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Here at Role Mommy, we are always in the mood for a good time and just in time for summer, we’ve got the perfect virtual treat for our readers…a Twitter party with our favorite entertaining divas at Partybluprints, Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, brought to you by Redbook!  Take a look…

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On Tuesday, June 26 from 8:30-9:30 pm ET/5:30-6:30 PM we’ll be offering summer entertaining tips straight from the editors at Redbook and we’ll be giving away prizes throughout the hour to get you in the party spirit.  Here’s a sneak peak of what you could win…

  • 20 REDBOOK subscriptions are up for grabs!
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  • Two fabulous foodies will win a $50 Whole Foods gift card 
  • One stylish tweeter will win a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses 
  • Two digital divas will win a fabulous Beauty Basket compliments of L’oreal Paris 
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USTA LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BIG SINGING STAR!

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SEEKING CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UNDER TO PERFORA PATRIOTIC SONG LIVE ATTHE 2012 US OPEN

 

 



Contestants to Be Judged by Music Industry Executives from William Morris, SONY, and the USTA at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater

 

WHAT:  The USTA will host its sixth annual US Open Casting Call to select singers ages 12-and-younger to perform a patriotic song live at Arthur Ashe Stadium during the night sessions of the 2012 US Open.   

WHEN:          Tuesday, June 19, 2012

                        Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

WHERE:        Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater

                        253 West 125th Street

                        New York, NY

 

WHO:             Music Executives from William Morris, SONY & the USTA.

 

INFO:             Singers ages 12-and-under as of September 12, 2012 will have the opportunity to perform at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in front of music industry executive judges from William Morris, SONY & the USTA.  Selected singers from the casting call will perform at the night sessions in Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2012 US Open.

Photo and interview opportunities will be available with the judges and contestants. 

 

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The Key to Fitness Success

Consistency: The Key To Fitness Success
By Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coach®
Not seeing results from your workouts? Getting frustrated with finding the right fitness routine? The problem may not be with your fitness program but with a lack of consistency. Consistency is the key to making exercise a lifelong habit…and getting results. Here are a few tips to help you stay consistent.
1. Exercise in the morning. As the day progresses, tasks, chores, responsibilities and fatigue can often knock exercise right off the list of priorities. By exercising in the morning, fewer distractions come up and can help ensure you get your workout in. Not a morning exerciser? If possible, try to go to sleep a little earlier so you’re not skimping on your sleep. Then, set the alarm to get up 15-­‐30 minutes earlier on the first day. Commit to a “no snooze button” rule and slowly get out of bed. Next, before you leave your bedroom, immediately put on your workout clothes. It gives you that mental push to get your workout in so you don’t reconsider or get sidetracked.
2. Have a plan to prevent boredom. Just as you get bored, so does your body. If you stay with the same routine, you’re body doesn’t have to work as hard to get through it and you won’t see the results you’re hoping to achieve. Could you have one routine for Monday, Wednesday and Friday and another for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday? How about mixing it up with a variety of classes, DVD’s, running routes or fitness equipment? What about changing the levels of intensity on your treadmill by throwing in some sprints, doing some plyometric moves or jumping rope? By creating a plan to keep your routine fresh and challenging you’ll be more likely to stick with it, stay consistent and see results.
3. Set realistic and achievable goals. Your goals should be challenging enough so it’s something to strive for yet realistic enough so that you can enjoy the feeling of success once you achieve them. To have a goal of losing 20, 50 or 100 pounds or getting toned and bikini ready is great, but how can you break that down so it doesn’t seem like a huge mountain to climb? A simple way to do this is to set a yearly goal, then break it down to months, then weeks and finally into what you need to do each day in order to achieve your ultimate goal.
4. Track of your progress. If your goal is to lose weight or train for a specific event, find a way to track your progress so you can stay motivated and enjoy the feeling of progress. It can be as simple as marking days off a calendar, keeping a fitness or food journal, or creating a system of your own. It doesn’t matter how you track your progress as long as you keep it simple enough so you can easily add it to your routine and see how you’re moving towards your goal. There are also some great apps you can download which can help you track your progress along with helping to keep you motivated.
5. Keep it fun. Discover your unique “fitness personality” to create a program you find fun and enjoyable. Maybe that means a class, an organized sport, DVD’s, finding a like-­‐minded fitness buddy, or loading up your IPod with upbeat songs and hitting the pavement. The more you learn about what you need so that exercise becomes fun, the longer you’ll stick with it and the more you’ll see results. It’s all about finding something you enjoy and creating a routine around it so you’ll look forward to getting your workout in.
7. Celebrate success. Once you reach a goal, even if it’s a small one, be sure to celebrate! Whether that means treating yourself to a new song for your music playlist after each workout, some downtime, a manicure, getting together with friends, new exercise clothes or equipment, it’s important to acknowledge and recognize your achievements. It gives you an opportunity to be proud of yourself and keeps you moving forward.
Just as the key to real estate is “location, location, location” the key to exercise results can be found with “consistency, consistency, consistency!” By working towards being more consistent with your fitness, you’ll be on your way to creating and maintaining that sleek, lean, toned and healthy body you want.
Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coach®, founder of www.TheMojoCoach.com is a leading health, fitness, wellness, lifestyle, self-­‐improvement expert and THE secret behind some of the healthiest, most dynamic, energetic and successful people today. Sign up for your “10 FREE Strategies to Get You Lean, Sleek and Sculpted”! (These are complete programs and videos) and take the FREE “Mojo Lifestyle Assessment” to see how you score.
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-The Lifestyle Fitness Program: A Six Part
Plan So Every Mom Can Look, Feel and Live Her Best
-A Pocket Full of Mojo: 365 Proven Strategies To Create
Your Ultimate Body, Mind, Image and Lifestyle
www.TheMojoCoach.com

