WISE WORDS
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

June '10
Issue 61

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:   A Pat on the Back or a Kick in the Pants?

2.  FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND THOUGHTS ON FOOD OR WEIGHT:   Something's Fishy Revisited

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   Something Ordinary becomes Extraordinary

1:  A Pat on the Back or a Kick in the Pants?  

This is one of those "said-it-before-but-I'll-say-it-again" topics.   When was the last time you talked nicely to yourself, feeling proud of who you are just because you're you?   And when was the last time you beat yourself up for something you said or did or thought - over and over?   Huge demands are placed on most of us by the world in which we live.   Our busyness, our broad span of responsibilities and activities and yes, even our niceness (taking on more and more because we wish to avoid disappointing others) all contribute to slips and glitches and missteps.   That's humanness!   What a great benefit it would be if we could simply learn from our booboos and gently let them go.   But instead, most of us lean towards the Kick in the Pants self-talk.  That's why it is so very important to appreciate ourselves when something feels right.   And so as we head into summer, I invite you to give yourself the well-deserved Pat on the Back and really give yourself the time and permission to savour yourself.................................

Now doesn't that feel good?  

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

2:  Something's Fishy Revisited

Last month I wrote about the pros and pitfalls of eating fish and the promise to continue this month - about tuna.  There's good news and not so good news and good or bad, not much is conclusive.  The big controversy surrounds white (albacore) tuna, both canned and fresh, and its mercury content.  

The health benefits of eating tuna have been widely established.  Canned tuna is a relatively inexpensive source of high-quality protein, low in saturated fat and containing omega-3 fatty acids, touted for their heart-protective benefits.

But tuna often contains mercury, a dangerous contaminant that can affect the heart, brain and immune system.  High levels of mercury can damage our nervous systems and can inhibit brain development in young children.  There's lots more to be learned about the long-term effects of accumulated mercury.   On a positive note, the accumulation of mercury in our bodies is often reversible over time if the source of the mercury is removed.

Health Canada has established a guideline; a non-dangerous level of mercury in commercial fish is 0.5 parts per million (ppm).   University of Ottawa's Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics, which is internationally recognized for its work with mercury, tested 60 cans of tuna taken off the shelves of grocery stores in Vancouver, Toronto and Winnipeg.   The test was overseen by Dr.  David Lean.   Thirteen per cent of the tuna tested exceeded Health Canada guidelines, with levels of up to 0.9 ppm - almost double.  And so 87% was at the appropriate level.   Clearly, one of the challenges is enforcing the guidelines.

"This is not to say if you eat fish above 0.5 ppm, you're going to drop dead tomorrow, or if you eat fish a little bit lower you're going to be fine.  It has to do a lot with how much of it you eat," Said Dr.  David Lean.

One guideline recommendation reads as follows:
  • Less than 1 serving (1/2 c.) a month for children and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who could become pregnant, including teenage girls
  • No more than 1 serving a week for men, teenage boys and women 50+

In the United States, advisors have warned consumers about the potential dangers of canned tuna - including special advice to pregnant and nursing women.

Here's another interesting tidbit.   Authorities have repeatedly stated that canned light tuna has about 1/3 the mercury of the white tuna: but, a recent testing has shown that there were some cans of light tuna that far exceeded the quantities that were found in canned white tuna.  
Hmmm........Here's why: Some canned light tuna may contain Yellowfin tuna, which tends to have much more mercury than Skipjack, the type usually found in cans labeled as light.   Unfortunately, labeling the type of tuna in the can isn't strictly regulated.

To tuna or not to tuna - that is the question.   Do the pros outweigh the cons?   Does the omega 3 do more good than the mercury does harm?   I really believe that it's anyone's guess.  

For More information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health/fishandmercury/pdf/guide_eat_fish.pdf (Recommended by Princess Margaret Hospital - Toronto's primary Cancer Centre - thanks B)

Bewildering?  You betcha!!!

3:  Something ordinary becomes extraordinary!

I exercise most days in a variety of ways - tennis, a muscle building class, NIA, a relax and stretch class and walking.   Love some, like some, hate some!   Walking heads the "Love Some" category.   First off, walking is an amazing way to catch up with a friend (multitasking at its best).   And, walking is superb for putting my twin granddaughters to sleep when my daughter and I walk with them in the afternoon.   Walking is great for athletes wanting a speedy pace and just as great for exercise phobes taking it a bit easy!   Walking burns calories according to the distance rather than the speed.  Walking can fit into any schedule - with a 20 minute space or a 90 minute possibility.   Walking can be broken up with a drink break without compromising its benefit (as long as 20 min.  is the minimum).   It can be done around a lake, by interesting stores, through a park, around the block, etc.   It's pretty difficult to overdo walking and it's really high on all those lists you see for Staying Healthy, Maintaining Your Heart Rate, Weight Loss, Anti-Aging, and even Avoiding Some Cancers.   And did I mention that it's free?   Walking is an extraordinary gift.   Now get out there and enjoy it!

Wishing you what you wish for yourself.  
Lynda


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