Disease Prevention, Health Promotion

Spontaneous Happiness!?

Book:  Spontaneous Happiness – Andrew Weil, MD

I love to peruse the clearance section at bookstores!  I came upon this book, flipped through it, and immediately felt it should belong to me.  (Plus…$5!  Couldn’t pass it up!)  The first paragraph of the inside cover said – “Everyone wants to be happy.  But what does that really mean?  Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within.”  Y-E-S!  This is exactly what I needed to read!

There are so many meaningful points throughout this book!  It’s broken up into three sections – Theory, Practice, and Putting It All Together.  In the latter section, it gives you an opportunity to test your knowledge. Dr. Weil has designed an eight-week program where you can assess your well-being, lifestyle, and set attainable goals.  Personally, I haven’t done the program…yet!

EVERYONE should read this book!  It just makes sense!

For more information, please visit the following sites: www.drweil.com and Spontaneous Happiness

Disease Prevention, Health Promotion, Uncategorized

NEW Year = NEW Attitude :)

Source

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” — Dr. Charles R. Swindoll

clean eating, Disease Prevention, Health Promotion, Healthy Foods, Nutrition

Clean Eating

Yes, it’s been a while since I posted a blog 🙂  I have a lot of super ideas but I’ve had a MAJOR case of writer’s block!  Anyhow…let’s not waste any time and get right into CLEAN EATING!

According to the Clean Eating Club website, clean eating is a LIFESTYLE.  The Clean Eating Magazine recommends consuming whole foods in its most natural state or close to it.  The Clean Eating Club  suggests you AVOID processed foods (mostly white flour and sugar), trans-fat foods, colas/juices loaded with sugar; eat mini-meals; consume fresh fruits and vegetables; and eat lean cuts of meat.  Some clean foods that will BOOST your ENERGY are: oatmeal, wheat pasta, brown rice, nuts, fish, chicken, avocado, low-fat yogurt, bananas, beans, and drink green tea.  Sounds simple and tasty to me! 🙂

To read success stories, visit: CLEAN EATING magazine’s SUCCESS STORIES

Here are a few blogs I recently discovered:

Think about changing your lifestyle towards CLEAN EATING!  You’ll notice you’ll maintain a healthy weight, increase your energy levels, and your skin will glow!  Not bad!  Good luck! 🙂

Health Promotion, Healthy Foods, MyPlate, Nutrition

Welcome, MyPlate

Welcome, MyPlate!

Source: USDA

This is a simpler approach to healthy eating!  (We like SIMPLE, right?)  We find that the new model is about balancing your calories, increasing healthier foods, and reducing not-so-healthy ones.  So long, MyPyramid…

As I mentioned above, MyPlate strives for…

Balancing your calories:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to increase:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to reduce:

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Source: USDA

Links for MyPlate:

United States Department of Agriculture

Food Groups (Grains, Vegetables, Fruit, Dairy, and Protein)

Interactive Tools

Let’s Move (P.S. – I think Michelle Obama ROCKS!)

Atherosclerosis, Children, Cholesterol, Disease Prevention, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Nutrition Dimension

Children and Cholesterol – Part I

Now that I’m a Certified Health Education Specialist, I have 75 credit hours to fulfill within a 5-year time frame.  I really wanted to expand my knowledge on nutrition in children.  I perused the Internet and found a Childhood & Adolescent Nutrition class through Nutrition Dimension.  One of the chapters stopped me in my tracks – Cholesterol and Children.  I was actually shocked by some of the information.  Keep this in the back of your mind -> high cholesterol, which leads to many chronic diseases, is PREVENTABLE!

IMPORTANT FACTS

  • “…be concerned about what a child eats today because it can increase his risk of having cardiovascular disease in the future.”
  • “…atherosclerotic process begins in childhood and progresses slowly into adulthood.”
  • It’s much safer and far less costly to prevent blockage in the first place rather than rely on heroic medical intervention after a heart attack or stroke.  That is why as health care professionals we should encourage children and their families to avoid consuming a diet in fat especially saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.”
  • At birth, total cholesterol is about 70 mg/dl, of which half is HDL.”
  • The process of cholesterol deposition in major arteries begins in childhood.”

Source: Good and Bad Cholesterol

HELPFUL WEBSITES

In the next post, Children and Cholesterol – Part II, I’ll concentrate on ways to lower your cholesterol.  If you have any questions, please let me know!