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

10 Holiday Tips For Work, Home, And Health

Are You Stressed Yet?

December is a month played in fast forward. No matter which holidays you celebrate (or don’t) the month is usually packed with work and home obligations which can leave you feeling strained, stressed, and anything but healthy.  Use these tips to create more space for real connection, work, and yourself this year.

Start With The Calendar:

Right now, mark every day left in December with an all-day appointment called “plans”.  From now on, when someone asks if you can attend something, you can honestly say, “I already have plans.”  Choose to do only the things which support your priorities this month.

Set Priorities:

What do you want and need to get done this month?  What healthy habits do you need to protect?  Who are the people you want to honor? What challenges do you want to minimize or avoid? Making three firm priorities will focus your efforts on what is most important.  Examples include:

  • Making a gift buying budget and sticking to it.
  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Getting 20 minutes of exercise every day.
  • Making time for a real conversation with someone important to you.
  • Completing a year-end project at work
  • Avoiding social obligations you don’t wish to attend.

3 Tips For Work:
International Productivity Expert Neen James offers 10 Ways to Save Time at Work, my favorites are:

  • Schedule a catch up with friends or clients instead of exchanging gifts.
  • Make a donation to charity on behalf of clients instead of gifts
  • Set ‘out of office’ message on your email and phone. (Even if you aren’t actually out of the office)
    Read the rest of Neen’s Tips on her blog.

Let It Go:

At the risk of setting off a Frozen ear worm, think about what traditions or obligations which bring you no pleasure or joy. Do you really need to do them any more?  For example rather than devoting hours to sending out Christmas cards to a large list, contact a limited number of people in more personal ways.

Create space between you and the treats.

Researchers found workers were more likely to gain weight if the candy jar was within 6 feet of their desk.  Having to get up to get a piece of candy slowed the intake.  At work, create space between you and the treats.  Move the candy jar, avoid the break room, and put treats out of reach.  At home, out of sight is even better.  The cookies on the counter are much more likely to be eaten than the ones sealed up in the package in the cupboard or freezer.

Choose the really good stuff. 

Holiday treats abound, but, let’s be honest, not everything is delicious.  Save your treat calories for something really worth the indulgence. (This is also a good policy when choosing which activities and social obligations you say yes to this season as well.)

Enjoy the season and sun.Teenage girl enjoying winter

Even if it is cold outside, get out there.  A 15-minute walk in the sunshine will boost your spirits and energy level.

Give someone your undivided attention.

Neen ends her article with the this:

The BEST gift you can give someone this holiday season is the GIFT of your UNDIVIDED Attention.

I couldn’t agree more.  Be IN conversations this month, especially with those most dear.

Wishing you a happy, and healthy, December.

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

Childhood Obesity: Heart And Liver Disease In Fast Forward

 

Nearly ten percent of American children have chronic liver disease caused by inappropriate storage of fat in the liver.  Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) speeds the development of heart disease by raising blood pressure.  NAFLD is often undetected until heart and liver damage has already begun.  Understanding the connection between childhood obesity and the increased risk of heart and liver disease is crucial in preventing early onset and death.

Read Eliz’s article on Answers.comchild-obesity

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

11 “Real” Tips for a Heart Healthy Thanksgiving

11 “Real” Tips for a Heart Healthy ThanksgivingthanksgivingOkay, so let’s get real about Thanksgiving and trying to maintain your heart healthy habits.  Thanksgiving is a celebration built around food.  Which, in itself, isn’t a problem, but that celebration has morphed into a non-stop parade of overindulgence. That is a problem.

A turkey dinner doesn’t have to derail your healthy eating habits.  Spending time with family doesn’t have to be stressful.  But, often both are true.  This year, instead of tips about substituting chicken broth for butter in the mashed potatoes, let’s get real about how to navigate Thanksgiving with your self respect, sanity, and belt in the right place.

  • Savor the meal. Thanksgiving dishes are delicious.  Enjoy them.  Really.  Eat slowly, savor the flavors, and enjoy the aromas. Take reasonable portions. This isn’t a meal to be wolfed down.
  • Leave the plate dirty. You are too old for the clean plate club.  We all are.  If you took some of Aunt Sally’s odd looking casserole and don’t like it, don’t eat it!
  • Bring something you know you like. If you aren’t hosting this year, volunteer to bring something you know you will like and will fit your healthy goals.  Perhaps a nice green salad, or some green beans without all the “fixings”.
  • Prepare some table topics.  If conversation around your holiday table sometimes gets tense, have some topics ready.  Avoid the traps of politics or religion and try something such as:
    • If you only had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
    • If you opened a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?
    • Who is the funniest person you know?
    • If you won a shopping spree, what store would you choose?
    • What smell reminds you of your childhood?
  • Drink water. Not only will drinking water make you feel full more quickly, alternating water with more adult beverages will help keep your head clear.
  • Take a walk.  A walk between dinner and dessert is a great way to get some fresh air, some space, and some exercise.
    Mind the clock.  We often schedule the holiday meal at an odd time, rather than at a typical lunch or dinner hour.   This can be disruptive to your internal clock.  Do what you can to keep the day on schedule, especially for children.  Don’t starve them at lunch time, they will be cranky by the time the 3:00 dinner is served.  Plan something light later if the holiday meal is in the middle of the day.
  • Keep perspective: Whether you are hosting or a guest, remember no one will recall the turkey or how long it took to get to the table. This holiday is about the being thankful for the people around you and the blessings in your life. Take the time for extra hugs (especially for the harried cook). If you slip away from your good eating habits, don’t beat yourself up.  Get back on track on Friday!
  • Breathe: When things start to overwhelm you, remember to breathe. …in through your nose, and out through your mouth — more out than in. Blow out the stress and give yourself permission to enjoy.
  • Disconnect: Just for a few hours, disconnect from your electronic gadgets and focus on the people around the table. No calls, no texts, and no tweets. Without the distractions you may be surprised how well you connect.
  • Remember the thanks: Thanksgiving should be a day to slow down, take a break from your usual busy life and look around. What is good in your life? Who gives you joy and comfort? What are you thankful for this year? (And don’t forget to thank the farmers and ranchers who produce the food we eat!)Wishing you a happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!

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