Busy Woman’s Guide to Stress Management Tip: Watch something delightful

Take a break from your day, smile, and laugh to break the tension and reduce your cortisol level! This video from Judson Laipply is one of my favorites. I dare you to watch it without feeling less stressed! Of course, it also delights the choreographer in me! Taking a moment to sit back, relax, and…

Busy Woman’s Guide to Breast Feeding and Heart Health

Breast Feeding: Good for baby and good for mom! Research in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows women who breast feed for a year or more reduce their risk of heart disease by 10%! “We have known for years that breastfeeding is important for babies’ health; we now know that it is important for…

Busy Woman’s Guide to Fingernails and Your Health

Paying attention to your nails may benefit more than just your first impression. Fingernails can say many things about a woman. Well groomed, close clipped nails are a sign of a woman who works with her hands. A French manicure sends a message of refinement. Long red nails send a more sassy message! What can…

Blame Your Parents! Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart

Here’s what you need to know about family history and heart disease. Taking all other risk factors into account, if you have a close family member with heart disease, your risk nearly doubles. While this news may be a bit frightening, it is good news in one way. Even if you do not have symptoms…

Cholesterol: Good or Bad? Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart

Here is what you need to know about cholesterol: Cholesterol isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A soft, waxy substance naturally found in your body, “good” cholesterol (or HDL) is needed to digest fat, make hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, and produce vitamin D in the skin. You want your HDL to be high. However,…

Is Estrogen Your Friend? Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart

Here’s what you need to know about estrogen and your heart While doctors are not completely sure how estrogen works, it is clear younger women enjoy some protection from heart disease most likely related to estrogen’s role in the control of cholesterol. As women age, the amount of estrogen decreases and their risk of heart…

April Fools, Blue Pancakes & A Gorilla Suit!

April Fools’ Day continues to be a big hit in the Greene household! I knew we were in trouble when Clay started laughing to himself in the car last weekend. Yes, he’d thought of an idea so fun – he’d cracked himself up! So, it turns out you can order a Gorilla costume from Target…

Silent Killer! Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart

Here’s what you need to know about blood pressure About one in every three Americans has high blood pressure. There are no symptoms and only just over half of the people with high blood pressure receive treatment. Often called the “silent killer,” uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney…

Protecting “Me Time” and Your Heart: Busy Woman’s Guide

Allowing your body to catch up with all you ask it to do is important! Recharging is essential, but sometimes it is difficult to get the time you need. Protecting your “Me Time” is important! Our family recently took a sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands. It was wonderful to leave the cold of…