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************* FOOD SHAPES *************
Did you know that many of the foods we eat resemble the body part or organ they help?
Here are a few examples of how food shapes influence your health.
A Relaxing video just for YOU!
What is it? It is different for everyone. Only you can define it for yourself. It is at the least achieving your goal at the moment against all the odds. It is growth, regardless of all the challenges along the way. It is lofty for some, and for others, it is the blessing of a new day. It is helping someone in need, and for others, it might be college. One thing for sure is that you needn't beat your self up because you didn't do something in the past. It is not a long list of "to do's." Just pick one and focus on that until you feel you have achieved what you want for the moment. Success is love, life, failures, and challenges. We learn something new every day that allows us to be better at ourselves. Try not to compare what others want from you. Figure out what makes you happy and strive for that with a burning desire. You will find out along the way that many things change as we age and thru experience. Nothing is concrete. Allow creativity and caring to guide your senses and being. Feel blessed for what you have and live in today for your dreams.
Move over harmful hormones for I am strong, I am determined, and I believe in me. Remember when we talked about what we feed our brain - it follows? One of the most important of the daily 5 is mood. Upset, angry, frustrated, worried, sad?
Then get up and walk. In your home, outside, in your backyard, with a walker, a cane, snow poles, or holding onto a counter or in a chair to exercise. The body knows what to do with that increased metabolism, and soon you will find the lousy feelings melting away. 5 minutes or 50 minutes is critical, for not everyone can get out, but you need to get moving. Other "busters" include music, picture taking, coloring, puzzles, billboards, sports, and crafts. Distractions are endless and help you to think through things by reducing cortisol from your adrenals. Also, meditation, journaling, calling a friend, or slow deep breathing. A hot bath or shower or writing to the problem and then get rid of it. There is no quick fix; however, "moving your body" will get you started on a plan to forget and forgive or succeed.
Yes, life long. And there is much research to prove it's benefits. Age does tend to slow things down for multiple reasons. Many are health-related to diabetes, heart disease, general diseases, obesity, and stress-related. Intimacy can vary in quality and quantity and many problems can be assisted with the "daily 5 " being paid attention to. (water, movement, healthy diet, good sleep and mood). Here is a partial list of the researched benefits:
Reduces blood pressure, boosts the immune system, burns calories, relieves stress, increases healthy chemicals while reducing the harmful ones, improves sleep, greater brainpower, increased circulation and reduces stress. Others include minimizing the risk of prostate cancer, improving heart health, reducing pain, and the more frequent the action, the more infection fighters in your blood. Studies are not based upon one specific way to have sex, but rather on the physiologic items that occur from any type of sexual activity and intimacy. The need for protection goes without saying. Older men and women well into their last years can find a way to get around many of the barriers that would deprive them otherwise. Where there is a will, there's a way.
I'd like to expand a little on our previous subject. For some, talking about intimacy and being sexually active is on a "no-no" list. It might be upbringing or traumatic experiences growing up. Some may think they are too old for such things. There are many reasons that people cringe when talking about our libido. But we are sexual beings, and our bodies are a temple within itself. Something individual as each other. The mentality of loving yourself and your body is real. It is necessary to consider how we view ourselves, our outer core, and our physical appearance. Self-esteem is of daily importance. Desire, arousal, and orgasm are healthy and physiologically good for you. There are therapists & counselors to work with you through old traumas, medications that assist with the problems of old age and listening, reading, or looking at erotica or self-help books. Meditation can relax you and increase oxytocin, a chemical to help in desire. Yoga has also been noted to help with strengthing pelvic floor muscles, and of course, there are lubricants for the post-menopausal woman. All we've talked about stimulates the brain and physical body for a healthier you.
It does not have to stop, but it does take effort, just like anything. What constitutes romance, sexual health, intimacy, precursors to foreplay, or just a renewal of your love. Whether it is 30, 40, or 50 years later in marriage, or 60, 70, 80 years of age, it's still the same. Things like taking walks, romantic movies, scalp massages, back rubs, looking through photo albums, or a foot massage are all small actions but can mean the re-kindling of bigger things to come. Creating an "our time" is an excellent idea of where to start. Yes, you may need to plan it even though it is supposed to be something instantaneous. Think of it as a new adventure and have fun with it. A phone call asking for a date and making plans can be quite exciting. It needn't cost money. Cook for each other, set out the fine china, set the music you both like, feed the cats and dogs, and have them baby-sitted. You can see where I am going with this. Turn off the cell phones and put them away. Dress up for the occasion a get out the makeup and earrings. No need for alcohol, for it dims the sex drive in the long run. But you can get ginger ale and put it in beautiful glasses. You can get beyond our daily grind and all of our pettiness. Make a promise not to talk about certain things and stick to it. It's a "move it or lose it," so go get healthy!
When we talk about eating fresh, healthy foods, we are usually referring to fruits and vegetables. But, it is a mystery sometimes to know what fresh really is. From farm to store can be a very long time. It is picked, processed in a factory, wrapped or boxed and loaded on a truck. But, from where? And depending on how far it is traveling, it may be frozen and thawed. Then we have the issues if it is in season or not. If not, where did it travel from? China, Mexico, and Guatemala are just a few of the different areas that we import from. If you are buying organic, are their rules and laws the same as ours? So, it finally arrives in its boxes and needs to be handled and stacked on the shelves. How long does it sit there? How many vitamins are left by now? Have the roots been cut off? Is it prepared already and been cut up for you in a bag? Many people do not consider most of this. You do have the option of getting frozen vegetables and fruits, for there is less handling, and most are flash-frozen, so more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are saved. It may be an alternative, but where was it bagged, and what kind of agricultural poisons do they use? We talked about planting a home garden; however, not everyone has the option to do that. Knowing more about your food is good for your health. Try to go shopping after you've eaten so your not as likely to grab just what looks good. On the other hand, try to go shopping when you are not rushed and perhaps in the middle of the week when there are fewer people there. Look at how and where your groceries come from. Ask the grocer when they came in. There are several small things you can do to improve your nutrient intake. And remember, the darker the vegetable, the more nutrients usually.
