Feb 27 2013

Life's Little Health Dilemmas

Some of the biggest health dilemmas are answered by the experts who tell us the best ways to handle them:

1. Indulging at a restaurant - bread or dessert? Once people make the choice to have the bread they are subconsciously choosing to let the whole meal go and they ultimately end up eating dessert too. If you save it for dessert (eating clean the whole meal before and skipping the bread), you'll save a ton of calories.

2. Stressed about your to-do list? Should you tackle the biggest or the smallest item first? You need something positive - So pick something, but not the biggest or the most difficult; instead, something that can realistically be tackled and done. Then congratulate yourself for doing that and pick another, then another, then another.

3. We all know how important sleep and exercise are for our health -- so if you got a bad night's rest, is it better to sleep in for an extra hour, or push through your morning workout? One of the most important recovery, mental and immune system boosting activities for the human body is sleep. If you're short on sleep, you experience higher levels of inflammation and a decrease in the hormones that help you lose fat and stabilize your appetite. For this reason, you should never sacrifice sleep to exercise -- as you're likely to put your body into an unhealthy state.  

4. Ideally we'd be prepared -- but if you're stuck in an all-morning meeting and the only food choice is a pastry, is it better to eat it or skip breakfast? SKIP IT. There is nothing actually filling about a pastry -- no fiber, no water -- so it wouldn't help my hunger. In fact, many times eating something high in sugar like this will lead to an energy crash, so I wouldn't be full and it makes me tired.

5. Pounding headache? A weird pain in your side? When you have an unusual system, is it a good idea to Google your symptoms to be a better informed patient, or does searching the internet only lead to problems? So, yes -- Google your symptoms.  But do so reasonably, and humbly.  Reasonably means prioritize credible sites- not those devoted to conspiracy theories.  One very good portal is healthfinder.gov.  Humbly means to remember that an hour of Internet surfing is NOT a substitute for four years of medical school and several more of residency training.  So, use a Google search to generate good questions- but not to cultivate a passion for any given answer. Informed is empowered, and is much better than uninformed.  But misinformed and unwilling to recognize it may be the worst of all.  

-Amy

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Feb 26 2013

Ways to adjust your budget without feeling the pinch

The hardest part of budgeting is worrying how it will affect the everyday life that you're used to living. I found an article on ways to slightly cut your budget, without having to give up too much.

Change the way you shop: Cook according to what’s on sale. Plan your meals in advance with the week’s brochure from your local grocery store. Consider shopping at multiple stores to get most of your groceries at a discount.

Stockpile: Everything from cereal to chuck roast! If it’s on sale and you have the space, get it at rock-bottom price and buy multiples.

Rediscover the library: Your local library has way more than just books. Check out DVDs, audio books, and tap into activities for preschoolers and up (like story time and other fun crafts.) Your library might also have fun classes for date nights that are way cheaper than dinner and a movie.

Shop for clothes seasonally: And by that, we mean the opposite season. Bathing suits are way cheaper at the end of the summer than they are in May. That winter coat? Get it in March for a fraction of what you’d pay in November.

- Amy

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Feb 21 2013

A Lesson From Mister Rogers

 

It 45 years ago this week that we were first introduced to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This childhood classic was brought to us in 1968, when Fred Rogers decided to make a change to children's programming.

At that time, Fred "hated" everything that television had to offer. He felt that there should be a show that focused on boosting self-esteem, so he made it happen.

Is there something out there that you aren't happy with, something that needs a change? Chances are, you might be the one to make those changes. - Amy

 

 

 

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Feb 11 2013

The Three People You Need

To maximize growth and success, you will need three types of people along your professional journey: advisor, sponsor and mentor. 

The Advisor - The person that provides direction, such as where you should go to learn what you need so you get reach your goals.

The Sponsor - The person who’s going to expend their own personal capital (connections, reputation, finances) to allow you to get ahead.

The Mentor - The person that allows you to bare your soul. The person you can say, “I’ve got this fear, and I’ve got this anxiety.” A mentor helps you through your challenges and issues.

Do you have these people in your life already? Or better yet, are you acting as one of these people to someone in their journey? 

- Amy

 

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