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Belly Laughs Wendy Page Belly dancing is an art form that’s more difficult than Id expected — but a ton of fun. As a woman, it’s empowering to be able to move in a sensual way, and the women who belly-dance are very accepting and supportive of one another. It’s honestly a great workout for your spirit as much as your body. See Wendy’s story on page 22.
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WANT TO KNOW IF IT’S REALLY LOVE? Listen up! Researchers at Alberta College in Pennsylvania say they’ve found it’s possible to distinguish whether a couple is just friends or actually lovers, by homing in on even subtle changes in the pitch of their conversational voices. By listening to recorded phone conversations between couples who were friends and those who were romantic partners, independent listeners were able to clue in on who was in a relationship (and who wasn’t) simply by listening to them utter such phrases such as “How are you?” and “What are you doing?” Listeners were even able to pick up on nervousness and vulnerability in the voices of the newly in love, researchers noted. But what was most interesting to researchers was how obvious those changes in intonation and inflection were to listeners who didn’t know or even see the couples whose recorded voices they heard as part of the research. “It’s not just that we can change our voice, but that others can easily perceive those changes,” says study co-author Susan Hughes in a university press release. The study was recently reported in the Journal of Nonverbal Communications. Source: http://tinyurl.com/hl13voice
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THEY CAN GIVE A MIDDLE-AGE WOMAN RELIEF from hot flashes, but hormone-replacement therapy does not appear to prevent a host of other illnesses in women, according to a new comprehensive study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. While the merits of HRT have been hotly debated by women and clinicians for years, this study confirms the therapy does nothing to prevent heart disease or cancer. That said, the researchers say there may still be some merit in HRT (which often comes in the form of a pill or patch) to ease the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes. Such uses, for the short term, may be beneficial for women who find these symptoms interfere with their comfort and daily routine and the study authors suggested that’s their greatest potential benefit.
WANT TO PREVENT THE OFTEN DEADLY PANCREATIC CANCER? One way may be to cut the fat and trim the calories, a new animal study out of UCLA suggests. The researchers’ findings were based on a study involving mice. And they reported detecting an unusually high number of lesions known to be precursors to pancreatic cancer in mice that were fed a high-fat, highcalorie diet in a laboratory setting. The rodents’ biological changes were similar to precancerous conditions in humans, the researchers noted. While a cause-and-effect relationship between high-fat foods, obesity and pancreatic cancer wasn’t established in the study, there are certainly many other good and beneficial reasons to watch calories and fat, and this may be one more. The findings were reported in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.
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Half Full or Half Empty? ARE YOUR WINE AND CHEESE NIGHTS turning into unintentional benders? Researchers suggest one way to prevent inebriation could be as simple as investing in a more slender set of wine glasses. Turns out the size and shape of a wine glass — as well as the color of wine that’s being poured into it — may influence how much vino a drinker pours and ultimately consumes. The phenomenon seems to be about visual stimuli and optical illusion. In a study published recently in the journal Substance Use and Misuse, researchers from Cornell and Iowa State universities found that white wine drinkers in their control group typically poured about 9 percent more wine than their red-wine-drinking counterparts. And when their glasses were wide, they tended to pour ounces more of either kind of wine. Also noteworthy: Standing wine drinkers tended to pour much larger portions into their glasses than sitting drinkers. “People have trouble assessing volumes,” study co-author Laura Smarandescu, an assistant professor of marketing at Iowa State, says in a Cornell news release. “They tend to focus more on the vertical than the horizontal measures.”
Breasts, Better Sex? WOMEN WHO UNDERGO BREAST AUGMENTATION to enhance their bust size often describe feelings of inadequacy about their pre-surgery figures. So, perhaps it’s only natural that women who’ve decided to have implants to fill out their chests report that their sex lives seem better afterward. In a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, research that looked at the post-operative satisfaction of breast augmentation patients found they reported more sexual arousal and satisfaction between four and 18 months postsurgery. Researchers suggested the satisfaction was directly related to women’s feelings of body confidence and physical self-esteem following surgery. The study is one of the first to link the results of breast augmentation surgery with female sexuality. Source: http://tinyurl. com/hl13breasts
Is D for Don’t Bother? MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF ADULTS — many right here in the sunstarved Northeast — take vitamin D supplements to help keep their bones healthy as they age. But a new study suggests they might as well be popping a placebo. Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand looked at thousands of healthy adults who took vitamin D for a period of two years and found no evidence the practice increased bone density at the hip, forearm, spine or body as a whole. The study did not look at the common practice of combining calcium supplements with vitamin D, but on its own, researchers concluded it doesn’t seem to make much difference in overall bone health. The study appeared recently in the British medical journal Lancet. Source: http://tinyurl.com/hl13vitd
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SLEEPING LESS THAN SIX HOURS a night can actually be more dangerous than driving drunk. That’s the startling finding of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, who suggest a new study shows that so-called “short sleepers” — people who sleep less than six hours a night — are among the most perilous drivers on the road. In the study, UPenn researchers found that people who are routinely short on sleep are most likely to report incidents
of drowsy driving. This phenomenon was true even among short sleepers who report that they “feel fine” on their abbreviated nighttime rest. No surprise, the most frequent drowsy drivers were short sleepers who fell in the fourhours-or-less category. The researchers noted their findings are important for anyone struggling with sleep deprivation for issues ranging from medical (sleep apnea) to those who are so stressed for time
they are sleep-starved. But their study also included people who say they naturally get by on little sleep. Noting that the federal government estimates some 15 to 33 percent of fatal accidents are attributed to drowsy driving, the researchers suggest the issue of short sleep combined with driving is a serious one. The study was reported recently in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. Source: http://tinyurl.com/hl13driving
Working Lunch EATING LUNCH AT YOUR DESK is perceived in some office cultures as a sure sign you’re completely overworked — or brown-nosing the boss — but an intriguing new study suggests noshing at your desk is OK, as long as you’ve made the choice to do it. In a study that looked at work recovery — including how employees decompress, beat stress, burnout and fatigue on the job — researchers at the University of Toronto have found making the choice to eat at your desk didn’t seem to elevate the stress levels of workers who had the freedom and flexibility to spend their meal breaks as they chose. Interestingly, researchers suggested
that working through lunch may even help ease some workers’ stress by giving them a sense that they were on top of their professional obligations and can leave the office for the day with their tasks in order. Conversely, they noted socializing with coworkers can actually diminish relaxation if conversations focus too much on work. “You’re hanging out with people who you can’t necessarily kick back and be yourself with,” says John Trougakos, one of the professors who authored the research that was recently published in the Academy of Management Journal. Source: http://tinyurl.com/hl13lunch
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Risky Business PUBERTY IS A HORMONAL LIFE FORCE that begins to transform children into adolescents as they approach their teenage years, but a number of variables (including diet and genetics) play a role in the age of its onset. Interestingly, researchers have found that kids who transition through puberty soonest may be the most at risk for experimentation with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, working in collaboration
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study. “We remember it being either an easy transition or a very difficult one. Our study suggests that being the first girl in the class to need a bra, for example, prompts or exacerbates existing psychological and social aspects that can, in turn, lead to substance use and other risky behaviors early in life.” Of course, this is another reason for parents to be vigilant and sensitive with children, who all seem to grow up too fast. Source: http://tinyurl.com/hl13puberty
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THERE’S SOME GOOD NEWS for every woman who tries to make a daily practice of walking — and even better news for women whose daily routines involve exercise that’s a little more strenuous. You may be cutting your risk of breast cancer with every purposeful step you take. New research funded by the American Cancer Society concluded that postmenopausal women who walk an hour a day reduce their breast cancer risk by as much as 14 percent. Women who exercise even more vigorously have even better odds of avoiding breast cancer. These findings, researchers noted, were evident despite a woman’s weight, height and other lifestyle factors (such as a sedentary desk job that keeps them otherwise inactive). And they noted that the workouts they were discussing didn’t necessarily involve super strenuous activities such as running marathons. Researchers, who reported their findings recently in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, noted their conclusions were bound to be positive motivation for any woman devoted to regular exercise. And, of course, it’s another impetus for sedentary sorts to get moving.
