The After Holiday Diet

The After Holiday Diet

It’s the Monday morning after a long holiday weekend. How many of you out there promised yourselves you’d start a new diet today, since you’re feeling guilty about over indulging this weekend?

C’mon, I know there are at least a few of you out there.

I’m here to tell you to stop. Stop dieting, stop making yourself promises you’ll never keep, and stop making food the enemy.

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So you ate way too much pecan pie. It’s not a moral issue and you’re still a good person.

So you went off track and gained four pouds. So what? Despite what the magazines may lead you to believe, those four pounds aren’t going to make a significant difference in your happiness or overall well-being.

How about a real plan that works to better your health and life?

The After Holiday Diet

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables today, and this whole week. Heck, for your whole life. Your body will thank you. Moreover, it is proven that fruits work as a best testosterone booster in 2016 and if you will eat foods high in protein, you will definitely build muscle.
  • Drink lots of water. If you’re still drinking soda, now is as good a time as any to cut it out of your life. If you drank too much alcohol over the weekend, abstain for a few days until you feel back to your normal self.
  • Take a walk. Or a run. Or have a dance party in your living room. Do some yoga. Play Frisbee with your kids. Just be active today. And most of the rest of the days this week. Exercise is not a punishment; your body was designed to move!


  • Put yourself first on your list. What, you thought since the word “diet” was in the title it would be all about calorie counting and sweat equity? Nope, in fact, the most important thing you can possibly do for your well-being is to take time for yourself. Deal with your stuff. Look at what’s bugging you and what you want to change in your life. Find a way to do something kind for yourself.

That’s it. Small steps lead to greater changes; no need to overhaul your life just because your middle name is now “mashed potato Sally.”

Be Well.


A Breath Of Fresh Air

A Breath Of Fresh Air


Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting more than five million children nationwide, and it is on the increase globally. It is also the number-one reason children miss school.

Childhood asthma is a lung disease that affects the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe at different times of life, and might not even be noticeable until something triggers an asthmatic reaction in the child.


Some people will have only occasional episodes, and others will have problems every day. If not properly treated, childhood asthma can interfere with normal activities, such as sleep, play and exercise. Children can lead normal lives with appropriate medications and the right asthma action plan.

The exact cause of childhood asthma is not known. Anyone can develop asthma at any age, but it often starts during infancy with wheezing associated with colds. Your health care professional will look for a pattern to determine if your child has asthma. Many factors can influence a child’s likelihood of having asthma, such as a history of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and eczema. A family history of allergies, asthma or atopic dermatitis increases the child’s risk. Allergies, obesity and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) can worsen the symptoms.

The gold standard test for the diagnosis of asthma is the pulmonary function or spirometry test. A child needs to be four to five years old to be able to put forth enough effort for the test. Until the child is old enough, observations from parents help health care professionals make the diagnosis and treat the symptoms accordingly. Once a diagnosis is established, evaluations should be done yearly to monitor your child.

It was once thought that most people outgrew their childhood asthma, but we know now that less than 25 percent really do. The natural progression of asthma changes over time and often improves after the toddler years, but will resurface in the school-age years or in adulthood. The symptoms may not be as severe and may often go unrecognized until a trigger such as allergies, cold or flu causes a flare. So how can you tell the differences among these illnesses and how should you care for them?


Influenza is a viral illness associated with the quick onset of high fever, headache and sore throat with generalized body aches lasting five to ten days. It can be diagnosed with a flu test — taking a swab of nasal secretions. Testing avoids the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which do not help viral illness. The flu can aggravate asthma symptoms and lead to an asthma flare.

The flu vaccine is quite effective; however, in recent years vaccine shortages have sometimes made it difficult to obtain. It is strongly recommended that children with asthma get the vaccine every year between September and October, to be covered for the flu season through April. The flu vaccine has to be re-created yearly, based on what the experts think will be the circulating strains of flu for that year. Even if the vaccine does not contain that strain, the shot should help reduce flu severity. Complications of the flu are sinusitis, otitis media (ear infections) and pneumonia, as well as the worsening of chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes, and even death.


Antiviral medications moderate the symptoms, but they must be started within the first 24 to 48 hours. However, parents should keep in mind that Tamiflu has been associated with psychological effects in children. The flu is highly contagious and is transferred through respiratory droplets. The best prevention is good hand washing and the flu vaccine.