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I found this post at the EatingWell blogs (my favorite) and really wanted to share it with you. It’s about four common cooking mistakes that we make; I know I make them! I’m not really a stickler for closely following directions (in general, in life) but this post makes it clear that some of those specific rules actually need to be followed closely when we cook. Read up and improve your skills!

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My Updated Website & Blog

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve updated my blog to include information about my health coaching programs (both individual programs and my group class). I’ve also included links to many of the articles I have written for various publications.

The web address for my blog has also been updated. You can now find it at www.thenourishingbalance.com. (You can still reach it at the wordpress address too: thenourishingbalance.wordpress.com). This new and improved site consolidates my previous website with my blog so that all the information is at one site.

I hope you enjoy it!

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As mentioned in previous parts, stress managment is critical to good health. We can’t avoid stress completely, but we can manage and reduce it. Here’s the final idea:

Shop. Shopping is considered “retail therapy” because it releases mood-lifting endorphins and can keep the brain nimble. And walking and carrying heavy shopping bags can be a little low-impact, calorie burning exercise.

That’s our last tip (for now) for reducing stress!

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As mentioned in previous parts, stress managment is critical to good health. We can’t avoid stress completely, but we can manage and reduce it. Here’s another idea:

Relax with Massage. Massages release toxins that build up in muscles and thus have a calming effect on the body. They also help relax the mind with the quiet time that goes along with the massage. Another benefit is the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. Try a trip to the spa or ask your spouse or loved one for a massage.

Look for the final stress reduction tip tomorrow.

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As mentioned in parts 1 and 2, stress managment is critical to good health. We can’t avoid stress completely, but we can manage and reduce it. Here’s another idea:

Sneak Away for a Day or Two. Take a vacation to relax and leave your daily responsibilities behind. No laundry. No meals to cook. No dogs to walk. No beds to make…. A quick day-trip or a longer trip both provide relaxation benefits.

Look for another stress reduction tip tomorrow.

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As mentioned in part 1, stress managment is critical to good health. We can’t avoid stress completely, but we can manage and reduce it. Here’s another idea:

Laugh It Off. “Laughter is the best medicine.” That’s really true. Laughing can relax your muscles for up to 45 minute. Laughing also protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessals.

Look for another stress reduction tip tomorrow.

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Stress managment is critical to good health. We can’t avoid stress completely, but we can manage and reduce it. Here’s one idea:

Banish Stress with Exercise. Whether you have time to go to the gym or not, you can get moving to get rid of stress. Play Wii Fit or walk your dog or dance around the house with your kids. Anything to get you moving.

Regular workouts also boost your immune system, making you feel well and giving you more energy, both of which you need to handle the stress in your life.

Look for another stress reduction tip tomorrow.

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