Monday, April 16

Live Healthy II

Turn envy into inspiration.
Do you find yourself turning green when you see women who are in great shape or who seem to be able to juggle a thousand tasks with a smile? Jealousy is a self-defeating behavior that can make you seek solace in something potentially destructive, such as alcohol or junk food, says Ellen Langer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Harvard University. "Rather than envy her, find out how she did it, and try her tips."

Plan a trip (and be sure to leave your BlackBerry at home).
People who take a vacation each year have a lower overall risk of early death by almost 20 percent and a reduced risk of death from heart disease by as much as 30 percent, according to a study from the psychiatry departments at the University of Pittsburgh and the State University of New York at Oswego. When you take time off, don't stay home to catch up on errands. Experts say travel distances you, literally and figuratively, from your burdens and anxieties, so go on that trip to Paris or that hiking adventure you've always dreamed of.

Get high on knowledge.
A recent report in the journal American Scientist suggests that learning -- those satisfying "aha" moments -- triggers a cascade of biochemicals that gives the brain a hit of what amounts to natural opium. The greatest hit comes when you expose yourself to something new. Read that long article you skipped in the newspaper today, promise to do a crossword puzzle on your computer or get through one round of sudoku. All these activities will help forestall age-related memory loss.

Get vaccinated.
If you're 26 or younger, talk to your OB-GYN about the new cervical-cancer vaccine, Gardasil. It helps ward off infection from the human papilloma virus (HPV), which could lead to genital warts and cancer.

Sneak calcium into your diet.
Many women consume less than half the recommended daily dose of calcium (1,000 mg), and 1 in 2 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime. Easy ways to up your calcium: Take a supplement or drink a glass of lowfat milk. Also make sure you get 400 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day to aid your body's calcium absorption and to strengthen your bones.

Order in Vietnamese -- tonight.
High in nutrients and low in calories, Vietnamese cuisine is typically created around lean meats, fish and vegetables that have been grilled or steamed rather than panfried. Commonly used seasonings include cilantro and red chili pepper, both of which are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants -- and delicious! Steer clear of popular dishes such as deep-fried fish cakes and stuffed chicken drumettes, which are high in fat, cholesterol and calories

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