Monthly Archives: September 2011

Natural Air Freshener

Air fresheners may be causing respiratory irritation, headaches or other allergic reactions due to certain chemicals. To naturally deodorize your rooms, use Karyn Siegel-Maier’s suggestion from her book The Naturally Clean Home. Layer 1/2″ orange peels and 1/2″ salt in a glass jar, continuing until it’s 2/3 full. Leave uncovered in room. Salt draws moisture from orange peels, releasing oils (and fragrance). Your room will smell citrusy fresh and no chemicals.

Clench Your Fist and Cut the Cravings

As you are craving that yummy piece of chocolate cake, try clenching your fist and tightening your arm muscles. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research done at the University of Chicago, indicated that muscle tightening when aligned with your goals (healthier eating) helps with self-control dilemmas. The authors of the study state that the mind-body are so closely tied together that engaging these bodily actions can serve as a non-conscious source to recruit willpower. Interesting concept! If you have sugar cravings, give it a try.

Sleep Routine

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep through the night is a common concern for so many people. One of the most helpful techniques to assist in better quality sleep is to have a specific bedtime routine that you begin about an hour before you want to fall asleep. Routines are designed to help you relax and prepare both your mind and body for sleep. Each person should choose something that fits their style, whether it’s a warm bath, listening to soothing music, reading something inspirational or meditating. Do you have a routine?

Improving Your Health

If you could have one thing improved in your overall health, what would you choose? Many are battling poor sleep, eating on the run causing less than desirable nutrition, stubborn weight problems, headaches, stressful schedules, etc. Just as it is too difficult too unclutter your entire house in one day, trying to “fix” your health all at once is overwhelming. What would you choose first?

Worry Jar

If worrying keeps you up at night, following this tip from an expert may help ease some of your concerns. Martin Rossman, MD, author of The Worry Solution suggests creating a worry jar, writing down each distressing thought on slips of paper and dropping them into your special “worry” jar before going to sleep. He advises you will be able to let go of those worries for a while so you can sleep. Sounds like great advice.

French Fries or Baked Sweet Potato

Here’s “food for thought” the next time you order fries or rip open a bag of chips. In a large-scale study spanning 11 years, scientists at the University of Leeds, UK found that acrylamide, an organic compound formed on high-carb foods cooked at temps above 120 degrees Celsius, may increase the risk of breast cancer 20% in premenopausal women. Baked sweet potato anyone?

Emotional Hunger

When you head into the kitchen in the evening for something to snack on, are you really hungry? If your belly is empty and grumbling, eat something you enjoy that also nourishes your body. But if the “hunger” developed suddenly and you have a “taste” for something, rather than a true hunger, ask yourself what you are really feeding. Are you bored, anxious, tired, upset? Emotional hunger is not even satisfied by food, so what can you do instead?