HEALTH / FITNESS
Information about fitness, health, nutrition and weight loss
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- May Recipes
- Daily Diet Tip
- Water - The Body's Most Valuable Liquid Asset
- Treat vs. Cheat
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This is Mom's month, and she deserves a month all to herself, right girls? To help mom feel special, we've put together a meal that you could make for lunch or brunch or even dinner!! Not too much cooking involved, just lots of good nourishing vegetables, meat, and fruit. You could fix Mom a good lunch and then take her out shopping for something special that says, 'I'm glad I have a mother like you'! She'll appreciate it and even love you more for it, especially if she doesn't have to cook or clean up!!! Happy Mother's Day to all!!!
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Water - The Body's Most Valuable Liquid Asset
It's easy to ignore water most of the time. Unless we're thirsty, we probably take water for granted. Maybe we think about drinking water when the weather is hot, or when we're exercising. No matter what the weather or situation, it is time for us to give water - one of the body's most essential nutrients - some well-earned attention.
We all know that water is vital. It is the most abundant substance in our bodies. On the average, an adult's body weight is 55 to 75 percent water. That means each of us contains about 10 to 12 gallons of water. How much water comprises each of us varies from person to person. For example, the leaner a person is, the higher the proportion of water in her or his body. Males carry a higher percentage of water than females, because male bodies are more muscle. Muscle tissue is about 73 percent water, while body fat is about 25 percent water. Even bones are 22 percent water.
Water plays a number of important roles in the body. It regulates body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, removes waste, cushions joints and protects organs and tissues. Since the brain is 70 percent water, blood is 82 percent water, and the lungs are nearly 90 percent water, it is easy to see how even mild dehydration can cause problems. It doesn't have to be hot, humid weather outside for our bodies to need water. We don't need to have just completed a grueling gym workout to need hydration. In fact, cold weather leads to an increased need for fluids. Why? When the temperature drops, the body works even harder to maintain a normal temperature. In addition, heated room air can cause skin to lose moisture. It is important to note that thirst is in fact a symptom of dehydration. To avoid problems brought about by dehydration, experts encourage drinking water before, during and after working out, and before we experience thirst.
Not only is water a necessary part of every system in the body, and in all weather conditions, but the water we do have is also lost from the body in a variety of ways. Water is expelled from the body by the skin as perspiration, by the lungs as water vapor exhaled, by the kidneys as urine and by the intestine in feces. That's why health professionals agree we need 8 to 12 glasses of water a day to maintain healthy, adequate hydration. A national consumer survey released in May 1998 reveals that Americans may be drinking too little water. When surveyed, 3,000 consumers responded that the average American only consumes 4.6 servings of water a day. Another concern noted is that many of the popular beverages Americans drink are somewhat dehydrating. These drinks, including coffee, carbonated soda with caffeine, tea, beer and wine, actually have a diuretic effect on the body. The survey, conducted by Yankelovich Partners for the Nutrition Information Center at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and the International Bottled Water Association, clearly demonstrates the need for increased public education about the benefits of proper hydration and the problems even mild dehydration can cause.
So have a drink, or two; your body will thank you for it!
Submitted by: Maria Albus
Treat vs. Cheat
How often have you told yourself that you "cheated" on your diet because you had a piece of cheesecake at your friend's birthday or you gave into your Dairy Queen craving? No doubt this made you feel guilty and contributed to thoughts about a lower self-image. In fact, I'm sure many times the self-punishment resulted in further overeating and a vicious bingeing cycle. In other words, you ended up eating more because you felt guilty about eating in the first place. If you sit back and think about it, does this really make any sense?
These negative thoughts and actions stem from the guilt that arose from the fact that you felt you "cheated" on your diet. We all know that when you do something wrong and get caught for it, consequences follow - usually in the form of punishment. This is what you are doing to yourself when you blame yourself and feel guilty for "cheating" and having a piece of cheesecake.
Here is something that might be helpful in this common situation. When you would like to have a little dessert, change the word "cheat" to "treat." This will break the vicious "guilt cycle" because you are telling yourself that you are "treating" yourself and as a result, good feelings and thoughts will come about.
Some patients worry that if they treat themselves, they could spiral back into their patterns of old eating habits. Remember, a "treat" is a special event, occasion or pleasure given. You are a good person, you deserve to treat yourself. In other words, if something is allowed, no guilty feelings will result. You will feel good about your little "treat" and carry on with positive thoughts about your weight control efforts.
So, from now on, discard those guilty thoughts by remembering to change your thoughts from "cheat" to "treat" when you have that "little extra." Focus on your accomplishments and your successes, and then focus on how you were able to get right back on track!
You can do it. Don't ever give up.
Submitted by: Dr. Doug
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