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Archive for February, 2010

Excuses?

 I recently caught a very important Dr. OZ show.   Topic of the beginning of the show about how people react when given healthy and unhealthy eating choices, and what their excuses were for unhealthy choices.  Heres the highlights:
 
It tasted better:  In comparing two peanut butter cookies, one was double the calories and quadruple the bad fats.  The eaters had no idea that one was healthier than the other. There’s always healthy options you just have to choose.
 
I was with friends or with a group:  Statistics show that when you are eating with one person, you eat 35% more; 7 or more people double the amount, and in a smaller group like 4, up to 75% more.  Its important than you recognize the excuse you give yourself because you are eating (maybe comfort food) with others, and also that you are enabling others to eat unhealthy or more because you care about them.
 
I was limited on time:  Surveys show that people spend more time watching TV and movies  than making healthy choices for eating and exercise.
 
The bottom line is they are all convenient excuses for picking unhealthy options.  It important to recognize these excuses as  excuses rather than reasons, and plan to address them as often as you can. 
 
Pick which excuse is your favorite and vow to make a change whenever you are given the opportunity – that its no longer an excuse for you!
 
Whats the best way to do that? 
If you are unsure whether the food choice is low or high in calories, decline them both or pick something that you know is a healthy option like fruit.
 
If you are with a group for dinner, plan ahead by having a healthy snack before you go or order seperately, make your plate last, and eat slower,  enjoying the conversation instead.
 
Plan ahead.  This is the best way to ensure that you are aware of what your choices are,  and that are ready are  for unfamaliar situations.  Make your own snacks and bring them with you to the movies, eat before you go to a party and just sample one thing you want to try, and when offered a piece of cake from the buffet, politely decline.

Winter Olympics 2010

By now, you’ve all had the opportunity to experience the energy and pride that the Olympic games brings to the hearts of the competitors and viewers of the events.

As we embark on another thrilling year of competition, I want to recognize the perserverance, skill, practice, desire and beauty that the atheletes must possess to the reach their goals and dreams in their sport.

We all the know the difference between gold, silver, and bronze is miniscule and of not acheiving a spot to recieve a medal can be missed by 1/10 of a second!  Above all, it is their will and passion that will carry them and enable them to push beyond their limits, fears, and competitors for a chance to recieve a medal.  

May the spirit of the atheletes encourage you to reach for your goals and dreams!  Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

Save the Date 04.11.10

Save the Date     April 11, 2010    MS Walk    Clayton, MO   Noon

Brown Shoe Co.  11 am registration and start at Topton Way and Maryland Ave.

Length: 1, 4, 7 mile options
Website: www.
For more information call: 314-781-9020
gatewaymssociety.org

Your participation means we will be working to support programs, services, and research sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and that makes a huge difference to the people who live with MS every day of their lives.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to moving towards a world free of MS.  They simultaneously fund research for a cure while also helping people who currently live with MS lead more fulfilling lives.

Day of Dance 2/27/2010

St. Luke’s Day of Dance Dance, Dance, Dance! Saturday, February 27 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration, screenings and exhibits begin at 8:30 a.m. Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

Join me and participants in over 70 cities nationwide by attending St. Luke’s Hospital Day of Dance, a free* Spirit of Women healthy living event. Bring your friends to learn easy dance steps for better health and visit with St. Luke’s physicians and health educators as they provide health screenings and education.

Screenings available: Blood pressure Body mass index Bone density Pulmonary function Cholesterol and glucose (*fee $15; non-fasting) HeartAware & other health risk assessments Carotid vascular

Register to Win! Trip for two to Playa del Carmen, Mexico courtesy of Funjet Vacations, Travel for You and Sandos Hotels and Resorts. Tickets to River North Chicago Dance Company courtesy of Dance St. Louis. $100 Visa Gift Card and other fabulous prizes. Space is limited.

For more information, to register for the event or to sign-up for a cholesterol screening at the event (fee), call 314-542-4848 or, click here. Day of Dance national site: http://www.dayofdance.org