The Real Deal on Fiber

imgres-1.jpegHave you ever walked along the grocery store aisles and seen packages proudly exclaiming “good source of fiber?” Ever turn on the television set and hear the woman toting the benefits of the fiber supplement you simply mix with water?
So what exactly is dietary fiber? Why do we need it in our diet? Where do you get it from?
Dietary fiber is found mostly in fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains. Dietary fiber comes in two forms – soluble (dissolves in water) and insoluble (will not dissolve in water) fiber. Soluble fiber combines with water and slows down digestion which makes you feel fuller, longer. Insoluble fiber passes through you system almost entirely intact and has a laxative effect. So, if it passes through your system, it sounds like fiber really isn’t doing much for your body. Not so. In fact, fiber can help with an entire host of health benefits:
• Having consistent and regular bowel movements
• Lowering blood cholesterol
• Helping to control blood sugar levels
• Aiding with weight loss (fills you up, keeps you fuller longer) (Maki)
• Maintaining bowel health (may help prevent constipation, diverticular disease, constipation and some cancers)
So how much fiber do you need in your diet? According to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ADA, women should aim for between 21-25 grams per day; and, for men, 30-38 grams. If your current diet is low in fiber and you suddenly start to eat high amounts of fiber-rich foods, you may experience major gastrointestinal discomfort. To avoid this discomfort, slowly increase the fiber in your diet. Try to get up to your ideal grams of fiber per day in a two week period adding a little more each day. Just like you count your calories; it is good practice to count your grams of fiber. Simply switching your breads, pastas, and cereals to whole grains can add a lot of extra fiber to your diet. Also, try adding a small salad to each meal, make sure to have a cup of cooked veggies for dinner each night, make a small handful of almonds part of your afternoon snack. Try switching out one meat dinner per week to a vegetarian recipe that includes fiber-rich beans. It’s also extremely
important to drink plenty of water when eating more fiber. Without water, you may experience constipation, so get those 8 glasses of water per day.
Still not sure which foods are good sources of fiber? Here’s the fiber low down on some of the best sources.
• Artichokes- 1 medium – 10 grams
• Peas- 1 cup, cooked, 8 grams
• Broccoli- 1 cup cooked, 5 grams
• Whole wheat spaghetti- 1 cup, cooked – 6 grams
Remember that it’s the variety of whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables that are important to an overall healthy diet. Eating these foods with regularity will help you to create a variety of healthy meals and snacks that are full of fiber.

Darcie Sosa is the guest blogger and Dietetic Technician for Everyday Health Calorie Counter.

Maki, B.. “Whole-grain ready-to-eat oat cereal, as part of a dietary program for weight loss, reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults with overweight and obesity more than a dietary program includi.” Pub Med. Journal of American Diet Association, 2010. Web. 5 Jun 2012. .

