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HERE I AM, POST HOME-WORKOUT, FIGURING how many hours it would take to burn off 10 pounds on my treadmill. About 500-600 calories burned in an hour, 3,600 calories per pound, you do the math. Don’t get me wrong, I have come to love and look forward to my fitness hour. But believe me, if there were a shortcut I’d have found it. If there were a magic potion or silver bullet, we’d know it by now. Whether it’s weight loss, career goals, or better relationships, there is no quick fix and no shortcut; we all know that. But it’s human nature to seek an easier way. Are there really any fitness shortcuts or weight loss secrets? Not according to Oprah Winfrey:
“WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE IS THIS: THE BIG SECRET IN LIFE IS THAT THERE IS NO BIG SECRET. WHATEVER YOUR GOAL, YOU CAN GET THERE — AS LONG AS YOU’RE WILLING TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF ABOUT THE PREPARATION AND WORK INVOLVED. THERE ARE NO BACK DOORS, NO FREE RIDES. THERE’S JUST YOU, THIS MOMENT, AND A CHOICE.” When it comes to diet and exercise, there is no shortage of information and expertise. I like to spend time in Barnes & Noble bookstores. It’s kind of like a library with a little café, so I go there sometimes to read, to organize, keep up on the latest trends, and watch the response to our stack of magazines. I especially enjoy loitering in the health and nutrition section. Last week alone I counted over 35 fairly new books on diet and weight loss. Everyone’s got advice. Everyone’s got answers. I reread the familiar statistic that the average American gains two pounds per year after age 30. I quickly did the math — I am 38 and therefore 16-pounds overweight. I must be doing ok since I’m six pounds shy of that. Maybe if I lost those ten pounds I could fit into my 32” college khakis again.
highly educated authors, but you know what? Oprah is right. The big secret of life—or dieting in this case —is essentially that there is no big secret. I could have shelled out $135 for that knowledge if I had bought all those books. The big secret of dieting boils down to one simple mathematical truth — don’t eat more food than you burn each day. If two pounds per year is accumulated by consuming roughly 100 extra calories per day, the converse must be true; if we could simply eat 100 fewer calories and sprinkle a little exercise on top, most of us would avoid that creeping weight gain each year. So, where could I cut 100 calories out of my normal routine? I looked at the nutrition facts on a bunch of foods I like to eat. I could eat only 1/2 the bagel or only the top of the muffin. I could use just a capful of salad dressing instead of pouring it on unmeasured. I could eat the filling from my piece of pie, leaving the crust. I could eat the chips and salsa, but pass on the cheese dip or guacamole. I could give the four Hershey’s Kisses to my kids and enjoy their smiles. I could select a 12-oz can of soda instead of the Big Gulp, or better yet, I could get the water and skip the soda altogether. I could leave about 10 french fries on the plate, or shirk them completely. I could remove four pieces of pepperoni from the slice of pizza. I could toss aside the top piece of bread from my sandwich. It’s time we start telling ourselves the truth. Let’s quit avoiding it or hoping for a different truth. It’s time to stand and face it. Everyone can rise up, stare themselves in the mirror, and then decide to create a fresh future—a new personal experience. But it can only be done the old-fashioned way— with sweat equity and a resolute hand on the plow.
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Fitness IN THE LOOP
Shut-eye ONE WORD SOLUTION
Forget counting sheep. Run. A study at Northwestern University suggests that regular exercise can help prevent you from tossing and turning at night. A group of sedentary men and women, who had trouble sleeping, followed an aerobic exercise routine. After 16 weeks, most study participants reported better sleeping. They also experienced better moods, fewer depression symptoms and greater vitality. TAKE NOTE OF
Don’t Hit the Wall Even if you don’t run marathons, you’ve probably heard of “hitting the wall.” It’s the point in the race where a runner’s body has burned up all carbohydrates and now must burn fat. However, according to marathoner and MIT student Benjamin Rapoport, this critical moment is preventable. The key is to take the right amount of carb calories before a race. Find your winning caloric number by dividing your maximum heart rate by your resting heart rate and divide that number by 15. Or visit Rapoport’s website: endurancecalculator.com
Be an example to your kids and start family fitness activities.
Spring weather is the perfect time to have some fun with your kids. Why not turn that fun into fitness fun and get active as a family? After a long winter inside with the computer and TV, it’s time to get your kids up and moving. Inactivity is a major contributor to childhood obesity and can result in children having less dense bones. Inactivity in childhood often becomes a life-long pattern. Children and adolescents need thirty minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Be a good role model and getting your kids to be active will be easier. Take bike rides, help coach a team or walk the dog as a family. Look for ways to get physical activity in your daily routine, and you will find it is easier to maintain. 12 HEALTHY UTAH
THOUSAND STEPS: THE DAILY AVERAGE OF STEPS A FIT PERSON TAKES. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN TAKES JUST 5,117 STEPS, WHICH IS ONLY 2.5 MILES. AUSTRALIANS AND THE SWISS AVERAGE OVER 9,000. Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
Kick Up the Cardio Cardiovascular exercise is good for your heart and a great way to burn fat, but do you actually do it? A cardio workout can take many forms, such as biking, climbing stairs, dancing, boxing and even hula-hooping! Here are the basics of cardio workouts for you to gear up and slim down for swimsuit season. How Often: Do at least three cardio sessions per week. How Long: Beginners should start with 20 minutes, with the goal being 30 to 45 minutes. How Hard: Elevate your heart rate for at least 20 minutes at 70 percent of your maximum heart rate.
As an indoor and outdoor sport, rock climbing is a great go-to exercise for all seasons. Rock climbing builds muscle endurance and strength and improves flexibility. Renting equipment at the gym will give you a chance to try out the sport before buying anything, and the basics can be learned in a day. In two or three sessions indoors, you’ll know what you need to do to reach your goals outside. Healthy-Utah.com
Wellness TAKE NOTE OF
Catch more ZZZs
LET IT GO
Holding on to angry feelings takes not only an emotional toll on your heart, but may also take a physical toll on it. In a study of people with chest pain, people who harbored feelings of anger were four times more likely to have unhealthy cholesterol values. They also were more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI). Unhealthy cholesterol values and a high BMI are both associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. So find a good stress relieving activity that will take your mind off the situation such as exercising or listening to music.
According to a recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation, modern technology is robbing us of some much-needed shut-eye. Of 1,508 responses, a majority of people reported they used technology in some way before going to bed, such as watched television, talked on the phone or used the computer. Researchers say screen light can suppress a hormone that tells the brain it’s time for bed. Being involved with some sort of technology device like television or a video game can excite the brain as well, making it hard to settle down for sleep. Try creating a routine for the hours before you actually go to bed, such as minimizing caffeine intake, reading a book, and dimming the lights in your home.
Surprise ONE WORD SOLUTION
IT’S MIND OVER MATTER
According to a Harvard University study, positive thoughts can help you lose weight. Over 80 hotel cleaning attendants participated in the weight-loss study. The attendants who were told their work was healthy for them and given positive reinforcements lost more weight and had improved blood pressure over those who were not. So make thinking positive a part of your workout routine and you’ll get the results you want.
twenty According to research, most peoples brains love to be presented with unexpected pleasures. A happy surprise stimulates the brain’s reward regions. So plan a spontaneous picnic in the park or slip a love note into a lunch bag to help nurture your partner’s emotional well-being.
Car, bus, train or subway — however you get to work can put a major strain on your life. The average commute is 46 minutes roundtrip, which adds up to four hours per week. In those minutes, the traffic, road rage, boredom and tension can really leave you in a sour mood. If you’re bored... Try... finding something that makes the ride enjoyable. Listen to books on CD, learn a new language or work on your singing skills. If you get road rage... Try... not focusing on how long the trip is taking. Accept that your drive is long and get over it. If you are tense... Try... to make a point to relax. Take 5 deep breaths, loosen your grip on the steering wheel and gently stretch your neck at stops.
NUMBER OF MINUTES FOR AN OPTIMAL NAP TO INCREASE ALERTNESS AND MOTOR SKILLS. ANY LONGER AND YOU’LL EXPERIENCE SLEEP INERTIA AND BE EVEN MORE SLEEPY. Source: businessweek.com
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The Wheel Deal
BICYCLE THERAPY: WHY BICYCLING IS BETTER THAN OTHER EXERCISES.
Americans today live lives of convenience and inactivity. Today’s fast lifestyles and feelings of immediacy make it
“The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.”
nearly impossible to lead healthy lifestyles. The harder we try to get ahead, the further behind we fall, with no emotional or physical relief in sight. We often feel our choices have been taken away. We have been pushed into a faster way of living, feeling that time is against us, putting overwhelming pressure on the choices we make concerning how we spend our time. The longer we put off the changes we want to make in our lives, the
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less time we have to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, benefits affecting our lives and the environment.
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IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING TO SLEEP, GRAB SOME KIWI. TAIWAN RESEARCHERS SAY THAT EATING KIWIS MAY HELP YOU GRAB SOME ZZZs. INSOMNIACS ATE 2 KIWIS AN HOUR BEFORE BED EVERY NIGHT FOR A MONTH, AND FELL ASLEEP 35% FASTER. WHY? KIWIS CONTAIN SEROTONIN, A BRAIN CHEMICAL THAT REGULATES YOUR SLEEP CYCLE.
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WIN THE HUNGER GAME
Going hungry will generally fog your brain and may transform you into a binging monster. Research from Yale University found that the more hungry you become, the harder it becomes to resist high-calorie foods. The study documented that as blood-sugar levels drop, people exhibit a greater desire for belly busters like burgers, brownies, pizza and ice-cream. This desire diminishes greatly with a stable blood sugar level. When blood sugars drop, your body ignites the desire to boost those levels, say the scientists. So, what's your gameplan? Plan a smart snacking strategy every day.
Willpower can be trained if you really want to. Strengthen it by trying this. Pick a habit to work on like saying "yes" or "no" instead of "yeah" and "nope." (Or swear off swearing!) Studies show this will prepare your willpower for harder tasks.
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The go-to spice for motion sickness might also fight colon cancer. In a recent University of Michigan study, scientists found that people who took a ginger supplement daily for 28 days had lover levels of cancerpromoting colon inflammation than those who took a placebo.
