Posted April 16, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Incredible Eggs!

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Whether you are celebrating Easter as a religious holiday or a secular opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family, no wellness tip posted on Easter would be complete without mention of eggs!

I am not talking about those sugary, sickening sweet, mallow eggs, nor the chocolate and caramel Cadbury variety, I […]

Posted April 2, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Whole Grains

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A study found that people who ate whole grains burned off more calories at rest than those who did not.

For the study, researchers recorded the weight, metabolic rate, blood glucose, fecal calories, hunger and fullness for 81 participants over an eight week period. After an initial period of two weeks […]

Posted March 26, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Get Physical!

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Scientists are looking at whether running as a young person helps your brain as it ages.

“The areas of the brain where we saw more connectivity in runners are also the areas that are impacted as we age, so it really raises the question of whether being active as a young adult […]

Posted March 19, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Sally!

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A while back I posted a tip (Volunteering, December 2015) about how those who volunteer have greater self-confidence and sense of purpose, and how being a volunteer prevents depression and keeps one healthy.

I decided encouraging volunteering again is worthwhile when I saw a wonderful video about Sally, the 97-year-old dog walker.

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Posted March 12, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

When to Eat

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There is some growing evidence that the body’s metabolism is different during the day when the body is active, than during the evening when it’s preparing to shut down.

In What Science Says About Snacking and Breakfast (Jan. 30, 2017), Alice Park reports findings by a panel led by Marie-Pierre […]

Posted March 5, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Makin' Bacon

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According to Amanda MacMillan’s February 2017 post, you need to cool it on bacon. The main reason for the suggested moderation is bacon’s high content of sodium. Four slices of thick-cut bacon have about 240 calories. They also contain eight grams of saturated fat and 880 mg of sodium. That is about […]

Posted February 26, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Hip on Happiness

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Turkish Proverb: For the grateful, the gnats make music; for the ungrateful harps and flutes make only noise.

Alex Kolb, UCLA neuroscience researcher, is hip on happiness. According to Dr. Travis Bradberry’s blog, 5 Things That Will Make You Much Happier, Kolb’s research highlights just how amazing the brain is. He […]

Posted February 19, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Improve Your Digestion

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In the November/December 2016 Massage Bodywork magazine, I read about a public service announcement “Time for Timer” that came on along with the Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970’s. From within the digestive system, he talked about fats, proteins, and carbs, and he sang “You are what you eat, from your head […]

Posted February 12, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Volunteerism

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According to the Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine (Issue #401December 2016), your motivation for helping others makes a difference as to how much health benefit you derive from helping others.

Those who volunteered for “other-oriented,” altruistic reasons had a decreased mortality risk. The authors say that the health […]