On this week’s episode of Health + Happiness, Joy and Vivien share how doctors are using emojis to help their patients 😊, how to cut back on added sugar and two splurge-worthy Joy Food recipes! Here’s a brief recap of what we learned in Episode 7. In case you missed it, you can watch the full episode online here.

Using Emojis in the Doc’s Office 👍🏻
Emojis convey what you’re feeling…without having to say a word. Now, researchers are finding they may also be a useful way for patients to communicate with their doctors, especially for cancer patients, according to research. Using five common emojis (you’d recognize them from texting—a frown, a toothy grin) can help patients express their physical and mental wellbeing—without having to fill out lengthy questionnaires. Patients gave the scale a thumbs up, and researchers will continue to look into using emojis as a way of effective communication.

Eggs-trodinary Breakfast Dishes
Joy shares tasty ways to rise and shine using protein-rich eggs, including her Egg in a Nest, Eggcellent Mushroom, Eggs in Bell Pepper Cups, Egg Clouds, and Turmeric Poached Eggs. Breakfast is served!

Joy takes to the street to test people’s knowledge of vocal fry, the term used to describe the lowest part of the vocal range. It occurs when there’s not enough air being pushed through the vocal cords so they rub together, and this vibration creates a gravelly sound. As unique as this vibration sounds, it can lead to damage, so it’s best to avoid using vocal fry. Need to soothe a sore throat? Joy demonstrates some of her favorite beneficial beverages, including Green Tea and Turmeric Tonic.

From Junk Food to Joy Food 
Apple cobbler meets oats for a deliciously satisfying breakfast dish that feels like dessert in my Apple Cobbler Oatmeal. It’s naturally sweet but there’s not a drop of added sugar. Plus, it will help keep you feeling full until lunch. Also, try a frothy and rich Vanilla Milkshake. It’s sugar-free and can also be made dairy-free if you’d like. It tastes sweet and creamy—just like the real McCoy.

Sleep Solutions
A lack of sleep can affect your health and your weight. How much snooze time should you aim for? Sleep needs vary by age. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 8 to 10 hours for teenagers; 7 or more for adults. If you’re missing the mark, try skipping or shortening daytime naps. Increase exercise (but not too close to bedtime). Avoid heavy meals in the later part of the day. Turn off lights and steer clear of technology (phones, computers, etc.) before bed as bright screens can affect our ability to fall asleep. Turn down the heat. Schedule some worry time before bed so stress doesn’t keep or wake you up.

Make Workouts Work for You
Two tips to stay on track with your exercise: Schedule workout sessions like a formal appointment that you can’t miss. If you wouldn’t bag out on a doctor’s appointment or work meeting, don’t miss your gym date. Next, find something you love to do. Don’t like to run? Then, don’t do it! Take a dance class or spin session instead.

Joyful Note 
When something or someone upsets you, try to look on the bright side and give the other person the benefit of the doubt. Assume positive intent. For instance, when someone doesn’t answer your text, you can believe that she doesn’t want to talk to you or she is simply swamped at work and will get back to you as soon as she has a free moment. When negativity comes knocking, you have the choice not to answer. When faced with positive or negative, you know what to go for: It’s all about the positive!

Wishing you a week ahead filled with health, happiness and a daily dose of Joy. To catch up on episodes of Health+Happiness, click here.


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