I won’t deny that it’s a lot of work, but these tips make it so much easier and the reward of healthy kids and a happy wife is priceless!

Wishing you an easy Keto Cooking time! 

Daniel

Burn Fat

What to expect when starting a Ketogenic Diet?


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Let’s say that you have decided to give the Ketogenic Diet a try and you have done your research on How to Get Started.

Changing your diet from a carbohydrate-based diet to a predominantly fat-based diet is a big shift for the body. Depending on your eating history, it’s good for you to be prepared for changes and symptoms that you will experience along the way.

To transition your body to be fat-adapted, it is good to give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks. During this time you will follow, ideally, a strict ketogenic approach, where most of your calories will come from fat (70%-80%), moderate amount from protein (25%-15%), and a minimum from carbs (5%).

During your first month of a Ketogenic Diet, there are different stages. I divided it in weeks, based on what I have experienced myself and with my customers. But, please consider that each person’s experience is different based on their characteristics, past diet, and exercise level.

So, what to expect when starting a Ketogenic Diet?

Week 1:

During this week usually, you are excited about the change but usually is also the hardest one. Carbohydrate’s withdrawal symptoms are real. You might experience flu-like symptoms such as:

    • Headache
    • Runny nose
    • General tiredness
    • Mental fogginess
    • Dizziness  
    • Bodily pains

During this week, make sure to have plenty of resting time, drink lots of water, and supplement with electrolytes, especially magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

If you are used to exercising regularly, some light exercise might help to accelerate the adaptation process. Try not to push yourself too hard because you might find yourself without much energy. But don’t worry, it will return!

Week 2:

The body starts to get used to using fat as fuel and the grey cloud is lifting bit by bit. You are also getting more confident in the kitchen with new dishes, ingredients, and food substitutes.

At this stage, it’s great to start looking for recipes that inspire you and that substitute your favorite foods from the past. Things like Keto bread, crackers, and sweets are great resources to have always ready to accompany, end your meals or snack.

Also, you might start to lose the first kilos/pounds. The first stage of weight loss its mainly accumulated liquid in the body that is released when burning the carbs/glucose storages. Important: drink lots of water and use electrolyte supplements!

Water with sliced lemon
Get a minimum of 2 Lts – 64 Oz. of water per day!

This is a good time to start exercising a bit more regularly. Find the right intensity for you so that you end your workouts feeling good. Still not the time to push too hard. Exercise can help significantly to get you fat-adapted at this stage.

Week 3:

This is usually when you start to feel the best and when the routine of the diet kicks in. You get used to the food and your new daily meals start to feel like your normal lifestyle.

Usually at this point sleep starts to improve and also mental clarity. You might feel more alert and with more energy in general. Also, your appetite and cravings start to lower and you might find yourself not hungry in general.

You might still experience some bodily pains at this point, but don’t worry, it will pass! Keep on supplementing and drinking plenty of water. Also, listen to your body and rest as much as you need to.

Same as the previous week, keep on exercising regularly, at least 3 times during the week. Energy and strength levels might have started to improve during your workouts, but if it hasn’t yet, do not worry. Exercising is the hardest time for the body to use fat as fuel and it might need an extra 1 or 2 weeks to get adapted to its new fuel source.

Week 4:

During this week you should be already using fat for fuel and gotten fat adapted (it might take 1 to 2 extra weeks depending on the case). 

Once the transition has happened you should be feeling all the benefits of a Ketogenic Diet. Weight loss should be progressing at a rhythm of 500 gr to 2 kilos per week if you have some extra weight to lose.

Scale
If you want to lose weight, keep track of your progress on a weekly basis!

Your mental clarity should have improved, as well as your energy levels. You also might be experiencing better night sleeps and needing a bit less sleep than before. And waking up in the mornings should be easier.

Keep notice of the changes and remember what you have gone through. Also make sure you have enough recipes, ideas, and a good plan so that you are always one step ahead of your eating and also possible cravings.

