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October 30, 2007

Surefire Solutions for "Stress-Busting" Your Life

Busy with work, busy with kids, busy with social obligations, busy with holidays-busy, busy, busy. Regardless of where we live, the season weíre in, how old we are; whether we have a houseful of kids or kid-free, single, married, divorced or widowed-todayís busy lifestyle spells S.T.R.E.S.S. And the constant low-grade tension brought on by everything from mismatched socks to burnt toast to unpaid bills and traffic jams spells a constant drip of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. And does this ever spell trouble!

Adrenaline and cortisol can be hero hormones if youíre competing in sports, exerting high physical energy or in an emergency situation. But if youíre just driving your car, sitting at your desk or exerting normal energy, these hormones arenít properly utilized and become corrosive to your arteries by raising your blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation markers. Iím not talking about your typical muscle tightening and stress headaches here. Iím talking about increased risk of heart disease, compromised immune system, weight gain and even depression!

To help you manage these menacing stress hormones - without medication - click here for a few surefire solutions for "stress-busting" your life. And as the Lickety-Split queen, you know theyíre going to be quick and easy!

Stress Relief with 15-Minute Meals If you thought my "Stress-Busting Eating Plan" meant laborious time slaving away in the kitchen, you donít know this Lickety-Split Queen very well. For me, after listening to Jana Stanfieldís stress-busting music, the best stress reliever is knowing I can eat a healthy, delicious meal thatís as quick and easy as the fast-food junk. And donít think the answer is a PB&J on whole-grain bread either!! My Creamy Chicken Dijon over Noodles only takes 15 minutes to get on the table AND itís delicious enough to serve guests!!!

Of course, one of the secrets to preparing healthy meals in Lickety-Split time is found in your pantry. Thatís right, making sure you always have the right ingredients on hand is key. Thatís why I have a dedicated "shopping solution" in my Lickety-Split Meals cookbook with a complete Grocery List. And my cupboards are always stocked with an assortment of whole-grain pasta from Eden Foods. With over 20 varieties of whole-grain pasta to choose from, I know Iíll have exactly what I need for my Creamy Chicken Dijon over Noodles and all my pasta recipes. The best part is, you can order exactly what you want by clicking here, and theyíll deliver right to your doorstep. Now THATíS a Surefire Stress-Busting Shopping Solution!!

And what about comfort foods? Tell meÖ the only thing better than a 15-minute HEALTHY meal might be a stress-busting comfort food. And Iíve got that covered too. Remember, #3 in my Stress-Busting Eating Plan said that if you ate 3-4 fresh fruits each day, youíd still have room to safely enjoy a small sugary treat? Well how do Cocoa Lava Kisses or Chocolate No-Bakes sound? These certainly meet my "comfort food" needs Ė and they wonít wreak havoc with my blood sugars and mood swings IF I have just one! YUM, now thatís stress-relief.

Stress-Busting with "Everyday Fitness" In addition to the Exercise "Quickies" listed in the above "Surefire Solutions" article, you can learn more quick fitness movements that are certain to help relieve stress while getting in shape with my "Everyday Fitness with Zonya" DVD.

Click the following link to watch a sample and order this stress-busting DVD before the busy (and stressful) holiday season is upon us.
"Everyday Fitness with Zonya" DVD

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