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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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Things I am learning A-Z

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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.

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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!

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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.***

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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?

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