Where You Live Could Be Making You Fat

imgres.jpegI just came across this interesting pitch from Chef2Chef.net, a leading culinary web portal, recently released “Supermarket Secrets,” an infographic exploring the role supermarkets play in healthy eating decisions. The infographic suggests that grocery shopping habits are influenced by lifestyle, income and education, all of which play an important role when it comes to making healthy choices.
Living near a supermarket may play a significant role in healthy eating, according to a French study that found a correlation between higher body mass index (BMI), larger waist circumference and living far away from a supermarket. This is especially concerning because a 2009 U.S. Department of Agriculture study reported that 23 million Americans do not live within one mile of a grocery store. The same study found that people with high incomes are twice as likely to live near a supermarket as people with low incomes.
“One health benefit that is sometimes overlooked is how close one is to a supermarket,” said Heidi Agustin, spokesperson for Chef2Chef.net. “Access to stores that offer fresh produce and high-quality brands is an important factor in the development of good eating habits for individuals and their families.”
I never even considered that proximity to a supermarket would have anything to do with obesity, but depending upon where you live, you could be setting yourself and your family up for a lifetime of weight issues. Even though I do binge from time to time, I have to say that this year, I’ve made a conscious decision to cut out ice cream at night, have not eaten any frozen dinners and included greek yogurt in my daily diet. And I have to say, I feel so much better and dropped two sizes. Losing weight can be difficult – especially if you are obese, but all it takes is making smart decisions about what you’re putting in your mouth. Take a look at the Chef2Chef infographic for some more interesting facts about the obesity rate in our country and how supermarkets or lack of them play a role in sabotaging many Americans who don’t have access to healthy options.
Supermarket Secrets
Courtesy of: Chef2Chef.net

Tory Johnson Turns Business Dreams into Reality

I don’t know about you, but I am the ultimate dreamer. In fact, throughout my life, I’ve set several lofty goals for myself.
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Land a leading role in a high school musical: Check.
Make the high school tennis team: Check.
Land a job as an advertising representative at the Massachusetts Daily Collegian: Check
Graduate Phi Beta Kappa: Check.
Receive a Masters Degree in Journalism from NYU: Check
Land a network TV PR job: Check
Find my soulmate and get married: Check
Give birth to two beautiful and fun loving children: Check
Publish two pretty funny books about motherhood: Check
Host inspring events for moms and launch an online parent blogger network: Check
Create an online magazine for parents: Check
Experience professional success beyond my wildest dreams…Still a work in progress.
While I’ve got the drive to succeed, I have to admit that I sometimes lack the direction. And that’s where Small Business Champion Tory Johnson comes in. Tory is a New York Times bestselling author whose new book Spark & Hustle: Launch and Grow Your Small Business Now is set to debut nationwide on June 5. Having worked closely with Tory over the past year, I have to say she is a force to be reckoned with. She’s driven, she’s a perfectionist and she’s the ultimate customer service cheerleader. I’ve never seen anyone more committed to small business owners and I’ve proudly watched as she has literally helped catapult many of them to overnight success.
Having attended Tory’s latest Spark & Hustle conference, I have to admit, I was totally in awe of her keynote speaker – Barbara Bradley — creator of my all time favorite summer handbags…Vera Bradley! Bradley shared the story of how she launched her multi-million dollar business without having a clue as to how to do it. She discovered the name of the fabric wholesaler that sold to the top department stores, walked right up to the owner and while he could have ignored her, he instead took her under his wing and helped her get Vera Bradley off the ground. What I love about Barbara Bradley is that she had guts and a bit of moxie. And that fearless attitude propelled her company to where it is today.
Check out an excerpt from Tory’s new book and then make sure you order a copy today.

Tory is currently touring the country as part of her nationwide Spark & Hustle conference tour. Bringing together successful entrepreneurs in each city, the conferences offer attendees a healthy dose of inspiration, motivation and real advice you can act upon right now so that you can turn your dream into reality. So what are you waiting for? Put a little Spark & Hustle in your step and there’s no telling what you can accomplish.

Brooklyn I Hardly Knew Ya

Who said you can never go home again?  Well today I did just that.  While my daughter attended the umpteenth Bat Mitzvah service of the season, I wandered around Brooklyn Heights – not exactly my old stomping grounds, but at least a semi familiar part of the beloved borough where I was born and raised.  Since I knew I was going to be spending a few hours on my own, I tweeted a few Brooklyn experts for advice and within minutes, Liz Gumbinner, Nicole Feliciano and Anna Fader offered up a list of suggestions of where and how to spend my day.