So you bought your fresh food to the best of your abilities, now what? How do you prepare them for the refrigerator experience? There are many ways but defiantly wash it and blot dry before you package it. With COVID still with us, it's a good idea to get some 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes to wipe the surface of the processed bags that many are in, as well as the counter before removing them. Preparing them is a matter of choice and opinion; however, I will list some of the most utilized options to make your food taste better and retain more nutrients. Vegetables and fruits go to waste faster and lose more nutrients when they are chopped up and left in the refrigerator. Try to leave the roots and bases on them. There are even questions about losing nutrients when cutting with a metal knife instead of shredded. Best practices are self-sealing bags and freezer zipper bags or drawer liners that take away the excess moisture that causes spoilage. There are "fresh papers" you can buy to put in the bags or use non-bleached paper towels inside the zipper bags with the air rolled out. You can buy special cloth or plastic bags that are meant for this as well. Just be sure that you are changing out the wet items frequently and stay away as much as possible from hard plastics or bags that contain BPA or other harmful chemicals. Always remove the twist ties and discard them. Never cook your food in a zipper bag, especially in a microwave! Use glass for leftovers and try saving the environment by recycling your jam and spaghetti glass jars. Always rotate your produce and watch the refrigerator temperature. Try to place them in a drawer instead of a shelf. It's a good idea to use a marker or tags for dates when bought. Keep the fruits away from the vegetables and place the softer fragile items on the top in the front.
Ever get tired of eating the same old things for breakfast? Many of us skip breakfast or are fasting or eat it as part of the most substantial meal of the day. One thing is for sure, most of us eat too much and not the right kind of foods for optimum health. But one thing we do know is blood sugar can get too low, digestion can suffer from constipation or diarrhea, and the brain needs proper nourishment to work correctly. If the wrong foods are eaten, weight gain will also be an issue, and for many of us, it brings with it "Dis-ease." No law says you have to eat "breakfast foods" for BF. A platter of cooked, steamed, or microwaved vegetables works out quite well. If you need the protein, chicken breast, ham or egg can be added. Remember fruit digests faster than meat, so you may want to start with a bowl of fruit. Drinking water when you first get up, allows the stomach to start up slowly. Many add a squeeze of lemon in it for taste, and others swear by the digestive benefits from lemon, for it is alkaline inside the body. Many people in other countries do not eat our regular eggs, steak, and potato or cereal breakfast. Try to change things up. I sometimes eat oatmeal or cereal for a light dinner. There are no rules unless you have a medical condition, and your physician has told you what to eat and when to eat it. You will be delightfully surprized at how good a dish of sauteed vegetable, egg, or tiny shrimp or salmon tastes in the morning. Be curious and courageous. Get out of the mold of "because that is how it has always been done." You might be amazed as you see your weight starting to drop. It is also an excellent way to get rid of the sugar habit. Your fruit is high in sugar as well but is a complex carbohydrate. It gets digested differently and faster but should be in moderation. A heavy meat meal will take a lot longer to digest, and it may also make you feel heavy as well. Mix things up and try something new!
What is the proper weight? It has more to do with genetics, big or small boned, height, health, and so many other factors. How many of us look at others and ask ourselves, "why did they let themself get that way?". Well, for those of you that have not been dealing with weight issues in thier life, you have no idea what all going on. Yes, one can be lazy, overeat, exercise too little, and so on. After all, it's calories in and calories burned, right? But much of the obesity is deeper in physiology than meets the eye. Cortisol has been researched for years as our much-needed hormone but also one that spirals out of control when daily stress becomes a habit. The term "visceral fat" is tossed around a lot when we talk of weight gain due to stress. Another is the loss of the gall bladder that, for years, has been removed just like the tonsils and the appendix. We now know it's better to leave them in when possible, for they all serve a function. For many, without our gallbladder, the bile from the liver is many times not enough for the body to do its job with digestion. For some, there needs to be a reset on the daily bowel movement with more fiber and more water. Others may be going through hormone problems, medication issues, or menopause. There is no one easy answer, and every person's body works differently, especially if there are medications or disease processes as well. So next time you start to question someone's weight like it's all their fault... just take a minute to reflect.
We have discussed thesein passing; however, I'd like to go into a little more detail of how important these are. You could call them your "lifeline." For without them, disease will start in
THE 5 NECESSARY ITEMS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH :
* Activity * Food * Mood
* Sleep * Water
We need ACTIVITY to eliminate wastes, build muscles and bones, increased happy hormones, burning calories for weight management, preventing falls, improving energy and better skin health, sharpens the brain, memory,
and helps in sleep.
We need FOOD to survive, for growth, maintenance, and repair of the body, for energy, increases a healthy immune system, and for every single cell and organ and function. Healthy food does even more. Not all food is created equal.
Our MOOD has more of an impact on our life than we give it credit for. Such as beneficial chemicals, decreasing harmful chemicals, motivation, life goals and changes for the better, live longer, less disease, happier home, increased productivity, easier decision making, able to handle daily stress, less depression, and better brain health overall.
SLEEP is necessary for many things while you are asleep. Faster healing, major body repair, stress reduction, decreased inflammation, day alertness, increased energy, and improved memory, hormone regulation, healthier skin, increased blood flow, and weight regulation.
Lastly, WATER is necessary for living, and we are made up of approx. 70-85% water.
It is needed for body temperature, balancing blood sugar, all body fluids, joint cushioning, clearing wastes, absorption of nutrients and oxygen, digestion, and creation of saliva.
*** These mentioned are only a few, so pay attention to the Fit 5....
for your health is YOU!
Color is in everything we do each day. We are motivated by color from the time we get up and choose our clothes to the colors of the food we eat. We subconsciously buy items based on how we are viewing them and even relate to the colors we apply on our face. Many of those decisions are unconscious, ingrained from memories, events, comforts, and more. Meanwhile, chemicals and hormones that influence our mood and heal our bodies are being released. Isn’t it amazing that something so simple can be so complicated at the same time?
