For many, winter is a never-ending cycle of the age-old riddle, ‘What can you catch but not throw?’ (a cold).
Take Jessica for example. One of her children gets sick with a cold. As soon as he starts feeling better, the next child gets sick. A few days later, Jessica herself starts feeling ill. And when she’s all better, child number one has the sniffles again!
Why does it seem like as soon as the weather gets cool, the sniffles come on?
Does cold air “create” a cold? Can someone really CATCH a cold? Do we have to simply accept that this is how winter will be?
If you view sniffles, runny noses, coughs, stuffy sinuses, and sluggish achy muscles as something to fear, you are not alone. Most people do! But colds and viruses and even the truly feared flu are really not something to be anxious about.
Imagine if there was a magical potion you could take each morning which may aid in:
- better controlling your appetite
- boosting your moods
- improving your sleep
- maintaining a healthy blood pressure
- keeping harmful plaque from building up in your arteries
- reducing inflammation
- lowering your blood sugar levels
- strengthening your bones
reducing your risk of heart disease stroke, diabetes, dementia, depression, and many cancers
- boosting your ability to fight infection?
Sara carefully counts calories as part of her weight loss plan. For a short while, she loses a pound per week. In an effort to feel less lethargic, Jacob limits his carb intake, with no results. Eva does none of the above, yet, she is fit and perpetually energetic.
Metabolism, the self-proclaimed experts say, nodding their heads sagely. Genetics, say the elderly, who’ve tried getting rid of extra weight for longer than they care to remember.
Of course, there’s way more to the weight loss picture than calories, carbs, and endless deprivation. The slower paced summer routine carries a hint of promise, of hope for something different. Perhaps it’s time to finally make the lifestyle changes to achieve the results you want: Less fat. More energy. Long-term results.
To effect doable and maintainable change, let’s understand how the fat and pounds accumulate, and how to get rid of them for good.
Since she learned about the importance of hydration in high school, Amy keeps a large glass near the kitchen sink and dutifully drinks at least 8 glasses of water each day, especially during warm weather. Still, by the time it is afternoon, she usually finds herself in a race to prevent the little ones from running in the street, the dinner from burning, and her body from rebelling.