Monthly Archives: July 2011

Where is Your Junk Food?

If the mere sight of food can stimulate a craving and the aroma of others send you directly to their path, the best strategy is out of sight, out of mind. Our cravings can be stimulated by multiple senses, as well as emotional cues from past experiences. Try to remove all offending foods from your environment but if you must keep them in your house, put them in covered containers, in the back of the cabinet or fridge. THIS you can control…

Snacking Success

With the cost of food going up and salaries not rising at the same rate, many families buy in bulk. If being bored or upset can send you to the pantry, stopping after “one serving” out of a big container is very difficult because we are not eating from true belly hunger. The hunger we are trying to fill is emotional and will not be satisfied by food, but we try… and try… and try… sometimes until the container is empty, much to our horror! When you first bring the BIG package home, fill multiple small snack packs and SEAL the big package closed. Planning ahead always works.

Agitated or Withdrawn When Stressed?

We each have a unique response to stress influenced by our life experiences and genetics. We either fight or take flight… do you tend to get angry and agitated or withdrawn and quiet? If you are the angry, agitated type then quiet, calming techniques will work best for you: soothing music, aromatherapy or meditation. But if you become quiet and withdrawn try a brisk walk, dancing to lively music or squeezing a stress ball. And for both… breathe deeply!

Diet for Pain Relief

Chronic inflammation can cause pain and other serious illnesses such as heart disease, some forms of cancer and Alzheimer’s, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. William Welches, a pain specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as Dr. Weil, recommend an anti-inflammatory diet, limiting sugar, refined flours, processed foods, saturated and trans fats and hyrogenated oils and animal protein. Increase fish, nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, veggies, whole grains, cook with olive oil and canola and drink plenty of pure water.

Serve from the Kitchen & Eat Less

Keep the food on the counter or stove in the kitchen and fill your plate from there. Bringing the food into the dining room will likely mean a 19% increase in the amount of food that you will consume. According to Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating, having food at least 6 feet away gives us a chance to stop and ask if we are really hungry enough to go back for more. Better to be mindful…

Doodle Your Memory Better

If you complain that your memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be, the next time you have a not so exciting meeting at work, try doodling. You will remember more info from the meeting. According to psychologist, Jackie Andrade of the University of Plymouth in England, you’ll have better recall if you were doodling. Doodling is a simple task with just enough energy to keep you focused. Now I know why all my notebooks in school looked like that!

Hold Hands to be Calm

We are all looking for ways to reduce our stress and it may be as close as our partner’s hand. Psychology experts at the University of Virginia discovered that when married couples held hands when placed under stressful situations, they were calmer. This was evidenced by functional MRI’s of the brain. We know human touch is comforting, so of course this makes sense. Reach out and touch the person you love!