womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Monday, May 11th 2009

A Diet That Does Double Duty

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When my formerly very low blood pressure started to climb a bit too high (just as my mother's did when she was in her 50s), my doctor recommended The DASH Diet. Now, this healthy diet has been found to also ward off another health risk.

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Monday, May 11th 2009

Bone Health Basics

authored by Sheryl Kraft

QUESTION: What do smoking cigarettes, being sedentary, small-boned and thin all have in common?
(Hint: read the above title for a clue)

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Thursday, May 07th 2009

Change: It's Good for You!

authored by Sheryl Kraft

One of my readers recently sent me this email:

"I'm seeing changes all around me and it's scary. My body is changing and it's hard to control my weight. I don't remember the last time I had a good night's sleep. I barely recognize myself in the mirror these days!"

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Tuesday, May 05th 2009

What Are You Laughing At?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Something, I hope.

Why? For one, it just plain feels good. It's also free. Laughing is something most of us do not do enough of. But we should remind ourselves to do more of it.

In the 1970's, writer Norman Cousins - who had been diagnosed with a crippling autoimmune disease - reasoned that if stress could make his condition worse then why not try the opposite to make it better? So he self-prescribed the cure: funny videos and shows. He shut himself up in a hotel room and laughed his way toward wellness, driving his disease into remission.

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Tuesday, May 05th 2009

Cash Out on the Flu

authored by Sheryl Kraft

The news has been a bit more comforting in recent days concerning the Swine Flu. That's all I seemed to think about when traveling through various airports this past week.

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Monday, May 04th 2009

My "Re-Entry"

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Hello Readers!

I'm back from my week at Canyon Ranch. But getting back home is challenging in so many ways...

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Friday, May 01st 2009

Do You Overschedule Yourself?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

While away here at Canyon Ranch, I'm learning so much about myself and about all of us, really. It's given me time for some practical, hands-on learning; like an interesting lecture I attended yesterday on heart health, called "Straight From the Heart." (Scary fact: Every 70 seconds in the U.S. someone dies of a heart attack.)

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Thursday, Apr 30th 2009

Do You Nourish and Nurture Yourself?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Sure, we all nourish ourselves at least three times a day (sometimes more). Meals take care of that. But what about another type of nourishment - one that is just as important - the nourishment of the soul?

That's something that so many of us forget to do. Everyday pressures, time constraints, responsibilities, caring for others...they often crowd our lives so there's little or no room for much else.

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Wednesday, Apr 29th 2009

What Do Your Friends Mean to You?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

A theme that runs through my life is friendship. I value my friends and need them just as much as I need anything else in life, like food and air. I've always been this way. Although I'm not a person who needs lots and lots of them, I've always depended on the closeness of friendship to sustain me.

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Tuesday, Apr 28th 2009

Have You Made Big Changes in Your Life?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Let's face it - we all have things that we'd like to change about ourselves. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily easy or even possible.

Some things I learned today or want to remember about change: