14 January Healthy day tip – The “Write” Way to Eat Smart
A bite here, a nibble there, a sip here, another taste there. How much did you eat today? Want to get a better picture of your day-to-day eating habits? Keep a food diary. It’s easier to spot a problem and control temptation, and you have a better chance of reaching your wellness goals and perhaps managing your weight.
Keep records for at least a week or two. Here’s how:
• Pick a system.A simple notebook or a daily diary works for handwritten records. Or find an electronic tracking system.
• Track the “5 Ws and H.”Note with whom, what, where, when, why, and how much you eat and drink. Be realistic with amounts.
• Write down little tastes:butter on your toast, sugar and milk in your tea.
• Remember snacks.That includes vending machine soda, dough-nuts, and biscotti.
• Record any eating “triggers.”Note your mood or hunger level.
• Give it careful review.What have you learned about you?
The cold hipbath is a routine treatment in most diseases.
The water temperature should be 10ºC to 18ºC. The duration of the bath is usually 10 minutes, but in specific conditions it may vary from one minute to 30 minutes. If the patient feels cold or is very weak, a hot foot immersion should be given with the cold hipbath.
The patient should rub the abdomen briskly from the navel downwards and across the body with a moderately coarse wet cloth. The legs, feet and upper part of the body should remain completely dry during and after the bath. The patient should undertake moderate exercise like yogasanas in a warm room, after the cold hipbath, to warm the body.
A cold hipbath is a versatile therapy. It relieves constipation, indigestion, and Obesity, and helps the eliminative organs to function properly. It is also helpful in uterine problems like irregular menstruation, chronic uterine infections, pelvic inflammation, piles, hepatic congestion, chronic congestion of the prostate gland, seminal weakness, impotency, sterility, uterine and ovarian displacements, dilation of the stomach and colon, diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhage of the bladder and so on. The cold hipbath should not be employed in acute inflammations of the pelvic and abdominal organs, ovaries and in painful contractions of the bladder, rectum, or vagina.
Retreat Within to Clear Your Mind
Plan a little time off just for yourself to do some inner reflection. The amount of time is not as important as getting the respite you need. Make your time away a priority. It’s a small amount of time just for you to clear your head, gather your energy, and get perspective. Retreat to someplace peaceful where you can relax and have a break from the responsibilities of work and family. Don’t know of any great retreat places? Take your favorite book and head to a beach. If there’s no ocean in your backyard, find a shady bank along the edge of a lake, creek, river, or a pond — someplace where the earth and water meet. Sink into your beach chair, tune into the sounds of nature, open your book, and lose yourself in story. Or, just sit back, close your eyes, and let your mind wander. You don’t have to do anything while on your retreat but to make a space for tranquility and joy to fill you.