MAJOR RESTAURANT CHAINS have worked hard to generate buzz about their healthier menu options in recent years, but the quality of food on most menus hasn’t improved much, according to a new study out of the University of California at Davis. Indeed, the overall calorie and sodium content of the menus of most restaurant menus has actually remained about the same in recent years, according to the study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Across the restaurant industry, we see a pattern of one step forward, one step back,” says Helen Wu, a policy and research analyst at the UC Davis in a university news release. “Restaurants make changes to their menus regularly, but they may make both healthy and unhealthy choices simultaneously.” The researchers also found that while calories on the average children’s menu decreased by about 40, sodium and fat content did not change considerably on those menus. Since the researchers noted that the average American spends about one-half of their food budget and consumes about one-third of their total calories in restaurants, they need to be acutely aware of the “high stakes game” they play when they dine out.
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Cinnamon was first used by ancient Romans as a natural aid for digestion. source: tinyurl.com/hl14cinnamon
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Americans consume roughly 10 billion bowls of soup annually.
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elly dancing” is a misnomer. Sure, the dance includes belly rolls and rib undulations and is wonderful for your abs, but it also consists of hip drops, shoulder rolls, chest and hip shimmies, and step-walking — sometimes all at the same time. While you’ll likely feel a bit uncoordinated at first, you’ll also soon find yourself laughing and forgetting your worries. As an art form, belly dance delivers health benefits to your body, mind and spirit. You may be shaking what your mama gave you in the hips and chest department, but you’ll also be shaking up your inner self in a positive way.
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BODY Belly dancing aficionados say this exercise is for any shape, size, background, or level of fitness, and there isn’t a body part that’s not used. It’s a low-impact workout that isolates individual muscle groups and body parts that you rarely think about (think hips and rib cage). For many, the appeal of belly dancing is that as an art form; it celebrates the natural curves of a woman. Certainly thin women can belly dance, but honestly, curves give more to jiggle. Are you going to lose a ton of weight? Probably not. But you are going to tone up your body. Tammy Stanzione, a.k.a. Ayperi-Alizarin, a belly dance performer in the Capital Region as well as a belly dance teacher at Hudson Valley Community College, ticks off a few of the physical benefits: “It’s especially good for those who can’t take impact on knees and lower back,” she says. “It’s great for people with chronic joint disease. It helps burn fat. If you do this for an hour, you’re burning 250-400 calories. You’re getting a total package.” No matter what form you learn — Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish, African — belly dancing “strengthens your core, which improves balance and helps alleviate lower back pain,” says Jessica Lennon, a belly dancer and teacher at Stars of Dance in Clifton Park. It enhances cardiovascu-
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lar circulation, is weight-bearing on your legs, and the lengthening and contracting of your torso helps correct postural alignment. Razi Bethiah, a fusion belly dance teacher at The Center for Nia & Yoga, says you’ll feel “a lot of core strength from using all of your abdominal muscles and your obliques, with belly rolls and undulations. You need a lot of leg strength for shimmies.” Ditto hip muscles. “As you become more advanced, you layer all this on top of each other, then you add keeping your arms extended for a long time and you build strength,” she adds.
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MIND Belly dancing can be benefit more than just a body. Lennon calls it a great stress reliever. “It’s so hard to think about anything else while you’re trying to follow the dance. You have to focus, and for that one hour, you get a reprieve from everything else.” Not that the dance is too complicated, but rather, you’re focused on “getting your hips right, your arms to flow the right way, your shimmies,” she explains. Adds Razi Bethiah, “you’re so focused on what’s happening in the moment. For me, it’s almost like moving meditation.” Belly dancing begins with a warm up of stretching and conditioning. “It’s quieting the mind and getting into a good space before you dance,” Razi Bethiah says. “Belly dancing is patience and practice as you grow into it. You’re acquiring a skill.” Experienced teachers not only teach movements but also educate on the cultural aspects of the dance. “Part of the education piece,” Ayperi-Alizarin explains, “is that we’re always up against resistance from people to see belly dancing [as an art form], but we try to bring it to the public to show it’s not about the bump and grind. It’s flirtatious and fun, but we dance to women first — not to the men. It’s not sexual, but sensual.“ In fact, belly dancing is historically a dance among women for each other, as a way to tell stories to a circle of women. “It’s a mind/body journey for us,” Ayperi-Alizarin continues. “It reinforces a healthy body image for women, helps with self-esteem, helps with longevity. It’s mental, it’s spiritual. It parallels the Eastern philosophy of tai chi, and yoga. And it’s sexy as hell.”
