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November 2005 Newsletter!
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Thoughts from Dr. Steelman
Feeling S.A.D.?
About this time of the year, many of us begin feeling S.A.D.—Seasonal Affective Disorder. This common psychological syndrome is frequently called “cabin fever” or “the winter blahs”. Most of us suffer mild depressive symptoms at some time during the winter months. Some folks start to experience symptoms as early as November while many others peak during the January and February time periods.

Winter weather conditions can cause a multitude of troublesome problems—feelings of boredom, depression and being trapped. These bring out our desire to eagerly seek any distraction available. Unfortunately, the most convenient distractions are the edible ones!

Depression or “the blues” can involve many ancillary feelings—loneliness, insecurity, disappointment, and a sense of loss. People who are depressed often describe themselves as feeling “empty”. The source of this emptiness may be emotional, but dieters often seek to relieve this emptiness by filling up with food.

Eating offers the illusion of fullness along with some pleasure at a time when life seems to offer little joy. But the rewards of eating are often short-lived. The inner emptiness remains because food doesn’t really attack the root of the problem—depression.

So, how can we combat those seasonal feelings of boredom and blues that drive too many homebound dieters running to the cookie jar?

First, keep in mind that this season will soon be over and, unless you act now, it won’t be long until you’ll be complaining about how you look in shorts or your swimsuit.

One road block to beating the blues is feeling you can’t do anything until you feel better. But, the truth is that you will start feeling better when you start doing something.

Some studies show that exposure to natural light helps to relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, when the weather permits, get outside for a brisk walk. Exercise can increase the production of endorphins—the body’s “natural” anti-depressants. Keep up the workout!
  • Look for ways to combat boredom that don’t involve food:
  • Call or write friends
  • Read some good books
  • Join a club
  • Do volunteer work at a hospital
  • Begin a new hobby
The list is endless. The cure for cabin fever is simple—make your life more interesting. Just ask yourself, what would I do if I weren’t feeling so “blah”? Then do it!

And remember, you’re always worth it!

This Month's Question for the Doctor:

I have to take a blood thinner.  Is there anything in your product that would affect that?

Answer from Dr. Steelman: Active 8 should not affect the blood thinner. However, if you are taking a type for which you get periodic blood tests (e.g. Pro-time or PTT) it would be a good idea to monitor the test a little more closely for a while. It would be advisable to take a list of ingredients to the Dr. who is prescribing the blood thinner and get an OK from him/her.

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diet humor

A Touch o' Humor to Brighten Your Day
Excess Weight

"Well, Jonathan, what are you going to do about the excess weight you're carrying around," the doctor asked.

"I don't understand it, Doc," Jonathan replied, "I just can't seem to lose weight. I must have an overactive thyroid."

"Jonathan, the tests show that your thyroid is perfectly normal," replied the doctor. "If anything is overactive, it's your fork."

recipe of the month

Chocolate Cheesecake
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup low-fat chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (from about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon plus 1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon instant espresso, dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
12 ounces light cream cheese
24 ounces non-fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 egg
2 egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line the inside of a springform pan with aluminum foil and smooth out as much as possible. Once lined, spray the inside with cooking spray. In a food processor, combine cookie crumbs, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, oil, and coffee and blend well. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan, and set aside.

In a food processor, combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, cornstarch, egg, and egg whites until very smooth. Add cocoa powder, brown sugar, sugar substitute, vanilla, and salt and puree until smooth. Finally, add melted chocolate and puree until smooth. Blend well and then pour into crust-lined pan. Place pan in a shallow baking dish and place in oven. Carefully pour enough water into pan to come up halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake until edges are firm, about 1 hour. Turn oven off and let cake cool in the oven for 1 hour. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, at least 3 hours.

diet tips

Some to Remember!

Crunch Those Calories
“Boost” your sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, sprouts, cucumber slices, bell peppers, and other fresh veggies. Along with the bigger crunch, you’ll get a bigger sandwich with few additional calories and no extra fat.

No Lying - No Frying! Trim to Slim!
Bake, roast, or broil your food instead of frying. Remove all fat from meats and skin from poultry before cooking.

Water it Down
Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. This will help flush out your body while also suppressing your appetite.

Diet Math
Switch to diet soft drinks. An average 12 Oz can of regular soda contains around 120 calories, while the diet version usually has one or zero. If you drink 3 cans a day, you'll be saving 360 calories right there. Now multiply that by 7 days a week, 30 days a month and 365 days a year... You'll be saving a lot of calories!

No Skipping Allowed! (We Mean Meals)
Never starve yourself, especially before going out to eat (or you will binge). Never skip meals, you must have some kind of nourishment regularly or your body's starvation defenses will kick in, lower your metabolism, and store fat.

Happy Healthy Eating!
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