5 Tips To Feel Better This Summer

These days it seems like we are bombarded by “Beach Body” messages telling us summer is the time to look better.  Let’s get real!

Summer is the time to FEEL better.

With ample sunshine, fresh fruits and vegetables aplenty, and longer days, summer is a great time to kick heart healthy habits into gear.  Here are five simple strategies to feel better this summer.

Quit the Beach Body Baloney:  open_your_heart_to_love_7

Studies have shown images of ridiculously skinny (and most likely photoshopped) bodies is skimpy clothing do nothing to motivate us to exercise or eat right.  In fact, quite the opposite is true. Rather than focusing on whether or not a bathing suit is in your future, this summer commit to having the energy to enjoy the season. What would you like to DO this season? Mow the lawn without being winded? Play ball with the kids? Haul the boat in and out? Pull out the tent and enjoy the outdoors? Picnic with folks you enjoy? Set your sights on the pleasure of the season.
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Fill The Plate With Color:

Colorful foods are more nutritious. Now, we aren’t talking about green Jello or blue raspberry popsicles, but rather grow foods. If a something looks similar to what it did when it left the farm or ranch, it is a grow foods. Filling your plate with colorful fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to take advantage of the summer.  Choose deeply colored fruits and vegetables to get the benefit of vital nutrients. For example, blue, purple and deep red in berries, eggplant, and red radishes come from nutrients that help keep your heart and brain healthy. Dark green vegetables, like broccoli, kale, and green cabbage are colored by compounds that help the liver clear toxins out of the body. Even light colored produce and reduce the risk of stroke. Including one fresh fruit or vegetable at each meal this summer is a small change that will make a big difference in your health. Plus, summer produce tastes great!

Go Outside:

The average American spends more than 90% of life indoors.  Our bodies weren’t built for that. You heart needs vitamin D to function properly, and the best way to get it is spending at least 15 minutes outside in the sun. Getting outside also lowers stress, boosts productivity, and can improve your immune system by allowing you to breath fresh air. Eat lunch outside. Meet a coworker for a stroll. Sit outside while you talk on the phone. Do what you can to get some sunshine and fresh air.

Embrace The Chores:

Summertime provides so many great opportunities to get out and get moving. Why not take advantage of the summer chores?  Mowing your lawn for 30 minutes is equivalent to any other type of moderately intense exercise. Of course, it doesn’t count on a riding lawn mower! Pulling weeds, planting, and other gardening activities are less intense, but if you do them for 60 minutes you still get the benefit of 30 minutes of moderately intense activity. Even washing the car counts in this way. Hauling mulch or other landscaping is more intense and just 20 minutes will fulfill your 30 minute goal. Don’t have a lawn to mow?  Check around your neighborhood, there probably is an elderly neighbor who could use some help.  Or find other activities to get you up and moving.

Share The Goal:

Most of us need support and encouragement to stay committed to being more active and eating better.  Get a friend or coworker on board to walk with you and eat a healthy lunch.  You don’t even have to be in the same location to make a date to walk with someone.  Talk on the phone while you walk, the solidarity is the same. Devices such as the FitBit offer opportunities to support and challenge each other.  Knowing my sister or Aunt is hot on my trail in the Work Week Hustle certainly makes me up my step count, even though we all live in separate states!  Find ways to connect and share the goal this summer.

Summer is a great time to cement healthy habits to feel great and enjoy life.

Woo Hoo!

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins. She is a Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker who works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less. Eliz is the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness.

Turning 50…

Today, I am 50 years old.

Over the past few weeks several people have called to see how I am feeling about this milestone.  Some believed I’d be “freaking out.” Others worried I’d be unhappy or some how depressed.  A few of my friends are experiencing the same milestone this year.  “I don’t want to talk about it.” Said one recently.

Huh.

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How am I doing with turning 50?  Fan-freakin-tastic.

Really.

First, I woke up this morning.  Yes, just that.  At age 35 I very nearly stopped having birthdays. My father stopped having birthdays at age 52.

I don’t wish away any year, or any day.

