Taylor Time – 5 tips to get the most out of your workout

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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“Taylor Time” www.Taylorbaldwin.com Fight holiday weight gain with these “Taylor Time” tips – Now that’s something to be thankful for!

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More Holiday Fit Tips From Revolution Fitness

October 13, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Sign up for my New Years Get Fit Challenge Today – Prizes include heart rate monitor with GPS! sarahfit.com sarahfit.com Don’t forget to get in your exercise this Holiday season to prevent gaining weight! Find out how to make sure you get it in from Sarah and Mike D’Angelo at Revolution Fitness! I shot these for work and loved them so much, I decided to share them with all of you! Enjoy! Eat like me. Try my diet plan – www.1shoppingcart.com

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HOLIDAY FITNESS TIPS : LOSE WEIGHT & HAVE FUN!

July 20, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Please click that SUBSCRIBE button! Like, Favorite, Comment & Share with friends! MAKE THIS YEAR DIFFERENT! ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT EXPANDING YOUR WAISTLINE! 🙂 Special thanks to my great friend YouTube.com for helping with those cool holiday graphics. Special appearance by Grace Helbig: YouTube.com Basedow TV intro animation edited by: YouTube.com COOL BOX SHOUT OUTS Want a shout out on my YouTube & BlogTV shows? Let me know in the comments section below if my channel is in your box! *NEW* SHIRT STORE! JohnBasedow.ViralPrints.com Custom make it yourself! Choose designs, colors & shirts. Watch FIGURE IT OUT with JB! LIVE Wednesdays 9p ET on BlogTV http Send me cool stuff! John Basedow 309 Main Street — Suite 234 Farmingdale NY 11735 FIND ME HERE: Vlog Channel: YouTube.com Order DVDs & Books: FitnessMadeSimple.com Twitter Twitter.com Facebook: Facebook.com DailyBooth: DailyBooth.com Sports Video Referral: Crazy Free Throw by Idaho State’s Kamil Gawrzydek Crazy Free Throw by Idaho State’s Kamil Gawrzydek www.youtube.com TAGS: Holiday Fit Tips Christmas Hanukkah Kwanzaa lose weight diet have fun John Basedow New Media Stew holiday fit tips fitness lose weight diet weight loss nutrition meal plan bikini body ripped Christmas Chanukah Hanukkah Kwanzaa buffet lean protein carbohydrates carbs fat vegetables fruit chicken turkey breast Grace Helbig J-Bizzle JBizzle Get Chunked Fitness Made Simple “six pack abs” E! BravoTV VH1 MTV Midnight schipperke Idaho State Utah Kamil

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Stress-free holiday travel Part I: The Preparation

December 23, 2010 by  
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Holiday season and traveling. For many people, it’s all about getting stranded or lost somewhere in the chaos. The story of little Kevin of the “Home Alone” series and the current problems in almost all major airports in the northern hemisphere is enough to make even the most seasoned traveler to say “No way will I be caught flying at time of the year.”

Normally we wouldn’t either. But this time it’s different. Family reasons require us to fly down under to New Zealand via Australia and spend the holidays there. For us, however, it is not a trip of duty but a great opportunity. We needed no second urging to say “Yes, we are coming!”.

So here we are, getting ready to fly on the 23rd of December.

Now, holiday travel can be pretty stressful and chaotic but if planned properly, it can actually be a pleasure. So here are some tips to take away the stress from holiday travel

Prepare way ahead.

Book tickets, car rentals and accommodations way ahead. Especially when you are going where it’s peak season. It’s summer holidays down under.

Prepare a checklist.

Over the years, we’ve used a checklist for traveling, starting from the packing to the last minute things like taking out the garbage and turning off all electronics. The checklist has been updated over the years, when nappies and sippie cups have been replaced by play cards and drawing materials.

Secure the documents.

There is nothing more important in travelling than having all the necessary documents. Here is list of important documents to pack:

  • Passports and visas
  • A paper copy of your ticket!
  • Health insurance cards
  • Vaccination records
  • Other relevant medical info
  • A paper copy of important phone numbers and addresses

Pack smartly. Pack way ahead.

If you are making several stops, then pack smartly. Before heading to NZ, we are stopping by for a couple of days in OZ. We have packed a special bag just for OZ. The rest of the luggage stays at the airport storage.

Order foreign currency way ahead.

Going to a foreign country? It’s best to order a small amount in the currency of your destination at your bank. Enough for a bus, train or taxi fare. This saves you the hassle upon arrival of finding a bank machine which hopefully will accept your card.

Opt for early/ web check in.

Avoid the long queues and the fight for good seats. Use web check in whenever possible. Upon booking several months back, we could already choose our seats online. We are only flying today but the luggage has been checked in last night. With our hand-carry back packs, we’ll be taking the bus or train to the airport tonight. No problems with traffic jams or parking.

Family Health History Part I: Why is it important?

December 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, HEALTHCARE, HEART AND STROKE

Many health problems have a genetic component to it. Yet, many of us never look back at our past for lessons for the future. Until health history repeats itself. Take me, for example. I was quite ill in 2001 and it took many different tests before I was diagnosed with Grave’s disease. My doctor then asked afterwards “Why didn’t you tell me you have a family history of thyroid problems?” I completely forgot that my mom had her thyroids taken when I was little girl. However, because of my diagnosis, it wasn’t a complete surprise when 5 years later, my niece and then 2 years later one of my nephews had similar problems.

Eight years ago, from out of the blue, without prior health problems, my father-in-law had to undergo an emergency triple heart bypass. That was when my husband learned that his grandmother and his uncle both died of heart attack.

Knowing our genealogy is important. But the family tree should also include data on health and medical. In other words, a family tree should also be a family health tree.

