Stress Awareness Month | How to Fix Adrenal Fatigue

Do you feel tired, yet wired?  Do have trouble falling asleep at night or have trouble sleeping through the night?  Are you putting on pounds around that dreaded abdominal area?  Are you a mom who runs around feeling overwhelmed on most days?  If you answered yes to any of these, join the crowd and by the way, welcome to the Adrenal Fatigue Club.

Most of us understand the connection between chronic stress and cortisol.  Long term, emotional stress increases cortisol levels and generally wreaks havoc on our neuroendocrine and immune systems, making weight loss virtually impossible.  In fact, elevated cortisol triggers inflammation at the cellular level, and guess what?  Inflammation at the cellular level is where all of the nine degenerative disease processes begin.  Strike 1.

Over time, elevated cortisol compromises our thyroid functioning and hormonal balance.  This can make any perimenopausal woman feel like she is losing her mind while sitting in a heated oven.  Chronically elevated cortisol triggers thyroid dysfunction, which is also an underlying cause of panic disorder, anxiety, and depression (for which people are often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated with psychiatric meds).  Strikes 2, 3, and 4. Continue reading “Stress Awareness Month | How to Fix Adrenal Fatigue” »

Demi Moore Smoked “Something”

Demi Moore was reportedly hospitalized this week after friends placed a frantic 911 reporting that she had “smoked something.” Moore allegedly went into convulsions after “acting really hyper” all night, and her publicist later stated that Moore “looks forward to getting healthy.”

I think we can all agree that Demi Moore has been under an unusual amount of stress in past months.  Dealing with an extramarital affair is probably one of the worst forms of rejection that exists, and I have no doubt that the “something” she smoked was an effort to cope with that.  There are better, healthier ways to cope with stress, but the truth is this:  at some point in our lives, we have all chosen to smoke, drink, swallow, say, or do “something” that inevitably made us feel a little bit better.   Continue reading “Demi Moore Smoked “Something”” »

The Key to Your Health and Happiness

Here is a repost of one of my all time favorite articles on a topic that I continue to think is the most important thing anyone can do on a daily basis to improve health…..exercise. Exercise is the single most important thing I do on a daily basis to live well.  It’s worth reposting and revisiting this topic every now and then, so here you go!

If I could give you a magic pill that would make you smart, thin, happier, focused, motivated, energetic, and optimistic, would you accept my gift?  If it were free, would you say yes quickly?  If it worked day by day, would you turn me down?  That magic pill does exist, and it’s free without side effects.

Continue reading “The Key to Your Health and Happiness” »

Ten Health Statistics All Mamas Should Know

Let’s face it.  Moms usually wear many hats, including the one that reads “nurse.”  The more you know about health, the better off your family will be.  I’ll bet you don’t know the following health statistics, and if you do, hats off to you!  You’re literally one in a million.

1. 80% of high blood pressure is known as Essential Hypertension.
Essential hypertension is elevated blood pressure that has no known medical cause. This likely means that the cause of your hypertension is chronic stress.

Continue reading “Ten Health Statistics All Mamas Should Know” »

The Key to Joyful Living

Last week, I wrote about the year 2011 and how to move forward in 2012.  I also wrote briefly about perfectionism and the importance of trusting your intuition.  Just a few days later, I found a great little book which happens to tie all of these thoughts together perfectly.

Meet Sylvia Ferraro, two time world fitness champion.  She is clearly a natural born leader, a fitness icon, and an inspiration to all who meet her.  These are just a few of the reasons I jumped at the chance to take a sneak peak at her new children’s book based on her own true story,  The Gratitude Girl.  If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the demands of work, family, other peoples’ expectations, perfectionism, or all of the above, her book is for you.

Continue reading “The Key to Joyful Living” »

Healthy Living for Moms with Michelle Diaz

Personal trainers are everywhere, but there are few that really inspire me. Very few.  In fact, there are some trainers who appear to need a personal trainer themselves…..but there is one personal trainer that inspires me.

Meet Michelle Diaz, an elite fitness trainer at BB3 Training Center in Weston, FL.  She walks the walk, talks the talk, and helps women and moms like us get it right.  Even more importantly, she inspires other to stay the course (the hardest part, right?). Continue reading “Healthy Living for Moms with Michelle Diaz” »

Wicked Talent: Stereo Hearts (Josh Harrison Acoustic Cover on itunes)

Want to see some wicked talent?  This version of Stereo Hearts by Josh Harrison and Jamie Clayton is amazing.  These guys perform Adam Levine’s Stereo Hearts better than he does-I love the tempo.  In fact, I think it’s better than Adam Levine’s version.

Good news:  If you get hooked to this version like I did, you can download it on iTunes at  http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/acoustic-sessions/id477615982

Website: http://joshharrisonmusic.com

 

By the way, did you know that music with a regular beat increases serotonin levels?   Continue reading “Wicked Talent: Stereo Hearts (Josh Harrison Acoustic Cover on itunes)” »

Halloween 2011: Snow White Goes Blonde

A few months ago, Savanna decided to be Rapunzel for Halloween.  I went ahead and got the entire costume but obviously bought into her plan too early.

 

She changed her mind.

 

 

So she decided to be Snow White instead last week and invited me to be the Evil Queen.  I politely declined and offered to be one of the elves instead.  She looked a little confused and corrected me, saying “they’re dwarfs, not elves.”  Now I realize Costco has REALLY thrown me off by putting out Christmas decorations in August. Continue reading “Halloween 2011: Snow White Goes Blonde” »

When I Get Pissed, I Watch This And Feel Better

I love this clip of Bill O’Reilly so much that I am going to go ahead and post it again.  I find this so hilarious……his nonverbals are priceless.  Notice the angry blinking and nose flairs toward the end of the clip.  It leaves me in stitches every time, and we could all use a laugh.

PS-  F bomb alert!   Be sure to turn your volume down if you have kids around or if you’re at work.

The Robochick at My Gym

So I go to this fitness center about 100 miles a few miles from Savanna’s school after I drop her off.  This place is ridiculously far from our house, but I’m willing to make the drive there because it’s super clean and is more of a fitness club than a sweaty gym.  There is no BO smell and very little oggling the eye candy, at least not that I notice.  And it’s in the heart of Boca Raton, so the people there provide some fodder for my blog.

There are several women there who I can’t help but notice, and one of them happens to look a lot like the female version of Arnold Schwarzenneger with breasts and large lips.  Robochick absolutely loves her body, something I know for certainty based on her attire.  She usually wears a lacy black sports bra and workout pants while staying as close as possible to the mirrors so as to admire her own pump and veinage.  I’m not even sure where one would purchase a black, lacy sports bra. I personally sweat so much that I try to buy the cheapest workout clothes possible, but I digress.   Continue reading “The Robochick at My Gym” »