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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2011-04-06

It Doesn’t Have To Be Bad For It To Be Good For You!! Chocolate, Caffeine, and Sleeping In!

It Doesn’t Have To Be Bad For It To Be Good For You!! Chocolate, Caffeine, and Sleeping In!


For most of my life I believed that if something was good for you then it had to taste awful, leave me feeling hungry, and send me to some horrific exercise regime that left me in the back of the class breathing hard and near dead. I can recall years and years of running (and hating every second), eating funky icky foods, trying every new diet, and even not eating all in a bid for that perfect body (there is no such thing). As I got older and did some research I learned that you can like something and it can still be good for you! Keep in mind that moderation is always the key I believe. Sure you can reach for a mini Snickers bar if you want just don’t reach for ten of them and justify it to yourself that well although you had ten they WERE minis (this is what I do and I do know better but the lure of the Snickers is powerful for me).

Here You Go….

-Sleep , sleep, sleep- People who sleep seven to eight hours nightly are twice as likely to reach a ripe old age as those who get less shuteye, according to a study out of the U.K.’s University of Warwick and University College London. When you don’t get enough sleep your body’s production of the appetite suppressing hormone leptin is disrupted- raising your risk of life-shortening obesity. It also triggers blood sugar imbalances that can lead to type Two diabetes. (re-Woman’s World).

-Chocolate-mmmmmmmm-Nibble on dark chocolate (really? Yesssss really!)- Dark chocolate has flavonoids, which destroy the free radicals that cause inflammation. Just two squares of a dark chocolate bar, two Hershey’s Kisses or a dozen semisweet chocolate chips cuts inflammation by 17%. This is great news because chocolate is DELICIOUS and you can help beat chronic inflammation which is behind many illnesses-including heart diseases, Alhzheimer’s and diabetes!!!! Chocolate lovers have also been known to have lower levels of stress hormones in their bloodstream. Say hello to chocolate (remember, in moderation-hard for me but a must).

Caffeine- "Caffeine is starting to get attention because it may prevent skin cancer as discussed in the February issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Consumption of caffeine has been shown to be associated with lower incidences of nonmelanoma skin cancers in several epidemiological studies (Jacobsen et al., 1986; Hakim et al., 2000; Abel et al., 2007; Rees et al., 2007). However, too much caffeine can actually pack on the pounds so keeping it to 16 oz of diet soda with caffeine or 1 or 2 cups of coffee is probably best. One study of over 93,000 women showed that drinking coffee decreased their risk of skin cancer. Other research suggests that both oral and topical caffeine may offer powerful anticarcinogenic benefits."

And………….

According to Supermodel Elle McPherson’s trainer James Duigan author of, “The Clean and Lean Diet” exercise is really not about killing yourself everyday for hours (thank heavens) Instead - “Duigan's motto is work smarter, not harder.Understanding that many people have busy lives, he has devised an eight-minute workout of resistance exercises to be done twice a day. This can be extended with a walk or by attempting the more advanced workouts in the book.

“You should never really be working out for longer than an hour. Any longer than that and you haven't been working smart enough in that hour and you're really just putting your body under unnecessary stress,” he said.

“I'd say if you can do a good metabolic resistance circuit for about 10 minutes in the morning, which is an achievable amount of time, and then 10 minutes in the afternoon or evening, then you'll see good results with your physique.”

And as I have said above, it is really about moderation and balancing so that you can enjoy the things you love and be healthy. I say this as I am eyeing the bowl of fun size Snickers across from me. If only will power came a little easier to me.

7 comments:

Michelle said...
If sleeping in, chocolate, and caffeine are good for you, then I am the epitome of perfect health :)
Thanks for the informative post and good news!
Sudeep said...
Hey, Heidi!

I've been following your blog for several years now (ever since I found it through trafficjam.com) and I absolutely love your posts. The personal touch it brings makes it so much nicer to peruse health and lifestyle-related info.
Thanks for all your quick tips and yummy thoughts. :)

Best,
Sudeep

P.S. I LOVE this post. ;)
Michelle you are the epitome of perfect health!!!! You look amazing Ms. Yoga Instructor!!!

Sudeep you just made my day. I appreciate the kind words so much and it meant everything!! I usually think people must think I'm nuts. Thank you !!!!:)

Heidi
foongpc said...
Hi Heidi! You have not been blogging for quite some time, have you? Or perhaps I haven't been visiting as often as I would have liked, haha!

Good to see a new post here! Totally agree about the sleep issue - I have not been getting enough sleep lately. I don't wanna get type 2 diabetes - I better get myself more sleep!!

Chocolates!! Yum!! I think the real problem with chocolate is the amount of sugar they put inside. Chocolate minus the sugar is perfectly healthy, but would you eat bitter chocs? I still like the sweet ones haha!! OK, maybe switch to dark chocolates with less sugar : D

Wow! Caffeine can prevent skin cancer? I guess it's good to take caffeine moderately. Definitely not good overdoing it. Yes, moderation is key.

Oh yes, totally agree on the exercise - no point exercising for hours - that's called self torture! Haha!! I go for high intensity interval training exercises - it shows better results and saves time! Only need 30 minutes a day! : D
betchai said...
sleep is very important for me, I don't get enough of it and I will get migraine. Now, let me sip a cup of coffee :) thanks for the enlightenment.
Chris said...
isn't it wonderful that chocolate and caffeine have a health benefit. And I've been reading too lately that you don't have to kill yourself with hours of exercise in order to gain good benefits. That's so encouraging. Have a great day
Rebecca said...
Well I agree with the sleep and chocolate (yum!)part, but a few years ago I read the book "Caffeine Blues" can't remember who wrote it but anyway it was an eye-opener. No caffeine for me! except the little bit in that yummy chocolate...

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