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7/2/09 4:34 P

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Yes, I've seen them, but in most of the offices I've worked in they aren't practical. One thing I was always annoyed about at work was the number of breaks that smokers were allowed to take. Since I was a non-smoker I would be looked at askance if I took the same number of breaks to take a 5-minute walk. Almost as if the smokers were being rewarded for their unhealthy behavior. Maybe if more workplaces allowed short, frequent breaks throughout the day for everyone...

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7/2/09 4:24 P

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Yes, the greater the repertoire of strategies the better! I have found, however that sometimes people underestimate the availability / accessibility of physical activity as a resource. No gym? No equipment? No problem! All we need is our bodies and movement...which is always available! For example, check out Coach Nicole's office workouts!

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7/2/09 4:09 P

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Yes, working out is one way of dealing with stress, but unfortunately we can't always head to the gym when dealing with stress! We need to learn a variety of ways to deal with the emotional pressures that drive us to eat, such as journaling, standing up for ourselves, giving ourselves permission to say no when we're overloaded, avoiding toxic people/situations whenever possible. Developing that awareness can be difficult - old habits are well-ingrained and don't change overnight!

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7/2/09 3:13 P

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Good Point!

And again...working out comes to the rescue...! How I've learned time and again when I'm overwhelmed with negative emotions to "put 'er on the 'mill" and walk it out. No matter what is happening in my life I come off my treadmill feeling better. My thoughts about the stressful situation are clearer, my inner barometer has settled back to a manageable level.

This knowledge, this wisdom, should be as automatic and widely known as the current habit of wolfing down a carton of ice cream or some other decadent & unhealthy food!

That is one of the tasks we are facing in this country...connecting our bodies, hearts, minds and emotions and realizing the connectedness of all these things!

Don

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LKG9999's Photo LKG9999 Posts: 1,476
7/2/09 1:20 P

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Wow, what an alarming map and article. I was surprised to see that I live in one of the "leaner" states (MA).

Personally what I think is missing is a public discussion of emotional/comfort eating. It's not just that people are too lazy to walk and can't be bothered to cook or make healthy choices. For most people food is their comfort, a way to deal with uncomfortable feelings. It doesn't help that we've created a toxic culture that values ridiculously thin women and overly buff men.

One way people used to deal with stress was smoking (check out any movie from the 40s or 50s), now there's a drop in smoking and rise in obesity. Coincidence? I don't think so. Personally until there's a more public discussion on the emotional side of eating, we're not going to make much of a dent in the obesity rates.

Edited by: LKG9999 at: 7/2/2009 (13:21)
Lisa
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7/2/09 12:39 P

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I LOVE the point made in the Boston Globe article:
"But it doesn’t have to be this way; we can do something about it, and we should start now. How to change these behaviors, which are so often entrenched and driven by financial circumstances?"

That's where SPARKPEOPLE comes to the rescue! :-)

We need to make some MAJOR changes in our lifestyles in this country. Look at the sad results in the statistics offered in this article:
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090701/ap_on_h
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me/us_med_obesity_rankings


Living a SPARK life offers a solution to the fattening of America! AND it is a wonderful stress-reliever when stress levels are so high due to unemployment, poor finances, etc. Contrary to what we've been "taught" by our media, reaching for that Twinkie TRULY isn't going to help us feel better!

"The reasons behind this nutritional paradox are unclear." says the other article about the fattening of America. They are not a BIT unclear to me! Corporate America is cashing in on us consumers at our own expense! At least that's my strongly held 2 cents...lol!

Don

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"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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LKG9999's Photo LKG9999 Posts: 1,476
7/2/09 10:05 A

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Came across two local articles looking at the effect the recession is having on our food choices:

Tufts Univeristy - Stomaching the Recession: tufts.edu/home/feature/

Boston Globe - The recession is making us sick: www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial
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Highest weight: 230
Current weight: 169.2
Target Weight: 155

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"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
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