I Know How I’m Going To Die… Do you?

I Know How I’m Going To Die… Do you?

Death.  Unless you’ve already drank from the fountain of youth, it’s going to happen to YOU and ME.  It’s the inevitable final chapter for us all.   Death may be OUT of our control, HOWEVER there are plenty of things WITHIN our control which influence our quality of life until that day comes.  With that said, I’m pretty sure I know how I’m going to die…. or at least how I WON’T die.  Do you?   In 2011, the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States were as follows:   *Heart disease: 597,689 *Cancer: 574,743 *Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080 *Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476 *Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859 *Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494 *Diabetes: 69,071 *Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476 *Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097 *Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364   The good news:  By living healthy, YOU can completely prevent these causes of death or significantly decrease your chances of dying these ways!  Don’t believe me?  Keep reading.   Causes and risk factors for heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases (COPD), stroke, diabetes, nephritis/nephrotic syndrome/nephrosis, and influenza/pneumonia THAT CAN BE CONTROLLED are:   *Smoking (including second hand smoke) *Excessive alcohol use *Prescription or recreational drug abuse *High blood cholesterol and high triglyceride levels *High blood pressure *Diabetes and Pre-diabetes *Overweight and Obesity *Metabolic Syndrome *Lack of physical activity *Unhealthy eating habits *Stress or Depression *Sun damage or excessive sun exposure WITHOUT sunscreen   Well, I feel confident that I just eliminated 7 out of the 10 main causes of death by living my 6 easy health steps….   Now, what about Alzheimer’s disease?  Although many risks factors for Alzheimer’s are out of our control...
I’m An Addict

I’m An Addict

  My name is Kami, and I’m an addict.  It’s been less than 24 hours since I last consumed my drug of choice.  Even though ‘once an addict always an addict’, I’m now able to control how much I consume and when.  Now, I can look at it straight in the eyes and flat out refuse it.  Okay, it doesn’t have eyes, but go with me…  My drug of choice?  Sugar.   “Really, Kami?  Sugar?!?! (Insert eye roll)  Addicts are people who are dependent on substances like cocaine, heroine, cigarettes, alcohol, and even pornography NOT sugar!”  Oh, my dear friends.  Unfortunately, you most likely are addicted to sugar and artificial sweeteners too.  There are reasons those Diet Cokes, cookies, and the candy jar at work (shout out to my husband) cause us to keep coming back for more. Not convinced?  Here are some signs you may be an addict:   1) Increased Tolerance:  Do you drink more soda and eat more sweets than you use to?  Do you need to add more sugar or just have ‘one more’ cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth? 2) Withdrawal:  Have you ever completely given up sugar?  Was it difficult?  How did you feel? 3) Over Use: Do you eat more cake and cookies at a party than you originally planned?  Are you unable to resist eating something sweet? 4) Loss of Control:  Are you able to control how much sugar you intake?  Or do you ‘need’ a Diet Coke to get going in the mornings or to eat a candy bar when you feel stressed? 5) Exceptional Effort to Obtain: Have you ever gone...
Top 10 Jillian Michaels Quotes

Top 10 Jillian Michaels Quotes

Jillian Michaels has been a fitness expert and wellness coach for over 20 years.  Her tough, take-no-nonsense demeanor on The Biggest Loser has contributed to her becoming one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country.   She doesn’t accept excuses for poor health choices.  She sets high expectations.  She demands change.  AND she gets results.   I’m a fan.  Here are 10 of my favorite Jillian quotes.   1) It’s not about perfect.  It’s about effort.  And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens.  That’s how change occurs.   2) Reclaim power over your own life.  Take an honest look at your current situation and own it.  Acknowledge the choices you’ve made that haven’t served you and start making different choices that do.   3) As you envision the changes in your future, you have to let go of the mistakes in your past.  Learn from them, and then let them go!   4) Transformation isn’t a future event.  It’s a present day activity.   5) Feel the fear, then do it anyway!   6) Unless you puke, faint, or die, KEEP GOING!   7) Your LEGS are not giving out.  Your HEAD is giving out.  KEEP GOING!   8) Why choose to FAIL when SUCCESS is an option?!?!   9) Every accomplishment starts with the decision to TRY!   10) In this moment, you can make a different choice.  It’s the small choices and the small successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem.   Jillian has several at-home workout options.  My husband and I are on...
Watching TV Is Causing Us To Die Young!

