When you’re stuck at your desk all day, it’s hard to stay hydrated and caffeinated without consuming tons of carbs and sugar. But you’re not alone! According to a survey from the National Coffee Association, about 83% of Americans drink coffee every day, with an average consumption at 3 cups of coffee per day. Plus, almost one-third of Americans drink at least one sugar-laden soda or other sweetened drink every day.
Try to kick these habits with some healthy workday swaps from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice below! Pick a flavor from the 20+ delicious varieties including the base line, a line of teas and a line of lemonades to enjoy throughout the work day. Continue reading
Women of all ages regardless of height, weight, or parental status are susceptible to stretchmarks. This is a simple fact. Another fact, which will hopefully make you feel a bit better, is that supermodels yes, the bikini models you see in Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret, have stretch marks. If you’re like the 95% of the women out there you prefer them gone. Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20 offering insights on cosmetic surgery, shared the real deal on stretch mark solutions with several facts on popular procedures and topical options to prevent and remove stretch marks. Here’s what he has to say. Continue reading
We all fall into habits and routines – it’s the nature of being human.
But even when you realize your daily behaviors are inhibiting you from achieving your goals, that doesn’t mean you can just vow to change one day and all will be well.
“Every single behavior that you demonstrate – good, bad or ugly – is actually run by your unconscious mind,” says Carol Talbot, a keynote speaker and author of YOU The Divine Genius (www.Youthedivinegenius.com). “So if you want to change a behavior, you can’t do it by willpower alone. You have to get into the unconscious mind and change it there.”
She likens it to running a new program on a computer. First, you need to install the program – or at least upgrade the existing software.
Here’s why: Research indicates that the unconscious mind is running you on its auto pilot 95 percent of the time, Talbot says.
“That means the conscious mind provides 5 percent or less of our cognitive activity during the day,” she says. “So even when you think you’re consciously making a decision, you’re not. You are operating from pre-existing programs running at the unconscious level.”
The good news, Talbot says, is you really can reprogram the “software” in your brain. But she cautions that unlearning a lifetime worth of habits is no simple feat.
“A lot of the thoughts and attitudes rumbling around in your brain were probably programmed during childhood, which means they’re out of date,” she says. “It’s also likely that many beliefs that guide your life aren’t even your own. They were adopted from your family, culture or heritage.”
There’s a lot involved in unbinding those ties to the past, but Talbot offers a few tips to point you in the right direction.
• Understand that belief creates experience. People often think that experience is what leads to beliefs, but it’s actually the other way around. Your beliefs shape your destiny. For example, if deep down you believe you’re not good enough to accomplish something, then that belief will create the reality. “It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Talbot says. “So when was the last time you examined your beliefs? Are they outdated and only supporting a limited view of what’s really possible for you? Maybe it’s time to choose your own beliefs rather than operate from those passed down by your ancestors.”
• Be the cause for all the effects in your life. Life is a chain reaction of causes and effects. Everything that happens was caused by what happened before and is the effect for what will happen next. “Some people seem stuck on the ‘effect’ side of life, bemoaning their bad luck,” Talbot says. “Others habitually think of themselves on the ‘cause’ side of life, always doing and achieving things.”
• Your words say more than you realize. The way we share and express our thoughts and beliefs is through language. And the language we use makes a huge difference, Talbot says. “You can change the language you use every day to label people, events, situations and circumstances in your life,” she says. “As soon as the label you put on them changes, your experience and perception of the person, the event, the situation or the circumstance also change.”
“Once you realize you’re creating your life as you go along, it gives you the power to change,” Talbot says. “You can choose to pay attention to different things, interpret experiences differently, feel differently and act differently.”
About Carol Talbot
Carol Talbot (www.caroltalbot.me), author of the soon-to-be-released book YOU The Divine Genius, is a keynote speaker who has delivered inspiring messages to corporations and conferences in more than 20 countries. She is a Certified Master Trainer of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), a Certified Trainer of hypnosis and a Certified Master Trainer of Time Line Therapy. In addition, she is a Master Firewalk Instructor, firing up teams and groups to walk across burning hot coals. Talbot also is the Amazon bestselling author of Hitting the Wall … and Breaking Through.
The medical community should review a patient’s aerobic fitness — just as they do other vital signs — to help people manage their health, urges Lenny Kaminsky, a nationally renown health and wellness researcher for the College of Health at Ball State University
Kaminsky, director of the university’s Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being, is part of an expert panel that made a recommendation recently issued by the American Heart Association.
The statement says there is unequivocal evidence to confirm that cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), a reflection of overall cardiovascular health, should be measured in clinical practice to provide additional information for patient management.
“Reasonable estimations of CRF can be immediately available to patient and physician using existing information in the electronic medical record,” said Kaminsky. “Discussion of the patient’s CRF should become as routine as is talking about blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight in evaluating risk of health concerns. This information provides clinicians with unique opportunities to improve patient management and encourage lifestyle-based strategies designed to prevent development of chronic diseases.”
Decades of research have shown that CRF is a stronger predictor of mortality than established risk factors such as cigarette smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, andtype 2 diabetes, and that low levels of CRF are associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease, and mortality
rates attributable to various cancers.
In addition to improved cardiovascular outcomes, higher levels of CRF are associated with improved outcomes for certain form of cancer, surgical risk, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and Type 2 diabetes.
“The evidence reviewed by our writing group clearly demonstrates that more than half the reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality occurs in response to a very modest increase in CRF,” Kaminsky said. “The good news is this is achievable for most people by heeding the current recommendations to regularly perform even moderate levels of physical activity. This simple lifestyle habit, if adopted by those that are habitually sedentary, can increase CRF and produce substantial improvements in one’s health and well-being.”