Tuesday, 24 January 2017

1701.25 KILLER TOAST AND NIGHT OWLS

These days when we are all trying to keep as healthy as possible (well most want to) we find ourselves juggling fitness and diet. It's difficult since foods that are good or bad for us seems to change almost weekly. If fact this week we are being told that toast is a potential killer!

That's right, it was reported across the news that if you overcook toast (or potatoes and other foods) then you could get cancer from it! The "advice" comes from the Food Standards Agency but has not been backed up by experts from Cancer Research or Cambridge University.
This is safe toast (apparently)
My diet isn't the best but it certainly isn't the worst. I try my best and I think that's what's needed. I try and keep the fats down and keep within my calorie goal. 

Staying active can be hard to fit in to a busy lifestyle but it's not impossible. Many years ago I swapped my usual commute for a bike and I utilise that time which would otherwise be potentially wasted. These days I've added riding for pleasure into the mix also. 


There is a third thing that is often overlooked when trying to stay healthy.  

SLEEP! 

I don't always manage to get enough sleep. Generally the sleep I get is good quality but sometimes quantity is just as important as quality. 

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health? Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy. It’s now clear that a solid night’s sleep is essential for a long and healthy life. - Source: NHS Website


I work shifts so routine isn't something I have. I find myself trying to squeeze as much out of a day as I can. I'm lucky if I manage 5 hours most nights, for me 6 hours + is a lay in. I know that I need to sort this one out, it's my last obstacle in my opinion to living as healthy as I possibly can. Just like eating and exercising it's all a case of self discipline, if I can get myself into the right mindset I'll take control. It is, of course, not as easy as it sounds.

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