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MEDICINE FOR THE SOUL

Monday, March 08, 2010

Most health issues can’t be resolved with a single pill or solution-and problems of a spiritual nature tend to be even more complicated. Fortunately there are steps we can take each day to address the things that weight us down. To help soothe your soul and heal your life, here are “doctor’s orders” for total well-being.

Prescription 1: Rethink Your Attitude
Studies show that optimists live longer, healthier lives than pessimists, even when the pessimists’ view of life is more accurate. As Karl Menninger, M.D., put it, “Attitudes are more important than facts.” If our self-talk gives us hope and a positive outlook, we will live very different lives that if we await trouble. Your attitude determines what you see, so try seeing throught the eyes of an optimist today and observe what direction your life takes.

Prescription 2: Have No Regrets
Examine your life. Think about some risks you have been unwilling to take-perhaps changing careers, following a dream, or opening your heart to another person. You can do nothing to change the choices you made in the past, but the future holds many opportunities to make life-enhancing decisions. Let there be no “if only’s” or “I wish I had’s” from this day forward.

Prescription 3: Wash Away Worries
When you’re feeling troubled, it always helps to go down to the water. Visit the beach at low tide (or imagine yourself doing so) and write your worries in the sand. After you have written every one down, visualize all the things on your list until the tide starts to come in. When it does, let each worry go as it is washed away by the sea. Just as the tide never stops coming and going, you have the ability to continue to cleanse and heal.

Prescription 4: Live in Appreciation
How do you know what’s important in life? Too often the realization comes at a significant price-as the result of a tragedy or the loss of someone you love. Suddenly what used to seem important isn’t. Instead, what matters are the people you love and who love you. To better appreciate your blessings, learn to start seeing everything as if for the first time. Imagine yourself as an extraterrestrial and see the world as if it were your first day on earth. Try it yourself and revel in the beauty and variety before you.

Prescription 5: Carry What You Can
When the problems confronting you seem overwhelming, break down your tasks and problems until you have a piece that seems light enough to carry, and begin there. Then tackle each segment-one by one, day by day-until what once seemed unbearable is manageable and completed. You will have a sense of accomplishment and realize just how much you CAN handle.

  
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DONNETTASUE 3/8/2010 8:56PM

  nicely written. thanks for all your comments on my Spark page. emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/8/2010 3:27PM

    Excellent!

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LLLAWSON 3/8/2010 1:13PM

    Wow. I love this. Espically #3. Thanks for sharing.
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DAISES2 3/8/2010 12:15PM

    your blogs are amazing

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STARRPARENT 3/8/2010 11:26AM

    Needed this today! Thanks.

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ITSABOUTME2407 3/8/2010 10:21AM

    loved your blog thanks so much 4 sharing emoticon emoticontrisha

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JAE_HENNINGTON 3/8/2010 9:36AM

  beautifully stated....thank you

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SHADES OF THOUGHT

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Color can boost brain-power, but the most helpful hue depends on the task at hand, according to University of British Columbia researchers Juliet Zhu and Ravi Mehta. The two tracked more than 600 volunteers performing jobs that involved either detailed thinking or creativity. They found that for rote work, a red screen background improved performance by as much as 31% over blue. But for taskes such as brainstorming, blue inspired twice as many innovations. Zhu attributes the phenomenon to our cultural conditioning from stop signs, fire engines and the like. She believes that red sparks a subconscious reaction that keeps the brain alert. On the other hand, blue’s association with sky and water sends a free-floating message conducive to creativity. So the next time a task requires accuracy, try working in a red room or using a red computer background. And when it’s time to dream up something new, switch to blue.

  
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LLLAWSON 3/7/2010 5:54PM

    Wow that is very intersting. Will have to pass this one on to my daughter who struggles when it comes to alot of memorization. Thanks.

