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Do what you want…sometimes

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

A Healthy Life Sign

We spend the majority of our lives enduring other people telling us what to do.  Teachers, bosses, and parents have filled our lives with no-no’s, admonishments, and well-meaning advice.  But here’s a radical idea-just do what you want.  If you want a chocolate bar, have one.  If you want to take a nap, go ahead.  If you feel like skipping down the street…you get the idea.

Something occurred to me after many sweaty hours at the gym, rifling through health magazines and reading countless advice columns.  Maybe obsessively counting calories and other deprivations work for some people, but they certainly don’t work for me.  In fact, it seems to have the opposite effect.  When I tell myself I can’t have something, I want it all the more.

Such is the human condition.

So I’m trying a different approach.  If one afternoon all I can think about is eating a hamburger with fries, I actually allow myself to go and get one.  Two things are accomplished.  Once I give into my craving, I am thereby sated.   Instead of eating everything else in its place and then still wanting the burger, I just have what my body wants and in the end I am convinced that I consume fewer calories overall.  After I’ve indulged in the “treat”, I don’t feel deprived and therefore will eat healthier over the next few days (or weeks in some cases).

I am absolutely not advocating a burger-large fries-pitcher-of-beer-a-day existence.  But I think cutting ourselves some slack once in a while is mentally healthy and can go a long way.  At the very least it can help us to manage our stress.  Because deep down, we all know what the healthy choices are.

Remember, eat as healthy as possible, get plenty of exercise, and catch up on as much sleep as time permits.  It’s your healthy life.  Now go enjoy it!

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the power of downward facing dog

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Have you ever gone on a hike, a walk, or a run and felt tired but also very relaxed and at peace afterwards? We thought so. That is the magic of exercise and of focusing on something other than every day minutiae. Yoga classes, meditation and even simple relaxation techniques can also quiet the noise within and calm the mind. And it turns out that these practices are exceptionally good for your health. A recent study was conducted on cancer patients who were asked to try an 8-week stress reduction program and the results were staggering:

In a study involving 49 patients with breast cancer and 10 patients with prostate cancer, participation in an 8-week “mindfulness-based stress reduction” (MBSR) program was found to enhance quality of life, reduce stress symptoms, reduce cortisol levels, improve immune patterns, reduce systolic blood pressure and improve mood. The 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program consisted of relaxation, meditation, gentle yoga, and a daily home practice. Various measurements were taken pre- and post-intervention, and at 6 and 12 months follow-up. Results of linear mixed modeling showed significant improvements in overall symptoms of stress after the intervention, which remained over the follow-up period. Reductions in pro-inflammatory cytokines, cortisol levels, systolic blood pressure, and mood disturbances were found. Furthermore, heart rate was positively associated with symptoms of stress. The results of this study suggest that participation in activities such as those included in this mindfulness-based stress reduction program may be of great benefit to cancer patients, with beneficial effects lasting well beyond the intervention. The authors conclude, “These pilot data represent a preliminary investigation of the longer-term relationships between MBSR program participation and a range of potentially important biomarkers.”

You don’t have to be a marathon runner or a renown Yogi to enjoy the benefits of exercise and relaxation. If you are short on time, buy a yoga or Pilates DVD, or simply find a nice place to sit, breathe, and quiet your mind for a few minutes. All together now: “Om”

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To learn more about managing stress levels for better health, see our health archives. Stress can compromise the immune system, cause irregular unhealthy sleep, and can even contribute to unwanted weight gain. Our effective, high quality supplements Relora® and Dual-Release Melatonin can really make a difference in your stress levels and can promote healthy sleep patterns.

Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/36457, “One year pre-post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood pressure outcomes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate cancer outpatients,” Carlson LE, Speca M, et al, Brain Behav Immun, 2007 May 21; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Linda E. Carlson, Department of Psychosocial Resources, Tom Baker Cancer Centre Holy Cross Site, Alberta Cancer Board, 2202 Second St. S.W., Calgary, Alta., Canada T3B 0W7; Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada).

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Time is on your side…yes it is!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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How often have you lamented if only I had an extra hour, or half hour in the day-if only I had more time, I could make some real progress?  Time is at a premium for most of us.  And tacking on an extra errand or chore, even if it’s for our health, can feel burdensome.  And maybe going to the gym and cooking fresh, organic produce just isn’t in the cards everyday.  But what if there were some ways to optimize your time every day and etch out just a little bit (between the carpool, work, dentist appointment etc) of healthy time for yourself?  We’ve come up with a few ideas that just may work for you.

