Tag Archives: health

Why it is important to get enough #sleep to help with #weightloss & #BOTBresults

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I am tired this morning, but I not too tired to forget to announce my #BOTBresults.  My last installment of the band show-down was totally lopsided, swinging heavily in favor of the Jamaican reggae duo consisted of Vernon Buckley and Gladstone Grant known as The Maytones!

On a scale from 1-10 (the higher the number, the greater your fondness is), how well do you like reggae?

Who is your favorite reggae artist/band?

Sample a taste of The Maytones Greatest hits while you visit me this morning and don’t forget the next round of BOTB will be on February 1st.

I read an interesting article on four ways your body blocks weight loss. I was aware of each point listed and had a general understanding.

borrowed image

borrowed image

This brings me to the point of today’s post, have you ever wondered why it is important to get enough sleep to help with weight loss? Continue reading

The blessings of health #music

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! This month I’m dancing to the blessings in my life. One thing I’m very blessed to have is good health and the energy to not quit when my body tells me nooo more!

 

Are you ready to boogie? Lace up those blue suede shoes and step out on the dance floor with me!

Thank you for making Monday’s Music Moves Me a part of your day. The 4M crew: XmasDolly, JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Everyday Life, and Curious as a Cathy is faithful to visit everyone who joins the linky party. So, don’t forget to link up and have fun!



Nothing says good health, like the way good music makes me feel and the way it makes me feel groovy…

Or, how happy it makes me feel….

 

What it all boils down to is Life is too short to not be my best. God has blessed me with good health and it’s my responsibility to not waste it.  I think it was Billy Blanks who said something to the effect fight to be fit for life and because I’m able, I try to live by this principle. The simple truth is I want it all!

>
 

When I’m not dancing (yes, I really do this) around the house doing my chores. I love to spend an hour on my elliptical trainer each day. What activity do you do to keep fit for life?

1. Grab XmasDolly 4M button here. 2. Display it on your blog. 3. Add your favorite YouTube videos.  FYI: all non-music link ups are labeled or removed.  Every other week, we dance freebie style otherwise we have a weekly theme chosen by our Spotlight Dancer.  You can find it listed on XmasDolly’s side menu. That all being said, we aren’t music snobs. As long as you have tunes for us to dance to, then you’re cool!

anime catsIf you would like to participate in my Happy Birthday Club, then simply send your name, blog URL, and birthday (month and day or complete birthdate – whatever you are comfortable with) to curiousasacathy@gmail.com

Save

Save

Things I am learning A-Z

It’s exciting to take part in the April 2014 A-Z Challenge. It’ll be great fun meeting other bloggers along this adventure. Today being the first day, then you know the first letter in the alphabet.

First up, to get to know me better on a personal level, then I invite you to read the About me section of my blog to start with because that will be the first area of your site I will check out when I visit you for the first time.

My approach to this interesting challenge will revolve around things I am learning. I have faced some medical issues brought on after my hysterectomy. Although, I am on HRT that just doesn’t seem enough at times.

Libido_490X327

image source credit The Health Journals

Last spring, I notice a slight shift with my libido. In hindsight, the only difference that came to mind is for 2-weeks I had little to no caffeine. Perhaps, it is coincidence and then maybe there is more to it. That’s when I discovered an interesting fact about the Adrenal gland.

Too much coffee stresses this walnut size gland, which affects hormone functionality needed for producing ~ estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Aside these complications, the decline in adrenal gland performance causes issues with low blood pressure, low blood sugar, cold intolerance, fatigue, depression, irritability, anxiety, recurring infections, and poor response to stress to name a few.

The good news is you can rejuvenate the adrenal gland back to health with more a less a common sense approach. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • cut caffeine
  • eat leafy green vegetables
  • increase your daily fresh fruit and veggies
  • eat super foods such as Brewer’s Yeast, wheat germ, or fresh sprouts
  • eat foods enriched with Omega-3 oils such as salmon 3x per/week

Including OTC supplements add a nice perk to maintaining proper dietary needs, but not in place of whole food sources. For more information about this subject, you may want to read Woman-to-Woman and for supplemental suggestions, I found Feed Your Glands as a good guide to rebuilding my adrenal gland.

I started taking corrective measures to restoring my adrenal gland to health. Natural remedies and self-helps always need time but if diet changes improve things then I will be ecstatic. It may even make my DH’s life a little better, too. 😉  I hope what I have learned on the adrenal gland is beneficial to you! Don’t forget to leave your say-so in my comments, and I will definitely stop by to see you. What new things are you learning? Have a terrific Tuesday!

have-sex-tonight-telling-everyone-aprils-fool-ecards-someecards

Logo 125X125a

Save

4 Heart-Smart Must-Dos

The folks at Campbell Soup Kitchen have launched the “Address Your Heart Health” campaign. I was asked to participate in spreading the news. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both American men and women. Amongst the statistics of deaths by Ethnicity, Caucasians take the lead. That isn’t something to be proud about, either.

