Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
January 9, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
It’s not whether your cup
is half full or half empty.
It’s who’s pouring the water!

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. Listeners outside the Long Island area can listen to the show live by going to WGBB Live. The shows are archived for your listening pleasure.

Guest of the Week - Steven Lane Taylor

On January 11, 2005 - Steven Lane Taylor, author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, will teach us about smooth sailing.

Health Tips of the Week

  • A new study shows that if you have frequent and persistent heartburn, you're probably better off sticking to a high-fiber, low-fat diet. High-fiber foods are recommended for their preventive role in colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, but researchers say this is the first time they are shown to protect against gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
  • Researchers at UCLA have shown that the Indian spice, curry, helps to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by slowing the formation of, and even destroying accumulated plaque deposits in mouse brains. In fact, curry is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory said to be helpful in preventing cancer and heart disease. Shake on that yellow powder liberally!
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that obese children suffer socially and emotionally from a lack of self-esteem. They are particularly stressed in gym class because they cannot perform like the other children. Also, other children are not sympathetic to obese children, so they continually suffer. Exercise has been proven to raise children’s spirits and make them feel better about themselves, thus improving self-esteem and health.
  • The latest on dieting alternatives: No matter how much money you spend for a diet or which diet you choose, it’s as good as your commitment. In the war of the diets no one is a winner or the biggest loser. The best advice is: Date your diet and see which one strikes your fancy and your chemistry. The hottest trend is not omitting foods, but portion control! McDonald’s is already there.

Article of the Week
Open a New Door to Happiness with an Old Childhood Song

It’s a New Year, but the keys to happiness are old and stored inside you through memory and association. A fragrance or song can evoke a positive or negative association from the past and color your mood without your awareness – until now that it is. For example, for some of us, the aroma of vanilla is sweet and delightful and effective for managing stress; however, for another person the aroma of vanilla is nauseatingly sweet because it might have been present in a room while he was working on a frustrating, oppressive homework assignment which earned a bad grade despite all the hard work.

Similarly the lyrics to childhood songs might cheer you on and make you feel protected and loved by lifting you to more familiar, optimistic terrain. Or, they might hold painful and abusive associations, mocking your helpless plight with upbeat words! Reflect on what makes your own heart sing and inhale the personal aromas of happier times to give you a subliminal lift which will trigger your mind to provide a logical reason for your joy. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I’m training 5 to 6 days a week and sometimes I do cardio twice a day to keep burning fat, so that I can get that “cut” look, but I am not changing at all. What am I doing wrong? (John, Greenport) Answer

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Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, 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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