Monthly Archives: June 2011

Adding Foods for Weight Loss

If weight loss is a goal, instead of focusing on the foods that you need to cut out of your diet, start adding all of the tasty fruits and veggies that are abundant this time of year. Add new grains like quinoa, amaranth, barley, bulgur and spelt. Experiment with recipes and cooking classes that feature healthy, whole foods. Expanding rather than limiting your choices is the key to successful weight management. What new or healthy, interesting food have you tried?

Self-Massage

The goal at the end of your work day is to unwind and relax those tightened muscles. Nothing beats a therapeutic massage but a do-it-yourself technique may be worth a try. Foam fitness rollers are designed for self-massage of different muscle groups and work by treating trigger points with direct pressure and muscle tightness with rolling massage. There is a caution not to use over joints or any bony prominence. I have mini ones for my hands and feet that feel great! Have you ever tried them?

Memory and Magnesium

We all have times that we forget little things and concern about our memory (or lack of) can be frustrating. According to a study published in Neuron, neuroscientists at MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing, found that increasing brain magnesium improves memory. The study highlights the importance of a diet with sufficient magnesium. Great sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and spinach. Maybe we’ll find our car keys if we snack on a handful of almonds…

Air-Purifying Plants

The scientists at NASA and The Associated Landscape Contractors of America discovered that certain household plants keep our indoor air clean and balance indoor humidity. As part of the Clean Air Study, the Boston fern was identified as one of the most effective air-purifying plants. It grows well in indirect sunlight and warm, humid conditions. If your bathroom has a window, this is the perfect room for a Boston fern. How perfect! A beautiful plant cleaning your air…

Yoga Fires Up Your Desire

We usually think of the benefits of yoga as flexibility, strength, posture, calm, concentration and decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, but what you may not know is it can enhance you sex life too. Research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that it strengthens muscle tone and increases blood flow. Shown here is the Triangle Pose for pelvic muscle strengthening. Proper form and breathing are important too.

Craving Sweets

If you are craving sweets, imagine yourself eating the object of your desire, and you will eat less of it. Typically the advice has been to ignore cravings, but research from Carnegie Melon University found that the difference between imagining the experience and actually eating the food is much smaller than originally thought. Perhaps it’s similar to the concept of the mind not knowing the difference between visualization of exercising and the actual workout. Research has already shown those who do both have higher muscle mass than those that just workout. The mind is amazing! So visualize vividly first and savor each bite. What do you crave?

Relax with Colors

Since home should be your place of refuge from the demands of the outside world, do you have a special room where you go to be calm and relaxed? Color can make a difference! Hot colors, like reds, oranges and yellows are stimulating and have been shown to actually raise blood pressure. Purples, blues and greens are calming and relaxing tones. If painting the walls is too much, try decorating with pillows, art, rugs, etc. What room is your retreat?