Sticking to a Ketogenic Diet is a huge accomplishment that comes with big rewards. Ideally, during this month you also have worked on your mindset and have a clear and strong reason WHY you want to eat this way. If you are faced with temptations, cravings, or emotional eating moments, remember your BIG reason(s).

I hope you find this useful, and if you need a personal plan and advice to transition into a Ketogenic Diet and a Healthier Lifestyle, contact me. I’d be honored to guide you towards a longer, happier, and healthier life!

Wishing you all the best!

Daniel

Salmon Salad

How to start a Ketogenic Diet?


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For many changing diets can be one of the most difficult things to do. Just the thought of having to stop eating foods that represent freedom, comfort or even happiness can be a no go.

So, if you want to change your diet, the first thing is to think about what is your BIG reason(s) to change and WHY you want to do it!

Once you are clear WHY you want to change your diet and have a long term vision in your mind of the person that you want to be, look and feel, then change can happen much easier.

A Ketogenic diet is nowadays one of the leading edge Nutritional protocols that are out there. It’s a diet backed up by science, multiple research, and sponsored from doctors to athletes, achieving remarkable results with all kinds of people.

It’s a diet that can help you with almost every kind of health issue you might have. This is because it works straight into the deepest parts of your cells.

By changing the way we produce energy and by regulating our hormonal system, the Ketogenic diet has the potential to reverse diseases, make you lose weight, and make your immune system stronger than ever.

I don’t know about you, but I find these reasons very appealing to make a change and to let go of the pasta, bread, potatoes, and sweets.

So, if you want to start a Ketogenic Diet, here are the key steps to follow:

Clean your Kitchen

Cleaning your kitchen from the foods that are “not allowed” on a Ketogenic diet is crucial. This will help you avoiding using the wrong ingredients when preparing your new Keto dishes and also to avoid temptations. Make sure your kitchen is clear of:

    • All gluten products
    • All processed carbs, sugar, and starch (corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweets, bread, crackers, honey, agave, juices, dried fruit, sugars, etc.
    • Packed foods labeled “fat-free” or “low-fat”
    • Margarine and vegetable cooking oil (soy, corn, canola, sunflower, etc).
    • Watch out: Gluten-free products usually are packed with starches

If you are living with other family members that are not changing their diet, make sure to reorganize your kitchen so that you have clear places where your Keto foods are stored. This way you will know your go-to place when looking at what to cook and eat.

Restock your Kitchen

Once all the unnecessary carbs, unhealthy fats, and processed foods are out, it’s time to replace it with good quality, highly nutritious Keto foods. Here is a list of the things you might want to have at home consistently.

    • Healthy fats: olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, butter, ghee, almond milk, avocado, olives, nuts, nut butters, cheese, and seeds.
    • Herbs and seasoning: all included if they are free of gluten, low-quality vegetable oils, and sugar.
    • Low-sugar fruits: avocado, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, eggplant, berries, lemons, and limes.
    • Protein: whole eggs, wild fish, shellfish, beef, lamb, liver, bison, chicken, turkey, duck, veal, wild game.
    • Vegetables: leafy greens and lettuces, spinach, broccoli, kale, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, artichoke, alfalfa sprouts, green beans, celery, bok choy, radishes, asparagus, garlic, leek, fennel, shallots, ginger, parsley.
Keto Foods
Stock your kitchen with High Fat, Highly Nutritious, and Low-Carb foods!

Make a Plan

Some people like to go cold turkey into changes. If this is your way, set a day to start, make sure you have done the previous two steps, and go for it! 

It might be a bit harder the first 3 to 7 days, depending on how many carbohydrates and processed foods have you been eating in the past. But if you battle through the detox and withdrawal symptoms you will feel like never before after being one week on the diet.

On the other hand, if you are a person that prefers gradual changes. Take a week to lower your carbohydrate intake bit by bit. Try to add one low-carb/Keto meal per day the first 3 days, then a second one the following 3 days, and then finish the week with one full Keto eating day.

This way your body will adjust bit by bit and by the end of the week, you will be ready to give it all from thereon.

