Monday, April 30, 2012

Quote for Today: Once upon a time we were just plain people

Once upon a time we were just plain people. But that was before we began having relationships with mechanical systems. Get involved with a machine and sooner or later you are reduced to a factor.~Ellen Goodman

Health Tip: Low intensity exercise

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that low intensity exercise such as bicycling, walking, or swimming, can increase the speed at which the body utilizes excess fat. If you overindulge on high fat food while on vacation, make sure to keep doing your low intensity exercise.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Quote for Today: One reason we should love our enemies is that we made them ourselves...

One reason we should love our enemies is that we made them ourselves. Another reason is that they keep us on our toes, a third reason is that we should make them our friends.~Source Unknown

Health Tip: A sign of healthy skin

A sign of healthy skin is not a lack of wrinkles but a good elasticity. As we age, we lose collagen and elasticity. Use natural products so that skin pores will not become clogged. To improve skin elasticity and look younger, ensure you are well hydrated with fresh water, consume healthy fats such as fish oil or olive oil and do daily facial movements (move all the muscles of your face).

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Quote for Today: To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven...

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.~Karen Sunde

Health Tip: Alter Diet & Exercise Program...

It is best not to start an exercise program while trying to alter your diet dramatically. If you do, chances are you will fail at both. Initially exercise is more important than diet for losing weight.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Quote for Today: Nothing is more discouraging ...

Nothing is more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm.~Source Unknown

Health Tip: Learn to laugh

Learn to laugh. Laughter is a powerful medicine that helps us develop better perspectives during stressful situations.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Quote for Today: The world is not mirth

Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.~Bishop Robert South

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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quote for Today: It's a terrible thing to be alone

It's a terrible thing to be alone -- yes it is -- it is -- but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath --as terrible as you like --but a mask.~Katherine Mansfield

Health Tip: Fiber...

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Quote for Today: Etiquette for people with no breeding

Fashion exists for women with no taste, etiquette for people with no breeding.~Queen Maria

Health Tip: Brisk walking 30 mins

The American College of Sports Medicine found that regular aerobic exercise can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure by as much as 10 points. Brisk walking just 30 minutes five times weekly really adds up.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Quote for Today: Wherever you go, go with all your heart.~

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.~Confucious

Health Tip: 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily

The National Cancer Institute recommends at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily. Fiber has been shown to prevent some forms of cancer. Fiber promotes healthy regular bowel movements and moves food quickly through the digestive tract to minimize the time that potential carcinogens are in the intestines.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quote for Today: Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.~

Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.~Saying

Health Tip: Happy Thoughts...

A happy mind automatically thinks happy thoughts, and a healthy body automatically hungers for healthful foods.~Dr. John Gray

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Quote for Today: It is not how old you are, but how you are old.~

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.~Marie Dressler

Very strange day in the city (Chicago)!

Very strange day in the city (Chicago)!
It's been a crazy few days.  I signed up to volunteer as Captain at the Wisconsin Film Festival, which started on Wednesday, last week.  I worked late, did not get home until after midnight the first night volunteering.  The next morning I had meetings in Chicago, planned from early morning through midnight.

I woke up at 5 AM and could not get up, my chest hurt, it felt like a balloon was blown up in my chest.  Each time I moved, it hurt.  Slowly, I propped myself up on my elbows, enough to rest and let the pain subside.  I inched my way up that way, it took me 15 minutes to sit up straight.  I told myself, "I have to get through this pain."  So, I did.  Another ten minutes later, I managed to walk to the kitchen and take some ibuprofen and baby aspirin.  I knew running was out of the question this morning.  I slowly get ready and head out the door.  I drive to the train station, take the train; absentmindedly miss my phone call meeting today scheduled at 8 AM. Didn't realize it until I got off the train and was walking to my destination.

I arrive at my destination and mentioned that I have chest pains. Turns out one of the ladies is a professional nurse and didn't bat an eye-lash, she picked up her keys and said, "You are going to the hospital." She drives me to the hospital ER.  I walk through the doors of the ER, and see three policemen, standing by a young black man, in his twenties, who is hand-cuffed. The man keeps saying, "You guys are crazy. I have done nothing wrong." I watch the policemen who have no emotion and continue checking him in.  I get to the triage check in area, she asks me for my necessary information. They are pretty quick. They move me from one testing room to another. After three major tests, they take me up to my room.

The supervising doctor asks me several questions and says, "You need a couple more tests." I feel poked and prodded with machine hook ups. Now I sit and wait. I call my husband to tell him what is going on. I do some work while I wait for the results. My chest still hurts.  The doctor comes back, it doesn't seem to be heart related. It sure does feel terrible, like a balloon is blown up in my chest and every time I move its painful. He says, wait and see.  Right now he thinks I might have a blocked artery from my ACL surgery last June (symptoms have been going on since them) or it is inflammation in my internal muscles and need to rest and take anti-inflammatory.

