Whether it entails writing short stories, playing music or painting works of art, being creative is an all-natural anti-depressant that motivates you, exercises the brain and makes you feel good.
The sky is the limit when it comes to unique things and activities worth trying out. From learning how to play an instrument or joining a local painting, crocheting or crafting group, there are plenty of ways you can get your creative juices flowing and make friends while you’re at it.
There are lots of great websites now that help you find people with common interests. Facebook allows you to join up to 6,000 groups on their social network. Another easy way to find opportunities to get creative with like-minded people is meetup.com. You simply sign up for a free account, create your profile and you can start browsing through groups in your local area. In their hobbies and crafts category, for example, you’ll find groups of people who catch up regularly to sew, decorate cakes, do origami, share interior design ideas and hold book club meetings.
There is a lot of power in the ability to create, so find what you are passionate about and express yourself!
ke the time to find out exactly what you’re eating? Understanding what’s in the foods you eat helps you eliminate extra sugars, fats and harmful chemicals from your body. It’s best to get into the habit of checking the food labels on the products you purchase at the supermarket. The nutrition information label provides key information such as serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, protein, carbohydrate and vitamin content. This makes it easy for you to compare the nutrient content of different options. The label on the product also contains a list of the ingredients. Did you know that the ingredient listed first is present in the largest amount? Ingredients must be listed by weight in descending order (i.e. the first ingredient contributes the largest amount to the product and the last ingredient contributes the least). So, if sugar is the first ingredient listed on a packet of biscuits or cereal it might not be the wisest choice for snack time if you are trying to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.
Women who are above 75 years of age should aim to consume between 1,600 – 2,000 calories a day. Men of the same age should aim for 2,000 – 2,260 calories a day, depending on their level of activity, height and weight. If you fall into this age range you are advised to consume 46 – 56 grams of protein, about 130 grams of carbohydrates, and about 20 – 35 percent of their calories from fats each day. However, it is always best to speak to your doctor or nutritionist before making any major changes to your diet.