SPIRIT No matter why you turn to belly dancing, you will leave “with a sense of accomplishment,” Ayperi-Alizarin says. “It’s very uplifting. You may not be the best at it, but you’re going to have fun doing it.” Once you give in to the music and allow yourself to get into the feminine movements, belly dancing is a wonderful channel for self-expression. “It’s so spiritual, and comes from
within,” Ayperi-Alizarin says, adding that the belly dancing community is “so welcoming, and you make lifelong friends. It’s supportive.” Razi Bethiah agrees: “You get to connect with other women, in this supportive atmosphere. That energy of moving together feels great.” One of the greatest benefits of belly dancing is its effect on improved self-confidence and body image. Through the dance, you learn to move your body more gracefully, elegantly, and femininely, which in turn leads to a sense of selfbeauty and a desire to honor your body. “The movements are kind of natural to women, and you gain more confidence [with your body],” Lennon says. “It’s not because you’re losing weight but about the way it makes you feel. I feel sexy. I feel empowered. I feel good.” HL
One Woman’s First Experience Wearing yoga pants and a T-shirt, as instructed, I took off my shoes and socks and wrapped the offered purple scarf with coins attached around my hip. The class had about a dozen women of various ages and sizes. After warming up with stretches, we get down to bellydancing basics. Learning the hip roll leads to making figure eights with our hips. No problem. We learn how to pop our hips up, the theory being that you’re doing it right if the coins on your hip scarf jingle. Pretty successful so far. We then learn three different types of hip shimmying, and I am semi-successful with two of them … until we add simultaneously walking. I suddenly need to reconsider the idea that I am coordinated. I can’t stop laughing at myself, and am surprised by the support I get from the other women. (When I relayed this to Ayperi-Alizarin, she assured me that “everybody feels super-uncoordinated at the beginning. It takes time. It only looks easy.”) Actually, there was a lot of laughing all during the class. Jessica, the instructor, alternates the unfamiliar music from slow rhythms to faster, depending on what we are learning. I have since become obsessed with “Bounce,” by Solace. The shoulder rolls and wrist movements work as a nice stress reliever, especially since I work at a computer every day. I never look to see how anyone else is doing, nor does anyone look at me because we are all focused on looking at ourselves in the mirror and following the moves. We learn part of a routine, adding some arm movements. (The class is going to work toward a recital.) The hour goes by in a jiffy. I never thought about the outside world until the end, when the writer in me returned. Alex, one of my fellow belly dancers, says that she finds herself practicing shoulder shimmies in her car at traffic lights. She sums up the class by saying, “We move and laugh and it’s a lot of fun. It forced me out of myself. I come home happy.”
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elebrity chef Michael Symon’s mom didn’t work outside the home. So every night she put a home-cooked dinner on the table. “She spent three, four, eight hours on it,” he says. “In today’s age that’s not common. Often, it’s not possible.” The co-host of ABC’s The Chew and owner of multiple restaurants says his enjoyment of those meals is part of what inspired his latest cookbook, Michael Symon’s 5 in 5. That’s kitchen-talk shorthand for his formula: “Five fresh ingredients plus five minutes equals 120 fantastic dinners.” Inspired by his own busy life and the desire to eat well, Sy-
mon wanted to show home cooks how to get a quick meal on the table that’s made from scratch. The book is based on his “5 in 5” segment on The Chew, where he shows viewers how to make a satisfying dinner for a family of four for less than $5 per serving. In his latest book, Symon embraces fresh, all-natural ingredients and some pantry staples to serve up recipes for an inspiring array of dishes, including pastas and skillet dinners, kebabs, sandwiches, and more. Instructions are simple and include plenty of color photos. “My feeling on healthy food is that the more you can cook
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Salmon with Rosemary and Garlic Serves 4 Thanks to its robust flavor, salmon is one of the few types of fish that can stand up to rosemary, an assertive herb that typically is paired with meat. Along those lines, this dish also can handle a good amount of heat, so I tend to go heavy with the red pepper flakes. Feel free to tone it down to accommodate your heat tolerance. ingredients (4) 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (or sliced red chile, if you have it) 1 /2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups dry white wine 1 cup torn fresh basil leaves method Preheat a grill or grill panÂ to medium-high heat. Season the salmon on both sides with salt and black pepper. Lay out 4 large pieces of aluminum foil. In the center of each piece, put 1 piece of salmon, 1 sprig rosemary, 3 /4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Evenly distribute the garlic among the piles and season with salt and black pepper. Bring up all 4 corners of the foil to begin to form a pouch. Before sealing, add 1/2 cup white wine to each packet. Tightly seal the packets. Put the packets on the grill and close the lid (or cover, if using a grill pan). Cook until hot throughout, about 4 minutes. Remove from the grill, open, and top each with 1 /4 cup basil. Serve immediately. For more recipes like the Grilled Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad pictured on page 26, visit timesunion.com/healthylife.
Get Juiced! a look at the pros and cons of drinking your nutrients
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ean McDonnell has health issues — lupus, fibromyalgia, and anemia among them — and continuously searches for ways to feel better. The Ballston Spa wife and mother turned to a growing trend, juicing, a few months back, after watching the RebootWithJoe.com documentary, and hasn’t looked back. “It’s a really nice answer to my lifestyle, where I feel healthy and it works with my schedule,” she says. “I feel much better. I feel invigorated. It’s not a fad; I’d like to sustain this for as long as I can.” Does juicing merit all the hype it’s been given? For McDonnell, yes; she’s off certain medication that she’d taken daily. Though weight loss wasn’t her goal, she’s lost over 10 pounds and has upped her exercise, something she was unable to do because of her illnesses. To those in the health profession, though, juicing may be great as a supplement but should not be a sole source of nutrition. Below, dietitians, juicers and those in the juicing profession explain its pros and cons to help you, well, get your juices flowing. First a definition. Unlike smoothies, which involve tossing some fruit, maybe veggies, and other sundries into a blender and hitting the liquefy button, juicing is the process of extracting juice from a combination of whole fruits and vegetables. People turn to this food trend as a way to lose weight and/ or feel healthier, with promises of boosting the immune system, aiding digestion, and removing toxins from your body to boot. “A lot of people, because it’s the new fad, want to try this,” says Cathy Chincola, dietitian and diabetes educator at Saratoga Hospital. “People are looking for answers, and they’re curious: ‘What can this do for me?’” First, the negatives. Even though voluminous fruits and veggies are thrown in, the process results in fewer vitamins and minerals in the product because the skin, which contains many of the nutrients, is left behind. Pulp, which contains fiber, is also often left in the juicer. Fiber helps us feel full and also helps our large intestine and colon work more efficiently. By juicing fruits and vegetables, “we destroy the fiber and make the solid a liquid,” explains Chincola. “We don’t feel as full, and we don’t expand our stomach.” This sentiment is echoed by Albany dietitian and certified diabetes educator Jean Bigaouette. “When you juice, you separate the juice from all the other particular fiber of the fruit,” she says. “All the good parts that help to make fruit low-calorie, regulate blood sugar, etc., are not consumed. We need fiber in our diet. It makes us feel fuller when we eat something in a solid form.” The process of chewing is important to digestion as well as to tooth health, and training yourself to drink your meals can be difficult.
Juice Recipes Want to try juicing at home? Jean McDonnell shares her favorite recipes for red and green juices. “I love these. They taste so good. It feels like you’re mainlining minerals.” GREEN Veggies are unpeeled unless stated otherwise. McDonnell typically drinks this for lunch 4 supersize or 6-8 regular size cucumbers (unpeeled) 3 green apples 1 lemon (peeled 3-5 handfuls of kale 3-5 handfuls of spinach A little ginger, and I sometimes do A head of broccoli 2 stalks of celery RED Veggies are unpeeled unless stated otherwise. McDonnell drinks this for breakfast 1 beet (peeled) 8 carrots 3 really big or 5 small red apples 2 oranges (peeled) 1 lemon (peeled) A little shot of ginger 2 handfuls of spinach 1 handful of kale Her mid-afternoon snack is a red/ green combination.