Color Therapy has been used for hundreds of years, and nowadays, it is being rediscovered and used in so many different ways. Things like the walls of prisons being painted colors to decrease anger are used, seasonal affect disorders being treated with varying wavelengths of the color spectrum are commonplace. Advertising uses it for sales and communities use it for safety. Way beyond that is subliminal suggestions in the background, of colors to make you feel good. We are just beginning to realize all the benefits of color therapy and how it can be applied to assist our health and rid us of disease. But, for day to day activities, make a note of what your choices are and how colors affect your moods. Have fun with it while you learn a little more about yourself.
Re-birth, re-born, born again? Not religion, nor drugs. It is simple daily new changes, new healthy habits, and feeling like a whole different person. This is what will come across in our minds, like we have been given a second chance at life. Have you experienced this? Many have, and if not, it is in "your" immediate grasp. All it takes is baby steps. Let's hope it will not take a severe illness for you to create a new life.
If you are over-weight, depressed, lonely or ill... please reach out. There is always someone to help you, help yourself. Yes, it's true, no one but you can change what "you" need to change. But, there are so many caring individuals out there to assist you in your goals, from state and city-run programs to churches and hot-lines to call. You are not alone, although it may surely feel like it at the moment. Do not let people tear you down or insert negative thoughts into your head. You have control over this. We all have reached a point of desperation at some point. Find a mentor that you think a lot of. Don't be afraid to ask and call and talk. All someone can say is "words," which you can ignore and move on to better things.
Journal, write things down and cross out those things that are not good for you and do not help you to overcome negativity. Again write down positive things even though you may not feel that way. Your brain does listen to all you say, so feed it good stuff. Don't know where to begin? Call me... even if I can not help, I will try to point you in the right direction.
How little we think of this, it's automatic. However, it is how we see the world and is very important. This governs how we get along with others, the choices we make, and how happy we are with life. It stems from and is blended with culture, religion, upbringing, experiences, and teachings. Can it be changed? Yes, but the change should be for the better for you and others around you and ultimately for the world as well. Just as the picture shows above, what did you think it was? Does it look like the side of a rock mountain? Can you see that? Did I just change your perception, or did you see it as tree bark sideways, at first glance? It allows us to open ou our minds, be creative, and to see others point a view. In today's stressful times right now, perception is everything and may also be the telling factor in how your health goes. Be open and try to invite new knowledge into your heart and mind. There are no absolutes in life, for there are too many variables. There are so many unknowns, and quantum physics tells us we may not be experiencing what we think we are at the moment. As old as our culture is, we are still learning about space, medicine, and science. Forty years in healthcare, nursing, medicine, and integrative studies have taught me that things are continually changing and what was new is old.
Many foods look like parts of our bodies and organs. Their "food shapes" mimic those of the body that they are most healthy for, as we will see for today and tomorrow's informational snippets.
WALNUTS -They appear to look like the two halves (hemispheres) of the brain. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids and good for brain function.
TOMATOES - They have four chambers as the human heart does and are high in "lycopene," which is believed to reduce the risk of heart issues.
GRAPEFRUIT - They look like breast tissue glands and are high in "limonoids," which are known for decreasing the risk of cancer cells in breast tissue.
CARROTS - Cut in half, they look like the circles of the eyes. They are high in vitamins and beta carotene. Especially in aging, they are known for decreasing macular degeneration of the eyes.
GINSENG - It appears to look like a person's body with arm and leg like growth. It reduces inflammation throughout the body. It is used for brain alertness and thought to decrease cancer.
KIDNEY BEANS - they are shaped like the human kidneys and are high in fiber, low in sodium, and low in fat. They are believed to assist in chronic kidney disease.
ONIONS - they look like our blood cells. They help clear away waste products that are sent to the lymphatic system for removal.
GINGER - it's shape looks like the stomach. The "gingerol" that smells and tastes pungent is a "phytochemical" that is used to prevent nausea & vomiting.
GRAPES - they appear to resemble the "alveoli" (air sacs) in our lungs. They are high in "proanthocyanidin," which helps reduce asthma symptoms.
OLIVES - shaped like female ovaries and are high in healthful fats, which research states it suppresses cancer, especially ovarian cancer.
STRAWBERRIES - are shaped like a tooth with its root, and are high in "Malic acid" which helps to
whiten the teeth.
* OK, it's time to take a good look at your foods again in a whole new way !
The colors of the food are beautiful. Remember, this is Color therapy as well. Good thoughts go into the brain & good brain chemicals go
into the body.
RED WINE - it mimics the color of blood and is high in "resveratrol," which lowers LDL, cholesterol and decreases the risk of heart disease. It has a blood-thinning compound as well that reduces Heart attacks and strokes.
BANANAS - they are shaped like a smile and are high in "Tryptophan," which is converted to "Seratonin." This increase is our "good" chemicals like "Endorphins" being released for healing.
CELERY - they grow in long stalks like bones and are high in "Silicon" for bone strength. They also contain 23% sodium, as bones do.
AVOCADOS - shaped like a Uterus and are high in "folic acid," which reduces the risk of cervical dysplasia.
BROCCOLI - the buds look like cancer cells and are high in potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It is said to decrease prostate cancer
by up to 40%.
GRAPES - are shaped like "Alveoli" that are the air sacs in the lungs. They are high in the chemical "Proanthocyanidin" that reduces asthma symptoms.
OYSTERS - resemble male testicles and are high in folic acid and zinc, both of which improve
semen in men.
MUSHROOMS - when sliced in half look like ears. They are high in Vitamin D and helps keep bones strong. There are bones in your ears as well, and it may assist in good hearing.
SWEET POTATOES - they resemble the pancreas and promote the health of it as well. They are high in beta carotene, which protects tissues from cancer and aging. As well, they contain vitamins A & C, which help people with diabetes balance their glycemic index.
* So, you see, it appears nature may have a plan and organization that we are just now realizing. There are others as well, so do some more research to see how
food can help you.
