Celebrating Accomplishments

Celebrating accomplishments is a definite must! One of my children has graduated college so let the celebration begin. I’m taking the grad (and his sister) on a little sight seeing trip we will all enjoy.

My goals for honoring and celebrating big achievements (like college graduation) – must be first rate, no worrying about diets, cost of a taxi, eating really low budget or staying somewhere cheap.

I’m saying how proud I am by treating him royally and creating an opportunity for making some fun memories. He gets to select where we go and where we eat each day, although I did do a little pre-planning as some sight seeing locations needed advanced reservations.

While I may skip a week of posting, I will share where we went and some of what we did when I return!

Congratulations to graduates everywhere!

Chocolate Prevents Insulin Resistance?

More findings about how great chocolate is for your health! A study from the University of Warwick has shown that daily consumption of chocolate – and I would guess it would be a darker chocolate  – can potentially aid in preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.

http://thesoupblog.com/?attachment_id=1855

Dark Chocolate Chips!

What a wonderful finding! I love chocolate – the darker the better – and I am seeing my hemoglobin A1C beginning to climb. If you haven’t had yours checked yet, you should. HgbA1C is a measure of how well your blood sugars are consistently controlled over a period of weeks rather than a one time blood sugar measurement. I shows how you are doing overall in trending toward diabetes or staying on the road of good blood sugar control.

These research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine. [Read more…]

Blueberries May Help Relieve Depression

Depression is becoming more and more common, at younger ages. You don’t have to have been in combat to experience it. Many young people have faced traumatic life situations from family stress, bullying, to unexpected crises in health or relationships, and more. The skills and support needed for young persons to successfully cope with post traumatic stress, as well as for any one at any age, can be difficult to acquire. Pharmacological treatments have side effects, which can add to difficulty in coping and optimizing one out of depression.

http://worldtruth.tv/eat-blueberries-to-live-a-longer-life/

Beautiful, Healthy Blueberries!

Enter blueberries.

“For many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), available medical treatments offer only limited relief. In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with the disorder.” [Read more…]

My Morning Routine for Success

How would you like to leave your home each morning relaxed and as fully prepared as you can be for the day ahead? Yes, we all know that unexpected happens, but if you have a routine it will provide the confidence and calm to withstand almost anything that comes your way. It will give you the best chance of a day that flows as peacefully as possible.

1. Rise & Shine. Awaken before the sun rises so I can watch it fill the sky with beauty. Take slow deep breaths, express gratitude for the day ahead, my health, and my eyes which are able to take in the beauty before me.

This morning’s beautiful sunrise!

2. (Optional) Oil Pulling.  This is something I put in my routine about a year and a half ago. My teeth are whiter, gums have stopped receding and are healthier, sinuses are clearer and I’m staying very healthy. [Read more…]

Online Shopping Tip

The other day, when I was in Costco for an eye exam, I had the most lovely experience! The waiting room was filled to overflowing, the wait long, but my optometrist had Andrea Bocelli playing which was very smart of her. Then I started to chat with a woman who was getting anxious with the long wait, as she needed to be home for her new dishwasher delivery. Which was the beginning of our conversation.

http://www.montvalehealth.com/womens-wellness/

Chatting in the Waiting Room

What woman does not get excited for a new dishwasher? Turns out she has three sons, one majoring in electronic dance motion, one wanting to be a professional drummer, and one hoping to be admitted to Juliard. She has her plate full. We had such a lovely and very funny conversation, with Andrea in the background, that when she was called I was very sad to see her go! [Read more…]

Autumn

Living in a drought-stricken area means we’ve had a few years of dry and warmer-than-usual weather. Believe it or not, we do get fall colors here when our normal cold, rainy season is upon us. This year, the leaves have dried up and died before they could turn a pretty hue of yellow, orange, or red.

Sigh. Sweaters, jackets. I do so love fall. Watching leaves turn their vibrant hues, then fall to the ground, calling in the coldness of winter, blankets, hot mugs of yummy drinks, soup, and chili.  Mmmm.

So here are a few photos I’m meditating on which help me feel like we’ve had just a little bit of fall! [Read more…]

What to Give for a Goodbye Gift?

Two colleagues have recently made decisions to move their careers forward in different directions. What do you give someone as a going-away gift?

