Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Year’s Resolution for a Healthier 2012 – Everything in Moderation! (Part 3)

In the final installment of our 3 part series on how to make your New Year’s resolution a commitment you can succeed at and feel good about, we will take our moderation approach even further!

Part 3: Commit to 3 Additional Health Enhancements

Last but not least, in your commitment to a healthier you in 2012, it is a good idea to also incorporate a few small health enhancements to complement your new moderate lifestyle. Again, do not set too lofty a goal, but rather choose three easy-to-implement changes that will fit into your life and make you happier.

First you must identify which aspects of your life need to be addressed. Are you most concerned with your physical health, or would you like to work on emotional, spiritual or intellectual health aspects of your life? You may want to address all of the above! If so, be sure to set realistic goals.

Possible "health enhancements" include:

  • Introducing a multi-vitamin into your morning routine, which is a good idea no matter how young or old you are
  • Adding in a calcium supplement (this is especially important for women)
  • Starting a micro nutrient probiotic cleanse if you have ever suffered from immunity or digestive issues
  • Scheduling your annual check-up appointment, especially if you’re someone who usually tries to avoid going to the doctor
  • Switching to a non-toxic, green cleaning agents in the home for those messes that kids and pets cause
  • Adding recycling and composting kitchen bins
  • Starting an organic garden
  • Volunteering once a month to stay active in your local community and help you achieve greater connectedness
  • Attending a religious/spiritual gathering or lecture once a month
  • Take a class that will broaden your mind or advance your career
  • Take one trip abroad this year
The possibilities are endless!

The trick to being successful in your resolution this year is embracing moderation and committing to change. Instead of focusing your transgressions and labeling yourself a failure, think of your life as a long-term quest for moderation. Take pride in being the sort of person who makes thoughtful choices about their health, but also enjoys indulgences in appropriate portions.

Good luck on your journey to moderation!

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Year’s Resolution for a Healthier 2012 – Everything in Moderation! (Part 2)

In the second installment of our 3 part series on how to make your New Year’s resolution a commitment to moderation we will discuss how to avoid being a slave to repetition.

Part 2: Commit to Mixing it Up

Some routine in life is normal, understandable and at times desirable, but when it comes to physical and mental health, repetition is not your friend. Not only will repeated tasks result in diminishing returns, but they tend to be boring and don’t add joy to your life.

If you have a very repetitive workout, it’s time to mix things up. Diversifying your workout will likely:
  • Stimulate different muscles leading to better over-all results
  • Break through a weight loss plateau
  • Compel you to try harder rather than go through the motions
  • Alleviate boredom
  • Reduce the likelihood of giving up and quitting
  • Stimulate your brain as you learn new things

Start by incorporating one new cardio and one new strength training activity each week. If you are an avid spin class person, try a yoga class. If you are a long distance runner, try biking, rowing or even doing sprint intervals. If you usually work out indoors, try something in the fresh air. To elevate your exercise regimen to the next level, try wearing an infra red ceramic bracelet to help improve your circulation while working out.

If you do not currently exercise, add in a new cardio activity and a new strength training activity at least once this week. Remember – don’t switch into full speed right away. This is all about moderation. Incorporate small changes and once those become too easy, introduce new small changes. Be sure to consult a doctor before starting new physical activities. It is also important that you are fueling your body properly for exertion. You will need both complex carbohydrates and protein in order to fuel your workout. Consider incorporating a probiotic cleanse and a metabolite extract drink like EM-X Gold for maximum metabolic efficiency.

Like physical stagnation, you can also experience mental stagnation. Studies have shown that individuals who do not regularly stimulate their minds are more likely to suffer from dementia later on in life. Several studies show that our neurology benefits from regular engagement – particularly from puzzle solving type activities.
Commit to stimulating your mind several days a week and adding in a new activity a few times a month. The good news is, most of these activities are fun.

Some great brain stimulators and brain-training games include:
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Sudoku
  • Chess
  • Reading an article or book
  • Listening to a radio program or book on tape
  • Taking a class or attending a lecture
  • Visiting a museum
These lifestyle changes are realistic, manageable and – most importantly – they will enhance your quality of life. The result is a happier, healthier you.

In our next post we will address how moderation can become a personal mantra to be applied across all facets of your life. Stay Tuned!

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Year’s Resolution for a Healthier 2012 – Everything in Moderation! (Part 1)

Most New Year’s Resolutions fail for a single reason… they are unrealistically rigid. We tend to frame the resolution as an all or nothing endeavor and when success can only be perfection, it is a set up for failure.

The truth is, unless you have a highly compulsive personality, sticking to an all-or-nothing resolution can be incredibly difficult. Inevitability you "fail"… and after several failures, you throw in towel.

With the exception of smoking, there are few health-oriented resolutions that will stick if you approach it with an all-or-nothing attitude. Rather than having an all-or-nothing mentality this year, make your New Year’s resolution a commitment to moderation!

Join us as we embark on a 3 part series on how to create a resolution you can succeed at to achieve a healthier you in 2012.

Part 1: Commit to a Moderate Diet

Most diets and food-related resolutions are highly ambitious to a fault. They demand drastic changes that inevitably trigger emotional responses, including cravings and self sabotage.

