Monthly Archives: April 2011

Feeling Good

Feeling good is in your hands. Instead of focusing on all the negative things that happened during your day (venting) start tracking all the good things. Each night, write down 3 things that either went well for you that day and if that’s a huge stretch (although I bet you can find something if you really try), write down 3 things that you are grateful for that day. Some days it might be as simple as eyes that can see (ask a blind person about that!) or a car that gets you to your job (ask someone stranded on the side of the road). The more descriptive your note, the more clearly your mind “sees” the good things in your life. You can shift from “poor me” to “life’s great”.

High-Fat Foods and Asthma

If the spring blooming triggers your asthma, you may want to steer clear of high-fat, high-calorie foods. Besides the havoc they can cause for the rest of your health, Australian researchers found that these foods cause more airway inflammation within hours of eating. They can also cause a lower response to albuterol, one of the commonly used asthma medications. Unsaturated fats fight inflammation, though, so get your dietary fat from things like olive oil, avocado, nuts and fish (not fried).

Calm Your Body Down

To reset the calm button in your body, get outside and breathe some fresh air and take in the beauty of nature. Spending hours every day in an office or house can increase the feeling of tension for many. For those of you, like me, who live in the northeast, winter has been long and cold. The trees are budding, flowers are blooming and spending just a few minutes a day outside can improve your outlook. Eat your lunch outside, take a short walk, sit on your porch and breathe deep.

Clutter and Migraines

Prevent those migraines by clearing out the clutter. We’ve know that reducing clutter decreases our stress, but Scottish researchers identified that the same clutter that annoys most people, is “visual noise” for migraine sufferers. The researchers also stated that the clutter may stimulate nerve cells to become overactive. So, maybe it’s time to clear off your desk, clear out your bedroom, clean off the kitchen counters. You will definitely feel the benefit of increased calm (remember it’s a de-stressor) and perhaps less migraines.

Mindful Eating

Food is meant to nourish our bodies AND be enjoyed, so how do you know if you are making the right choice? Eating mindfully is bringing awareness to the present and focusing on what you are eating and truly enjoying each bite, savoring it. So before you take the next bite, ask yourself these questions: Will it be delicious? Will it nourish my body? How will I feel 1/2 hour from now? Your answers will help you decide. We all splurge once in a while but it’s what you eat the rest of the time that keeps your body healthy.

Dealing With Stressful Tasks

How do you deal with tasks that stress you out? You know the ones… clearing kitchen counter clutter, going through piles of unopened mail, folding mounds of laundry, these tasks that we usually try to ignore until they become overwhelming. Set a kitchen timer for 15-20 minutes and work away till the bell sets you free. You will not only knock things off your list, but have a sense of accomplishment. You can do it, knowing it’s time-limited. Tick, tick, tick…

Weight Gaining Habit

Could this simple habit cause you to gain weight? When you stand in the kitchen eating out of containers, you are more likely to consume up to 50% more the next time you eat than those who sat down at a table, eating off a plate. Researchers indicate that standing makes it feel more like a snack, so it seems less satisfying. Even if you are having apple slices and low-fat cheese as a snack, eat at the table with a place setting. We are always rushing…take time to sit down and enjoy your food.