Supplements and water

There are a few supplements that can help the process. These are electrolytes, especially magnesium and potassium, Vitamin D, and DHA or Omega-3

These supplements, together with plenty of water daily (at least 2 Lts. – 68 Oz. per day), will help your body to feel its best while transitioning from being burning carbohydrates to burning fats for fuel.

I hope you find this information useful and that you strongly consider giving a Ketogenic diet a try. It’s quite remarkable the difference in your body and the healing effects that it has within time.

And if you need someone to help you transition at your own rhythm and terms, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I have been a Health Coach for 10 years and have broad experience helping people changing their diet and lifestyle.

Wishing you a healthy, happy and long life,

Daniel

Green Smoothie

Morning Routine: Start by Alkalising your body!

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Morning Routine: Start by Alkalising your body!

I’m a big fan of Mourning Routines! I believe that the way we start our day sets us for a great day or not such a great day.

A big part of my morning routine is to alkalize the body which for me it means to rehydrate and refill the system with plenty of water, vitamins, and minerals that are used during sleeping.

When we sleep we can lose up to 1 lt of water per night. We spend 7-8 hours (hopefully) in bed usually without drinking and our body continues to do all of its vital functions, plus, repairs and detox itself. Like magic, right!

During this process water, vitamins and minerals are used. And that is why in the morning we feel thirsty and even mildly dehydrated.

There are a few things that we can do the day before to make sure we have a better night’s sleep, check out my blog about How to Improve Sleep Quality Naturally?

However, when you wake up, follow the following steps to rehydrate and alkalize yourself to get ready for a great day!

Drink water as soon as you wake up

As soon as you wake up drink between 500 ml (17 oz.) to 1 lt (34 oz.) of room temperature water. I like to have a water bottle ready close to my bed so it the first thing that I see and do when I wake up.

If you can, drink your water in front of natural light. This will help your melatonin levels to go down and you will feel awake faster.

Fruits and Water Bottle
Start your day with 1 lt. (34 oz.) of room temperature water!

Get your greens in

After you have hydrated yourself with water, make sure to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs and that will boost the way you feel during your day.

There are different ways to do this and you can choose your favorite one depending on your taste and the time you have available in the mornings:

1. Green Smoothie: 

In a blender mix your favorite greens, I usually like kale and spinach, add 1 or 2 fruit portions for taste. Here you can also add some good fats, like coconut oil, chia seeds or MCT oil. And if you want to make it a full breakfast, add also some protein powder and you are ready to go!

Make sure to use a good blender. My favorite is the Vitamix 5200. It will make your smoothie experience so much nicer!

2. Green Juice

Similarly to the green smoothie, you can pack a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables in a green juice. The difference is that in the green juice you don’t get the fiber. But, if you use a slow juicer (this is my favorite one!) you can be sure you are getting the most out or your fruits and vegetables.

I like to use a mix of greens like kale, spinach, cucumber, and celery. Add 1 or 2 portions of fruit for taste (apples and/or oranges are great) and a piece of fresh ginger. This is a simple recipe that tastes good and will give your whole body the boost needed to start the day.

Green Juice
My favorite way to start the day! Fresh green juice packed with all the vitamins and minerals I need!

3. Spirulina/Chlorella or Green Powders

I always prefer fresh and raw fruits and vegetables, but sometimes access and/or time can be compromised to make a smoothie or juice, so green powders come handy.

Green algae’s like spirulina and chlorella are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals plus they have a high content of chlorophyll which is the best natural detoxifier. The only handicap is their taste. 

To drink your spirulina or chlorella in powder form (tablets are also available) mix it with lemon juice and water and it will go down easier. Start with 1/2 tsp of powder and increase the quantity bit by bit once you get used to the flavor. 

Another great option is ready mixed green powders like Amazing Grass ones. They have all the greens that you need plus fruits and vegetable powders which make the taste friendlier. You just need to mix them with a glass of water and that’s it!

