You have been worrying about your lifestyle from time to time, but we also need to take into consideration the lifestyle that your partner undertakes in their daily life. Of course, your partner’s health is also important thus, we need to be aware of what they does in their daily routine.
The study by Bupa Health Clinics found that people often priorities their partner’s health above their own, because they believe they’re healthy and don’t need to worry about their own wellbeing, saying they’ll address their own health issues if and when they need to.
Instead, 28% try to safeguard their loved one’s health by booking doctor’s appointments for them, with 22% saying it’s because their partner never gets round to booking an appointment themselves.
As well as helping to get a professional opinion about health concerns, nearly two-thirds of partners take covert action, surreptitiously swapping food for low-fat alternatives, hiding treats and reducing sugar in hot drinks.
The study of 2,000 adults in relationships found that some of the top health concerns included getting stressed easily, not sleeping enough and niggling ailments like back pain or a persistent cough.
Dr Petra Simic, clinical director at Bupa Health Clinics, says: “People put more focus on their loved ones’ health at the cost of their own, but it’s important to understand that looking after ourselves actually gives us the ability to look after others, and is just as important.
A healthy bedtime snack is important
Perhaps, you might think that you need to encourage them to go to sleep early is the most important thing that you could do for them. But experts says, that is not the case.
Coach Pippa Campbell points out that sugary snacks before bedtime can be a recipe for poor sleep. Sleeping badly can weaken the immune system, impair performance and even cause a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you’ve already eaten, which can wreak havoc with your weight.
To help you and your partner get a good night’s sleep, Pippa advises paying attention to what you snack on before bed.
“Starchy carbs and sugars will raise your blood sugar and delay sleep,” she explains.
“Later, when blood-sugar drops too low (hypoglycemia), you may wake up and be unable to fall back asleep.
“I recommend not eating carbs or sugar before bed usually, but if you’re feeling stressed, a small pre-bedtime protein or carb snack might help (around 10pm). In these instances, I advise clients to eat some almond butter on a small rye or gluten-free cracker.”
Cooking a healthy breakfast
Nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives To Sugar, says another tip for helping to keep loved ones healthy is to check they’re choosing healthy breakfast options, such as wholegrain cereals like porridge, organic live natural dairy products like yogurt, organic eggs and fruit.
“Sugar-laden cereals will cause blood-sugar to rise sharply and drop quite quickly, making people feel hungry more quickly,” she says.
“They need something that will sustain them and keep them feeling fuller for longer.”
If you want them to lose weight then here is an effective way to encourage them to do that. You can alter their diet as this would result to reducing pounds.
Marilyn explains that fat cells produce substances called inflammatory cytokines, which pump up the immune system. This urges the adrenal glands to release more cortisol to calm it down, and the excess cortisol causes more fat to be stored.
When fat is stored, it releases more inflammatory cytokines, producing a vicious circle of fat gain.
“To reduce inflammation levels, look at your partner’s diet,” she advises.
“Keep them away from the 3Ps — prepared, processed and packaged foods, as well as saturated fats (margarine, pastries, crisps), alcohol, wheat and gluten-containing foods, and foods that increase blood-sugar quickly (sweets, juices, bread).
“They can also increase sources of anti-inflammatory antioxidants by munching on berries.”
Stay away from sugar alternatives
Sugar alternatives are always promoted as a healthy way to enjoy sweets, but that is not the case as they would do more harm than good for your body.
“These sweeteners have been linked to mood swings and depression and it’s been found that people who regularly use artificial sweeteners tend to gain weight as they can slow down the digestive process and increase appetite.”
Set your phone to remind you of your exercise routine.
In this busy world, we need someone to remind us to take care of our body since we might get too busy and there won’t be any time to do that anymore. Encourage them to walk around the house or outside to burn those calories.
“Set a reminder for your partner to make sure they have a brief walk around the office to get themselves moving, and always encourage them to take the stairs,” advises podiatrist Dave Wain of Carnation Footcare.