Monday, October 31, 2011

Health Tip: Small changes; big difference...

Research shows that making small changes can add up to a big difference in your health over time. By doing a little every week to improve your health, you will notice a big improvement in your overall sense of well-being.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Health Tip: Make Exercise more Enjoyable...

To make exercise more enjoyable, focus on all the benefits such as increased energy, weight loss, stress reduction and increased metabolism.

Health Tip: Gain your health...

"So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health." A.J. Reb Materi

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Persistent Kitty!

My daughter came home to visit us this weekend, and we went on a walk with Luna out in the country.  About half-way out, we past a farmers home and 4 kitties, 3 black and 1 gray ran out toward us.  It was kind of cute, the gray one was shy and stayed back, and there were two more cautious ones and then a courageous one who ran right up to us.  It was no bigger than my hand all furry.  It ran up to Luna, Luna didn't know what to do.  I was afraid she might eat it because she runs after our field mice in the yard and eats them.  I picked the kitty up, first mistake.  Well, we wanted to head back, but that kitty kept with us like he / she found a new friend.  I carried her back, and told my daughter to go ahead so I could get the kitty back home.  My daughter walked a few steps, then stopped and watched.  She kept saying, "Ohhh, it's so cute!"  I told her to keep walking away so that the kitty didn't see them.  After she was down the road a bit, I started to jog away from the kitty.  (Which, according to my PT, I am not supposed to run yet)  Well, that persistent kitty kept right with me all the way down the road.  So, I waved my daughter to keep going away from the kitty, and I turned around and walked the kitty back.  By then my daughter was way up the hill and the other 3 kitties were already positioned against the warm house.  The persistent kitty was positioned in the driveway and I started almost running (with a limp of course) away from it.  I looked back after a good two blocks down and saw the kitty in the far distance starting to come after me, so I continued up the hill so that it wouldn't see me once I was over it.  We got across the street and saw the farmer’s truck coming over the hill; he picked up the kitty that was running after us.  Phew!  It was safe!!! And that was our adventure story for today!

Health Tip: Remain Calm in Chaos...

According to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, if you give your partner a hug every day before work, it can help you remain calm when chaos ensues during your day.

Health Tip: Influence the hypothalamus

Physical activity is believed to influence the hypothalamus.  This part of the brain helps regulate body weight.  Exercise has been shown to lower the body's set point weight, which helps keep the body from fighting to return to its original weight.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Health Tip: Side dish...

Consider having meat as your side dish and vegetables as the main course. This will help you achieve proper acid/alkaline balance and increase the nutritional content of your meal.

Health Tip: Cure dry skin...

A natural facial treatment for dry skin: Mash some avocado and mix it with a little oatmeal and apply it to your face.  Leave it there for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with water.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Yummy Homemade Chili!!!!

2 lbs. extra lean ground sausage (I use pork sausage)
½ cup chopped onions
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 diced green peppers
3 cups roughly chopped fresh mushrooms
2 28 oz. cans Organic Diced Tomatoes (do not drain)
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. white vinegar
3 tbsp. regular yellow mustard
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
*I add additional veggies: pureed carrots and chopped black olives

Directions: In a large pot add onions and meat, sprinkled with garlic powder and cook until no longer pink (drain using a plate, if desired). Next add the green peppers, mushrooms and spices and stir until lightly fried.

Add tomatoes and chili power.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes.
Serve hot. May sprinkle light cheese and a dolip of sour creme on top.

Makes 12 servings.

Health Tip: Keep your thoughts in check...

There is more pain from holding on to the thought of pain than there is in the situation itself. If you let the world strike you, it will do so less cruelly than your own imagination. ~Lester Levenson

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Health Tip: Can eating slowly help weight loss?

VIDEO: Can eating slowly help weight loss?

5 powerful reasons to eat slower

Health Tip: Raw Vegetables...

To thoroughly clean your raw vegetables, mix some pure apple cider vinegar with pure water and soak your vegetables well before eating.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Health Tip: Make a contract with yourself....

To bring health into your life focus on what you want. Make a contract with yourself of your health goals and action steps to accomplish your goals. Share this contract with a friend for support and accountability.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Health Tip: Substitute soda pop...

A healthy substitute for soda pop is to combine some fresh squeezed juice with sparkling natural mineral water.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Health Tip: Toxic Waste...

Your colon is one of the primary channels of elimination of toxic waste in your body. If your colon is functioning properly you should have a bowel movement after every primary meal.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Health Tip: Vision Board...

A way to motivate you to focus on health is to create a vision board for health. Make a collage of pictures, affirmations, and things that represent health, vitality, and the way you want to look and feel. Look at this vision board daily for inspiration.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Health Tip: Plant-based foods...

To help keep your arteries clean and blood flowing to your brain, eat a diet rich in plant-based foods, fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, seeds and nuts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

3 pounds butternut squash, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, sliced
1 leek, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 (49.5 fluid ounce) cans chicken broth
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup sherry wine
1 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pour a thin layer of water in a baking dish, or a cookie sheet with sides. Place the squash halves cut side down on the dish. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a fork can easily pierce the flesh. Cool slightly, then remove the peel. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, leek and garlic, and saute for a few minutes, until tender. Pour the chicken broth into the pot. Add the potatoes, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until soft. Add the squash, and mash with the potatoes until chunks are small. Use an immersible hand blender to puree the soup, or transfer to a blender or food processor in batches, and puree until smooth. Return to the pot.