Avoid or Delay your Cup of Coffee

It is the habit of many to start the day with a cup of coffee, as fast as possible. Even if you feel awake after your cup of joe, this will dehydrate your body even more after your night sleep.

Coffee is a natural diuretic, which will make you pee more. Therefore you’ll lose more vitamins and minerals and as a consequence extend further the feelings of dehydration after the night sleep. With time you can even compromise your health and body’s natural functioning just by sticking to your coffee habit.

Try instead following the two tips above first and wait for at least 90 min after waiting up before having your first cup of coffee. 

And if you haven’t ever tried to quit coffee, I would encourage you to give it a try!

This could be the answer to many health and mental issues that many people encounter, like mood swings, lack of energy, difficulty falling as sleep, headaches, loss of sex drive, and so much more.

I’ve been there, so I know how it feels! If you are willing to put to rest your cup of coffee, go and check my blog on 5 tips to Quit Coffee and Avoid Withdrawal Symptoms.

There you have it! Start your morning by hydrating and alkalizing yourself and you will see a major impact in the way you feel and the way you think during your day!

And if you have trouble getting your healthy habits to stick and/or have specific desires and needs to improve your health and well-being, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you a great day or night ahead!

Daniel

Grilling

2 years Learnings of Low-Carb Diet

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My Learnings of 2 years of Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diet

For the last 2 years, I have been eating mainly a Low-Carb diet. During this time I have also reduced to a minimum the number of Carbs which at points made it a Ketogenic Diet.

Just to clarify, a Low-Carb diet is when you reduce significantly the number of carbohydrates that you eat. It is a diet focused on protein, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables. Usually, fruits, legumes, starchy vegetables, and grains are excluded. Generally, a diet with less than 150 gr per day of carbohydrates is considered a low-carb diet.

A Ketogenic diet is very similar, just that it is more strict in the number of Carbohydrates allowed and a bigger emphasis on the number of fats. Usually, you can eat less than 30 gr of carbohydrates per day. That is very little! The idea is to get the body to use fat as a source of energy instead of carbohydrates.

I am the kind of guy that has tried pretty much every diet that is out there. I have been vegetarian, vegan, raw food only, carb-cycling, high-carb, carnivore, you name it!

So, sticking to a Low-Carb diet for 2 years has been a great accomplishment. The main reason why this diet has stuck over time is because of the way it has made me feel.

Here are my learnings which I hope you find useful:

Regulating Insulin and Blood Sugar Levels has a bigger effect than what I have imagined

When you reduce the number of carbohydrates in your diet considerably, your level of insulin and blood sugar is reduced dramatically. This has a major effect on your body and mind.

Physically, your hormones get balanced. For the first time, I felt that by eating this way I had more steady calm energy, fewer spikes, and drops. Also, appetite hormones got regulated, I was not hungry all the time and the foods that I ate kept me satisfied longer.

Plus, I got rid of the usual sleepy feeling after eating a meal, which is usually a sign of blood sugar dropping while the body tries to re-adjust insulin and hormone levels.

I’m happier and brighter

This was a big surprise for me! But the more I stick to a Low-Carb diet the better my energy and mood are. Therefore, the happier I feel!

This is quite an amazing proof of the power of food and how our body functions. This is a result not only of keeping our insulin levels low but providing our brain with its favorite food. Fats! Yes, the same fats that you have heard that will make you fat. But the truth is that it is not like that.

Fats consumed in the right amount and quality are the best source of energy and fuel for the brain. When insulin level is low, your liver produces from fats ketones which are the best quality fuel for the brain and also body. Think about fats as jet fuel vs. carbs as diesel. Ketones are much more cleaner, effective and powerful.

Olive Oil
Cold-press oils, avocados, olives, seeds, and nuts are great sources of Healthy Fats!

It’s much easier to maintain a lean muscular body

By eating a Low-Carb diet I can be certain that I won’t accumulate extra fat in my body.

Not only because I’m limiting the consumption of carbohydrates, which are the ones that get transformed into stored fat when they are not used and burned.

