August 8, 2010
Positive energy from a radio show?
February is Self Esteem Month so join me tonight on blog radio with Harry & Phil to discuss how Cognitive Behavior Therapy and your health can enhance your self esteem!
What: Marvelous Mondays with Harry & Phil
When: Monday, February 8, 2010 at 11:00pm
Location: From the comfort of your computer or phone
Street: Corner of WiFi & Cellular
CALL IN # (347) 324-3604 And Ask your questions LIVE!!
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Join in on the fun by sharing your positivity with the world!
Join us this Monday, Feb 8th, 2010 at 11pm EST (GMT -5)
Meet Dr. Jayme Albin “The Cognitive Behavior Therapist” and founder of Sculpt NYC.
Phi: “I love what Dr. Jayme says in the ‘About Me’ section on her site:
‘My approach can be described as supportive, hands-on, interactive, straightforward and motivating. There is a heavy influence of positive psychology with an emphasis on lifestyle enhancement that goes beyond just symptom relief. There is a strong emphasis on the acquisition of a balanced lifestyle that is designed to keep you moving forward towards your goals so your life is the most successful and fulfilling it can be.
I use techniques of cognitive restructuring, response prevention, active role-play, real life exposures (where I go with the client somewhere), virtual reality therapy, biofeedback,thought exposure, relaxation therapy, mindfulness and meditative therapies.’
For more info on Dr. Jayme visit her sites:
http://DrJaymeAlbin.com (coming soon)
December 18, 2009
The US’s growing health epidemic, specifically the growing proportion of children and adults considered overweight or medically obese is no secret. But if you are like me, in that you like to look at the data you might find this report which describes the findings from the 2005-2006 survey of the Health Behavior of School-Age Children (HBSC) project. This was a cross-national study of adolescent health, health behaviors, with the family, school, and social-environmental contexts for these health behaviors. The World Health Organization sponsored the study. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/upload/HBSC-2005_2006-Final.pdf
August 4, 2009
It’s 8:30 a.m. and you finally “hear” your alarm go off after hitting the snooze button 3 times. You were out late last night entertaining clients at a business dinner where you drank and definitely ate a bit too much. You have now missed your morning workout, and barely have enough time to throw clothes on, gather your notes for your 9 a.m. meeting before you attempt to hail a cab and make it to the office on time. And yes, it’s raining (surprise, surprise). Breakfast is the last thing from your mind, and you are just hoping that someone at work put on a pot of coffee to numb your headache and get you through at least the first few hours of your day. As you slide into the conference room at 9:02 a.m., you can’t help but eye your co-worker’s bagel and cream cheese. But, you think, I ate enough last night and didn’t exercise today, so I can afford to skip breakfast, maybe even lunch too, right? You couldn’t me more WRONG! Below are the reasons why skipping meals can be detrimental to your diet and overall health.
1. Increased cravings: Sure, you may like bagels and cream cheese, but your co-worker’s breakfast looked extremely appealing today because you were hungry and your body needed fuel. A filling, balanced breakfast of oatmeal, low-fat milk and fruit OR egg whites and whole grain toast, for example, would have satiated you and prevented the bagel from calling out your name. Such a meal, that is high in both protein and fiber, will also allow you to consciously select a healthy option for lunch, instead of giving into temptation as you eye the French fries and smell the garlic bread while passing through the cafeteria.
2. Altered blood glucose: Let’s talk about the mini pretzel bin and M&M bowl on your boss’s desk: Your body needs and wants energy NOW, and knows that the quickest fix is glucose or simple sugar found in sweet foods, white flour products, and juices. But as quick as these foods raise your blood sugar and give you an energy boost, they will cause you to crash again. This will perhaps lead to even lower blood sugar levels and send your hand back into the boss’s bins and bowls again and again.
3. Eyes bigger than your stomach: Your head thinks you need to eat extra to make up for the “losses”, although your digestive tract still processes a meal at the same rate. Your head and stomach have long forgotten about the M&M’s and pretzels that were quickly digested. And since it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to communicate to your brain that you are full, you are tempted to finish large portions on your lunch plate, especially if you eat quickly, which is common when feeling famished. Your body is craving the energy it lacks and wants MORE IMMEDIATELY, since it was inappropriately fueled. You will not have the stamina to go to the gym after work, and of course, you have another client event this evening involving restaurant food and alcohol….
TIPS TO BREAK THIS CYCLE:
The key is to PLAN AHEAD.
-DO NOT skip meals. It IS a big deal, especially if you fall into this habit and it occurs on a regular basis.
-Keep healthy foods for meals and snacks handy at home or in the office, or know where you can conveniently buy such items as energy bars, shakes, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and yogurt.
-Something is always better than nothing: Even if you can grab just an apple and a small handful of nuts, this counts as breakfast! You may not be sitting down and enjoying at a table, but this is better than skipping a meal all together.
-Snacks are best if they include protein and/or fiber, both which help keep you fuller longer. It is ok if they “ruin your appetite” for dinner as Mom used to warn. This will help you forgo temptation, decrease cravings, and allow you to slow down and enjoy your meal, eating only the portion your body requires.
-Keep a food record. By writing down what you eat, you may notice that you are skipping meals more often than you realize.