Weekly Tips for July 5, 2011.

Posted on 05. Jul, 2011 by in Uncategorized

How are you handling your long weekend hangover? Exercising, eating healthy or taking care of that sunburn? The whole country seemed to enjoy beautiful weather.  What was your favorite part of Independance Day?

Here are your tips for this week.

NICE: ACTIONS FOR OTHERS

In light of July 4th and remembering all the soldiers who fight for our freedom, this seemed liked an appropriate NICE thing to do. You can donate to wounded troops returning to the US. How? Here it is — Beauty for the Brave. How does it work. They ask American woman to donate the cost of her favorite beauty treat to benefit wounded troops? Think of your favorite – whether a manicure, a facial, a massage, or a new lipstick – and consider donating its cost to benefit the wounded. It’s not how much each woman gives, but the fact that we are all contributing. We can all give up one beauty product to help the soldiers, don’t you think?

GREEN: DIRTY DOZEN LIST OF FRUIT & VEGETABLES

The “dirty dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues, apples ranked number one as the most-contaminated item.

Dirty Dozen 2011

Apples

Celery

Strawberries

Peaches

Spinach

Nectarines (imported)

Grapes (imported)

Sweet bell peppers

Potatoes

Blueberries (domestic)

Lettuce

Kale/collard greens

Clean Fifteen 2011

Onions

Sweet corn

Pineapples

Avocado

Asparagus

Sweet peas

Mangoes

Eggplants

Cantaloupe (domestic)

Kiwi

Cabbage

Watermelon

Sweet potatoes

Grapefruit

Mushrooms

HEALTHY: BETTER SLEEP

Sleep deprivation is the key to a number of health factors, stress, weight gain, productivity, food choices, relationships and more. Here are some blunders and how to fix them for a better night of rest.

1. Exposure to too much articifical light (tv, smartphones, computer screens) suppresses melatonin and disrupts circadian rhythms.

Fix the exposure: made the house and your room as dark as possible, limit exposure to tv and video games.

2. Too warm in your room. Bedroom temperature is more about comfort. A drop in the body temperature triggers sleep. Cool rules.

Fix the temperature: if you have an air conditioner, run it for 30 minutes prior to bedtime. Then at bedtime, turn it off and open the windows and turn on the fans.

3. Too stimulating in your room. Modern bedrooms are a host to electronics, stacks of unfinished work, receipts,  unread books which leave the brain in overdrive.

Fix it: make your bedroom a haven for sleep. Ban the laptops, video games, tv, work files and bright alarm clocks. If you must read at night, flip through a magazine and keep the suspense thrilers for when the brain is buzzing.

4. Too messy room. Unmade beds tend to add to stress factors and provoke you into doing chores before bed. Stacks of “chores” or laundry baskets in the room are not calming.

Fix it: We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, so the bedroom should be a peaceful retreat. Try using a feng-shui inspired habits and decorating.  Close bedroom and closet doors. Make your bed in the morning. Drink some warm milk, tea, have a banana or piece of wheat toast.  Calm your senses, release your day and walk into your room while deep breathing.  Calm in means calm sleep.

FOOD: CHICKEN MANGO/AVOCADO TACOS

Jump on over to FOOD for a dinner that does not require, BBQ, potato salad or watermelon.

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