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Nor do many in the nutrition field endorse juicing as a weight-loss method. Juices are high in natural sugar and low in protein. Fruits are often low in fiber. Even the healthiest juice can pack on the sugar calories. “[Juicing is] not a good long-term tool for calorie-control and weight loss,” Chincola says. “There are limitations. People will get bored and hungry and go back to their old habits.” While fruits and vegetables do provide some energy, that “may not be enough if it’s the sole source of nutrition,” Chincola adds. Where juicing can play a positive role in nutrition, however, is as an add-on, our experts say. If you don’t enjoy eating your veggies, or don’t have tons of time to prepare fruits and vegetables, or simply want to get more of them into your diet, juicing is a great way to do it — as a supplement. “A juice concoction high in vegetables, which don’t carry as many sugars and calories , in place of one of your daily meals can be great,” explains Chincola. McDonnell drinks three 12-ounce juices each day (see box for her recipes) and then eats a sensible dinner. “I couldn’t eat six bunches of kale a day, but I can drink them,” she says. Juicing proponents emphasize that drinking your vegetables makes the digestive process more efficient, with less energy expended digesting the food in its liquid form. “Juicing is the really natural way to supercharge myself with nutrients,” McDonnell says. “I feel healthier, cleaner, lighter.” “Typically, you’re working with healthy, plant-based ingredients, which is optimum,” Chincola says. “With the right proportion and at the right times of day, [juicing] can be beneficial to get nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants — key nutrients we’re looking for.” This is especially true if the pulp is included in the juice. Part of the advantage for some is that juicing replaces what they’re not eating. “Healthy ingredients are being used,” Chincola says, “but the lack of what they used to eat may be why people see more benefits. You will feel better by replacing [bad food] with fruits and vegetables.” Saratoga Juice Bar store manager Chelsey Backus agrees. “I think that cleanses are OK, but I definitely think that this isn’t something to drink for your nutritional value all day long,” she says. “Juice gives your digestive system a break, just like you sleep at night, like your heart stops between beats. Your body gets the nutritional value into your system in 20-30 minutes as opposed to eating the fruits and vegetables whole.” Sometimes juicing can help during a medical by providing nutrient in a form that’s easy to ingest. “If there’s a digestive or swallowing problem, or other medical indications, juicing may be good,” Bigaouette says. “As opposed to no fruits or vegetables, I guess juicing is okay, but the preference would be to eat the whole thing.” Before you invest in a juicer, try one of the juice bars popping up around the Capital Region. As Backus says, “It’s a great way not to have to make the mess at your house, and not to have to cut everything up. People aren’t saying congratulations [on the opening of Saratoga Juice Bar]. They’re saying thank you.” HL
Juicing Machines Citrus juicers, where you put half a piece of fruit on the machine and squeeze out juice, are different from extractors, where the whole fruit or vegetable is placed in the machine, and juice is extracted. You cannot substitute using a blender, as it doesn’t extract juice from the fruits or vegetables but instead simply smushes them. To juice properly, you need an extractor (see below for an explanation of the different types). Look for juicers that are dishwasher-safe or easy to clean and pay attention to noise level. Breville seems to have a corner on the juicer market, although Cuisinart, Omega, Hamilton Beach and Jack LaLanne also offer products. Prices range from $20-$200. Breville CENTRIFUGAL: A quickly-spinning basket shreds the fruits and vegetables via a sharp disc, using centrifugal force to strain out the juice. If you’re not yet committed to juicing and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a juicer or lots of time, this is your best bet.
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while we sleep our bodies can divert more energy to healing. Grandma was right on this one. But Grandma didn’t likely preach about the benefits of Oscillococcinum. Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic preparation that’s designed to temporarily relieve flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever. The package says to start at the first sign of symptoms. “I’ve had a very positive experience with this outside of my professional experience, too,” says Dr. Kirsten Carle, a naturopathic physician with the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine in Delmar. “You can take it either once a week to have a preventative or prophylactic effect — like a vaccine — if you’re trying to not get a cold or the flu. But should you start to get cold or flu symptoms, it tends to work really well at the Elderberries
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Our goal is to signiﬁcantly very first sign. … What I tell my patients to do is go out in the early fall and buy this season’s Oscillococcinum. Don’t use the one from last year. They’re made every year based upon what the flu strain is that year, almost like the flu vaccine.” In fact, it’s wise to have an arsenal of products at your disposal before the beginning of cold and flu season, says Halloran, and one item you might choose to include is elderberry syrup. The sweet syrup or tablets are palatable and stimulate the immune system to fight off foreign invaders. Carle agrees. “Gaia Herbs make a really great elderberry syrup. It has a lot of antioxidants in it, and antiviral properties, and it’s been shown that if it’s taken early, like all these things, it can shorten the duration [of a respiratory illness].” But not all remedies have to come from the store. Nasal irrigation and steam inhalation both help clear congestion and keep things moving and moist. Carle suggests irrigating nasal passageways using a neti pot or similar device at night to clear out viruses or bacteria that may have accumulated there during the day, and to alleviate congestion if you’re already sick. “The heavier, denser congestion can start to be removed, and you can get things flowing in a more regular way,” she says. Her only caution is that people should use either distilled or cooled, boiled water to avoid exposure to potentially dangerous microbes in the water. “Steam inhalation is wonderful, too. It gets everything moving,” she says, suggesting it be done two to three times a day during illness, preferably once with an antimicrobial added to it, such as thyme or eucalyptus. “Gargling is fabulous, too, especially if you’re having throat symptoms, or post nasal drip.” Until recently, gargling with salt water was even part of Japan’s national flu-prevention protocol.
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ngesting hot liquids can be soothing and healing. A hot tea that could feel good on a raw throat and help speed up healing is licorice, long heralded as a treatment for a wide range of conditions from canker sores to premenstrual syndrome. But it may now be best known as an expectorant and sore throat soother with antiviral properties. Carle suggests drinking between one and three cups of licorice tea per day at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms. However, anyone with high blood pressure should avoid it, since licorice can contribute to elevated blood pressure. “My botanical professors used to say that you’d have to drink a vat of it,” she says, “but I always like to err on the side of caution.” And what’s tea without a little honey? “Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honored way to soothe a sore throat. But honey may be an effective cough suppressant, too,” writes Dr. James Steckelberg on the Mayo Clinic’s website. A consultant in the clinic’s Division of Infectious Diseases and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Medical School, he cites a study where children with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to two teaspoons of honey at bedtime. The result: honey appeared to be as effective as typical over-the-counter doses of a common cough suppressant ingredient called dextromethorphan. So opt for raw honey, preferably Manuka — made by bees that pollinate the manuka bush in New Zealand and purported to possess antibacterial qualities — if you can find it. But remember: Never give honey to a child under 1 year of age. Halloran even cautions against giving it to kids under age 2. Clostridium bacteria that cause infant botulism can
live in honey. But just because honey has some healing properties doesn’t mean all sweeteners are good ideas. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Among the biggest things that impede our immune systems are sugars and other simple carbs. “Trying to keep away from sugar is one of the most important things you can do to help resist colds and flus,” says ALTHOUGH EXERCISING WHEN YOU’RE RUN DOWN is not often advised, movement will help any type of health issue, Halloran says. “Staying still and sleeping might be good at the beginning of an illness, but it’s not always good at the tail end,” she says. “You need to stimulate the lymphatic system to move the toxins out of your system. Things like yoga, tai chi, chi gong, those are all great ways of getting exercise and stimulating your lymphatic system without overtaxing your body.” Doing light exercise can increase blood flow and provide oxygen to your muscles, which can also promote healing.
