Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
December 26, 2005

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Affirmation of the Week
Everything is changing;
look for the new metaphors in your life.

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 - Dr. Karen Sherman

On Dec 27, 2005 - Dr. Karen Sherman, a New York psychologist specializing in relationship counseling and author of Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep, Make It Last. Learn how to take the stale out of your stalemate.

Click to play this interview. Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Published in The Psychological Bulletin the result of 275 studies: happiness precedes success and not the other way around. Happy people benefit from their perceptions. Here are the benefits: a strong immune system, coping skills, good relationships and creativity at work.
  • Just out: People who use brain scanning equipment to reduce their pain are successful because they can concretely view improvements in their brain activity.
  • If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, yoga postures adjusted to your personal needs and focusing on your breath, just might bring you quicker pain relief results. Because yoga addresses both mind and body, it can be a therapeutic alternative.
  • People on popular prescription heartburn drugs - Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium Ė are at a greater risk for getting a potentially dangerous diarrhea caused by a bacterium known as C-diff. The symptoms are severe diarrhea and cramps. The problem is that by reducing gastric acid, the germs can grow more freely. Find your balance as every drug has side-effects.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association has established a link between air pollution and heart disease. Apparently air pollution like the kind in rush hour traffic triggers plaque buildup and atherosclerosis. Add a fatty diet and you get a bad synergy.

Article of the Week
Resolve to Make Peace with Your Worst Enemy: Yourself

We are surrounded by enemies and itís time to make peace with them: our food, our bodies and our past. We have become so militaristic that I donít think we even realize that we are constantly waging war. This past summer, when it was hot and humid, all people wanted to do was beat the heat. At that time I advised everyone to learn to get along with it. We never win when we try to fight nature and our natural rhythms. We feel better when we do not expend the energy to force life to fit into our narrow context. All I hear during my workshops is that we are so unhappy with our weight that food has become a formidable enemy. Food isnít the only enemy! Another is our bodies whom we view with hostility, even with disdain, trying to beat them into submission at the gym or tame them with deprivation. At the top of the enemy list are our souls whom we beat up over the past: failures, poor choices and sour relationships. All these foes donít give us a minuteís peace.

Food is particularly frightening during celebrations, holidays and vacations because ďthere will be too much delicious food.Ē During ordinary days we fight our common sense and eat fatty, processed foods to comfort us when we are sick, tired or sad Ė never reaching for healthy nourishing food which we know would make us feel better. We weigh ourselves gasping, jiggle the scale or relocate it, buy a diet book, join a diet program or order small portions of food to be delivered to our homes. We skip meals mostly breakfast, drink our food or cut out entire food groups. Ironically, most of these diets cause us to gain weight because we have slowed down our metabolism by fasting and our bodies begin to hold on to stored fat. Then we get disgusted and swing to the other extreme. How about trying this amazingly effective strategy? Stop obsessing about food.

Instead, we can perceive our food as nourishing, pleasurable and the fuel that gives us positive energy. When we change our attitude about eating, we will sense when we are full and what healthy foods our body craves. We will lose the weight we always wanted to lose easily. All we have to do is get rid of the guilt and really taste our food. Let stop eating in numbness.

The next invader: Why is it that so few of us like our bodies? more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How to Recharge Your Motivation

Iím really enjoying my training program and am now training 6 days a week. However, lately I feel that it is becoming routine and honestly Iím losing my motivation. Any tips to recharge? (Terry, Astoria)Answer

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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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