Second, I woke up next to my amazing husband. I’m not taking that for granted either. While I sometimes wonder who stole my adorable little twin girls, the amazing nearly full grown teenagers who live our house brought me breakfast in bed.

Each day I try to revel in what is good rather than dwelling in what is difficult.

Since the beginning of 2015, things have been pretty challenging.  Clay’s mom became very ill and passed away and we are still dealing with her house and estate.  Our daughter Grace spent nearly a month home sick with pneumonia.  My business? Well it has been a difficult year so far there too.  But what I love about being a speaker and author is that I have the flexibility to be there when my family needs me, and a lighter than expected schedule meant I could do just that.

Sure, it would be easy to focus on what hasn’t gone according to plan in the last 5 months, or the last 5 decades, but that seems to lack gratitude.  I have a beautiful life with everything I need and a great deal more of what I want than I probably deserve.  That privilege does not go unnoticed and I try to give back in ways that are valuable to others.

So, how do I feel about being 50?  Privileged, grateful, and just peachy thanks.

So, how do you feel about the age you are? Are you focused on what is good or dwelling on what is difficult or not going according to plan?  Today, as a little gift to me… take a moment to list 5 things (one for each of my decades) that are good in your life.

Enjoy the day… I know I will.

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins. She is a Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker who works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less. Eliz is the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness.

Beyond “Just Say No”: Parenting Tips

This article was originally posted on the elizgreene.com website:

Recently my 14-year-old daughters and I attended the “In My Shoes” exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Library. Hoping to spark conversation between parents and teens, the exhibit was created by teen patients at Rosecrance’s adolescent campus in Rockford, Illinois, the exhibit displays shoes that have been painted and decorated by teens to tell their story about substance use. I was contracted to blog about the exhibit, and was interested to see if it would indeed spark conversation.  Here is what happened in the car on the way back from the exhibit:

Me: “So, it seems like the exhibit was designed to get kids and parents talking about substance abuse. Do you think we talk about that enough?”

Daughter #1:  Looks up from her phone, “Yes.”
Daughter #2:   “We talk about it at school all the time.  It’s all ‘Don’t do it.’  It is the same thing all the time.”

Hmm… that is interesting.  It is true. Even the conversations my husband and I have had with them has been rooted in a kind of right vs wrong, disciplinary “Just Say No” conversation (mixed with some cautionary tales).

Me: “So, the stories on the shoes, do you think that was more directed at teens or at parents?”Photo 2
Daughter #2: “Parents. Kids know that stuff.”

Me: “Huh, okay.  So, some of the stories were about really bad things happening to the person.  Others were about depression.  What do you think about that?”

Daughter #2: (Who had the bad luck of sitting in the front passenger seat and was more socially forced to participate in this somewhat uncomfortable conversation.  When I asked about the discomfort level the both agreed it was less uncomfortable than talking about sex, but a very close second.) “It seems like they we all trying to get away from pain or feel better using drugs or drinking.”

This lead to a rather long conversation about self-medicating and why some kids may be more at risk than others.  Right now my girls live in a happy bubble.  They haven’t yet been exposed to even the opportunity to “Just Say No.”  But we all believe that day will come.

The girls and I had a good conversation, and later we continued with my husband too.  I don’t kid myself that one conversation will inoculate my girls from the possibility of substance abuse.  We’ve been honest about the family history of dependency and the dangers of even “social” use. This will have to be an on-going dialogue.

I’m grateful for the spark of conversation the “In My Shoes” exhibit and the resources materials it provided.  I’m excited to participate in the #InMyShoes tweet chat tonight at 7 pm Central Time.  http://www.rosecrance.org/twitter-chat/

The “In My Shoes” exhibit will open to the public on April 1, 2015, at the Central Library at 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., where it will be on display in the Schoenleber Reading Room until April 26. The exhibit’s April stop coincides with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s Alcohol Awareness Month, whose 2015 theme is “Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.”

Learn more about the exhibit and other tour dates and locations at www.rosecrance.org/inmyshoes/

Helpful Resources:

Click here for a Resource for talking to teens about marijuana

Find out more about Rosecrance www.rosecrance.org

Eliz is pleased to partner with Rosecrance to promote this exhibit and has been compensated for this post.  All opinions are her own.

