We all have a picture in our mind of a perfectly relaxing holiday, time off from work, laughter, gifts, a great dinner, happy family and friends. It’s the American way, right?
The holidays are here. Trips are being scheduled and menus are being planned. What may not be planned is foodborne illness, often called food poisoning. It’s painful getting sick and some cases, it can be deadly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about one in six Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick. More than 125,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has these four tips to help prevent foodborne illnesses:
Over time, many patients find that they have saved a lot of medications used to treat headaches, colds, coughs and infections. This collection can grow and become dangerous if it not checked regularly to see if the medicines are still needed and are not expired.
Know your current medications:
Keep a record of your current medications and update this record when changes happen. Your provider may change the medication you are taking or change the way you take your medication.
Self-soothing has to do with comforting, nurturing, and being gentle and kind to oneself. It is a great way to make yourself feel good when you are experiencing tough situations. It’s also an excellent technique for maintaining balance and preventing upset in your life. Although it’s pretty easy to do, it can be hard to remember to do it. In fact, it's so simple that you may laugh and think it won't work…but trust me, it does!
Try soothing each of the 5 senses with these different suggestions:
'Tis the season to enjoy all those delicious Thanksgiving dinners, holiday office goodies, potluck parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Then reality sets in around January 3rd, and you’re making another New Year’s resolution to “get back into shape.”
You can enjoy your favorite foods, stay healthy and maintain your weight. Here are our easy and healthy tips to make your New Year’s resolution something more fun than “I’m going on a diet.”
Each Thanksgiving, many friends and family reminisce on memorable moments of the past year which they are grateful for. The afterglow of sharing gratitude can do wonders for one’s wellbeing. Just a few words of kindness can go a long way.
So, why not treat every day like Thanksgiving? Daily practice is really the only way to make something a habit. If you exercise daily, your muscles grow. If you brush your teeth daily, you steer clear of cavities. If you practice gratitude daily, you enhance your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.
The answer is – No. But that doesn’t stop companies from producing supplements and claiming they do help. Be informed and save yourself from wasting your hard earned money on
“quick fixes” and “miracle cures.” There aren’t any. What you can do, and this has been proven time and time again in handfuls of studies, is increase your physical activity and improve your diet by eating healthy whole foods in the appropriate portion sizes.
When it comes to texting and driving, it’s easy to convince yourself that a second won’t matter much. The truth is that just taking your eyes off the road for a moment can have very bad results. People tend to look at their cellphone for about 5 seconds at a time when they text. If you are driving at a speed of 55 mph you have traveled the length of a football field with your eyes off the road! In fact, when you text, both your eyes and your focus are distracted, which can be a deadly mix. A texting driver is more than 20 times more likely to get into a car crash.
I don’t know about you, but it seems like every holiday season I get the cold or the flu. Last year, I got the flu (even after I got the flu shot) right before a big Christmas party and was so upset that I missed out. If you are like me and getting sick over the winter months seems inevitable, there are ways to prevent or lessen sick days. Eating healthy, along with sleeping well, managing stress and exercising are just a few ways to help so you won’t have to miss out on the holiday festivities.
Buying plastic bottles of water is bad for your wallet, bad for the planet and can be bad for your health. Most store-bought bottled water comes in bottles that contain a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) that’s been shown to be harmful to our health. Those bottles are even worse for the planet – each bottle can take up to 1,000 years to break down. Use stainless steel or glass bottles (many come wrapped in rubber to keep them from breaking) take water with you.