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Posts tagged “health

Medication for Your Daily Work-Out

This basically says it all, and remember to take daily!

I don’t believe that we are overmedicalized on the above, but check out this video on the topic:


Darwin at Work

I found this video very interesting and wanted to share.  Changes, no matter how small or slow, have profound effects on the world in which we live in.


In My Neighbourhood

The 100 mile diet…So this is a new trend.  Well, not really new.  It has been around for a couple of years, but the concept behind it is to only consume things that come from within 100 miles of where you live.  Ok, that wouldn’t be so bad for me.  I currently live in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island and there are so many great foods and goods produced locally (Including beer!!!).  I would have to give up a few things though, like my morning coffee…

Wait, I don’t want to give up my morning coffee.  Just thinking about the withdrawal gives me a headache.  And what about those who produce the coffee?  If all of us in North America, and Europe for that matter, gave it up, where would they make their living?

This past weekend was the “Hometown Tourist” Weekend in Ladysmith and it got me thinking about just how much the local area has to offer.  There is so much benefit to experience all that is around me.  I have taken the time over the past little while to try to find all of the little spots and events that are in my neighbourhood.  It is amazing what I have managed to find, including little secluded spots to relax and the swing pictured to the right.

I am not saying that we should live entirely local and not travel outside to other places or consume things that come from elsewhere.  Those people make their own wellbeing off of the exports that we purchase from them.  If we stopped living globally and all lived entirely locally, there would develop an entire new set of problems.  Problems separate from the transport, production, pollution and free trade of goods. I feel that instead we should take from the following quote:

“The best way out is always through.” ~Robert Frost~

We need to discover our own area first before heading out and experiencing the outside world.  Even though it may seem a little selfish, take care of yourself and your own area before you try to take care of others.  It will make things so much easier and make you and your neighbourhood so much healthier.  We need to take care of ourself and live locally.  However, we cannot stop thinking globally.  There are many others who rely on our current habits for their own wellbeing.

This Friday, June 15 is Nature Play Day, so get outside into your own neighbourhood and play in nature.  There are so many things to do.  Like I have said before, be creative, take some risks and find someplace close to home that you haven’t seen before.  I will be in nature this Friday in my neighbourhood!


The outdoors and my personal portable communicator

Just a thought for this fine evening…

Could my personal portable communicator, or smartphone, help me spend more time outdoors and be healthier?

It sounds like a contradiction.  We seem to always be told to put away our electronics and disconnect.  However, personal portable communicators, or smartphones, may help to keep us accountable for our actions.  Technology may actually help to make us healthier.  It does this by providing us with ways to track our actions, be reminded of our goals, and strive to get better at a certain task.  Sometimes there is a twist in the story and the would be villain is not so bad after all.


A little off-colour, it’s all about perception.

This whole post is going to be about bad jokes.  If done right, they can be very clever.  To tell a bad joke that doesn’t come across as offensive is very difficult, and few people can do this successfully…

Ok, this post is not going to focus on off-colour humour (there may still be the odd pun thrown in though;-)).  I am going to talk about colour and perception.  Since it has been a while, so I will be brief even though I have a lot to talk about.  I have decided that posts are no going to come more randomly in their timing, but more frequently.  It is hard for me to get time to sit down and write on Wednesdays.  Not to worry, I will try to still be sarcastic and entertaining in my writing.  Things will stay interesting.  Less planned and regular will help because how often is life able to be planned and regular?  You don’t need to answer that, it was meant to answer itself with ‘hardly ever!’.

May is in full swing and, in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, it is known as being the month of Spring and new beginnings.  We have gone from Winter, which I see as a time of solitude, to a time that is seen for growth, and new beginnings.  Colours have begun to appear, so here are some interesting effects of different colours:

Green: Gets creative juices flowing, is the symbol for growth, both physically and psychologically, and sparks our creative side.  Causes us to think outside the box.

