Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • There Can Only Be One No. 1: The Best-Kept Secret About Priorities

    By: Greg McKeown
    When the word "priority" came into the English language in the 1400s, it only existed in the singular form. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about "priorities." Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow we thought that by pluralizing the word we would now be able to have multiple "first" things.

    People and companies routinely fall prey to the false belief that we can have multiple No. 1 priorities. For example, I once worked with an executive team that needed help with their prioritization. They were struggling to identify the top five projects they wanted their IT department to complete over the next fiscal year, and one of the managers was having particularly a hard time with it. She insisted on naming 18 "top priority" projects. I asked her to take a step back and think about that for a minute. How

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  • E-Cigarettes: Healthy Alternative or Toxic Fire Hazard?

    By Emily Shetler

    Are e-cigarettes the answer to every smoker's quitting dreams? Or are they just as bad as their non-electronic counterparts? No one seems to know for sure at this point, as the unregulated product has federal agencies, lawmakers and corporations debating its pros and cons. With a ban in New York City already in effect and alarming reports of house fires and nicotine poisoning on the rise, the $1.8 billion annual industry and health advocacy groups are all trying to make their case to consumers. But what is the reality behind the the debate?

    For the uninitiated, here's how e-cigarettes work: A small battery-operated device (usually shaped to look like a cigarette) contains a heating element and liquid nicotine. When the user pushes a button, the heating element turns on and warms the liquid nicotine into vapor. The user inhales the nicotine, where it is absorbed into the body by the lungs. No awful smell, no toxic smoke. Only water vapor is exhaled.


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  • 3 Tips for Living a Life of Significance

    By Adam Braun

    Many of us have probably been guilty, at some point, of simply going through the motions of life, failing to experience the intense burn of passion. A tragedy occurs when we begin to think that this is an acceptable way to live. Each and every one of us has a purpose and meaning that will ultimately define the significance of our time on this earth. The following 3 tips are from my new book, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, to help create the blueprint for a meaningful and fulfilling life.

    Walk with a purpose. Passion is an underrated human emotion. It is something that you should feel each and every day. This deep-burning, unstoppable desire is the force that drives most people to reach their potential, finding a conviction for their purpose. A deeply rooted passion and sense of purpose can give you the courage to achieve things beyond what you ever thought possible. This is a fire that must be fed, not contained.

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  • The Secret to Having Everything (It's Exercise)

    By Gabrielle Reece

    Even though I'm a fitness advocate, and even though I know that everything good in my life, and I mean everything-my attitude, moods, health, ability to be a good family member who doesn't fantasize about walking out the door and joining up with a merry band of (childless) pirates-flows from my working out and staying active, sometimes I'd rather do anything else.

    People imagine that because of how I look and what I do, I bounce out of bed every morning with a twinkle in my eye and a song in my heart: "Woohoo, I can't WAIT to work out!" I'd say my desire to train at any given moment is always about 50/50. Yep, that means half the time I'd rather lie on the couch and eat a bowl of cereal.

    But when I'm feeling less than fully motivated, here are some of the things I like to remind myself-some secrets behind the secret-and also some useful tips for anyone who's just starting out.

    Exercise makes you happy. Even if you can convince yourself your abs are

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  • Organize Your Car for a Smoother Daily Ride

    By Barbara Reich

    If you dread road trips, errands, or play date drop-offs because your car has long ago lost its new-car smell, you need to get moving and get organized. Here are some of my favorite automobile makeover tips. Everything you bring into the car needs to leave with you at the end of the drive. This includes sweaters, wallets, or receipts acquired along the way. You clearly can't return the latte you bought at Starbucks, so why save the receipt? Look around before you head into the house, and never go in empty-handed.

    Keep a supply of garbage bags in the car for wrappers, packaging, or paper that may appear during the daily carpool route. Always empty it when you reach your destination.

    Keep a package of wipes in the car for faces, hands, and occasionally, the car upholstery. There likely won't be a day when you don't use them.

    You may need a few toys to entertain younger children on longer rides. Consider purchasing a car organizer that hangs from the back

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  • You're Stretching the Wrong Way: Here's the Right Method

    By Michael Mosley

    Many common static stretches could actually be detrimental. If you want to stretch before exercising, try these dynamic movements from FastExercise instead.

