Time For Change

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

clockAs we set our clocks back an hour this weekend, it may be time to reset our bodies for better health. Health problems come from being overweight, stress, lack of exercise, and eating the wrong foods for diabetes and blood pressure.

You only need a few tricks.

Reset Your Weight to Thin by eating six times a day instead of three. Control the overall calories you ingest by having 300-400 calories, six times a day. Meals should be nutrient dense with foods like low sodium, lean turkey, chicken or fish, low fat dairy products, and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Reset Your Stress Level to Calm by using four little words to center your emotions. Remind yourself to breathe, think, reason, consider, before you react to a situation or a person. Give yourself the chance to prepare your thoughtful response instead of a knee-jerk, automatic reaction. If you react out of habit you might have to go back and make amends. But, if you respond, you will infuse your reply with wisdom, experience and choice.

Reset Your Height to Tall by stretching, yoga, correct posture, and getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D and Calcium from foods. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D so 20 minutes in the sun daily helps alleviate the lack. Our bodies need 600iu of Vitamin D per day to be healthy. Food sources of Vitamin D are: cod liver oil, fish, oysters, caviar, eggs and fortified soy and dairy products. Calcium is found in foods like green leafy foods such as watercress, broccoli, sardines, unsalted almonds, Chinese cabbage, soy products and okra.

exerciseballReset Your DNA to “Younger” by exercising. Medical experts claim that aging DNA can be forestalled by exercising for 30 minutes a day. “Even 10 minutes of exercise a day improves your brain function.” 30 minutes a day of brisk walking will increase your stamina, improve your immune system and your sex life, and improve your digestive functions. Lifting light weights will strengthen your muscles and preserve calcium in your bones warding off osteoporosis.

Reset Your Blood Sugar to Normal by switching from white grains to whole grains like whole wheat pasta, brown rice pasta, quinoa, and from white potatoes to sweet potatoes, without butter.

Reset Your Heart to Healthy by reducing the saturated fats, salt and sugar in your diet. Stay away from fried foods, corn syrup, candy, (except for dark chocolate), soda pop, heavily salted foods, processed meats, and gravies. These foods clog your arteries and create stress on your heart pump. Choose fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grains and start reading labels so you know what you are eating.

– Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.