Red: Hurts exam scores and is associated with a fear of failure.  It is linked to success and dominance and men have been shown to find women who are dressed in red more attractive (good news for red-heads).  It is a very dynamic colour, where it has been shown to increase respiration and heart rate, intensity and energy.

Yellow: Is a mood lifter.  It has been shown to make people more lively and talkative as well as improve focus and concentration.

Blue: Makes us feel comfortable in a room, causing people to stay longer.  It has a soothing effect, slows heart rate, and boosts your ability to think outside the box like green.

Pink: Is seen as girly, fun, and innocent.  Inmates were less hostile in pink cells, but it is just softer version of red so it is not calming.

White: Is associated with authority, sterility, spaciousness, purity, and nausea?  White florescent light and white walls causes eye fatigue and ill feelings.

This week’s idea: Open your eyes to all of the great colours around you and practice some ‘green vision‘!


And the survey says…

So I want to be healthy and happy.  What do I need to do?  I should start by eating healthy.  Ok, to do that, I need to avoid processed foods, fast food, foods with lots of sugar, red meat, some types of fish, and saturated fat.  Well maybe I don’t need to avoid saturated fat if it comes from certain sources.  Wait a minute, my diet should be low in carbs, high in protein, and vegetarian, no vegan, but I can have meat once a week and fish is ok.  Is it?  I can’t eat too much fish now because it is being overfished.  Before I forget, I can treat myself to the occasional “junk food”.  Is this going to cause me to lose weight?  What if I want to gain weight?  I am supposed to eat more meat now, and include superfoods (What is the effect of Kryptonite on these?).  Should all of this be organic or local?  It should be both, but if I need to choose local is better than organic for the planet, and organic is better for my body.  Now I also need to make sure I drink lots of water and for best physical performance I should calculate how much I need based on a number of factors.  Diuretics are bad, but coffee and tea are good.  Ok, I have my diet figured out, I think.  Oh, I can also drink alcohol because it will make me smarter.  However, I can only drink so much.  Red wine is the best, but other kinds of alcohol are good too.  Isn’t alcohol also a diuretic?  This one is for sure, I shouldn’t smoke and I should exercise regularly.  I need to reduce the amount of time I spend sitting, take at least 5000 steps a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes.  I also need to spend time relaxing and not doing anything.  Now, to be happy I should have a bucket list, not compare myself to others, and have a job that is fulfilling and challenging.  I can’t work too much though, but I should work until I am 67 years old.  I should quit my current job and do something that I enjoy.  No I shouldn’t.  I enjoy what I do, mostly, and it allows me to do what I enjoy to do.  I need a routine, or is it that I need to be spontaneous?  Too much technology is bad, I need to disconnect, but it is also good to stay connected, to help reduce stress.  I can also use it as a tool for work and learning.  Now what I also need to do…

THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!  I’m going to just do what I enjoy: Go outside, live a balanced lifestyle and treat myself accordingly.

Trying to follow all of the studies that come out these days can cause us a great deal of extra stress and worry.  They are also always changing and new ones are coming out every day.  I can’t keep them straight and why should I try to?  Life is more enjoyable when I just live with balance.  April is stress awareness month, so do something you enjoy and don’t worry if you treat yourself occasionally.  Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.  Studies are not all bad.  They give us insight into things we may have forgotten along the way.  However, they are not to be relied on.  I do know this for sure and have done my own study to prove this: The outdoors is good for me.  How do I know?  Going outside helps me relax, keeps me active and is enjoyable.

This weeks idea:  Do your own study.  Go outside, treat yourself and relax.  See how it makes you feel.  As with any study, write down your results and share them with others.  This should be the only study that you follow (The following video has some pretty good advice too)!


Relax, Just do it!

April is Stress Awareness Month and this past Monday, April 16 was Stress Awareness Day.  Since I am working everyday this week (I do work outside!) and don’t want to stress about writing, I am just going to give you this one link:

10 Health Benefits of Relaxation

The post on Stats and Studies will come next Wednesday, April 25!