Go Away Stress!

Many of the most common long-term stressors—family illness, recovery after injury, career pressures—often arise without warning and simultaneously. Stress management is particularly valuable if your family has a history of hypertension and other forms of heart disease.

Identify the cause.You may find that your stress arises from something that’s easy to correct. A psychologist can help you define and analyze these stressors, and develop action plans for dealing with them.

Monitor your moods. If you feel stressed during the day, write down what caused it along your thoughts and moods. Again, you may find the cause to be less serious than you first thought.

Make time for yourself at least two or three times a week. Even ten minutes a day of “personal time” can help refresh your mental outlook and slow down your body’s stress response systems. Turn off the phone, spend time alone in your room, exercise, or meditate to your favorite music.

Walk away when you’re angry.Before you react, take time to mentally regroup by counting to 10. Then look at the situation again. Walking or other physical activities will also help you work off steam.

Analyze your schedule. Assess your priorities and delegate whatever tasks you can (e.g., order out dinner after a busy day, share household responsibilities). Eliminate tasks that are “shoulds” but not “musts.”

Set reasonable standards for yourself and others. Don’t expect perfection.

Information on how to manage your workplace stress

Tips on how to manage your stress

Take the online Stress Smarts quiz

SOURCE: American Psychological Association

Sleep Better Foods!

 

Food that help me sleep better!

1] Banana with a Small Glass of Milk: A small banana is best, as they still contain a large amount of sugar. Combining the amino acid tryptophane with carbohydrates as well as calcium and magnesium can help your brain relax and your body nod off to sleep.

2] Small Bowl of Oatmeal of Cereal with Milk: Look for a high fiber cereal and try to avoid oatmeal with a lot of extra sweetner. In addition, calcium has been proven to help the brain use and process tryptophan, while magensium, a natural sedative, acts as an “assistant” to calcium helping it to be absorbed into your system.

3] Small Yogurt with Granola sprinkled on top: This is good because you can get cups of yogurt that are pre-portioned. Make sure that you are not overeating, as too much food puts your digestive system into overdrive, keeping you awake.

4] Half a bagel or a few crackers with peanut butter: You can also substitute peanut butter for an ounce of cheese or a slice of turkey on top.Timing your snack is also important. The effect of tryptophan-rich foods will not take effect for up to 45 minutes.

5] Sliced Apple with a slice of Cheese: You can get creative with the fruit, if you don’t have any apples. Your possibilities are endless when combining tryptophan and carbohydrate-rich foods. Be creative and take note of what works for you.

6] One scrambled Egg with Toast: Make sure you are eating a slice of whole grain toast to keep it healthy. And keep in mind that a healthy lifestyle in general will contribute to good sleep. Regular exercise, healthy meals and a diligent bedtime routine are all improtant for good sleep.

7] Chamomile Tea: This is a bedtime favorite because it has a mild sedating effect.

Resources for Chinese Medicine

Diagnosis and treatment in Chinese medicine are based on the theory of yin and yang as well as the five element theory. It practitioners then use a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and qigong exercises to restore health. Learn about each of these aspects of Chinese medicine with the following resources:

1. Acupuncture.com. This website offers everything from acupuncture point locater to Chinese medicine basics.

2. Acupuncture News. Get the latest in news and information from the world of acupuncture. This blog is written by a practicing acupuncturist.

3. Leung’s Chinese Herb News. This expert in Chinese herbs shares his knowledge through this blog.

4. The Qi Life Force & Herbal Medicine. Learn how Chinese medicine uses herbology differently than other holistic approaches to herbal remedies.

5. Qigong Therapy. This overview explains clearly the concepts and methods of qigong therapy as used in Chinese medicine.

6. Yin and Yang in Chinese Medicine. Find out about the balance of yin and yang and how it relates to health.

7. The Five Elements. Learn the five elements and how they relate to the human body as well as to yin and yang.

What is your Acne telling you?

 

 

1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

Healthy Snacks for College Students on the Run

 

 

1) Celery and peanut butter.

Celery and peanut better are choice healthy snacks for college students — they are the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that will satisfy any craving. Substitute almond butter or sun butter for an even healthier alternative.

2) Fresh fruit.

Super easy snack for college students — just grab a banana or apple on your way out the door! The fiber found in most fruits will fill you up between classes. If you prefer your fruit prepared a certain way like chopped pineapple or diced mango, do that the night before to simplify your morning routine.

3) Greek yogurt.

A great source of protein, Greek yogurt is sure to quell your appetite. The Chobani brand is everyone’s favorite (check out their new apple cinnamon and passion fruit flavors) but you can also get snack packs of cheaper Greek yogurt at your local grocery store.

4) Nuts.

Look for almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pistachios in particular. Snacking on a handful of nuts can help lower your cholesterol level and provide you with some healthy fatty acids. Feel free to mix together a few varieties and throw in some dried fruit or granola for a homemade trail mix.

5) Edamame.

Also known as soybeans, edamame are packed with antioxidants and protein. Sprinkle on some sea salt and enjoy! You can also buy them shelled if you’re looking for an even more convenient bite.

Natural Teeth Whitening!

After squeezing the juice of a lemon, use the left over rind to rub on your teeth and gums to whiten and strengthen them. This is also a good skin cleanser and softener; simply rub the rind over the facial areas desired, let stand for 5 minutes and rinse with tepid water. Eating an apple with the skin has the same effect of disinfecting the tooth and massages the gum.

Skin Rejuvenator [Homemade]

Ingredients:

2 tbs sesame oil

1 tbs olive oil

2 tbs olive oil

2 tbs almond oil

2000 IU vitamin E [D-Alpha Tocopherol]

100Thousand USP units vitamin A

1-2 drops of your favourite perfume [optional]

 

Method:

Pour the oils into a small jar or empty bottle. Take 10 gelcaps of vitamin E (200 IU ea) and 4 caps vitamin A (25,000 units ea). Puncture the capsules with a needle, and squeeze out the contents into your container. Perfume (optional). Close and shake well, keep in the refrigerator.***NOTE: if you opt for perfume, you must use the real thing, NOT cologne.

This formula is especially useful for those who have badly deteriorated complexion and prematurely aged or dry lifeless skin. The healing, nourishing and beautifying oils of this formula fortified with vitamins A & E will feed your skin with nutrients it needs and helps to revitalize and restore it’s normal activity. It is also an excellent topical application for hemorrhoids and many skin disorders, particularly in acne, eczema and psoriasis. The most effective way to use this formula is in the evening before going to bed, after washing the target area well. Massage in just a few drops and let soak in overnight.