Season the soup with cayenne pepper, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, salt and pepper, then stir in the sherry and half-and-half cream. Heat through, but do not boil. Ladle into bowls, and top with a dollop of sour cream.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 45 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Ready In: 1 Hr 5 Min

Health Tip: Stay Active, Live Longer...

The College of Alumni Health study has shown that if you become and remain active you will live longer, look and feel better, have more vitality, think more clearly and sleep better.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Health Tip: It is never too late...

It is never too late to change from a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle, nor to benefit from the change. Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Health Tip: Pay Attention to the Quality of Your Food...

If you are interested in achieving optimal health, pay attention to the quality of food you eat. The closer the food is to its natural state, the better it will be for your body.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Health Tip: Omega 3...

Flaxseeds are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. To regularly consume flax seeds, sprinkle them on your cereal, salads, and sandwiches or put in soups and stews.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Health Tip: Calm Yourself...

Deep breathing is a great way to calm yourself and energize your body. A good deep breathing technique is to sit comfortably, breathe in for 5 counts, hold your breath for 5 counts, and breathe out for 5 counts. Do this for 1-2 minutes.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Health Tip: Fatty Acids...

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for optimum physical and mental health. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in flax and hemp seeds, wild fatty fish like Salmon, and fish oil.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Health Tip: Obesity

Obesity now contributes more to chronic illness and healthcare costs than smoking.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Health Tip: Storing Oils...

To select a healthy cooking oil, look for expeller- pressed or cold-pressed oils to ensure you are buying high-quality, undamaged oil.  Oil can be damaged by heat and light. High quality oils should be stored in dark-tinted glass bottles.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Health Tip: Exercise is king, nutrition is queen...

Those who begin to exercise regularly and replace white flour, sugar and devitalized foods with live, organic natural foods begin to feel better immediately. *Exercise is king, nutrition is queen -- put them together and you've got a kingdom. Jack LaLanne

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Responsible thing To Do!

As I was walking my dog; I noticed another walker coming toward me on the path; so, I told her to sit.  She graciously followed my command.  The lady strolled by smiling and stated, "You know, I'm not afraid of dogs."  I said, "Thank you for that, but I want to teach my dog to be good around people."  She smiled at me, said, "Have a beautiful day."  and strolled away.

I told my dog that it was okay to walk again, as I thought, why is it that people are so surprised when I take responsibility for my dogs actions?  It is the responsible thing to do.  I sure don't want dogs running up to me and sniffing in very uncomfortable places, jumping up on me and trying to lick my face or worse, bite me.

Isn't it the responsible thing to do to discipline our dogs, children and more importantly self?

This is the responsible thing to do!

Health Tip: Sugar is addictive...

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup is addictive. The more you eat the more you want.  Excess sugar consumption is linked to numerous diseases such as obesity, kidney stones, heart disease, dental cavities and osteoporosis.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Health Tip:Smooth Skin...

Over the course of a day your skin will eliminate more than one pound of waste through your sweat glands. 
To keep your skin looking smooth and fresh and improve your skin circulation, do dry skin brushing with a natural fiber brush for 5-10 minutes daily before you shower.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Change the World!!!

I read this and it feels like he was referring to me!!

Health Tip: Reflexology...

Do you have a lot of stress in your life?  Consider reflexology, it has been shown to promote stress reduction, improve circulation, relieve pain and improve vital organ function.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Health Tip: Pedometer...

Health Tip: Research has shown that people who wear a pedometer and have a daily goal of walking 10,000 steps, walk an average of a mile longer each day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.  We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of the parking space right in front of us.  My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!  The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.  My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  So I asked, "Why did you just do that?  This guy almost caused an accident and sent us to the hospital!"  This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, full of disappointment and rage.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.  Don't take it personally.  Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.  Don't pick up their garbage and spread it to other people in your life, whether at work, at home, or to people that you don't even know on the streets.

Always remember that good people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.  Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so... "Love the people who treat you right and forgive and pray for the ones who don't.

*Thank you Melissa Malueg for providing me this story.

Health Tip: Chemical Free Room Freshner...

Health Tip: Make your own economical, natural chemical free room freshener: combine ½ cup distilled water, 1 teaspoon essential lemon oil and 1 teaspoon of essential grape- fruit oil and pour into a 4 ounce glass mister.  Shake well before using to mist the air in your home to neutralize unpleasant odors.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Health Tip: A good substitute...

Health Tip: A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that people reduced their calorie intake by 20% when they substituted a piece of fresh fruit for fruit juice.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Health Tip: Omega 3

Health Tip: Omega 3 fatty acids can balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation.  They also help regulate your metabolism.  Some good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are fish oil, flaxseed oil and walnuts.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Health Tip: Metabolism...

Health Tip: According to Dr. Gary Hunter, strength training twice a week will reverse 50% of metabolism slow down that occurs with age.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Health Tip: Lower your level of stress...

Health Tip: Studies show that people who take regular vacations are less likely to have heart attacks and report lower levels of stress and depression.