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I was flipping through an old issue of O Magazine (they are timeless, I tell you) and I found a fabulous little article called “The Vice-O-Meter” which tells you how a few common health impediments rank in a scale from 1-10. I keep forgetting the Dr. Oz is in Oprah’s magazine and this article had some really easy to follow details. I’m going to share what the items are and how they ranked for me. It’s a fun little exercise – you should do it too to see how you rank and what an easy solution may be. See the diagram at the top for more details. A lot of these vices can lead to inflammation, so it’s important to be aware of them for your overall health. Here goes:
- Nail Biting (2.5) – I don’t bite my nails – I’ve already established in a previous blog that shoving my dirty nails in my mouth grosses me out. If you are a real nail biter, it allows bacteria and germs into your body (and not the good bacteria).
- Wearing contacts for too long (3) – I don’t wear contacts so this isn’t an issue for me but if you do, switch to a new pair when you are told to, it can cause a lot of eye problems.
- Rubbing your eyes (3.5) – who knew that this would be worse than wearing grungy old contact lenses? Doing it a lot, over time can cause things problems with intraocular pressure resulting in short vision or glaucoma. Yikes! I think this is one of those things that I’ll have to be “mindful” of.
- Listening to loud music (4) – Guilty – I love concerts and loud music. Just one little musical exercise class can damage your little ears. I’ll try to turn down my tunes – this one is hard!
- Walking in high heels every day (5) – safe! I’ve been walking in comfy shoes because of plantar fasciitis. You should too – but we are all going to wear heels from time to time – just be smart about it.
- Consuming more than one drink a day (6) – I thought that this would be ranked higher since alcohol is linked to cancer and other assorted diseases. I’m lucky if I consume more than one drink a month so I’m safe on this one too.
- Snacking straight from the package (6.5) – semi-safe. I don’t do this anymore, I’m too busy with Dr. Oz eating, but even before that, it was something that I did very rarely.
- Speed eating (7) – GUILTY – I often have to rush from one meeting to another (if you are bored and lonely, hold one – it’s a great way to get a bunch of people that you always dreamed about hanging out with in a room). This means there are times when I get exactly 10 minutes to wolf down a chicken salad or rice bowl from Freshii (love that place). This can lead to obesity as your mind needs 20 minutes to register that it’s full. I still think chewing your nails is worse, but Dr. Oz doesn’t agree, so I’ll have to be more mindful of this.
- Drinking diet soda every day (8) – safe! I have a Diet Crush Cream Soda about 12 times a year. I’ve kicked my soft drink addiction. Apparently they can lead to weight gain. I’m not sold on this, but I bet that there are a host of other issues with them.
- Not getting enough sleep (9) – guilty. Although I am having a better quality of sleep, it’s still not for the optimal amount of time. Continuing struggle. I also need to learn how to put down a good book and stop playing Candy Crush so that I can be in bed earlier. My entire January blog was about sleep so I’m not going to write anything else about it today. Check in my archives for more details.
- Constant sitting (10) – guilty – I have an office job. I do try to get up and walk where possible.
I’m guilty of less than half of these 11 items – not bad, but plenty of room for improvement so that I can decrease inflammation in my body. Again, do the exercise, it’s interesting to see where you need to improve.
Today is the eve of the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada – one of my favourite holidays. It’s pressure free! As of 5:00 pm tomorrow, I’ll have 3 days off and today I am grateful for that! The weather will be a bit frightful, but I’m still excited and…