WISE WORDS by Lynda Wise
37 Rockland Dr
Toronto, Ontario
M2M 2Y8

Lynda Wise
B.Sc., C.P.C.C.
Weight Loss Coach
Well Being Coach

Helping women reshape their bodies
and their baggage
July 2007
Issue 27


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


The pursuit of happiness.

Happiness and health.

The skinny on fats.

Creating colour.

1:  The pursuit of happiness

Survey a group of people about what makes them happy and you could hear as many answers as there are people.   For some, it's time with family!   For others it's watching a favourite movie, playing a round of golf, finding a great shoe sale, spending time with nature, reading a book, sitting on a swing, sharing lunch with friends, buying a new car, attending a rockin' party or gardening...  and the list goes on.  

Now, happiness has two different time frames - short term and long term - both important and certainly not always distinct.   The short term happiness is more easily experienced for most people by doing the activities they enjoy.   However, how happy does one feel two days or weeks after the movie or golf game are done?    How long does the new car feel new?     Ironically, most of our focus is on the "short term happiness" type of activities.   Instant gratification is an easy concept to grasp and enjoy.  

Many of us find long term happiness a bit more evasive.   But, of course there have been studies done on how to achieve it.   Here are some results!  

First off, there's a strong and somewhat confusing correlation between happiness and health.   The confusion comes from the chicken and egg dilemma.   Does being happy create a healthier body or does having a healthy body make one happier.   More talk about this in section 2 below.  

Secondly, there's the social aspect of happiness.   There is little doubt that someone with a support network of family and friends is happier, more compassionate, more trusting, more capable of intimacy and emotionally more generous.   And statistically, these people live longer.  

The third component concerns leading a pleasurable, engaging and meaningful life (words from Martin Seligman).   That is to say, include the short term happiness activities along with whatever has heart and meaning for you.   It could be parenting, or grant-parenting, lending an ear, volunteer work in your community, a career that speaks to you or anything that aligns with your values; anything that gives you a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Excerpts from RealAge, Inc., peer-reviewed by Dr.  Axel Goetz, February 2006

2:  Happiness and health.

Striving for a happy life is a given.   Just living it is reason enough but let's consider the health benefits of being a happy person*:  
  1. Happy people have younger, healthier hearts
  2. Their arteries are in better shape
  3. They recover more quickly and completely from surgery
  4. They cope better with pain
  5. They have a longer life expectancy
  6. They have lower blood pressure; and
  7. They tend to have less frequent colds and flu and less severe cases!  
It's no surprise that happier people actually take better care of themselves.   They exercise more, wear sunscreen more conscientiously, and go for regular checkups.   Interestingly, as someone becomes happier, he/she tends to adopt better self-care.  And, looking after one's self creates the happier person.

*RealAge, Inc., peer-reviewed by Dr.  Axel Goetz, February 2006

3:  The skinny on fats.

Not so long ago, the secret to weight loss was purported to be the elimination of fats from our diet.   Wrong!  

We need fats for a multitude of body functions such as nerve transmissions, keeping joints limber, maintaining cell membranes and enabling the absorption of nutrients.   However, a little bit of fat goes a long way.   The important factor is that the fat you consume includes good - not bad - fat.   What's the difference?  

First, good fats:   olive oil, canola oil, nut oils and flax seed oil are monounsaturated.   They lower overall cholesterol levels, decreasing the bad cholesterol (HDL) while increasing the good cholesterol (LDL).  Also valuable are polyunsaturated fats such as fish oils, sunflower seed oil, omega 3 fatty acids that lower overall cholesterol and lower the bad cholesterol.   Great sources of good fats are avocado, peanut butter and fish, to name a few.  

Now for the bad ones:   Saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels, thus clogging arteries.  Saturated fats are mainly found in animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs and seafood.  Some plant derivatives are also high in saturated fats, including palm oil and coconut oil.  Trans fats evolved as scientists attempted to develop oils with a greater shelf life and durability.    Watch out for vegetable shortening and hard stick margarine as well as commercially prepared foods - especially fried ones.   Check out your microwave popcorn - it may not be so innocent!  

So the bottom line?   Read the nutrition guides that now appear on most foods.  Choose dairy products with a lower fat content.  

Fat often adds wonderful flavour but, as I said before, a little can go a very long way!

4:  Creating colour.

Heading home.  Passing a hairdresser.   Their billboard said "Colour your hair:   colour your life".  

How brilliant is that?    All you need to do is splash a bit of hair dye and all of the ho-hum of life disappears.  Hmm, we both know that it isn't always that easy.  

But for some, colouring their hair can give the uplift they need to boost confidence, think outside the box, take a few risks and step out into a new and colourful life.   So, let's say that colouring one's hair is symbolic for something in your life that can change your outlook.   Here are a few ideas:   buying a terrific outfit:   accomplishing a long-neglected goal:   losing a few pounds:   or bulking/firming your arms with some new exercises.   What might that be for you?   Need some renewal in your life?  

I'd love you to take advantage of a half hour of free coaching.   Just one half hour could make a difference in the colour of Your life along with your overall happiness!  

Comments or questions?   Call or email me at 416-225-3535 or lyndawise@yahoo.com

Wishing you what you wish for yourself,

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