CHEWS TO SMILE Better breath, better brain? Japanese researchers are touting the benefits of chewing gum, which includes helping you focus and improving your mood. Those who popped a piece of gum twice a day for 2 weeks lowered their scores on tests for depression and mental fatigue by up to 47 percent. Those who sucked a mint instead saw virtually zero improvement. Apparently chewing keeps you alert and optimistic by increasing bloodflow to your brain and reducing stress hormone levels. 5 minutes was the minimum amount of time you must chew to experience these benefits.
COUNT YOUR LOSSES
RESEARCHERS FIND THAT PEOPLE WHO JOURNAL THEIR DAILY CALORIES LOSE TWICE AS MUCH WEIGHT AS THOSE WHO DON'T.
Even better is the real thing...
Nature knows best. Broccoli sprouts have 5-times as much cancer fighting power as the supplements made with them, reports the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Broccoli in its natural form — sprouts and florets — contain an active form of an enzyme that may help your body extract beneficial compounds called isothiocyanates. Eat your broccoli raw or lightly cooked; heat reduces the enzyme's sensitivity.
THINK yourself thin
THINKING POSITIVETHOUGHTS COULD ACTUALLY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT. BY: TIFFANY WALLACE
xperts say if you can’t seem to shed those extra pounds, the secret to keeping the weight off could be to reprogram your mind. More than 80 hotel cleaning attendants participated in the Harvard University weight-loss study. A cleaning attendant’s job may not be seen as traditional exercise, but in reality, it requires daily activities such as walking, bending, lifting and carrying that easily exceed most recommendations for exercise. The researchers wanted to find out if there would be a difference in weight-loss if the attendants knew the work they were doing was good for them. One group of hotel attendants were told how great their job was for them, were given details about how many calories they were losing and were encouraged through positive fitness posters hung in work rooms. The other group was told the benefits of exercise in general but didn’t receive any specifics on how it related to their line of work. The result? The hotel attendants who were told their work was healthy for them and given positive reinforcements lost more weight and had improved blood pressure over the others. So think thin thoughts. If you are constantly down on yourself about weight-loss, you’re less likely to meet your goals. Instead, tell yourself how fun your workout was today or how great you felt when you said no to that candy bar. Combine these positive thoughts with your workout routine and start watching the weight come off.
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ageless BROOKE KITTEL’S TOP 5 HEALTH MISTAKES
FIGHTING AGE Top five fitness and nutrition blunders we make as we age. BY BROOKE KITTEL
wo of the many undesirable side effects of aging are weight gain and a decline in fitness level. Many of my clients lament the fact that they cannot eat the same way they used to and exercise the same way they used to and maintain their physique. The truth is that you need to alter the way you approach diet and exercise as you age. Below are five of the most common fitness and nutrition mistakes people make as they age. FAIL TO ADJUST CALORIC INTAKE If you don't intentionally replace muscle via strength training, you'll need to eat 200 to 450 fewer calories every day, every 10 years to maintain your current weight. So if you're at a stable weight at age 35 and don’t do any kind of strength training while still eating the same amount of food, you'll gain weight.
IGNORE THE INFLUENCE OF HORMONES It is a fact that your hormones can make you fat. While there are a myriad of hormones involved in weight management and metabolism regulation, the primary “players” are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, growth hormone and insulin. As we age, hormone levels can shift due to menopause, mood, stress and inactivity. The amount of hormones released from the glands in the body is proportional to the intensity and duration of exercise. Your hormones can help you achieve weight loss, but you need to encourage your “metabolism boosting” hormones by choosing an active and healthy lifestyle. DISREGARD INFLUENCE OF MEDICATIONS Several classes of medications can potentially lead to “appetite deregulation” and/ or alter a person’s cardiac response to exercise. For
may exercise less because of fatigue and select less healthful foods or overeat as a result of a medicationinduced slump in mood. Corticosteroids, steroid medications, can increase appetite via their influence on glucose uptake. They promote fat gain and reduce muscle mass. Additionally, psychoactive medications alter serotonin or dopamine levels which can influence the appetite and satiety centers. Often, appetite is stimulated and caloric intake increases.
AVOIDING THE WEIGHT ROOM After the age of thirty, we lose an average of 1 to 2 percent lean muscle mass per year. As much as 50 percent of muscle mass can be lost in the course of a lifetime. The effects of losing muscle mass include a decrease in strength, greater susceptibil-
example, beta-blockers, used to treat hypertension, can reduce the cardiac response to exercise, so that patients expend fewer calories during exercise. Patients
DISCOUNT IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL INTERACTION Staying connected helps stave off depression. A happier you often leads to healthier choices!
ity to injury, an increase in body fat and a decrease in metabolism. Muscles burn more calories than fat. The less muscle mass you have, the less calories you burn while at rest. The good news is that the losses in muscle mass can be slowed and even reversed by implementing a strength training program.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brooke is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Nutritionist. Email Brooke at brooke.kittel@ gmail.com
5 tips to maximize your workout
Sure you ran, you cycled and you lifted; but before you hit the showers, pat yourself on the back and walk out the door, take some time to cool off. Chill out time after exercise helps bring your heart and breathing rate back to normal and can prevent dizziness as well as reduce the risk for injury. The experts at Life Fitness have some suggestions on ways to maximize your post-workout minutes. BY LIFE FITNESS
Exercise Cool Down: Ease your body and heart rate back down to a near resting rate by walking or taking it slow. Be sure to reduce the intensity of your routine in the minutes following your workout.
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It takes time to replace the fluid and electrolytes lost during a workout, so drinking 50 percent more fluid than you lost in sweat will enhance rapid recovery. If you hydrate throughout the day though, you will maximize fluid retention after your workout. Water is usually enough to replace fluids after an average workout. But beware — avoid caffeine, carbonation and high sugar drinks to prevent dehydration.
Ten Minutes After: Stretch out tense muscles. Stretching increases flexibility which might be able to improve performance on even the simplest of tasks such as tying shoes or lifting packages. To get the most from your static stretching, hold each position for at least 20 – 30 seconds.
Thirty Minutes After: Help your body rebuild its muscle tissue by enjoying a protein-rich snack shortly after your workout. Yogurt, cottage cheese, protein bars and nuts are good options that help give you a post-workout boost.
Beyond: Eat well-balanced meals and drink fluids regularly throughout the day. After an intense workout, reward yourself. This doesn’t mean hitting the all-you-can-eat buffet, but enjoying healthy activities that satisfy you.
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MOTIVATION This is the most destructive part of the cycle. You remove all expectations from yourself, and as a result, you plummet into an unhealthy realm. The progress that you've made toward your goals is lost and even more weight is gained.
3) You Hit Bottom
INEVITABLY THERE COMES THE MOMENT when you hit bottom.
Your body shows the new weight gain and you feel awful about it. For Oprah it was a sobering moment. "I felt completely defeated. I thought, I give up. I give up. Fat wins." She went so far as to say, "I felt like a fat cow. I wanted to disappear." While hitting bottom is never a fun experience, it is a necessary one. The pain must become great enough for you to turn it around and take the control back.
4) You Take Control
NOW COMES THE GOOD PART.
When you hit bottom, you were out of control; now you're ready once again to grab the reigns. Oprah says, "These days I've put myself back on my own priority list."
Have you given up on your fitness goals? Oprah once said, “If you are looking for an excuse to fall off the wagon, the universe will provide one.”That was the lesson that she shared in her confession about her ongoing struggle with weight.
She plans to get an hour of exercise five or six days a week, as well as eating healthfully and reordering her life to include time to replenish her energy. Her new goal is to be strong and healthy and fit.
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prah knows how it feels to fall off the fitness wagon; in an issue of her own magazine, she described her recent 40-pound weight gain. Her testimony was filled with valuable insights for anyone else prone to relapse. There was a hidden cycle that I found in her story — one that exposes the process of falling off the wagon.
1) You Fall
YOUR FALL OFF THE WAGON could take place in a single moment, or it could be the result of a drawn out process. Oprah described her fall as one that happened slowly as a result
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of health problems. These health problems became her reason for not exercising. Illness, vacation, holidays, changes at work and any other change in your schedule are all things that'll get you off the wagon. Once you're off, the real damage begins.
2) You Surrender
THERE COMES A POINT after you fall off the
wagon that you simply throw your hands up in the air and give in. For Oprah this was a dramatic moment. "I started eating whatever I wanted — and that's never good. My drug of choice is food. I use food for the same reasons an addict uses drugs: to comfort, to soothe, to ease stress."
HAVE YOU FALLEN OFF YOUR PRIORITY LIST, LIKE OPRAH FELL OFF HERS? THE TIME HAS COME to put yourself back on that priority list. The time has come to decide that you are worth it.
5) Think Small
WHEN YOU EAT OUT, make it a habit to order the smallest portion available. We are programmed to eat whatever is in front of us, even though we'd feel just as full on less. And since portions have grown in recent years, the smallest size isn't small at all. Healthy-Utah.com
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abits, good or bad, take a while to form. According to recent studies, 66 days to be exact. And whether it’s breaking a bad one or creating a good one, the will and motivation isn’t always there. You may do just fine for that first week, but then things start to slide. You struggle to stay afloat, but for some reason, you just can’t make it work. Then you give up. If you can’t beat it, you might as well embrace it. Well, that ends now. Kick the cycle of starts and stops, tries and failures for good. It’s your life, so grab the reins and take control. If you have a goal, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to reach it. So here’s to the beginning of a new era of your life, filled with success and completed to-do lists.
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Aristotle brilliantly said, “We are what we repeatedly
do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
YES YOU CAN! As one parting piece of wisdom, I suggest you begin reading ZenHabits.net. The blog’s author, Leo Babauta has been on the path to changing his unhealthy, stressed life around since 2005 when he quit smoking. Now, several marathons and a bestselling book later, Leo is blogging to let others know that their goals are completely achievable. My recommended post is “Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump.” Pretty soon you’ll be checking off all your goals and making new ones like crazy.
In her book Change Your Life in 30 Days, life coach Rhonda Britton says, “If you want to get motivated, get clear on your commitments. When you are focused on what matters, it is easier to do what you need to do even when you don’t want to do it.” Your kids will live if you don’t have a gourmet meal for them every night. You can skip book club for a little while. And, for goodness’ sake, put down that remote. Start with the basics. When you feel less stressed by your life, you will feel better prepared and motivated to tackle a goal that really matters.
Change your life.
That’s right, Set a goal. just one. Too many goals will overwhelm you, making you more susceptible to failure and stopping all together. But don’t sell yourself short with the goal you set. According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, setting specific and challenging goals can actually increase your likelihood of achieving those goals. Furthermore, there was little difference in success between vague, “do your best” goals and no goals at all. So aim high, and don’t be afraid of what you can do. As Diane Scharf-Hunt, author and time management expert, says, “Goals are just dreams with deadlines.”
