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Staying Healthy Secrets

Healthy habits and tips that prevent disease and keep your mind and body running in tip-top shape.

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Add up the cups of water

Each time I take a trip to the restroom at work, I stop off in the kitchen on my way back to my desk to drink one cup of water. By making it part of the "routine" I know I am staying hydtrated

- Submitted by IRISHGIRL3 1/19/2014 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments

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Morning Affirmations

I have learned that my morning affirmations help reduce stress and start my day with a positive note. I get up a few minutes earlier each day and spend time with SparkCoach or a devotional book. I do this just before my morning workout or just after (depends on the day.) This is quality time I spend with myself. This only takes about 10 minutes and prepares me for the day ahead.

- Submitted by WALKIN4JEANIE 12/8/2013 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment

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Take a "Caffeine Nap"
Never heard of a caffeine nap? You down a cup of coffee right before you take a 15-minute nap. The 15 minutes is long enough for the caffeine to take effect, and your nap is short enough that you don't wake up groggy. Click here for a complete how-to! emoticon

- Submitted by BADMAMMA13 12/7/2013 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments

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Breathing Into My Body

I have some serious problems with stress, and when I encounter a mega stressful situation, I first walk away (if possible physically, if not then mentally). Then I deep breathe into each part of my body, and thank that body part for supporting me. When you realize how much holds you, and is behind you all the way (strong legs, hard-working hands), you can conquer anything.

- Submitted by MARGARITAWALSH 12/4/2013 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment

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Food Gifts

When someone gives you a gift of food, thank them graciously. Then quickly give it to someone who has a family and will enjoy it without guilt. Enjoy that someone gave you a nice gift, enjoy that you gave someone a nice gift, enjoy that they eat and enjoy the gift - more enjoyment for you, fewer calories for you, too! Everyone wins!

- Submitted by SALTWATERHAPPY 11/16/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments

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Try using an acupressure mat

I discovered the acupressure mat. I use it on the soles of my feet, and sometimes other areas of the body. It relaxes and stimulates at the same time. We started a SparkPeople group for those of us trying out the mat, and we welcome you!

- Submitted by MSBOOTCAMP 10/22/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments

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Drink lots of water and dance during housework

If you feel hungry and you know it is not real hunger, drink a lot of water and put on your favorite music and dance as much as you can. It will take your mind off whatever emotion is prompting you to eat. Works for me every time. emoticon

- Submitted by FIONUALA7 10/4/2013 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment

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Healthy Heart, Healthy Body

Fact: Heart Attacks are the #1 killer of Americans. Check out the American Heart Association's web-site. The food we consume affects our LDL cholesterol levels (the bad) and our HDL (the good) Foods high in saturated fat, & hydrogenated fat cause plaque to build up in our arteries...which in turn can cause angina (pain) in your heart and possibly even a heart attack. We not only have to worry about the amount of calories we consume, but the quality. Complex carbs=good, Simple carbs=bad.

- Submitted by CHECAN 10/4/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments

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Healthy Heart, Healthy Body

Fact: Heart Attacks are the #1 killer of Americans. Check out the American Heart Association's web-site. The food we consume affects our LDL cholesterol levels (the bad) and our HDL (the good) Foods high in saturated fat, & hydrogenated fat cause plaque to build up in our arteries...which in turn can cause angina (pain) in your heart and possibly even a heart attack. We not only have to worry about the amount of calories we consume, but the quality. Complex carbs=good, Simple carbs=bad.

- Submitted by CHECAN 10/4/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments

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Centering

Close your eyes and take 3 long slow cleansing breaths. It brings you to center....brings you to aware...then begin eating. It releases pent up energy that drives you to eat mindlessly and brings you to smell, see, and take pleasure in your food.

- Submitted by TODAY56 9/16/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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