But also, because eating a diet mainly focused on proteins, good fats, and vegetables is extremely satisfying, therefore there are fewer cravings for sweets and cheat meals.

When exercising regularly and intensively I need a bit more Carbs

I love to exercise! And I love to push myself. I train between 5 to 6 times per week a mix of cardio and weight training.

When I’m pushing myself physically I do feel I need a bit of carbohydrate to get that fast responsive energy that you need when sprinting, doing burpees, or lifting heavyweights.

The trick for me has been to find the right amount so that I can keep the benefits of a Low-Carb diet at the same time that I get a bit of extra energy for my workouts. If I stay in the range of 80 to 150 gr per day of carbohydrates I feel that I am in that sweet spot.

Exercising
Outdoor training! Calisthenics and forest run with my baby!

These are the main things that have kept me hooked to a Low-Carb Diet. Many other benefits are just a consequence of eating this way, like weight loss, extra energy, better sleep, more flexibility, faster recovery, etc. If you haven’t tried yet, I encourage you to give it a try.

Just stay consistent and strict for the first month! The body will have to go through a big change to get adapted to your new way of eating. Therefore, give it time, be patient and enjoy the fruit of your determination after your body will be running smoothly on fats and your mood and energy will be high in the sky.

And if you need help to start this diet, please contact me. I have over 10 years of Health Coaching experience and have helped hundreds of people to change their eating and lifestyle habits.

Wishing you a healthy and happy life!

Daniel

Girl eating watermelon

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier?

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier Food at Home?

Some kids can be picky with their food choices. They can easily gravitate to the more starchy comforting foods like pasta, pizza, bread, rice, and so on. If your child is one of those, don’t worry! Ours was too.

I believe that every kid can thrive, living a balanced and healthy life, if provided the right nutrition. This means to have balanced meals (protein, carbohydrates, and fats), little to no processed sugar (candies, juices, sodas, cake, chocolates, cookies, etc) and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Here are the 5 key things my wife and I have been doing to get our 3-year-old used to healthier food choices.

Be the example

Your kids, especially after 3 years old, want to copy everything that you do! Make sure that your plates look like the ones you want to see your kids eating or even better.

Naturally, your kids will ask what is on your plate and get interested. Kids are curious. Always ask if they want to try a bite, but only once. If they say no, don’t make it a big deal, keep on eating as anything has happened.

Kids need repetition. They need to see the same behavior repeatedly. At some point, they will say yes and try something new. 

If after trying something new they don’t like it. Don’t worry! Congratulate them for trying and carry on.

With this exercise, you want to expand your kid’s pallet to new tastes and experiences. It might take some time, but it will surprise you to see the interest they develop for the healthy foods you are eating.

Mask the taste of Healthy Foods

In our daughter’s case, eating vegetables has been the hardest one. So, I have come up with ways to mask the taste in green smoothies (read How to get your kids to drink their greens?) or in other dishes, like spinach crepes, broccoli oven tarts or mashed cauliflower (she thinks it’s mashed potato).

Cauliflower Tarts
Cauliflower patties made with cheese and almond flour

When serving protein use mild tastes and spices

When preparing meat, chicken or fish don’t go crazy with spices. The more neutral the flavor, the higher the chance your kid will like it. You can use cheese, cream or butter to give some extra taste and mask a bit the flavor (especially with fish) if your child is not a big protein eater.

Also, don’t be afraid to use a good quality protein powder in your smoothies. This will add a few grams of protein in your kid’s daily intake and will keep them happier and more balanced. These are my favorite options for quality whey protein powder and for a vegan protein powder that kids like.

Get your kids involved in the kitchen

My 3-year-old daughter is my little helper in the kitchen. Every single day she wants to come and help me out in the kitchen.

From the beginning I got her involved in the cooking process, making it fun and making her feel useful and helpful. So, now it is a fun thing to do with her dad and she doesn’t want to miss it.

This way your kids will learn about new foods, they will know what goes into their plate. They will ask you to taste some ingredients while you are cooking. Plus, it is an amazing way to bond with your kids.