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SVELTINGTON 3/7/2010 1:13PM

    Wow! emoticon

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PJSTIME 3/7/2010 9:04AM

    Very interesting. PJ

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DECODING CRAVINGS

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Utter the word “chocolate” and most women start to salivate. But, what exactly causes cravings, and why do they seem more prevalent in women than men?

According to Kathleen Zelman, WebMD’s director of nutrition, some studies suggest that changes in hormones can trigger cravings for certain foods. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and serotonin-thought to be mood boosters and mild sexual stimulants-so when your hormones are making you feel less happy, eating chocolate can have a comforting effect.

But a new study conducted by California Institute of Technology indicates that your brain may also be to blame for uncontrollable cravings. During the study, volunteers’ responses to food were traced with MRI scanners. The result: There was a significant difference in brain activity between those who were able to exercise self-control when choosing food and those who were not. In those with self-control, the area of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex became active, allowing them to weigh health considerations in addition to taste.

So what can you do if your brain and hormones are working against you? “Eat meals every 3-4 hours to help stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings,” says Zelman. If you do decide to satisfy a yen for simple carbs (pretzels or a candy bar, for example), make sure to eat something good for you as well. “It’s better to combine carbs with lean protein and healthy fats, which slows the carbs’ absorption, normalizes your blood sugar, and helps you to be more satisfied and less prone to cravings.”

  
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SVELTINGTON 3/6/2010 4:03PM

    I agree. Eating extra chicken breast and b6 always got me through. One of the good things I've experienced since being post menopause, no more chocolate cravings!

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5 TIPS FOR TOP HEALTH

Friday, March 05, 2010

Even if you don’t have time to schedule a fitness retreat, there are easy ways to improve your well-being right at home.

1. Drink 10 to 12 glasses of water (8 ozs. ea.) per day to support high performance metabolism.

2. Eat 2/3 of your daily calories before dinner-and try to get some exercise after dinner-to avoid turning extra evening calories into fat.

3. Mix fruit with a bit of protein (nuts & berries are great for this) as midmorning and midafternoon snacks to help maintain an even blood-sugar level and prevent hunger spikes.

4. Eat a “lean/clean” lunch: ¾ of your meal should be mixed vegetables, salad or soup, and ¼ should consist of lean protein (such as poached or broiled meat, tofu, or beans).

5. Follow the American Medical Association’s “10,000 Steps a Day” minimum exercise regimen (try taking a ½ hour walk at lunch and opting for stairs whenever possible) and set a reminder for 2 1-minute breaks during the day. During the breaks, look out a window at the sky and take deep, slow breaths. These breaks will help lower the stress hormone cortisol.

  
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LLLAWSON 3/5/2010 8:42PM

    I agree with SVELTINGTON. Great, simple rules to live by.


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SVELTINGTON 3/5/2010 9:18AM

    We should print this, laminate it and put it on tent cards around the house and office.

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USING ONLY ONE WORD

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?
Purse

Spouse
Cliff

Your hair?
Silvery

Your mother?
Deceased

Your father?
Gentlemanly

Your favorite thing?
Books

Your dream last night?
None

Favorite drink?
Tea

What room are you in?
Kitchen

Your hobby?
Reading

Your fear?
Spiders

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Retired

Where were you last night?
Home

Something that you aren't?
Creative

Muffins?
Corn

Wish list item?
Alaska

Last thing you did?
Computer

What are you wearing?
Nightgown

Your pets?
Ferrets

Friends?
Numerous

Your life?
Content

Your mood?
Peaceful

Missing someone?
Mommy

Drinking?
Water

Your car?
Caravan

Something you're not wearing?
Earrings

Your favorite store
Walgreen’s

Your favorite color?
Blue

When is the last time you cried?
Week


Where do you go over and over?
Library

Five people who email me regularly?
Yes

Favorite place to eat?
Al’s

Favorite place I'd like to be right now
Alaska

  
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DAISES2 3/4/2010 12:56PM

    if i knew how to copy and paste i would

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SVELTINGTON 3/4/2010 10:30AM

    Maybe everyone on this site will use this blog format! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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