So Why Do You Overeat?

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One very important thing that I have learned in the last 6 years of coaching clients:  Overeating is rarely about just eating too much food!  Food is more than just food…..

Unless you are one of the rare people that realizes that food is fuel and so you eat only healthy food that your body needs, in the correct portions thus maintaining a perfect balance between calories in and energy used, chances are you are like the rest of us, you eat for other reasons…the longer you let those reason dictate what you eat the more unhealthy you are going to be. Sorry, just a fact! The truth will set you free!

One of the most important realizations that you can come to, that will have a huge effect on your long-term health, is what drives you to eat.

Stressed? – Many people overeat when they are stressed.  It gives them emotional comfort. Eating comfort food brings many people back to their childhood and a simpler time.

Bored? – I’m guilty of this one. Got nothing better to do so your forage in the kitchen looking for something to eat, filling in the time hoping that food  will end your boredom?  Doesn’t work well does it? Nope

Feeling lonely or unloved?  Most of us associate food with our childhood, a loving caring parent, baking us cookies, a warm family atmosphere while you share a meal around the kitchen table.  How’s that quart of Ben and Jerry’s filling in for your feeling alone?  Probably not doing to much for you but making you overweight and feeling more unloveable.

Life out of control?  Many eat because they feel powerless in other areas of their life. They overeat because they can and no one is going to tell them not to.  Eating is one of those things that we use as control.  I’ll eat what I want, when I want  and as much as I want, just watch me.

Feeling bad about yourself?  Ah what the heck, my job is going down the tubes, the kids are driving me nuts and the spouse is checked out.  I think I’ll eat a pint of ice cream and wow that tastes good. Many I hate myself for not having any control over my eating..and the cycle continues.

These are just a few of the more common reasons we overeat.

You can go a any diet you want but in the end you will not make permanent, life altering changes to your weight or your health until you identify and address why your overeat!

You DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY!

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Pet Friendly – How Pets Enrich Your Life!

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It’s Sunday and let’s talk about something fun!

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Pets: dogs, cats, fish, bunnies, pygmy pigs, fish, reptiles and snakes! Okay the last few, not so sure of!

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We all know that pets enhance and improve our lives but how?

Pets can ease loneliness and provide companionship

The help reduce stress – the act of petting an animal has proven ability to calm and lower blood pressure.

Having a  pet promotes social interaction – got a cute dog, take Fifi for a walk, you will be an attention magnet, who can resist a cutie.

Pets encourage exercise – dogs need walking which forces you to get out there and move with your pooch!

They add playfulness to our lives – kitties and puppies can really make us laugh with their antics.

Pets provide unconditional love and affection – my fav, it doesn’t matter your mood, your pet loves you. They want to be with you playing, walking or just hanging out.  And they love you in yoga pants that are too small, without make-up and on bad hair day. Triple bonus!

Caring for a pet may even help you live longer – they give you a reason to live and something to look forward to.

So what type of pet do you have and how do they add to your life?

I have had both cats and dogs and at one point 2 of each, along with 2 goats!  It was awesome.

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Cats are easier – cat boxes, some food and you are good to go.  You can leave them and go away without stressing about what to do with them so that is a plus.

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They offer comfort when they are interested in sitting on your lap or being petted.  They are super entertaining when they are young, bouncing off furniture and climbing to key vantage points only to pounce on passing dogs and children.  We had a cat that was a little pick-pocket and he like to grab paper money and Lego pieces and hid them in the bottom lining of our couch – Lego weapons were his favorite!

I’d take a smidge off for cat liter box smells and surprise slimy fur ball deposits on the floor but overall they fit the bill for companionship.

I now have two elderly dogs and while they take a bit more care then their younger selves, I enjoy every minute with them.

Animal rescue groups are huge and quite a few can be found on face book:  I follow a few in New York City as well as a few nation-wide groups.  My next dog will be a rescue so consider going to your local animal shelter when you are looking for a dog or cat as a pet.

So tell me, what type of pet is your favorite and why?  Do you have a pet that has passed that you have fond memories of?  Please share your story in the comments below!

Have a great rest of your weekend, pet that kitty or puppy and remember

You Deserve to be Healthy!

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Eat Your Way To Good Health! The Simple Solution Health Issues!

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Read a great article tonight in The New York Times Magazine all about kale. Read more….

Yep kale is all the rage, has been for a while now.

Most people I know love it but there are a few, very few that do not, and still fewer that have never heard of it.

Over the last 4 years I have turned many a client, adult as well as kid, on to kale with my Marinated Kale Salad, Baked Kale Chips and my Kale, Sausage and Quinoa Casserole but here’s the great thing….

