Showing posts from December 17, 2017

How Much Caffeine Is in That?

1/14 Why Does It Matter?Caffeine can affect you in many ways. It can: Boost energy, memory, and athletic performanceEase headachesHelp prevent constipation and type 2 diabetesProtect against brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’sBut too much can make you anxious, nervous, or jittery. It can affect sleep, digestion, blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rhythm. And it can damage a child's developing heart, blood vessels, and nervous system. 2/14 Green TeaServing size: 8 ounces Caffeine: About 28 milligrams Some people think this is an herbal tea with no caffeine. It’s actually made from the same leaves as black tea (the Camellia sinensis bush). It generally does have a bit less caffeine. 3/14 Black TeaServing size: 8 ounces Caffeine: About 47 milligrams Skip your regular morning coffee and you may get groggy, tired, irritable, and even sick. If you want to cut back, do it slowly. That'll give your body a chance to get used to it. A cup of tea in the morning instead of coffee may…

12 Tips to Keep Your Mind Sharp

1/12 Use Your BrainIt's true: Use it or lose it. Stretching your brain keeps your mind sharp. People who are more active in mentally challenging activities are more likely to stay sharp. Try these: Read a book.Go to a lecture.Listen to the radio.Play a game.Visit a museum.Learn a second language. 2/12 Mix Things UpRemember trying to talk backwards as a child? Researchers at Duke University created exercises they call "neurobics," which challenge your brain to think in new ways. Since your five senses are key to learning, use them to exercise your mind. If you're right-handed, try using your left hand. Drive to work by another route. Close your eyes and see if you can recognize food by taste. 3/12 Work Out to Stay SharpExercise, especially the kind that gets your heart rate up like walking or swimming, has mental pluses, too. Although experts aren't sure why, physical activity might increase the blood supply to the brain and improve links between brain cells. Staying ac…

Surprising Ways Your House Hurts Your Health

1/15 What’s on the Kitchen Counter?Set yourself up for snack success. Stock up on the good stuff: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats. If you get canned goods, go for fruits packed in their own juice (instead of syrup). Skip additives like salt or sugar. When in doubt, read labels. Or better yet, stick to whole foods that don’t need labels in the first place. 2/15 Is Your Kitchen Table Dusty?Busy schedules and screens can butt in to dinnertime. That isn't good for your crew's health. Kids have better eating habits and teens are less likely to take part in risky behavior when mealtime is a family affair. Everyone benefits when you carve out time to sit at the table together. 3/15 How Big Are Your Dishes?Did you know your plate size can affect your waist size? It’s true -- studies show that when people use larger bowls and plates, they fill them up. That means they eat more than they need. Try this simple switch at mealtime: Put healthy foods on bigger plates …

Inspirational Quote – December 23, 2017

“People inspire you or they drain you. Pick them wisely.”

Who we spend our time with can influence our perceptions, attitude and abilities. We’ve all experienced those psychic “vampires” who will take and take and drain us of all our energy. Breaking free of them may not be easy, but it’s essential if we want to maintain our wholeness. Strive to surround yourself with inspiring positive people every day – you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

Susyn Blair-Hunt

Winter Garden

When the seasons turn, snowfall whispers to you to stay warm and cozy - to go a little more inward. The cycle of seasons impact our own inner lives. So how does this cooler season express the balance between our own sense of stillness and busy-ness? How much of our lives do we spend filling our days with activity without purpose? Or ruminating on our own inner voices that tell us we aren't 'busy' or 'productive' enough? How do we find that natural harmony to know when to rest and be still... just like the life of greenery that is blanketed under the white snow. The natural balance of life and rest? Alanda Greene contemplates this sense of stillness and rejuvenation from her Canadian home.

Inspirational Quote – December 22, 2017

“Don’t look where you fell, but where you slipped.”

Exactly! A reminder to pay attention to what came before you “fell.” Looking back to what caused you to fall, not the actual fall itself because, by that time, it was too late to save yourself. Could you have done something, or taken steps to prevent it? Hindsight is a great thing isn’t it? We’ve all at one time or another thought, “If only?” “Why didn’t I?” “I wish I had/hadn’t………” Better to hone our foresight skills rather than feel regret with hindsight further down the line. Something to remember for the future don’t you think?

Living from a Place of Surrender

Michael Singer is a spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of the spiritual classic The Untethered Soul. In this conversation, Michael speaks about the core idea of his teachings: that it is only through complete surrender to the essence of the moment that we experience life's full potential. The discussion is rich, detailed, and pragmatic, including what this sense of surrender actually means when it comes to decision-making and day-to-day activities, as well as how to recognize when we are still clinging to resistance.

What's So Bad About Sitting?

It Hurts Your Heart

Scientists first noticed something was up in a study that compared two similar groups: transit drivers, who sit most of the day, and conductors or guards, who don’t. Though their diets and lifestyles were a lot alike, those that sat were about twice as likely to get heart disease as those that stood.

It Can Shorten Your Life

You’re more likely to die earlier from any cause if you sit for long stretches at a time. It doesn’t help if you exercise every day or not. Of course, that’s no excuse to skip the gym. If you do that, your time may be even shorter.

Dementia Is More Likely

If you sit too much, your brain could look just like that of someone with dementia. Sitting also raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, which all play a role in the condition. Moving throughout the day can help even more than exercise to lower your risk of all these health problems.

You’ll Undo All That Exercise

The effects of too much sitting …