The Goode Life

The Stressed Life
January 29, 2009, 4:06 pm
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80284046For all of you who have scratced your head and wondered how, exactly, I arrived at my blog’s nomiker – misspelled, no less – it’s because I’m on a mission to [eventually] live the Good Life. And that good life will have an unnecessary “e” on the end, because it’ll be that.good.

But, I’ve gotta admit, there are days when I seem so far from that peachy-keen lifestyle that I get defeated; from the bills to the pursuit of an extra degree to the job hunt, I’m not living the good life, I’m living the stressed life.

I have a hunch, though, that many of you are in the same boat I’m in – you may be persuing the good life, but you damn sure don’t have it yet. That’s kind of the point, though, don’t you think? Maybe all we need is a change in perspective – we may not live it just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try.


Rock The Red Ribbon
December 1, 2008, 2:20 pm
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If World AIDS Day has never meant anything to you before, make today a fresh start.

African-American, Latino and American Indian women are disproportinately affected by HIV/AIDS, with African-American women making up 50 percent of all new cases of HIV. Just because you haven’t gotten back a positive yet doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention: a fifth of Americans are infected with HIV and don’t even know it.

If part of your fear to know your status is due to the harsh realities of living with the disease, understand that while your fear is founded, it still should not stop you from taking care of your health.

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No Duh Newsflash: Le Smoking Leads to Poor Health
November 27, 2008, 1:41 pm
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Unexposed LIFE photo of 1960s woman smoking

If your Mad Men marathons have been driving you to hit the cigs, Healthday’s got a few reasons why you should stop pretending like you live in pre-surgeon general warning times. According to the Lung Cancer Awareness group, women especially are at risk of developing major health issues.

  • Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in women. Since 1950, lung cancer deaths among women have increased more than 600 percent, according to ACOG.
  • Smoking also significantly increases the risk of many other cancers in women, including breast, oral, pharynx, larynx, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, bladder, uterine, and cervical cancers.
  • Women who smoke are twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease and 10 times more likely to die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than nonsmokers.
  • Smoking increases the risk of emphysema, bronchitis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, lower bone density after menopause, and hip fracture. It can also contribute to early menopause, gum disease, tooth loss, and premature skin aging.
  • Reproductive-age women who smoke may have trouble conceiving, and pregnant women who smoke are at high risk of delivering preterm or low birth weight infants or having babies with poor lung function, bronchitis or asthma.
  • Women over age 35 who smoke and take birth control pills are at risk for developing deadly blood clots.
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    Peace in the Middle Identity Crisis
    November 23, 2008, 10:53 pm
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    The lifestyle and health of Middle-Eastern women in America isn’t thought of often, and when it is, eveyone is lumped together in one ginormous group. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, as it can give peopel from different countries and ethnicities a larger group to hold on to lest they melt into the rest of the pot, but as author and former Chicago Reader journalist Porochista Khakpour indicates, it’s high time we start paying more attention to what claiming the Middle East really means.

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    It’s Not Just the Zaftig With Food Issues
    November 5, 2008, 2:59 pm
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    Ever since those after-school ABC specials debuted in the 80’s, eating disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia, have been seen as a white girl thang.

    And, as most people of color know by now but find it hard to express, disordered eating is SO not limited to the paler people in the world.

    Ethnic culture is like a blueprint when it comes to a person’s development and social functioning – everything from how loudly you speak [I know you can hear my conversation from three blocks away, but I get it from my mama, okay?] to how you view career choices [the old adage about Southeast Asians giving kids two options: medicine or law? Not so untrue].

    Leslie Goldman, author of a new book on body image, who elaborates on the link between Jewish women and self-destructive behaviors in a Huffington Post piece.

    What Goldman does not say is how everyone’s culture affects their relationship with food, eating, and body image. Yes, the Jews are famous for neuroses, but what about other minorities? I’ve known a few Asian-American women who’ve waxed eloquent about the pressures to be tiny, since that’s what’s “expected” of Asian women; and what about Latinas and Black women? I think one of the best kept secrets is the disordered eating that often runs rampant in these communities, because of misconceptions about who exactly is at risk.

    Let’s Hear it for the Big Girls
    October 31, 2008, 2:33 pm
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    This week is hereby declared “body week,” ladies.

    I bet someone of you actually followed my advice and went ahead, took some weight off your chest and exhaled Whitney Houston-style over at true body confessions. I’d also bet that some of you were huffing and puffing about your largesse. If you did, then you’ve got some more ‘splainin to do: you’re getting laid more than everybody else!

    According to a study conducted by the University of Hawaii Medical School and and Oregon State University, 92 percent of women whose BMI was in the “overweight” range had reported a history of heterosexual intercourse in comparison to 87 percent of women whose BMI was in the “normal” range.

    Dr. Kanishero, one of the lead researchers, said: “These results were unexpected and we don’t really know why this is the case.”

    Well, duh, Dr. Kanishero, the thin = sexy paradigm is a social construction that not everyone follows. To each their own, ya know? Some like ’em skinny, and a lot, apparently, like ’em thick.

    This does not mean, however, that you should head over to Gino’s East, polish off a deep-dish pie, and then ignore your Spinning class in the morning. Unhealthy is unattractive, no doubt about it. But if you’re taking care of yourself – i.e., eating right and doing some form of movement on a daily basis – clearly there are more than a few men who’ve got love for ya.

    No Body’s Perfect
    October 29, 2008, 12:26 pm
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    If you have a voice living inside your head that frequently pipes up with thoughts and ideas about your body at random, don’t worry. You’re not crazy – you’re one of the millions who are doing the exact same thing, on the train, in class, at an office desk, even while having a conversation.

    A new site called True Body Confessions is dedicated to helping women let it all hang out. The cool thing is the “me too” feature, which helps us realize that we’re not alone in our body fears and wonders.

    The aim is to show women that everyone, even the women who seem to have it all together, have some issue or concern on their minds. So if you’ve been harboring a confession that you’re anxious to get out, feel free to post it here; it’ll be completely anonymous. Ten bucks says you’ll be shocked at how loud your confession’s “me too” chorus grows.