* Eating Healthy is
Pets need it, and we need it. You can get it from food and supplements, but be aware that your body needs the direct sun to manufacture it for storage. Plants we eat are either canned or have sat on the store shelves for days. Frozen might be a better choice, but even then, you are taking in what you need just for the day. And who eats all the vegetables we are supposed to, each day? Supplements, on the other hand, might do just that supplement, and yes, Vit. D does have side effects if taken in too large of doses. Then again, if taken properly, they are just supplementing. Sun is the only thing that changes the vitamin into one for storage for long term use. Plus, the sun has all those other benefits, as I noted in another meow snippet. We now know Vit. D is actually a hormone that takes part in many functions in your body, that is extremely important. We are learning that it has an anti-inflammatory effect too. Even when there are clouds outside, you can get your recommended allowance of sunlight. So for that short time you are out, make it before or after the 10-2 pm time, so you don't have to wear sunscreen. Ask your doctor and look up your weather UV hours for your area where you live. We want that sun to penetrate for that short time. Do what is best for your body.
To wear or not to wear, that is the question... We are not out of the COVID woods yet, my dear friends. Here is the list, you decide, but be aware that you might be infecting others without wearing one. *You can spread it by being a carrier and with no symptoms. *You can be infective up to 3 days before you show symptoms. *You can infect others even if you have had it. *You can most likely get it again. *It can remain airborne for up to 3 hours. *6 feet away is just an approximation, for close contact over 15 minutes with masks. *You can get this, whether you are 2 or 92. *Those with underlying diseases, diabetes, b/p meds, and such are more prone as well as patients with low Vit. D levels. *Research shows specific types of blood pressure medication may contribute to a less satisfactory outcome. * People with asthma and other lung problems can wear masts for a limited time (ask your Dr.). *One mask is not meant to be worn all day. *Masks should ideally have a filter & be washed daily. *It can enter the body through mucous membranes, esp. nose, mouth and eyes and, exit through the nose and mouth. *The Latest research shows those with type A blood have been more likely to have poorer outcomes. *A Mask is not perfect but slows transmission.The virus can live for 72 hours on certain surfaces like plastic. We are still learning about this every day as we live with it, and learn from countries that were not so fortunate.
Be safe, stay smart!
Unless you are one of the few that do not like to be touched, then you are among the millions that flock to Therapeutic Massage for preventative care, pain control, healing, and relaxation. No matter what specialty you choose, there is an increase in circulation, a reduction of waste products, and a decrease of inflammation. It should never be painful. Some forms must work to the point of discomfort to have a therapeutic effect, but for the most part, any form is a workout on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Therefore it is a tearing down and rebuilding, just as in exercise. Certain types remove scar tissue and increase range of motion, while others are relaxing and comforting. Many increase good hormones while decreasing stress cortisol. Medical massage works to rebuild muscles and reduce pain. Some forms like Lomi -Lomi, a Hawaiian massage are long flowing strokes, whereas Esalen tends more to relaxation as well. Swedish and lymphatic are two that work well at removing built-up waste products and helping the circulation. All forms serve a general type of healing therapeutic physiologic treatment. More insurance companies are including it in their plans, and hundreds of hospitals now include it as a complementary form of medical healing. Physical therapists, Massage therapists, Naturopaths, and Chiropractic are leading providers of these services. Remember, you can also have a massage with clothes in place, seated in a massage chair, or any chair, a bed for the elderly, and at health fairs and corporate activities.
Research has shown that animals can be good for what ails you. For many, they take the place of children for those that have none. They can give a feeling of caring, self-worth, and responsibility for some. No matter if you are a dog or cat lover, there are many other types of creatures that can be your best friends, even with allergy-prone individuals. They give us unconditional love and do not discriminate against the aged, homeless, creed, race, culture, or otherwise. For seniors, even a bird or fish can fit the bill for friendship. Many different types of pets make excellent companions, such as Bearded dragons, Chinese hooded rats, Turtles, Pigs, Fish ..... and the list goes on. Some take very little upkeep and are very intelligent. If you are thinking about a new friend, consider senior animals that are usually the last to get adopted and are often well behaved. Please check your shelters first, for many are waiting to be loved again. As well, if you have the time, think about donating your time to a shelter. By doing that, you give love, get love in return and see them every week. Whatever pet you choose, remember to research their needs and supplies before you adopt.
The world is changing. What can you do to reduce your daily stress? There is a lot we have already discussed each week, but there is so much more. Prepare for your needs ahead of time and be realistic. Create a list and stick to it. Try not to get caught up in the media frenzy and marathon news briefs. The CDC, Medscape, Department of Health, and your doctor have most of the updates you need. Take care of yourself, and try to do something beautiful every day. Whether it is a long hot shower, a sunny day walk or calling someone you love that lifts your spirits. Try to be positive of the unknown, for many good things might come out of all these challenges we are facing. We don't have a crystal ball, so tell your self good things that "might be," Your brain listens and increases good health chemicals into your system when you feed it optimistic thoughts. Short breaks of stretching and slow, deep breathing will work wonders. While you're at it, use all your senses with intention. Take wonder and comfort from good food smells, listening to the outdoor birds, looking at happy photo albums, and savor each bite of food. Don't forget comfort measures like a favorite chair with a soft blanket and a view.
Books plant seeds for us to grow. Remember what reading was like as a child, when the pages came to life and creativity in your mind took you to all kinds of wonderful places? With all of the technology of today, our eyes work more than our brains. As the images in videos flash by so fast, our thoughts are pressed aside for the moment. Our need for the immediate gratification with eye candy has taken away some of the mental growth needed for reasoning. Instead of following the crowd, try out a book this week. Allow your mind to flow on its own accord, without distractions. Allow the openness in your brain to make it's own assumptions and desires. Feel the way your emotions run. Hear your thoughts telling you what you should make a note of, or want to discover more of. Taste the degree of what the book has to offer your appetite, for the different or delicious. And, if it was a remarkable journey, share it with others on what it did for you. Reading is alive and right at your fingertips. So, take a break, plant a seed and enjoy the imagination process!