Set one goal.
Read blogs and books on the topic. Watch an inspirational movie on whatever it is you want to accomplish. Find success stories and use them as a springboard to get you
Find your inspiration.
moving towards your goal. Whenever you’re in a slump, turn to these stories to set you back on track.
Say your goal out loud. Write a blog post about it. Tweet it or post it on your Facebook wall. Make it known to others—your spouse, children, friends, colleagues and whoever else who will listen. Once you do, there’s no turning back. You are committed and whoever you told will hold you to it. They will ask you about your progress and want to know your tricks. And it will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment in being able to answer their questions.
Make your goal public.
Make a list of things that you want. It could be anything that you would be willing to work to get. It could be buying a new book or going to see a movie. Set a goal that is achievable yet challenging. Once you complete this goal, reward yourself with something from your list. If you really want it, whatever your goal is won’t seem so painful.
Reward for success.
“There are essentially two ways you can look at the difficulties ahead of you,” says Bob Green, M.D., R.S., in his book, The Life You Want. “You can feel put upon and sorry for yourself, angry that life isn’t fair, or you can see the challenges that lay before you as an opportunity to alter something about yourself or situation that you don’t like.” Greene says the key to success is to embrace our challenges. Replace demotivating thoughts with positive thoughts of the end results. Accept any slip-ups and move on.
I think therefore I am.
SPRING workout mix ATION MUSIC MOTIV
ADD SOME SPRING TO YOUR STEP WITH OUR WARM WEATHER PLAYLIST. BY MARY COLEMAN & TIFFANY WALLACE
o celebrate the weather warming up, we’ve created a playlist perfect for your spring workout routine. To keep it interesting, we listed songs from all decades and genres: from Aerosmith to the White Stripes and today’s Katy Perry. Played back-to-back, these songs playout to about 45 minutes and are best for an upbeat aerobic workout. Researchers repeatedly find that listening to music can improve performance. Costas Karageorghis and David-Lee Priest, researchers from Brunel University, have spent years studying the correlation between music and exercise. According to their studies, music can narrow attention and distract the mind from noticing fatigue, which allows you to work harder and faster in a workout. According to a recent story in The New York Times, there is some science behind creating a workout playlist. Try to match the beats per minute (BPM) of your music to your target heart rate. Choose music that is 120 to 140 BPM; most dance music and a lot of rock songs fit well within this range. And if you like some slower songs, just double time it and fit in two steps or reps per beat. Visit runhundred.com for more new musical inspiration to get you moving.
2:27 Ingrid Michaelson 133 BPM
The light upbeat feel to this song is perfect for any warm-up.
Double-time it and prepare to go the distance with this racing tune.
3:08 Kelly Clarkson
There’s a reason why everyone in this video is dancing. You can’t help it!
Higher (Radio Mix)
3:08 Taio Cruz
Take your workout to a new level with this fresh beat.
Seven Nation Army
3:51 White Stripes
A seven nation army couldn’t hold you back from owning this workout.
Yeah 3x (Edited)
4:01 Chris Brown
The steady beat will help you get through the peak of your workout.
Rock and Roll All Night
The party anthem of the 70s will give you an energy high for the second half.
3:47 Katy Perry
Reach beyond your limits and get the burst of energy you need.
It may be long, but the tempo is fast and enough to keep you moving.
Closer to the Edge
4:33 30 Seconds To Mars 140 BPM
This is where you hit it hard. Pick up your speed and keep on pushing.
With its “push it to the limit” lyrics, it motivates you to follow stride.
Somewhere I Belong
3:38 Linkin Park
Last song before your cool down. Give it all you’ve got!
Relax, Take It Easy
As the cooldown song, the title says it all.
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Holistic Approach to Poor or Insufficient Sleep ACCORDING TO A REVIEW PUBLISHED IN 2013, AN ESTIMATED ONE-THIRD OF THE ADULT POPULATION REPORTS HAVING AT LEAST ONE SYMPTOM OF INSOMNIA, MOST COMMONLY INABILITY TO FALL ASLEEP OR WAKING FREQUENTLY DURING THE NIGHT. Inadequate sleep is a major stressor on the body and has been implicated in obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, impaired cognitive function, depression, and numerous other health complaints. Even with the cleanest of diets and adequate exercise, if your body is not given restorative sleep, your health will suffer. Many studies suggest that most adults require 7-9 hours of sleep per night for optimal function and prevention of disease. The sleep-wake cycle affects nearly every aspect of human physiology, most importantly brain wave patterns, hormone production, cell regulation, metabolism, and immune function. There are many negative modern influences on our sleep. These include but are not limited to excess artificial light, electronic device use, long work hours and overnight shift work, jet lag, physical inactivity, and excessive exposure to caffeine, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP: •
• • •
Restrict artificial light. This means no television, smartphone use, computer, or bright indoor lighting in the 2-3 hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted from these sources has been shown to disrupt the production of melatonin, which is the primary hormone involved in sleep regulation. Use your bed for sleep and sex only. Never do work or use electronics in bed. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco products 2-3 hours before bedtime. Create a sanctuary for sleeping. Reduce noise with earplugs or block outdoor noise with a white noise machine. Paint the walls
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restful neutral colors. Make sure the bed has a comfortable mattress, bedding, and pillows. Ensure your bedroom is cool and dark. One of the physiologic hallmarks of sleep onset is a decrease in core body temperature, which the body achieves by increasing blood flow to the skin and allowing heat to disperse into the environment. Blackout shades and face masks are popular to block out the sun, street lamps, and vehicle lights passing by. Exercise regularly for a minimum of 20 minutes daily, but preferably a minimum of 4 hours before bedtime. Manage stress. The nervous system has difficulty winding down after being in a persistent overdrive throughout the day. Avoid emotional situations and heated conversations in the hour before bed.
There are an abundance of natural ways to aid in sleep. These options are safer than pharmaceuticals and work synergistically with the body’s own circadian rhythm. First and foremost, focus on a paleo diet avoiding processed grains, sugar, and industrial seed oils (vegetable, canola, etc) and obtain enough calories from healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, eggs, organic and pasture raised animal products). A hot aromatherapy bath with Epsom salt and/or several drops of Lavender essential oil helps detoxify the body and relaxes muscles. Several drops of Lavender can be diffused in the bedroom. Yoga and meditation calms the body and mind, and releases physical tension. Osteopathic manipulation and chiropractic adjustments realign the body
and promote more restful sleep. Patients who receive regular acupuncture have been shown to fall asleep faster and are less aroused at night. There are also teas (Green, Chamomile), herbal supplements (Valerian Root, Catnip, Yarrow), and even individualized compounded formulations which can improve the overall quality of sleep. Magnesium 200-400mg combined with Calcium 600mg daily are effective together to boost sleep time. Melatonin in low doses can be helpful for those who are deficient. If you experience low quality or inadequate sleep, make an appointment with your medical care provider for evaluation and to discuss an appropriate sleep strategy in more detail.
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[ ZEN ]
BY DR. GARY STOLLMAN
“It’s a Zen thing,” is overused and cliché. But it still carries meaning, even if that meaning is, “It’s ungraspable but important”. Some Buddhists may say that Zen making its way into mass culture even as a cliché may be completely appropriate, since the tradition of the Zen koan has long rested on an idea that cannot be grasped because it’s nonsensical. Koans are riddles that can’t be solved logically but that open the mind, steering it from its normal, logical path and into the realm of the spirit. The sound of one hand clapping is the most widely known koan, and in pondering this ancient riddle, practitioners may achieve enlightenment.
We’ve all seen photographs of interiors done based on Zen themes. They are characterized by openness — cleared surfaces, a plant or flower, a single art object. Based on Japanese architecture, Zen designs make the finest use of small spaces. Nothing ruffly. Wood and stone, natural colors rather than busy textiles or bright paints. These designs are simple but complicated for modern people who have so many things and so many distractions.
Zen-like Makeup Makeup will be extremely complicated because it should be completely unnoticeable. You could skip it entirely, but if paths are to be swept and gravel raked, caring for the complexion might be considered the same sort of activity. Take your time, blend carefully, choose soft, neutral tones that show your face to its best advantage without overpowering your own colors. Go for matte over shiny, natural colors over bright ones. If you like perfume, choose one with a single note; there’s no sense in mucking up a Zen sensibility with heavy, complex scents.
Zen is simple and complicated: If you do it right, it’s simple, but doing it right is a complicated matter, since in the process you have to set aside preconceived ideas, old habits, desires, logic and even belief. So it’s no wonder that, when you come to notions of Zen beauty, it too is complex. On the one hand, if everything in life is ephemeral, beauty and ugliness are irrelevant. On the other hand, creating beauty is a human urge, used to focus the mind and glorify spiritual themes.
Zen-like beauty The simplest thing to say about the Zen concept of beauty is that it rests on simplicity. Not the simplicity, though, of untouched nature. Zen beauty is about controlled simplicity, careful planning, weeks, years or even decades of training the branches of a tree to bend a certain way, of creating small ponds or waterfalls that will, over the course of many years, wear away a particular stone in a particular way. Zen gardens require massive amounts of patience: their genius is that a well-crafted garden looks utterly natural, so that the visitor’s mind becomes calm, reflective. More patient. And for the gardener, the daily work of sweeping the path, raking the gravel and caring for the plants is a time of serenity and peace.
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Zen-like Style When we start thinking about Zen in terms of personal style, much of what we know of fashion goes right out of the window. The art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) relies on the fact that a perfectly placed Ikebana may be shown with one other work of art, a watercolor or a pot, but never more than one. Frequently, Ikebana, a few flowers and a long strand of reed, is the only artwork in the room, whose bareness and simplicity leads the eye to the arrangement and rests the eye when the viewer looks away. If we apply Ikebana to personal fashion, the question would be, do you intend to be the Ikebana or the room?
The Zen answer? The room, of course. Because the Ikebana will die in a few days, but the room is always there to provide shelter, to delight the eye and rest the spirit.
