the cake is a liar…

“No thank you, I’m allergic to cake.  It makes my butt swell,”  I sighed…

Well, here is just another reason to drop those pounds around the middle.  According to a study published in Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least five percent of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation!

The researchers measured levels of C-Reactive protein, serum amyloid A, interleukin-6, leukocyte, and neutrophil in 439 women.  Women who lost at least five percent of their body weight had the most significant reduction in the above measured categories.  (via)

So what’s a big gal to do?  Here are a few tips:

Move more:  As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and do strength training exercises at least twice a week. 

Eat Less:  Opt for fruits, more vegetables and whole grains.  Remember lean portions of protein.

Grab a friend:  Exercising with a friend or just surrounding yourself with a support group can help you stay committed.

Just say no:  It’s not easy, but be firm.  Don’t look the cake in the eye.

 Eat protein prior:  Have some protein prior to the hoopla so it will be easier to walk away.

Keep in mind when temptation strikes, try to decipher if you are really hungry or if you are bored, thirsty or even feeling a bit down.

hormone therapy…

This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver’s licence in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant other….

DANGEROUS: What’s for dinner?
SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner?
ULTRASAFE: Have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: Are you wearing that?
SAFER: Gee, you look good in brown.
SAFEST: WOW! Look at you!
ULTRASAFE: Have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
SAFEST: Here’s my paycheck.
ULTRASAFE: Have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
SAFER: You know, there are a lot of apples left.
SAFEST: Can I get you a glass of wine with that?
ULTRASAFE: Have some chocolate

DANGEROUS: What did you do all day?
SAFER: I hope you didn’t over-do it today.
SAFEST: I’ve always loved you in that robe!
ULTRASAFE: Have some more chocolate.

So there you are…..you’ve been warned…..