Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vitamins for Women: Thinking Thin?

Bintulu Kite Flying FestivalImage by Jinsonocx via Flickr

Do thin people think differently than heavier people?  

Philosophical and spiritual practices tell us that thinking, visualizing, and focusing on goals are the surest ways to obtain goals.  

Just as positive energy seems to attract positive energies, many negative, self-images seem to perpetuate negative results… 

So maybe looking at the way thin people think can help you attain your “thinner” goals.  I don’t know if any research has been done on that issue but here are some thin thoughts.

  1. Enjoy your food.  When eating, focus on eating.  Turn off the distractions of TV or phone.  Sit down with a pretty setting of dishes and utensils, placemat and decoration and enjoy the experience of eating.  Savor the flavors and textures of your food.
  2. Cook your own food when possible.  There is a unique appreciation for food when it is prepared by you for you.  Enjoy color and taste combinations.  Buy fresh and then use it up while it’s fresh. 
  3. Hunger pangs are not emergency calls.  Eat slowly, it takes 15 minutes for your brain to register that the stomach has been fed.  Portion control does work.  Eating more frequent, smaller meals, based on proteins and vegetables, will reduce your feelings of hunger.  I remember reading a book that advocated chewing each bite slowly, with at least 20 chews before swallowing to help with digestion and feelings of fullness.
  4. Make exercise a part of your normal, daily routine.  Think of it as a user-friendly way of feeling good about yourself….don’t let it be a chore…play with exercise like you did when you were a kid….have fun..jump rope, play hop scotch, run with a kite, have a water gun fight, roller skate, learn to dance…you get the picture!
  5. Don’t feel guilty about an occasional indulgence.  It’s okay to have fun and delight in living.  Enjoying an occasional dessert or adult beverage is okay, just don’t overdue it.
  6. When planning activities with friends, think past the food….plan activities…dancing, bowling, hiking, biking….
  7. Toss out the scale…being compulsed to weigh yourself every day is a downer.  Being healthy and thin means being comfortable in your body.  You know when you are overweight.  Life in your body should be fairly effortless.  You know when you are toting the equivalent of a sack of dog food around with you.  You know when it is time to adjust where you are with where you want to/ought to be.
  8. Learn to listen to your body.  It has a lot to tell you if you take the time to hear what it is telling you.  You are a spiritual being having a physical experience.  Listen to the physical side of your nature.  You can tell what’s right and what’s wrong.
  9. Consider your nutritional base and supplement it with vitamins and minerals.  Today’s food is less nutritious than it was 20 years ago.  Find a good source of vitamins like Womens Vitamins, which also contains colloidal minerals.  Vitamins are our friends, but they are not our food…they are not nutrition, they are necessary supplements. 
  10.  Don’t fixate or brood on being heavy or on your diet or your diet failures.  Don’t hem yourself in with negative thoughts….take the time to day dream, plan a vacation, work on writing a book, poetry or a song.  Embrace the here and now.  Catch up on old friends with Facebook, start a blog.  Be creative…breathe positive energy in and out of your daily life.

Think beyond your box…visualize yourself as a thin person, and become that thinner person on the inside as well as the outside.

Be healthy, be happy, take your women vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Women Vitamins: Healthy Hearts for Valentine's

Two Hearts Beat As OneImage by just.Luc via Flickr

February is the month that symbolizes Valentine’s Day, love, sweetness, and our hearts…  It’s truly a  great month to be heart smart.

You may not realize this but more Americans die annually from cardiac disease than from cancer.  Luckily, heart disease is often preventable.  Choosing a heart healthy lifestyle isn’t difficult or complicated…there is no need for sacrifice and self-denial.

Just follow easy to incorporate, heart healthy habits into your daily routine, and you’ll enjoy a healthier life for years to come.

  1. Know your blood pressure and try keeping it around 115/76.  High blood pressure ages your arteries….keeping your blood pressure in the lower ranges can make your body up to ten years younger.
  2. Floss, brush and see your dentist routinely.  Periodontal diseases such as gingivitis affect more than your gums.  Recent studies indicate that chronic infections of the mouth affect your auto immune systems and can even jeopardize a pregnancy.  Bleeding gums require constant clotting which may trigger heart attacks. Bacteria that causes gum disease also causes a thickening of the arterial walls...which adds to the possibility of heart attacks.
  3. Exercise is vital for heart health.  Walking or dancing for 30 minutes each day can add years to your life.  Regular movement is a powerful anti-aging treatment as well….
  4. Get enough sleep.  Our bodies require down time and 7-8 hours of sleep.  Most cellular repair is done during deep sleep.  Keep your room dark, sleep at a routine time.  Keep your room cooler, the body rests easier in cool conditions.
  5. Stop smoking…you know the drill…..smoking is a trigger for heart disease among a long list of other ailments.  Be careful of second-hand smoke as well.  It can trigger diseases and ages the body more rapidly.  An hour of second hand smoke is equal to smoking 4 cigarettes….
  6. Don’t eat in front of the TV.  Pay attention to your food; savor the flavor and the enjoy company that a dinner partner can bring.  Eating foods closest to their natural/raw state assists with health and aging.  Having good companionship and conversation stimulates the brain and calms the heart.
  7. Meditate, pray, be grateful.  Setting aside small portions of time in the morning and in the evening are great ways to start and end your day.  Calm down the mind, and let the heart be grateful for the moments of learning, wonder, and life.  Routine meditation or prayer can add years to your healthy life and serenity to your soul.
  8. Take a good multivitamin.  Liquid vitamins are absorbed at a 90% rate which is a decidedly greater absorption factor than the 10-25% efficiency of capsules or pills.   
  9. Lose any extra weight.  Adult weight gain is mostly fatty tissue that increases the chance of heart disease.  Keep your waist measurement below 35” if you are a woman (40” for a man) and remember that losing 10% of your weight can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol, and lessen your risk of diabetes.
  10. Start kissing.  Kissing has many healthy benefits.  Couples who kiss good morning and good-bye add 5 years to their lives.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy Heart for your Valentine's Day.

Be safe, take your vitamins for women and be blessed, Kersten

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