Watching TV Is Causing Us To Die Young!

  Let’s be honest with ourselves.  How many hours do you and your family spend watching TV each day? Each week?  It’s probably too much.   Kami, haven’t you heard the common phrase ‘moderation in all things’!?!? Frequently.  BUT according to studies, the American public hasn’t figured out how to moderately watch TV.   Children ages 2 to 11 watch an average of 24 hours of TV a week or 3.5 hours a day.  Teens ages 12 to 17 watch 22 hours a week.  Ages 18 to 24 watch 25 hours weekly and after that it rises steadily until people over 65 average 48 hours a week, or nearly seven hours a day.  This is ONLY TV watching.  This doesn’t include hours spent on video games, computers, or smart devices.  Scary.   The Journal of the American Medical Association combined data from eight studies and found that for every two hours people spend watching TV a day, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases by 20% and their risk of heart disease increases by 15%.  And for every additional three hours the study participants spent in front of the TV, their risk of dying from any cause during the respective studies jumped 13%, on average.   Watching TV may cause you to die young!   Spending hours on our derrieres watching TV interferes and decreases desire to do other healthy activities such as physical exercise, enjoying the outdoors, cooking healthy meals, reading, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting the appropriate amount of sleep.    Sedentary activities AKA watching TV is a major contributor to our obesity epidemic.  Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or...
My 6 Easy Health Steps

My 6 Easy Health Steps

  Have you stopped dieting?  Have you figured out what’s motivating you?  Have you decided to improve your lifestyle?  Well done!  Here are my 6 easy health steps AND yes, I actually do all these things and enjoy it!  Pst… don’t forget to check out my eBooks that have even more ideas on how to get and stay healthy.   1) I drink water and only water.  Usually anywhere from 2-3 liters a day.  Those zero calorie drinks or drinks starting with that evil word ‘diet’ are lying to you!  Even though the nutrition facts say zero calories or no sugar, your body isn’t getting the message.  Those artificial sweeteners do the exact same things as sugar!  Check out this episode on Katie Couric’s show where research shows sugar and artificial sweeteners are 8 times more addicting than cocaine!   2) I only eat and purchase prepackaged foods with natural and pure ingredients.  If I’m purchasing frozen blueberries, I only want to see ‘blueberries’ under ingredients and not added sugar or a list of chemicals that I struggle pronouncing!  If I have no idea what the ingredient is, I’m pretty sure my stomach doesn’t know how to digest it.  I can’t stress it enough… READ THE INGREDIENTS!   3) I eat fresh fruits and vegetables with each meal.  I’m a fruit/veggie-aholic.  I love crisp, juicy apples diced in my oatmeal.  I love snacking on edamame sprinkled with salt.  I love freshly washed red grapes… oh, are you still there?  Sorry, I was swept away by my fruit/veggie fantasy.  I’m back.  I eat pure and natural foods all day long, so I...
Have you decided yet?

Have you decided yet?

Decision making.  Sometimes I love it like when choosing a nail polish color during a pedicure.  AND sometimes I hate it like when trying to decide where to eat with a group of friends that have no dining preferences or opinions.   Whether love or hate is involved, decisions have to be made.   We decide whether to wake up on the first annoyingly perky alarm or to hit snooze 5 times, wake up late, and curse before the day even begins.   We decide whether to take time to get ready or to use one knee to drive in order to put on mascara while looking in the rear-view mirror.   We decide whether to eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast or run out the door with a glass of juice/coffee/diet coke and a doughnut or not eat breakfast at all.   These horribly unhealthy decisions make me wince (although I’ve been a snooze hitter once or twice in my time).  The best part of decision making is we can change and improve our ability to make decisions!   One critical part of being healthy is making the decision that you want to leave that unhealthy lifestyle behind.  No looking back.   How did you make life changing decisions like your career choice, marriage/long-term partner, having children, or where to live? Deciding to live a healthy lifestyle is just as critical as these choices.   Without health, you will be miserable and exhausted working.  You won’t have energy to nurture your relationships.  You won’t be able to chase your kids around the playground without being winded.  You will also miss out...

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