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If you decide to take up Zen style, you’ll start by paring down your wardrobe. Throw out trendy stuff and accessories beyond the absolute essentials. Pack away the bright colors, in case you change your mind (Zen is not wasteful). You probably won’t choose a plain robe and sandals for your daily wear, but your job environment and lifestyle will dictate the fashions you choose. Zen style being based on simplicity and ease, you may decide to create a daily wardrobe — a sort of personal uniform that keeps life simple. You may choose Levis and a white T-shirt, chino skirts and tops or tailored suits. Trends won’t move you, any more than a bouquet of carnations from the drugstore would cause envy in an Ikebana. Neutral colors, the colors of wood, stone, sky and water make a wardrobe that’s flexible and elegant.
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Say cheese! From its moodboosting magic to its effects on your relationships, there are plenty of reasons why smiling is good for you.
Youâ€™re down in the dumps, your marriage is in a slump, and you should have been promoted ages ago.
THE SOLUTION? Flash the biggest, sparkliest smile you can muster (and get ready to reap the benefits). Okay, you may not be able to solve all of lifeâ€™s problems with a grin, but smiling does provide a number of health benefits, both physical and psychological. According to recent research, flashing your pearly whites may help you look younger, feel happier, have healthier relationships and more. Take a look at all of the health benefits of beaming. We dare you not to crack a smile!
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WRITTEN BY MADELINE VANN, MPH
IT'S THE ULTIMATE MOOD BOOSTER Don’t feel like smiling? Then fake it until you make it, sister. According to a number of studies, simply making the effort to grin (and bear it!) can improve your mood instantly. “Emotions are felt through the whole body, not just in the brain,” explains researcher Michael Lewis, PhD, of Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. One study, led by Dr. Lewis, looked at participants who had recently received Botox injections and were physically unable to frown because of the procedure. The participants reported feeling happier and less anxious — and the researchers partly chalked it up to their inability to pout. The benefits may also be lasting: “One famous study showed that people who gave a fuller smile in their high school yearbook were happier in later life,” says Lewis. But if you simply can’t summon one up, try this trick: Hold a pen sideways in your mouth so that it forces the sides of your mouth upwards.
LOOK HAPPY, LOOK YOUNGER Forget the expensive wrinkle creams — smiling may be the only anti-aging prescription you need. During a recent study published in the journal Psychology and Aging, researchers asked participants to guess the age of adult strangers in photographs. The results? The judges consistently underestimated the age of the photographed people who were wearing happy expressions; however, they were more likely to guess age
correctly if the person wore a neutral expression.
SMILEY PEOPLE ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL Could grinning be the key to success in your career and your marriage? Indeed, research has found that happy, smiling people may thrive better in the workplace and in relationships. Okay, okay — but these people are probably in high spirits because of their success, right? Contrary to intuition, a number of studies show that happiness often precedes success — meaning the participants were more likely to be successful because of their happy demeanor. And it starts young: A study from DePauw University found that big-grinned kids had lower divorce rates later in life.
NO ONE FORGETS A GORGEOUS GRIN Want to make a lasting impression? Flash those pearly whites! According to research published in the journal Neuropsychologia, our brains may be programmed to pay particular attention to smiling faces. Study participants who were shown pictures of smiling strangers and strangers with neutral expressions were better able to recall the smiling faces later. An analysis of their brain activity showed strong response in certain areas of the brain to smiling faces over neutral faces.
SMILING DRAWS PEOPLE CLOSER Need a hug? Smile at your honey (or, hey, perhaps even at a stranger)! “The smile is also an approach cue,” explains Lewis, who notes that one study of 52 adult women found that participants were quick to take a step closer to a smiling face but had to pause briefly if they were instructed
to step toward an angry face. (And it makes sense: Who’d want to snuggle up close to a ticked-off person, anyway?)
HAPPY FACES ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE A recent study published in the journal Emotion proved what many of us have known for years: A smiling face is more appealing (at least when it comes to women). Participants were shown photos of adults sporting a number of various expressions (including big, beaming grins), and they consistently rated smiling women as the most attractive. “Our thinking is that smiling probably makes women look more feminine, which increases female attractiveness,” says head researcher Jessica Tracy, PhD, an associate professor in the psychology department at the University of British Columbia. “Another possibility is that smiling makes women appear receptive (sexually), which, of course, is appealing to men.” However, this study surprisingly found that smiley men do not have the same appeal to women — instead, females were drawn to the serious, brooding type.
SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS You can catch a cold and the chickenpox, but did you know that you can also catch someone’s smileyness? Think about it: When someone beams at you on the street, you almost always smile back (even if subconsciously). In an issue of the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, experts explain that our brains look for and respond to smiling faces — likely before we are even aware of our response. And researchers have also found a similar effect for frowning.
Your Smile Reflects Your Quality of Life
Constantly complimented on your fabulous smile? That probably means you’ve been taking good care of your pearly whites. But the benefits of a pretty pout go beyond appearance: In a survey of adults aged 35 to 47 conducted in Norway, researchers found that a measly 1 percent of participants said oral health had nothing to do with their quality of life. Others said that poor oral health, such as losing teeth in adulthood, affected everything from their eating comfort to their ability to smile.
SMILING EQUALS TEAMWORK When someone takes notice of your smile, they are more inclined to work cooperatively with you, according to the results of three studies out of New Zealand. This is good news for grinners with goals to achieve, but take note: The type of smile matters. Viewers say they most want to cooperate with people whose smile indicates a genuine enjoyment of the project or situation.
SMILEY? COULD MEAN YOU'RE HEALTHY Constant grinners have plenty to be happy about: They have lower stresshormone levels, they measure off better when it comes to physical health (such as having healthier hearts), and they may even enjoy better psychological coping mechanisms, according to research published in the Journal of Personality. And happiness researchers agree: Just as a smile can be an indicator of health and happiness, a good attitude can also improve a person’s life health overall.
P.S. IT'S OKAY TO FROWN, TOO Smiles are almost always welcome — but that doesn’t mean you should force it if you’re just not feeling it. Actually, wearing a phony grin can worsen your mood, according to research published in the Academy of Management Journal. The researchers followed a group of bus drivers for two weeks — on days that the drivers forced themselves to smile to their customers, their moods tended to deteriorate. However, when the participants attempted to cultivate happy thoughts to trigger a smile, their moods improved.
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Colors seem dim or faded with a yellow or brown tint
Bright light sensitivity, halos when looking at light
Frequent need of new prescriptions
[ GARDENING ]
spring Spring is in the air 38
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As the trees start to bloom and the pollen gets airborne, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing. Read on for tips to combat allergies.
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Spring is Here Spring is here and so is the sneezing and runny nose! Have a Happy Spring! It’s early in the season, but spring allergies are already on the rise… and are real! Here in our office at The Allergy Group, I am already seeing an increase in the phone calls of people complaining of allergies. Symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes and intense sneezing… and so on. Do you wonder if the mild winter is the cause of early sneezing and runny nose… Well, you may be right! Mild winters have given way to early blooming of trees, the pollen of which is the usual culprit at this time of the year. Seasonal allergies are the result of the body’s immune system overreacting to something your body considers as “foreign” in the environment during a particular time of year. With modern medicine, there’s no need to suffer through allergy season. If you know you have bad seasonal allergies, start your usual medications even before you have symptoms. Watch the pollen counts on our website to know when to start them. Severe symptoms can make you pretty miserable. I have patients who can’t fall asleep because their allergies are so severe. Don’t sit around waiting for symptoms to pass, because there are lots of effective treatment options.
What can be done?
Here’s what we advise for seasonal allergies: If you’re feeling the onset of allergy-like symptoms, or you know you will start soon, start the medications prescribed by your allergist proactively to have effective results. Some medications do take time to build up. Confirm your seasonal allergies. Make an appointment with a board certified allergist to help you understand the cause of your symptoms. You might be a candidate for allergy shots which can be a safe “natural” and “long term” cure. Moreover, it would help you attain a medication free lifestyle for allergies. Follow your local pollen count. We post it everyday on our website and facebook page to help patients take more care of themselves during high pollen season. There are many general protective measures you can take, like exercising indoors on high pollen days, wearing a long hat and big sun glasses, not line drying your clothes outside, showering everyday before getting in bed, washing hair to get rid of the pollen sticking to your hair products, wearing a mask while doing yardwork, etc.
DID YOU KNOW: • Dust mites need a relative humidity of 55% to grow, so drier Western states don’t have as big a problem as they would be in Florida.
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• Doctors hate to recommend decongestants becuase they have a possible side effect of causing high blood pressure.
Brianne ‘Brie’ Ayers is a Physician’s Assistant with The Allergy Group, which has locations in Boise, Nampa and Meridian.
• Animal dander is one thing but people are truly allergic to the saliva and urine of animals. There is nothing like a hypoallergenic pet.
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Spring Cleaning How homemade cleaning products are greener for the environment and your wallet
• 2 cups water • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70 percent concentration) • 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional)
W R I T T E N B Y A NGEL A S I LVA
Great for: Windows and mirrors How to use: Combine ingredients
rom carpet and upholstery to dishes and laundry, nearly every surface of your home can be cleaned safely, effectively and inexpensively with homemade cleaning products. Many people have turned to making their own cleaners to avoid the toxins and harsh chemicals found in commercial cleaning products. Asthma, allergies, chemical burns, and poisonings are among some of the concerns associated with the chemicals in cleaning products as evaluated by a group of researchers known as the Environmental Working Group. Making your own cleaning products is not only safer for your health and the environment, but will save you money. Some initial concerns many people have when presented with the idea of making their own cleaning products are the availability of the ingredients and the difficulty of making the cleaners. As it turns out, you probably already have a lot of the ingredients needed to make these homemade cleaning concoctions in your home. Simple, inexpensive household items such as vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks. Vinegar can be used either in solution or undiluted to tackle dirt, soap scum, hard water deposits, and even as a general disinfectant. The natural deodorizing properties of baking soda along with its slight abrasiveness make it useful as a scrub for grime or water deposits. Hydrogen peroxide can be used for window cleaning and even removing stains from clothing or upholstery. One of the most regularly purchased but most expensive cleaning products is laundry detergent, but you can even make that yourself, too. Here is a simple recipe for powdered laundry detergent that costs about $0.05 per load. All of the required ingredients are available at local merchandise or hardware stores.
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Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent
and store in a spray bottle. Spray some solution on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. To get smudge-free glass, rub vertically on one side and horizontally on the other. Hint: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day, because the solution will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks.
