Exercise for a Healthier Heart

15 07 2010

Hello All!

I am happy to report that I am thoroughly enjoying being a PCV in Senegal.  And while finding food here has its ups and downs, I am slowly finding a plethora of foods to keep me happy and healthy.  I’m sure you will see some of them posted once I have a chance to experiment.

In the meantime, I have a guest speaker for you today to talk about ways to lower your cholesterol.  Yes, we all know that being vegan is an excellent way, but adding exercise can only help.  Here is what she has to say.

Exercise for a Healthier Heart

One great way to lower one’s cholesterol is through a reliable exercise routine. If you want to get really good results, you need to engage in daily exercise. Daily exercise, however, can be difficult for people who juggle a lot of roles in life. Then again, regular exercise is still possible if you have tried and tested tips to get you to fit it in your life.

a. How You Can Start

It is best to take it slow if you have not exercised in a long time. Succumbing to a very intense schedule is not an advisable thing to do. Ideally, you should exercise five days a week. Usually, people get burned out if they plunge into a strenuous routine at once. One good thing to do is to get in touch with your doctor regarding health problems, as well as the kind of exercise necessary to improve one’s personal condition. It is best to view exercise as something that you really need to do. Always put it in your schedule in the same way you make time for your dentist or your doctor. It also helps to add a mix of varied exercises and activities spread out through your week so you do not get bored of doing the same thing over and over again.

b. More Must-Knows

If you do chores that allow you to move a lot and get your blood flowing, you can consider it as part of your exercise routine. Simple household chores like vacuuming and washing your car also counts as active additions to your exercise routine. Exercise exists in various forms which you should really look out for. You could try, for example, going up the stairs instead of riding an elevator as a form of exercise. You can strengthen your heart and build up on leg muscles by taking the stairs. As you do your daily activities, strive to take longer ways to get to your destinations. It is also best to wear those running shoes and go on foot to do errands instead of taking the car. Engaging in walking routines helps lose weight as well as lower cholesterol. When you are on your way to the store, it helps to park it a little further down to get walking mileage.

c. Making Time

Some people find it difficult to squeeze in thirty to sixty minutes of continuous exercise in their schedules. To still get results, you could break up your routine in ten to fifteen minute intervals. Plenty of research indicates that such is one effective way of exercising. Regular exercise, while lowering one’s cholesterol and strengthening the heart, can also be a lot of fun. If you add the benefits one gets from having a healthy emotional well-being, weight loss and strengthening, you will notice how great the results of exercising are.

Alana Richardson writes on the preservation of the Italian healthy eating traditions to inform people about the dangers of unhealthy eating habits. To learn more visit her website.



8 03 2010

Hi All!

I’m writing to let you all know that I am leaving the country tomorrow to go live in Senegal and serve in Peace Corps for 27months.  I will have limited internet access, and probably very little time/resources for blogging.  However, do not despair!  I will be back in 27months armed with brand new enthusiasm and recipes ready to blog with a vengeance;)



Soy Lethicin

25 02 2010

Based on all the wonderful comments (which you should make sure to read), I’d like to present a caveat.  The following is true for me, and not everyone.  Read the comments and continue research to find out what is true for you.

Okay folks, here is the deal on soy lethicin.  For years (or at least a year) I have meticulously avoided this little bugger that they hide in everything.  However, recently my naturopath told me something amazing – I’m not allergic to soy lethicin.

“What?” “Why?” you might ask.  Well, let me tell you.  Apparently, just like lactose intolerant people aren’t allergic to butter because butter is only the fat of the milk product, soy lethicin is only the fat part of the soybean allowing us soy intolerant people to tolerate it.  Did you catch all that?

Now I don’t want to cause any stomach aches, so please, check with your naturopath.  But, do you realize the revolutionary results of this discovery?  Yes my friends.  Chocolate, chocolate covered ice cream bars, gluten free pretzels, and more…..not that we healthy people ever eat that stuff;)

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