A Word About Understanding Your Vices

I have "let myself go" a bit lately. Not that I've completely lost my way or anything, but I think we can agree that even the most dedicated of us have lapses in our motivation every now and then right?

Well anyway, as I said, in the past month or so I have gradually been getting worse at saying no to those things that I shouldn't be eating too much of.

I'm happy to say that I am currently in the process of getting back on track and I am confident that in a couple of weeks I will be well on my way back to where I was a month ago and hopefully with renewed vigor, read more city lips.

A Good Way To Look At Your Diet/Lifestyle

Dieting is a short term thing, but your diet is a long term thing and that will probably change over time. As healthy people though, we try to make our diets as healthy as possible.

Personally I accept that my diet won't always be perfect and I wouldn't want it to be, afterall, what's life without a little chocolate, pizza and cheesecake?

So I figure that what we should all aim for is to get our "average diet" in line with how we want to look and feel. If you have a bad day or week you can offset that by being extra healthy for the next week or two.

Bladder Infections

You do not need to be a Park Nicollet patient. All major insurances accepted.

Most people know to call 911 when faced with a life-threatening medical emergency. But what about all those other conditions that aren't life threatening, but still require immediate attention?

"At Park Nicollet, we offer Urgent Care to meet the needs of patients who have an acute injury or medical condition, but are unable to see their regular doctor as quickly as they'd like," explains Jon Bylander, MD, chair of Park Nicollet Urgent Care. Urgent Care is available to anyone in the community thrive weight loss who needs to be seen quickly for non-life-threatening emergencies, source thrive weight loss reviews.

What Urgent Care is - and is not

Urgent Care treats conditions that come on suddenly and tend to be serious, painful or severe. Examples include fever, cough or any acute illnesses, as well as lacerations, minor trauma and orthopedic and sports injuries, such as sprains and broken bones.

Minor illnesses, such as sore throats, earaches and bladder infections can be treated through Quick Check, an extension of Urgent Care that offers fast access to doctors and physician assistants. "We created Quick Check so patients with less complicated conditions don't have to wait very long for care," Dr. Bylander explains. (To learn more, read "Quick Check - Urgent Care's express lane.")

Child Psychology

Hospitals can be a scary place, even for adults. For children, apprehension of unknown environments can greatly intensify fear. When children think of hospitals, they can be overwhelmed by thoughts of needles, unfamiliar noises and smells, strangers, and feeling "sick" in a place that just isn't home. Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital and Park Nicollet Clinic are reducing these perceived fears through the Child-Life program.

"As hospital stays get shorter and faster, someone needs to be there for the children," Julie Zarambo, child-life specialist at Methodist Hospital, says. "They need explanations of what is going to happen and someone to help them navigate procedures," she adds. Today, child-life specialists have evolved into a high-profile, vital role, which helps cushion the social and synaptol psychological impact hospital visits have on children and their families, look synaptol.

Understanding a child's needs

Zarambo's education in therapeutic recreation and child psychology, and her extensive experience working with children, has given her insight to truly understand children's minds and needs. According to Zarambo, the impact of a one-night hospital stay is not as great as extended stays. "Providing honest information to children before and during their stays can help lessen the impact, regardless of the duration," she says.

Hair Grow

Holiday memories typically focus on good times with family and friends. But for Samantha (shown above, third from right), the recent holiday season sparked a different memory - a recollection of all she's been through in just one year.

Her story begins around Thanksgiving 2007. "I gained a few pounds and it started to bother me," Samantha, 18, explains. To compensate, she stopped eating dessert and drinking juice and pop. But then her efforts intensified. "I eventually started to skip lunches at school and avoided hanging out with friends because they liked to go out to eat." The only times she ate was at family meals, under her parents' watchful eye.

Not just about weight

Within a few months, Sam's weight dropped from 140 to 98 pounds, despite her 5-foot-7-inch frame. "I was always cold," she remembers. "My friends would be wearing T-shirts and shorts, and I would be wearing sweats and sitting on my hands just to keep warm." Her bulky clothes also helped her hide how thin she was. "I didn't like how people looked at me," she says.

Besides losing weight, Sam noticed her skin become dry and her hair grow thin and brittle. "My mom would always braid my hair and she could hardly do that anymore," she continues.

Friends speak out

"When my family and friends tried to tell me I was too thin, I knew they were right. But I couldn't change," she explains. "All I could think about was how to skip my next meal or burn off more calories. I felt trapped inside my own head." Sam coped by withdrawing from those who cared for her most.