Archive for December, 2010

Get Healthy in 2011 – Weight

Despite the millions of excuses we tell ourselves, it’s clear weight gain is prevalent in the USA.

According to an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2010, a large-scale study showed the prevalence of obesity was 32.2% among adult men and 35.5% among adult women. About ONE THIRD of the population is obese…not just over-weight, but technically obese.

So what is the technical definition of overweight and obese? For adults, an easy way to determine overweight and obesity is to use weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.
• An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
• An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
For Example for someone 5’9″ tall
124 lbs or less then BMI = Below 18.5 Underweight
125 lbs to 168 lbs  then BMI = 18.5 to 24.9 Healthy weight
169 lbs to 202 lbs then BMI = 25.0 to 29.9 Overweight
203 lbs or more then BMI = 30 or higher Obese
Body Mass Index Calculation
So don’t guess, or listen to your excuses or Mom telling you it’s just baby fat.
Calculate your own Body Mass Index
Here’s the formula:
[weight in pounds/height in inches]2 x 703
Calculate BMI by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.
You can link to the US Center for Disease Control web page for an online calculator of BMI.
You just plug in your height and weight and it does the math for you!


Facing the Truth
Now that you’ve faced the truth about your weight, let’s do something about it.
You’ve tried the diets, and clearly dieting is not the answer. Maintaining weight stability is a lifestyle change.

Change to:
• Eating little or no sugar and starch
Yes, this means muffins, bread, toast, cookies, cereals, and other foods made with whole grains. While whole wheat or whole grain is better than white processed flour, eating large amounts of them will not stabilize your weight.
Replace sweets and desserts with fresh fruit
• Switching to water from soda, cola and to tea from flavored lattes
• Downsizing your portions
use smaller plates, don’t go back for seconds
• Eating lots of veggies
and by veggies we don’t mean potatoes, even if they ARE sweet potatoes!
Eat lots of green veggies like spinach, broccoli, green beans, and cabbage
• Reducing trans and saturated fats
Stick with olive oil …replace sugary salad dressing with just olive oil and vinegar
• Exercising daily
it’ll also take your mind off of eating

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Whether you want to limit your alcohol consumption at holiday parties to avoid weight gain, or to keep from making a fool of yourself in front of the boss, here are some simple ideas for drinking sensibly at Holiday parties.  The last tip may also reduce hangovers, an awful side effect of having too much “fun”.

Create a Drinking Program for the Evening

You’ll slide down that slippery slope to excessive drinking if you don’t have a plan for the party.  Decide how many drinks you can safely drink in the evening – you know your body! – and stick to that number.  You can reduce the number of alcoholic drinks by starting with a seltzer or water and alternating with your favorite cocktails. 

Plan to drink slowly.  This is all the more reason to have a glass of water first.  Often I am thirsty when I get to a party and guzzle a cocktail simply because I need to quench my thirst. 
Then simply sip your drinks, enjoy the taste and make it last. 

Choose what you are going to drink wisely.

  • have wine over mixed drinks or spirits
  • change the proportions of mixed drinks so that the alcohol is 5 – 10 % of the drink rather than the usual 20 – 50%.

Be sure not to drink on an empty stomach.  If there is food at the party, go to the buffet table first and get some food into you! Or if there is no or little food, eat a substantial snack before you arrive.

Plus …

You might consider arriving late for a party.  I’ve arrived late enough to skip the “cocktail hour” before a Holiday dinner so as to avoid the entire drinking issue.  Then I just have wine with dinner.

If there are activities such as dancing or games, jump right in and keep it up!  Moving around and being active will keep you from drinking more.

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Happy Holidays!

Everyday life is stressful enough without adding the extra work, obligations and fun of the holiday season.    Here are a few simple strategies for dealing with added Holiday Stress.  Then you’ll get more of what the holidays are really about: family, love, community and laughter!
Laughter is the Best Medicine
When things get tense or you are feeling overwhelmed, look for the humor in the situation. One friend, uses a “cue” word when his thoughts get the best of him. Harry will walk around the house saying “carrots” and soon he’s forgotten what he was obsessing about. Incidentally, Harry is a clinical psychologist dying of brain cancer!
Get Extra Sleep
Even if you’re not someone who sleeps a lot, don’t shortchange your body the rest it needs from real sleep.  At least twice per week, force yourself to get into bed ½ hour earlier than usual and turn out the light without turning on the TV.  Additionally you might consider an herbal tea before bedtime or an herbal supplement such as our Sleep-Tite.

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Add Omega-3 to Your Diet
Studies have shown clear links in stress reduction as a result of eating a diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids.  These are the good oils found in fish such as salmon.  There are reasons for this link.

Eating fish oils triggers the body’s release of Prostaglandin whose function is the regulation of the immune system that fights stress.  Omega-3 also helps the body naturally maintain healthy levels of serotonin.  Serotonin controls the emotional response and creates a sense of well-being.

Further, Dr. Oz, the physician from TV fame, suggests that mental acuity is enhanced with Omega-3’s.
By having increased alertness and ability to solve problems, the brain can be less taxed, and we feel less stress. 

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Keep Holiday Weight Gain at Bay!

Most people are shocked to learn that Americans gain an average of 14 pounds over the Holidays. Yes, 14! That’s an amazing amount of weight to gain in just a 6 week period.

You’ve been “good” all year, so why throw it all away during holiday feasts and parties? There are some simple strategies that work to avoid falling into this trap. You can still enjoy the holiday treats, but the idea is to manage them!

Use water as a tool to manage alcohol consumption. When you arrive at a party or dinner, say you are thirsty and don’t want to guzzle your drink since you’re driving! So you’re having a glass of water first. With drunk driving concerns, your hosts will understand this! If you don’t like plain water, people usually have sparkling water. Drink a full 8 oz. glass of water before you accept an alcoholic drink. Hey, live dangerously, have two!

Starting with water has two good effects. First of all, you’ll postpone the drinking so that there will be less time to drink alcohol. Plus, water tends to make our stomachs feel filled and satisfied. You’ll then be less likely to overeat. For best results, have a glass of water or seltzer between each alcoholic drink.

Choice of alcohol is also important. Skip the Christmas punch filled with rum and fruit, and stick with wine, either red or white.

Selecting Foods
At parties we usually don’t have a choice as to what is being prepared. But most hosts will include fruits and veggies in some way, shape or form. When you select your food, use the Weight Watchers guide that ½ of your plate should be filled with vegetables. If you know you don’t have the willpower to turn down dessert, then pass on the starch such as potatoes [yes, even sweet potatoes], pasta and bread. It’ll give you something to look forward to.
Moms have a great habit of pushing food. Best response is NOT to sound like a martyr but to simply say, “Thanks! I’m happy with this!”.

Pot Lucks
While everyone may be looking forward to your 12-egg/heavy cream egg nog, when bringing something as part of a pot luck, volunteer for a simple, flavorful vegetable or fruit dish. A plate of veggie crudités with a low-fat yogurt/dill dip will also be an appetizer that fills you up before the dinner choices. Unusual fruits like star fruit or kiwi can be dressed up with pomegranate seeds to look festive and no dressing is needed!

A Little Extra Help
Going it alone during the Holidays is a challenge!
All the temptations…
…all the friends & family urging us to eat…
…the little voice saying well, just this one time of year.

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Then go out and enjoy the Holidays!