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myPrinciples Winter 2010 Newsletter

Well it's now winter and it's so, so brrrr....cold!

We've pulled together a hot edition of myPrinciples to keep you warm and provide you with heaps of interesting articles, fitness tips, recipies and quotes to make you feel all warm inside!

So stoke the fireplace, grab the marshmallows (not too many!) and enjoy!

Snack Attack

Snacks - good or evil?

Small healthy snacks between main meals reduces the chances of hitting an energy rut, which usually occurs mid morning or mid afternoon when blood sugar levels from our previous meal are dropping. It is at this point that we are usually at our weakest and often succumb to the craving for high sugar and fat laden foods.

What's my waistline telling me?

Used on its own or in conjunction with BMI, waist circumference provides a stronger indication of weight related health risk. For instance, insulin resistance, diabetes type II, dislipidemia, hypertension, and heart disease are highly correlated with intra-abdominal fat, which increases waist circumference.

Blood Pressure Up?

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the arteries as it is pumped around the body by the heart. Blood pressure does not stay the same all the time – it changes to meet your body’s needs. It is affected by various factors including body position, breathing or emotional state, exercise and sleep. 

If blood pressure remains high, it can lead to serious problems like heart attack, stroke, heart failure or kidney disease. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.

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