›› 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap (under $2 per bar) ›› 2 cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (under $3.50 for 55 ounces) ›› 2 cups of Borax (under $4 for 76 ounces)
• Half a lemon • 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)
Blender or food processor
Great for: Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs
Cut the bar of soap into the smallest pieces possible so they are manageable to the blender or food processor. Add the washing soda and borax to the cut-up soap pieces, and blend thoroughly. Transfer the soap into a large jar or storage container of your choice. Use 1/8 of a cup for normal loads of laundry and ¼ of a cup for heavily soiled loads of laundry. This recipe makes enough soap for 48 loads of laundry.
How to use: Dip lemon into borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.)
• 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. (Sudsy ammonia, which has detergent in it, helps remove tough grime.)
Great for: Oven hoods, grills How to use: Dip sponge or mop in solution and wipe over surface, then rinse area with clear water.
Green Sheet VERY FENG SHUI:
According to the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association, “people working at computers in an office with plants were 12% more productive and less stressed than people doing the same job in an office without plants.” In 2012, nearly half of Americans had gardened in the past year. -Scarborough research group
$70 worth of planting yields $530 worth of produce. -National Gardening Association, 2009
80 percent of gardeners are satisfied with their lives, versus 67 percent of nongardeners. -Gardener’s World Regular gardening can prolong life by as much as 30 percent among 60+ year olds.
A PERSON’S GARDEN IS A SANCTUARY FOR THE SOUL:
Numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity reduces your risk of premature death, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and colon cancer. Gardening and yard work contributes to healthy active living, and are part of all three types of physical activity—endurance, flexibility and strength. Heavy yard work like raking and carrying leaves contributes to both endurance and strengthening activities, while all those stretches and contortions in the garden can help increase and maintain your flexibility.
What can be done to protect against frost? Strawberries and
raspberries can be protected by covering the planting with a tarp at sundown and then removing it in the morning after the air temperatures are above freezing. Rocks or pipe can be used to hold the tarp in place on breezy nights. The tarp will retain sufficient heat radiating from the soil to protect the flowers from injury.
Apply water in the cool of the morning or evening when the
wind is calm, the sun is less hot, and water loss through evaporation is minimal. Balancing plants’ water needs is like having a healthful diet. Think moderation. Provide your plants with enough water for good health, but don’t flood them with it.
Grow Green: the healthy benefits of gardening.
Active living fosters outdoor physical activity and solutions to growing environmental issues. We only have one life to live and we only get one chance with our planet, so why not do all we can to protect our land, enhance and restore Mother Earth? When you Go Green, you’re not only improving your own health you’re preserving the health of your environment. Gardening is not only considered an alfresco hobby, it promotes active living and allows us the chance to be a positive contributor to the natural environment. In addition to your fitness resolutions, make “going green” a habitual decision, and take an active role with the environment. If not for yourself, for the sake of exercise and fresh air.
Share the Green
Make plans to plant a community tree. It may boost the well-being of the whole neighborhood. Communal gardening and planting may help improve the quality of life for all parties involved, according to a study. Researchers discovered that community gardening activities imparted feelings of achievement, satisfaction, and aesthetic pleasure upon participants. Social Science & Medicine 2012
Going organic may boost your intake of cancerfighting antioxidants. Experts tested antioxidant content of corn that had been grown with and without use of pesticides and found corn grown without the chemicals had almost 60% more flavonoids compared to the corn grown with pesticides. Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant nutrient associated with reduced cancer risk. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 2010
-British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013
Main Squeeze Field of Dreams:
Gardeners consume some veggies more frequently than nongardeners.
Watch how shadows and sunlight hit the ground to determine how much shade exists during the growing season under deciduous trees (which drop their leaves in fall). This test will determine which shade-loving plants will thrive there.
Going organic with your condiments could be a wise nutrition choice. Compared to non-organic ketchup, organic ketchup appeared to contain 3 times as much lycopene in a lab analysis. Lycopene is an antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease. Other sources of lycopene include watermelon, and pink grapefruit. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2009
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DOES YO 5. TREAT YOUR SOIL. Add compost to your garden soil two to four weeks before you plant. This way, the compost will be integrated within your garden soil. 6. BE MINDFUL OF PLACEMENT. Do not place houseplants in direct sunlight. Even though houseplants need some light, their leaves will wilt if directly exposed to the sun. 7. ENHANCE THE SENSES. Make your garden more fragrant by planting more lightly colored or white flowers. You can also give your garden a rich fragrant smell by adding thick-textured flowers such as gardenia, citrus and magnolia, which have very distinctive and intense scents.
GARDENING HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY ENJOYED HOBBIES. HERE ARE 17 TIME-TESTED TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU DEVELOP A THRIVING GARDEN. 1. FOR THE TIME-STRAPPED GARDENER. If you do not have much time for gardening, stick to plants in containers, such as tubs, boxes and baskets. They are easier to feed and tend if you have a busy lifestyle. 2. FOR THE INDECISIVE GARDENER. If you are not sure what you want the layout of your garden to be, plant in pots so you can move plants around until you are happy.
8. MAINTAIN FRESH WATER. Water features in the garden should be kept fresh. Install plants like water violet to keep the water oxygenated.
3.FOR THE NOVICE GARDENER. If you are buying ready-potted plants of flowers, make sure they have already begun to flower; otherwise there is a risk they may never flower at all.
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4. FOR THE WARM CLIMATE GARDENER. These flowering plants are known to survive and thrive in most cities with extremely hot temperatures and high pollution: Madagascar periwinkle, lantana, impatiens, cosmos, cleome (spider flower) and canna (Indian flag).
UR GARDEN GROW? 17 PROVEN GARDENING TIPS
9. THREE’S A CROWD. Avoid over-crowding your garden. Do not place too many plants in one area. Competition for resources will cause growth of poor-quality plants. 10. AVOID PLANTING UNDER CONIFERS. Never plant anything under conifers because those particular trees cause the soil to become acidic. Plants around conifers would not grow. 11. BE MINDFUL OF REFLECTIONS. Glossy leaves reflect light so it is better to place plants with glossy leaves in shadowy corners to make your garden look bigger. They will thrive there too. 12. MAKE YOUR OWN FERTILIZER. Soak eggshells in water overnight and then use the solution as a fertilizer. The solution will be full of nutrients from the eggshells. 13. PROVIDE BREATHING ROOM. Use a pitchfork to aerate the lawn regularly. This helps natural drainage and also encourages movement of insects beneath the ground.
Three tips to save your back while you grow your garden this spring: It’s springtime and millions of gardeners will return to their yard to tend their lawn, grow flowers, fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, for most gardeners, their reward for their effort will be a strained back and sore muscles. Jeffrey Restuccio, author of Get Fit Through Gardening, offers tips to prevent back strain and muscle soreness while gardening. 15. ALWAYS STRETCH BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER GARDENING. Even if you’re only going to mow the lawn, get in a habit of stretching every time. It will prevent injury, reduce soreness and increase flexibility. In particular stretch your legs, groin and shoulders. 16. CHANGE YOUR RAKING AND DIGGING STANCE. This is the most difficult habit to change for lifelong gardeners. Rake and dig using your legs and not your back. Your back should always be straight. The bend is in your knees, in a slight crouching stance and always keep your knee over your foot. Rake using a rocking and scooting motion, not a stationary, straight-legged stance. 17. CHANGE YOUR STANCE & POSITION EVERY THREE TO FIVE MINUTES. If you’re kneeling, change to standing. If you’re sitting, change to standing. Also when raking alternate between raking right-handed and left-handed. While this may be awkward at first, with time it will be perfectly automatic and natural.
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14. AIR OUT THE GREENHOUSE. Open the greenhouse via the door or windows for at least two hours a day. It recycles the air and gets rid of any excess heat.
Gardening can be good for you. However, most gardeners are too focused on the plants to notice that they’re straining their bodies, using repetitive motions or bending over from their back. Paying careful attention to your body’s needs will enhance your enjoyment of gardening and prevent back strain and muscle soreness. Facebook.com/HealthyUT
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Did you know pessimism has been linked to a higher risk of dying before age 65? On the other hand, expressing positive emotions, such as optimism and low stress, is associated with a variety of health benefits: lowered production of the stress hormone cortisol, better immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases. A certain amount of stress is natural and unavoidable, but too much can be debilitating. While stress is an unavoidable part of life, learn-
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ing how to manage the tension can help ward off stress-related health problems. In simpler terms, live completely in the now. Be aware of your surroundings, but practice clearing your mind of the self-talk that clutters your thoughts. Relax and find delight in each and every thing around you, from the tiniest insect, to the song on your car radio, to a colorful painting in your doctorâ€™s office. Simply surround yourself in
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Living a peaceful life. How do you do it? Change your outlook on life for the better with these 4 steps to relieve stress.
LEARNING TO GO WITH THE FLOW Like you, unexpected things happen to me that require letting go of desires or changing plans. Accepting a situation at face value is a constant struggle for all of us. We all need to remind ourselves to redirect our thoughts, to “what is” and go with the flow.
Take time for yourself. Visit UTHealth.com for more ways to reduce stress.
4 ways to reduce stress:
Take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet. Exercise regularly and get adequate sleep. Express your emotional reactions honestly so you can effectively deal with what’s bothering you. Confide in someone — your mate, a friend or a trusted relative. View the cup as half full instead of half empty.
the wonders of “what is,” and let go of every other thought. As you learn to just be in the now, the eventual change in you will not only be an acceptance of “what is,” but a loving of “what is.” If you are stressed-out or anxious, which can be either a cause or effect of a pessimistic outlook, try the following to relax and calm those nerves.
Volumes have been written about the importance of setting goals. Goal setting is fine. The problem is that too many people dwell on their goals. Instead of experiencing the delight of living in the moment, they live focused on trying to make their goals happen and become upset and stressed if they don’t achieve them.
FOCUS ON THE GOOD There is always something good going on, even in the midst of a natural catastrophe or a war. Choose to focus on something good that’s going on around you, and don’t let your mind constantly focus on suffering.