I gain a whole new perspective, the transport nurse arrives, asks me to sit in the wheelchair and she takes me through the hospital hallway.   What a strange perspective sitting in a chair as someone pushes me along the narrow route, down the elevator and to my destination.  This occurs to me each time the transport takes me down the hallway to the room where I have my procedure done.  I feel like I'm in an assembly-line.  She places me in the hallway to wait behind two other patient:. one sits lethargically with her head down in a wheelchair while the other lays in a bed.  I finally go in for the procedure, it takes a few minutes, then I'm wheeled back to the hallway, to wait once again.  I sit in the wheelchair watching professionals and visitors walk by, stairing at me like I'm an invalid.  What seems like an hour, probably only takes a couple minutes.  The transport person comes to wheel me back to my room. On the way back, I am wheeled off the elevator and we are behind a heavy-set lady walking and blocking us in the hallway with her two kids.  I see a group of doctors and visitors talking about what they do in this unit and how they put the patients first. So here I am waiting for this heavy-set lady who is walking in front of me, blocking the transport from pushing me to my room.  The lady moves around the prominent people, not realizing that she is blocking the way.  The doctors gesture that I'm behind her and she looks back and makes room for me to pass.  I am finally back to some privacy, my room with a curtain to block the central nurse stations view.

The Doctor arrives back at my room, he says, "You can run to help reduce this symptom."   The first thought that comes to my mind is, "this seems strange, but I will comply."  I like to run and walk so much, so the solution doesn't make me flinch. I receive another 3 hours of tests, the final results, inflammation in the lungs. Take ibuprofen and get some rest.

This is my day in Chicago.  No meetings, a day and experience in the ER instead.

Health Tip: Motivate yourself...

An excellent way to motivate yourself to achieve your goals is to write them down. Post your goals where you will see them often.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Quote for Today: Every day use your magic to be of service to others.~

Every day use your magic to be of service to others.~Marcia Wieder

Health Tip: fitness and well-being

As you accomplish your health goals, set new goals to keep moving you forward towards optimal fitness and well-being.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Nate the Dragon has a new blog. Check it out! http://natethedragon.blogspot.com/

Nate the Dragon has a new blog. Check it out! http://natethedragon.blogspot.com/

Alex Writes a Book with Nate the Dragon

Alex has a new blog, it is listed here: Alex Writes a Book with Nate the Dragon

Health Tip: Diet Related ...

According to the U.S. Surgeon General of the 2.2 million deaths in America each year, 1.8 million are diet related.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Health Tip: Sea Vegetables

Sea Vegetables such as kombu, nori, kelp and wakame contain 92 nutritional elements. You can add them to soups, stews or stir fries to add extra nutrition and flavor.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Health Tip: Eggs...

Eggs can be a great source of protein. If you eat eggs, purchase high quality, free range organic eggs. These eggs contain significantly more omega 3 fatty acids than conventional eggs.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Health Tip: Positive in attitude

If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations and events which conform to our positive expectations.~Shakti Gawain

Sunday, April 15, 2012

If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations and events which conform to our positive expectations.~Shakti Gawain

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Health Tip: 3 types of fats

There are 3 types of fats: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated. Monounsaturated fats are the ones that are beneficial to have in your diet. They include such fats as olive oil, sesame oil, almond oil, flax oil and fish oil.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Health Tip: Omega 3 and Gamma Lineolenic ...

Monounsaturated fats contain essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and gamma lineolenic acid, which are essential for brain function and development, skin and vascular health and proper immune system function.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Health Tip: Margarine linked to heart disease...

Polyunsaturated fats found in margarine, hydrogenated safflower oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil contain essential fatty acids. However they are highly processed and contain large amounts of Trans fat, which has been linked to heart disease and cancer.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Health Tip: Saturated fats found in butter...

Saturated fats found in butter, palm kernel oil, peanut oil and lard have been found to elevate triglycerides and cholesterol. They also have been linked to increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. It is best to avoid saturated fats in your diet.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Health Tip: Choose Organic...

When selecting oils to purchase, it is best to buy organic, cold-pressed minimally processed oils.
Store your oil in the refrigerator in dark glass containers to prevent rancidity and replace your oil every three months.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Health Tip: Bicycling...

Bicycling is an excellent form of exercise. It increases your blood circulation and has been shown to lower blood pressure.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Quote for Today: Perseverance

Perseverance... It's not the final blow with the hammer that breaks the stone - it's all the others that have come before.

Quote for Today: A fellow who doesn't say it for himself...

There's a lot to be said for
the fellow who doesn't say it himself.~Maurice Switzer

Health Tip: Joint Pain...

If you suffer from joint pain and have difficulty exercising, consider a water workout. Water exercises, such as swimming, water aerobics and aqua jogging can be a lot of fun. The water is a perfect cushion for joints and provides resistance for an excellent cardiovascular exercise.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

All you have to do is want to do it!!!

