Thursday, July 8, 2010

your emotional brain

Thank you Z-pack! Last week I was fighting off a sinus infection... a cold germ I thought I had beaten weeks ago but it came back and decided to reside in my head. It seems when your stress level is up your immune system is unfortunately down, just when you need it the most. I've been worried, anxious and stressed ever since my last scan. I know it's not good for me, not good for my defenses, so I'm trying to fight back. I'm reading a book called "Instinct to Heal" by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. It's about fighting anxiety, stress and depression by using diet, exercise, heart coherence (sort of like meditation) and even acupuncture. Hmm... not sure I'd go there, but I'm okay with needles so maybe someday. It's about keeping your "emotional brain" healthy and thereby boosting your overall health.

Did you know that 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, like running, swimming or tennis, three times a week actually lowers anxiety and stress and keeps your emotional brain and your immune system healthier. That's not much effort for the worthwhile benefit. My exercise yesterday was morning golf and my lunch was grilled salmon and salad... yummy, healthy and delicious.

There's a lot you need to know about our "western" diet. I for one need to do a bit more research on diet and Omega 3's vs. Omega 6's. While googling I came across this article in the Huffington Post (click the link) that puts food guidelines into simple and easy to follow "rules" for your everyday diet. Basically... don't eat anything white, but please read the link!

I'm golfing again this morning... good for my head to be with my Gal Pals and a bit of exercise to lower my stress level. My 3 month scan is scheduled for Monday. The big reveal. What's been going on in my lungs since April 19th? I've been praying for it all to just disappear...

Gotta go, can't be late for my tee time!

5 comments:

  1. Praying for you honey. I do love white food. Ugh. xoxo

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  2. Golf is a wonderful distraction AND exercise. I've been thinking about you often lately. My cousin (36) is having surgery on his lung next week. Praying for you both.

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  3. def. keeping you in my prayers and know, no matter what, you will get through it because you are a fighter! love you so much, mama. xoxo

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  4. Great post! Swimming has really made me feel better & something I look forward to every single day. Before all this rain, it used to be golf...

    You've never left my prayer list, but will amp it up between now & Monday. Nothing but good positive thoughts going out to you friend!

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