We need to have an inner Faith, so that Courage to go forward will arise. And we must Beleive in our heart that Blessings will grow exponentially from that. Meanwhile, our Dreams can create a life of Success, that encourages Harmony to be with us in all we do; although Success does not necessarily breed Happiness. However, Love does bring Happiness and is within us, encompassing all of the basics above. When Love is accomplished, it will show you wonders beyond compare. It is how you use Love that will create your world and your many Blessings. Love is many things but must come from the inner core, for a need to see life in a whole new light. When that happens, there is nothing that stands in your way to securing these five basics that are yours already. They are just waiting to be cultivated for "the good." Think of others and how they feel, listen to their story, and be in the moment for them. Do kind things for no reason. Be a friendly human, and most of all, create a loving world one good
deed at a time.
Are you ready to boost your awareness? Why do it? It just so happens that that "awareness" is tied to your "good hormones" to make you healthier. So, take a walk today even if it is a short one with a walker, cane, or otherwise. While out in nature, be alive to all the different colors, from the simplest weeds to the immense trees. Make sure you are steady and take a look at the sky, the clouds, and through the branches of a tree. Take that moment to inhale slowly and deeply, then let it out slowly. Next, notice how a single little seedling can grow out of concrete. Some stunning flowers can actually grow in the snow and ice. How amazing is that? Hold a leaf in your hands and view the many veins throughout that appear to be in a perfect pattern. Now, with your eyes closed if you can, feel the wind and sun on your face and allow a moment to pass. Notice how the bugs you come across are living their lives, and this time, step over them. Listen to the birds and other sounds around you. Be aware of all the new growth fed by the soil and sun just as we are fed Vitamin D and necessary microbes to
co-inhabit this earth. We are all playing an essential part in this journey, called " life."
Love is, a new way of being, just by changing our perception of who we are and who we want to be. Loving ourselves is the first start and a desire to change the things we are not happy with. Love is, knowing that "you can do it" in your own way. Love is, embracing the earth by being more attuned to the world we live in. Love is, being aware of the many blessings we already have. Love is, caring for others in ways that are new to us. Love is, "seeing" the good in man and nature. Love is, using our senses to open our hearts to all that transpires. Love is, embracing positivity and healthy new habits. Today your love grows, as you consciously take part in
Re-Living this new journey.
It is the promise of a new day.
What is it, how do I get it
and do I need it?
Can a homeless person be as spiritual as a nurse or police officer? Yes, it does not matter what position you hold in life. It is not a belief in a god or a religion, but rather a sense of feeling & connection that there is something more significant in life other than ourselves. It's being aware of our spirit or soul instead of our physical being. It is developing a daily practice of gratitude for what we have. It is love for others and having values for the common good. It is a sense of peace within, humility, and a life purpose. It is connecting with the environment and those around us for a more positive, fulfilling life; therefore, we do need it.
NAMASTE' -spiritual oneness
What is it for you? With this years critical issues going on, comfort is essential. Besides bowls of ice cream, smoking, and drinking, what brings on those feel-good chemicals? Write them down, so you have choices when you need them. First of all, make it healthy and everything in moderation is vital!
Do you like to walk, take pictures, arts, or crafts? Do you enjoy calling friends, lounging in loose clothing with a good book? Were talking about mental and physical comfort, which ultimately are one and the same. Is it time to pull out those photo albums, or cut pictures out of a magazine to make a wish board? Car washing for some is a meditation, and for others, it might be petting your furry friend. If you take a few minutes to make a list, you will find you have many blessings that are comfort measures. Take a moment and put pen to paper, then keep them handy. They are medicine in Real form!
For some, just the word makes them nervous. In reality, change is all around us every day, in nature and all life. Like a flower or trees, we must blossom out to new information so we can be our healthiest. We must grow a little each day to keep ourselves functioning and mentally robust. New habits take time, so do not be hard on yourself. You must want to change and then create a plan. Write it down and commit to your desire. Tell others, keep notes, a planner, alarms, and a journal of your feelings. What is it that you want/need most? Change your attitude with positive self-talk, verbally morning and night, as well as using those excellent post-it notes. Put them on your refrigerator, headboard, cabinets, and mirrors. Let your playful side have fun with it. If you try and don't make it, restart or re-plan. Remember to learn from any failures positively. You can do it! Create your dreams!
They are called Totems, companions, animal guides, and more. For thousands of years, written text has pronounced animals of all kinds as "helpers" for you when you need them, based on the month you were born. The premise being, all of nature and living things are in us. If you go as far as quantum physics, you will see how the dust of the earth and the breath of each other is within us at all times. Let's take February, for instance. From the zodiac, it's the eagle. Native American is the otter; for Chinese, it's the dragon or snake. For many of these, it depends on the day of the month you were born. There are many others, but those above are the most used. Let this be a reflection for you to research more on your "helper." No need to go on a "vision quest" with psychedelics to get in touch with yours. For some of us, it gives us a sense of peace or belonging, someone to reach out to in times of joy and need. It helps us "be in the moment," to slow down and "Heal."
A Poem about "Writing"...
***The written word is often defended. Rather than applauded or assisted,
instead, it's offended.
***There are no "experts" that know it all; there are only specialists that often fall.
***The words of caring are given from the heart; there never meant to hurt, only help others re-start.
***The prose that is shared can be said in many ways,
Its goal is to brighten
someone's long days.
***A connection is made when letters come to life, while giving hope and wishes to decrease anothers strife.
***The moment the typed word is shared with the earth, is a moment for someone that's needing
a blessing & re-birth.
***So, let the pen's journey be without hurt or demise, while helping the fool to "see" - the positive re-direction with a pleasant surprise.