Eliz Greene is a freelance writer, blogger, and spokesperson.  She is a popular wellness speaker and virtual event host.  Find out more at www.elizgreene.com

Is Burning The Midnight Oil Bad For The Heart?

Night Owls Develop More Heart Disease And Diabetes

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A study released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism indicates people who go to sleep after midnight are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes than those who turn in earlier.  Even when both groups got the same amount of sleep, night owls faced a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as other health issues such as a decrease in muscle mass.

While researchers could not prove a direct cause and effect link between staying up late and heart disease risk, the study suggests that disturbing the natural sleep rhythm of the body combined with late night indulgences in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, over eating, and sedentary activities are to blame.

All night owls in the study had increased body fat and triglyceride levels.  Male night owls were at particular risk of diabetes and loss of muscle mass.  Female night owls had more belly fat and were had a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

This study suggests turning in before midnight could be a heart healthy habit!

Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker Eliz Greene works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness & stress management keynote speaker. Eliz is the Heart Disease Expert on Answers.com

Stress Less: Parenting Opportunities

Navigating The Tricky Landscape of Conversations With Teens

In our house these days, communicating with our teenaged daughters can mean walking a tightrope on a daily basis.  Difficult subjects such as substance abuse make those conversations even more difficult. Talk about stressful! This is one reason I’m excited to take our girls to a special exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Library entitled “In My Shoes.”

What would it be like to walk in the shoes of a teen struggling with substance abuse?

Hoping to spark conversation between parents and teens, the exhibit was created by teen patients at Photo 2Rosecrance’s adolescent campus in Rockford, the exhibit displays shoes that have been painted and decorated by teens to tell their story about substance use.

Rosecrance, a leading national provider of substance abuse treatment for teens in Rockford, IL, launched “In My Shoes,” to help parents understand teenagers’ points of view about the pressures they face and how they are confronted with the potential to use and abuse substances.

“This artwork display will inspire parents to do all they can to support and help prevent any level of substance use among their teens,” said Dr. Thomas Wright, Rosecrance’s Chief Medical Officer.  “Teens want their parents to actively parent and give them guidance, especially in today’s changing social environment.”

The “In My Shoes” exhibit will open to the public on April 1, 2015, at the Central Library at 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., where it will be on display in the Schoenleber Reading Room until April 26. The exhibit’s April stop coincides with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s Alcohol Awareness Month, whose 2015 theme is “Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.”
Learn more about the exhibit at www.rosecrance.org/inmyshoes/

Helpful Resources:

Click here for a Resource for talking to teens about marijuana

Find out more about Rosecrance www.rosecrance.org

Eliz is pleased to partner with Rosecrance to promote this exhibit and has been compensated for this post.  All opinions are her own.

Eliz Greene is a freelance writer, blogger, and spokesperson.  She is a popular wellness speaker and virtual event host.  Find out more at www.elizgreene.com

The Benefit Of Being

Don’t Do, Just Be

How long has it been since you had time when you didn’t have to DO anything… time to just BE?

One of the benefits of sailing is the opportunity to just BE.  Sure, there are lines to pull, sails to trim, and a boat to steer, but most of the time, none of it is taxing… it’s relaxing.

No matter how you choose to do it, finding ways to unplug from the demands of work and home and just be is rejuvenating. It is an essential stress management strategy.

Think about it.

What would it feel like to step away from the computer, turn off the phone, silence the demands, tuck the to-do list away and just enjoy the quiet? How much more calm, focused, and healthy would you feel when you return?

It is time to just BE.silhouette of a woman

Tomorrow I’m off to BE on a sailboat, somewhere warm.  I’ll be back in 10 days, ready to take on the world!

Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker Eliz Greene works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness & stress management keynote speaker. Eliz is the Heart Disease Expert on Answers.com

 

Heart Pain: Sounding the Alarm: Heart Month Interview

A Conversation About Heart Attacks, Pain, and Recovery

Upset stomachEliz is a guest on Aches and Gains With Dr. Paul Cristo during Heart Month.  Hear more of Eliz’s story and tips.

