Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Celebration Giveaway!!!

I'm proud to say I've reached a couple of milestones this week.  On Wednesday, I reached 100,000 views on my blog!  Thursday, I reached 780 Twitter followers!

Well, of course this calls for a celebration giveaway! 

All you have to do is leave a comment telling what content you'd like to see in my blog posts, and leave your email. 

You don't have to become a blog follower (Although I wouldn't mind!)  Nor do you have to follow my facebook page. (But I wouldn't mind!) You don't have to follow my 5 Womens Stories film page. (But it's ok if you do!)  You don't have to follow me on Twitter 5 Women Stories. (But you might want to!)  You don't even have to follow me on Twitter! (But you might as well!)

Prizes will be awarded to one individual per page on March 1st.  The winner's name will be posted on my facebook page.

Health Tip: Aerobic Exercise conditions heart..

Aerobic exercise is a great way to condition your heart. As you exercise, your lungs take in more air and your heart grows stronger. Through this process your heart is able to pump more blood with fewer heart beats.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Health Tip: Aerobic Exercise relieve depression...

Aerobic exercise has been shown to relieve depression. As you exercise your body releases endorphins which increase your sense of well-being.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Health Tip: To maintain mental sharpness...

To maintain mental sharpness, try something new to stimulate the grey matter in your brain.  Play mental games such as: think of 20 words that begin with K within 30 seconds or think of 10 words and find their opposites within 60 seconds.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Health Tip: Happiness starts at home...

Happiness starts at home. Start by improving your relationship with your parents, brothers, sisters, and children.  Smile when you greet them, do things for them, don't allow them to get angry with you.  Maintaining healthy loving relationships and friendships promote happiness. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Health Tip: Sources of Folic Acid...

Asparagus is one of the best sources of folic acid and is loaded with nutrients and fiber and is low in sodium and low in calories.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Health Tip: Color in your bread...

"The whiter the bread, the wider the spread, the sooner I'm dead!  Have some color in the bread!"~Wayne Pickering

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Health Tip: Fruits or vegetable every meal...

If you have one or two servings of fruit or vegetables with every meal and snack on vegetables in between meals, you will easily get in the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables per day.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Health Tip: Grass-fed beef...

Grass-fed beef is up to three times leaner than grain fed beef.  Grass-fed beef also provides a better balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Health Tip: Add flavor to food...

If you would like to add flavor to food, but not fat and sugar, experiment with spices such as cinnamon, ginger and salsa topping.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Health Tip: Natural facial scrub...

For a natural facial scrub: Combine 2 Tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal with 1 Tablespoon of almond oil and gently rub into the skin, avoiding the eyes.  Rinse off with warm water.

Health Tip: Fresh flowers...

To bring life and energy into your home, invest in green plants and fresh flowers.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Health Tip: Wear loose clothing while exercising...

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing while exercising.  Tight, constricting clothing will impair circulation.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Health Tip: Calm yourself and energize...

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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Health Tip: Have fun and laugh...

Fun, joy and laughter create health.  If what you are doing is not bringing you joy, find something else that will.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Health Tip: Aerobic Exercise relieve depression...

Aerobic exercise has been shown to relieve depression. As you exercise your body releases endorphins which increase your sense of well-being.

Health Tip: Know why you want health...

To truly achieve vibrant health you must know why you want it.  Take time today to write down at least 20 reasons why vibrant health is important to you.  Review your list every day.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Health Tip: Antioxidants...

Fresh fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants which are an essential component to your body's defense against free radicals.  Free radicals are molecules in the body that can damage healthy cells.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Health Tip: You are more susceptible to infections if...

Studies show that we require at least 7-9 hours of sleep per day.  Sleep deprivation will suppress your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Health Tip: Dry skin brushing...

Dry skin brushing for 5 minutes daily will transform your skin and aid in the detoxification process of your body. 
Use a natural skin brush to remove dead skin cells and open up skin pores.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Health Tip: To help keep your skin moist...

To help keep the skin moist, avoid skin-care products with alcohol and petrolatum and drink plenty of fresh water during the day.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Health Tip: Fiber is essential to aid the digestive system..

Fiber is essential to aid the digestive system in elimination of toxins and waste.  There are 2 kinds of fiber, insoluble and soluble.  Both are essential for proper elimination.  Soluble fiber is in fruit, beans, peas and oats.  Insoluble fiber is in greens, nuts, seeds, beans and skins of grains.  Gradually increase your fiber intake to avoid intestinal distress.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recipe for today: Pesto Chicken Penne Casserole

Pesto Chicken Penne Casserole http://t.co/EZsYPZk8 "Creamy, flavorful and so easy to fix. This meal-in-one will wow family and friends. Makes a lot, so freeze some or halve the recipe."

