November 26, 2013

Boost Your Willpower This Thanksgiving

One of my associates recently told me how her Aunt makes the best Thanksgiving stuffing ever, and finishes off the meal with cream-cheese frosted pumpkin cookies. The secret to both of her recipes is using three times the amount of butter than they require!  Whether or not you have a family member with similar cooking proclivities, the holidays are a hard time for those working towards reaching a healthy weight. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that human beings only have so much self-control – and it wears out fast.

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November 22, 2013

Not Cookies, Not Chaos, But Christ

Every winter, most of us focus on buying presents, budgeting for buying presents, cleaning our homes for company, stressing about having company, and scheduling school-related or church-related social activities – maybe even organizing or helping out with charity events. The Holidays can be overwhelming, and to help ourselves get through, it’s too easy to grab the first fast food we find, and lose sight of our real priorities.

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November 6, 2013

Great Reasons to Get More Sleep!

Before Edison invented the light bulb, Americans slept about ten hours a night. In the age of the iPod we’re getting, on an average, less than seven hours of sack time! Something is wrong with this picture … or … maybe it’s my alarm clock that’s the real problem. My alarm clock, my cell phone, my computer, AND my iPod — sometimes I can’t help but think that Edison had it better in the pre-light-bulb days, and he should have left well enough alone…

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What Weight-Loss Success Stories Have in Common

During my years of practice as a healthcare professional, I was frequently frustrated when my clients would come in after a backslide in their health and weight-loss goals. My clients, of course, were also frustrated. So I started paying attention to what my long-term successful clients had in common, hoping to replicate their results with those prone to yo-yo diets and extended vacations from the gym.

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October 23, 2013

The Latest Benefit of a Good Night’s Sleep

“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to his beloved sleep.” – Psalm 127:2

A good, solid 8-hour minimum of sleep has been linked to better academic performance for children and increased weight loss in adults. But a new study suggests that quality sleep-time may also hold the key to mental health.

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October 16, 2013

Can Exercise Prevent Early Death?

According to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services, “lack of activity and poor diet” will soon be the leading cause of death in America. This study supports that.

In the article, the researchers found that only “21% of adults in the USA meet the government’s recommendations for aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise.” This goes back to everything I’ve been saying the last decade: if we take responsibility for our own health, with small changes we can make a big impact into our personal health picture!

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