Not only is kale delicious but kale is incredibly good for you.  That’s a twofer…..

It aids in digestion, boosts your immune systems, it’s high in calcium, vitamin A, C and K, high in antioxidants and is a super detox food.

Wow so let me get this straight…you can eat something you love and…and…it makes you healthier?  No sacrificing taste to eat healthy?  No way right?

I have made it the mission of my business to create, share and promote healthy delicious food as a way by which to help my clients improve and maintain good health for the rest of their lives.

Finding out the correct food for your health issue and eating that food can, reduce your risk for heart disease (and we no longer mean a low fat diet), reverse diabetes, lessen symptoms of menopause, slow down and even reverse signs of aging, reduce symptoms of arthritis, improve symptoms of auto immune diseases, reduce or eliminate digestive issues like IBS, colitis, diverticulitis, gas and bloating, boost your immune system, fight cancer – do I need to go on here?

Many of my readers and all of my clients know the power food has to improve and even eliminate their health issues.  All this with no side affects and no big price tag. 

But what is good health if you have to eat crappy tasting food that you hate…I’d call that torture!

I will be making available special editions of The Simple Solution dedicated to health issues that are common in middle-aged women (and probably a lot of men too).  We will have editions dedicated to diabetes, a nationwide epidemic that has a strong food base, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, aging, menopause, boosting your immune system, sleep issues, memory and depression.

Each low-cost mini-cookbook issue will address a specific health problem and give you lifestyle change suggestions and easy recipes that will have you loving the food you need to eat get improve or even eliminate the health issue you are experiencing.

If this type of information interests you, please go one over to my website and sign-up for my newsletter.  Sent bi-weekly my newsletter will provide details as to The Simple Solution Issues available as well as program offerings and private health coaching information.

If you are looking for additional resources or assistance with a health issue that has you concerned please contact me at MindyKannon@yahoo.com.

And always remember You Deserve to be Healthy!

Shouldn’t you be eating some kale!

Marinated Kale Salad with Avocado, Almonds, Apples and Raisins
1 bunch of kale – stems removed and coarsely chopped
1 ripe avocado, diced
salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 clove garlic
3 tsp of apple cider vinegar
1 carrot, peeled and sliced into half moons.
1 small sweet, crisp apple, sliced thin
1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced

½ c raisins
1 large handful of toasted almonds
Sprinkle of Seaweed Gomasio

Place the kale in a large bowl with the avocado.  Gently massage avocado and kale together for about 3 minutes. The kale will shrink and become darker and more pliable. Pour on apple cider vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes.
Reserve a small handful of carrots and apple slices for garnish and then gently fold into the kale mixture.
Divide the salad among four plates.  Top each plate with the sliced carrots, apples, raisins and scallions.  Scatter the almonds on top.
Generously sprinkle Gomasio to taste
Salad can keep for a few days in the refrigerator.

 

 

We All Need a Little Help from Our Friends

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Whether your a party animal or someone that would rather enjoy quiet alone time there is no disputing the power of friendship.

A Web MD article states ……. “According to an Australian study. Conducted by the Centre for Aging Studies at Flinders University, the study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 22%.”

Wow and while having good relationships with relatives is a positive experience it does not seem to increase one’s longevity like friends.

Friends help you fight stress, depression, loneliness and even bad habits.

Having people around that love, support and believe in you is life changing.

People that hang out with friend tend to be more active; playing sports, taking walks, going out dancing or even shopping as opposed to those that spend a large portion of their time alone – usually sitting.

The ladies in the picture above attended a Healthy Cooking Party that I created for the group.  The women had a great time, cooking, learning about how to improve their health, enjoying each other’s company and drinking wine!  I went home that night with my mood and creativity boosted!

Good friends encourage each other to be healthy, lose weight and exercise.

No matter how many you have, good friends will help lessen the emotional burden of a life-threatening disease.

While having friends has huge advantages be careful who you choose as a friend.  Unhappy or needy friends can actually have the opposite affect – increasing stress, creating an unhealthy lifestyle and taking a toll of our mental well-being.

So go out and spend some time with friends doing things you love to do…it’s one of the many things your can do to improve your health and happiness!

Cheers!

What do you and your friends like to do together?

Have You Seen My Mind? Exercise and Your Brain!

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Your body was meant to move.

Shake your groove thing.

Rock and Roll.

Okay so exercise will help you loose weight, have a healthier heart, stave off cancer, look better in your clothes and keep you looking younger for longer but did you know it can dramatically improve your mind?