Halloran. “Combine that with lack of sleep, and you’ve got a perfect storm of potential to get sick.” If a cold has already taken hold, avoiding sugar may be even more important. We want our immune systems to be in fighting form, and sugar will only weaken them. Along those lines, evidence suggests that reducing caloric intake while fighting a cold can stimulate the immune response. “Usually, within the first 24 to 48 hours of a cold or flu, people generally benefit from decreasing their caloric intake and overall eating foods that are a little easier to digest — things that are lower in protein, soups that don’t have a lot of solids in them, and perhaps only eating two small meals a day instead of three,” says Carle. “Your body has a finite amount of energy to run all the processes it needs, and digesting food is a very energetically dense process, so trying to digest food while you’re sick can really compromise the amount of energy your body has to put into the immune response.” Soups and broths are always excellent choices. They’re good for your body, plus they make you feel good. If you’re focused on shortening the duration of your cold or flu, echinacea is an excellent choice, according to Carle. “I know echinacea has gotten a lot of press, but it really is true,” she say. “Sometimes people will not experience benefits from it because they’re not taking enough. Ideally, you should be taking about 3,000 milligrams per day. You can break that up — 1,000 milligrams three times a day, or 1,500 milligrams twice a day. The sooner you start taking it once you experience symptoms, the better.” Halloran adds Pelargonium to the list. “It’s generally found in extract form, or Umcka Cold Care is one product that contains it,” she says. “You can find it in tablet or liquid form.” Umcka Cold Care, made by Nature’s Way, is intended to shorten the duration of throat, sinus and bronchial irritations. Pelargonium — a species of geranium unique to South Africa — was the subject of a study published in the journal Phytomedicine in 2003 that found patients given the herb saw quicker resolution of symptoms including cough and fever than did their placebo-receiving counterparts, and were able to return to work more quickly. Hopefully, you’re reading this piece before a cold or the flu has you in its grips. One way to prepare your body for the winter onslaught of germs is to do a detox cleanse to pump up your immune system and help your internal organs function more efficiently when confronted with an illness. “I recommend some gentle fasting, or at least eating foods that are less inflammatory in nature and more easily digested, increasing water intake and maybe some herbs to gently cleanse their liver,” says Carle. “It allows people to be less toxic and be more readily able to respond to some kind of natural therapy for a cold or flu.” HL
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e’ve all had the experience of asking someone to speak up or repeat something they’ve said, but in most cases it’s because we really weren’t listening in the first place. But if you’re continually missing what people are saying, or feel as if those around you are talking more softly than they used to, it may be time to have your hearing checked. Signs of hearing loss range from finding it difficult to understand what people are saying when they talk to you from the next room, to regularly turning up the TV far too loud for everyone else. Dan Daggott, regional manager for Hear for You Capital District locations, and a board-certified hearing instrument specialist, says while most people wearing hearing aids are over age 55, damage to hearing could have occurred decades before. “Noise-induced hearing loss may not show up until years later,” Daggott says. “Hearing loss can also be due to heredity and there are certain medications that can damage hearing.” Hearing loss that occurs gradually as you age (presbycusis) is common. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated one-third of people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 75, and close to one-half of those older than 75 have some degree of hearing loss. But while most people regularly get their eyes checked, getting their hearing checked can slip through the cracks. “Everyone should have a baseline hearing check at age 50,” Daggott says. “It comes down to this: Age is a major factor in hearing loss.” As more research is devoted to causes of hearing loss, findings continue to be surprising. A recent study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, discovered that taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen twice or more weekly resulted in a higher risk of hearing loss. This connection between pain medications and hear-
ing loss was more prevalent in women under the age of 50, and worse for those who took ibuprofen more than six days in a week. (Men were not included in this clinical evaluation.) The findings: Women who took ibuprofen less than once a week and those who took it two or three times a week were found to have a 13 percent higher chance of losing their hearing than women not using the painkillers. The women who were taking the drug between four and five times a week had a 21 percent increased risk of developing hearing problems. Those who took it six or more days a week had a 24 percent increased risk. There’s also new good news. Another study, released in April, showed that dulled hearing caused by loud noise can actually be a defense mechanism against permanent hearing loss. The study, done by an international group of scientists, showed that while short-term hearing loss caused by loud noise can be unnerving, it may not be an automatic sign of permanent damage. Temporary hearing loss, which may last as long as 24 hours, may actually be the ear’s way of protecting itself from lasting damage. The team found that a
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chemical is released during exposure to loud noise, causing a temporary reduction in hearing sensitivity. This short-term loss of sensitivity to loud noise can be beneficial, as it protects the inner ear from more serious, long-lasting damage. So if you’ve been at a concert and your hearing starts to shut down, it may be the body’s way of protecting itself (but move away from the speakers or bring earplugs anyway!). Sound volume is measured in decibels (dB), and the level at which noise can cause permanent hearing loss begins at about 85 dB, typical of a hair dryer, food processor or kitchen blender. Remember, too, that humans come with a finite number of hearing cells — once they’re gone, they’re gone. Daggott urges people to get their hearing tested regularly to spot trouble before it gets worse. “Hearing aids will help, but they’re limited by what healthy cells are left,” Daggott says. “The sooner you get treated, the faster you’ll be able to slow down the process of losing hearing.” HL
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he day Jerry’s mother left, he remembers, she said, “I’m going out for a few hours. Look after your sister.” She walked through the screen door and down the wooden stairs to the station wagon. She waved as she opened the car door. “And she never came back,” he says. But she had to come back eventually. How could she not? After school he jumped down from the bus and climbed the hill in the expectation that he would get to the top of the hill and see her Pontiac in the driveway. “Every day,” he says now. “Stupidly, every time, I was simply amazed, amazed, that it wasn’t there.” How long did that go on? Well, in Jerry’s mind it went on “every day,” and that’s all that matters. In reality, in the life of the unconscious mind, Jerry is still climbing that hill to look for that car. He’s had a good life, married, with children. He is truly a pillar of his community — a warden in his church, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. He has spent every ounce of his energy all his life striving to be a good enough boy that his mother will come back. And all of this would be fine in some way, if his mother hadn’t recently sent him a letter from California where she has been living with her new husband and large second family. We have read the letter together. I’m paraphrasing but it goes something like this: “Gee time flies! Thanks to the Internet, I can see that you are really thriving! You’ve really grown up to be a fine man as I knew you would. If you’d ever like to get together, that would be great. Plenty of room out here in sunny California!” There’s a story by the great British psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott, surely one of the kindest men ever to make a major contribution to the literature, and it goes a bit like this. He was treating a badly abused child from the East End of London in the years just after the Second War, and he said to her: “Do you want me to get you a new Mummy?,” and she said, “No, I want my Mummy.” There is simply no substitute for the mother we had — no matter who she happened to be existentially, meaning no matter what kind of person she was. Can we agree that Jerry’s mother is extraordinarily deficient in empathy to write to Jerry in that tone? Yes, I think we can. But he’s stuck with her. I think we can extend this to the primary caregiver. In
