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Food, mood and you

You are what you eat — and then some. The foods that you eat can significantly affect your mood, behavior and quality of life.

By Dan Labriola


On Health

The foods you eat can make you angry, sad, tired, grouchy, even hostile. While Americans increasingly turn to antidepressant, anti-anxiety and other psychoactive drugs for mood issues,the fact is no one was born with a Prozac deficiency. There are many possible causes for these symptoms, but the relationship between food and mood is often ignored and may not be obvious since the offending food may not affect you hours or days after ingesting. So how do you know if foods are affecting your mood or behavior? Here are some clues. (more…)

Relax! You’ll be more productive

More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less.

By Tony Schwartz

The New York Times

Walking Your Way to Health

Walking has more health benefits than most people realize.

By Shelby Sheehan Bernard


Margie Warden, left, and Gladys Johnson walk along a trail at Kansas City, Kan., Community College. Warden and a group of friends have been walking six miles a day for 41 years.

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Margie Warden, left, and Gladys Johnson walk along a trail at Kansas City, Kan., Community College. Warden and a group of friends have been walking six miles a day for 41 years.

Can you really walk your way to better health? Research continues to show both the physiological and psychological benefits of the exercise, yet many individuals continue to underrate walking as a health booster.

“The studies are overwhelming; the data is there to show that walking provides all of these health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, as well as reducing blood pressure and enhancing mood,” said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of and specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minn. (more…)

If You’re Stricken, Minutes Matter, Yet Many Ignore Signs, Delay Treatment


The advice sounds very simple. The best way to survive a heart attack is:

1. Recognize the symptoms.

2. Call 911.

3. Chew an aspirin while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

But every year, 133,000 Americans die of heart attacks, and another 300,000 die of sudden cardiac arrest—largely because they didn’t get help in time. (more…)

The Guide to Beating a Heart Attack

First Line of Defense Is Lowering Risk, Even When Genetics Isn’t on Your Side


Here’s the good news: Heart disease and its consequences are largely preventable. The bad news is that nearly one million Americans will suffer a heart attack this year.

Deaths from coronary heart disease in the U.S. have been cut by 75% during the past 40 years. Hospital admissions for heart attack among the elderly fell by nearly 25% in a five-year period during the last decade, a remarkable feat when many experts had expected the aging population to cause an increase in the problem.

How to Survive a Heart Attack

Still, cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of both men and women. Doctors worry that the steady progress from an intense public-health campaign beginning in the 1960s is in jeopardy thanks to the obesity epidemic and rising prevalence of diabetes. Only a relative handful of people are fully compliant with recommendations for diet, exercise and other personal habits well proven to help keep hearts healthy. (more…)

‘Potato people’ newlyweds get health-coach makeover

Having a hard time balancing your work life, home life and your body?  Get  practical info, tips and tools for your life.  Stuff that actually works to get you real results, from Health Coaching!

check out this article in the Seattle Times Sunday March 25th

‘Potato people’ newlyweds get health-coach makeover

A twenty-something couple change their diet and move into a new, healthier way of living with help from a life coach.


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8 Workout Mistakes You Probably Make

By Olivia Putnal, Woman’s Day

When it comes to working out, getting to the gym on a regular basis is only half the battle. The other half? Making the most of your time while you’re there. By paying closer attention to your form, routine, nutrition and more, you’ll be better able to achieve your fitness goals, not to mention avoid injury and weight-loss plateaus. Read on to make sure you’re not committing any common fitness flubs, and if you are, learn how to fix them.
Mistake #1: Not Eating Enough
Keeping yourself properly fueled is vital to a successful workout. Yvonne Castañeda, group exercise manager and private trainer for The Sports Club/LA in Miami, says that many times, when first embarking on a weight-loss journey, her clients skimp on meals. “Working out with little to no food in your system is like embarking on a 300-mile road trip with only a quarter-tank of gas,” she says. “Too often we make the mistake of thinking fewer calories will lead to optimal weight loss. But being properly fueled is essential to making the most of your training.” (more…)

20 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

By Heather Bauer, RD,CDN, REDBOOK

Whether you’re trying to shed some lbs or just stay fit, these tricks to increase your metabolism from nutritionist Heather Bauer, RD,CDN, will help you reach the finish line even faster.