Morning Jo at the Vineapple coffee shop
– Liz suggested my first stop should be at this hip cafe on Pineapple street that’s populated with lots of artsy writer types.  The place is totally cozy, has wifi (the password is conveniently plastered on one one of walls), comfy couches, tables and board games.  I ordered a latte with skim milk, whipped out my iPad and read the latest edition of the New York Post from cover to sports section.

A stroll along the promenade – After I finished my coffee and two toddlers usurped my 

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge (Photo credit: Akibubblet)

spot on the couch,I left Vineapple and made my way to the promenade – a picturesque pathway that I still remember visiting when I was a teen.  I took a stroll along the walk and as I gazed out into the East River, I saw a handful of people kayaking.  Wait, what?  This is so not the Brooklyn I remember well – it was soooooo clean!


Made my way back to Montague street for a little window shopping.  Liz recommended that Tango was a must see for shoppers.  Meanwhile, Anna said to check out Prospect Park, while Nicole said I’d love DUMBO and one of her favorite restaurants, Almondine. Instead, I found a new mani-pedi place on Montague Street called VIP where I got the full treatment and finished in just enough time to see a text from my daughter that she wanted to be picked up in 20 minutes.  

Almost adopted a pet – Walked out the door and noticed the local pet food store was offering up kittens for adoption.  Almost left with an orange tabby that drew a striking resemblance to our treasured Rudy, but decided it was still too soon to bring another cat home with us. 

Who said you can’t go home again?  After I picked Becca up, I plugged in an address to the nav and off we went.  As we made our way through once familiar neighborhoods where I instinctually locked my windows and doors, we passed the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Botanical Gardens, Crown Heights, Flatbush and many more familiar streets.  Before we knew it, we had arrived at my childhood home in Canarsie.

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English: Looking east across Flatbush Avenue and down Avenue U at Kings Plaza on a sunny afternoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A trip down memory lane…I couldn’t help myself, but after I made Becca take a few photos from her phone of the outside of my old house, I told a man who looked at us like we were nuts that I grew up there and he just waved and smiled.  A few minutes later, a woman came outside with her son and dog and I once again gushed that she was living in my childhood home.  It turned out she was the person who purchased the home from my parents 13 years ago and still remembered them.  She then invited us inside and I couldn’t wait to see my old room.  What I found totally strange was that the entire house seemed so much smaller than I remember it.   My room no longer had that Laura Ashley style purple floral wallpaper and lavender carpet I had picked out as a teen.  Our old den looked different without the shag carpet and my dad’s favorite brown recliner, but the dining and living room still looked familiar since Mom had left some of our furniture behind.


Cruising past my hangouts…Paerdegat Athletic Club, South Shore High School – which has since been boarded up and closed down, the Arch Diner, Ralph Avenue and Kings Plaza, while I drove down Ralph Avenue, I asked Becca to take a few more pix so I could remember our special day and the fact that I probably won’t be back again anytime soon.

403465_10150861789070205_56175687_n.jpegFinal Stop…Original Pizza!  If you grew up in Brooklyn then there are two things we are passionate about.  Our bagels and our pizza.  Maybe it’s something in the water, but all I can say is there is nothing that quite compares to a slice of Brooklyn pizza.  And so, I treated my daughter to her first taste of Original Pizza and then ordered a pie for my husband.  And then we were on our way.

One last glimpse…Most Romantic Restaurant in Canarsie — as we hopped on the Belt Parkway, I pointed out the place where her dad and I celebrated after getting engaged – Abracciamento — a romantic Italian restaurant located on Jamaica Bay in Canarsie. 

Home Sweet Home.  We arrived back in New Rochelle and when I asked my daughter if she’d ever like to live in Brooklyn, she replied:  “No way – I love having all this open space and I want to live in our house forever.”  In fact, I found out her master plan is to live in our house once my husband and I move out.  Except she said she and her brother are g
oing to have to fight for it since he wants to live there too. 

So there you have it.  One very special day where I got to relive everything that’s great about Brooklyn while taking a trip down memory lane with my daughter.  And I will never forget it.  Here’s hoping she takes her own daughter one day to all her favorite childhood haunts.  Something tells me the Westchester Mall won’t be as nostalgic as Kings Plaza, but one never knows.  

