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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

It’s easy to let our good intentions for healthy eating get out of control during the holiday season, but if you have diabetes, maintaining self-control while everyone else is indulging in candy and cookies can be even more difficult.

If you have diabetes, however, the holiday season doesn’t have to be a complete letdown. You can still enjoy all the fun, and, as long as you keep a few things in mind, managing diabetes shouldn’t set back your holiday festivities at all.

Dinner Parties and Other Food-Heavy Fun

If you have plans to hit up a holiday party, avoid the heavy caloric intake by eating a healthy snack prior to arrival in order to avoid overeating once you get there. Don’t be afraid to inquire about what will be served, and offer to bring something that fits your health needs to share with everyone. Diabetics are particularly concerned about carbohydrates, so it’s easy to overcompensate with extra protein, but too much red meat can have different unhealthy, adverse effects. Opt instead for chicken, turkey or fish.

Buffets are the life of many parties, so keep things under control with small portions, low-calorie drinks and healthy options. Avoid anything that is soaked in sauces, glazes or dressings, and keep salt-heavy items away from your plate. Casseroles and anything breaded may be especially high in calories. Though it may be tempting to taste a little bit of everything, pick just a few things that you really want to eat.

Work It Out

We can all probably do with adding a few extra workouts into our schedules over the holidays, and this is also true for diabetics. People with type 2 diabetes are often on medications that can’t be adjusted to food intake, but they need to manage the impact of food on blood sugar levels and overall weight. To avoid gaining weight during the holiday season, people with type 2 diabetes may want to work in a little extra exercise.

Keep a Routine

If you’ll be traveling, check your sugar levels often because a change in routine can throw your body off. Carry any medications (and bring extra supplies) you need with you when you travel, and make sure everything is properly labeled and in original packaging, especially if you’ll be flying. Because healthy food might not be handy when you need it, always keep plenty of snacks in pre-measured serving sizes by your side if you need something to eat in a pinch. If you’ll be changing time zones, keep this time change in mind to keep your routine consistent.

Focus on the Important Stuff

Don’t mourn the fact that you can’t eat plates packed with sugar and salt. The holidays are about spending time with loved ones, and though a lot of that bonding time happens over food, it’s not about the food. Take the initiative to organize your own holiday get together that focuses on something else such as reading favorite holiday books around the fireplace or going ice skating at the local park. Memories are built on special moments, not packed cookie jars.

RESOURCES

“Managing Diabetes During the Holidays.” CDC.gov. (December 1, 2010) Retrieved November 8, 2011 from http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DiabetesManagement/.

“Managing Diabetes During the Holidays.” DiabeticCareServices.com. Retrieved November 8, 2011 from http://www.diabeticcareservices.com/diabetes-education/diabetes-and-the-holiday.

“UI Offers Tips on Managing Diabetes During the Holidays.” UIHealthcare.com. (December 12, 2005) Retrieved November 8, 2011 from http://www.uihealthcare.com/news/news/2005/12/12overeat.html.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

By Jada Fire/Jamie Tam

The Yoga practice we engage in is very stimulating and essential to our circulation and maintenance of our vibrant, optimal energy. Whether your routine is easy, beginner or advanced power flow, consistency is also key in practicing yoga. I say this because I always notice a big shift in my health and ability to flow with the day when I pull away from my practice. Even if for a week or two, I do notice the difference in my digestion and mentality when I miss out on that great opportunity to check in, center, circulate and dissolve the static energy that just builds up over time. Now with the holidays illuminating and overwhelming the spirit, it’s even more important to find that sacred time to move breathe and find the ease and restoration we need to keep our inner engine going smooth ad strong.

I also feel that yoga is an outstanding way to have a positive relationship with yourself. As we know, relationships take effort, sometimes it can feel like work to make the dynamics of any relationship positive and healthy. The best way to keep relationships fresh and fluid is to communicate. Yes, speak to you partner, spouse or child about the small things that build up into larger, heavier issues when not massaged through with simple and clear language, self expression. For instance, last night before we sleep, my husband and I lay in bed and passed our thoughts back and forth about all the things that we are bothered by one another. It was quite funny, as we approached the topic with intention to fix, heal or adjust our natural behaviors and we ended up laughing at the small pet peeves that rock the boat at bay. We mentioned silly things like not putting the clothes in the dryer after they are washed or cooking too much oatmeal in the morning, wasting food, etc. We also touched on some deeper issues as well which allowed us to take the time and brainstorm possible resolutions for our situations. So I mention this as I felt a similar parallel to the relationship we share with self. When I miss out on my yoga practice, I miss out on the chance to communicate with me. If I skip a week, then I have some catching up to do. Taking that body inventory is sometimes more time consuming when I finally get around to it than just keeping consistent and moving my body’s energy on a regular basis.

Yoga can offer you overall health benefits and improve your circulation with just an hour out of your busy week. Ideally, get into a routine each day, even if it is walking to the coffee shop, work or school every morning and focusing on the conscious breath while getting there. Movement is key and the more consistent you can be with communicating with your body through movement and breath, the more optimal energy you will create for yourself.

