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What gets in your way of making Healthy Changes?

  1. Feeling bad about me and my self image kills my motivation.
  2. I feel I’ve lost control and I’m uncomfortable in my own skin.  I don’t know where to start.
  1. Waiting to see results makes sticking to a healthy plan for change almost impossible.
  1. Until you succeed – you’re stuck, settling for a body that makes you unhappy
  2. Not feeling attractive because of your extra weight makes going to the gym intimidating.
  3. I can’t afford Expensive Fitness equipment that I may never use.
  4. I’m sick of pricey dietary supplements and “fad” diets.

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Come Fly With Me

flySo you’re getting ready for a quick business trip, or a long anticipated vacation? I always wished I’d arrive looking as put together as Barbie, instead of looking like I fell asleep in a Laundromat.
How do you make the most of it? Get there raring to go, avoid the jet lag, the aches and cramps?
Here are two best practices that even Barbie could appreciate…

If you travel a lot you know how hard it is to work a fitness regime into your schedule. But you also probable know how much better you feel, both physically and mentally, if you stick to that schedule.
• Before your trip, research the hotel or nearby fitness facilities and pack accordingly.
• Keep easy to roll and pack exercise clothing, swimsuit, sneakers and jump rope, etc. in your suitcase when you store it…then the excuse of not having time to pull them together or the missing bathing suit bottom need not be an issue.
• On vacation, consider consulting hotel staff about renting in-line skates or bicycles for a family bike ride.
• Wear your athletic shoes when you travel, no packing. Strolling through the airport or running for a taxi will be a breeze.

If jet lag or schedule changes leave you exhausted, make your travel workout shorter or lighter than usual. Listen to your body.
Remember, regular exercise can help reduce stress and feelings of low energy, which might be just what you need when they call, “Come Fly with Me”.
Be committed to the prevention of deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.
What does that mean? By simply packing an extra pair of socks…. Wearing graduated compression Travel Socks, you can help prevent a blood clot from forming, and could possibly save your life. Crazy but true!

What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?
In simplest terms: Inactivity causes blood flow to slow in the deep veins of the lower legs…
• Deep Vein Thrombosis can strike any long-distance traveler–regardless of physical condition, age, or gender.
• DVT is not just confined to those flying economy class. First-class passengers are also at risk, as are long-distance auto and rail travelers, and anyone who is immobile for a long period of time, traveling or not..

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot (thrombosis) that forms in the deep vein system of the lower leg–usually between the ankle and the upper calf. The condition is serious, potentially fatal, and very difficult to diagnose by external examination.

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Where do you get these miraculous  accessories? Jobst Travel Socks are high-quality knee length socks, specially developed for fashion-and health-conscious men and women. They are available in five sizes – based on shoe size and ankle and calf measurements.

I ordered mine on line from Contemporary Design Inc., a site for compression garments.
A small investment to make my legs feel like they look like Barbie’s!!Jobst Travel Socks

Eating Locally, Changing the Way America Eats

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Eating well improves health and appearance.  Knowing where your food comes from and who it comes from is comforting knowledge.  Local agriculture fuels strong communities and nourishes the shift to farm-fresh foods.  Not only do locally grown produce and organic foods taste better, support community growth, and utilize less fuel in transportation, but local foods have greater nutrient content.  Regional food systems support sustainability; which in turn increases biological diversity.  The cultivation of different varieties of a species maximizes land and the development of farmers’ markets. The United States Dept. of Agriculture reports the number of U.S. farmers’ markets to be well over 7,000; 4 times the number found in 1994.

You have the choice; you are what you eat!

Happy, Healthy Holidays!

holiday-eating-caution-sign-300x215You may have worked hard throughout the year to manage your weight, eat healthy, and exercise…but then comes the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s holiday season. 

The average person consumes about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, two times the daily calories the average person needs. You’ve barely recovered from the turkey and those trimmings; and now this month is one long, tempting food fest designed to make you gain weight.  There are treats and food at work, at school, at church…the parties…the family gatherings.  Winter is here, (well almost), with weather that pulls you inside and promotes snuggling, not swimming or hiking or tennis. And did I mention Holiday Stress and lack of sleep?
With all the Whirl Wind of the Holidays, how do you watch your Diet and practice a Fitness Regiment?
Know that emotions are a trigger to over eating.  We eat in response to feelings — and the holidays can be full of both positive and negative.  We eat to remember, we eat to forget.  Although understanding why you eat can offer some measure of control, experts say it’s also important to enter each event, each potential food fest, with a plan for how to handle the temptation. Need not be Scrooge, join in the merriment, but with logic, and leave the extra 15 pounds on Santa, not you.
Not the best time to start a diet, but it is critical that you make Healthy Choices.  Stay on track. 

Sample those special sweets…a bite, not a plate full. 

  
Party snacks are small but have a big punch.  Look for the crudities, fruit and cheese…grab a small handful of nuts.
Moderation…maybe a cranberry punch will tickle your HoHo instead of that rich egg nog. 
Absolutely Stylish, A Small Plate Holiday Party instead of a four course dinner….and you’ll still fit into that little Black Dress for New Year’s
And don some layers and head outdoors.  Fresh air and a brisk walk does wonders for the whole of you.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

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