Together, We Can Help Fight Lymphoma

I have some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news – one of my clients has told me that she has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The good news is that it has made me want to find ways to support those with the condition and help spread the news, so that others will also help provide support.

Lymphoma, if you are not familiar with it, is a name used for a group of blood cancers. These blood cancers develop in the lymphatic system, and there are two classifications of the condition: Hodgkins lymphoma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The Hodgkins type of lymphoma is considered to be one of the most curable forms of cancer. Even so, the numbers regarding this disease are eye-opening, especially considering that most people are not familiar with it.

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, someone is diagnosed with lymphoma every four minutes. In 2011 alone, it was estimated that over 140,000 people would be diagnosed with the condition. The majority of the people who have it are diagnosed with the more deadly non-Hodgkins type of blood cancer. It’s estimated that, every 10 minutes, someone dies in the U.S. from blood cancer.

So what exactly causes this disease? Well, like most cancers, no one thing can be pinpointed as the culprit. A variety of things can cause it, including genetic factors, medical conditions, and even environmental carcinogens. Treatment for those who have lymphoma includes prescription drugs and chemotherapy.

To show support to my client who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, I am considering shaving my head. I will also be wearing this Nike Fight Like Hell shirt, because I believe we should all try to do something to show our support. I am challenging each of my readers to do something in order to help. Not only will you be helping a fellow baby boomer, but you will also be helping all those people who are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Whether you choose to make a donation to the  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, put in some volunteer time, or remain uplifting around those who need it, it all counts. I urge you to live your life each day to the fullest. Make it count because, like my client, you just never know when something like this is going to blindside you. Also, try to do something to help make it count for those who are in need!

 

How to Shop at the Grocery Store

Assuming you can’t get to a farmer’s market year-round, it is important to know the healthiest way to shop at the grocery store, as well as what should be in your shopping cart by the time you check out. It’s a skill that many of us have either forgotten or don’t pay much attention to. But living a healthy lifestyle depends upon making sure that what you baby boomers have in your shopping cart is foods that will work for your body, not against it!

When you go shopping, you want to come home with whole foods that are not processed. Processed foods usually contain too much salt, fat, and unnatural ingredients. Whole foods are those that nature has provided for us to eat, and they are in their natural state. When you go to the grocery store, try to stick to shopping the perimeter of the store, where you will find the dairy, meat, and produce departments.

Now that’s not say you have no need to go in the middle aisles because there are some good things, such as dry beans, whole wheat pasta, nuts, and high fiber cereal, mixed in with all the processed foods. But try to get most of your groceries from the perimeter of the store, only stopping down specific inside aisles to grab a few things.

Here’s some of the top healthy foods that all baby boomers should be shopping for:

Proteins. Making sure you have good sources of protein is essential. Opt for things like wild salmon, fish, beans, lentils, tofu, low fat yogurt, quinoa, and nuts.

Carbohydrates. Many people think carbs should be out, but that’s not the case. You want to make sure to reach for healthy whole grain sources of carbohydrates, such as oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat bread, brown rice, and high fiber cereal.

Fats. There are good fats and bad ones. Stick to the good sources of fat, such as olive oil, nuts, and avocadoes.

Others. Other healthy ingredients that you should have in your basket include green tea, turmeric, and lots of fruits and veggies. Green vegetables especially, such as spinach, kale, and broccoli, pack a powerful nutritional punch that your body needs.

Keep in mind that each of these foods above provides your body with something it needs, as well as helping to keep you healthy. Some help people avoid cancer, while others fight inflammation. When you fill your grocery basket with these healthy foods, you will be well on your way to maintaining a healthy body. Now you just need to focus on preparation, and if you are bored of the same old dishes, try doing an online search for some recipes, or check out a cookbook at your local library!

 

Top Fitness Tips Learned in 2011 (and How to Make it a Great 2012)

One of the many benefits of being a personal trainer is that I get a chance to keep up on learning lots of fitness tips, news, and information throughout the year. One of the benefits of keeping a blog is that I get a chance to share that information with all my readers, both baby boomers and beyond. Throughout 2011, there were several key fitness tips that I picked up that I think can help you make 2012 the best year ever!

Here are the top fitness tips I learned throughout 2011:

Taking a break can be a good thing. It can help you to get re-focused, so that you come back fresh and ready to get down to business. Taking a vacation or small trip, for example, will help you reflect and remember that you are not a human “doing,” but rather you are a human “being.”

Getting a tune-up can be a really great thing. By a tune-up I mean a massage, acupuncture, or some other type of activity that helps you feel great. After all, we take our cars in for a tune-up, so why not take in ourselves? It will help with recovery, mind clarity, and overall wellness.

Making health and fitness a lifestyle is crucial to long term success. One effective way you can make your fitness goals a long term lifestyle is to work with a personal trainer. The support, guidance, and accountability is extremely important and effective.

Trying something new can be a great way to clear the mind and help you feel good. For example, this past year I went to the symphony for the first time. I found that I enjoyed it! It’s important to try new things and remember that variety is the spice of life.

It is important to find things you love to do and then do them during the week. This will help you to take care of yourself and your passions, so you can give more of yourself to others.

Just because someone takes a step backward doesn’t mean they have failed. Two steps forward, one step back, means you still took a step forward! Don’t get caught up in what you are not getting. Instead, focus on the fact that you trained four days, for example, rather than focusing on the fact that you are not at your goal yet.

You can’t out-work bad nutrition. If you consistently eat poorly, it will catch up with you. It is essential to eat a healthy, balanced diet to have overall wellness.

Whether you are a baby boomer or not, or you are seeking weight loss, or just want to adopt a healthy fitness lifestyle, you can increase your chances of success in 2012 by keeping these points in mind. This year, success can be all yours!