New study says drinking 1 glass of wine is equivalent to exercising for 1 hour

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Who wouldn’t rather drink wine than go to the gym? Well, it turns out, a new study is showing that one glass of red wine could be equivalent to exercising for one hour by offering the same benefits. How is that possible?

Let me first start by saying that I would never condone drinking alcohol as a sport over traditional exercise, but I do find research like this interesting. Understanding what a glass of wine does once it enters your body, good or bad, is educating and important information for health and wellness warriors like myself.

So here’s the lowdown. The University of Alberta in Canada conducted a study and discovered that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, can provide similar benefits compared to an hour of cross-training type exercise. One glass of red wine, and only red wine, not white or any other type of alcohol, can positively affect physical strength and overall performance, in addition to heart function.

The study is also very specific in saying that only one glass of red wine should be consumed each day, any more than that will not count as another hour at the gym but counted as additional calories causing potential weight gain; the opposite affect.

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4 simple ways to reduce belly bloat

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Does it seem like your belly is always bloated?  With Spring is in the air, now more than ever, we all have a tendency to take a closer look in the mirror after a long Winter and almost always there seems to be an enlarged belly looking back at us.

It could be simply excess air trapped in our digestive tract.  It could be from drinking too much of anything.  Or it could be from specific foods that we’re eating that we had no idea would do this much damage.  Here are 4 simple ways to reduce belly bloat, things that you might be unknowingly doing that you can stop today and have a much flatter mid-section almost immediately.

  1. Soda is a no no!  So many of us are still drinking soda, a sugary, bubbly liquid that instantly bloats your belly in addition to making you gain unwanted pounds.  Believe it or not, diet soda is just as bad for your stomach because it’s full of artifical sweetners that are difficult to digest therefore swelling your center.  We’d all be better off eliminating soda from our diets for good.
  2. Processed foods should be reduced greatly.  Anything that is already made for you that comes in a can, box, package or bottle at the grocery store should be avoided because they are full of sodium.  Not only is excess salt causing belly bloat, it’s also bad for your overall health and can cause numerous diseases such as diabetes.  75% of your diet should be fresh foods, fruits, vegetables.  Learn how to reduce sodium in your diet today here.
  3. Eat more slowly because scarfing down a meal because you’re hungry or in a rush is doing damage to your gut.  Eating too fast increases the the size of your belly because you take in more air and it gets trapped, making you look and feel bloated.  In addition, this slows the digestion process; which only keeps you bloated longer.
  4. Don’t eat right before bedtime because the body hasn’t had the opportunity to digest and struggles to do so when you’re lying down.  If you do eat before sleep, you will find yourself waking up to a big bloated belly every morning.  Try to eat at least 3 hours before bedtime.

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How to eat red meat without increasing your cancer risk

How to eat red meat without increasing your cancer risk

abeefHad to share this information with you that I just learned on the Dr. Oz show.  Turns out, it doesn’t necessarily matter how your beef was bred, how much fat it contains or the way it’s cooked that increases your risk of getting cancer, it’s what’s contained within the meat that poses the problem.

Red meat contains a lot of sugar and the way that sugar is broken down in the body is what causes the cancer risk.  When you eat too much beef the immune system attacks; which then affects your lifetime risk of cancer.

So how can we still eat red meat without increasing our cancer risk?

  1. Don’t eat red meat everyday.
  2. Red meat shouldn’t be the main course.
  3. Eat 3 oz of red meat at one time; equal to the size of a deck of cards.
  4. Marinate your red meat in dark beer for 30 minutes to prevent charring.
  5. Always serve red meat with green as that will help clean your system while eating.
  6. FYI-Lamb contains less sugar so you can eat 4oz versus 3oz and poultry contains no sugar at all.

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How to stop worrying all of the time

cropped-cristinagreatcolor.jpgDid you know that most things that we worry about never actually happen?  What a waste of time.  Worry is not intentional; it’s actually a form of anxiety when your brain takes over your body causing you to think about the past and future rather than the present moment.

Worry steals your life.  I’ve also read that worry can be genetic and for me that makes sense since my mom is an extreme worrier.  Worry is negative, it’s always about something bad happening in the future or something that’s already happened that you can’t undo.

After over 40 years of worry, I finally realized that what I was concerning myself with was completely out of my control.  For instance, I’d worry about my husband getting in a car accident everyday when he left for work.  The worry about that one thing, lead to other future worries and so on and so forth.  The day was already in the negative and it hadn’t even started yet.

The mental exhaustion I felt each day was solely caused by worry, so I came to the conclusion that I somehow needed to get my mind to release the negative.  I knew that I could never get rid of my worry entirely, it’s part of who I am, but what I could do is think more positively, hope for the best and focus on what was in front of me at that very moment rather than what “could” happen in the near or distant future.

It’s normal to have regrets from the past and concerns about the future, but when you’re living on the edge of worry each day it’s not healthy.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve incorporated a few mental and physical exercises into my life that have not only helped control the worry, but has also enabled me to be better focused, more positive and appreciative of what I have right now, in front of me each day.

  1. Yoga requires you to breath and focus in order to be able to perform poses properly.  That type of continued practice keeps you in the present moment and enables you to release all of your worries, to-do lists and expectations from others for a short period of time, but then also stays with you throughout the day.  Check out my favorite yoga workouts here.
  2. Just because you think a thought doesn’t mean it’s true.  This is something to keep in mind because too often we think that we understand something entirely because we’ve thought about it but in reality it may not be true at all.  When you recognize this with worry, you’ll find that if you repeatedly quiet that voice kindly and gently, it will start to go away.  Remember, worry is in your mind and you have the ability to control it.
  3. Be mindful.  What does that mean?  If you are intentionally aware of your emotions, thoughts and sensations in the present moment, you are being mindful.  With this, you can consciously reduce your worry, anger, sadness and resentment you might be holding onto and be able to live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life.  Meditation or even just deep breathing for just 10 minutes a day will enable you to do this successfully.  Learn more about simple meditation here.

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