Monthly Archives: December 2011

Some Things I’ve Learned in 2011…

This year I became much more cognizant of health. (I’m sure, in part, because I’m writing all of my thoughts and research about health right here!)

The process of staying healthy–the effort to eat well, make time for exercise, make better choices, and of course, get enough sleep–is NOT an easy proposition in this day and age.

If you read my last post on what Americans are eating these days, the food options we are choosing are not usually healthy ones. Exercise is often the last item on a daily calendar and somehow that “appointment” gets lost in the shuffle of life.  And sleep. One of my passions these days as a sleep consultant.  As my business has grown, I get A LOT of friends asking, “Does this work for adults too? I have insomnia [or some other sleep issue].” It seems that if we’re lucky enough to get to bed at a reasonable hour each night and able to get enough hours of shut, we’re in the minority.

I say let’s make health a priority for 2012!  There are a whole bunch of different resolutions floating around my house today…some are BIG and some are small, but ALL will contribute to a healthier you (or me):

1.  My husband and I are going back on the Phase 1 diet  after falling off the wagon over the holidays. A nice bonus is that you can quite easily shed those extra fruit cake pounds by eating whole foods.  Try it for 4 weeks. See if that lingering sinus infection or sore throat goes away, and if those migraines or lethargic feelings actually disappear. AND it’s actually LESS expensive (double duty for that financial resolution too!)

2. Drinking more water (including coconut water).  I think I need to be more aware of my hydration…my skin is DRY!

3. Going to bed (and waking up) at the same time every day.  If you read my post about Daylight Saving Time and that extra hour of sleep, you get a sense of the sleep debt we all are carrying around.  If you need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning, you have a sleep debt.  Try going to bed earlier every night for a week (not sleeping in a few hours on the weekend–that messes up your circadian rhythm) and see if that puts a dent in reducing your sleep debt.

4. Exercise more. I’ve mentioned that I’ve never had an issue with weight…which is actually a downside to being thin. Most people are motivated to exercise because they want to change the way they look. (If you’re someone who does it to get your insides in order too, good for you!) I often push exercise to the back burner when I’m busy. But I’m going to try to walk our dog more and actually get to the gym on a regular basis. I will never be a 5-6 times a week kind of exercise girl, but I should be able to pull off 3-4. That’s my goal.

5. Spending more quality time with my kids.  This year, we’ve had surgeries. Out-of-town guests. I’ve started a new business. I’m volunteering at church. I tutor math.  I make time for all of these things, and I should make more time to PLAY with my kids. Just 20 minutes each day makes such a difference. And not 20 minutes while you have one eye on your computer screen or are mentally reviewing your to-do list in your head. REALLY PLAYING, down on the floor, getting messy kind of play.

6. I try to have one “learning” resolution every year. This year it’ll be to more fully understand all of the computer “stuff” I’m using to grown my business.  I just got on twitter (@sleepbetterbaby) and am feeling like a grandma learning about # and retweets! There are so many things to do with a business Facebook page (mine is Sleep Training Solutions) and I’ve barely scratched the surface.  And Mailchimp.  That cute little monkey “spokesman” is taunting me these days because I’m not really sure how to use email distribution systems.

So those are my resolutions for the New Year. I hope they last into February (and beyond!) It feels productive to write them down and see them on paper (or computer screen). It doesn’t seem so daunting now that all of my IDEAS are a 6 item list.

So HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2012 be a year full of health and prosperous for all  🙂

Care to share your resolution(s)?

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What is the Average American Eating?

If you had to estimate how many pounds of food the average American eats per year, what would say?

[Average is a 5’9″ male or 5’4″ female, approximately 36.6 years old…]

Any guesses?

You’re going to be shocked.

Every year, the average American eats 1996.3 pounds of food…that’s almost 2 TONS?!

