Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sleep Deprivation Can Be Deadly!

In Chapter 3 in my new book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life: What Healthy Families Learn From Healthy Moms I talk about the epidemic of sleep deprivation.  Did you know that if you don't get enough sleep it can cause all kinds of health problems?  Or did you know that you will more than likely be heavier if you don't sleep enough?  I know....that probably doesn't make sense because you're thinking, "but if I'm not sleeping surely I'm burning more calories!"  Not true.  If you don't sleep well or if you're not getting enough hours of sleep each night you are messing with your hormones, your moods, and your health.


 You can see by looking at this chart that not getting enough sleep is nothing to ignore.  Sleep deprivation can encourage the development of some very serious diseases which in-turn can lead to an early death.
I want you to start "sleeping like a baby" so please buy my book !  And....I couldn't resist sharing a photo of my new grandson....asleep!

Christian Sutton Sinclair at 4 days old.

  Here is only one of the fourteen practical tips I offer on this chapter on sleep:

Tip  #2  "If you are having trouble going to sleep or staying asleep do not eat or drink anything caffeinated after 12:00pm (noon time).  This would include coffee, tea, chocolate, most soft-drinks, or eating anything that has chocolate or cocoa in it.  (sorry....I know this is yummy stuff but your health could be suffering from no sleep) Eat and drink your caffeinated products in the morning.

If you are having a real problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night please consider buying my book here and you will be on your way to a healthier and a happier life!

"When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet."
Proverbs 3:24

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Schuller's New Grandson!

Christian Sutton Sinclair arrived on May 15th weighing 7lbs. 13ozs. 21" long!

Robert and I are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our family, Christian Sutton Sinclair, who was born to our daughter, Christina Sinclair and Chad Sinclair.   Moma, baby and Daddy left the hospital today.  First stop:  Dr. Douglas DiSiena's for a chiropractic adjustment (smart thing for all three of them to do after the rough entry into the "new" world!)

Check back early next week when I continue my series on my newest book "Happy Family, Healthy Life: What Healthy Families Learn From Healthy Moms"   I will be sharing a tip from Chapter 3, The Necessity of Adequate Sleep."

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Benefits of Exercise

In Chapter 2 of my new book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life: What Healthy Families Learn From Healthy Moms" I touch on a few of the many benefits of regular exercise.  At the end of the chapter (and every chapter) I include a list of practical suggestions to get you moving.   If you are not involved in some kind of physical exercise at least a few days a week, the first thing that you need to do is to find something that you love to do and go for it!

 If you are a member of a gym and engaging in a workout that you find boring, extremely difficult to commit to, or if you are continuing to get injured, please find something else to do!  And...if you are paying club or gym dues and not going at all-quit!  In order to get results you must put in the time.  Simply joining a health club won't get you healthy!  And if working out indoors is not your thing then take it outside!  You can bike, swim, play tennis, kayak, paddle board, surf, hike, run, climb stairs, play volleyball, or play pickle ball (a new rage these days!).  These are just a few things you can do to keep your body moving.

Besides adding years to your life, did you know that exercise adds life to those years?  Your "feel good hormones" are released when you exercise, so not only will you benefit physically but you will be a happier person than you would be without exercise. (And people will enjoy being around you more if your are a happy person.)

When possible, always opt for the stairs instead of an elevator.  This one habit can keep your mind more alert as it also helps you maintain your balance as you age.  Not to mention what it does for your legs and your heart health! 

Since I spend half of my time living on my boat down in Mexico it is essential that I stay engaged in my "happiness routine" of working-out.  Besides a nice three mile run around the marina I also set-up workout stations on the dock for my husband and I.  I include my yoga ball and a blanket for core; a jump rope; a handled rubber tubing for working my back and my arms; my Towel Toning towel to include in my squats, lunges, ab work, stretching, and lots of other "stuff."  I bring my iPad and a small speaker outside for music and I also use the timer since I usually do five different exercises for a minute each, five times around.    And guess what?  Besides the iPad none of this equipment was expensive, in fact the yoga ball, the jump rope, and the tubing cost only about $12.00 total!

Here's one practical tip that I include in Chapter 2 of my book:   "Put your exercise schedule into your calendar. Write it down and commit to it.  If someone asks you to do something else at that time, tell them no and tell them why."
In other words,  make exercise a priority...not just an afterthought.

"No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it can be painful.!  But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way." Hebrews 12:11

**Know someone who has trouble sleeping?  Check-in next week for a review of Chapter 3, "The Necessity of Adequate Sleep."

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