Many years ago a young lady who was attending a seminar shared an interesting story with me. Apparently she and two or three of her girlfriends went and tried out for a place in a stage play. She got the starring role while her girlfriends were not even picked for the supporting cast. Opening night she said she was really excited but afterwards became very disappointed when her girlfriends never came out and supported her. She was explaining the situation to an elderly friend of her fathers named Hap. He wrote her a letter and she gave me a copy with her permission to share it with others. Read it carefully and think.

Dear Ann,

Once upon a time there was a fellow by the name of Al Capp who wrote a comic strip called "L'll Abner." Many years ago he had some characters in his strip who lived in a town near Dogpatch. They were the town bums, the n'er do wells, the failures whose whole aim in life was to pass judgement on others. Their criticism and ridicule became so vehement that in time the rest of the people in the town became acutely conscious of it. "The boys down at the stable," as they were called because that's where they spent most of their time, soon set the social standards of the town. Nobody could do anything without their sanction.

Because they lived within the structure of their crummy little world, they would laugh and point their fingers at anyone and everyone who tried to be better than they were. As a result the people feared the ridicule of the boys down at the stable so much that they stopped trying. Soon everybody became bums and the town died.

In every social structure, Ann, whether it be family, town, county or state, there are "The boys down at the stable." They are the jealous ones. They are too scared to try something different. They show their ignorance by laughing at those who do. Learn to recognize them Ann, for what they are. Don't let them hurt you. It takes a certain amount of toughness to succeed. One has to rise above those who would tear you down so that they can laugh and say, "I told you so!"

There are too many of us who love you and want you to make it. I could put myself at the top of the list. You aren't going to fall flat on your face as they would have you. You are going to do a superb job. Remember this show is only a small step in the direction of greater things you will do, many of which are beyond your wildest dreams. All you have to do is want to. One of the things I like about you best is that you always give it hell for try.

The show will be a success because of you and others like you who try. There are only winners in the cast. The losers are gathered down at the stable laughing and hoping for your failure. If we could dig down deep inside them, I'm sure we'd find they want to win also, but are too scared to try, and they attempt to cover up their own failures as human beings by laughing at others. In a sense I'm sorry for them. Their guilt must make them very unhappy people.

Much love,

Hap

Health Tip: Foods with lowest pesticides...

The conventional fruits and vegetables with the lowest concentration of pesticides are: asparagus, avocado, banana, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mango, onion, papaya, pineapple and sweet peas.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Five ways Facebook can be bad for your mental health

Five ways Facebook can be bad for your mental health

An increasing number of studies have found a correlation between Facebook use and ill effects on our mental and physical health. Here are the five to watch out for.

These days, Facebook is just a part of life. In December 2011, the preeminent social network boasted more than 845 million active monthly users, with 483 million of those using the site daily. And a 2011 study by market research firm Nielsen shows that the average Facebook user spends four times as many hours on the network each month as he or she spends on any other site. Like getting too little sleep, drinking, smoking, or sunbathing, the increasing number of hours we spend on Facebook is surely affecting our health, right? Below, five ways experts believe Facebook could be hurting our mental health.

Article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/five-ways-facebook-can-be-bad-for-your-mental-health/

Quote for Today: Love our enemies...

One reason we should love our enemies is that we made them ourselves. Another reason is that they keep us on our toes, a third reason is that we should make them our friends.-- Source Unknown

Health Tip: Craving for unhealthy food.

If you experience a craving for unhealthy food, distract yourself for 10 minutes. Often you will find once you get busy doing another activity, the craving will pass.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Health Tip: When you are clear...

When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life and only to the extent you are clear.
Janet Attwood

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Health Tip: For naturally fresh breath...

For naturally fresh breath, chew on a few sprigs of fresh mint or parsley.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Quote for Today: Every time you smile at someone...

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. - Mother Teresa

Health Tip: Oils

When selecting oils to purchase, it is best to buy organic, cold-pressed minimally processed oils. 
Store your oil in the refrigerator in dark glass containers to prevent rancidity and replace your oil every three months.

Health Tip: Protect your hearing...

To protect your hearing while listening to music on headphones, set the volume to 70% or less.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Quote for Today: Mistakes...

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.~James Joyce

Health Tip: Keep your family safe...

To keep you and your family safe, install several smoke detectors in your home. Remember to replace the batteries twice a year.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quote for Today: Light that Shines...

When others try and put out your light, it's because they lack one of their own, so they try and entinguish your flame, because it's the brightest light they know. But the flame is within your heart, so any attempt will be in vain, because it's a light that shines forever, yours is a never ending flame.~Daniel M. Tomarch

Health Tip: A natural way...

A natural way to make your laundry smell fresh and clean is to add ½ cup baking soda to the wash cycle and ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use a little more of each if you have hard water.