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  • midlifelove 8:28 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cooking Light magazine, health and well being, , sleep, survey, water, women's health choices   

    Women Prefer Water, Sleep to Sex 

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    Drinking the recommended daily amount of water is more important to women than having enough sex, according to a national survey of 1000 women conducted by a women’s health magazine.

    When asked to prioritize preferences related to their overall health and well being, women ranked getting enough sleep at No 1, drinking enough water at No 5, and having enough sex at the bottom of the list at No 7.

    More than 1,000 women participated in the nationwide Cooking Light magazine Women’s Wellness Survey, which polled their opinions on healthy living, eating, and exercise.

    What Women Want  – The List

    1. Getting enough sleep
    2. Keeping stress level low
    3. Finding time to relax
    4. Eating healthfully
    5. Drinking the recommended amount of water
    6. Finding time to exercise
    7. Having enough sex

    Other key findings include:

    • Women would rather be thought of as healthy than trendy, wealthy, powerful, beautiful, sexy, or successful. Only smart trumps healthy.
    • Forty-two percent agree that healthier people are more successful.
    • Seventy-five percent of U.S. women believe being mindful of their health is an investment in themselves. Nearly two-thirds (65%) say taking measures to live healthfully is a way to personally control their lives and futures.
    • The majority of women say their self-confidence is influenced by their appearance (74%) and their overall health and wellness (72%).

    This report is based on a blind online study conducted among a randomly selected sample of U.S. women age 25+.

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  • midlifelove 12:52 am on May 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: addiction, , , , , , , hormone, stimulates, sunlight, water   

    Breaking the No 4 Food Addiction – Caffeine 

    Do you reach for a caffeine fix every time you’re feeling tired? While some people drink just one cup of coffee a day, there are others who seem to be holding a coffee mug every time you turn around.

    Those who have serious cravings for caffeine throughout the day are most likely suffering from an addiction to caffeine. Caffeine stimulates activity in the brain, which in turn, causes the release of the hormone adrenaline. Despite achieving the desired effect, after the dose of caffeine wears off, it often creates a craving for additional caffeine to recreate the effect.

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    Breaking Caffeine Cravings

    There are healthier, more effective ways of preventing fatigue throughout the day. First, make sure you are getting enough sleep! Second, exercise daily. Although many people mistakenly think that they will be more tired by exercising, they are actually wrong. Overall, exercise will increase your energy level and will enable you to overcome your food cravings.

    As well:

    • Eat five to six small meals a day and include some protein in each meal. This will help keep your blood sugar stable and provide you with the energy to keep going all day long.
    • Drink at least eight glasses of water. Water will help keep you energized
    • Drink a glass of water or green tea in the morning to help you wake up.
    • Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine each day. Use your usual coffee break to take a little brisk walk outside.
    • Switch to green tea. In addition to tasting great and giving you energy, it is packed with flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which are beneficial to your health.

    Start by cutting down on your caffeine consumption and replace as much of it as possible with green tea and water. Keep cutting more caffeine out every few weeks. Before you know it you will break the caffeine habit for good.

     
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