Early or Skipping Dinner Healthier for You?

Can eating an early dinner, or skipping dinner altogether, be healthier for you? A new study shows results that are significant for health benefits when you do so.

 

 

“The first human test of early time-restricted feeding found that this meal-timing strategy reduced swings in hunger and altered fat and carbohydrate burning patterns, which may help with losing weight. In early time-restricted feeding (eTRF), people eat their last meal by the mid-afternoon and don’t eat again until breakfast the next morning. The findings were unveiled during an oral presentation today at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.”

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Does Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Mist Really Work?

In a previous post titled “Ahhh Lavender!” I shared about my wonderful find in the Keys Creek Lavender Farm. One of my purchases was the Lavender Stress Relief Mist, which I’ve now had the delight to try out and I can truly say I LOVE it!

Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Mist!

One of the things I love about it is that when you spritz it on, the fragrance lasts for a long time, and it smells so very, very lavender, it is truly lovely. I take deep breaths in and enjoy it so much. Before I’ve even realized it, I’m snoozing, no matter how fast my thoughts are coming, or how many problems I’m trying to solve, or the hour of the night, it works before I’m  even are aware it’s working.

An example was the other night, when I had a few work things on my mind, good things which needed to have just the right sort of creativity to bring about my desired result. Creative juices flowed, even overflowed. Add to this that someone very dear to me decided to take a red eye flight across country. When my head met my pillow, dear one was 31,000 feet in the air. I wasn’t worried, but the thought of it was uncomfortable, and checking the flight tracker app on my phone from bed wasn’t as soothing as a lullaby, right?

So I spritzed a full spritz of my Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Spray and in no time I was fast asleep. Know how I knew it worked quickly? I woke up 5 hours later, just in time for dear one’s landing, watched the landing, did another spritz and, voila!, quickly back to sleep.

The best thing was I woke with no “cotton head” but a clear head and renewed energy for the day!

 

Flannel or Fleece Sheets?

Have any of you slept in flannel or fleece sheets? If so, how do you like them? What are the pros and cons of each? Sleep is so important to our health and beauty. It’s a big deal for me to be comfortable at night to help me drift off, and stay warm and cozy through the night to wake up refreshed and ready to meet each day.

Flannel Sheets

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The Value of a Vision

What is Your Vision?https://blog.intercom.com/why-startups-need-a-strong-vision/

My mind quickly conjures up a scene of a  watercolor artist sitting before an easel with a pure white canvas background. Brush in hand, colors and water jar ready, he sees the story he will tell with his strokes before the brush even touches the canvas. He knows the background colors he will use, where the focal point will be, and what the finished painting will look like.

Vision is very important to how we proceed in life, what we accomplish in the fruits of our labor and how we will be remembered. What we choose as a career, or not. Do we marry? How we raise our children and what the direction we point them in. How do we see our seasons of life? What does retirement look like? How do we weather the unexpected storms? Does our vision continue on without us, after we are gone?

I’m seeing fruits on different fronts, standing aside to watch seedlings bud and blossom, and creating new visions where life has provided an unexpected turn in the road.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29.18, a proverb of wise King Solomon. When we have a vision, we have a focus, a direction, a plan, a path and hope to see it come to pass.

 

One Stop Ear Infection Treatment

Soon the days of fighting toddlers to get them to take their antibiotics for an earache will be over! A new form and method of a single application antibiotic gel, applied directly into the ear canal, has been shown to be a treat inner ear infections completely.

“A single-application bioengineered gel, squirted in the ear canal, could deliver a full course of antibiotic therapy for middle ear infections, making treatment of this common childhood illness much easier and potentially safer, finds a preclinical study led by Boston Children’s Hospital in collaboration with investigators at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The findings were published September 14, by the journal Science Translational Medicine.”

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Ahhhh, Lavender!

I love lavender for it’s soothing, calming properties. Are you seeing it popping up everywhere? In soaking salts, sleep mists, oils, and food, lavender is sneaking into our daily lives and providing a lovely peace to it!

