Mother's Day and Mother Earth

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Did you know it’s been over a year since we started not-so-semi-regularly updating Wellness360? Hey now! Move over, WebMD! Since we admittedly forgot to timely commemorate this thrilling occasion, let’s do some quick backtracking: one of our first (and favorite) posts centered on Earth Day 2008. It was fun, informative, and Will Smith-friendly—the quintessential Wellness360 post.

I’d love to duplicate that formula, but doing an Earth Day post post-Earth Day is just lazy. However, I’m nothing if not a proponent of a strained segue that masks my inner languor: Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and who’s the fairest mother of them all? If you guessed Mother Earth, we’re probably best friends. So don’t be frightened! Follow my lead, put on your mom jeans, and join Wellness360 as we show you how to enjoy Mom’s day the pro-wellness way.

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A Triumphant Return to Wellness

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You may have noticed before us here at Wellness360, but it’s 2009! What are the odds? Time for a brand new you. Time to branch out, even be adventurous, spontaneous, rambunctious, gregarious. It’s time to change, grow, and become the you you’ve always wanted to be. Therefore, instead of cringing at this treacly attempt at galvanizing spiritual and physical harmony, you’ve already started your crusade, right?

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NO!!!! I'm SICK!!! The FLUUUUUU!!! ACK!!!

Oh, my! What’s that? Cold and flu has attacked and set back your valiant attempts at slimming and improving yourself and your life? The mere threat has triggered you to spiral into a tailspin from which you may never recover? Well, frankly, I’m shocked. Friend, we must reverse these insidious tides. We must ensure 2009 is a year of success—not distress. We must defeat these bugs!

Let's do what Elmer Fudd could not.

Let's do what Elmer Fudd could not.

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A Healthy Dose of Politics

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Here’s one ticket on whose candidacy we can all agree: our personal health. Amidst a fairly sizable financial crisis, a heated presidential election, and a slew of social and economic troubles, it’s easy to forget—but hard to ignore—that our personal health needs our attention. According to this study explicated by the BBC, the annual cost of forest loss is between $2 trillion and $5 trillion. The study monetizes the disastrous effects deforestation has on the globe and its inhabitants: the less forests we have, the less clean air we can breathe, clean water we can drink, and the less carbon is kept out of the atmosphere. $5 trillion in health damage? Say it ain’t so!

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Relax, dear readers. Fortunately, we live in a world where we can effect change. We can elect wellness in 2008! How? Well, that’s the beauty of it; there are so many avenues—including the infamous financial issue that continues to hover over us all—through which we can foster healthy change. Making healthy choices, and understanding how to make them, is crucial to global wellness and vital information for your everyday life.

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Along with seasonal allergies, this time of year produces another quasi-health hazard: namely, the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the other myriad, annual, traditional family get-togethers are almost always rife with substantial spreads featuring all our holiday favorites: turkey, ham, some form of casserole, pumpkin pie, deviled eggs, etc. I almost passed out from food ecstasy just writing about it.

However, as visions of gravies and dressings dance in our heads, we owe it to ourselves and our families to act somewhat responsibly: we can indulge, of course, but we can also choose not to overindulge. While our noses sniffle and our stomachs quake, we may think that there’s no hope. Well, we’re wrong. We’re dead wrong. We can all stay healthy this holiday season.

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Don't Sugarcoat It

According to these startling revelations from Men’s Health, the average American gobbles up 460 calories from sugar every day. That intake spikes our blood sugar and increases our risk for diabetes, which in turn increases personal risk for blindness, heart attack, and premature death. Perhaps, you say, we should rethink the sodas we drink, cookies we eat, and types of snacks in which we indulge. Well, cheap sugars like high fructose corn syrup pervade our supposedly-healthy yogurts and even our breads. What are we to do? How are we to proceed?

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F-O-O-D Food Food G-O-O-D Good Good

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I love food. Big surprise. Odds are, you probably do, too. We all do. We’re human beings. Food is delicious, sometimes nutritious, and always around, calling to us, comforting us. Like many things we enjoy, however, there are limitations. To live well, we have to eat smart: a moderate, balanced, varied diet, with plenty of water and exercise. Easy enough, right? Well, actually…

Combining food we think is good with food that is good for us can quickly become complicated, with lots of ins, lots of outs, lots of facets. We’ve touted balanced diets before, but let’s delve a little deeper; let’s find out what a typical day looks like in the lives of smart eaters… using one of our patented blueprints.

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Energy and Nutrition

The New York Times defines a balanced diet as getting the right types and amounts of foods and drinks to supply nutrition and energy for maintaining body cells, tissues, and organs, and for supporting normal growth and development.

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Wait. Energy? Working together with nutrition? Nutrition plus energy? That’s how we stay healthy?

Well, how do we do that? What are the right types and amounts of foods and drinks? Glad I asked…

Start Early

Childhood obesity risk is on the rise, and Healthline relays that women who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy were 48% more likely to have overweight children. Just eating the right types of foods often isn’t enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle; for instance, take note of what you’re spreading on your whole wheat toast in the morning, and be aware of what you’re slathering on your salad or whole grain pasta.

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