Fortunately for my family and I we take well-being seriously and place it at the top of our priorities. Over the years, we have managed our lives with a health-conscience approach by following these four basic must-dos for life.

  1. No smoking
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Eat a balance diet ~ lean meats & veggies

These are really common-sense steps. I bet you do these, too. One way I know to help reduce stress for a mom-on-the-go is with a few easy-to-make dinner ideas, right? I found a few recipes I want to share with you and to make for my DH.

Grilled Chicken Bruschette

Louisiana-Style Chicken, Sausage & Shrimp Skillet
Pork Medallions with Spinach & Barley
Broccoli Cheddar Rice
PIzza Primavera with Cauliflower Crust
 

Which recipe has you saying, “Oh, yeah! I want to try that!” They all look pretty awesome, don’t they?

Campbell’s soup has been a big part of my life, and the life of my family. Every bowl of Campbell’s soup I serve, I offer a measure of comfort to those I love. Do you get that same sense, too? Another way to reduce your stress is help at the grocery store. I always say, “a penny saved, is a penny earned” and in this bad economy, you have to be coupon savvy.  Click the below link and begin saving!

Campbell’s Coupon & Savings Center

Soothing some worries, keeping a little more in your wallet, while increasing your heart’s heart with Campbell’s soups… now, that’s something I can really get behind!

About Campbell’s:

Health is foremost on people’s minds, keeping your family in tip-top shape can be a challenge in these busy times. Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with Heart Healthy Tips, recipes and more!

Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes AHA certified and product coupons. Also, to get the latest Campbell’s recipes and offers like them on Facebook!

***This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company.***

Save

Thursday ?s & Thoughts: Is asparagus a cancer curer?

Amanda from SelfSagacity and I are teaming up to bring to you our a brand new weekly meme called…

At the moment, this is still a work-in-progress venture. For those of you who have been so faithful in keeping with Amanda’s Thursday Two Questions, then keep doing what you been doing as nothing has changed. At this point, we don’t have an official button for the hop, so please bear patience with us as we decide.

I am always intrigued a bit when I get an email making outstanding claims of a miraculous cure. I tend to take these reports with a grain of salt recognizing there may be some truth to the claim and I set out to separate facts from fiction.

Yesterday I got such a promise that asparagus cures cancer. Have you seen this email yet? If not, then you take a peak at on Snopes.

What troubles me most about Internet promises is that a desperately ill person may forgo proper treatment in search for that elusive supernatural remedy. I do believe anytime a person does his/her best to eat nutritionally sound, then the body will reap the benefits. A cure? Maybe not, but perhaps for those with a precursor for certain illnesses, I can’t help to wonder,  if eating particular foods will decrease the chance of the disease’s development.

One Internet source behind the asparagus sensation became viral after The National Cancer Institute’s The Glutathione Report names asparagus as the one food that tested highest in glutathione (GSH) — a phyto-chemical that’s an antioxidant with cancer-fighting properties.

Aside from its detoxifying mojo to break down carcinogens in the body, this spear-shaped veggie, acts like a weapon to protect your over all health with various nutrients ~ fiber, vitamins, and trace minerals.

An element found in Asparagus is inulin. What’s this? Simply put, it’s a carbohydrate that can aid the digestion by producing the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria (Bifidobacteria & Lactobacilli). This is a nice perk for someone such as myself with an intestinal disorder and it’s good for anyone who feels off balanced. A problem many face with age.

Asparagus is a good source of anti-inflammatory vitamin K, which helps to keep calcium in our bones, as well as other bone building B-vitamins, copper, & phosphorus. For someone who is lactose intolerant and relies on alternate dietary sources to provide my daily calcium, I like this simple fact that incorporating asparagus in my meals strengthen my body’s ability to hold onto an important bone building mineral.

The fiber and protein in a cup of asparagus helps the body’s mechanics to break down food, makes one feel more satisfied, regulates blood sugar, and encourages BMs

In six asparagus spears you get half of your RDA of folic acid (B-vitamin). This is especially good for expecting moms’ unborn babies with the prevention of neural tube defects (Spina Bifida). What I didn’t know is its benefits for adults, which includes: the prevention of colon cancers for those with inflammatory bowel disorders (that’s me), stroke, osteoporosis, strengthen blood vessels, protect against other cancers, and more.