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Two Weeks to No Kids

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Kids House – 155/365 (Photo credit: morberg)

I can’t believe it but in two more weeks, my husband and I are going to be childless.  Yes, we are part of the population on the east coast who send their kids to sleepaway camp.  I never in a million years expected my son…who I fondly call “The Boomerang” would actually want to go away to camp but surprisingly, he is ready, willing and eager to hit the road.


This weekend, while we were shopping for stationery and were cashing in on a gift certificate he had received for his birthday, I spotted a fan and asked if he’d like one for his bunk.  To which he replied, “Oh no Mommy, they have air conditioning there.”  Sorry buddy, but life as you know it is about to change.  No AC, no thermostatic shower – which means you have to figure out how to get warm water out of a faucet by yourself; nobody changing your bed sheets and no one hounding you to brush your teeth before you go to bed.

It’s definitely going to be tough for my husband and I to adjust to not having our kids around the house.  I mean, we haven’t been alone together for an extended period of time in years.  We can now go to movies and dinners during the week.  We can see Broadway shows.  We can go dancing and bar hopping.  We can play tennis.  And do other things that I will not share on this blog because my mom reads it.  But you get my drift.  In fact, a friend of mine once said that once her kids leave, she’s got to strap on her running shoes because her hubby is constantly chasing her around the house.

I don’t know how we are going to cope but what I do hope is that we take the time to re-connect without the kids.  It’s time to date again and discover why we fell in love in the first place.  Am I up for the challenge?  Absolutely.  Here’s hoping my son enjoys his time away from us and we enjoy the time we have to reflect on how much we truly love and miss our kids.  Time to hop off and sew in some more labels.  


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Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

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How  would you like to try a healthy kitchen sink salad? This one is PACKED with protein and the contrast of the crunchy lettcue and the creamy goat cheese is divine!

Lentil Grape and Goat Cheese Salad:

6 cups dark leafy greens

1/3 cup red grapes cut in half

1/3 cup chick peas

1/3 cup cooked green lentils (boiled dry lentils until tender)

1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

Toss all ingredients and drizzle olive oil and your favorite vinegar to taste. Serves about 4. Yum!

For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen

Get Back your Mojo!