Set your alarm just ten minutes early.  This is a very small sacrifice but you’ll be amazed that you’ll actually have time for a bowl of cereal, a piece of toast with peanut butter or chopping up a delicious apple to have as a mid-morning snack.  Your mood will improve, your productivity will go up, and who knows?  Maybe you’ll finally secure that raise, allowing for a more robust vacation fund, (also excellent for your health!).

You can exercise in spurts.  Yep, it’s true.  No more excuses that you don’t have an hour to dedicate to your gym.  Instead, look for opportunities to integrate exercise into your daily activities.  Walk to you local coffee shop at least three times a week.  Whether it’s down the street from your house, or three blocks from your office, there is no need to get in the car.  Your body will thank you in the long run for the bit of fresh air and exercise, plus you’re being eco-friendly.  If you don’t drink coffee, the same goes for a trip to the post office, pet store, dress shop, or rare Ukrainian coin purveyor.

Turn the TV off-at least sometimes!  Yes, we know it’s the playoffs.  And there’s always that funny movie on that you’ve been meaning to watch.  But the truth is, getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health and TV can be a time-sucking black hole.  (Sorry Conan!)  Take that extra time to hang out with your family and friends and then catch some quality zzz’s.

By carving out a few extra minutes in the short day for some healthy practices, you will find that time ends up being right on your side.  Now go out there and make good use of it!

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Healthy is always helpful!

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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Ever notice that when you’re really tired, rushed or stressed out that you also seem sluggish, fuzzy, and unmotivated?  I can only speak for myself, but I’ve noticed a pattern that I have to assume is fairly common.

Perhaps I have a particularly taxing week at work, and then the car breaks down, then I’m late for a flight that I already had to reschedule once before, and now the presentation won’t be done on time.  Stress then rears its ugly head, which in turn makes me count cracks in the ceiling all night, which leads to me feeling less than svelte as I go about my daily routine.

And then this domino effect continues.  It pervades my eating, drinking and exercising habits in an insidious way.  I start to make excuses why I absolutely have to have that maple doughnut bar oozing with sugary goodness, or that double cheeseburger-with fries of course, otherwise the burger is lonely.  Top all that off with a triple fat full mocha with extra whip and candied orange peels.  Here’s the troubling thing; all this actually makes me feel better!  I have more energy and I’m sated.  I can focus on my work, on driving, on saving that little kitten in the big Oak tree.  I feel like superman!

Until I don’t.  Then the crash comes, oh how I resent you sugar crash!  Just when I thought everything was going so well.  But I was simply fooling myself, masking what my body really needed with my out of control crazy cravings for sugar, caffeine, and lots o’ fat.  That’s not to say that there isn’t a time and place for indulgence.  But I was using this sustenance as a kind of super fat-sugar-coffee inflated life raft, rigged to help me handle my stressful, insomniac existence.  However, my little plan failed me miserably, so much so that I slogged home and blended myself an extra thick margarita for good measure.

At the risk of sounding like a 90’s fitness icon, it was time for me to “stop the insanity.”  I knew better.  I knew that the stress hormone cortisol was working against me and making me eat things I knew I shouldn’t.  And the fact that I wasn’t getting enough sleep made it all the worse.  My body craved instant (but not sustainable) energy to make it through the day and I ate it in abundance.  What I really should’ve done was take my vitamins, had one cup of coffee (which is my usual, sane practice), eaten my bran cereal, gone to work, drank plenty of water, had a very sensible and fuel-laden lunch of salad, a low fat turkey sandwich, and maybe some fruit which is my usual custom.  I then would’ve had enough sustained energy and patience to deal with the missed flight and the broken down car and maybe, just maybe, I still would’ve gone to the gym, just to blow off a little steam lifting weights.

Now I know better.  And you should too.  This is my cautionary tale.  It’s fine to have treats, but don’t rely on them to keep you going.  They will let you down every, single time.

Happy holidays.  And by the way.  Who moved my eggnog latte??

