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Helping Women Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

Lynda Wise B.Sc., C.P.C.C.  
Weight Loss and Wellness Coach
416-225-3535
lyndawise@yahoo.com
www.wisecoaching.ca

April '10
Issue 59

Welcome!
What's in it for you?  A connection, some challenges, a few questions to encourage you to simply reflect about how you currently live your life versus how you want to live your life.  Feel free to share your thoughts with me;  I'd love to hear from you.  This is an invitation to focus on where you'd like to change and grow.  

IN THIS ISSUE:  

1.  PERSONAL LIFE COACHING:   Structure - good or not?

2.  FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND THOUGHTS ON FOOD OR WEIGHT:   A salty issue

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   Green tea - not always so beneficial

1:  Structure - good or not?  

I'm of the mindset that without any structure I'm somewhat lost and aimless.  On my busiest days I long for freedom from scheduling and yet when that freedom comes along I yearn for focus and goals and often create a "to do" list.  It's significantly better now than it used to be and yet I'm still shooting for the perfect balance between busy time and relax time.  

In our ultra busy society, many people are relax-challenged.   There's often more to accomplish or someone to connect with and a host of other reasons and excuses not to relax, simply because we hold back on permission to just let go.

What's it like for you?   Is there a "you" time when the item on the list is an hour or two to read fiction, watch TV, play a game or just do nothing?   I'm hoping this brings you consciousness about the amount of structure that provides for your ultimate contentment.   Do you need more guidelines or fewer?   If you received a gift of a block of time, what would you do with it?   How can you build that into your life in the next month?   Wouldn't it be nice to give yourself time to dream?  

In case you wish to talk it out...
lyndawise@yahoo.com or 416-225-3535

2:  A salty discussion

A while back, a friend asked me for the recipe for cookies I'd baked.   Recently, I tasted her version of my cookies and they were just not the same as mine (Not quite as good, say my taste buds!).  When asked, she said they were exactly the same but "of course I left out the salt".   In her mind, the 1/2 teaspoon of salt would poison her and anyone else who tasted her cookies.   Salt has had such bad press because of its connection with high blood pressure.   But how does it affect those people whose blood pressure is normal?  And is salt good for anything?  Do we need salt at all?

Why salt?
  • From a taste and sales viewpoint:  because it is a taste enhancer and preservative - it improves the texture of many foods like meat and cheese, controls fermentation and discourages bacteria from growing.
    And more importantly...
  • From a health viewpoint:  because the sodium in salt allows the body to perform a variety of functions such as maintaining fluid in red blood cells, transmitting information which keeps nerves and muscles working and helping the uptake of certain nutrients from our small intestine.
So how much?
The recommendation is about 4.2 g.  daily for an average adult, less for a child.   That's for right this moment:  it tends to change frequently.   There's a lot of debate and confusion about the precise amount that's optimal.

How do you know how much you're getting?
Actually, it's nearly impossible to know!   Between 65% and 85% of the intake is already in food we eat.  In packaged foods, even when companies stick to government standards for nutrition guides, the info can be misleading.  We have little control in restaurants and prepared foods.   We can reduce the salt used at home - yes even in cookies!   But I'm counting on that one perfect cookie to really satisfy me and without the right flavour I'll soon be looking for something else!  

Should we be cutting back?
Many studies have been done.   Results do separate the effects of salt on people with high blood pressure and those with normal blood pressure.   There seems to be universal agreement that salt is extremely dangerous for the group that has high blood pressure ("B.P."), causing elevated B.P., and, subsequently, heart attacks and strokes.   The effect of salt on the other group is not clear!   Some studies say excess salt is bad for everyone and just as many studies are adamant that it has no negative effect on the average healthy person.  

What to do?
If you have high blood pressure you already know...
If your blood pressure is normal, use restraint:  don't go crazy.   Limit the really salty foods to an occasional treat.   Cook with lots of herbs and spices instead of a lot of salt.   Never over-salt when preparing food - someone who craves more can always add a bit later.   Limit your use of the shaker.  And if you are really concerned, when in a restaurant, ask that the chef not use any salt - and give yourself the control.

As for me, the broken record plays yet again - moderation!

Want to talk?  416-225-3535 or lyndawise@yahoo.com

3:  Green tea - not always beneficial

Picture this:  walking along, I was juggling parcels, a purse, a very securely closed mug of green tea and then the phone rang.   So I gingerly set the mug into the purse and I talked for a couple of minutes, while walking.   Got off the phone.  Fished for my car keys and they were wet.   It didn't take long to realize the "securely closed" mug really wasn't secure.   Everything was soaked - wallet and its contents, camera, makeup bag, the purse itself, some stray papers, etc.   The expletive followed.   And on my way to a state of rage at myself and the situation I started to laugh.....  at how ridiculously I'd handled the phone call, etc.   So I rescued what I could at the moment, proceeded home and gave the contents and the purse a toweling off and a drying out in the sunshine.   I'm still taking out wet money and laughing!   Nothing got ruined and I think I learned a lesson.  

Thanks to the late Richard Carlson for writing Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.   It continually makes me notice what the big stuff really is.

Wishing you what you wish for yourself,
Lynda


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