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Friday, December 28

A laugh a day may keep the doctor away

And I'm back!

Four airplanes, 10 family dinners, 15 presents, 10 presents returned, & 6 extra pounds later, I'm back on the east coast revving up for an exciting close to 2007.

How was everyone's holiday weekend? Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, hopefully you had a chance to relax and indulge in some mega-calorie treats. I know I did.

But that's gotta change.

That's why I was excited to see that everyone's favorite Food Network health nut, Ellie Krieger, has debuted a new Web site, www.healthylivingwithellie.com, which offers tailored nutrition and fitness information.

I signed up last week just to see how the newsletters looked (didn't really follow the advice, obvs, over Christmas weekend) and if there were any tips in there I hadn't seen before.

I learned something fun from today's letter: Just by reading this blog (and hopefully laughing a lot), you may be getting healthier!

Researchers have found that laughter improves mood, reduces anxiety, eases stress, and is associated with creativity and emotional stability. What great benefits from something so easy to do! Laughter provides advantages for your physical health as well — it reduces pain, improves immune function, lowers blood pressure, and may contribute to a longer life.
You may remember that I spoke with Ellie this past January about sticking with our New Year's resolutions. Let's revisit that advice, shall we, as we embark upon one last holiday (extended) weekend of food & drink excess:

Ellie: Set reasonable goals and make them specific. Don't just say "I'm going to eat better." If you currently only eat 2-3 portions of vegetables each day, say you will eat 4-5. Ask yourself, "Is this doable?" Think of the difficulty of your goal on a scale from 1 to 5. You don't want it to be too easy, and you don't want it to be impossible to accomplish. Try to put it in the 3-4 range.
That's good advice that I will try to follow. I'm hittin' the gym this weekend and then hardcore next week.

It's only a matter of time before Paula starts on the fitness track:

Orrrrrrr.... maybe not.

Happy New Year and happy eating, everyone!

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At 12/28/2007 4:42 PM , Blogger Almost Vegetarian said...

Ha! If you actually do ever get Paula Deen to lift weights, I will be a willing spectator. Indeed!


At 12/28/2007 5:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If laughter makes you healthier, my health meter just went up a notch. That picture of Paula with the dumbbells was hilarious!!!

At 12/28/2007 9:22 PM , Anonymous Wendy said...

Glad you had a nice holiday, Jacob!

I am slowly coming out of the food coma. Cooked & baked, a lot, so that was awesome. All in all a great holiday filled with family, friends & great food!

p.s. almost spit out my coffee, laughing at the picture of Paula. Well done, my friend.


At 12/29/2007 9:40 PM , Blogger John said...

I sure hope I can get into the gym after this holiday. Even with a week of GI illness and soup for days, I must have gained 5 pounds with what I ate after that. As for Paula: if anyone ever gets her to start lifting weights, I will eat a stick of butter.

At 12/29/2007 10:19 PM , Anonymous mundane said...

Hey John--that's it. Paula would lift sticks of butter, not weights. If you tape together 8 sticks, you have perfectly handy 2-lb weights! This is for the fitness starter--light weights/lots of reps. Add more as it becomes too easy!

At 12/30/2007 1:04 AM , Anonymous CresceNet said...

Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

At 12/30/2007 10:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops -- Your link to Ellie's site is missing the y in healthy!

At 12/30/2007 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your link for Ellie's sight leads to an HIV Resource Website! Not too appetizing....


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