1. Keep Hydrated I’m sure the general population thinks dieticians sound like a broken record when it comes to the whole water thing, but it really is important. Drinking the recommended eight cups of water a day will help your body function at peak performance levels. (more…)

Second Chances

Second Chances
By Edward C. Geehr, M.D., LifeScript Chief Medical Officer
Published August 10, 2008
So you’ve made some mistakes over the years. Maybe you smoke too much, drink too often or bake under the sun. Maybe you feel like nine miles of bad road. But it’s not too late to undo some of the health potholes you have dug. And, as you’ll see below, you’ve got plenty of reasons to give healthy living a try. Plus, find out if you’re ready to quit smoking…Most people want to do the right things – lose weight, quit smoking and exercise. They know they should, but they indulge their desires instead. (more…)

Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

By Amanda Natividad and Nicole McEwen, Lifescript Staff Writers
Published January 10, 2010

Want to get serious about health and wellness? Right now is the best time to start. Dr. Mehmet Oz, New York Times best-selling author and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” reveals his top tips for diet, fitness and more. Even better, some take just a few minutes! Find out how to start transforming your life today…

You don’t have to wait till the New Year to dump bad habits and make healthy changes. You can start today, and it’s easier than you think.

Where to begin? We asked Dr. Mehmet Oz, New York Times best-selling author and host of “The Dr. Oz Show” to share his favorite quick tips for healthy living:

1. Develop a short morning routine. (more…)

Brrrr: 10 tips for cold-weather runners

Posted by Don Shelton

If you’re a Seattle runner like I am, you’re no stranger to running in cold, rainy weather. But the kind of bone-chilling temperatures and ankle deep snow that’s hitting the area now is a different matter.

We’re here to help. If you’re looking for some advice on how to stay safe and avoid a pratfall or injury, look no further. Here are 10 tips for runners to weather any kind of nasty extremes, courtesy of running coaches Jess Cover and Sam Davis from RunVermont. These folks seem to know their cold-weather stuff.

So read up and run on.

1. Layer, layer, layer: Layering clothes provides the perfect balance needed for winter running to avoid over- or under-dressing. When done properly, layers will trap the air warmed by your body while still allowing moisture and sweat to be wicked from your skin. Choose layers that can easily be tied around your waist once you begin to warm up; it’s important not to overheat while running since this can put you at risk of hypothermia. (more…)

4 Secrets to Never Getting Sick

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By Jeannette Moninger

Ever wonder why you always seem to come down with a life-interrupting virus this time of year, while other women you know sail through the season sniffle-, cough-, and ache-free?

We canvassed the research and talked to top experts to uncover these key, study-backed secrets for staying well, even when you’re surrounded by germs. The docs’ number one tip: Get the flu vaccine, ASAP. Then, follow these simple steps to boost your virus protection even more.

Make friends with fresh air
Common wisdom has it that staying indoors, where it’s warm and toasty, is easier on your immune system than being outside in the cold. Problem is, being inside puts you in close constant contact with other people—and their germs.

Yes, You Are Getting Shorter

You’re not just getting older. You’re probably getting shorter, too.  Height Loss May Signal Health Risks, Especially for Men.

Why are you shrinking? Starting in their late 30s, it’s normal for men and women to lose about a half-inch in height every 10 years. Melinda Beck on Lunch Break looks at what point does it get worrisome and what can be done to help.

Height loss is a natural part of aging—some people start shrinking slightly as early as 30. Losing too much height too rapidly, however, can signal a high risk for hip fractures, spinal fractures and even heart disease, particularly in men, several recent studies have found.


Find time, for what really matters

Do you start out your day with great aspirations of spending time with your family, getting in a good run or catching that spin class at the gym, calling your mom and stocking up on good foods from the grocery store? How often do you get these things completed? What happens?

If you are like most people, life does. We get distracted – you check your email in the am- absently mindedly surf the internet, then you’re late for work ,  you forget to eat lunch. Get stopped by a co-worker who chats you up for 20 mins and you’re late for your kids game, forget the spin class. And so on… Life is hectic – there is a lot to juggle. Question is – could you be more efficient?

The number one excuse from clients and people I meet with, as to why they aren’t keeping up with their workouts or eating better- “I don’t have any time!” My answer – Really? Or do you just need to simplify – be a little more selfish – and set aside time for yourself , maybe say “no” more often. Remember you are a product of all your movements- the more you give in, the less you keep in good movements in your life. Check out my list of time management tips. I challenge you to exercise 2 new ones in the next 7 days. Then 2 more the week after.

15 Painless Ways to Free Up an Hour a Day for Your Goals

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau