Helping Women Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies
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
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?
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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:
In the United States, advisors have warned consumers about the potential dangers of canned tuna - including special advice to pregnant and nursing women.
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