many ways, we are the simplest of creatures. We come into the world with an absolute need to attach absolutely to one object, one on which we will depend utterly for safety and nurture. During my neo-hippie days, I bottle-fed a goat in Thailand that had been abandoned by its mother at birth, and for the rest of her life Chanaya, as she was called, loved me with utter devotion. I could be walking in the village half a mile away and look up and see her puzzled face following my every movement in rapturous adoration. I’ve never been so loved. I saw a video the other day of a duck that had fallen in love with a riding lawnmower. Evidently, the duck associated the lawnmower with the human who raised it, and hangs around the lawnmower when there isn’t anything better to do. That’s us, folks. We can hope that we are fortunate to have what the kindly Dr. Winnicott called a “good enough” mother, one who responds in our early formative years to our need for warmth and food. One who contains our infantile rages with their soothing presence. One who delights in our smile when we smile. I think I was a “good enough” mother for Chanaya, though I could never teach her to be a goat and I do think she suffered as a result of that. I feel bad about that. I don’t think I would write her a letter saying: “Having a great time here in America with the humans. Drop me a line if you ever get to New York.” That would be cruel. But many of us, like Jerry, don’t get that level of empathy. All we can do is have empathy for ourselves in our longing for which there is no object, and find others who can help us carry our sorrow. Even though Jerry’s mother has finally “come back,” the truth is that the woman in California is someone else. And to some degree we all carry the loss of that first love within us, that first, adored object that was not quite there in the way we needed, or could not quite give us all the love that we required. The mother that left will always be the mother that left. She is always getting into that car and waving at us before closing the door. HL Emma Tennant (not her real name) is a practicing psychotherapist. All advice offered here is simply that. If you have a pressing concern, you should see a specialist in person. If you have a question you’d like addressed or a comment for Emma, send it to askemma@ timesunion.com. Inquiries will be treated with confidentiality.
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Head T Strong to get the most out of therapy, start with the right therapist
And the best way to start therapy is to find the right counselor. “People can get a sense pretty early on in a counseling relationship if someone is a good fit for them,” says Philip Rainer, chief clinical officer for Family and Children Services of the Capital Region and a licensed clinical social worker. “There is an initial gut sense, certainly within the first session, if this is a good fit. They could certainly come back a second time and give it another try, but if they’re finding that they’ve gone through a couple sessions and they’re still feeling uncomfortable or this is just not the person they feel comfortable opening up to, they should shop around.” Credentials are important, says
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herapy can be daunting. Your life is stormy, and you’re just trying to grind through each day. And to get to a better place, you’ll need to dig through your hardest and deepest emotions, and sometimes into a painful past. But therapy is a helpful and sometimes essential way to navigate trials. And unlike plopping onto an exam table and letting your family physician do all the work concerning your failing gall bladder or bad knees, a lot of how successful you’ll be in counseling depends on you. That success means choosing a therapist who’s a good match, coming to therapy with the right attitude and practicing what you learn in those soul-baring sessions.
Things to consider when choosing a therapist: Do they take your insurance? If
not, how much do they charge and can you afford it? Some therapists work on a sliding scale.
Get recommendations. You’d ask your friends for a lead on a good mechanic or hair stylist, so why not a therapist?
The basics: The person should return
your calls, show up on time, have a good handle on billing and treat you with respect — the same things you would expect from any business relationship.
Little things matter. If you don’t like his approach, the therapist is not a good fit. Maybe the therapist’s questions are too aggressive, you wish they would take notes and stop mixing up your family members’ names, or you simply don’t like the sound of his voice. Those things count. And if they bother you, consider finding another therapist.
— Source: Faith Tanney, a psychologist in independent practice in Washington, D.C.
nce that first session is scheduled, the work begins. Counselors regularly see several ways clients sometimes get in the way of their own therapy, and one of them is not understanding the purpose of it. A therapist is not an advice-dispenser. “People come in thinking that the therapist should supply all the answers, and many times, in effective therapy, the process allows the individual to identify the effective solutions that are going to work for themselves and those are usually a better fit for them anyway,” Rainer says. “I’ve had clients come up with ideas that I never would have thought of as effective ways to handle a situation, and they worked great. So the process is often about helping the client get into problem-solving — finding solutions that are a good fit for their own lives. I know what might work in certain general situations or in a generalized way, but I don’t know the specifics of that individual and their lives as well, so they’re often the best resource.” A big roadblock to sorting through thoughts and getting to solutions can be how open and willing a patient is to discussing the real issues. Often, people are embarrassed or afraid to be completely truthful with a therapist out of fear of judgment. They might not want to acknowledge that their desire to leave their marriage was prompted by an affair or that they have anger issues when it comes to interacting with their kids. But unlike your mother-in-law or boss, your therapist is not there to judge you. “[Mental health struggles are] an illness, and there’s no
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Faith Tanney, a psychologist in independent practice in Washington, D.C., and an expert on choosing a therapist. As you would with a family physician or specialist, make sure the person has the educational background (a master’s degree or doctorate) and credentials that fit your needs. A licensed therapist has to be observed by several people along the way to make sure he or she operates ethically and responsibly. And if a problem should arise with that person down the road, Tanney says, you want to have some legal recourse. “If they’re not licensed, you really have a harder time justifying malpractice,” she says. Beyond the licensing and education, the credentials of the therapist are also important, Tanney says. Most therapists can treat people who have depression or anxiety, but certain mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, require a familiarity with the medications involved (even if they’re not prescribing them) and intimate knowledge of the psychology at play. Counselors often list their specialties in directories and on websites. A person with a history of domestic violence or struggles with sexual orientation, for instance, may want a counselor who has some expertise in that area. Some counselors work with couples; others do not. Tanney suggests a phone consultation with a therapist to get a quick read on your comfort level. After all, the therapist is going to serve as your metaphorical traveling companion, tour guide and cheerleader, and you need to like her enough to have her serve in those roles.