I recently came across a website that showed the number of POUNDS of food we are eating by food group. Being on the Phase 1 diet, I was especially interested to see how much food we eat that is NOT on the diet:

600 lb Dairy (non-cheese)
193 lb Wheat Products and cereal
56 lb Corn
141 lb Caloric sweeteners (including  42 lbs Corn Syrup)

990 lbs!? That’s almost HALF of what we’re eating for the whole year!  If you think like I do, that certain foods are actually medicinal (those with anti-fungal properties) and some actually encourage fungi to thrive (sugar, grains, peanuts, pistachios, corn), then it makes sense why we, as a society, are sicker than ever!

The research was broken down further to show the “really bad foods” too:

29 lbs of French fries
53 gallons of Soda
23 lbs of Pizza
24 lbs of Ice Cream

No wonder obesity is such an issue in our country.

I truly believe that people don’t understand that the foods they eat are directly impacting their bodies. The INSIDE of their bodies. People usually adopt healthy eating habits when they notice their pants are getting snug, but not necessarily when they get random tummy troubles or an increase in sinus infections.

It would be great if someone could invent an x-ray type machine that could show you what your insides really look like. I remember Oprah had Dr. Oz on a few years back and showed a large 15 pound piece of fat, what many Americans are carrying around their middle. Seeing that would make anyone want to diet. I think we all need these reality checks more often 🙂

 

 

 

Things Change

I am a creature of habit…

I have my daily routines.  There are appetizers and dinners that I make on a regular basis. If you look in my closet, it’s filled with jeans and MAYBE two or three colors of shirts and sweaters.

Maybe that makes me boring. Definitely not trendy! I think predictable is a more positive way of thinking about it 🙂

I was reminded today, though, that things do change, whether you want them to or not!

As I’ve mentioned before, we have a nut allergy in our house.  After the initial AHHHHHH, and spending 2 hours at the grocery store scouring the shelfs for nut-free items, I found my list of things I would be regularly buying for him.

And I’ve stuck to that list for about 5 years, with minor tweaks here and there.

But today, as I was picking up a loaf of bread, glancing quickly at the ingredient list as I always do to make sure there aren’t any new nut warnings, I found one!

It seems that MANY bread companies have nut warnings now.  Brownberry and Arnolds were safe a few weeks ago. Now they are made in a facility with walnuts and almonds.

Were they always make in the same factory with nuts and someone called them out on their labels? Maybe.

All I know is that I now have to buy a different kind of bread (as of today, Natural Ovens and Pepperidge Farms were still nut free) and I’ll have to reprogram reaching for the old loaf of bread for the next few trips to the store 🙂

If you are shopping for someone with a food allergy, please remember to check labels every time to buy an item.  Things can change overnight….

Deja Vu…

Strange deja vu moment today.

Back in September, right after my son had surgery, I wrote this post  about the government wanting to put restrictions on supplements.

And here we are again, shortly after his second surgery, and I get ANOTHER email request to take action and call government officials.

Clearly we need to stop the surgeries 🙂

This is an excerpt I got today from a Know the Cause email, written by Doug Kaufmann:

“I’m concerned that we have a dilemma on our hands with the FDA accepting funds from pharmaceutical companiesthose whom they should be governing rather than commingling with. At the very least, this represents a blatant conflict of interest. At worst, I am concerned that this improper relationship between our FDA and the pharmaceutical companies may be one of the very reasons that our FDA is now considering imposing legislation against the freedoms we enjoy in health food stores…”

I’m flabbergasted.  Why the FDA would want to partner up with the big pharm companies is beyond me.  No wait.  I do get it.  I just don’t agree with the money-driven motive…

This is the way I see it….Big pharm companies are annoyed that they can’t patent (and sell at a ridiculously inflated price) naturally occuring supplements/minerals, etc. like Chlorella. So they partner up with the FDA, slip this government agency some $$$, and buying supplements (that these pharmaceutical companies can’t make any money off of) becomes much more difficult. Does anyone else smell a skunk?

ANYWAY, there is a link to voice your concern:

http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-food-detention-powers-endanger-food-and-supplements (scroll down to the last paragraph right before the facebook share button and click on that link…it’ll bring you to a demographic form and prewritten letter.)

BUT the comments are only accepted through tomorrow–Friday, 12/2/11. So please don’t save this for a better time. Take 2 minutes and do it right now 🙂  This is a big deal!