Monthly Archives: November 2010

Holiday Eating

What happens to your eating during the holidays? Do you decide to indulge in all the goodies since it “happens only once a year”? How about just choosing to be healthier this year by tasting the goodies, but not indulging. Continue to exercise and get enough sleep. You don’t need to deprive yourself of anything to thoroughly enjoy everything. Have a glass of red wine with family and friends. Make small changes…big rewards!

 

Advertisements

Stress Relief

What techniques do you use to bring the quickest stress relief? The best and most reliable way is through our senses. If you are sensitive to sounds and noises, if you are a music lover, then focusing on your auditory sense may work particularly well for you: try a small water fountain, listen to uplifting music, a soundtrack of nature, hang wind chimes near an open window… Experiment with different sounds that work for you!

 

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

When you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, take a moment to be grateful for not only the food on your table, but little things in your life that you may take for granted. As someone very wise once told me, “I am grateful everyday, because I WOKE UP today.” Being grateful shifts us to a state of positivity, which research has shown to improve our health! I am grateful for all of you. Enjoy a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!!

 

Thanksgiving Feast or Heart Attack Rx

When you sit down with your family in a couple of days and give thanks for all that you have, eye the bountiful table of delectable dishes lovingly prepared, stop for a moment before you fill your plate to a level worthy of Mount Everest. A typical Thanksgiving meal can easily exceed 4000 calories! Many leave the table with a feeling of discomfort that lasts for hours. Do you know that the cardiac (heart) output of blood is increased and diverted to intestinal circulation to aid in digestion, which can take as long as 6 hours! Without getting too clinical, there are several other events happening, such as a rise in insulin, blood pressure, triglycerides, increases in inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein following a large, high-fat meal that can lead to blockages and heat attacks. I know, I know…it’s a once a year celebration with goodies you don’t usually get to eat. So what should you do to enjoy and stay healthy?

  • Don’t start your meal starving. Have a snack an hour or two before dinner
  • Eat the salad first
  • Stay away from the hors d’oeuvres unless they’re raw veggies
  • Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate
  • Taste everything, but in small portions and no seconds
  • Eat slowly and enjoy your family/company
  • Either skip dessert or take a very small piece
  • Limit alcohol to one glass of wine and drink at least one full glass of water

 

Wishing you all a Happy, healthy Thanksgiving!

 

Acupuncture & Healing

Does the thought of having little needles put into your skin make you cringe? Acupuncture is a chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. Western medicine has studied it extensively for the use of pain relief and it also seems to work on nausea from pregnancy & chemo, migraines and multiple other physical problems. It is not a painful process and if you are working with a good practitioner who explains what they are doing, the rewards are amazing!

 

Taking Care Of You

In the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, have you taken the time each day to stop for at least a few minutes and refuel your mind and body? What do you do just for yourself that relaxes you, gives you pleasure and allows you the mental and physical strength to continue on with the craziness of your day? It may besitting quietly with your thoughts and a cup of tea, meditating for 15 minutes, reading a chapter in a good book… Be good to you!

 

Exercise and Cold Prevention

Here is another way to prevent colds that probably isn’t what you typically read: exercising at least 5 days a week. Researchers at Appalachian State University found that 5 days vs. 1 day caused an increase in activity in the cells of the immune system causing the 1002 participants to reduce the number of days spent with colds and those who did get colds to have less severe symptoms. Time to up that exercise!