Overcoming the Winter
Don't make any New
- If you resolve to
change something you've been having
trouble sticking with in the past,
you're just setting yourself up for
depression and guilt it it doesn't
work this year either.
Start a personal
"Journal" for 1999
- Buy a ring bound
notebook. Be sure it has a least 26
pages in it.
- Use one page to
explain wo you are, what you do, your
height, weight, hair and eye color,
age and health statistics.
Remember, this is personal and you
don't have to share it)
- Keep the last page
blank so that at the end of the year
you can record any changes that
occurred and to summarize the year.
- Designate two (2)
pages to each month of the year.
- Start the first
page of each month by listing four (4)
tasks you wish to accomplish.
- Use the balance of
the two pages to record events,
thought, fears, news, weather, and
- Unless, for
specific health reasons, your doctor
has advised you not to, go on a high
- High protein
generates natural blood sugar.
- Blood sugar
- Heat burns off
- High protein
blood sugar creates more energy
to get things done (burning off
- High protein
generating internal body heat in
the winter months will make you
more comfortable during cold
- High protein
creates a feeling of fullness,
cutting down on the desire for
- The blood sugar
created by the high protein
eventually lessens the desire for
overly sweetened desserts and
- Stay away from pork
products for the first sixty (60)
days of a high protein diet.
---For some reason,
pork fat prevents the natural blood
sugar from doing it's intended job.
- For snacking, eat
seeds and nuts. For meals, eat turkey,
turkey-based products, chicken and
fish. Eat only the leanest beef
cooked over an open flame or grill.
- Eat plenty of
vegetables and fruits.
- Be sure to eat
breakfast within two (2) hours of
waking every day.
- Do not punish
yourself through your diet! Eat
desserts at least once a week (try
- Have a complete physical.
- Stay away from sick people.
- If you are traveling by air, use
"Afrin" nasal spray. Use 2
squirts in each nostril before each
take-off. This will prevent a virus
from being pushed into your system
through the nasal passages and lessen
the likelihood of chest and sinus
- Drink plenty of water and juices
during winter months. Cold air and
over-heated buildings will dehydrate
throats and noses resulting in colds
- Take plenty of walks in the open
- Laugh! Real laughter expands the
lungs, draws in oxygen as well as
creating natural endorphins which
will make you feel better. Laugh
- Play board games or
cards as often as you can. Perhaps
you and your family can start a
weekly game night.
- Studies show that
playing games actually expands the
brain, making the players more alert
and sharper for days afterward.
- Playing games
provides the social contact necessary
for well-being and mental health.
- Allow one hour
every day that is yours. Get everyone
in your home to agree that this hour
(make it the same time every day) is
yours and you are not to be disturbed.
- During your hour,
soak in a hot soothing bath for 30
minutes. While you are soaking, read
10 pages from a book you've always
wanted to read.
- After your bath, moisturize all
- Finally, spend the rest of your
hour lying down with your eyes closed.
Have the room as quiet as possible.
If there are noises or voices in the
house that are distracting, then play
some soothing music. Or buy a
recording of soothing sounds. But
please, no television--no radio talk
Be realistic. don't keep looking
- Your body isn't what it was. You
can't do the things you used to. Your
relationships aren't what they used
to be) partner, spouse, children, co-workers).
Stop! Of course they're not!
- Dress to flatter who you are.
Update your hairdo.
- Be grateful and proud of the
growth in your relationships(s).
There's history between you now. You
have memories together. Tell them (all
of them) that you wouldn't like to
think what your life would have been
like if they hadn't been there.
- Of you can't do what you used to
do, then do something different.
- Stop feeling sorry about the loss
of yesterday. Start planning
something special for tomorrow.
Learn to Dance
- closet, kitchen cabinets, a desk,
towels, the garage, recipes photos,
tools, socks, books, records, the
refrigerator, a file cabinet...
- Make a list of 12 things
particularly good about yourself. (You
always say thank you; you always
respond to an RSVP; you hove
beautiful hair; etc....).
- Tape your list somewhere private (Inside
a closet door, in a desk drawer, etc.).
- Look at your list every day...
ENJOY LIFE! --