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An Expert’s Guide
10 Minutes a Day to Change Your Nutrition Forever
WRITTEN BY ROBYN OPENSHAW GreenSmoothieGirl.com founder and nationwide lecturer
The green smoothie craze is sweeping the nation! Everyone wants to be healthier, and no one wants to slave away in the kitchen for hours. But I’ve already been a believer for 20 years. I used to weigh over 200 pounds, and had 21 diagnosed diseases. I was depressed, low-energy, and an unhappy young mom whose main goal in life was to survive until I could climb in my bed at night again. I also had a very sick baby, who had life-threatening asthma and was below the 5th percentile for weight at 15 months old. He was on lots of drugs, including steroids, antibiotics, and bronchodilators. As “standard of care” medicine failed me, I began to look for other solutions, besides the many drugs we were prescribed for our many problems. I discovered the possibility that the Standard American Diet could be at the root of our troubles. A holistic practitioner told me to eliminate processed meat, dairy, and white flour and sugar. I made a goal to eat a 60 to 80 percent raw, 95 percent plant based diet. That has now been my diet for 20 years. At 135 pounds, I eat more food than I did when I weighed 206—and I actually enjoy it more! Within a year of making that game-changing shift to whole foods, my baby returned to full health, and a normal weight, and would never need medications again. In 2012, he led his team at Timpanogos High School to the Utah state 4A baseball playoffs and was named MVP for his clutch pitching, two grand slams, and grace under pressure. My baby boy is now 6’4” and got to live his destiny, instead of languish in hospitals as a Failure to Thrive baby. And I lost 70 pounds without counting calories, and without suffering. All we did is learn to eat whole, unprocessed foods. And we stopped consuming soda, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream, chips, popsicles, raisin bread, dairy milk, and all the other inappropriate food that had been our staples.
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---------- Smoothie Guide ----------Make sure your green smoothie isn’t really a high-sugars fruit smoothie, with a handful of greens added. Try to keep the greens content as high as possible. Most people do great with a 1:1:1 ratio of water, greens, and fruit. If you are used to your foods being very sweet, try to wean yourself off, but use stevia (an herbal sweetener) if this recipe isn’t sweet enough for you:
Fast Green Food
Green smoothies are the only “fast food” that, by drinking a quart (4 cups) a day, can give you 10 or more servings of raw, leafy greens and fruit, with minimal prep time in the kitchen. Kale, collards, chard, spinach, cabbage—all that good stuff that you mean to eat, but never makes it into your diet? Just throw it in the blender. Don’t cook it. Just blend it. At GreenSmoothieGirl.com, which I founded, we teach simple ways to eat whole foods to restore good health, with minimal effort. And we prove that eating right can be delicious, and even inexpensive. We find that green smoothies give people a jump start. All by itself, the green smoothie isn’t enough to supplant the toxic Standard American Diet. But my research shows that people begin to notice very significant health gains by implementing this one great habit. Many wonder, “If I feel this good adding raw plant foods my diet, how much better will I feel if I learn and do more?” Then our hope is that people will tackle more of the habits we teach that have served human beings well for thousands of years, before, as a culture, we adopted the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) and the drug approach to health. We teach many nutrition habits that are game-changers. But we start with green smoothies, since just about anyone will implement them, and the only equipment you need is a blender. In my nationwide speaking tour, I lecture about how good nutrition affects every aspect of life. From regaining your energy and finding your weight, to finding your ability to advance your career, to your ability to love others better, and even to finding your life’s highest purposes, choosing good fuel is foundational! Eating lots of plants in their natural state is the #1 key to that.
ROBYN OPENSHAW has degrees from BYU and the University of Utah and is the author of 14 books, including the bestselling The Green Smoothies Diet and the course 12 Steps to Whole Foods. She is the founder of GreenSmoothieGirl.com, a top-rated wellness site teaching people to eat whole foods. She lectures in an 86-city tour in 2014 promoting her two new books, How to Eat Right In the Real World, and How to Raise Healthy Eaters. She is a competitive athlete and single mom of 4 teenage and young adult children.
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Ultimate Green Smoothie
• 2 3/4 cups water • Spinach, kale, collards, chard, etc., added to the water until, blended, it reaches the 5 1/2-cup mark • Banana, apple, mixed berries, etc., added to the mixture until, blended, it reaches about 7 ¾ cup mark • 1 scoop GreenSmoothieGirl TriOmega (sprouted broccoli, chia, flax seed for essential fatty acids) • 1 scoop GreenSmoothieGirl Vanilla or Chocolate Organic Vegan protein powder (for slowing impact on blood sugar, building muscle mass)
Blend all for 90 seconds on high speed, or until smooth! What types of greens should you use? What matters more is, use a wide variety, and choose organic options! Remember, primates, with whom we share 98% of our DNA, graze in the forest. They have no degenerative disease while living in the wild. They don’t eat exclusively giant tubs of spinach! Nor do they eat one tree down to a nub. They graze on a variety of greens, because each has a different nutritional profile.
Blender Choices A high-powered blender like a Blendtec, is a great investment to improve your health. Blendtec is a local Utah company and makes the best blender in the world. I use mine for not just supersmooth green smoothies, but also salad dressings, soups, desserts, and more. The possibilities to make whole foods that taste great are endless! Costco has a great deal on Blendtecs, and a great warranty.
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GET A HEALTHY TAN
Want a sun-kissed look that’s all natural? Just eat your fruits and veggies. Recent research from the UK suggests eating foods containing carotenoids, such as carrots and cantaloupe, can actually give the skin a desirable healthy glow. Carotenoids (more commonly referred to as carotene) are the source of red, orange and yellow colors in produce. The study was completed with Caucasian subjects only, but researchers believe the results will work with various ethnicities. “Most people think the best way to improve skin colour is to get a suntan,” lead researcher Dr. Ian Stephen said, “but our research shows that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is actually more effective.” Plus, carotenoids can help maintain healthy teeth and bone tissues.
Source: The Evolution and Human Behavior Journal
TAKE NOTE OF
Do you know what the Nutrition Key is, and do you use it? The Nutrition Key is placed on the front of packaged foods and beverages, and is meant to help consumers make more educated nutritional choices. It doesn’t replace the Nutrition Facts on the back, but it can help you make better decisions on the go!
ONE WORD SOLUTION
If you need a boost of omega-3s, go fishing. Fattier fish, such as tuna, salmon and herring, are a great source of the healthy fatty acids. Experts recommend two servings a week to help lower blood triglycerides and to thin blood.
OUNCES PER WEEK OF SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION TO REDUCE CARDIAC RISKS AND HEART DISEASE. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD CONSUME AT LEAST 8 OUNCES TO IMPROVE INFANT HEALTH. Source: cnpp.usda.gov
Don’t use corn oil, use sunflower. Scratch that — use olive. And use peanut for frying and sesame for stirfry. Confused? So are we. There are several good and bad cooking oils out there and conflicting messages about each. The main ingredients to look for are the mono- and poly-unsaturated fats — they’re cholesterol friendly. Here are a few options to try out in the kitchen.
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RICE BRAN OIL
This oil is packed with various nutrients from vitamin E, zinc, calcium and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It makes a great oil for stir-fry and light cooking.
Olive oil, perhaps the most commonly used healthy oil, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It’s great for dressings, sautéing or dipping bread.
There is evidence that rice bran oil can effectively reduce high cholesterol. It may also be helpful in preventing kidney stones and stomach cancer.
High in monosaturated fat and vitamin E, this oil is a great choice for healthy hearts. It’s perfect for frying and comparable to olive oil.
Old Dish Soap Bottles Make pancake batter, put it in a (very) wellcleaned dish soap bottle. Not only does it give you perfect-sized pancakes, but keep left-over batter in the fridge for and easy breakfast tomorrow.
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If you’re tired of the boring flavors that are sandwiched between two pieces of bread, try these delicious, filling — and not to mention, healthy recipes. Jazz up mealtime in minutes.
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healthy sandwich secrets
For a healthy sandwich, look for breads that have lots of fiber and are lower in calories.
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Create a mouth-watering sandwich that’s light on the waist, made with whole grain bread and a freshly grilled chicken breast. Plus, it’s ready in just 15 minutes.
Guiltless Grilled Chicken Sandwich SERVES 1
COOK 15 MIN
2 slices of whole grain bread
Wholegrains have been linked with a decrease in risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Carrots also offer an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K and biotin. Eating avocado “the king of fruits” is a good way to get more lutein in your diet.
2 tbs olive oil 1 chicken breast 3 slices of avacado 2 tbs of shredded carrots 2 slices of red onion 2 slices of tomato 1 bunch of spinach leaves
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1. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until it is cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to plate; let cool. 2. Place avacado, shredded carrots, slices of onion and tomato and spinach leaves on bread slice. 3. Place cooled chicken breast on veggies and top with other bread slice.
To reduce the amount of fat in your meals, try eating more chicken.
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Burgers are a great source of protein, zinc and vitamin B12.
You will never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again. This intensely aromatic buger gives a light refined spin to the comfort food we all love. Black Bean Veggie Burger Grilling a burger can reduce the amount of fat on average by one-third.
PREP 15 MIN
COOK 20 MIN
1 (16 oz. ) can black beans, drained, rinsed 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces 1/2 onion, cut into wedges 3 cloves garlic, peeled 1 egg 1 tbs. chili powder 1 tbs. cumin 1 tsp. Thai chili sauce or hot sauce 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1.If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and lightly oil a baking sheet. 2. Rinse the black beans and dry them off. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty. 3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion and garlic. Strain the onion, garlic and pepper mixture through a fine strainer to remove any excess water. Then, stir into mashed beans. 4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin and chili sauce. 5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Add more bread crumbs if patties are too loose. Divide mixture into four patties.
This pattyâ€™s full of surprises â€” one bite reveals a stash of flavor.
6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about eight minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side. Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19; Total Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 53mg.
1. Timing is everything. Start by choosing a time when you are most relaxed, such as a long weekend.
2. Take baby steps. Make a commitment to try three caffeine-free days, and see how you feel afterwards.
3. Be prepared for side-effects. Be prepared to experience tiredness, irritability and a very bad headache, especially after avoiding caffeine for 24 hours. Prepare for these side effects by keeping yourself busy: take walks, spend time in the garden, or do other light, soothing activities.
4. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid anything that may aggravate a headache, such as prolonged TV watching or reading in low light. These side-effects will eventually diminish - and are worth it in the long run.
5 ways to
quit caffeine SOURCE: DRWEIL.COM
CAFFEINE IS AN ADDICTIVE DRUG THAT FOUR OUT OF FIVE AMERICAN ADULTS USE EVERY DAY. IF YOU FEEL YOU MAY BE ADDICTED TO CAFFEINE AND WISH TO GIVE IT UP, TRY THE FOLLOWING:
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5. Alternative ways to quit. Or, consider weaning yourself off caffeine by gradually reducing your intake. Substitute green tea or decaffeinated coffee for caffeinated coffee, and drink water or fruit juice mixed with sparkling water in lieu of cola. Breathing exercises, physical exercise and a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables may also help reduce the severity of side-effects.