Pain comes in many forms. It is the body's way of letting you know there is something wrong. A lot of research has been done in the last ten years on how pain is perceived. They now know that there is no one single area of the brain, but multiple regions that pain comes from. We also know that anxiety, fear, and sadness can make the pain worse. Virtual reality is now being experimented with during surgery with good results. New studies are being done researching pain killers from other sources like snails and scorpions. And Music has been used for years now and shows promise. In the Jan. 2020 issue of National Geographic, they mention studies with rats with hypersensitivity to pain and found malfunctioning neurons. So you see, pain is more complicated than
we once thought. One thing for sure is that "basics" like proper diet, water, activity, attitude, and good sleep play a big part as well in how
It's called different names and is brought on by many different things. But our concern is not to put a "band-aid" approach on it. Instead, how are we going to change the feeling and get rid of it? Dr. Sears spoke recently on stress and the "toolbox" that we each need daily. That toolbox summons up our brain chemicals for good health ! Some of the highlights were "reframing," where a negative thought comes in, and you replace it with a happy feeling. "Don't dwell on it," he states, and "people who live longer are the ones that don't worry about it, if you can not change it." He says to "go outside and play" and to be a friendly, caring, positive person." You are what you tell your brain! It takes some work and motivation but it can become a healthy habit. He discussed that when you " walk it off and breath through your nose, you increase the good hormones, and while doing that, your nasal hairs (cilia) vibrate and release nitric oxide, which is a healing chemical." He also mentions, "saying five things morning and night that you are grateful for." This release of "good" chemicals are at your disposal. Among them are serotonin (happy), dopamine (pleasure), nor-epinephrine (energy), and GABA (relaxation). Figure out "YOUR" toolbox. This might mean sitting down with paper and pen to list what things work best for you. These are so simple and theres no need to create complex. Water, sleep, good diet, movement and good thoughts are tools also that can "HEAL."
What is it? Why do it? Unlike meditation with a verbal mantra and letting the mind empty, visualization is an excellent way to relax and share your thoughts with yourself. They may not make any sense like the picture above, but it's ok. Own the thought and play with it. It's yours to create and invite good thoughts and memories into it. Many of us put up poster boards on our walls of our "wants." This, on the other hand, is a simple flowing of playfulness, creativity, and wonder. Quite a few people use this to enhance their lives and their needs or wants, but those folks usually have a clear goal in mind. But "breathing visualization" gives you peace, positivity, clearing ugly thoughts, increasing blood flow, adding feel-good chemicals, and just like meditation, it can promote your health. All this by just sitting still, quiet, letting the flow of good in and the bad out, breathing slowly and deeply, through your nose, with eyes open or closed and seated comfortably. Silence the world around you by starting with a beautiful memory while building on that. Be silly, anything goes in this moment, even elephants and a dog on the bench watching the rain. I once knew a brilliant, 80-year-old gentleman that sat outside under a human-made waterfall and counted "Fractals." As well he would watch the bugs on the concrete and gaze into their life as they worked around him. This was his "visual," while he was "in touch" with the earth and body's innate power of healing.
Beauty / Touch / Love
Today I's like to offer you a different look at how the three are really one in itself. While listening to Dr. Chopra a few days ago, he discussed this in great detail. However, what I would like to impart on you today is the following, while trying to not sound like a new age guru. Beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder, but yet, most of us are so busy with our lives that we fail "to see." Beauty is everything that we can "touch" within and in our mind/body. Let's take a wrapper of food; for instance, for many, it is a "thing" to be discarded. But it can be touched with our eyes (mind/body) and seen as beauty, like it's coloring, textures, who processed the food, who worked with the wrapping of it, the person that stocked the shelves, the minerals, and vitamins that heal us. As well, the aroma is a sense of touch as with hearing the sound of cooking or slicing. A lot of love can be felt by the touching of the senses and our mind; therefore, something so simple is at our reach if we really want it. I used food and a wrapper for simplification. But, with all the stress going on now, we can touch the good in our mind, sense the beauty of what is happening on the flip side, and hope that these find love in our hearts to share with ourselves and others that need it so bad right now. Take a few minutes each morning to feel the gratitude of the good we do have and learn to push ourselves to "touch" the world one person, one day at a time. May you be blessed and safe and healthy with beauty in your heart for all.
This morning, let us share a moment of silence for all that have suffered and lost their lives in this COVID-Floyd sickness.
Silence to reflect on ALL wellness of the mind, body & spirit.
We need to take care of ourselves better and teach our children better, so a better world transpires tomorrow.
Wellness is all of the above, that makes us a happier, healthier person so that we treat others as we, ourselves, want to be treated.
Do not silence your thoughts, but instead organize them to put to good use to love our brothers and sisters all over the world.
Wellness of the earth begins with YOU !
Whether you are visiting your doctor or going to the hospital, you should be ready with your questions, your RX, and your concerns. They must be answered if you are to understand and follow their recommendations! What is the best way?
Be ready, plan ahead; find out how long your visit will be. Then come prepared.
If you are going to the hospital, you should have a Hospital bag ready and put it away with a checklist of what to throw-in at the last minute. As well, have a list of your meds, the doses, and frequency ready at all times in your wallet.
If it is a planned office visit, be sure to sit down the day before and write down your questions. Read them out loud to yourself, which reminds you of other items you might want to ask.
Tell your doctor when you meet them what your main symptoms and complaints are, and how long had them. Save the questions for later. Tell the doctor in the beginning that you have some questions to discuss after the exam. Always get your questions answered before you leave and take notes so you do not forget them later.
Being prepared makes it easier for them and you. After all, it is YOUR body.
Stay in the know!
Ok, so we may not all be able to squat anymore. But, thankfully, there are ways around this. Besides raised box beds, you can sit in a chair, pots on the porch, or hanging pots. There are also creative things like indoor plant beds and the "JuicePlus" plant tower. No matter how you do it, the benefits are excellent. It is increased circulation, range of motion, deeper breathing, being in the sun for Vit D, and much more. You are connecting with the earth, gaining immunity from the soil, and feelings of accomplishment. As well, what you grow, you can eat, or just enjoy the flowers while cultivating a living world for the bees we need for pollination. And remember that plants clean the air and provide oxygen. As well, the benefits of viewing them increases the "good" chemicals in our blood. What you harvest most likely has more nutrients than store-bought, that came from ???, traveled in a truck, unboxed at the grocery store and, then sits on the shelves for ??? Now is the time in May to help your health, have fun making new memories!
