“You are what you eat.” This is an old quote that most of us have heard repeatedly from our mothers, health teachers, and/or our physicians over the years. What does it really mean? As a young child we may have thought we might wake up one morning transformed into a whopper, chicken nugget, or a slice of pizza, as an adult we know that this quote is not literal. It simply means that our food choices and non-choices have a direct bearing our mental and physical health. Since we know that food serves as more than just a substance for sustenance, it is critical for us to be mindful of our eating practices. If you could use some help in this area, keep reading, I’m going to share some ways that you can improve your eating habits.
Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling rested after sleeping? If you’re tossing and turning every night, counting sheep to no avail, falling asleep only to awaken in the middle of the night, or waking up and feeling like you haven’t been asleep at all, you are not alone. There are nearly 40 million Americans who are suffering from insomnia or some other sleep disturbance right along with you. (www.sleepfoundation.org). The reasons why you and they are up at night vary, but the effects of sleep deprivation are the same. Sleepless nights can wreak havoc on your mental, emotional, and physical health. Therefore, I’m going to share some suggestions that will hopefully get your sleep back on track.
You’ve cleaned the fireplace and had it checked out, insulated the windows and doors, and performed preventive maintenance on your vehicles. Winter weatherproofing for your home and your cars is complete. What about your skin? When the weather grows colder our skin often grows drier and tighter and may begin to become irritated and/or flaky. Psoriasis and eczema sufferers may curse the winter, as it brings more frequent and more intense flare-ups with it. Just as preparing properly can make our homes more comfortable and save on the energy bill and keep our vehicles performing smoothly, it can also keep winter from wreaking havoc on our skin.
With the trending “Superwoman Syndrome,” many women have forgotten the importance of self-care. They have gotten so caught up in taking care of everybody else, that to do anything else feels selfish to them. Choosing to turn down an invitation to get some much-needed sleep brings on feelings of guilt. Letting the phone go to voicemail when they simply cannot handle “any extra” feels like betrayal.