“Most Americans already consume too many calories and struggle to lose weight. One can of soda a day doesn’t seem like a big deal, especially not if you manage to cut back on food calories. If you don’t, though, an extra 150 calories a day can translate into a fifteen-pound weight gain over a year! The danger of drinking sugared sodas and juices instead of water is that many people treat “liquid calories” as somehow different from “food calories” and often don’t make up for the calories in soda or juice by eating less. High-sugar diets make the pancreas pump out more and more insulin, which may lead to diabetes…What about calorie-free sodas? As a beverage, they are better than the sugared versions, although they’re an expensive way to get water.” (p. 130)
Source: Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy by Walter C. Willet, MD (2001)
“The right kind of salad for lunch can help you stay alert and prevent that sleepy feeling you sometimes get after you eat. A carbohydrate-heavy meal (loaded with bread or pasta) triggers the release of a brain chemical called serotonin, which gives a feeling of relaxation, well-being, and drowsiness. Basically, it makes you feel ready to kick back – not something you necessarily want in the middle of the day…For the afternoon, stick with protein and vegetables. Protein blocks the serotonin effect, helping you stay alert and on your game. That’s why meals rich in protein without much concentrated carbohydrate, like most main course salads, are the perfect power lunch.” (p. 117)
Krieger, E. 2008. The Food You Crave. Newtown, C.T.: The Taunton Press.
“Life’s little details deserve appreciation. The wonder of it all lies in the details, and then the details within the details: flowers with delicate, specialized parts designed to attract insects and encourage pollination, leaves with tiny pores that allow the plants to breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. The cooling breeze that feels so good on your face is a miracle in itself -how would it feel if the air were always still? Don’t forget the beauty of dusk as the sun sets, or dawn as it rises. Everyday occurrences present endless opportunities to feel love. Make a list of details you take for granted, and you’ll come up with hundreds more.” (p. 175)
Liponis, M. 2007. Ultralongevity: The Seven-Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You. New York, N.Y.: Little, Brown and Company.
Dr. Ellen Hughes, internist and integrative medicine specialist at UCSFs Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, explores the value of vitamins, minerals and supplements. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [9/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16719]
Technology has expanded at such a rate that nearly every aspect of our world has been affected — yet there has been no corresponding expansion of personal happiness. We are depressed, anxious, sleep-deprived and overmedicated. This talk explores the innate technology within us — the “apps” of our mind, body and emotional center that contain the inner-knowledge that can empower the most meaningful areas of our lives.
Max Strom teaches personal transformation and yoga worldwide and is known for deeply inspiring and impacting the lives of his students. His methods address the internal, emotional and spiritual aspects of our life and our potential for physical healing. He is the author of “A Life Worth Breathing.”
“If you’re one of the many women who say, I don’t have time or energy to exercise, you don’t understand what a terrific bargain you’re passing up. Isn’t preventing a heart attack worth a few hours of your time? What is decreasing your risk of developing cancer worth to you?…Stop thinking of exercise as a luxury, something that can be bumped to the bottom of the to-do list. Instead, remind yourself that it’s a necessity that needs to be a priority in your life. Think of it this way: The healthier, more rested, less stressed, and more energetic you become through physical fitness, the better able you’ll be to care for all of those various responsibilities in your life. It’s like money in the bank.” (p 6-7)
Callahan, L. 2002. The Fitness Factor. Guilford, C.T.: The Lyons Press.