Remember glutathione is the secret ingredient in asparagus that caused this to be the latest outrage and each decade of our life that we live, we lose 8-12% of this secret ingredient. The good news is our body can synthesize its own production of it, if given the necessary build blocks foods that are rich in amino acids glycine , glutamic acid, and cysteine. For instance, like: avocados, onions, garlic, turmeric, spinach, and of course asparagus. As well as raw eggs and unprocessed meats. One Internet source indicated raw whey protein (usually found in protein powder & bars) or other cultured diary products made from grass-fed cows’ milk as a good high quality precursor for your body to use in making its own glutathione.

Science cannot argue the beneficial properties found in asparagus. It definitely could add a boost toward a healthier you,  but a cure all? Unfortunately, no food can really fulfill such a claim.  I am a firm believer, if a person can replace the quick, overly processed foods with a diet rich with lean meats, fruits, and vegetables progress is made toward better health. I plan to begin including asparagus to my diet more after learning the many benefits from this query.

  1. How seriously do you pay attention to emails spouting miraculous cures?
  2. Do you immediately forward these emails, research the validity of the source, or send it to the trash bin?

Please join my NO-RULES Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

Jenny Matlock Thursday Two Questions Self Sagacity.com border= Mama’s Losin’ It

Save

Save

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Small Bowel Series

Did you hear the good news? Stacy Uncorked is back in Blogosphere again. Yay, Stacy, welcome back! I cannot imagine making a move such as yours from Pennsylvania to Washington. My buns get sore just thinking about such a trip, and then the seemingly endless road before me would drive me bonkers. Oh, wait…I am already bonkers. Then, it would make me bonkier! Is bonkier even a word? If not, I now declare it is. *stupid grin*

Yesterday, I launched my very own weekly random meme called, Monday Morning Musings. Yeah, yeah, it is a not a very original name for a hop, but I like it all the same. I hope you’ll decide to join my no-rule linky party!

Anywho what is new with you? Me… not so much. My life is rather Plain Jane. I am lacking a mission in the impossible scheme of things. Last week’s note of excitement came at my expense in the form of a small bowel series. You did not stop by this morning to read about my gastrointestinal hiccups, but I am going to share it with you anyhow because I am just that special. You can leave a thank-you in comments for me. 😀

Trust me when I say, having a small bowel series is not exciting. Getting a tooth extracted is exciting…exciting in a terrifying way that is. In fact, the SBS procedure is boring. I could not have anything after midnight the night before, not even water on the day of. I did sneak in a tooth brushing. Although tempted, I carefully did not swallow a drop of water. I remained strong.

DH dropped me off at the hospital. I registered over the phone but still, I had to go to registration to present the clerk with my pass to admittance with my insurance card and driver’s license. I guess, if I was an illegal alien things would have been different…maybe even better. I mean, after all, they do not have any of these forms of identification and yet they get free medical treatment. Did you know the hospital does not leave insurance info on your account more than 30-days? This means you have to give it to them all over again and in my case, I have had to repeat this step several times over the past four months. Oh sure they keep your address, phone number, and emergency contact info on file indefinitely, but your medical insurance? Nope, it’s not retained on file. Tell me what’s the harm in that? They keep everything else.

After I got checked in, despite my best efforts by agreeing to the register by phone to speed things up I barely got to radiology at my appointment time. I did not have to wait long in the waiting area before I was called. The X-ray techie gal gave me a hospital gown and a warm blanket. That was nice. It was actually a bit nippy last Thursday morning. She snapped one X-ray and then gave me a thick, chalky solution to drink. This is not what I had in mind to drink, but I tipped the cup up and chugged it down in under 3-minutes. I was not going to linger over my cup reading the morning news. I wanted it gone! The gal impressed with my attitude to get the nasty job done quickly despite my gagging. I reckon I’m allowed to gag since I managed to put away a 20-ounce horrible tasting, not-so-fun solution.

The hospital felt a bit drafty. You know how those silly gowns are, so I threw my warm blankie over my shoulders and was told my next x-ray would be in 20-minutes. For the next 2+ hours, I walked in 20-30 minute intervals in circles (which took me past the cafeteria) to get the barium to move faster through my intestines (a trick I learned in June when I had this same procedure performed), then the x-ray techie gal took a picture of my beautiful insides each time. The good news is with all the walking I got some exercising in for the day, since it was totally shot. By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was sleep. Allergies? Toxins from the barium? I don’t know, but I was pooped! Let’s hope no more tests are needed.

Speaking of exercise, I did manage to kick-start my routine more aggressively last week. I rode my bike for an hour and then did a 30-minute Brazil Butt Lift DVD. Don’t be fooled by the name of that program. The results I’ve seen redefine your whole body. My goal is to rebuild muscle that was lost during my illness & post-op recovery, anything else I accomplish will be like icing on a cake. I felt a total sense of accomplishment working out for an hour and a half. My plan is to continue the routine this week and the next until I am back into shape.