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For Whom the Cake Tolls

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Sometimes I equate a really messy car-I’m talking gym shoes, old magazines, big gulp containers, and wrappers littering the backseat-with bad eating habits.  It seems as though, when I get off on the wrong track, i.e. it’s a Monday and I’m already in  the break room at work scarfing down cake from Friday’s birthday party, that I’ve sabotaged myself, and the only way to deal with it is simply to order a large pizza.

But take my word for it: this is a slippery (and fatty) slope.

We’ve all been tempted to just give up, even in the throes of healthy eating and systematic exercise.  Just like the old, trashed car that we drove around in college, it just seems easier to throw another steak on the bbq, just like we threw another big gulp container in the backseat, rather than committing to cleaning the car out.  The thing we have to remember is that the more trash we fill the car with-or that we stuff down our gullet-the longer and harder it will be to clean it (and get rid of the excess weight.)

It’s also important to understand what may be causing this self-defeating behavior.  Stress and anxiety can be catalysts to poor eating habits.  Getting enough sleep, taking a yoga class or going for a long walk can help.  And taking a natural supplement such as Solanova’s Relora®, which can alleviate stress, tension, irritability, and may regulate stress-related eating behaviors and subsequent weight gain, can also aid in your fight for control of your cravings.

Ban the it doesn’t matter now anyway self-sabotage.  Because in truth, it really Does matter.  So you had a piece of cake.  Hey, to eat junk food is human, to forgive yourself and not eat a sheet cake, is divine.  One 300-calorie indiscretion can lead to a 2000-calorie burrito-margarita-ice cream sundae glutton-fest.  Don’t give in to it.

There’s always a second chance for a healthy tomorrow. So get on it.  Oh.  And save me a piece of cake, will ya?

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Sugar Rush

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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Remember when you were eight, and the coolest holiday by far was Halloween? Not only could you wear your awesome Superman outfit or princess garb in public without condemnation, but your reward for all this creativity?  Giant bags of overflowing candy!  How could life possibly get any better?

Ah, those were the days.

Now you have to read every label of everything you consume for its sugar content because your doctor has warned you that you are a borderline type 2 diabetic.   All of a sudden you’re noticing that the jam you spread on your toast, the trusty cereal you’ve been eating for years, and the orange juice that you’re absolutely sure you can’t live without, all have insane amounts of sugar in them that your body is finding it harder and harder to negotiate.

But knowledge is power.  It’s important to go to your annual medical check ups and get things like your blood sugar tested.  It provides a benchmark for where you are and where your future health is headed.  And while something like a possible type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis can be upsetting, there are things that can be done to maintain your health and perhaps even head the diagnosis off at the pass.

Exercise for better health.  We all know that it can help fight heart disease, high blood pressure and keeps our weight under control, but it can also mitigate stress and blood sugar levels.  And eating right, i.e. foods that are low in fat, full of fiber and that have less sugar can also contribute to lower blood sugar levels.  Certain vitamins and supplements too can be added to the mix for better nutritional and blood sugar support.

See?  With a little diligence, life can be pretty sweet after all.

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Do you need more information regarding diabetes?  Learn more about diabetes and pre-diabetes at the American Diabetes Association’s website.  And discover a healthier you at Solanova.com.  We have many vitamin and nutritional supplements to support your good health, including Relora®, which can help fight the stress hormone Cortisol that can cause undesirable weight gain.

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Get Happy

Friday, June 19th, 2009

You’re giggling uncontrollably in the movie theater.  Okay, maybe the movie isn’t that funny, but you’re enjoying it, dodging dirty looks from other patrons as you guffaw at the screen, spilling buttered popcorn on your seat.  Can you help it if “joie de vivre” is your middle name?

After all, it’s a good thing.

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Are happier people healthier people?  And do happy people actually live longer?  It seems that the theory could be true.  You might wonder if it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy?  If someone is truly happy with their life it probably follows that they take better care of themselves?  Perhaps that’s some of it.  Numerous studies have concluded that happy people have fewer heart attacks, strokes and experience less pain from myriad health conditions than their grumpy counterparts.  This could be in part because happy people tend to have less of the stress hormone Cortisol in their bodies, which can lead to health problems.

But what do you do if you’re not naturally a “glass is half full” person?  You can actually learn to be more positive and become happier.   Some universities even offer “happiness” courses, which are extremely popular.  Of course exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle can contribute to overall health and vitality (and happiness), research also indicates that people who lead meaningful lives and help others tend to be happier overall compared with people who might afford luxuries but who don’t enjoy their careers or who have little outside interests or hobbies.

