Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
September 29, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
Most of us would learn from our mistakes
if we weren’t so busy denying them.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Eat fruits and vegetables raw or with minimal cooking and in minimal amounts of water to avoid important nutrients from leaching out. An exception is tomatoes rich in lycopene which is more efficiently released when they are cooked. Also, chew your vegetables and fruits slowly to improve nutrient absorption into the gut. It will also keep your weight under control.
  • Surprisingly, suburban living has been implicated in more physical health problems than urban locations. The reason for the discrepancy is that we walk less in the sprawling suburbs and rely on transportation. City slickers are walkers. Take heed and walk to your good health.
  • Acupuncture relieves post-surgical nausea and vomiting. An acupuncture point located near the wrist controls nausea. That’s why seasickness wristbands help many people on the ocean. And scientists found that applying an electrical pulse to the same spot eased pain as well by releasing endorphins.
  • People with advanced Alzheimer's disease eat and drink more when they're served with brightly colored plates, cups, and silverware. Significant weight loss afflicts 40% of people with severe Alzheimer's disease. Depression and eating difficulties have been viewed as causes for weight loss; however, new studies suggest that vision might be a factor. Alzheimer’s patients have trouble seeing contrast. Tableware in a color like red yielded the best eating results as it provided the best contrast. This finding may have application to elderly people in general.

Article of the Week -
The Clique Factor – How to Cope with Exclusion

We all enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded people who share similar characteristics and interests. We understand that in every life situation cliques form based on race, religion, economic class, work and children. In every imaginable situation likes and dislikes, alliances and exclusions form. There are cliques of working mothers and non-working mothers, coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers, those who watch The Bachelor and those who don’t. On the other hand, we all read Lord of the Flies in elementary school, and maybe more recently caught an episode of Survivors or the Apprentice on TV where people were voted off the island or out of the office. Cliques appear to be part of the human condition. At best they form a support group. At worst, they become a confining box. Conceptualize this modern day fable:

In a complex, multi-layered hive buzzes a beautiful, articulate, affluent, charismatic and powerful queen bee. She has the magical power to strengthen friendships, or to break them, refusing admittance to her inner circle. She functions well because of wannabees, who are delighted to be in her company. The wannabees strive to get closer to the queen showing that they are worthy by dressing in the queen’s style and sharing similar interests. They feel connected and comfortable. We all know about school cliques and how painful they can be to children. However, many of us don’t realize the power cliques wield in our adult lives.

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
When I’m doing pushups, my trainer always barks, “you look like you are bobbing for apples; keep your head up in a neutral position and good body alignment. Is this really true? (Jamie, Carle Place) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Miriam Belov
Tune into the Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show Sunday mornings 7:30 - 8:00am on WHLI 1100 AM in Long Island. ( show archive).
On October 3, 2004 - Miriam Belov, lecturer and wellness consultant, will teach you how to get centered and empowered.

Debbie Eisenstadt 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 WHLI 1100 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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