Finding and Fixing the Holes in Your Wellness Plan By Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coach®
Why is it that we may eat well, exercise and still struggle with our weight and health?
For many of us, making healthier food choices is a way of life. We read labels, we’re mindful of our portions, we limit the amount of junk and processed foods we eat, we limit our alcohol intake and we make a concerted effort to eat “clean” and healthy.
Many of us also commit to a consistent fitness schedule where we’re walking, running, doing classes, DVD’s, yoga, or organized sports regularly. We put in the time and effort necessary to create a lean, toned and fit body.
So with this kind of effort, why aren’t many of us looking, feeling and living our best?
While eating and exercise are huge steps in the right direction, they’re only a piece of the wellness puzzle. The rest has to do with our lifestyle, our mindset and so much more. But, even with healthy eating and exercise there may be a few “holes” in your plan so let’s look there first.
Eating
If your choices are healthy for the most part, it’s worth taking a look at the “why” of your eating. Are you eating when your body is hungry or do you eat based on the time, the size of the plate or the event around you? There’s a big difference between hunger and appetite and while the body thrives when eating because of hunger, the body can only store fat when eating because of appetite. Here’s how to tell the difference.
Hunger is a physiological response to the body needing food. Your stomach may rumble, you may feel lightheaded and you want food quickly. Often, it doesn’t really matter what you eat as long as you get something into your system quickly.
Appetite is much different. It’s triggered by emotions, by something you’ve just seen, thought about or even by a delicious smell. With appetite, you feel an immediate urge to eat something and typically, it’s something specific. Also, different textures are indicative of certain emotions when driven by appetite. For example, you may want something crunchy when you’re angry and something smooth and creamy when you’re sad. Responding to appetite vs. hunger is a recipe for weight gain because your body doesn’t need the food. When that’s the case, your body’s only option is to convert it to fat and store it for you.
It’s also helpful to see if you’re eating mindlessly. With mindless eating, you’re taking in much more than you need because you’re distracted while eating. Are you eating while cooking, passing food to others, or taking in too much because you’re reading or watching TV during a meal? We can take in thousands of excess calories through “mindless munching.”
Emotional eating may also be a factor where we eat to soothe, calm, numb and relax from our problems our pain. It’s a self-­‐soothing technique where we self-­‐medicate, using food as our drug of choice. Any of these food behaviors not only cause weight gain, but also can have us struggling with maintaining a healthy weight for years.
Fitness
Just as we get bored with a fitness routine, if your body isn’t challenged it gets bored too. Are you doing the same routine consistently and has it gotten easier over time? If so, it’s time to shake things up and create some “muscle confusion.” That could mean varying your pace or throwing in some intervals or bursts of intense plyometric movements to dramatically increase the intensity for a short period of time. It can also mean using weights, resistance bands, machines, trying an organized sport, a new fitness class, DVD or different route to run.
Many of us have also become consistent with our cardio routines but neglect to do anything to build muscle. Building muscle is critical to any fitness plan because it fires up our metabolism, gives us a fit, toned body as well as improving our quality of life by simply making every day tasks easier to perform.
With fitness, it’s also important to look at the rest of your day. Sure you may be getting in that workout but are you sitting behind a desk for the rest of the day? While the workout may be great, it can’t make up for a lack of movement once your workout it through.
Sleep
Another piece of the wellness puzzle can be found with the amount of sleep you’re getting each night. With adequate sleep we have more clarity, ability to focus, concentrate, and we have more energy to get us through the day. Without enough sleep, we’ll look for energy through sugar and caffeine; the perfect recipe for weight gain. The empty calories coming from sugar gives us a temporary energy surge and inevitable crash, which leaves us craving more sugar to pick us up again. This short-­‐lived fuel doesn’t sustain or nurture our bodies but the calories add up quickly. Also, without enough sleep, certain hormones and chemicals don’t have an opportunity to rebalance and replenish themselves. Unfortunately, these chemicals also promote fat storage and increased appetite.
Stress
We can be eating well and exercising but if we’re living with chronic, unmanaged stress, we’re suppressing our immune system as well as causing physical, mental and emotional wear and tear. For example, if you’re under constant stress and you’re an emotional eater, the stress you feel will trigger a binge. You also won’t be interested in healthy meal planning, label reading and portion control because you’re consumed by your stress. In addition, you may look for comfort foods, which are loaded in fat, sugar and calories.
When stress suppresses your immune system, we’re not as able to fight off bacterial and viral invasion so we’re more susceptible to illness. Under stress, we’re also keeping our bodies tight which leads to muscle aches, pulls, tears, headaches and more.
Chronic stress also affects our digestive, nervous and even reproductive system. Digestive disturbances such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, Chrohn’s disease and acid reflux can all be tied to stress.
Relationships
Our relationships are either good or bad for our health. Supportive, loving, positive and nurturing relationships improve the immune system, flood our bodies with “feel good” hormones and chemicals while giving us a sense of connectedness. Negative, critical,
judgmental and pessimistic people suppress our immune systems, flood our bodies with stress hormones and discourage us from being, doing and having more.
Mindset
Mindset is also a critical piece to the wellness puzzle. A lack of confidence, low self esteem, poor self image and a belief system that doesn’t serve us will prevent us from living the life we want…no matter how well we eat and how much we exercise. If we feel worthy and deserving of love, health, wellness and success, then our thoughts, behaviors and actions will support those goals. If we feel unworthy of love, health, wellness and success, unfortunately our actions and behaviors will support those beliefs too.
True health is being healthy from the inside, out. It’s not just a great body; it’s a healthy body thriving because of a healthy lifestyle, a healthy mind and a healthy spirit.
Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coach®, founder of www.TheMojoCoach.com is a leading health, fitness, wellness, lifestyle, self-­‐improvement expert and THE secret behind some of the healthiest, most dynamic, energetic and successful people today. Sign up for your “10 FREE Strategies to Get You Lean, Sleek and Sculpted”! (These are complete programs and videos) and take the FREE “Mojo Lifestyle Assessment” to see how you score.
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Author of:
-The Lifestyle Fitness Program: A Six Part
Plan So Every Mom Can Look, Feel and Live Her Best
-A Pocket Full of Mojo: 365 Proven Strategies To Create
Your Ultimate Body, Mind, Image and Lifestyle
www.TheMojoCoach.com