Last Thanksgiving, the US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin urged Americans to take the opportunity of family get-togethers to share the family health history with each family member

“While family health histories may seem old-fashioned, the truth is, the family health history is key to understanding your family’s unique genetic make-up and your individual disease risks.

Knowing your family health history can help you actually prevent disease, or detect diseases, such as many forms of cancer, for early treatment. The information your family health history contains can help you and your doctor determine your personal risk.  This means two things:  you can tailor your lifestyle to reduce your health risks; and you can be more carefully screened for diseases where your risk is high.

To make documentation of health history easier, the Surgeon General’s office has developed an online tool called My Family Health Portrait. The tool can help you record your health history electronically, making it easier to pass on the information to subsequent generations.

The Surgeon General believes that the older generations are an invaluable source of information when constructing a family health tree.

Says Dr. Benjamin:

“Older adults are more likely to know about the health conditions of previous generations. I like to think of the family health history as an heirloom that can help current and future generations live longer, healthier lives.”

Well, Christmas is another opportunity to start your family health tree or perhaps bring to completion what has been already started. The MD Anderson Cancer Center calls in creating a “health ances-tree”.

But why is a family health tree important?

Well, taking my family as example, my husband and I learned about some of our family’s health history when the same health problems occurred a generation later. His family history and my family history are now merged to become our children’s history. From what we have learned, we know what are the diseases our kids our genetically predisposed to. We cannot change our genes but we can change our lifestyle. By changing our lifestyle, we can reduce our risks and those of our children.

This holiday season, make a family health history your holiday project.

Coming next: how to build a family medical history.

Fighting cancer during the holiday season

December 18, 2008 by  
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Christmas is the season to be jolly but when you are ill, the holiday season can be actually stressful rather than joyful. This is especially true among cancer patients and their families. How would they fit in Christmas shopping and baking between chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions? The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute gives some tips for cancer patients and their families on how to cope with the holiday fever as described below.

FOR THE PATIENTS

Set realistic goals

Don’t even think of doing it all. Cut down on the decorating, shopping and baking. Pick one or two things that you want and can do. And know your limitations, physically, emotionally and financially.

Do not be afraid of asking or accepting help

Learn to ask for help and delegate.

Get plenty of rest and sleep

Overstressing yourself is counterproductive. Learn to say “no” to party invitations and visitors if you don’t feel like it. Don’t feel obligated to be festive.

Engage in some form of physical activity

Exercise is good for you even if the temptation of staying in bed the whole is strong. Take walks and breathe in fresh air. However, be sure to keep yourself warm and wrapped up. Check out winter walking tips from the American Heart Association.

Go cyber

Do your shopping online. Send e-Christmas greetings – and be comforted that they are more eco-friendly than paper Christmas cards.

Show emotion

You don’t need to put up a brave face all the time. Crying can be therapeutic. Do not bottle it all up. It’s OK to complain once in a while. Talk to your love ones.

Eat healthy food

Complete abstinence during the holidays is not asked of you. Do not deprive yourself but do not overindulge yourself either.

FOR THE CAREGIVERS

Although the coping tips above are meant for cancer patients, they may apply to the family member and caregivers as well. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS)

As a caregiver, you may also be feeling overloaded during the holiday season. You likely have many new things on your to-do list on top of your normal responsibilities. Try to include your loved one in the holiday meal planning and preparation, decorating, gift buying and wrapping. Most importantly, be sure to take time for yourself and appreciate the little things that make life special.”

ACS gives some recommended do’s and don’ts to help caregivers handle the holidays. Their tips are basically similar to the list above, which only goes to show that the burden of cancer is felt both by the patient and the caregiver.

Happy Valentines’ Day!

February 14, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I just wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day and wish you the very best. Today is a perfectly lovely day to spend time with the ones you love. You do not have to have a lot of sweets, either for it to be a sweet day.

If you do choose to indulge in chocolate, try dark chocolate. It is higher in antioxidants than milk chocolate and in many recipes, lower in sugar. Dark chocolate is an aquired taste for most Americans because our taste buds are trained to enjoy sweeter confections. In other parts of the world, bitter and dark chocolate is the normal treat.

Loving You, Loving Me

For the sweetest of all treats, get closer to your partner. Spend time with him or her today. If you are unable to spend the day together, a note, text message, or e-card is a great way to stay in touch. If you are in a serious relationship or married, sneak in a sexy phone call. Nothing is as exciting as a seductive voice on the other end of the line, especially if you cannot let surrounding parties in on it. Talk about a tension builder!

Sweet gifts with no sugar

Need something last minute? Try a stuffed teddy bear, a single rose, and a card. None of those contain sugar for your diabetic sweetie. Other ideas:

*Lingerie
*Jewelry
*Flowers (not roses)
*Book by favorite author
*Spa gift certificate
*Doing all of their chores for them!

I think the last one is my favorite. If my husband wanted to give me something truly special, that would surely be it!

You can also run a warm bath with a few drops of essential oil to create a romantic atmosphere. Bathe yourself in the heady essence or share it with your partner.

Romantic Dinners

When planning a Valentine Dinner, try to keep the carbs down. Starchy foods should be kept at an absolute minimum. If this is done, then a sweet dessert can be shared after dinner. If you are making your own dessert, substitute sucralose or even just cut down on the normal sugar added to a recipe. One of my favorites is cheescake topped with blackberries. I follow a traditional cheesecake recipe, cut the sugar by half, then top the finished product with fresh blackberries. It gets rave reviews every time I serve it! Since blackberries are not in season now, you can use frozen or substitute with other berries.

Enjoy and have a Happy Day!

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