One is from England, so I’m thinking maybe this sweet tea cup and saucer, with a sampling of calming teas…

http://imlookingfabulous.com/2014/09/25/oil-pulling/

Lovely Tea Cup and Saucer – found on Etsy – click to purchase.

Or a lovely Sugar Scrub – maybe too personal? [Read more…]

Oil Pulling Results

It’s been one full year since I began oil pulling, and I’m very excited to share my results! First, this is what I have done for the past year, missing only one day:

First thing each morning, swished and “pulled” one full teaspoon of Organic Coconut Oil around and through my teeth for 10 – 20 minutes. (You can read more about the what and how of oil pulling in my post “Oil Pulling.”)

I must also tell you that after a few months, I had my teeth cleaned and my dental hygienist said my gums looked noticeably healthier, but I shouldn’t expect the recession to grow back.  She then had the oral surgeon stop by to examine my gums and provide a consultation. [Read more…]

Tour de Life

Each year, I enjoy following the Tour de France to observe the weeks of rigorous competition, yet more so for the scenery. There are the quaint little towns surviving hundreds of years and many wars, as well as the lush fields of flowers and row upon row of vineyards. The tree canopied country roads, narrow city streets and dangling mountain paths are relaxing, sometimes breathtaking, as I sit in my comfy chair with my feet up. I can’t even imagine the test of strength and endurance the riders go through day after day for three full weeks.

This year’s path traveled some very interesting terrain, and got me to thinking about the analogy to life. We are all on a “tour” or journey of life.

Everyone begins so beautifully, fresh as blossoming flower – or two!

http://madminerva.blogspot.com/2011/07/bonjour-2011-tour-de-france-is-here.html

Sunflower Fields Along the Tour de France

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Two Minutes to Health!

2 Minutes to Health!

You’ve heard that consistently sitting for extended periods of time is a death sentence, right?  Now there is a bright spot in that darkness, as a team of researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine have discovered by adding a bit of exercise for as little as two minutes every hour, we can extend our life expectancy. If you’re anything like me, immediately a picture flashed before your eyes  of walking “vigorously” to the break room for a cup of coffee and pastry! NO! It means moving around expending a bit of energy for a couple of minutes, sans eating! [Read more…]

Probiotics = Less Sad Thoughts?

Probiotics = Less Sad Thoughts. How does that work?

Struggle with the “the cup is half empty” voices in your head? Tend to focus on unpleasant thoughts or feelings continually looking at the negative side of life? Besides snapping a rubber band on your wrist for each negative thought, there’s an easier way to set the foundation for more optimistic thoughts and conversations going on throughout your day. [Read more…]

What is a Concierge Nurse?

Concierge Nursing: What is it all about?

Have you experienced concierge services when you’ve traveled and stayed in a hotel? The concierges are sharp, and have a world of information at their fingertips – or in their heads, and can “Connect the Dots” for you in no time at all. Make a reservation, direct you to an unknown destination, arrange transportation or book a tennis partner for a quick set!

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Social Jetlag

How does Social Jetlag affect you?

We know not getting enough sleep, having poor quality sleep, awakening unrefreshed while still tired is not healthy. If your poor quality and lack of sleep is caused by working hours that don’t match the natural rhythms of your internal body clock, this is being referred to as ‘Social Jetlag.’

Now, researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 12 that sleep and workers’ general well-being could be improved if work schedules took workers’ biological clocks into account.” [Read more…]

Healthier Hearts Come from Being Optimistic

Good news for everyone who sees the cup as half full – your heart is healthier than those who see it as half empty! A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published in Health Behavior and Policy Review which looked at the relationship between optimism and cardiovascular health found there to be a positive correlation. A correlation of as much as  double the chance of being heart healthy than their pessimistic friends.

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3418-entrepreneurs-healthier.html

Healthy Heart – Healthy You!

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Going to Sleep Early Might Help You Worry Less, Be Happier

Do you have trouble with repetitive negative thoughts? Do you go to sleep late at night and sleep in short intervals? A newly published study has found that going to sleep late, and sleeping in short intervals can increase worrying and anxiety.

http://www.universalhealthcarespecialists.com/best-sleeping-position-for-spinal-health/

Restful Sleep is the Goal!

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