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How daydreaming and sports make you smarter. Forget scribbling on crossword puzzles all day — some passive mental activities can fire up your neurons, as well. BY HEALTHY MAGAZINE STAFF
published last month in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that daydreaming can activate the problem-solving portion of your brain. The study monitored the brain activity of people performing a routine task on a computer. Researchers noted activity in the brain’s complex problem-solving network in addition to the portion dedicated to routine mental activity. Turns out the more the participants’ minds wandered, the more active both networks were.
Daydreaming isn’t the only lazy man’s brain-booster. Watching sports can improve learning and comprehension, according to a 2008 University of Chicago study. Why? As you watch LeBron James hold court in the playoffs, your brain is trying to mimic his thought process, not just watching him idly. Working less can also improve your mental capacity. Another study shows that clocking 55 or more hours on the job correlated with lower scores on vocabulary and reasoning tests, compared with working a 35-to 40-hour week. So rather than working overtime, take some time off and exercise your mind with these simple tips.
Things Parents Do Wrong with
ARE YOU FLYING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS WHEN IT COMES TO FEEDING YOUR KIDS? PLEADING WITH YOUR CHILD AT THE DINNER TABLE, LEAVING MEALS TO THE LAST MINUTE, AND LIVING WITH THAT UNSETTLED FEELING THAT THINGS AREN’T AS GOOD AS THEY COULD BE? FOR MANY OF US IN THE FEEDING TRENCHES, WE HAVE THE SAME QUESTION–WHY IS FEEDING MY FAMILY SO HARD? WELL, MAYBE YOU’RE DOING IT ALL WRONG. CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF AND SEE IF YOU’RE DOING ANY OF THESE THINGS, WHICH INEVITABLY MAKE FEEDING YOUR FAMILY HARDER.
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YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO EAT MORE
“Just take another bite, sweetie, then you can get down from the table.” With the best of intentions, parents try to get their kids to eat a little bit more. What they don’t realize is pushing more may lead to weight problems. According to a 2007 study in Appetite, 85 percent of parents tried to get their kindergarten children to eat more using words of praise, or pressure. Parents were successful with 83% of children eating more than they might otherwise have. Yes, you guessed it, kids were eating beyond their appetite. INSTEAD: Let your child stop eating when he’s full.
YOU POLISH OFF THAT BABY BOTTLE OR BABY JAR
It’s hard to waste an ounce of formula or a spoonful of baby food. Some parents push those last swigs and spoons to mark a successful feeding. A 2009 article in Advances in Pediatrics noted that “emptying the bottle” and serving larger volumes of formula at feedings were associated with excess weight gain in the first six months of life. This is a vulnerable time, as growth is rapid and cells grow and change, possibly affecting the way energy is stored in the body and influencing obesity development. INSTEAD: Be careful to read baby’s feeding cues and respond appropriately.
YOU ENTICE WITH DESSERT FOR EATING WELL (OR TRYING)
Using food, particularly desserts to reward children for their eating performance may have a surprising effect. We like to think it helps children develop good eating habits, but research tells us rewarding with sweets in particular, shifts a child’s food value system to sweets. A 2007 review article on the influence of parents on eating behavior in children found that using food as reward increased preschool-age children’s preferences for those foods, having an unintended consequence of promoting food preferences for high calorie, unhealthy fare. INSTEAD: Don’t tie sweets and other tasty foods to what or how much your child eats. Balance sweets every day and make eating a non-condition for enjoying them.
Plating food seems like a good idea– you can control what goes on the plate, and how much is offered. But, when children receive a plated meal (to which they haven’t had input), it may open Pandora’s box. “I don’t like this!” “I didn’t want that.” “Ew, it’s touching—I’m not eating it.” Servings may be too much for the child, leaving a partially eaten plate. In the end, parent and child expectations aren’t met …and you know where that goes. INSTEAD: Let children serve themselves and have a say about what goes on their plate.
YOU TALK TOO MUCH ABOUT NUTRITION
Some parents do the nutrition education thing too early and too much. Hands-on learning (cooking) is most effective with school-age kids, and answering their questions, as they come up, is appropriate— providing a nutrition lecture on heart disease is not. Save the deep, hardcore nutrition lessons for the older teen (again, when they ask is best), and remember many adults still find nutrition confusing. INSTEAD: Provide plenty of options for your child to be hands-on in the kitchen and your teen freedom to experiment with food. Answer nutrition questions when they come up.
YOU USE NON-HUMAN HELPERS
Parents are busier than ever and use feeding “helpers” like bottle holders, sippy cups, high chairs, pacifiers clipped to the shirt, and more. While these make life easier, they may take away from the opportunity to connect and attach with your child. Experts are clear on the developmental task of infancy: attachment. Researchers find that little ones with insecure attachment to their caregiver may have difficulty regulating their food intake. And some of these “harmless” helpers may not be a good idea. INSTEAD: Be the human influence you were meant to be and care for your child’s needs in a hands-on way.
YOU TRY TO CONTROL OFFSITE EATING
Recently, a mom asked me how to control what and how much her daughter ate at school. According to a 2011 study from Johns Hopkins University, parents have little influence over what their kids eat, especially as they get older. In fact, the outside environment (school, church, and peers) has more sway than parents! Kids tend to want what they cannot have, so tight control over food choice and quantity in or outside the home may have unwanted effects like out-of-control eating, and choosing unhealthy items. INSTEAD: Have a home environment that is balanced with mostly nutritious foods, a little bit of “Fun” food, and let your child be in charge of their eating.
YOU PLATE YOUR CHILD’S FOOD
YOU ARE TOO CLEAN
Today’s parents love clean kids, in clean clothes, playing in their clean house. But when it comes to food and learning to eat, little kids need the freedom to get down and dirty with food. Getting messy with food allows taste, texture, smell, and hand-tomouth manipulation—a great way for baby to learn about food and how to eat. INSTEAD: Let your baby and toddler learn about food with all his senses—even if it’s messy.
YOU MAKE AN ALTERNATE MEAL (OR SNACK)
Some parents make back-up meals for their family members. “Catering” to food requests (or demands) on a regular basis not only encourages picky eating, according to a 2009 study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, kids miss out on nutritious foods like fruits, veggies, and dairy products. INSTEAD: Make one meal for the whole family.
YOU LET YOUR CHILD EAT 10 “WHATEVER” BECAUSE HE’S THIN/FIT/HEALTHY/ AN ATHLETE
“I’m not worried about what he eats because he’s on the skinny side,” or “She’s an athlete, so she can eat whatever she wants—she burns it all off!” While this is probably true for now, parents need to remember that children are developing flavor preferences and eating habits. Eating behaviors from childhood are hard to shake later on when the body has stopped growing and exercise isn’t as frequent or intense. INSTEAD: Teach your child to eat for a lifetime with nutritious foods and a healthy food balance.
ALLOW LITTLE 11 YOU TASTES A LITTLE TOO EARLY
A sip of momma’s latte, daddy’s soda or Grammy’s ice cream— what’s the harm in a little taste for baby and toddler? Infants are born pre-wired to prefer the flavor of sweet and fat. Salt preference comes around six months. For all three, the more exposure (read: tastes, sips, bites), the stronger the preference for these flavors. INSTEAD: Hold off on sweets, fried and salty foods until after age two and then offer them occasionally. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jill Castle, MS, RN, LDN Jill is a child nutrition expert with more than 20 years of experience in the field of pediatric nutrition. In addition, she is a mother of four and a business owner, making her advice both accurate and practical for parents all over the country. She is dedicated to helping parents be the best feeders and supporters they can be, and uses her blog justtherightbyte.com to share knowledge. Her blog is recognized as one of the best when it comes to child nutrition.
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Matthew Green, MD, JD Dr. Green was born and raised in Texas, but has called Utah Valley home since he was 16. He earned degrees in economics and law at Brigham Young University before spending 10 years in the Bronx, where he completed medical school at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and an orthopaedic surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He then topped off his training with a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. While there, he received training in microvascular surgery, pediatric hand surgery, and a wide variety of hand injuries at the University’s Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Green evaluates and treats a broad assortment of conditions of the elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers, including fractures, chronic arthritis of the wrist and hand, carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve injuries, lacerations, tendon repairs, skin loss, ligament reconstruction, and microsurgical repair of nerves and blood vessels. He also takes calls covering severe acute hand injuries that come to the emergency rooms at Utah Valley, Orem Community, and American Fork Hospitals and their regional referral centers. He loves the complicated nature of hand function
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and notes that hand surgery is never boring. One of the aspects of hand surgery he is most excited about is the growing list of procedures that can be performed in a wide-awake clinic setting without general anesthesia or tourniquets, including most soft tissue procedures and some bone injuries as well. This offers the patient a safe, more cost-effective alternative to having the same procedures in an operating room setting without the additional risks of general anesthesia. This also allows for direct patient feedback and intraoperative communication between the patient and the surgeon. Just like a dental procedure, once the procedure is over, patients can simply walk out the door and go home. Studies have shown that 90 percent of patients who have surgery this way would recommend it to their friends. Dr. Green thoroughly enjoys working with the people of Utah Valley and surrounding rural areas. He particularly appreciates the fact that his patients are involved in their own care and
actively engage in the decision making process with him. He has a very friendly and responsive office staff available to answer patient questions and concerns whenever they arise. “Running a surgical office is a team effort, and my staff provides fantastic coordination of care,” he says.
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ABOUT DR. LEE Dr. Lee grew up in California and completed much of his medical training in New York. He is married and has three sons. They enjoy volunteering in the community as a family, and escaping to the outdoors.
Justin T. Lee, MD When Dr. Lee completed his medical education and his subspecialty training, he looked for a community that truly needed the skills he had obtained. As he learned more about Utah Valley, he felt it was the fit he was looking for. “I was and am very happy to serve this community,” he says. Dr. Lee has received specialized training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, a newly certified subspecialty in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. The common conditions he has dealt with since he came to Utah Valley in 2008 are pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, among other rare conditions. These are common complaints for women, with a prevalence of 3%-10%, says Dr. Lee, with prevalence increasing with age and among women with more children. Utah Valley’s high birth rate, therefore, makes Dr. Lee’s skills especially valuable in this community. As Dr. Lee has gotten to know the community, he’s found that women are
tight knit, commonly sharing their conditions and helping each other understand symptoms, which he appreciates and respects. “This is really a unique community,” he says. “Women support each other and share information, even though these are very personal issues.” Helping women here understand the conditions of pelvic floor disorders and urinary incontinence is a goal for Dr. Lee.
