Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hydration and Health

Do you actually keep track of how much water you drink each day? Staying well hydrated plays a role in successful weight loss, energy levels, building muscle tone and hydrating skin- just to name a few. Generally, it is recommended to drink 8- 8oz. glasses, but it is really individual, depending on activity level and heat and humidity exposure. I measure out my water on containers each morning, do you?

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Half-Plate Rule

Do you follow the Half-Plate Rule? Filling half your plate with veggies and/or salad, one quarter lean protein and the other quarter whole grain is a healthy meal. The next time you have a meal, take a look at your plate and see how yours is divided up by veggies, protein and whole grains. Remember, being healthy or losing weight is about making the right choices.

Exercise DVD’s

The key to sticking with an exercise routine is to keep it interesting. One way to do that and keep the price down is to borrow fitness DVD’s from your local library. Most libraries have a big section of workout DVD’s to choose from and you can switch it up frequently. Why pay for them unless they are your favorites? Another plus…you can workout in your own home.

Plants and Health

Houseplants are not only decorative-they can be good for you. Asparagus ferns, English ivy and purple heart plants help remove VOC’s-volatile organic compounds from the air. VOC’s are given off from most paints, furniture coatings, cleaning supplies, permanent markers, etc. and can aggravate allergies and asthma.

Slouching and Fatigue

Slouching makes your muscles work harder to hold your body up, causing fatigue. It is particularly fatiguing on your neck, back and shoulder muscles. It can also lead to a headache. Take a deep breath in, bring your shoulders back and head up. Mom was right…sit up straight. Your body will thank you!

Boredom and Snacking

Boredom is a frequent saboteur in healthy eating. The best way to handle it is to have a plan for times when boredom strikes and the cravings hit. I suggest that you make a list that fits your needs/life. Here’s a new idea from a book by Susan Albers, PsyD, 50 Ways To Soothe Yourself With Food: sniff coffee beans when bored- it slows down your urge to snack.

Healing and Gratitude

When you don’t feel well, to shift your body towards healing, focus on one of your five senses. Perhaps your ears hear well, allowing you to listen to wonderful music, children’s laughter, your spouse’s “I love you”. Or maybe your eyes that see the faces of family and friends, movies, beauty of nature. Or touch that allows you to feel the hugs and kisses, the sand between your toes. Being grateful – mind/body shifts.