How Can You Get Your Loved Ones to Live Healthy?

Family Eating Together

Salad at family dinners is a great way to start.


Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle? There’s no better time than now. But what about your friends and family? Do they feel the same, or do they fall into old bad habits of snacking on junk food and eating lots of carbs and fats, and not exercising?

Because our daily choices are influenced by the people we spend our time with, a healthy lifestyle includes encouraging loved ones to also live better.

Think about how hard it is to motivate yourself to change your daily habits. It’s just as hard to motivate others. But there is a powerful communal spirit in being all in the same boat that can encourage you to stick to a new health plan.

The following five tips were originally featured on  the Biostation blog.

Jonathan Globerman explains that small changes, along with nurtured guidance, will help guide you and your loved ones through the challenging task of encouraging a consistent health regimen.

It can be difficult to engage in conversation about life changes.  You want to encourage change without sounding offensive and inflammatory. How can you do so? Take note of the following tips.

1. Start small
Good habits take time to form; the more drastic the changes are, the harder the habits are to maintain. This is why crash diets are so popular. You can go strong after after a week or so, but then we fall back into our nasty old patterns. Encourage loved ones to focus on two or three small goals. Once the positive effects from these milestones are realizes, it will be possible to keep adding on new habits.

2. Don’t nag
Has someone ever told you, “Are you sure you want to eat that?” when you’re about to grab a second slice of pizza? Inciting judgemental comments can have the opposite effects of the comment itself. It becomes a personal attack; now you’ve become the enemy instead of a positive-minded support team. People are driven by positive affirmation, not negative remarks.

3. Be the change you want to see
Seeing someone else succeed through dieting and exercise is one of the best ways to prove to others that these changes are worth a shot.  Be a healthy role model!

4. Cheer them on!
Small changes are terrifying for some folks. Exercise and diet adjustments can be grueling; more so than you might realize. It’s your job to stay positive and supportive and be an inspiring role model.

5. If necessary, seek professional help.
Even though we provide love and support, we can’t always provide all the answers. When dealing with problems like eating disorders and obesity, sometimes the nuances of familial relationship get in the way of true solutions. In cases like this, turning to a medical practice like the biostation™ can guide patients toward an individualized path toward wellness.

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What Is Protein?

Protein is an essential part of everyone’s diet.  Most of us are raised with parents who tell us to eat meat and drink lots of milk, because we’ll grow up big and strong.

But what exactly is a protein?


Let’s break it down.  The digestive acids in our stomach “break down” (no pun intended) the protein consumed when we eat into  units called amino acids. These are restructured in unique sequences throughout the body to make the proteins necessary to keep you going. Protein is a “macronutrient.” This means the human body needs plenty of it; protein keeps your immune system healthy, repairs tissue, and grows nails and hair.

There are 22 amino acids that scientists agree are essential to human health.  Out of these 22, the human body produces 13 of them without additional intake. We receive the other 9 essential amino acids by ingesting protein-rich foods.

Types of Proteins

Different foods provide different types of protein – such as animal, dairy, and plant.

Here’s a brief list of the proteins provided by various foods:



Meat, fish, and poultry: Collagen and myosin




Beans: Proteins and legumins



EggEggs: ovalbumin and avidin

Animal-derived proteins are considered complete because they contain all of the essential amino acids, while plant-based proteins are missing a few.  Vegetarians can still find the remaining amino acids by eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods.


Are you getting enough protein?

The amount of protein you should eat depends on age, sex, and exercise levels. Most healthy adults consume enough protein without calculating it, but vegetarians and vegans need to be aware that they eat enough protein.

Don’t be fooled: extra protein doesn’t give you extra strength.

Be aware of sodium levels in packaged meats.  Plus, additional fats will count against healthy eating if you eat too much protein.


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