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What? As a women’s health NP, we’re more consumed by measuring a mom’s growing tummy and reassuring her about the baby’s growth and development, not about any thoughts that women should try to have well-defined abdominal muscles. I read about this from Rachel Zarrell’s post with photos of pregnant women with baby bumps and defined abs via BuzzFeed. (more…)
This summer as temperatures soar and you head out to get a little exercise, be it biking with the kids, playing ultimate Frisbee or even beach volleyball, you may be reaching for your water bottle and scanning for quick and easy energy boosters that don’t weigh you down or cost a lot.
Ever wonder what someone like 3-time Olympic gold medal athlete like Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches for as a quick pick-me-up? Well, chances are, you have her golden, sweet secret right in your pantry. It’s pure with just one ingredient, all-natural honey! Kerri, who started working with the National Honey Board in 2014, loves the taste and convenience of honey and started incorporating it into her routine years ago as a natural boost of energy on the sand.
Yes! You Are a Role Model
If you’re like me, you might sometimes wonder if your family is paying attention to all the little things you do every day that make their lives healthier and happier.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t receive applause or accolades on a regular basis for the healthy routines that we’ve established in our own families. Just stop, and consider for a moment how much of what you do every day impacts your family. And, though most of us are too humble to acknowledge this, most moms are doing a great job! So go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
When you eat salad and vegetables at dinner, your family is more likely to make the same choices. When you make time to exercise regularly, your family is more likely to also. Even walking the dog. Any routine that your family witnesses regularly gets ingrained as habits. Yes! You are a role model for your children and for the rest of your family.
Can you believe we’re still talking about the flu this year? Like the persistent winter storms that have blanketed much of the country week after week, this flu started early and it’s still widespread in many parts of the country. There were several different strains of the flu circulating, which meant that some people came down with the flu twice!
5 Flu Tips for Spring
1. Wipe it down and wash your hands
The winter storms may have left you drained from endless laundry, however, good old-fashioned hand washing and wiping down surfaces is more important now than ever. Keep hand sanitizer in your backpack or purse, wash your hands and wipe down surfaces especially when anyone in the house has a runny nose or cough.
2. Get your Zzz’s
There’s abundant research that shows adults do best with seven to eight hours of restful sleep each night. Sleep is essential for a healthy immune system to restore and refresh itself. Not only does plenty of restful sleep help keep you healthy, it also helps you recover if you are dealing with a cold or flu.
3. Let the sunshine in
A key nutrient for a healthy immune system is vitamin D, which is known as the sunshine vitamin because your skin uses sun exposure to make it. Vitamin D is also found in fortified milk. Vitamin D helps bolster your immune systems and helps prevent some infections and some types of cancer. (more…)
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Mache Seibel, the founder and creator of My Menopause Magazine that’s available on iTunes.
Dr. Seibel teaches at Harvard and is an expert in many areas of women’s health. He offered up a wealth of information about how we can stay healthy as we age.
#1 Eat well – it almost goes without saying, but we can’t say it enough. Eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains while avoiding packaged and pre-prepared foods is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
Years of research will tell you what you see with your friends and family who are healthy. By eating choosing to have at least ½ of your plate filled with vegetables and having less red meat, you can avoid heart disease and diabetes.
#2 Sleep – We often forget how important sleep is for our well being. We all know that less sleep means more irritability and a shorter fuse, but you may also be surprised to learn that more sleep means a lowered risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Studies on night shift workers have found higher rates of obesity.
Many of us find that being tired leads to more food cravings. (more…)
People are always asking me, What’s the best thing I can do to be healthy? What’s the secret? Is there a magic pill, supplement or food from a faraway land that will instantly make me healthy? Maybe a recently discovered way of exercising? Hmmm….. Sound familiar?
That’s because we’re all looking for the newest, latest and easiest way to get healthy. We want to wave a magic wand and presto-chango be healthy overnight. Could there be a hidden, as yet undiscovered, simple solution? If you guessed no, then guess again!