With so much going on through the holidays, see what you can do to be consistent with your circulation, take full responsibility for your energy. Keep this task simple and light hearted. Improving your overall health is a journey and bear in mind that the journey is the best part! Practicing yoga can be as simple as making the bed, which we try to do every morning (well at least I do). Today I ask you to find an easy and enjoyable rhythm with your approach to yoga. Less is really more- remember to recharge your batteries! Let your gift of giving this season be the gift of positive energy to the people and loved ones around you. The positive flow begins with you!

Happy Holidays and Happy 2012! Namaste ~Jada Fire

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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Friday, December 09th, 2011

By Olympian Jeff Galloway www.JeffGalloway.com

It’s possible to keep on your fitness track, during holiday distractions. Even very short workouts on maintenance days can maintain your conditioning, relieve stress, inject more energy and allow you to feel better during holiday festivities.

Plan Ahead

Write your workouts on a calendar, for the entire holiday period. Just having a plan tends to result in more runs each week. By looking ahead, each day, you will become more focused and are more likely to make time if you have them scheduled.

Pick quiet times

Family members tend to sleep later during the holidays. By getting up and out the door early, you can finish your workout before others arise. Each day, look at the time periods that would be open for exercise.

Focus on the long ones

Endurance is the most beneficial component in exercise.  Runners and walkers find that the long one is the key to finishing the goal race or resuming a regular program after the holiday period.  My MENTAL TRAINING book (www.JeffGalloway.com) explains the process of having a cognitive strategy. Depending upon the schedule, you will only have do a longer workout every 14-21 days. With the conservative pace suggested and and early start, most  can do all of the activities needed during this busy time.

Minimal training will maintain your adaptations and release stress

Practically everyone experiences stress during the holidays. By moving your legs–even for a few minutes–you will improve your attitude, increase vitality, and feel better about yourself. Even a short session of 5-10 minutes can help you focus on priorities on a busy day, and maintain your adaptations. Once out there, you are likely to go for 20-30 minutes and maintain conditioning.

Don’t be obsessive about food

If you don’t have the perfect diet during the holidays, you won’t lose any fitness. While eating a lot of sugar /fat is not the best diet, you can burn it off as you exercise. If you tell yourself that you will never eat another holiday cookie, you’ll probably be good until that day when there’s no one around—and it’s you and the cookies. If you sample and just taste foods that you like, many runners avoid deprivation binges later. Writing down what you eat has been shown to reduce consumption of junk foods. See A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FAT-BURNING for more proven tips in this area.

When the weather is not ideal

Treadmills are a suitable substitute if the weather is austere. Some runners will warm up with indoor exercise, then run or walk outside for 5-10 minutes and continue to alternate out and in.

Stage social runs with friends/family

When you have folks gathering from other areas, schedule a walk or run together. This promotes sharing of lives, stories, while bestowing an attitude boost.

 

NOTE: Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached over a million exercisers through his fitness retreats (Florida, Tahoe, Carmel, Highlands NC) Galloway Training Programs (90 cities), clinics such as those at the RunDisney events and Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer , and books.  www.JeffGalloway.com

Thursday, December 08th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New financing program allows chiropractors to offer patients the therapeutic benefits of Human Touch® massage chairs and Perfect Chairs in their practice

Oahu, HI – December 8, 2011 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, is pleased to introduce a new financing program to chiropractors, now available through its Healthcare Professional Program. This flexible lease-to-buy financing program, offered in conjunction with NCMIC, the leader in malpractice and financing solutions for chiropractic practices, will be announced this week during the first Joint International Chiropractic Association (ICA)/American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics, Dec. 9-11, at the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, HI.

“Our new financing program through NCMIC makes it easier and more affordable than ever for chiropractors to participate in our Healthcare Professional Program, with flexible lease-to-own financing options that require no upfront deposit,” said David Wood, CEO of Human Touch, LLC. “We believe this program will greatly eliminate the financial constraints that many chiropractors face who want to purchase our state-of-the-art massage chairs, Perfect Chairs, and wellness products for their practice.”

The Healthcare Professional Program is a unique sales and marketing program created specifically for chiropractic offices to enhance their patients’ overall wellness, while enjoying an additional, value-added revenue stream for their practice. Through the program, chiropractors can sell Human Touch® chairs directly to their patients, creating an easy way to add new revenue to their practice. Patients can enjoy the many therapeutic benefits of Human Touch® massage chairs and Perfect Chairs in their chiropractors’ office, which they can then purchase directly from their chiropractor to use in the comfort of their home. Human Touch® handles shipping the product directly to the customer and any service after the sale. The company also provides Professional Program partners with special pricing, all marketing and sales materials, point-of-purchase displays, and support to make the program successful and easy to manage.

According to Dr. Jon L. Stucky, Doctor of Chiropractic and an esteemed member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council, “Using Human Touch® products at my practice has made my care better. Their products serve as a reliable, productive and cost-effective way to reduce my patients’ stress and create a physical and mental release in their day.”

About Human Touch®World Federation of Chiropractic. For more information and to connect with Human Touch®, visit us at www.humantouch.com, and on Facebook and Twitter @HTFeelBetter.

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