Tag Archives: Health Topics

Stressed

3 Aug

Being 3 days out from my wedding has got me thinking a little bit about how I handle stress.

During the school year, I feel like I’m constantly in a stressed-out state. Between lesson planning, preparation & grading, I feel like there’s no time for much else.

Since school is out for summer, my stress level has dropped drastically, but of course my impending nuptials are causing some of those usually strictly “school-year feelings” to resurface.

Luckily, I found this article on Shape.com that gives 5 tips for managing stress during the week of your wedding. (Pretty convenient, no?)

Tip #1 – Take time for you.

I’m definitely trying to make sure I have time to decompress each day (this time is usually spent reading some of my favorite blogs), but it’s becoming more difficult as we near the end of the week. However, I’m looking forward to my mani/pedi scheduled for Friday!

Tip #2 – Stay in the moment.

I’ve heard this tip from so many people. Even though wedding planning is stressful, I’m sure I’ll be a little sad when it’s over, so I’m going to try to enjoy the next few days.

Tip #3 – Have a date night.

Chris & I don’t have a typical “date” scheduled, but we do spend time together almost every day. In fact, I think tomorrow we are exchanging wedding gifts, so that can count as a date, right?

Tip #4 – Treat your body right.

I’m definitely not denying myself, but I am well aware I should be eating a bit healthier, as evidenced by last night’s dinner & today’s pit stop at Sonic (hey, it was convenient as we were out running errands). At least I’ve been keeping up my gym routine! I’m hoping to be a little more aware of the foods I’m eating in the next 2 days so I don’t wake up feeling crummy & bloated on Saturday.

Tip #5 – Be realistic.

I think I’ve done a pretty good job of being realistic throughout this entire process. (Of course, I have had my moments.) Everything will turn out how it’s supposed to, & if there’s a “mess-up” I’m pretty sure no one will even notice.

How do you deal with stress? If you’re married, were you stressed before the big day & how did you handle it?

Advertisements

Sugar, Sugar

28 Jul

It’s not secret than I’m a big sugar fan; I love desserts & have a really difficult time turning down any chocolate, cookies, & of course, cake.

Mmmm the good stuff!(source)

A while ago, there was a segment on the Rachael Ray show about our nation’s sugar consumption & how much we should really be taking in. (I know, this is the second time I’ve referred to the Rachael Ray show; who knew it provided such a plethora of information?!)

Here’s a link to the summary of the episode I’m referring to: Jorge Cruise’s Weight Loss Secrets.

I remember being shocked when I first watched this episode back in January – Jorge Cruise, author of The Belly Fat Cure, suggested we should only be taking in a measly 15 grams of sugar per day! Say what?! My daily Chobani usually has at least that amount!

Chobani(source)

He discussed a few other common “health foods” & their sugar content:

  • Instant Oatmeal –> about 20 grams
  • Fruit (apple or banana) –> 14-20 grams of sugar
  • Crackers –> 10-12 grams of sugar

**********

I think most people have heard how one can truly become “addicted” to sugar – the more you eat, the more you crave. I certainly agree with this; for example, if I eat a sugar-laden breakfast, I’m more likely to crave sweet treats throughout the day as well.

However, I think the 15 grams of sugar per day goal is a bit unattainable! I’m not going to avoid a certain food, (like my beloved Chobani!) just because that’s pushing me toward my sugar quota for the day. And avoiding foods like apples & bananas because of their sugar content? That just seems sort of off, doesn’t it? I remember being particularly struck by this episode, because he failed to mention the health benefits of some foods that might be “high” in sugar.

What do you all think?

Do you watch your sugar intake closely? I’ll be the first to admit, I can easily go overboard with sugars in dessert form, but I refuse to limit myself from eating truly healthy foods, like fruit, because of their natural sugars!