Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
November 21, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
The wishbone
will never replace
the backbone.

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 - Kathleen Griffiths

On November 23, 2004 - Kathleen Griffiths a Master Integrative Coach of The Ford Institute of Integrative Coaching will help us deal with toxic family gatherings.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Restoring regular family meals can help teenage girls avoid dangerous eating disorders. It doesn't have to be a home-cooked meal either. Making family meals a priority, in spite of scheduling difficulties, consistently prevents eating disorders. Researchers suggest that parents keep conversation light and positive at the dinner table. Donít argue and above all, donít make food an issue.
  • On the flip side, according to a recent article in the journal Nutrition, the more people at a table, the more each person eats ó up to 76 percent more calories per person when there are seven or more at the table. To make matters worse, portions eaten with others were 44 percent larger and contained more calories than portions eaten alone. The larger the group and the better we know each other, the more we eat.
  • Winter brings a break from ozone-related deaths, according to a new European study. Ozone is a bluish toxic gas in the earth's stratosphere. It irritates lung tissue, causes inflammation, and is considered to be one of the most harmful compounds in air pollution.
  • The latest research shows that if you want to have a happy marriage quit nitpicking. Learn how to identify issues that must be resolved and can be productively discussed. Then learn to live with the rest and put up with it. Donít get angry over the things that can't be changed. Work around them. Learn to deflect the anger and get back on an even keel.
  • A pill that helps you lose weight and quit smoking? That was amazing enough to capture headlines last week. But scientists claim this experimental drug might provide a new tool to help people stop abusing drugs and alcohol, too. The drug is called Rimonabant, or Acomplia, and it could help people not only lose weight, but keep it off for two years. A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania predicts that it will have a big impact on alcohol and drug addiction, by blocking the reward system in the brain and restoring normal brain circuitry.

Article of the Week - Thanksgiving Made Thinner

One of the biggest stressors ominously hanging over Thanksgiving like a heavy cloud is the 3,500 calorie meal. Many of us are worried about gaining weight and undoing all the hard work required for our dietary success. We fear that the meal will unleash a host of dietary demons as we revert to our old eating habits. Ironically, a roast turkey is hailed by dieticians as a healthy source of lean protein, the white meat of the turkey without skin that is. So what's all the fuss about?

It's that family gathering, with all the dishes slathered in butter, oil, mega carbs and no one leaving the table for hours. Furthermore, many of us skip breakfast in anticipation of the big meal and that's a big mistake.

So don't gobble, gobble, instead nibble, nibble. Here are some tips for a guilt-free and healthy Thanksgiving Dinner: More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I have been training about a year and notice a clicking noise in my shoulder. After a number of reps, it goes away. Should I worry about it and by the way what causes it? (John, Brookville) Answer

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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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