Take a listen:

Heart Pain: Sounding the Alarm, Part I

Heart Pain: Sounding the Alarm, Part II  airs Saturday, February 28th

What did you think?  Please share your thoughts in a comment below.
Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker Eliz Greene works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness & stress management keynote speaker. Eliz is the Heart Disease Expert on Answers.com

 

 

 

Colgate Celebrates Heart Month

Colgate women's network is raising funds for the American Heart Association by promoting a "Jeans Day"

Colgate women’s network is raising funds for the American Heart Association by promoting a “Jeans Day”

Today I have the honor of presenting to the Colgate Women’s Network as part of the Park Avenue “Live Better” program at the Colgate Palmolive headquarters in New York City.  Colgate is celebrating women’s heart health and raising money for the American Heart Association.  We’ll be rocking lunch time with the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart program.  It is exciting to see the corporate wellness programs including an excellent array of healthy choices in the cafeteria.  Woo Hoo for Colgate!

Were you at the program today?  Please leave a comment below with your biggest take away or your “WHY”.  Thanks!

Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker Eliz Greene works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.

She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness & stress management keynote speaker. Eliz was recently named one of the Top Ten Online Influencers on Stress and is the Heart Disease Expert on Answers.com

Tips To Celebrate Heart Month

Hearts should remind you to take care of YOUR heart!

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the color red and heart shapes are everywhere.

February isn’t just about candy and flowers.  It is also Heart Month and a time to focus on Women and Heart Disease.

As busy women, it is easy to focus on taking care of everyone else and forget to do what we need to do for ourselves.  As we lead up to and during the month of February, when you see the color red or a heart take a moment to do something good for yourself and your health.

Here are some tips:

  • Take a breath. Deep breathing is an excellent way to reduce stress. Plus, a few deep breaths can allow you to return to your task more focused.  Try 4-7-8 breathing.  Breathe in as you count to 4, hold your breathe for a 7 count, and breathe out for 8. This is an excellent strategy to relax at bed time too.
  • Take a lap. A simple way to increase your activity level and get more steps into your day is to take a quick, 5-minute, walk.  Getting up and moving is also a great way to return to your task more alert and focused.
  • Make a call. Talking to a female friend is another great way to reduce stress.  Women who maintain positive relationships with other women are 30% less likely to develop heart disease.  Pick up the phone, and while you are at it, encourage her to do something good for her heart as well.
  • Make an appointment. If you’ve been putting off your annual checkup with the doctor, it is time.  Get something scheduled now.  This is a great opportunity to find out your current numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol as well as have a conversation about your personal risk of heart disease.
  • Make a good choice: Lunch often derails healthy eating intentions.  We are far more likely to grab what is fast and convenient rather than seeking out what is good for us.  Fill your plate or bowl with lots of color.  A salad, soup, or stir fry with lots of veggies are tasty and satisfying choices.
  • Take a  stand. Join the Go Red for Women movement.  Find great information about heart health and opportunities to make a difference in the mission to improve women’s heart disease education, treatment, and research.

… and of course….

rhythm-heartWear Red on February 6, 2015 to raise awareness of the #1 killer of women.

For more than a decade, I’ve traveled the country sharing my story to encourage other busy women to pay attention to their own heart health and to raise awareness about women and heart disease. In many ways, our work has been successful. However, as I wrote about in this article, our work isn’t finished. I’ve recommitted to the cause!

In 2015 my mission is to speak to 10,000 people.

Are you planning something in 2015?  Let’s talk about working together!

Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker Eliz Greene works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.

She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness & stress management keynote speaker. Eliz was recently named one of the Top Ten Online Influencers on Stress and is the Heart Disease Expert on Answers.com

NAWBO Miami hosts Women’s Stress Management Program

Join Eliz and the fabulous women of the Miami Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners for a fun and energizing program:

Juggling Stress: A busy woman’s guide to sanity and health

Register for the evening at NAWBOMiami.org

 

Motivational Women’s Wellness Speaker Eliz Greene works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.

She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness & stress management keynote speaker. Eliz was recently named one of the Top Ten Online Influencers on Stress and is the Heart Disease Expert on Answers.com