Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
Dec 04, 2007

Affirmation of the Week
If our thoughts are seeds,
what will your harvest be
flowers or weeds?

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.

Guest of the Week - Jan Frazier

This week's show:
Dec 04, 2007 Show - Jan Frazier, poet and creative writing teacher and author of When Fear Falls Away. Learn how to begin the process to shed fear and suffering without becoming a saint.

Nov 27, 2007 Show - Carol Tavris, a social psychologist, lecturer and co-author of Mistakes Were Made but Not By Me. Do you own up when you screw up? Here’s how to handle self-deception

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • From the Harvard Mental Health Letter chronic stress puts weight in the abdominal region, as it increases the desire to overeat comfort foods.
  • Two new studies suggest that eating simple or refined carbohydrates with a high glycemic index, like white bread and rice, raise the risk of type 2 diabetes. But eating whole grains like whole wheat bread and oatmeal can lower that risk
  • If you are looking for a simple way to improve your health, wear a pedometer. On average wearing a pedometer causes you to walk an extra mile, about 2,000 steps per day. The fitness goal is 10,000 steps a day.
  • The anti-oxidant beta-carotene may help prevent mental decline in men. The key is to keep taking it for years.
  • The lower a man's testosterone level, the higher his risk of death especially death from heart disease.
  • Children are more prone to rickets these days because of too little sunshine, exercise and milk.

Article of the Week
Why Are Women Unhappier Than Men?

Two studies from Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania show that there has been a shift in happiness since the 1970s, when women claimed to be happier than men. One of the studies explains that since the 1960s, men have cut back on unpleasant activities and relax more. On the other hand, women are taking on more tasks than they did four decades ago. They have replaced housework with working outside the home, yet are still responsible for the house work. This means that a woman’s "to do" list has increased with less time to do everything. As a result, a woman feels stressed, under-accomplished and fatigued! How can anyone be happy with all that on her plate?

The obvious question: Why can’t women relax more, the way men do? The surprising answer is that they are afraid! When you have been in prison for most of your life where everything has been defined and structured, you are afraid of freedom, making choices and going with the flow to let things unfold. Relaxation, fun and quiet can be downright unnerving because there would be no one to validate your performance. Also, you are accustomed to suppressing feelings of unworthiness and so, you actually work hard to make those compliments keep flowing your way, “See what I can do!”

What men have realized is that their health has been compromised by stress especially the cardio-vascular and digestive systems and it is just not worth it! more

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Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of 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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