It's something we do all the time, and it seems so simple. But yet, specific steps are critical, that many of us miss. Water on, rinse hands, apply soap and scrub from wrists to hands front and back and then to fingers individually. All the while, keeping the hands pointed down and out of the water. Keep those soap bubbles going for about 20 sec. That's about the time you can sing happy birthday twice. Now rinse from wrist to fingertips, including under the nails with a scrubbing action, fingers still pointed down under the water. Soap slows down the spread of bacteria, but it's the "lifting away, scrubbing and rinsing" that gets rid of most. Once rinsed, shut the faucet off with a clean paper towel if you're not at home, then discard. Then use a clean paper towel to dry from wrists down to fingertips. At home, just be sure to change out that hand towel at least weekly, even better if more often. (same as kitchen towel). With COVID 19, gloves can help but are not 100% effective with the potential of nail and ring holes and shouldn't be used more than once. Best to wash after removal if you can, because "HOW" you remove them can infect you.
Better to be safe than sorry!
Remember hearing about your "funny bone." I think that was our elbow and hitting it was not so funny. However, there are "funny" chemicals in our system. They are called Endorphins, and when we laugh, smile, smell good things, hear pleasant sounds, and do things that make us feel good, it releases in our bloodstream. You do not have to "grow up" after a certain age. Being "child-like" can be in your favor. Remember those silly things that made us smile as a child? You can still use them to create
well-being in your physical health. These "Endorphins" are powerful and can assist in lowering many negative things going on in your physiology. They can counteract things like long-term cortisol elevation in day to day stress and help heal in potential diseases while increasing your immunity. You can be young at heart, have fun, laughter, and silliness while still being a contributing adult. And frankly, you will be easier to get along with. As well, you will get more accomplished with others if you can keep a smile and keep your cool in stressful situations. Finding a rainbow at the end of a frustrating time is not bad, and trying to be positive in the face of challenges will help everyone. Go ahead, make a silly face. It won't stay that way :)
How can something so abundant and simple, be so crucial to our wellness? Firstly, our bodies are made up of approx. 60-70% water depending on age, weight, and other factors. The type of water you drink is an ongoing debate that focuses on filtration, spring or distilled, how it is filtered or tap, cold or warm, and other questions too. Ayurvedic medicine suggests that the water should not be too cold for the body's proper physiologic response. And how much you should drink is another, suggesting that it be closer to half your body weight in ounces. One thing most can agree on is that it is needed to remove toxins and excess wastes from the body, thereby helping the kidneys. It lubricates joints, delivers oxygen, converts food, is a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord, regulates temperature, helps with manufacturing hormones and neurotransmitters, and forms saliva to start digestion in the mouth by its enzymes. Whew! That's a lot of dependence on water. Next time your hungry, try a glass of water first. Pick your favorite glass, and try adding lemon if you need to. It is alkaline and promotes digestion as well. While your researching what kind of water, just add one more glass a day.....cheers!
Having aides and wearing them are two different things. I get it! Been there, done that... but now the research is well known. If you have some but are not wearing them because ... "they pick up all noise, the batteries are too small to handle; you can't remember how to use them, or they are just too much of a fuss." Well, we have known for some time that the cilia (hearing hairs) in the ear get damaged without the aide use. Now, even more evidence shows that NOT wearing them kills off some brain cells, too, in a specific area of the brain. And those specialized brain cells are NOT replaceable like the ear cilia hairs. There seems to be a direct correlation between not wearing them and mild dementia. This may be due to the brain not using that area's cells for verbal conversation and hearing. This seems to be another "Use it or lose it" situation. There are always tools for our "necessary" hearing, even though most insurance companies do not pay for them. There are over the counter (OTC) aides for less than $35.00 nowadays. There's an ingenious device called a "Talk Box" that hangs like a necklace and has earbuds to use with them. This can also be used in the same fashion and is relatively inexpensive as well. We defiantly know they are not helping you while sitting in the bedside table either. You will be a happier person when you wear them and thereby can carry on a conversation. So, go find them and stop those cells from disappearing!
"97.3% THIS PERCENTAGE OF ADULTS WITH HEARING LOSS SHOWED IMPROVED COGNITIVE FUNCTION AFTER 18 MONTHS OF HEARING AID USE"
Touch for most of us is part of our makeup, our desire to show caring, love, and compassion. However, be aware that we touch others in different ways that can mean the difference in their lives for days or weeks. Sometimes "touching others" in our words can make the difference in the path they take and the goals they reach. For some, it can mean the difference between life and death. When we "give" with our words, a look, a smile, a kind gesture, we are giving them hope. "Touching" another's life does not need to be rewarded. It is the act of kindness that tells all.
Do one thing today for another, knowing you have made this world a better place, one person at a time.
You must be a baby boomer if you recognized the phrase above, :) Or as many say ...
"it looks like rabbit food." We often complain or moan about things we have not ever tried. Like salt on watermelon or peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich. Until, someone pesters you to "just take one bite."
Then lo and behold,
it spices up your tastes buds. For just one day, try something new. Reach out of that bubble we call familiarity and take a chance. There are so many healthy foods out there that are just waiting to be eaten. Many of them have tons of nutrients and vitamins. You know, those micro things that our body craves, but we don't listen to?
Go ahead, take a chance that it might be great!
Does talking to ones-self make the brain work better? Researchers, holistic health professionals, and coaches say yes. So here are some small bites of self-talk. Take a new one each week and repeat it often throughout the day or put it on "post-it" notes and place them in plain view throughout the house. They are generalizations, but real food for thought.
Like mind, like body is the rule. Neuro pathways and chemicals are shared,as well as the "second brain," the gut.
It all works "as one" in a feedback loop system. Just as working a muscle does; it activates all that is around it, in it and connected to it.
