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Saturday, February 28, 2015

 
Okay.  So today was a fail in this respect.  I ate one of these.  I saw it at the grocery store and saw that it was Cadbury.  You know...soon to be one of the chocolates we will not be able to but in the states anymore.  I tried to justify it by telling myself that it has a honey comb in the middle.  That makes it healthy, right?  It is not the normal chocolate bar....with that honey comb in there.  Well, tomorrow is another day.  Another day to get it right.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Savannah Bee Hand Creme

I lucked up and found the best hand crème that I have loved in quite some time.  I was at my local Earth Fare  store and they have an expansive selection of Savannah Bee products.  I have always know about the brand and  in the past the only thing I tried was a lip balm.  That was quite a few years ago and it was great. 

With the winter and me always cleaning, my hands have been just so rough recently.  Regular lotion several times a day was not doing the trick.  I saw the hand crème and decided to bite the bullet and buy it.  Pricey for me, it was $10.  I love it. Besides smelling great, it is creamy and is full of moisture.  The bees wax helps to seal in the moisture.  I have been using it for a week now and I can already tell a difference.  It is all natural and it hydrates! If you come across it, purchase!  You will not be disappointed!  My hands don't sound like sandpaper anymore!


You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tart Cherry Juice

Tart cherries are bursting with the antioxidant benefits of five different anthocyanins, as noted by the University of Michigan Health System. Antioxidants from tart cherries are readily absorbed and keep your bloodstream antioxidants elevated for up to 12 hours after you've eaten them. A study published in the August 2004 issue of the journal "Behavioural Brain Research" found that tart cherry anthocyanins may reduce joint pain and inflammation. In the animal study, doses of 400 milligrams per kilogram body weight of anthocyanins produced comparable benefits to the prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin. Researchers concluded that the pain-relieving benefits of tart cherry may due to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of anthocyanin compounds.

Drinking even small quantities of Montmorency tart cherry juice has been linked to decreased levels of uric acid in the blood along with a key biomarker for inflammation, known as C-reactive protein, according to a pair of new studies.
Cherries have been revered for their anti-inflammatory properties for years. Tart cherries, specifically, were declared in 2012 to have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food. Prior research has found tart cherry juice can cut inflammation levels in lab rats by as much as 50 percent.
I have recently begin to drink tart cherry juice and I can tell a difference!  Less pain for me. Food is medicine.  The older I get I come to realize this is true!\
You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

About Turmeric

I have just begun doing my research on turmeric and its use as an alternative medicine.  It grows wild in and is the forests of Asia and is a herbaceous plant.  The root can be dried and ground up or used whole like ginger. I have never used it whole, just the powder.  It is mainly used as a spice for cooking in Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern foods.

Turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years to cure liver ailments, stomach problems and skin problems.  Turmeric has been shown to be effective in treating inflammatory illnesses also.  I think now that there are clinical trials being done to see if it is effective in treating cancer.

I am even more convinced that food is medicine and can be used to treat our ailments.  Food can also be a preventative measure if we take the time to eat the right way to heal our bodies.


You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tumeric! It Works!


I have always heard that food is medicine but I have not really paid that any attention until now.  Recently I have been having joint pain, maybe even a little gout as I have not been the healthiest in the past year.  I read quite a few articles on turmeric and found that it may reduce pain.  So I thought I would try.  As you may know from an earlier post I am into oil pulling.  That works.

So this past Saturday I went to my local Earth Fare and bought some turmeric supplements.  This is day 2 and I swear the relief has been almost magical!  I will be taking this for a while.  The achy pain I was feeling is just about gone!  I can hardly believe it worked so fast but it has! 

Here is a little research about the benefits.

What the Doctor Says:
This orange and yellow spice, famous for its extensive use in South Asian cuisine, also has anti-inflammatory properties. Dr. Santos recommends it frequently to patients complaining of sore and achy joints, and uses it herself to relieve pain in her joints from sports and exercise.
“I use a lot of turmeric in my practice,” she said. “It’s an amazing spice. Usually what I do is I make sure nothing else is going on, that it’s just plain old inflammation from wear and tear.”
While many people may encounter turmeric only in curry dishes and South Asian restaurants, Dr. Santos advises her patients to find it in health food stores in pill or capsule form. She recommends a dose of 1,000 milligrams a day. The benefit of buying it in a bottle, she said, is that it’s usually combined with a compound called piperine, which aids absorption.
“In India, whenever they use turmeric they usually have pepper in the meal,” said Dr. Santos. “Piperine is a pepper. It helps the turmeric get absorbed so that it goes into your bloodstream versus staying in your gut.”
Dr. Santos said she recently suggested to her father that he try turmeric after an operation on his hip. He was undergoing rehab and was experiencing pain and stomach issues, another area in which the use of turmeric has been studied.
“He was skeptical,” she said. “But he called me up a few days later and said he was pain-free.” 
 



You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

First of This New Year

Where am I?  Still weighing more than I should.  Still not exercising enough and I really need to step it up.  I signed up for the Cooper Rover Bridge Run this year...to walk with a friend and that day will soon be here.  If I do not start walking daily, I will have to cancel out.  I will not be able to make it. 

That's bad.  I can do more but now, just not that motivated.  I used to be.  I used to be a gym rat that spent about 2 hours daily at the gym.  Loved every minute of it.  I can see that immobility is a vicious cycle.  If you do not get off the couch, you do not WANT to get off the couch. 

I feel  a personal intervention is needed.  I need to do better.  It will be a daily challenge but I need to get the exercise in  daily. I need to shoot for daily because some days due to my work schedule I will  not make it. 

I still have a closet full of skinny clothes.  I will not get rid of those.  They are what I will be wearing when I loose the pounds.  I just gotta get off the sofa.  I just gotta!




You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Saturday, August 02, 2014

CHRYSALIS: Oil Pulling Explained

CHRYSALIS: Oil Pulling Explained: Well,  a few weeks ago I saw a show on Dr. Oz where he was talking about oil pulling and other mystical treatments.  I have tried this and it really works.  Check out the article.  It is worth a reblog!  Oil pulling works!


You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.~~Unknown~~

Sweat is Fat Crying!

Hello blog!  It has been a while.  I am back.  I have found my muse and a little motivation too.  I plan to get back on track with the exercise and getting more active.  That is my issue.  Not enough motion in my day.  I need to get up and get moving and I plan to make an effort to do that.  Right now I think that my weight is getting the best of me.  Weight on a bad knee is not good.  So I think I will have to fight thru the pain to better rewards! 

The time to fight fat is now.  What is it that I hear people at the gym saying?  SWEAT IS FAT CRYING!  So get ready to cry FAT!  It is on!



You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Watching the Food


Food. Can't live with it and can't live without it.  I have been making a great effort not cut down on the calories and I feel thinner.  Really.  I think it will be just  matter of continued discipline till the pounds begin to come off.  I have made a great effort to cut out all sweets and have just about eliminated all drinks to nothing but water.  I really have to get the weight off. Doctors orders.  The last time I went in to see him was about a month ago.  He suggested I start going to weight watchers but right now I cannot afford it.  You have to pay for that of course.

Me?  I plan to do it the old fashion way.  Eating less and sweating it off. The gym and I think eating only 80% of your food. Stop at 80% no matter what is on your plate and no eating after 8pm.  Everything after that turns to fat.  I will be much slimmer by summer and I want to feel in much better health.  I am finally on the right track! 

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder. ~~Unknown~~