“If you had diabetes, you would go to your doctor and get help, and this is really no different.” — Erica Ellis, psychologist
shame to it, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If you had diabetes, you would go to your doctor and get help, and this is really no different,” says Erica Ellis, psychologist with Associates in Mental Health and Neuropsychology in Niskayuna. “Sometimes it’s scary being totally vulnerable, really opening up to someone and saying how you really feel, especially if someone has had a history of trauma or they’ve had bad experiences being honest and open with people. When you find a good therapist, it’s somebody that you feel accepted by and you feel it’s safe.” Rainer says embarrassment can sometimes cause patients to offer a “sugar-coated version” of their situation, which can derail therapy. “So the therapist may begin to address that superficial information and not really get at what’s really going on for the person,” he says. “It’s understandable people are coming in, and they wear a social mask. That really doesn’t help going into a counseling situation. So the more thoroughly and openly a person can share their situation, the more the clinician is able to help them out immediately.” And that’s why therapy can take time. While one client may need just a few sessions to deal with a troubling situation, others have complex issues that can take years of partnership with a therapist to address. That first session is often just a chance to get comfortable with each other, opening up can take time. “To really build a relationship takes a number of sessions,” Ellis says. “It’s sort of that proverbial peeling the onion back. You start with things that feel a little safe, and then you get deeper and deeper into stuff.” And as a therapist works to peel back that onion, it could get painful. The client may get defensive. They may get so uncomfortable with what’s being discussed that they want to end the sessions. “Sometimes, they may go back to it again with another therapist and then start over at that lighter, safer level, and as they get to the material again they’ll quit,” Rainer says. “The distress of getting into it becomes overwhelming, and so they try to avoid that distress by getting back out of therapy, and they’ll typically result to whatever coping
or avoidance measures have been working for them previously. People are typically getting by to some degree, so if it means getting into something that’s really difficult or painful to talk about, they’ll sometimes get overwhelmed and look to avoid it.” Tanney says a good counseling relationship is when the client can be open with the therapist about her level of discomfort, and they can work together to find solutions that allow them to continue their journey, even if it’s a difficult one. The therapist should help the client set goals and then work toward those goals, such as improving their relationship with their father or learning forgiveness, she says. Therapy helps teach people how to cope with or resolve issues in their lives, and so it also comes with homework. If clients aren’t applying those skills outside the therapy sessions, they won’t see results. “Oftentimes, people think you’ll come for 45 minutes once a week and then go back and live your life the same way, and that’s not really how change is made,” Ellis says. “There might be skills that you’re being taught. Somebody with anxiety might be taught some relaxation skills. They may be taught ways of trying to think about things in a different way, and you have to be willing to do those things, and you have to be willing to think about it and catch yourself in old behaviors. They say marriages take work, and therapy takes work, too.” HL
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by betsy bitner
’m constantly thinking of ways to change my body. I’ve briefly considered swapping heads with a supermodel, but I’m never able to find one willing to make a trade. Then I discovered a boot camp program that promised a total body transformation. It seemed like a promising concept. For one thing, I’d get to keep my body with my head. There was just one catch. I was going to have to work for it. Before I could start the challenge, I needed to be weighed, measured and have my “before” picture taken. The instructions said to wear tight-fitting clothes for the picture. That wasn’t going to be a problem — all my clothes were tight-fitting, although not by choice. Once I was weighed, the trainers calculated my body fat percentage, which turned out to be a number only slightly lower than my I.Q. My fat-tononfat ratio put me in the same category as a stick of butter. I told myself not to get discouraged just yet. There’d be plenty of time for that after I started going to the boot camp workouts at 5:30 in the morning. On the first day I was introduced to a little torture method called the Russian Twist. I’m convinced it was designed by the KGB. My upper body was so sore the next day I could barely steer my car as I drove to boot camp. It was as if I were wearing a jacket of pain. That day’s workout was going to focus on the lower body. Great, now I’d have matching pants to go with the jacket. The transformation challenge also required that I switch to a Paleo diet. Paleo is short for Paleolithic, and refers to a diet similar to what our ancestors would have eaten thousands of years ago. That is until Grok and his pals wised up and evolved into modern humans who would invent foods such as Double Decker Taco Supremes and McFlurries. So grains, legumes, dairy, soy, sugar and caffeine were off-limits. And no alcohol, which was a shame because I had a feeling I’d need a drink to forget the workouts and food deprivation.
t was hard. Trying not to think about all the foods I couldn’t eat took as much time and energy as planning and preparing the foods I could eat. I did save time in the beverage department, though, where my choices were water, water and water. But all that work paid off as I learned something new about myself each day.
I learned I could prep a day’s worth of Paleoapproved snacks in little baggies before I left the house. I also learned that I could eat all those snacks by the time I’d backed my car out of the garage. And I discovered it’s hard to drive and lick the inside of an empty baggie at the same time.
I was still so hungry the concept of eating at my desk was replaced by thoughts of actually eating my desk. I was pretty sure Grok would have chowed down on cherry-stained wood veneer if he’d found some lying outside his cave.
I channeled my inner hunter-gatherer as I began to consider pizza delivery guys and anyone carrying a bag of bagels to be fair game. In a cruel twist on the survival of the fittest theory, I discovered I lacked the energy to overtake even the slowest moving bakery truck.
The soreness of my initial workouts subsided and I was finally able to lift my arms above chest height. I could now resume brushing my teeth and combing my hair. My family feared I was too far gone, however, when I began to worry whether toothpaste contains gluten.
The local wine and liquor store delivered a large bouquet of flowers, assuming I’d died.
My clothes began to feel a bit looser. Hunger will do that. My joy was short lived, however, when my pants felt tight again immediately upon watching a commercial for a glazed doughnut breakfast sandwich.
My “after” picture at the end of the transformation challenge did look better than the “before.” But I wasn’t convinced the Paleo diet was a long-term solution for me even though I’d managed to get my body fat percentage from the solid butter level down to the chunky peanut butter range. After all, I was still craving a piece of toast to put it on. HL
Getting MAD? learn how to express your anger and get results
by wendy healy
ennifer Travis of Colonie takes angry phone calls weekly from family members complaining about the care or health of loved ones at the nursing home where she works. But the director of admissions and marketing doesn’t respond angrily or let people get her down. “I don’t take it personal,” says the mother of two. “I don’t look at it as a personal attack on me. The person complaining has a reason to be angry, and I try to sort out the emotion versus the fact. Once you break it down, you can address the issues and take their concerns seriously.”