Let’s face it, being middle age has its challenges but the ones that are the most distressing are brain fog, slips in memory, depression….

Don’t take it sitting down.  Let’s kick some middle-age mind’s butt!  Let’s stretch first….

“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Did you know that aerobic exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants?  It promotes nerve cell growth that may have been damaged by depression. That beats the heck out of medication any day.

Movement transforms your brain.

It not only reduces stress but can reverse it’s affects on the body and brain. Researchers found that stressed-out women who exercised vigorously for an average of 45 minutes over a three-day period had cells that showed fewer signs of aging compared to women who were stressed and inactive. Wow, I feel calmer already!

Exercise enhances learning.  The act of moving and sweating creates new brain connections.  Like your exercise with a does of strategy, like tennis, dancing or riding a bike through traffic? 8-(  Expect to see even more improvement in your ability to learn if you regularly participate in sports that take thought. Complex activities not only have the advantage over more simplistic exercise but you add the intellectual component of strategic thinking -wow that is a twofer!

I wonder if reading while on my elliptical qualifies? 

Who can forget about the improvement in mood and motivation we get from exercise. This is the reason most of us exercise in the morning.  It pumps us up, makes us feel like we can do anything and makes us happy.  This is one of my favorite benefits of exercise. I’m psyched when I finish my 30 minute work-out and that feeling last throughout the day. Whoohooo!

Exercise protects us from mind-robbing diseases such and Alzheimer’s.  This is huge.  Most of us have been affected by or know someone who is by this life-robbing disease.  Exercise appears to protect the hippocampus, which governs memory and spatial navigation, and is one of the first brain regions to succumb to Alzheimer’s-related damage.  A simple walk each day not only can help stave off this disease but slow it’s progression once it has started.

Getting a little yancy aren’t you?   

Yes exercise is great for your body – your whole body.  Let’s do a little age reversal by starting a exercise practice. Nothing complex just a good walk, a dance or zumba video will do just fine.  Find something you like, can stick with and BAM you will be looking and feeling better in no time.

I think I will go jump on that machine and pump up my brain power.

What will you be doing today to BOOST YOUR BRAIN?

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Want to talk about your health goals? Contact me at MindyKannon@yahoo.com or go to my website at www.mindykannon.com.

Magnesium!

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Magnesium 

In a perfect world, we would get all the vitamins and minerals we need from the food we eat.  Well this isn’t a perfect world and much of what we eat is nutrient deficient.  I rarely recommend supplements to my clients though I feel very strongly about a few.  Magnesium is one I whole-heartedly advise my clients to take.

Having had constipation issues for most of my life, I set out on a journey to find just the right combination of foods, exercise, fluid in-take and supplements that would get and keep me regular.  Magnesium is a huge component in that formula.  Besides supporting the elimination phase of digestion magnesium does a ton of other important things to keep you healthy. 

The vast majority of adults are magnesium deficient.  Here’s why.

Processed foods lack magnesium! Processing and cooking foods depletes many needed nutrients.
You need a certain amount of stomach acid to absorb calcium and magnesium.  Certain conditions as well as antacids deplete your stomach acids.
Some foods are high in oxalic and phytic acid and block the absorption of magnesium.
Junk food is lacking in magnesium.
Food is grown in magnesium deficient soil.
Many prescription drugs cause a magnesium deficiency.

Here’s what to do –

Eat a portion of your vegetables raw.
If cooking – steam quickly so they are still crispy.
Avoid eating Swiss chard, soy beans, and spinach on a regular basis as they contain oxalic acid that inhibits absorption of some key vitamins and minerals.
Avoid junk food.
Support organic farming. They understand the importance of the health of the soil and so their vegetables are more rich in nutrients.
Eat whole, organic fruits, vegetables and clean protein.
Supplement your diet with magnesium.

The power of Magnesium….
(and these are just a few…)

Helps with anxiety, depression, adrenal health and serotonin production.
Improve or eliminate muscle pain.
Protects against the toxic effects of chemicals such as food additives.
Is a blood thinner keeping things flowing and preventing vessel spasms.
Relaxes head and neck muscles that make migraines worse.
Helps to prevent muscle spasms of the heart blood vessels thus preventing heart attacks.
Reduces calcium build-up in arteries.
Increases bowel function which reduces toxicity  and  increases the efficiency of the absorption of nutrients.

As with any supplements it is important to do your research into how they will interact with the medications you are taking as well how this supplement will effect other conditions that you may have.

For more information check out The Miracle of Magnesium by Carolyn Dean.

This supplement has made a huge difference in my digestive health.

You Deserve to be Healthy