Monthly Archives: September 2011

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Fat Trap for Perimenopause/Menopause Women

Welcome to arguably the toughest "fat patch" of all. Well, that certainly caught my attention as I started to read the article.  The phrase "fat patch" when you're staring straight in the face of perimenopause doesn't sound too......hopeful! Hmmm, thought I'd better pay attention to this. The newest Health September issue article on how to Fat Proof Your Life is definitely a must-read, so please read on:

Welcome to arguably the toughest "fat patch" of all. We're due for an average gain of 12 pounds within eight years after menopause, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have shown. And fat burning plunges by 32 percent in post-menopausal women, possibly due to a drop in estrogen, reports a study in the International Journal of Obesity.

"You burn on average around 150 to 250 calories fewer per day," says lead study author Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD. Fight back with these expert fixes:

Cut calories: To ward off the pounds, you may need to slash about 200 calories a day now. Make sure you're getting enough lean protein and fiber to keep full, but stick to a low-fat plan, since your body isn't as efficient at burning fat as it once was, Lovejoy says.

Sleep on it: Stress hormones like cortisol can creep up now thanks to hot flashes and other discomforts, making you crave sugary foods, which your body then turns into belly fat. The best way to metabolize stress hormones and reverse this trend: Get enough zzz's, says Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom.

Sculpt Muscles: Don't want to eat less? Lift more. Since muscle mass diminishes with age, if you don't do anything to replace it, your body will shift to more fat and less muscle - which slows down your metabolism even more, says Dr. Northrup. Aim for two 40-minute sessions of weight training a week to keep muscle and bones at pre-meno level.

Other days, try for 30 minutes of cardio, like dancing or the elliptical. That simple formula - strength plus cardio - really can keep mid-life gain away.



No Time for Exercise? Maybe You Do Have The Time!

I just read some good news - studies have shown that 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training can yield the same - or better - results as a longer, moderate workout when it comes to weight loss and cardiovascular benefits.

So for those of you (like me) who feel you have to set aside a chunk of time most days to get your "recommended daily allowance" for exercise, apparently the new studies are saying that just by amping up your intensity and reps when exercising, you can - in theory - burn as many calories in 30 minutes then in longer 60- or 90-minutes sessions. Now that's great news!


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Cherry limeade is delicious.
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Living with a Tummy in Turmoil

Is your gut reaction to stress effecting your gut function? Then shake things up for better health.

If you’ve ever experienced an upset stomach,  you know the difference between that and what millions of Americans suffer with - irritable bowel syndrome.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be very frustrating to deal with, especially with the symptoms of inflammation, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation, fatigue, bloating, and other numerous symptoms.  Basically, in layman’s term, it means your digestive tract is out of whack - it doesn’t work, or function, correctly.

Once you’ve been diagnosed, usually the first thing you’re looking for is r-e-l-i-e-f.  There are several things you can do to relieve the symptoms:

Make dietary changes. Keeping a food diary of what you’re eating and symptoms experienced can help eliminate some food culprits that might be adding to the problem, such as fatty foods, milk/dairy products (this was a hard one for me to give up but it‘s not worth the aftermath), alcohol,  and some caffeinated drinks.

Adding fiber (slowly) to your overall diet can be very helpful.

Look at medicine options. Consult with your doctor about the options of laxatives or antispasmodics that may work for you

Stress.  This should come as no surprise to anyone that stress can affect our emotional and physical health in ways that are hard to understand.  The nerves in the digestive tract can become more active during stress, causing the intestinal track to become more sensitive and spasm more.

Use exercise, prayer/meditation, counseling, or even hypnosis to help manage your stress levels.

Finally, I should share with you that the reason I understand this so well is I’ve struggled with IBS for decades and not only is it painful, it can show up at the most awkward times and cause embarrassment and inconvenience (like on a recent trip).  To put it bluntly, I don’t always get enough fiber in my food plan, can’t always minimize my stress, and sometimes have a hard time finding time to exercise. Does that ring a bell for anyone else?

I will tell you though, I have found one thing that I’ve been using for the last four weeks that is making a significant difference with my digestive track (because of the probiotic’s and fiber) and is helping to eliminate any troubles that I use to experience.

The fact is that diet plays a direct role in our gut function and when you find something that works, you want to share it. Find the thing that works for you and know that you can manage your IBS symptoms and overall health.

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Food for Thought

Do you agree with this statement:  It may be alright to be content with what you have, never with what you are.

We should approach life as a learning experience. We can continuously learn and improve ourselves. If we stop leading dynamic lives, we will become bored and goal setting may take back burner to your routine. As you do the small things consistently, your foundation becomes stronger and it’s a lot easier to keep balance in the rest of your life.

5 Ways to Love What Your’e Eating!

I’ve decided to jump-start my weight loss efforts for the next several weeks and have been using a nutritional shake, which means I’ve been eating only one meal a day.

I’m finding for the most part, I’m absolutely fine throughout the day, and at the end of the day I plan accordingly for “dinner time” so I’m not grazing with mindless eating until dinner is done - or going stark-raving mad by the time I get to sit down and have my meal.

I will tell you though that planning is the key.  I figure I can do anything one week at a time so it doesn’t seem overwhelming, and I actually look forward to having a meal.

However, the one thing I noticed was how quickly I’m been gobbling down my one and only meal.  If I had to guess, it took me mere minutes to complete the meal. I’m not kidding! Then…. I had a light-bulb moment in the middle of scooping the food from the spoon to my awaiting mouth. My thought was - what on earth is the rush?

So I deliberately made a conscious choice to enjoy my food. Ya know, to actually taste it. I allowed myself to slow down - at least for 10 minutes - instead of rushing through things. Which I have a tendency to do, after all, there’s so much to do! Do you ever do that with meals?

I, like you, need to be reminded of things we do that may be sabotaging our weight loss efforts. While I try not to make food the focus of my day, when I need to, here are some key tips that will help you to really enjoy those well-deserved meals:

1. Eat sitting down (I’m even doing this with my shakes - taste what you’re putting in your mouth)
2. Time yourself with how long it takes to eat a meal. You may be surprised it takes you mere minutes to finish your meal too. Take 10 minutes or longer to eat your meal (it‘s good for your digestion too).
3. Try to have a relaxing, calming place in which to eat. We’re stimulated all day long with phone calls, tv, things to read, background noise, etc., find a relatively peaceful environment to enjoy your food.
4. Good dinner conversation is always a plus. Be careful of mindless eating though while your conversing, stick to your planned meal only, and enjoy your company and the conversation.
5. I’m a big believer that when you restrict a certain food is when you want it even more. Just be wise about portions. In the end, it’s all about portions.  Remember, cravings come and go and once you limit the foods you crave, your cravings will diminish significantly over time.

It probably goes against every dieting tip you’ve ever heard but I encourage you to love your food.

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