Alice Katz, a psychotherapist and author of It’s Not Personal: A Guide to Anger Management, says Travis gives the perfect example of how to manage anger correctly. “The main thing is to not take personal what’s going on,” she says. “Expect that people are rude and will do the wrong thing. Be realistic in your expectations because the world is made up of all kinds of people.” “Anger is no longer taboo,” Katz says. “Civility has gone out the window in many cases and people openly express what they feel without thinking of others.” Anger is an emotion, just like happiness, sadness and fear. And while it’s normal for people to get angry, it’s not a pleasant emotion for most, says Katz. “Does that mean that anger is a negative emotion and you should strive to be anger free?” she writes in the first paragraph of her book. “Not necessarily. Feeling angry can be harmful, but it can also be good. It really depends on the frequency, the intensity, and the duration of your anger, and what you are angry about, and how appropriate it is to feel angry in a particular situation.” Anger that leads to constructive change, for example, or that leads to creative energy is good, she says. The reasons for anger are many, she adds, some of which occur when people disagree or someone makes you mad. The process of managing anger, however, can mean the difference between a situation being resolved or not. It’s this process that is hard for most women, Katz says, because they don’t want to hurt others. Many men, in contrast, express explosive an-
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ger and rarely censor their words, she adds. But there anger management has a win-win. Katz says that being assertive is the only true way to express anger and resolve conflict. Gimmicks — such as punching a rag doll, hitting a pillow with a plastic baseball bat or screaming in an empty room — don’t work. Standing up for yourself while not making others wrong, she says, is the best way. Assertiveness gives a message of how you feel when the other person behaves a certain way, according to Katz. It talks about yourself and your feelings and starts with an “I” instead of “You” statement. It stands up for you while taking the other person into consideration. In times of anger, it’s usually 99 percent about the other person’s stuff, she says. When a man comes home and yells at his wife, she says, it’s not usually about her, but about a bad day at work, heavy traffic or some other frustration. Travis understands this. In most cases the angry family member on the other end of the line is frustrated because Mom or Dad isn’t doing well, or is complaining to them about their situation. In turn, they call her to vent. She often diffuses the anger by not playing into it but letting the person know they were heard. “I’ll say, ‘I hear that you’re saying that Mom didn’t eat her meal.’ But then I’ll give them practical ideas and ways in which to fix the problem.”
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n addition to learning to not take things personally, Katz advises women to have realistic expectations. “Don’t make assumptions about others’ motivations. If a store clerk is rude, it probably has nothing to do with you. Maybe the person has had a bad day, or maybe they’re just an angry person. There’s a lot of unfairness in the world. If you go through life thinking that people are like you, you’ll be disappointed. People can be rude. If you take it personally, you’ll be miserable.” Children can be particularly angering for parents, especially if they don’t listen. Women sometimes equate love with their child’s behavior and that’s not realistic, Katz says. “Truth is, the child, who has little control over his or her life expresses anger as a way to take control.” While an angry parent might yell at a child who refuses to take her dishes to the sink, an assertive parent might say: “When you don’t clear your dishes, it gives me more work, and I don’t like more work.” Mark Mueller, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Delmar, says that managing anger begins with realizing that you have a choice. “I can’t control what is going on around me, but I can control how I respond,” he says. Mueller, who often runs Bible studies and workshops on anger management, agrees that assertiveness is the best approach. “Being assertive preserves your own self-worth while considering the needs of others. It’s a sign of maturity and allows a person to deal with it in a proactive way and not in a self-centered way.” He reminds women that anger is a two-way street. “It’s
Lose Your Cool? Follow These Tips We all get angry. So what to do if you lose your cool despite your best efforts? Here is some advice from our experts on how to handle the situation: Apologize for the presentation of your message. Excuse yourself if possible, telling the other party that you’ll get back to them ASAP to have a calmer, more rational discussion or to provide a more measured response. Use whatever tools help you to calm down most effectively — listening to music, taking a short walk, meditating or some deep breathing. Reformulate your response in an assertive rather than an aggressive manner. Forgive yourself for losing your cool, don’t obsess over it, and simply vow to exercise your assertiveness skills the next time conflict arises, as it inevitably will.
better to say, ‘Let’s talk about it and deal with it,’ because it’s not just about me.” Mueller says he often counsels and speaks with couples having marital problems. “Communication is huge. I wonder which fell through the cracks first — communication and things got bad, or vice versa,” he says. “When people suppress anger and negative events and don’t work through it, but store it, like negative charged particles in a thundercloud, there’s one too many and it all comes raining down.” Being assertive is not being a victim, he says, or allowing situations to control you. “Be inwardly directed rather than externally.” Katz also recommends that women understand that underlying anger usually is triggered by the past, mostly from one’s upbringing. She recommends practicing assertiveness and developing ways to take coworkers, partners and friends off the defensive so anger can be diffused. Anne Marie Sickinger of Half Moon describes herself as peaceful, someone who likes to remain calm. “I’m married 45 years,” she says, “so right there tells you how mellow I am.” But Anne Marie says she’ll talk something over with herself first in her head, before getting into an argument. “If there’s something on my mind, I’ll have a conversation with myself. Get it out that way, so I can move on, or talk it over with friends.” She lets go most often. “Most things are just not that important. Pick your battles. Try to see both sides. Be fair.” Katz says that women who are happy deal with their anger better. “Angry people are usually unhappy people.” She recommends to accept what you can’t control, and recognize that everything could be worse. “Try to feel fulfilled and work on taking time for yourself.” HL
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t took Samantha Bloom, 45, “some serious convincing” to apply for HealthyLife’s cover model contest this year. “My husband is actually the one who got me to apply finally, after several friends encouraged me to apply last year,” she says. “I’ve never done anything like that, and it was a little — a lot! — out of my comfort zone.” Bloom and her husband, Tracy, have three children: 19-yearold Max, 6-year-old Zoe and 4-year-old Viviana. We chatted with her by e-mail about her happy and healthy life.
What’s your favorite kind of exercise? My favorite exercise is definitely walks with my family. We often go outside together after my husband gets home from work. But more often I am able to get on an elliptical machine, which is not as exciting and entertaining, but you don’t have to worry about weather when you’re in the gym. What’s your favorite food to cook? Some members of my family have severe food sensitivities — to soy, dairy and wheat. So this keeps our menus pretty simple and wholesome. Many substitutes for dairy and for wheat are soy-based ingredients, so I read A LOT of labels. Most foods that come in boxes are off limits to us. We eat meat, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and nut milk. We buy a local, organic, grass-fed cow each year and split it with another family. I guess my favorite thing to cook is my own recipe for apple crisp. I’ve developed it over many years, and it has now been converted into a dairy-free, soy-free, wheat-free recipe with very little sugar. My family loves it, and I always get compliments on it. But cooking is actually one of my least favorite things to do. What kinds of things do you like to do with your family? I am a big family person. I like to try and do things with them as much as possible. We camp every summer in the Adirondacks. Those trips are so much fun! We put all our gear in a boat and paddle out to an island in the middle of a lake, where we stay for 10 days. We pitch our tents, cook over a fire, swim and hang out together. It’s blissful. My parents have a house (on a different lake) in the Adirondacks, which I take day trips to from home, with the girls in the summer. We all love to be outdoors.
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Where’s the best place you’ve ever been? The best place I’ve ever been is a trip to Italy that I took with my husband and son before the girls were born. We got to take him to see the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, and all these amazing places, and each night he wrote in his journal he kept for school about the food he ate. I still have that journal. It’s probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. If you could have lunch with anyone living or dead, who would you pick? I would love to have lunch with Leonardo da Vinci. An artist, an inventor, a genius who was way ahead of his time. HL
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How do you live a healthy life? I live a healthy life in many areas, from diet to caring for my body. My husband is a chiropractor who also specializes in diagnostic nutrition, so I have great resources available to me. I get great care, and make sure our children do as well. I eat wholesome foods, and make sure I take time for myself also. I look out my window every morning when I’m getting ready, to peek at a little nature and take a few deep breaths. It makes for a good start to each day.
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