Wait! I did actually have a bit of exciting news to tell you. I’m hosting a Diamond Candles giveaway. *happy dance* You can read about it, here, and I invite you to enter. It is easy as 1-2-3. The perfect kind of giveaway we all like!

Before I leave you this morning, I wanted to share a new blog hop I stumbled upon called Tuesday Tunes. I love, love music! Music is an important life ingredient to make one happy. Music makes me move and fills my soul! How about you?

 

Grab a cup of coffee, you may want to stop dancing so to not spill it on you, and join me as I visit a few of my Monday blog lovelies, you can find their links under Daily Blog Hops at the top of this page. 😉

Save

Save

Detox Your Body Naturally

Photo Borrowed: From the Web

Why is it necessary to detox?

This becomes a must, if you indulge in naughty habits, such as cigarettes, junk food (I’m so guilty of this one), and alcohol. We know these things are bad for us. It’s a no-brainer these culprits will make our body sluggish and difficult for our own natural mechanism to cut poisons accumulated over time.

In addition to our naughty habits, many of the foods we eat are highly acidic. This causes a negative effect on our bodies and it becomes necessary for the alkaline PH balance to be restored. Without this, then our body cannot properly renew and repair cells.

By purifying your body of toxins, this may reduce your chances of colon disorders. It’s also good for maintaining a healthy heart and bloodstream. Furthermore, detoxifying will boost your levels of energy and vitality and if done regularly will give you a more youthful appearance of your skin. Did that get your attention – more energy, younger appearance? It got mine! Where do I sign up?

About now, you’re saying I’m a known offender of bad habits, a poor diet, or both. We can all relate to this either a little or a lot. Some common signs I’ve noticed of toxins gone wild in my system are:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Frequent headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Bloating or gassy sensation
  • Skin rash
  • Low sex drive

Perhaps, you can identify with me on these complaints. There are more toxin related symptoms at Signs to Detox. I recommend you take a look at it. It’ll surprise you to learn how serious this can be, and maybe bring new insight to some of your issues.

My quick fix has been to use Dolcax. After all, this does get rid of waste that’s causing my symptoms. The big problem is, the relief is short lived. I find myself using this product routinely every two to three days despite the warnings to not exceed a week. Change is needed!

What do I do next? I do what God intend me to do in the first start. To have a better balanced diet of the right things He created to aid in my over-all health and wellness. Let’s look at what foods are good for ridding toxins from our system.

Here is a list of 8 sources:

  1. Fruits are easy to digest and full of good stuff like important vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. Because of the high liquid contents found in fruit, your body can more easily wash out the toxins. Ranking on the leader board with the most beneficial and powerful effects are citrus fruits, especially lemons, grapefruits, and oranges. Jump start your day by drinking a warm glass of lemon water.
  2. Foods rich in chlorophyll that helps the body to rid itself of environmental toxins, such as kale, spinach, alfalfa, and other leafy greens will boost the digestive tract aiding the liver in the detoxification progress.So, think green, right?
  3. *Garlic is one of the best natural detox foods . It stimulates the liver into producing essential enzymes to filter out toxins in the digestive system. Consider adding sliced or cooked garlic to your favorite dishes! I’m considering trying this recipe Raw Garlic Spread. It sounds interesting.
  4.  East broccoli sprouts not the whole vegetable. The sprouts are especially effective for stimulating the detox enzymes in your digestive tract.
  5. More green thinking…drink green teas! These teas have a type of antioxidant called catechins, which is known to increase liver function.
  6. Mother knew best about eating your veggies. Most vegetables have natural occurring sulphur and glutathione,which are excellent elements in assisting the liver’s elimination process. Onions, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts are only a few to consider.
  7. Add easy to digest seeds and nuts to your diet. I would not have guessed this, but flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds are the more common ones I found to think about incorporating into my diet. However, avoid nut butters while detoxifying your system. This I’m unclear about, but a warning was given so I best listen, huh?
  8. Omega-3 Oils helps to lubricate the intestinal wall and causes the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, then flushed out the body. One way I get mine is through daily supplements of flax seed oil, but there are recommendations on the web that avocado, hemp, or olive oils.

For years, I’ve been taking supplements geared for combatting my chronic digestive disorder.  I believe in addition to my supplements, I need to go a further step.  After several days with this painful skin rash on most of my body along with the other symptoms I listed above, then I’m more than willing to get started cleansing my body using nature’s choices. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain!.

*An interesting read you may want to consider before using raw garlic, if this is something new for you, is Garlic Overview.

Save