WHAT ARE COMMON PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS? Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Organs supported by the pelvic floor include the bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel, and rectum. When prolapse occurs, any one of these can droop, sometimes outside of the vaginal canal or anus. Prolapse can cause the pelvic organs to stop working properly, and can lead to urinary or anal incontinence.
TREATMENT A consultation with Dr. Lee is important to determine a woman’s particular condition, and a treatment solution. Sometimes medication, behavior modification and pelvic muscle exercises can be enough to treat pelvic issues and urinary incontinence. In other cases, surgery is needed. At the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Dr. Lee has the most modern and minimally invasive surgical tools for treating pelvic issues, including the da Vinci robotic system. Depending on an individual patient’s condition, vaginal, laproscopic, or robotic surgery may be performed.
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1 ALMONDS Almonds are a favorite powerhouse snack because they are packed with vitamin E, healthy fats, protein, and calcium, and they are also good for your teeth because they have very little sugar. However, whole almonds are hard and could be difficult to chew, so if you want to get all the oral health benefits without the risk of cracked or fractured teeth, eat sliced almonds instead.
2 CRUNCHY FRUITS & VEGETABLES Crunchy vegetables and fruits are great for your teeth and your overall health because they are often low in calories and high in fiber, water and other essential vitamins and minerals. Eating fruits and veggies such as apples, carrots and celery produce saliva in your mouth that washes away bacteria, and the fibrous texture helps “brush” your teeth between meals. These foods are definitely not a substitute for brushing your teeth every morning and night, but adding them to your daily diet is a great way to clean teeth in the middle of the day.
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4 TEETHFRIENDLY FOODS YOU SHOULD EAT Dental health is about more than just brushing and flossing; equally important is what kinds of foods you put in your mouth and in your body. Most people know the foods to avoid for better oral health—such as sugary sodas, treats, and sticky candy—but do you also know which foods should be part of your diet? There are some that are better for your teeth than others.
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There’s no denying that leafy greens are a great addition to your meals, and not just for weight loss reasons. Leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals while also being low in calories and sugar. Foods like spinach and kale contain folic acid, a B-vitamin that has been linked to improved outcomes for treating gum disease, and calcium, which is great for your tooth enamel. They’re also easy to eat; you can throw a handful of spinach into your next smoothie, use it in place of romaine or iceberg lettuce on your salad, or add it as a topping to pizzas and pasta dishes.
4 DAIRY PRODUCTS If you believe that cheese makes everything better, you’re in luck. A study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, reported that people who eat cheese have higher levels of pH in their mouth, which reduces the risk of tooth decay. The findings indicate that since cheese requires more chewing it increases saliva, which is good for teeth. Yogurt is another dairy product good for the health of your mouth. Both cheese and yogurt are high in protein and calcium, which help strengthen tooth enamel and promote strong and healthy teeth, and the probiotics in yogurt can also help reduce the chances for gum disease as the good bacteria crowd out bad bacteria that might cause cavities. Just remember to choose yogurt varieties with little or no added sugar. Avoiding unhealthy food and drinks is good, but adding some beneficial foods to your diet can also improve your oral health. Talk to your dentist today about the foods she or he would recommend for a healthy, beautiful smile.
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GIVING BACK With the fast growth of Apex Dental, we’ve been able to give back more to the community, including free dental care to those in need.
t Apex Dental, we love giving back to the community and to our patients. Our goal has always been to provide “much more than dentistry,” and we’re committed to living that motto. As Apex Dental has seen substantial growth over the past few years, we’ve been able to give back to our patients and the community more and more. In years past, we’ve given away cars, cash, free dental care for life, and a vacation worth $10,000, and we’re continually looking for ways to improve smiles and lives in any way we can. Last summer, we hosted an event called Smiles for Success in which we offered free dental care to those in need. This was the first time we had ever hosted an event of this nature, and we had no idea what to expect. The results that day were far beyond what we had anticipated, and we were able to give over one hundred thousand dollars worth of free dentistry to the local community.
During the Smiles for Success event, our highly trained staff of doctors, hygienists, and assistants will be on-hand providing dental services at absolutely no cost to patients. Guests will be able to choose between a filling, tooth extraction, or basic cleaning. Guests are not required to be an existing patient to receive treatment, and an appointment is not required; patients will be seen on a firstcome, first-serve basis. On behalf of all of us at Apex Dental, we wanted to express our gratitude to all our patients for helping us achieve our goals and enable us to accomplish things far greater than simple dentistry. To become a new patient at Apex Dental at any one of our six locations, feel free to visit www.apexfamilydental.com or give us a call at (801) 758-5459.
This year, we hope to exceed last year’s numbers. With an ever growing practice and staff, we are confident that this year will be even better than last! The 2016 Smiles for Success event will be held in three different counties simultaneously—Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Tooele County—on Saturday, May 7th.
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Dr. Maio grew up in Riverton, Utah. He received his undergraduate education in Denver, Colorado at the prestigious private institution, Regis University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has been recognized as an American Top Dentist for 4 consecutive years, as chosen by the Consumers Research Council of America.
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ASTHMA CONTROL & PREVENTION We are all feeling the continuing decline in health care. The costs continue to escalate. Insurance premiums and deductibles are at an all-time high. Coverage and benefits are at an all-time low. There are seemingly few answers. I feel the government consistently aims at the wrong targets to solve the problems. Consequently, the problems aren’t being solved, but are getting worse. One thing we can all do to reduce costs and increase our own health is focusing on prevention. As your asthma specialist, I want to focus today on control and prevention of your asthma as that will help you breath and reduce your costs.
BOARD CERTIFIED ALLERGIST PROVIDED ASTHMA CARE RESULTS IN: NN 76% fewer emergency room visits NN 77% fewer hospitalizations and reduced lengths of hospital stays NN 45% fewer sick care office visits NN 77% fewer missed days from work or school Many people ask me how can we be so effective in treating asthma and achieve these results with people? The main reason is our approach is unique in how we obtain a patient’s detailed history, correctly utilize diagnostic tests, and then devise a specific, individualized plan for our patients. This plan usually has a large focus on prevention. We work hard to accurately identify triggers or exacerbating factors and then eliminate them. We feel it best to be proactive in treating asthma instead of reactive and also providing adequate education to patients and parents. Results from a study in the August 2004 Journal of Allergy & Clinically Immunology found that parents often took the wrong actions to control their child’s asthma. Over 50% of the parents in the study tried an environmental control measure unlikely to improve their child’s symptoms. These findings illustrate the need for increased education on the proper ways to manage and treat childhood asthma. This starts by working closely with a board certified allergist /immunologist. They are the bestqualified medical professionals trained to manage the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma.
YOU MAY USE THE FOLLOWING CHECKLIST ON THE NEXT VISIT TO YOUR ALLERGIST/IMMUNOLOGIST: • Ask about steps you can take to make your home a better living environment. Most people with asthma also have allergies that make their symptoms worse. It’s important to know what you are allergic to and how you can provide an allergen free environment. • Create a daily management plan that describes the regular medications and measures to keep your asthma under control. • Ask for a demonstration on how to properly use an inhaler. • Ask about creating an emergency plan and creating a plan that identifies early signs of you losing asthma control. Many physicians use a cumbersome Asthma Action Plan. I have developed an innovative plan that is simpler and more user friendly to assist you. • Ask about allergen immunotherapy or “allergy shots” as they have been proven to be a highly effective method of treating allergic asthma and even PREVENTING asthma in patients with allergies. Experience and training matters for effective delivery of allergen immunotherapy. For more information, please go to RockyMountainAllergy.com to experience unprecedented patient results.
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Surgical and non-surgical options for a common problem
eartburn or “gastroesophogeal reflux disease” (GERD) is very common. As a matter of fact nearly everyone has it to some degree but most are unaware of it, or it is only minor. Only when it becomes more frequent or severe do people seek relief. A “burning sensation,” pressure under the breast bone in the middle of the chest, or acid taste in the mouth are most common symptoms. Reflux can be manifest by a persistent cough, asthma or waking up at night choking or with an acid taste. Occasionally people have food return up to their mouth without any “burning.” This is known as “solid regurgitation.” It can occur with bending over after eating and can be made worse by any of the following risk factors listed below.
THERE ARE RELATIVELY EASY FIRST LINE STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU HAVE HEARTBURN. AVOIDING THESE THINGS WHEN POSSIBLE WILL HELP: gg Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, greasy or spicy foods, tomato products and alcoholic beverages gg Overeating gg Smoking gg Being overweight gg Eating within 1-2 hours before laying down to sleep gg Some medications gg Pregnancy When these issues are eliminated as much as possible then medical treatment can be helpful. There are over-the-counter medications or stronger treatments with a prescription from your health care provider. Your doctor can help you determine the best options for you. For symptoms that persist despite medical and conservative treatment attempts, there are very successful surgical options. The most common effective surgery is a Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. This operation involves wrapping part of the stomach around the lower end of the esophagus and is highly successful in reducing or eliminating heartburn symptoms. In my practice, essentially all of the heartburn surgeries have been Laparoscopic or what some people call “minimally invasive,” or “microsurgery” where five pencil size incisions are used to allow skinny instruments to move in
and out through the abdominal wall. This technique allows faster recovery time with less pain. A YouTube edited operation with a narration can be viewed at: www.utahlapband.com/general-surgery/conditions/heartburn-surgeryutah/
IN TRYING TO DECIDE WHEN TO CONSIDER HAVING THIS OPERATION PEOPLE USUALLY WANT TO KNOW: gg gg gg gg gg
How successful is the procedure? Are my symptoms bad enough to consider surgery? How much will it cost? What is my recovery time, or how long will I be out of work? What are the risks and potential complications?
These questions are all addressed in a consultation and most of the answers are individualized depending on a person’s symptoms, health insurance plan, usual activities and overall health. The operation requires half of the patients to stay overnight—the remainder go home in a few hours. Reflux for almost all patients stops immediately with no need to continue medication. The likelihood of a complication is very low. There is no limit to activity after surgery but careful progression is advised. I recommend most people be off work for a week from full time desk work. It may take longer with more physically active jobs. If you feel like you would benefit from this treatment see your doctor or call us for a consultation appointment at our office in Draper, Utah: 801-SURGERY or 801-523-6177.
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