Soda Challenge | Day 25 | October 18 | Monday

Started in Boston at a conference on certifying health coaches. Sat with the fabulous Dr. Pam Peeke and key nurse coach Linda (I am afraid of misspelling her name) and many others as we worked through a matrix to see if we could develop criteria for certifying health coaches.

Started in Boston at a conference on certifying health coaches. Sat with the fabulous Dr. Pam Peeke and key nurse coach Linda (I am afraid of misspelling her name) and many others as we worked through a matrix to see if we could develop criteria for certifying health coaches.

 
Steps: 15,923. Worked out on the elliptical at an average heart rate of 145 and peak of 176 for 48 minutes before conference calls and before the conference began.


Breakfast: 2 -3 cups coffee, apple and oatmeal

Snack: banana and coffee

Lunch: bananas, apples and carrots at the airport along with coffee

Snack: apple and coffee

Dinner: beet salad and great veggie sushi plus a lot of whole grains AND a glass of wine and some water of course

Snack: none

Kitchen closed at 9:30 p.m.

Comments on the day: The day ended in Cleveland, seeing the Martek people—they make the great DHA Omega-3 (actually, algae make it—that’s how fish get their healthy oil, from algae) and talked about studies we were planning on doing and other members of their advisory board that I chair. Now here’s a problem: The breast feeding advocates (Mehmet and I as well as our families) believe so strongly in breast feeding that the rules for formula they are proposing may accidentally lower the quality of formula by leaving DHA out---boy that seems like an unintended penalty they are imposing on 85% of all breast feeding moms as 85% of even breast feeding moms give their kids some formula. Isn’t it better to have formula with DHA (needed for a kids’ intellectual optimum—no DHA with formula and kids IQ’s end up 6 to 7 points lower).  So breast feeding advocates of California … we are with you, save make sure that you do not deprive those who must use formula some time of DHA in their WIC provided or otherwise purchased formula.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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