The 4 basics of a healthy lifestyle

Welcome to Healthy Gadis! We are delighted to welcome you and share a healthy lifestyle.
From Gadis we understand the word health with a very broad meaning. Physical, emotional, mental health, ours and the people around us, as well as that of the planet itself. In this section you will find: information, curiosities, news and advice related to food, physical activity, responsible consumption, food waste, collaborations with entities … in short, all those issues related to a healthy lifestyle with and for people and mother land .
Here are our 4 basics in detail.

1. HEALTHY FOOD

There is a direct relationship between eating well and feeling good or eating badly and feeling bad. And this is the reality.
To be healthy and feel full of energy and vitality we must:

  • Increase consumption of fruit and vegetables and prioritize products fresh on the
  • Reduce the consumption of sugar, salt, saturated fats and trans acids .

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that since 1980, obesity has more than doubled worldwide . It is estimated that 40% of the world’s population is overweight. In general, there are currently more people in the world who are overweight than underweight. Worst of all, in both cases, we are facing what is called malnutrition. People who lack the necessary nutrients for their body to function properly.
Malnutrition causes a series of so-called non-communicable diseases such as anemia, rickets, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some cancers. All of them preventable and improvable through a healthy life.

2. REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Eating well is not enough to be healthy. We need to exercise our body to get it to work properly.
The practice of physical activity on a regular basis will help us to:

  • Control our weight.
  • Keep our muscles operational.
  • Strengthen our bone structure.
  • Have more balance and flexibility.
  • Improve our mood.
  • Reduce stress and relax more easily.
  • Reconcile a more restful sleep.

All of them are basic ingredients for a healthy life. Reasons to take seriously the recommendations of the WHO for adults to practice at least two and a half hours a week of intense aerobic physical activity . Yes, you read it right. 2 hours and 30 minutes a week. They give us the alternative of one hour and forty-five minutes of vigorous aerobic physical activity a week. The ideal? Make it a combination of both.

3. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION

Our way of consuming has changed dramatically. Therefore, today more than ever, we have to be informed consumers and be aware of the decisions we make when we go shopping.
When we buy something, we are not only acquiring that product or service, but we are also approving the way it was designed, produced and / or distributed.
In Gadis we are very fans of fresh products , and more if they are seasonal and proximity . Two of the characteristics that, apart from feeding, involve responsible behavior.
Here are some of the advantages of seasonal and proximity foods:

  • By following their natural cycle, they are at their optimum time for consumption and their taste is the best possible.
  • They hardly need artificial means for their production and therefore they are more respectful of the land in which they grow.
  • As the crop is seasonal, when they mature they do it at the same time, getting there to be more in the market and its price falls.
  • They generate wealth and jobs in the near environment.
  • They have a smaller path until they reach you, retaining greater freshness.
  • They are part of traditional cuisine and our culture.

 

4. FOOD WASTE

About a third of the food produced in the world is thrown away or wasted. This is an economic, social and environmental problem.

  • Economic for the cost of production and purchase of such food.
  • Social because there are people in the world who do not have access to the necessary amount of food and are totally unfair.
  • Environmental because of the cost of a massive production of high energy and water consumption that are not necessary, apart from the complexity of waste management and greenhouse gas production.

Waste occurs throughout the entire production chain. Manufacturing processes (39%). Restaurants and catering services (14%). Food distribution companies (5%). Consumers (42%) , being the highest percentage of waste produced in households.
The good news is that as soon as we become aware, we can avoid it greatly.

  1. Some tips to avoid food waste at home:
  2. Plan the menus.
  3. Increase visits to the supermarket.
  4. Check expiration dates.
  5. Make the most of food.
  6. Freeze leftover food.