    It's widely believed that static stretching-the kind that involves holding a movement, such as bending over and touching your toes-makes your muscles more flexible, primes them for activity, and reduces the chance of injury. That belief, widespread though it is, doesn't seem to be based on hard evidence. Indeed, the kind of stretches most of us think we should do before exercise-touching the toes or extending the hamstrings-have no obvious advantages and may be detrimental.

    When Dr. Ian Shrier, of the Centre for Epidemiology at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, reviewed the evidence on pre-workout stretching for The Physician and Sports Medicine Journal several years ago, he found that stretching immediately before a gym session actually led to a reduction in muscle power. The effects were small

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  • Declutter Your Schedule

    By Melva Green and Lauren Rosenfeld

    Sometimes our schedules get cluttered the same way our homes do. If you're feeling overwhelmed by endless roles and responsibilities, use this strategy from Breathing Room to find relief, gracefully.

    Here's your mantra. Are you ready? It's pretty simple, and it goes like this:

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

    Got it? Good. Because you are going to need it. Starting now.

    When it comes to collecting roles and responsibilities in life, our schedules get cluttered in the same way that our houses do. You bring things in and nothing goes out. There is a mathematical logic to clutter: if you take in more than you let go, your house is going to become an overburdened, draining mess. This is true for your schedule as well. Say yes to everything and you will quickly find yourself in a big heap of overwhelm and exhaustion.

    Here's the good news, and it also depends on mathematical logic: you can easily maintain a healthy schedule, as

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  • What You Should Really Be Feeding Your Pet

    By Dr. Barbara Royal

    Unhealthy pet foods abound on store shelves. Of many tested in a study, most were insufficient sources of protein and contained grain fillers unsuitable for our carnivorous cat and dog friends. Here's my short list of the best foods to feed our furry families. From The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets.

    Here are the most beneficial commercial pre-prepared pet foods (in the order of my preference) for dogs and cats when the option of making the food from scratch at home is unsustainable. Again, food you choose should not contain corn or wheat ingredients.

    1. Frozen raw foods

    2. Freeze-dried raw food

    3. Canned food that is BPA free

    4. (A distant last preference) kibble food that is processed using low heat

    I prefer raw and canned foods to dry foods (especially for cats) for the following reasons:

    • There is typically higher (more natural) protein content in raw and canned foods.

    • There are typically fewer

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  • Why Failed Relationships Are Good for You

    By Kailen Rosenberg

    Hurting after a breakup? To heal and grow from the experience, you must first be honest about your role in the relationship's demise. Try these tips from my book, Real Love, Right Now.

    We must learn from each of our failed relationships so that we can be healthier and happier in the next one. Some of my clients claim that the end of their relationship was completely their partner's fault and they did absolutely nothing wrong themselves. Clearly, these people are stuck in a place of ego and cannot see the truth about their own actions, but hiding from the truth about their own responsibility will only keep them stuck. You must be accountable for your own behavior in every failed relationship so that you can forgive yourself and move on to experience the love that God has waiting.

    Even in the most extreme examples-if you were cheated on or abused-you played a role by allowing this person into your life in the first place. Don't get me wrong-I'm not saying

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  • Is it a Supernatural World, and Do We Just Live in It?

    Illustration by Gustave Doré for John Milton's Paradise Lost,1866.Illustration by Gustave Doré for John Milton's Paradise Lost,1866.By Andrew Pyper

    Do ghosts, demons, spirits-the things that do the bumping in the mythical night-really exist? This is the second most frequently asked question put to me by readers ("Do you ever scare yourself?" is the first, and my reply is "Yes").

    In a fundamental way, my answer doesn't matter much. They're novels, after all. Narratives seeking to render a coherent world unto themselves, a new corner of mythology that might be claimed for itself. What I believe is as relevant as what I had for lunch.

    But one's relationship to the paranormal is perhaps a special case. To write about the supernatural requires, I think, at least an admission to its possibility on the part of the author, if not outright belief. Otherwise it would be like a sociopath writing about love.

    Illustration by John Martin for Paradise Lost, 1833.Illustration by John Martin for Paradise Lost, 1833.

    So let me say that while I've read a great deal about others' experiences of the supernatural, I've had virtually no experience of it myself (the "virtually" being key here). Yet so many intelligent,

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