Archive for September, 2008

Get Moving

Posted on September 30, 2008 - Filed Under Exercise | 1 Comment

Today is a great day to get some physical activity.  Get moving.

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You Can Eat Carbs. I Promise.

Posted on September 29, 2008 - Filed Under Nutrition | 3 Comments

This morning I came across an article in the Health/Fitness section of msn.com where a reader asked why a lot of people, including nutritionists, promote reducing calories instead of reducing carbs for weight loss.  The reader claimed that research has proven low-carb diets to be the best way to lose weight.
The fitness expert responding to [...]

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Season Premiere of The Office

Posted on September 26, 2008 - Filed Under Fad Diets, Weight Control | 2 Comments

I’m a big fan of the TV show The Office. In last night’s season premiere, the office staff of Dunder Mifflin Scranton tries to win a weight loss contest developed by corporate. They compete against the other branches to see which branch can lose the most weight.  The winning branch receives 5 extra days off.
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Exercise Can Make You Happy!

Posted on September 25, 2008 - Filed Under Exercise, Mental Health | 4 Comments

One more reason to get regular exercise:

Source here.
I love the feeling after a good workout.  I feel like I accomplished something good for my body, even if it was just a quick workout.
Next time you don’t feel like getting your workout in, remember how good you will feel after.  It’s worth it.

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Is Hypnosis the Answer?

Posted on September 24, 2008 - Filed Under Fad Diets, Weight Control | 1 Comment

This morning I grab my banana and bowl of cereal, open up the local newspaper and here’s what I see:

I got a good laugh out of this as I read it.  So, apparently, you can pay 50 bucks, go get hypnotized, and you will lose weight.  Simple.  Easy.  No effort.  Hmmm…I don’t think so.
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Soda and You

Posted on September 23, 2008 - Filed Under Nutrition | 4 Comments

How many cans of soda have you had today?  This week?  This month?  For some, it may be none, for some, it may be a lot.
In case you haven’t heard, soda and soft drinks are not that good for you.  Here’s what Marion Nestle says in What to Eat (yup, still reading it and still [...]

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Excuses Will Not Help You

Posted on September 22, 2008 - Filed Under Behavior Change | 2 Comments

I am guilty of being an excuse-maker. I hate that I am sometimes. I’m not a fan of excuses. They don’t get me anywhere. They won’t help you either.
For some strange reason, we always find something or someone other than ourselves to blame for our health failures. Guess what? Sometimes we are to blame.
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Kids and Healthy Eating

Posted on September 19, 2008 - Filed Under Nutrition | 3 Comments

I’m still reading Marion Nestle’s What To Eat and I am really enjoying it. Here’s a part I found interesting:

It’s amazing the way foods are marketed to kids these days. Special cereals, crackers, and “fun” food line the shelves. It’s easy to think that kids need these “kid foods.”
According to Nestle, the Dietary Guidelines and [...]

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Positive Effects of Being Healthy

Posted on September 18, 2008 - Filed Under Weight Control | 5 Comments

Some time ago I wrote a post about the different ways participants in the National Weight Control Registry lost weight and kept it off. This morning I found a table that shows the positive effects the weight loss had on the lives of the registry participants. Here are the key points:
95% reported improved quality of [...]

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Why I Blog About Health and Wellness

Posted on September 16, 2008 - Filed Under Behavior Change, Prevention | 10 Comments

In 2005, there were 2,448,017 deaths in the United States. Of those deaths, 652,091 (27%) were from heart disease, 559,312 (23%) from cancer, 143,579 (6%) from stroke (cerebrovascular diseases), and 75,119 (3%) from diabetes (according to CDC Statistics).
I would be stupid to say that ALL of these deaths were preventable through healthy lifestyle habits. [...]

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