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by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | April 30, 2013
You are probably well aware that Americans consume entirely too much sugar.
Maybe you’re concerned with your own sugar intake. Maybe you’re taking steps toward limiting your sugar intake, or choosing to use artificial sweeteners to cut back on calories and still fulfill your sweet tooth. Does this sound like you?
The average American consumes an average of 22 or more teaspoons of sugar a day, adding an additional 355 calories to our daily intake. Most of our sugar consumed is in the form of soda and processed foods vs. more naturally-occurring sources like the ones found in milk (lactose) and fruits (fructose). When sugar and artificial sweeteners become a staple in our diets, we lose the ability to detect foods that are naturally sweet (sweet potatoes, fruit and dairy products for example), and instead crave highly sugared foods like baked goods, sweetened beverages and processed foods. (more…)
by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | April 8, 2013
For many of us, travel often means putting our healthy eating and exercise routine on hold until we’re back from our trip and back into our familiar routine. This can also mean that because of this vacation from our healthy habits, we have a few extra pounds to deal with, along with the need to reignite our fitness motivation once we’re back home. Is there a way to keep those healthy habits working for you while you’re away? Of course! So I created the healthy eating and exercise travel kit.
This “kit” was developed when I realized that whenever I travel, I always packed my food, snacks and workout gear before I packed anything else. It was as if, as long as those items were with me, I could make do with anything else and clearly showed me what my priorities were. I also noticed that when others came back from a trip and complained about the need to lose the pounds gained while away or the need to get back on track with their fitness, it was never something I needed to do because those habits were deeply ingrained and planned for while at home and when away.
So with that in mind, the following list is meant for you to print out and keep in your suitcase or travel bag. This way, when you take out your bag and begin to pack, you’ll see this list and be reminded to pack your healthy eating and exercise travel kit first. (more…)
by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | March 6, 2013
The results are in. Studies have found that people with fulfilling relationships live longer, healthier lives. They’re also more likely to have a higher self-esteem, feel more valued, and take better care of themselves, promoting wellness, immunity and longevity.
Social connections may even influence longevity “in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” In a 13-year study conducted on 2,761 people over the age of 65, tracking all areas of activity, it was found that those who spent time in social activities “fared just as well as those who spent the time exercising.” (No, this is not an excuse to stop exercising, just sharing the results of the study ).
On the other hand, a lack of social fulfillment is tied to depression, premature cognitive decline and increased mortality. Here are a few studies that demonstrate this link. (more…)
by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | February 18, 2013
Symptoms… are not normal. They’re not something that naturally comes with age. They’re not something we need to get used to. They’re not something to ignore. They’re not something that simply “happens” to us… but are something created by us. A symptom is our body’s way of telling us that something needs our attention.
We all know when we’re in our cars and the dreaded red light comes on. It’s the way our car is telling us there’s something wrong and if we want to have a car to drive at all, we’ll consider taking it in to see what the problem is.
Well, we work the same way. When a symptom presents itself (like fatigue, headaches, joint pain, skin or digestive issues, etc.), it’s our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Now, many of us opt for “symptom relief” where we’ll take something to suppress those symptoms. For example, if we have a headache, we take an aspirin. If we have joint pain, we take something for that, if we have a digestive issue, we’ll take something for that too. (more…)
by Jared Rice | February 11, 2013
There are certain behaviors that we do day-in and day-out without a second thought throughout our entire lives. Call them habits, routines or whatever you like. Take teeth brushing, for example. Most of us (beyond age 12, or so) will brush each morning upon waking and at night before going to bed. There may be days we don’t feel like it, or don’t feel like we have the time, but we’ll do it anyway, if not an abridged version, because it’s a habit. It would feel downright weird if we didn’t.
That is the feeling we must achieve with our day-to-day habits for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If a day passes where we don’t get any exercise, it feels weird. We forget to bring a healthy lunch to work one day – weird! Our dinner is devoid of green vegetables – weird! (more…)