Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
January 06, 2009

Affirmation of the Week
If you want to multiply happiness,
you need to divide it.

Weekly Wellness Radio Show

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.

Jan 06, 2009 Show - Anne Pierce, PhD has published articles and books on social/political issues and is the author of Ships without a Shore. Let’s take an objectively honest look at how we are raising our children!

Dec 23, 2008 Show - Kate Bracy is a women’s health practitioner with more than 25 years of clinical experience in family planning and sexual health and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sexual Health and Fitness. Learn what it takes to boost libido and enjoy a fulfilling sex life.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • In everyday social exchanges, being mean to people has a lot more impact than being nice, research has shown. Feeling slighted can have a bigger difference on how a person responds than being the recipient of perceived generosity.
  • One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to exercise. But some people break that resolution when exercise causes foot pain. So get the right shoes appropriate for the exercise, most likely a sneaker which provides arch support and cushions the heel. Make sure your shoes aren’t too tight or you will get a pinched nerve. And don’t overdo it, but ease into it otherwise you could get injured.
  • The best chance of “reeling-in” an unmarried father and building foundations for a stable family life are the critical months of pregnancy, says new research from the University of Maryland. “Unmarried dads are less likely to drift away if they are involved with their partner during this vital period when a family can begin to bond".
  • Why do restaurant workers -- who handle an estimated 70 billion meals and snacks in the U.S. every year -- sometimes not follow common food safety practices such as washing their hands properly or keeping work surfaces sanitary? According to a recent Kansas State University study, restaurant workers blame time constraints, inconvenience, inadequate training and inadequate resources for failure to follow food safety practices.
  • One extra hour of sleep per night appears to decrease the risk of coronary artery calcification, an early step down the path to cardiovascular disease. Calcified arteries were found in 27 percent of those who slept less than five hours a night, 11 percent of those who slept five to seven hours and 6 percent of those who slept more than seven hours a night.

Article of the Week
How to Really Stay on Track This Year

It’s a New Year, a fresh beginning. The resolutions are as grand as our imagination with a drink in hand: Lose an exorbitant amount of weight, exercise daily like professional athletes, climb the highest rung on the ladder at work, do volunteer work and community service, get more involved in our children’s schools, recreate the greatest love story ever told and act more considerately to the in-laws. Yeah right! There is a huge interim from January to January. At the first sign of stress, we relapse into our old habits. But why can’t we implement beyond the first couple of weeks at best? Is it because at the root of our resolution lies the need to impress others?

This year instead of raising your glass high, raise your personal status – immediately. Most people need accountability and cheer leaders for a change to take hold. This year, how about becoming accountable to yourself? Instead of making resolutions on the spur of the moment, make a commitment to just one goal of self-improvement, for you and no one else. This means you are not losing weight because the media makes you feel fat or doing volunteer work to impress others with your kindness. This year’s special goal(s) needs to emanate from your heart. For example, do you need to see a life coach, break down your goal into its smallest parts, see a nutritionist and attend a support group when you want to vacation in Tuscany? Why should your other sincere goals be different?

Interesting, when your goal is internally driven, the accompanying perk is better health. For example, many women are self-silencers.more

Recently Released Book
Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

womens fitness

My newly released book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley), is available at bookstores everywhere and for order online

  • Introduces and explains the habit forming pressure principle of stress addiction and how to cure it, creating awareness of what to do when a woman develops repetitive destructive behaviors.
  • Provides step-by-step program for self-empowerment, self-care, healthy narcissism, and renewing humor in a woman's relationships.
  • Explains the powerful, researched based relationship between food, exercise, and mood.
  • Develops indispensable strategies for accepting constructive conflicts with a spouse, partner, friend or colleague to get what she wants.
  • Shows how to jump start sexual intimacy.
  • Teaches specific techniques for reducing and eliminating stress.
  • Tells inspiring and humorous story of successful recovery from stress addiction.

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Addicted To Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life , 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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