Just relaxed! The kitchen might be a mess, and food will take longer to be ready. But the reward for you and your kid is priceless. Trust me!

Family Cooking
Sharing time in the kitchen is one of the best gifts you can give your kids and yourself!

Give them time

Getting used to healthier eating choices can take time. If not, think about how hard it is for so many people to stick to a healthy diet. However, with perseverance and dedication, you can accomplish anything. And making your kids eat healthy foods is no different.

Let them discover their own way! Ask for what they are interested in. And mostly set the right example. With time, your kids will copy you.

Offering your kids Healthier Food choices and helping them in getting used to them is one of the biggest and best gifts you can give your kids in their life.

A Healthy Diet is in the foundation of our Health and Well-being. And most times, it’s what defines our energy levels, mood, productivity and quality of life. So, don’t take it lightly, be consistent and over time you’ll see the fruit of your effort.

If you need help in changing into a Healthier Lifestyle with yourself and family, contact me. You can book a 15-minute call to have a chat and see how can I help you.

Until next time, be the example you want to see!

Daniel

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How to improve Sleep quality?

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How to improve sleep quality naturally?

You have heard the saying; “You don’t know what you have until you lose it!”

That was exactly my experience with sleep. I always have been an excellent sleeper. My friends used to make fun of me saying that I could sleep on bare rocks or even standing in buses (no joke).

Until we had kids!

It’s not a surprise that when you have babies your sleep gets compromised. There might be also other reasons that compromise your sleep quality like mental and emotional stress, alcohol, drugs, overstimulation before going to sleep, etc.

Whichever the reason is that keeps you awake at night or prevents you to slip down a deeply restorative night sleep, here are some tips take have worked amazingly for me, even while having to wake up many times per night because of our small kids.

Darken your room and home

As soon as your brain realizes that it is getting darker it secretes melatonin which is the sleep hormone that will relax you and get you ready to go to bed.

Start by using dim lights in your home at least 1 hour before going to sleep. This will start the relaxation process. Also, darken your room as much as possible using blackout curtains.

Night lights bedroom
Use dim lights at least 1 hr before going to sleep. Make your room as cozy as possible

Limit Blue Light

Based on the same principle as above, TV, cell-phones, and computers stimulate your system and prevents the secretion of melatonin. So, limit using any blue light device for at least 1 hr before going to sleep. Use that time to read a book, connect to your partner and prepare your room for a great night’s sleep.

Use an Acupressure Mat

This is one of the best things that I have ever owned! Really! It is a mat with tiny spikes where you lay down before going to sleep for 15 to 20 min. The spikes relax your whole nervous systems and vanish all the pain and tension in your body.

I would say that it improves your night quality sleep for at least 50%. It is an amazing and very simple tool but one worth trying. Check this link for my favorite one.

You can also use it at any point in the day when you are feeling tired, tense or stressed. It will relax you immediately.

Eat right

This is big! Nutrition has a huge impact on your sleep quality. To make it short focus on:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables during the day: Having an extra amount of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in your system will help your system to restore and relax while your sleep
  • Hydrate: drink enough water during the day (min 2 Lts. – 68 oz.). To increase water absorption add a pinch of salt or squeeze a bit of lemon juice in your water. Make sure not to drink too much before going to sleep, otherwise, you’ll wake up to pee.
  • Eat Dinner at the latest 2 hours before going to sleep: Make sure you have enough time to digest your last heavy meal before going to sleep. You can still have a small snack before going to sleep if you are hungry but make sure is something light.
  • Have a spoon of honey before going to sleep: Honey sugars composition can trigger serotonin production which is the main neurotransmitter needed to secrete melatonin. Use good quality raw honey and if you want to boost your immune system at the same time go for Raw Manuka Honey.

There is a big debate about how many hours you should sleep. I believe that the quality of your sleep is much more important than the quantity. Anyway, it is important to get the right amount of hours for yourself and combine with the tips above, you will wake up feeling refreshed, clear-minded and ready for the new day.

