Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
October 13, 2009

Affirmation of the Week
Learn to want the things
that are good for you and
good for everyone else!

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.

Oct 13, 2009 Show - Jane White, Founder and President of Retirement Solutions, was an Associate Editor at Standard & Poor’s Your Financial Future and author of America, Welcome to the Poorhouse. It’s time to regain control of your financial future.

Oct 6, 2009 Show - Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D., a faculty member at New York University, was in the film Super Size Me and author of the Portion Teller. Discover your portion personality and learn about how much you are really eating.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Where an obstetrician has trained is important when it comes to delivering a baby – some residency programs are better than others.
  • Diabetes increases the risk that a woman will develop a life-threatening irregular heart rhythm.
  • Maximizing the proportion of time spent performing chest compressions during (CPR) – uninterrupted chest compressions - substantially improves survival in patients who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting.
  • A new study published in Neurology suggests that impaired kidney function is a risk factor for cognitive decline in old age.
  • Social environment can play an important role in the biology of disease, including breast cancer, and lead to significant differences in health outcome, according to results of a study published in Cancer Prevention Research. Stress from loneliness can lead to increased tumor growth.
  • Individuals who follow the Mediterranean dietary pattern—rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish—appear less likely to develop depression according to JAMA.
  • Patients who participate in a structured telephone program to manage their depression appear to experience significant benefits and only a moderate increase in health care costs when compared with those who receive usual care, according to a report in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
  • How far you can reach beyond your toes from a sitting position may be an indicator of how stiff your arteries are. Because arterial stiffness often precedes cardiovascular disease, the results suggest that this could be a quick measure of a person’s risk for heart attack or stroke.
  • Stroke patients who participate in a post-stroke walking program walk faster, longer and more independently than non-exercisers.
  • Doctors should pay more attention to the link between common mental illness and obesity in patients because the two health problems are closely linked.

Article of the Week
How to Get More Comfortable with Comfort Foods

Feeling stressed - who doesn’t reach for comfort food? Of course, you feel better short term, but when the euphoria is over, guilt sets in. Food and mood correlate highly; the right comfort food will go the distance. An important ingredient when reaching for comfort food is the olfactory connection – the aroma reminiscent of a good memory rooted in childhood. Since you are what you eat, food choices can reveal major clues about the buried treasure of personality. Here are some popular comfort foods - what they symbolize and their healthier versions:

Mac and Cheese: A carbohydrate and protein dish which fills an empty heart. A macaroni and cheese person is a nurturer, dependable, all–in-one. You build community by bringing your dish to pot luck, a family in need of comfort or your community center. You plan ahead by making this dish in advance, ready to heat and serve. Healthier version: Multi-grain pasta (a complex carb to stabilize glucose levels) and low-fat cheeses. Eat on a small plate for portion control. more

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

womens fitness

My recently released book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley).

  • 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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