Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
January 2, 2006

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Guest of the Week - Debbie Mandel

On Jan 02, 2006 - Debbie Mandel (Itís the first show of the New Year and time to try something new!)
I am interviewed by Susan Piver, author of the Hard Questions series about my new stress-management book Changing Habits: The Caregiversí Total Workout. Isnít it time to change your habits and take care of yourself?

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Health Tips of the Week

  • The latest research shows that Vitamin D is a cancer preventative for colorectal cancer, breast and ovarian cancer. The most efficient way of getting vitamin D is 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure without sunscreen. Next best thing is your daily vitamin supplement and vitamin D enriched foods like milk, cheese and yogurt. By the way the recommended dosage based on this new information is 1,000 IU a day.
  • From the American Journal of Gastroenterology a provocative new study reveals that a diet of red meat, even one high in fat does not cause colon cancer. And eating fish does not prevent the disease. However, fiber from fruit and vegetables helps. The best food for preventing colon cancer will surprise you; itís chicken. And guess what? Researchers donít know why.
  • According to the Journal of the American Medical Association erectile dysfunction strongly predicts heart disease on par with other predictors like smoking or a family history.
  • British Researchers say that grandma is right after all. Getting chilled makes you more prone to catching a cold because being chilled lowers your resistance.
  • If you want to help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a new Dutch study urges you to eat foods rich in Vitamin E and Zinc. Next in importance are Beta Carotene and Vitamin C.

Article of the Week
So You Have Resolved to be Better - Now What?

Now that we have all pointed ourselves in the right direction and passionately pledged to take small steps on the path of self-improvement, how do we avoid, when no one is watching us, jumping into a taxi and heading to the closest and easiest place to give into our old habits? Making the smallest change requires a concerted effort to be upbeat, kind and loving to ourselves. Itís all well and good to resolve to change in a moment of clarity and awareness. However, when daily stressors pressure us, we are tempted to mutter, ďWhat was I thinking? I canít do this; what makes me think that this time things will be different?Ē We donít need other peopleís anecdotes. We have our own collection!

The problem lies in the word, thinking. Our ability to tell ďrational liesĒ seduces us to give up almost as soon as we have begun. Weíre not lazy; just look at how good we are at multi-tasking. We do not lack determination; no matter how dull, we accomplish our daily routine. Basically, we do not believe in ourselves and in our personal power. This reminds me of girls sitting in a classroom, suppressing their intelligent responses because they are afraid the boys wouldnít like them if they are too brilliant. So, they become adept at contracting their inner light and unfortunately, their power.

Too bad, for what keeps us on track is our inner light which illuminates the way when we are in the dark about lifeís uncertainties. more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How to Read Food Labels

Maybe you can simplify something for me. Iíve adopted a new healthy lifestyle recently, and am looking forward to the new year to continue and make 2006 my coming out. Can you explain how to read food labels? (Joan P., Oakdale, N.J.)Answer

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Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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