So put a smile on your face and help out in your community.  You’ll be happy that you did!

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To learn more about the importance of managing your stress levels for an overall happier life, click here. One of our nutritional supplements that can help with regulating your stress level is Relora®.  Relora® is a natural supplement that relieves stress and anxiety, is non-addictive and can help to curb stress-related eating and subsequent weight gain.

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The Skinny

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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Sometimes I wish I were Barbara Eden from I dream of Jeannie.  I’d be able to make my wishes come true in an instant with a mere nod of my ponytailed head.  Then I could effortlessly get rid of the eight stubborn pounds I’ve been struggling to lose since the millennium.

Firstly, we all know that “diets” don’t work.  Not in the long term anyway.  There is a simple equation that I for one have a hard time following: eat less + exercise more= fit into favorite jeans. I’m unfortunately, perhaps like many of you, stuck in dieting limbo.  When I go to the gym, I lecture myself about eating salads for lunch and eschewing bacon cheeseburgers, so as not to undo what I’ve accomplished on the Stairmaster.  When I’m lazing on the couch at home, however, I muse about the double workout I plan to do tomorrow as I’m polishing off the last of the pepperoni pizza.  To compensate, of course.

So how do we stop this cycle?  Or more specifically, how can I eat whatever I want and as much as I want without lifting a finger and still look like I belong in the annual SI swimsuit issue?  If I knew the answer, I’d be bathing in a pile of money on my own pacific island.

I have practiced perhaps some unorthodox methods for keeping my weight under control.  Aside from the eating less/exercise more initiative  that I often get bored with, I make a point (once I talk myself off the couch) of brushing my teeth right after dinner.  This prevents me from taking a second helping (or a third in some cases) and also helps me fight my sugar cravings after dinner.  Mint toothpaste and Butter Pecan don’t mix very well and that is the whole idea.

Another, albeit painful concept, is to post a less than flattering picture of yourself on the fridge, closet, bathroom mirror, or any other place you find yourself standing every day.  This is a sad yet effective reminder that you don’t need a double fudge sundae-put the spoon down and walk away.

Lastly I try to scare myself straight.  I go out of my way to read articles about what being too overweight can do to your health, i.e. cause high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes etc.  Then I try to find news stories that discuss how healthy foods, i.e. salads, kale, fish, fruits, whole grains and legumes can benefit your health and actually help you to live a longer life.

And if all these methods fail me?  I practice my tried and true mantra: everything in moderation.  Then I grab a spoon and head for the Butter Pecan.  But only for a small bowl-the carton’s almost empty anyway!

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Stressless Summer

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

We’ve all had days like these.  You’ve slept poorly all night only to finally catch some zzz’s in the wee hours of the morning, then you sleep right through your alarm and realize you’re going to be late for that very important meeting.  And you’re out of coffee.  And you can’t find your keys.  You pray that there is just enough time to stop at the cafe on the corner.  Then you head outside.   To discover that your car is not in the driveway.  In fact, it’s nowhere to be found.  It’s days like these where a rewind button would really come in handy.

Stress is everywhere.  Even if your car didn’t go missing, every day stress can be very hard on our bodies.  Stress is thought to adversely affect blood pressure levels, and can even lead to heart problems and other health complications.  Stress can make us moody, cranky, sleepy and unproductive.  It can compromise our immune systems, make us depressed, sluggish and irritable.

And the busier and more stressed out we are, the more likely we are to get sick.  Then we miss work and fall behind thus piling on even more stress in our lives.  Stress can proliferate and is often cyclical, weighing us down and making us feel like we’ll never catch up.

But we can fight back.  Healthy activities like exercise, yoga or meditation can help mitigate the stress in our lives and promote better sleep patterns.  What we eat can also play a part.  It is thought that certain foods like cereals, whole grains, fish, spinach and milk can help to keep the stress hormone, Cortisol, in check.  And there are also some natural supplements available that can soothe our moods, help anxiety levels and even encourage us to relax.  A little TLC can go a long way to enhance our moods and our overall health.

So stretch out in a hammock with the soft breeze blowing and count the clouds as they roll by.  And be kind to yourself.  It’s time to slow life down-just for a little while.

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