Thank you to Nancy Coulter-Parker, Editor for Stroke Smart Magazine for a great interview and article in the current 2016 edition. Nancy featured some of my top tips for goal setting after a stroke in their “Ask the Expert” column.
Get Real is a great headline, especially for the topic of goal setting. Here are my top five tips from the article for getting real(istic) with your goals:
OMG, @Oprah tweets vid that reveals “I love bread” and Weight Watchers stock soars by 20% !! “The Oprah Effect” #ComeJoinMe in full force I guess. Also her recent post for WW is reported to have earned her quite a bit more “bread”, as some sources show Oprah profited between $12-19 Million on this one action as a 10% stockholder in the company. Bottom line: Let’s all go grab a bagel! (or maybe go grab some stock in Pepperidge Farm or other companies you like that bake bread…now that Oprah says we can…)
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With many stroke survivors now taking or considering taking a supplement to gain an edge in their recovery, I thought I’d repost this on my Stroke blog from my nutrition website with my takeaways after watching the Frontline special earlier this week on supplement safety.
According to a new film by PBS’s Frontline which aired January 19th, “There is no effective system to detect potential harm from supplements”. The film also points the finger at the failed US Medwatch system at the FDA and their weak ability to keep up with all the potentially dangerous nutritional supplements that are hitting the market without adequate regulation.
According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 and reported by American Heart Association News, high levels of exhaled carbon monoxide was associated with a greater risk of future stroke and transient ischemic attack among seemingly healthy adults.
Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the human body as a signaling molecule. Because of carbon monoxide’s role in the body, abnormalities in its metabolism have been linked to a variety of diseases, including neurodegenerations, high blood pressure, heart failure, and inflammation.
Past studies have linked high exhaled CO levels to an elevated heart disease risk. In this study, researchers from the Framingham Heart Study analyzed the association between exhaled CO and stroke risk in 3,313 adults who were free of stroke at the study’s start.
CO exhalation levels were measured in all participants and brain imaging scans were available in 1,982 participants. They found that the participants were more likely to have lower total brain volumes, higher white matter volumes and a greater prevalence of silent stroke if they were in the highest third of CO levels, compared to those in the lowest third.
When they followed the patients for an average of almost 13 years, they found:
Participants in the middle third of exhaled CO in the study population had a 67 percent increased stroke and TIA incidence compared to those in the lowest third.
Participants with the highest third of CO exhalation had a 97 percent increased stroke and TIA incidence, compared to those in the third with the lowest CO exhalation levels.
Researchers said more research is needed to explore why this association between CO exhalation levels and stroke exists.
In my last post, I asked you “have you quit yet?”. I want you to think about that question as you meet Newton Baker.
Meet Newton Baker, a retired school teacher from Montpelier,VT. On January 16th, the day the #RaceAcrossUSA kicked off in California Newton celebrated his 73rd birthday. He’s one of the core team members that share a common goal- to run 3,080 miles in 140 days. In his own words, he’s running “because some type of consciousness needs to be raised about the childhood obesity and inactivity epidemic in the US”. If Newton can make this journey he’ll be the 2nd oldest person on record to run from coast to coast. You can learn more about Newton in this video and meet the core team here: http://raceacrossusa.org/core-team/
What I love about the #RACEACROSSUSA initiative is the mix of science and applied public-outreach work that the runners are calling attention to. As one of the core team members Bryce Carlson, stated in an interview with NPR– “We’re all capable of becoming a little stronger, or more resilient, than we are.”
My advice on quitting-
As you look at what these runners are doing each and every day of the next 120+ days or so that remain on their journey, tell yourself, it is not time to quit yet. If they can run what turns out to be a marathon a day for each leg of this Race Across USA, you can indeed dig a little deeper too and find time to keep your sneakers near your bed to take a run or jog each day over the next 100 days to get your own Body in Balance.
[Personal Sidebar] I share a common mission with this core team on #raceacrossusa to raise awareness for childhood obesity and our nation’s growing nutrition debt. A portion of all proceeds from my book go to my Bright Minds Kids Education Campaign.
Each year over 80% of all dieters and exercisers who start a program in January have already thrown in the towel by the first week in February. You can learn why and how to develop “no fail” strategies to avoid this pitfall on my upcoming virtual book tour and body bootcamp kickoff webinar. Free registration opens next week for anyone who has purchased Body in Balance or is enrolled in Weight Management Universityhttp://www.WMU-101.com