Looking for a lavender farm to visit earlier this spring, I began an online search for ones nearby. The one I kept going back to and fell in love with is Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center, California. I have still to visit, but I recently purchased some of their lovely products.

http://kclfarm.com/

Photo of Keys Creek Lavender Farm from their website – this lovely Lavender Farm is in Valley Center, California

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My Peaceful Place

Need to find your peaceful place? When things start swirling around faster and faster, I begin to stress and sigh more. That’s when I know I need to find a peaceful place, for my heart, my mind, and my spirit. Today, I knew I needed to find mine. I like the mountains, as they help me know there is someone bigger than I am, who has everything under control.

http://travel55.co.uk/holiday/austrian_alps_coach_holidays_westendorf_shearings

The Italian Dolomites

Twice today, this Bible verse, found in the Isaiah 26.3, came across in my readings: “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” KJV

Another translation:

“People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.” The Message translation.

He is my sure thing. I hope this helps you find peace in the midst of your storm today.

xo

Treat Depression by Correcting Metabolic Imbalances

The mental health of children and adolescents is now on the forefront of medical providers who are seeing an increase in depression and suicide ideation. With early intervention, many are helped through cognitive behavioral therapy, together with mindfulness stress reduction, regular exercise and alternative therapies like acupuncture and yoga, hoping to avoid medication unless necessary.

http://www.sarahchanaradcliffe.com/helping-depressed-child/

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have completed an interesting study of young people with significant depression who are not responding to therapy and medication.

“Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. [Read more…]

Go Nuts to Calm Inflammation!

Did you know eating nuts can calm inflammation in your body? Me either! I’ve always loved nuts, but viewed them as fat, to consume as little as possible or face the scales. The past few months, I have added nuts to my diet and haven’t seen the weight gain I feared, thankfully, love the feeling of fullness and added crunch and flavor in my snacks or by themselves.  Along comes a new study with wonderful news of what consuming nuts can do for your health.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/20/pancreatic-cancer-prevention-eat-nuts-reduce-risk_n_4821741.html

Nuts to Help Calm Your Body’s Inflammation!

“In a study of more than 5,000 people, investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that greater intake of nuts was associated with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation, a finding that may help explain the health benefits of nuts. The results of the study appear July 27 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

If you were asked to participate in the study, which nuts would you like to eat regularly? Almonds? Walnuts? Cashews? Pecans? Pine Nuts? I’m in love with cashews right now. Have bags of them stored in a variety of places so I never have to go far to ward off hunger pains with a quick handful. I’ve also found a great “Paleonola” nut mixture that I mix into my greek yogurt every morning.

“Population studies have consistently supported a protective role of nuts against cardiometabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and we know that inflammation is a key process in the development of these diseases,” said corresponding author Ying Bao, MD, ScD, an epidemiologist in BWH’s Channing Division of Network Medicine. “Our new work suggests that nuts may exert their beneficial effects in part by reducing systemic inflammation.”

Since increasing my consumption of nuts in exchange for cookies, I’ve not seen a major weight loss, and will be curious to see how my cholesterol and triglyceride levels will change when I have them drawn again in a few months.

“After adjusting for age, medical history, lifestyle and other variables, they found that (the 120,000 Registered Nurse) participants who had consumed five or more servings of nuts per week had lower levels of (inflammatory biomarkers) than those who never or almost never ate nuts. In addition, people who substituted three servings per week of nuts in place of red meat, processed meat, eggs or refined grains had significantly lower (inflammatory biomarker) levels, as well.”

What do you think? Are these results enough to encourage you to add nuts to your diet?

Excerpts and quotes taken from an article in  Science Daily. com

Butter, Our Friend

Butter. The butter dish in my childhood home always held a full cube, softened at room temperature, so soft that my little brother would swipe his finger into it, then dip his butter gloved-finger into the sugar bowl on the way to his mouth.

http://gretchensbakery.com/butter-101/

Butter makes everything taste better when you cook with it, add it to your baking, or layer it on tasty browned bread. Now scientific research is showing that it is not the culprit to blame your clogged arteries on any longer.