Health Tip: Exercise has numerous benefits...

Exercise has numerous benefits.  One benefit is that as you exercise your body releases natural opiates, called endorphins, which block pain receptors and give you a feeling of euphoria.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Health Tip: Qi Gong...

Qi Gong is an effective method to reduce stress and chronic pain. Qi Gong involves slow movements with specific breathing patterns and meditation.

Recipe for today: Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake...

Cheesecake Heaven with a Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake.
Dreaming of a creamy cheesecake, tucked in with your favorite cookies and chocolate? Yeah, us too! Indulge in little a slice of heaven.

Health Tip: Do NOT exercise when you are sick...

Do NOT exercise when you are sick especially with fever. When you are sick your body needs to spend all of its energy healing itself.  You will not derive benefits from exercising when you are sick and you may even slow your recovery.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Recipe for today: Lite Carrot Cake...

Have Your Cake: Bring a smile to your lips without all the fat on the hips. Make up for all the treats you had in 2011, while still enjoying sweet and sensible snacks with a Lite Carrot Cake.

Health Tip: A healthy side dish...

A healthy side dish is to add chopped basil, parsley, cilantro, arugula, and/or spinach and red and yellow cherry tomatoes to your brown rice.  Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and season with a little sea salt and cracked pepper.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Recipe for today: Chicken Chimichangas with Sour Cream Sauce

Chicken Chimichangas with Sour Cream Sauce I am not generally a fan of chimichangas at restaurants, but this had me going back for seconds. It is easy to prepare the meat ahead of time and then have a very quick meal in a pinch.

Health Tip: Eat fresh fruit and veggies...

For optimum health, eat 5-9 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables per day.  The more colorful the produce, the higher the nutritional value.

Health Tip: Ask yourself questions...

Asking questions is a great way to uncover your own answers.  For instance, ask yourself:  How can I improve my health and enjoy the process?  As the answers come to you, jot them down in your journal and decide which ones you want to try.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Recipe for today: River Omelets

River Omelets “A big oven-baked omelet stuffed with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. Great for brunch!”

Please LIKE Alex Writes a Book Facebook Page

Alex Writes a Book Facebook Page is uphttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Writes-a-Book/334524489898537?sk=info 

Please "Like" it and share it with your friends.

The content will include "kids advice", teaching materials and "games" plus more, this page. 

This is a great page for parents and teachers. 
You will see a lot more activity by the end of January!!!! 

Thank you for your support!

Advice from Five Extraordinary women DOCUMENTARY and BOOK project!

The film page for Advice from Five Extraordinary Women Facebook Page is uphttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Advice-from-5-Extraordinary-Women/297547876962601?sk=wall

Please "Like" it and share it with your friends. 

There will be a lot of advice for Women and key platform and support areas. Great page for young women starting out in the industry & for those transitioning mid-way through their careers. You will see a lot more activity by the end of January!!!!

Thank you for your support!

Health Tip: Happy minds reside in sound bodies...

Studies show that aerobic exercise is an antidote for mild depression and anxiety. Happy minds reside in sound bodies.~Dr. David Myers

Friday, January 6, 2012

Health Tip: Happy people are healthier...

Research has shown that happy people are healthier, live longer, enjoy better relationships, earn more money and are liked and respected more than unhappy people.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Health Tip: Create more happiness in your life...

One way to create more happiness in your life is to focus on all the things in your life you are grateful for.  Take time to appreciate a small moment, personal relationships, and other blessings in your life that bring you joy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Health Tip: Life is a process of adaptation...

Life is largely a process of adaptation to the circumstances in which we exist. The secret of health and happiness lies in the successful adjustment to the ever-changing conditions on this globe; the penalties for failure in this great process are disease and unhappiness. Hans Selye

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Health Tip: Intervals ...

To maximize the benefits from your aerobic exercise routine, have brief intervals of speed. For instance if you walk, add in some brief periods of jogging.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Health Tip: Olive oil sprayer...

Using an olive oil sprayer is a great alternative to adding small amounts of oil to a dish. A two second spray will distribute about ½ teaspoon of oil versus the 2-3 teaspoons you may pour out of a bottle. This will save you approximately 100 calories.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Health Tip: A great way to Motivate Yourself...

A great way to motivate yourself to exercise first thing in the morning is to lay out your exercise clothes and prepare a water bottle the night before. When you wake up in the morning you will see your exercise clothes and be inspired to get moving.