So, these are the go-to tips I have used consistently to improve my sleep quality naturally especially while raising two small kids. Even if I don’t get too many hours, at least the ones I get are good quality ones!

Wishing you a good night’s sleep!

Until next time,

Daniel

P.S. If you need help to improve your Health and Lifestyle don’t hesitate to contact me and book your 15 min FREE session to get crystal clear on your goals and get started on your journey to a Healthy Lifestyle.

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How to implement Healthy Habits?

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How to implement Healthy Habits?

No matter where you are in your journey, we all can do better towards our health and self. That is how life works, we are constantly improving and expanding!

Maybe it’s improving your diet, or exercising more often, or adding daily mindfulness and meditation practices. Whatever it is, everything comes down to create and implement a new habit.

If you are human, you probably have struggled in the past to change or add healthy habits, as I have. So, here are some tips that have worked for me to start a new habit easier and more effectively:

Become crystal clear Why you want to do it:

No matter what we are trying to change or add in our life, we need to have a clear reason Why!

Usually, we face a point where our inside voice screams for change. And that is the moment to pick up the phone and listen! When you do, ask yourself, why do you want to change? Why do you want to add this new habit in your life? How does your life will improve by making this change? How will you become a better person by adding this new habit in your life?

It’s important that you get clear answers to these questions. They will be your reminders and motivation to stick to your new habit. So, don’t be afraid and go deep in your answers. Think about your long-term health, think about the love ones around you, think about the impact in every area of your life…

Get an accountability team, partner or coach:

We are social creatures and it’s proven that we stick to our promises much better when we have spoken to others about it. When implementing a new Healthy Habit in your life, make sure you share it with friends and family around you. Let them know how important this change is for you and explain your reasons Why you are doing it.

If you feel that you need extra help to stay on track look for a coach. If you have tried many times unsuccessfully to change a habit, probably you need professional help. A good coach will keep you accountable and provide you with the right tools and steps for you to achieve success.

 

Friends group
Find your tribe and announce your change and reasons why!

Use the 2-day rule:

When starting a new habit, for example, to exercise regularly, the 2-day rule means that you won’t be taking 2 days off exercising in a row. At least, you will do that new habit a minimum of every other day. This way you will keep the momentum of the new habit and before you know it, it will feel better to do it than not to.

It is a big commitment! Remember your Why! And because we know that life always gets in the way, you can always plan to have 1 day off your new habit, but not 2 in a row!

Set reminders (obvious and subtle ones):

Obvious reminders are the ones that you can use in your phone or notes that you can leave around your home to “remind you” to do the action needed to implement your new Healthy Habit. Or a partner or friend that can ask you daily how are you doing with your new habit.

More subtle ones are important, especially for your subconscious mind. For example, if you want to have a green smoothie every morning, leave the blender and some ingredients ready on the kitchen counter from the night before. Or if you want to drink more water during the day get a nice drinking bottle and make sure you carry it around everywhere you go. Or if you want to change your diet, start by cleaning all the unhealthy food from your kitchen and fill it with the healthy stuff you want.

Fruits and Water Bottle
Set reminders! If you see it you will do it!

By changing your environment and pre-setting yourself for success by implementing small changes related to your new habit, your mind creates positive associations to your new habit, and therefore you will start creating subconscious pathways for your future behaviors.

These are some tips that have worked for me to implement new Healthy Habits. I have to say that the most powerful one, is the first one. Becoming crystal clear Why you want to do it.

All comes down to your mindset, your character and your commitment to yourself, and to those reasons why you want to change or add a new habit.

If you need professional help to transition into new healthier habits with the proper tools and techniques so it is smooth and effective contact me.

I offer a 15 min Free session where we can discuss your goals, get a clear plan and move forward to conquer your new healthy habits. Just write at daniel@danielherandezlifestyle.com

And if you want to get weekly tips and tools about personal growth and a healthy lifestyle, sign in for my Newsletter here.

Until next time, be healthy and feel good!