Go ahead, pick one and try it. It can only help your goals to
Is there more than one way to take blood pressures? YES AND NO. There is a reading that is performed by looking at the numbers on the gauge and feeling the radial pulse, but it Is used only in certain circumstances. As well, there are instances in an emergency or due to an injury when it is necessary to be done over the clothes, on the leg or lower arm. But, there is more to a "correct" reading than meets the eye. It can mean the difference in medication dosing or being started on meds. Nowadays, b/p measurements are taken by laypeople, and machines to measure them can be bought online. CNA's, MA's, RT's, LMT's, Respiratory therapists, Xray personal and many others carry out this procedure. And questions are still raised about the use of wrist b/p units and fully automatic ones while research continues on accuracy. There are some things though that can give us "invalid" or "poor"
results. The following tips are guidelines for getting the "BEST" b/p readings.
1. Allow 10-15 minutes at rest before taking a b/p and remain seated.
2. Push sleeve up so the clothing material is not under the cuff.
3. Try not to take a reading within two
hours after a meal.
4. Have your arm at Heart level, resting comfortably & not bent. 5. The arrow on the cuff or where the tubes come out should be 2 inches above the bend of the arm and the gauge attached to the cuff.
6. The stethoscope head should never be placed under the cuff and should lay Flat on the inner portion of the middle arm fold.
7. The cuff itself should be approximately 2/3 of the upper arm.
8. If for some reason, the person was unable to hear the b/p, they should either try the other arm or let the air out and try on the same arm in two minutes.
Education is golden !
What is balance? It includes the necessary things in life, as well as anything else that makes us happy. But, remember all things need to be in moderation, whether it is food, sleep, hobbies, or any job we do. Too much or too little can contribute to dis-ease, depression, and other issues. Take a few moments to think about your routine, your diet, your likes, and dislikes. Can an aversion that is necessary for our health be out of balance? Yes, defiantly! Is it possible to love something too much...of course! If you find yourself indulging in one thing too much that it is affecting your health, marriage, or life, then maybe its time to set some timers. Plan your day like you plan a grocery list until it becomes second nature. Put the alarm on something that makes you get up and physically turn it off. Make the alarm a tone or music that you enjoy hearing, but maybe just a tad too loud. Getting up reminds you of other things, and an alarm on your phone can have a written note as well. You are not getting rid of the over or under indulgence. It's just a gentle reminder that it's time to move on to something else for a while. Remember, "post-it" notes work excellent for this as well. As you go about your day, you see these and are reminded of other things. Just as quitting smoking or changing your eating plan takes time. Small steps in the right direction give you the nudge and feelings of accomplishment you deserve. You can do it. You can create change for the better. Don't give up and reward yourself for your steps in the right direction.
Some call this "Eye Candy." Others may state it's mother nature. One thing is for sure is that we can find beauty all things. Look at the dandelion weed for instance. All parts of the plant are said to be edible, the root, leaves, and the yellow flower itself. It also has very nutritious vitamins. The point being is how you look at things. Don't be so quick to judge based on what others say. As well, don't be in such a rush that you don't take the time to "see." As a new mom many years ago, I was amazed at how my daughter made me slow down to actually "see." She found beauty in what others don't see, because we are in too much of a rush. Next time you are outside, take a minute to SLOW down and "really look" at that leaf or sky or another. Be amazed once again, as you were when you were young. "Eye Candy" is "good chemicals" for your health and your mind
I'm still trying to finish this book of "Joy."
Why joy? The passion for writing this book started back in 2001 when I was a Director of Nursing for a retirement Inn. I was blessed to have met an 87 yr. old gentleman who was full of life, great thoughts, and love for all. He was one of the few in my life that made such an impact. How is it that one person can have such an effect on the way we think? Besides my grandfather, daughter, husband, and a nursing professor as role models... This man's thoughts need to be shared.
At 87, he was still seeing life, nature, and humans in an extraordinary way. Age is just a number, and we ALL have something to share with the world. So, go out and be part of that world change, where your thoughts are healing and enlightening to others way beyond what you might have imagined!
"Use it or Lose it," goes the old saying. How true it is! Your body depends on you to get exercise, but many say they can not, either due to pain or other problems. "Exercise" comes in many forms, even if you are on bed rest. I speak from 1st hand experience as well as knowledge. It is not easy, but it can be accomplished. "Exercise" or "Activity" is the movement of blood, chemicals, nutrients, and waste products. In bed, you can do a gentle range of motion (ROM) exercises with your body. Rolling side to side, lifting arms, finger touches, hip stretches, and so forth. Can't walk? Try chair exercises and use "soup" cans for weights. Standing, try using the counter for pushups or try lifting the cat for strength training :)
Without "activity," the chemicals of our body get lazy, and we suffer tremendously. Today... say "I CAN" and add something simple, but please don't not over-do it. Start small, and tomorrow add one more. Your body listens to you when you talk, and it responds!
Sometimes we get so busy with our own needs, that we forget that our life depends on others. From the paper we use for writing to our toilet paper, we are worried about running out of. Your existence depends on so many people, so let's not forget to do our part. That does not mean we have to tip everyone. However, the simple act of "giving" is at the root of caring. Blood donors or helping in a shelter food line are only two of the many things we can do to be of service. Even with COVID 19 still in our lives, there are many places that could use a helping hand. Your act of "caring" can make significant differences in other's lives. You will feel good about it as well. It's a win-win
blessing for all.
While COVID 19 has interfered With everyone’s lives, and for some, it has taken their livelihoods; there are some positive things that will remain. Most of us have gotten to spend precious time with our family. It has shown us what is really important in our lives and taught us that we do not need as much as we thought we did. We have now taken on a new appreciation of our fellow brothers and sisters and how we all need each other for even the simplest things. The joy that we hope comes out of all of this uncertainty is a greater understanding of our blessings and deeper caring for the world. Go out today and let someone know just how important they are!
I invite you to join me on YouTube as I re-introduce "YourPathsToWellness" and share what's new. Although this not-for-profit business was established in 2001, it has now taken on a whole new life of its own. Especially to help those not as fortunate in their healthcare goals.