Is your New Year’s resolution to lose weight in 2012? It is not uncommon to approach resolutions with lots of enthusiasm at the start. After a couple weeks however, your enthusiasm often lessens and it’s easy to fall back into old habits. These old habits seem comfortable and easy to fall back into, but they don’t help you lose weight or improve your health. Before you give up on this year’s resolution to lose weight and even before you start, consider this: Are you ready? Is this a good time in your life to make that commitment? Can you devote time to planning and implementing the changes? Do you have.
About every 34 seconds, someone in the United States suffers from a heart attack! Every year, tens of thousands of Americans survive heart attacks, and are able to enjoy a normal life. Heart disease is when plaque forms in the arteries that bring oxygen to the heart muscle. Symptoms of heart disease, which can be a warning of an impending heart attack, are when ordinary physical activity causes you to experience: Undue fatigue. Palpitations which are the sensation that your heart is skipping a beat or ‘racing’, beating too rapidly. Dyspnea which is difficult or labored breathing. Angina pain which is either classified as stable (chest pain with exertion only).
42 million Americans have high cholesterol and another 63 million have borderline high cholesterol. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for the development of a heart attack or stroke due to plaque formation in your arteries (atherosclerosis). Here are some simple ways to reduce your cholesterol that are ‘non prescription’ to start lowering your risk for heart attack and stroke: Portion control: use your hand as a guide to the size of portions of meat (palm), fruit (fist), and veggies (cupped hand). Serve up mostly heart healthy foods: 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Go to the sea twice a week: eat fish twice a week, good.
By 2020, 1 in 2 Americans could have Diabetes! Type 2 Diabetes (Adult Onset) can be prevented with weight loss, diet and exercise. Always try to maintain a healthier weight: know your ideal BMI (body mass index) for your heighth and sex. Exercise daily: 2 1/2 hours of moderate exercise per week. Eat healthier. Here are some ways to approach your diet to help prevent Diabetes: Total amount, not the type, of carbohydrate is key: limit the amount. Dish out proper portions of the food groups, no measurement needed: your plate has 1/2 vegetables, 1/4 starch/grains, 1/4 protein. The right “white” bread: white whole wheat flour only. Learn to love.
Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. Here are the symptoms of SAD: Sad, anxious or empty feelings. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. Irritability or restlessness. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you would normally enjoy. Fatigue and decreased energy. Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Difficulty sleeping. Changes in weight. Thoughts of death or suicide. SAD is a serious condition – a subtype of major depressive disorder in which life can be severely compromised. Far more of us experience similar but less intense.