Daniel

Sliced Oranges

How to prevent the Coronavirus?

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How to prevent the Coronavirus? From inside out

We are living a very delicate time! The coronavirus is shaking everybody’s deepest beliefs of health, safety, and security.

It’s definitely difficult to stay positively focused on yourself when the world around you is threatened by a pandemic. Airports, schools, and shops are closing and we are asked to stay at least 1 mt away from each other.

A lot has been said about how to prevent spreading the virus. Measures like washing hands, covering your face, avoiding public places, avoiding touching eyes and nose, etc. All those are important and we should take them into consideration to avoid spreading the coronavirus any further.

However, what can we do in terms of our internal bodies? How can we stay strong enough to not be infected?

All comes down to a strong immune system!

So, to strengthen your immune system follow these easy tips to make sure you are in the top shape of your health and stay strong against the coronavirus.

Reduce Stress Levels:

Stress is the number one debilitating factor in our immune system.

Attempt to stay calm during this time. Take enough rest, listen to calm music, stay in touch with nature, use your favorite ways to relax and try to distract your mind about the topic.

Even if we all need to know what is going on with the coronavirus, try to see the news only once a day. This will give you the update that you need and then you can move on your day and try to forget about it.

Remember, fear and anxiety don’t help with your stress level! And continuously seeing the news will make the problem only bigger in your head.

Woman Relaxing
Relax, calm down, enjoy nature!

Moderate alcohol intake:

Excess alcohol can hinder your immune system operation. When drinking too much alcohol it focuses your body on eliminating the toxins out, instead of building a strong immune system.

So, do not use alcohol to forget what is going on! And the same applies to smoking and recreational drugs, of course.

Get plenty of Micronutrients in:

The best way to support your immune system is to get your nutrition right! Especially your micronutrients, which are Vitamins and Minerals.

The best way to get them in is with a diet rich in vegetables and fruits. However, if this is challenging for you, try a multivitamin supplement.

The main Vitamin that boosts your immune system is Vitamin C. You can get Vitamin C from citric fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, berries or from a good Vitamin C supplement like this one.

Also, include enough cruciferous vegetables in your diet, like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage which have not only plenty of vitamins and minerals but also great detoxifying properties.

Keep on moving:

Exercise helps to boost your immune system. However, do not overdo it because it can cause the opposite effect. Find the right intensity for you and move your body regularly.

Get enough sleep:

When we sleep our body rebuilds itself up. Our immune system gets to “fight” the bad guys and balance is restored in the body.

To allow this to happen, we need to get enough sleep. Between 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Darken your room as much as possible and take 1 hr before going to sleep away from blue light from phones, computers, and TV.

Drink hot ginger, lemon, and honey tea: 

Drinking hot drinks will help to kill the coronavirus if it has entered your throat. It is said that it can’t tolerate heat. Also, ginger, lemon, and honey are immune system boosters.

Ginger is anti-inflammatory. Lemon is full of Vitamin C, and Honey is a natural antibacterial.

Tea cup
A natural anti-inflammatory, filled with Vitamin C and anti-bacterial!

Do warm salt water gargles:

Based on the previous logic, warm salt water gargles will help to keep your mouth and throat clear from infections going in.

In a small glass of warm water add 1 teaspoon of good quality salt and then do few times gargles for 5 to 10 seconds each, spitting out the water afterward.

The main point of this article is to stay as healthy and balanced as you can. Take this time to reflect on your healthy habits and try to make small improvements to get extra strong.

By building up your immune system and doing the preventive actions to avoid spreading the virus is the only way we can do our part in this matter.

This is how we can avoid the coronavirus to move forward. Hopefully, working all together to improve this challenge will strengthen, united and make us better people for the future to come.

Wishing you a healthy and peaceful time ahead.

Daniel

P.S. If you want to know more about me check out my site wwww.danielhernandezlifestyle.com and sign in for my Newsletter.

And if you feel that you need more help to establish some healthy habits in your life, please contact me and book your 15 min Free Session.