Archive for February, 2014

Caught by My Own Lecture!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Yesterday I was watching the Olympics (those athletes are amazing) when my husband asked me if I wanted to go cross country skiing.  I didn’t want to go outside.  I was cozy and entertained as a spectator.

Then I remembered the message I gave my children when they lived at home & parked themselves in front of ESPN. I frequently told them “It’s much more satisfying to do something than to watch someone else do something.”

I try, with mixed success, to avoid deliberate hypocrisy, so I got myself off the couch and into my outdoor clothes.  Guess what.  I was right!  Nothing that happened while we were away from the t.v. was better than the exhilaration & sense of self-empowerment I experienced while outside on my skis. 

Now I just have to remember my own message tomorrow.  Then the day after that, and the next day…

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Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

Here’s the thing… it’s another study.  This one says sugar will kill you & they studied a lot of people eating a lot of sugar who are having health problems that are killing them.

But maybe it’s not just the sugar.  Maybe it’s the fact that sugar is combined with unhealthy fats or the people selecting food with a lot of sugar are also sedentary or have genetics that develop ‘addictions’ to sugar (much like family treads of other addictions).  Many other things could be influencing these findings.

We don’t need another study to scare us.  We know a lot of sugar is unhealthy.  We know fried foods and large quantities of ground red meat are not good for our heart.  We know sodas and other sugared drinks make a mess of our blood glucose.  We know we should stay physically active throughout the day. 

Instead of more scary studies, what do you really need to support your efforts to be healthy?

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