Better health can be simple. Living healthier is attainable and is a lot easier than most people think. How is this possible? Well, we have to start by changing the way we think about getting healthy. Because many of us assume it will be too hard and too overwhelming, we give up before we even get started. Changing the way we think is the key. Instead of focusing on what you hate doing, turn it upside down and find what you like doing. Something you will look forward to.
I have a patient, Claire* who adamantly refused to ever go to a gym, she felt judged there and that she didn’t fit in. She wasn’t able to walk around her block without feeling winded. Then she realized that she loved the Rose Garden in San Jose and wanted to see the flowers every day. (more…)
What’s the Easiest Way to Lose Weight and Be Healthier?
“Take My 2014 Challenge”……..
Take 2014 Steps in 2014. Walk an extra 2014 steps every day and watch the pounds melt off. 2,014 extra steps each day is a mile. It’s a 15 minute walk. You could also break it up into smaller increments and just get up off your chair and walk around the house at regular intervals.
I have patients who are too busy to go to the gym so we’ve found ways to help them increase their steps.
A recent study found that Americans walk about half as much as Australians and their obesity rate is also half of what ours is. On average, the folks in the study walked around 5,000 steps, the Australians over 9,000. Guess what? 5,000 steps per day is considered sedentary, in other words — inactive.
Quadruple and multiply by 5 the number!
Want to be really healthy? Don’t stop at 2014 steps, quadruple and then multiply the number of steps you walk by 5 and aim for at least 10,000 steps each day. That’s the key to better health. Start off with a few and add 500 each day until you reach your goal. Experts are saying that exercise is the best way to stay healthy.
Why Zebras don’t die of heart attacks
My friend, Dr. Jane Lombard, who is a cardiologist explained why it is that Zebras don’t die of heart attacks. She heard this explanation during her training. It’s because they are always running! They run from lions, cheetahs and other predators. Zebras are active and that’s why they don’t have heart disease. So take a cue from our striped friends and get out there!
Healthy Tips for the Holidays
It’s Holiday Crunch Time and I don’t mean time spent munching on peppermint bark, though that’s tempting. This time of year, I know that I often find myself over-indulging without any conscious thought. I was just at my annual book club pot-luck and while everyone else was finding a comfy spot to sit down, I was perusing the buffet table. I had been so busy that day, that I forgot to eat lunch and then before you could say New York Times Bestseller, I had helped myself to 1/2 of the remaining baked brie and was searching for toothpicks for the spiced shrimp. Swedish meatballs, yum!, They’re small and so I can pop a few in while loading up on other goodies. Gosh, before I knew it, I had a stomach ache and could barely concentrate on the book exchange.
In the world of healthy eating, this is what’s known as Unconscious Indulgence and complete and utter lack of awareness. Guilty as charged! I completely ignored all the healthy advice I give to my patients this time of year, because, well…..I’m human and make mistakes. So instead of beating myself up and polishing off a carton of ice cream, I took a deep breath and tried to forgive myself, so that I could make better choices the next day. I knew that it was time for me to take a step back away from the buffet and be more conscious about all my choices surrounding food and exercise.
I know and we all know what to do this time of year to make healthy choices and yet sometimes it’s good to get a nice reminder. Well, if you’re looking for healthy tips this holiday, I’ve got good news for you! El Camino Hospital’s Free Health Perks provides you with healthy tips and resources all year round and right now, by signing up, you can also download their free Healthy Holiday Tips.
It sounds counter-intuitive, however getting some down-time and rest this holiday season will actually help you enjoy it more. I’ve been practicing what I’m learning from Renée Trudeau and it’s working! (more…)
Worried About Your Child’s Bulging Belly?
It’s estimated that more than half of all Americans are overweight, and one in five of us is obese. In the 70’s, only about 4% of children 6-11 were overweight, now its over 17%. I became more aware, and began to make some changes.
I was amazed by what I learned and you might be too.