Some examples of diet resolutions that are a set-up for failure include:
  • I’m going to lose 20 pounds by April.  
    • In general, long-term goals are best achieved by breaking them into smaller parts. Too large a goal often overwhelms and leads to a sense of "this is impossible! I might as well eat my weight in Ding Dongs because I’m never going to lose 20 pounds." 
  • I will eat only 1,250 calories a day.  
    • Setting an absolute caloric intake leads to obsessive calorie counting and bizarre eating patterns. Many people end up achieving low calorie mornings / afternoons, only to be overcome with intense evening hunger pangs and the eventual binge. 
    • A substantially lower-than-normal caloric intake can also stall your metabolism, which in turn can lead to weight gain, lethargy and even depression.
  • I will cut out all sodium from my diet. 
    • Salt is not the enemy. Too much salt is the enemy. Instead of trying to avoid sodium altogether opt for lower sodium alternatives to your favorite foods (soups, crackers, snacks, sauces, etc.)
    • Salt food to taste using a high quality salt like EM-X Gold Sea Salt, which is more pure than your average table salt, contains additional minerals and packs more flavor so you can use less.
  • I will only eat cucumbers, raw foods, vegan food, magical radish soup, etc. 
    • Sudden extremes are to be avoided because they almost always generate cravings for forbidden foods. 
    • Any diet that is over dependent on a single food item is to be avoided. It not only lacks nutrient diversity, but it’s boring so you will tire of it quickly. 
    • If you are already a Vegetarian or Vegan, that is fantastic… but if you are trying to become one, it is better to make gradual changes to your diet and slowly progress to that lifestyle.
  • I will cut out all the sweets, salty and/or fatty foods (that I love). 
    • Again, this will only generate intense cravings for foods that are off-limits.
  • I will eliminate all fats from my diet. 
    • Not only does this sound impossible, but it is also unhealthy. There are a number of healthy fats that your body needs in order to absorb certain vitamins, as well as maintain a healthy immune system, skin, hair and organs. Rather than vilifying all fats, it is better to focus on limiting saturated fats, with the understanding that you will consume saturated fats on occasion due to their prevalence in our culture and the fact that they can be a tasty occasional treat!
Instead of deprivation, focus on enjoying food, while also limiting unhealthy excess. Make a list of a few specific changes to your diet that allow for mistakes and some gray area.

Some examples of good changes include:
  • I will cut back on deserts, but allow myself one really incredible desert on Saturday
  • I will limit my weekday lunches to 350 calories
  • I will lose 5 pounds by February 1st
  • I will commit to eating 5 healthy dinners this week
  • I will not grocery shop when I am hungry
  • I will start drinking 1% milk
  • I will always carry a healthy snack in my car/briefcase/purse
  • I will incorporate more fermented foods and live digestive enzymes into my diet
  • I will include one healthy vegetable side dish with dinner
  • I will try a new vegetable or vegetarian recipe every week
  • I will replace soda with water or sugar free tea 3 times a week
  • I will only have one glass of wine a night, except for Saturday when I will have two
These sorts of changes are realistic, manageable and – most importantly – allow for transgressions. The result is a happy, healthier life where you can congratulate yourself for meaningful successes rather than berate yourself for failure.

In our next post we will tackle applying moderation to your physical and mental health!
Stay Tuned!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Using Far Infrared Therapy to Combat the Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields

Nowadays it seems multiple studies are always coming out warning us against the health risks associated with popular foods, common household items, and lifestyle products. Usually these warnings are easy to heed, but what if the danger is so widespread it is simply impossible to avoid? The issue of electromagnetic fields (EMF) are one of those pervasive widespread dangers that are a part of daily life... and virtually impossible to avoid.

EMF Health Risks

Electromagnetic fields are created by the use of power lines, home wiring, airport radar, military technologies, energy grid substations and transformers, computers, appliances, and cell phones. While EMFs cannot be felt physically by most people, they have been purported to cause a multitude of unpleasant and life-altering side effects including miscarriages, birth defects, brain tumors, chronic fatigue, headaches, heart problems, nausea, forgetfulness or distraction, and even cancer. While many of these claims are as of yet unsubstantiated by scientific study, many experts attribute some degree of health risk to living and working in constant exposure to EMFs. Only time will tell what the extent of these health risks is but notable scientists are hypothesizing that serious long-term health concerns are very likely. It is even being speculated that in the future power line radiation from their electromagnetic fields will reach the same consumer danger level as asbestos and radon. The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) have been outspoken about the health risks of EMF radiation. Only time will tell how these features of modern life affect our health and the extend of the damage.

Minimizing the Health Risks with Far Infrared Therapy

Far infrared waves are the long thermal energy waves that we experience everyday as heat from the sun. Far infrared waves can also be used to protect against exposure to EMFs as well as treat a number of illnesses and improve overall health. In fact, far infrared therapy has been shown to:

  • Stimulate enzyme activities to release water and fat that is being stored in the body
  • Relieve nervous tension to allow the body to heal
  • Aid with metabolism and break down cellulite
  • Detox and cleanse the body- dissolving hidden toxins in the blood
  • Strengthen the cardiovascular system by increasing cardiac output
  • Boost the immune system by stimulating white blood cell production
  • Kill disease-causing bacteria and fungi
  • Fight off viruses and parasites when the body is compromised
  • Expand capillaries to increase blood flow and improve circulation

Far infrared therapy can take the form of far infrared saunas and heating pads, far infrared ceramics, far infrared fabrics, and far infrared appliances. EM ceramic jewelry is personal protective jewelry that uses far infrared ceramic material to minimize the effects of EMFs. EM ceramic jewelry is also stylish and fun to wear, providing a much more convenient and discrete way to utilize far infrared therapy and minimize the effects of electromagnetic fields the body. EM ceramic jewelry is the chemical-free alternative to increased blood circulation, remove toxins from muscles and internal organs, lowers blood pressure, and improves overall body function. Couple these pieces with regular exercise, a daily digestive cleanse, and plenty of water for an amazing complete health transformation.