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Random Tuesday Thoughts: Small Bowel Series

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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. ūüėÄ

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. ūüėČ

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Detox Your Body Naturally

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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.

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Pizza Alternative – low carbs

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borrowed from ifood.tv
(Mine looks similar to this, except the toppings are different.)

Flax Meal Pizza Crust

It makes a pizza that is about 12 inches in diameter, although you can spread it thinner and larger if you want.

INGREDIENTS:
‚ÄĘ 1 and 1/2 C flaxseed meal
‚ÄĘ 2 teaspoons baking powder
‚ÄĘ 1 teaspoon salt
‚ÄĘ 1 teaspoon oregano
‚ÄĘ Sweetener to equal about 1 Tablespoon of sugar
‚ÄĘ 3 Tablespoons of oil
‚ÄĘ 3 eggs
‚ÄĘ 1/2 C water

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 425 F.
1. Mix dry ingredients together.
2. Add wet ingredients, and mix very well.
3. Let sit for about 5 minutes to thicken.
4. Spread on baking pan (I put it on a silicon mat or greased parchment paper).
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes until cooked through, then add toppings and cook until done.

Nutritional Analysis: Whole crust has 7 grams of effective carbohydrate, plus 52 grams fiber, 47 grams protein, and 130 grams fat.

While my flaxseed crust is baking, I prepare the sauce.

Easy Pizza Sauce

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic
1 tsp. ground paprika

Directions:
In a medium bowl, mix together sauce and tomato paste until smooth. Stir in oregano, garlic, & paprika.

As for toppings, you can top your pizza with your favorites.  I like using pepperoni, crumbled sausage, bacon bits, onions, black olives, green olives, green peppers, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses.  All of these ingredients are relatively low in carbs and pretty much okay while on most low carb diets such as Atkins.

I got this idea from some one’s post on the Atkins forum.¬† This surprised me how good it actually is.¬† Now, it’s not like regular pizza crust and it doesn’t equal it in taste because it’s different. Not bad different, okay.¬† If you’re willing to try new things for health and diet reasons, then give it a spin! I’ll be eager to see what you think!

Enjoy!

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Wacky Wednesday

There’s nothing like having a little fun each day.¬† My daily thrill is to¬†jump from blog to blog.¬† Perhaps, you’ve found me today through a common meme.¬† Whatever¬†reason brought you here,¬† please feel free to stay awhile and get to know me personally.¬† Also, be a dear to leave a comment or to send me an invite¬†to your blog.¬† I am always faithful to return the¬†gesture.

Patrice’s¬†questions this Wednesday, March 23rd are:

 

1. Do you feel better in skirts or pants? It depends on the weather.¬† During the winter, you usually won’t catch me in anything other than pants, but as the warm weather sips in then I’d prefer to wear skirts or dresses.

2. Do you remember a time when you felt like “a million dollars” or anything over 50 cents?¬† Between 2004-2006, I looked like a million bucks.¬† My weight was in-line where it should be.¬† I was wearing a size 0 or 2.¬† I was very active.¬† I did have lots of moments where I didn’t feel well, though, due to my chronic stomach problems.¬† Since 2006, I’ve been battling with getting the excess weight off.¬† Last year, I learned some new things about how my body works and am now making slow progress to getting back to where I want to be.

3. Walking or running?¬† I’ve never been a runner.¬† I prefer to walk, especially in the mountains.¬† I really like the peaceful quiet walks on the rare occasions we can fit this into our schedules.

4. Have you ever had any “ah-ha” moment about health or eating habits? Now in English – have you ever felt like you made a discovery about health or eating habits.¬†¬† Definitely.¬† It seems like every few months, I make a new discovery.¬† One of the best ones for me is adding flaxseed to my daily regimen.¬† Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber and it’s one of the few grains which is low in carbs.

5. If someone could do something really nice for you, that would make you happy, what would it be?¬†¬† Hmmm, I’m not really sure.¬† I believe just having my friends drop me a line or leave a comment often through my social networking connections (Facebook or my blog)¬†would be an added bright spot to my days.¬† It’s simply nice just seeing a friendly message. What better way can a friend make me happy?¬† Okay, she could send me a bag of money.¬† That would make me pretty happy. LOL¬† However, if she’s like me then she needs to keep the money for¬†her family and I’d¬†have to say, “You keep it, your friendship means more to me than the money.”¬†

Feel free to jump in on the ‘hump day’ blog hops with some of these memes….

Have a good day!

 

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Cold Feet – Day 18 G2KM Blog Challenge

Cold feet?¬† Not cold feet as in “backing out” of a situation, like in marriage, “I’ve got cold feet”.¬† I mean, “I’ve got cold feet because I can’t get them warm.”¬† For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had problems with cold feet and hands.¬† The¬†cooler months only add to my problem.

 

Do you have cold feet?¬† I read that women are nine times more likely to suffer from cold feet than men.¬†If you’re like me, then you may find this article interesting:¬†The curse of cold feet: Why women suffer more than men from icy toes… and what we can do about it¬†this piece has some valuable info worthy of mental digestion.

Cold feet can be a warning sign of something wrong.¬† Don’t underestimate something seemly so benign as harmless.¬† According to my Google digging around, chronic cold feet could be related to PVD (Peripheral vascular disease) which is a medical term given to a group of conditions causing cold feet and legs. Patients with Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Raynauld Diaseasm Arthritis and Cerebral Palsy are at risk for this condition. Most of these disorders most of us would not give a second thought about, but the which concerns me most is Diabetes. Everyone can relate to this either first hand or know someone who has it. Don’t ignore your cold hands. It could be a reason to consult your physician.

The next time your hubby complains about your cold feet when you snuggle beneath the sheets, remind him this is the “better or WORSE” part of your marriage vows.¬† And, trust me, my husband has had 31 years of cold feet, if it doesn’t get any worse than cold feet, then you both will have many happy years together, too!

Image by FlamingText.com

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