By: Josefina Girón, RDN, LDN
Make the time to put your care first. Women are known to care for others and put their own care secondary to all else. During this National Women’s Health Week, I challenge you to do a least one act of self-care.
Below I will share 4 ideas on how to care for yourself and your health.
1. Schedule those appointments
Have you done your annual physical, gotten your health screenings, done blood work? Make the time to schedule those appointments and follow-up with a health provider.
2. Do what moves you
Do you like to dance, go for walks, swim, yoga, bike ride, hike, participate in exercise classes, martial arts? The recommendation is to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, which we also know as cardio (exercises that are going to get our heart beating faster). Plan and schedule your time to move. If 150 minutes a week seems like too much start with 30- 60 minutes a week and work your way up. Break down the activity into smaller more manageable times, even 5 minutes of physical activity has real health benefits. It is so beneficial to our body and mind, it helps to boost our mood, sharpen our focus, reduce stress, and can improve sleep.
Feel free to join Giant’s Healthy Living Virtual Fitness classes, follow the link for registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/try-something-new-fitness-tickets-195145263737
3. Nourish your body
Use MyPlate as your guide, ½ your plate with produce- Include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables which will be rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Include ¼ of your plate with Grains and choosing whole grains as often as possible. Whole grains will be higher in fiber, which is beneficial for blood sugar regulation, helps to manage
cholesterol, and keeps you full longer. ¼ of your plate will include lean protein and remember you can choose both animal and plant-based proteins. So, get a variety from chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Join one our webinars for more information on how to nourish your body: https://giantfood.com/pages/health-and-wellness-classes
4. Small acts of self-care
These small activities can go a long way.Walk in nature!Studies have shown that taking a walk in nature can reduce stress, increase positive feelings, and improve sleep quality. Practice reading or writing affirmations or having a gratitude journal sharpens our brain and makes it more positive. Did you ever want to learn how to play an instrument, sew, paint, or learn a new language? Learning something new can activate different parts of our brain. Pamper yourself with a bubble bath, aromatherapy, or some good old chocolate (for those extra health benefits try dark chocolate). 😉
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About Josefina Girón :
Josefina Girón is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), and holds a certificate in child and adolescent weight management. Texas born and Florida raised, she received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Florida International University. Josefina makes nutrition accessible for our Spanish-speaking customers through classes, consults, and store tours. She is passionate about helping others live their best healthy life by meeting them where they are and empowering them to make healthy eating a fun part of their lives! She is driven to live new experiences and is ready to try different foods, travel, run a race, or go on a hike.
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