(Researchers at) “Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus (provided this) Summary: An epidemiological study analyzing the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and mortality finds that butter was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with heart disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes.” ScienceDaily

Amazingly wonderful news! Not associated with heart disease, and a protective association with diabetes, which means it could help lower the risk of diabetes. Julia Childs was right all along, enjoying life and eating everything in buttery splendor to her hearts content!

 

Healthy Diet Keeps Aging Women Mobile

Who knew that a healthy diet plays such an important role in keeping women able to take care of ourselves and able to stay mobile as we age? Mobility is being able to complete your activities of daily living. Activities include maintaining personal hygiene, being able to move without impairment to shop and cook for yourself, go for a walk, or enjoy an active social life.

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Healthy Salad

“In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing impaired physical function as they age.”

Francine Grodstein, ScD, senior author of the study and a researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH made an appearance in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.  Her research gathered data from over 50,000 nurses from 1992 to 2008, looking at the quality of diet and the maintaining of independent mobility.

“The data indicate that women who maintained a healthier diet were less likely to develop physical impairments compared to women whose diets were not as healthy. They also found a higher intake of vegetables and fruits, a lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans-fats, and sodium, and a moderate alcohol intake, were each significantly associated with reduced rates of physical impairment. Among individual foods, the strongest relations were found for increased intakes of oranges, orange juice, apples and pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts. However, researchers noted specific foods generally had weaker associations than the overall score, which indicates that overall diet quality is more important than individual foods.”

My Takeaway

I prefer apples, blueberries, cantaloupe and pineapple for my fruit. For veggies, it’s broccoli, asparagus, all colored salad greens (arugula, spinach, romaine, and butter lettuce), beets, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce. It’s hard to keep away from the sweets some days. I will be adding walnuts now that I know they are the nuts to keep me moving!

 

(Quotes from Science Daily.)

Prevent Blisters with Paper Tape

Feet blisters can happen to runners, walkers, workers or anyone whose shoes repetitively rub against the skin. Very painful, even leading to bleeding, and potential for infection, blisters can put an end to moving on your feet until the pain subsides and healing ensues.

An emergency medicine physician from Stanford University, Dr. Grant Lipman, looked for a method to better prevent them. He must have treated many long distance runners in his Emergency Room, or was a long distance runner himself, who wanted to find a better solution to prevent blisters from developing in the first place.

The solution he found was super simple, inexpensive and readily accessible. [Read more…]

New Cell Phone App for Palpitations

Some of us have heart palpitations, or skipped beats, throughout our lives. Others, have them begin with advancing age or menopause. Recording them over a 24 hour, or longer, period so your cardiologist can determine if they are serious enough for medication or treatment has always been done with a wearable device. Usually called a Holter Monitor, it’s like wearing a cell phone with wires attached to electrodes adhered to your chest for 24 hours. No showering during the recording, and you need to record your activities throughout the day, especially when you feel your heart doing odd things in your chest. You will need to take it back to your doctors office when you’re done, as someone else is waiting to wear it (and not shower for a day), right after you.

http://www.bgr.in/news/new-smartphone-app-to-help-cardiac-patients-monitor-heart-beats/

AliveCorApp

Now arrhythmia monitoring just got a whole lot easier! When I went for a routine checkup to my cardiologist, he told me to get an app that would record whenever I have an event of palpitations. An app???? Wait! What? [Read more…]

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…]

Like Feeling Full?

When it comes to feeling full, not all foods are created equal. Did you know there are foods that fill you up in a way that satisfies hunger and keeps you feeling full longer?

As I was browsing Dr. David B Samadi’s blog today, I enjoyed his recently published blog post titled 7 foods filling you up without weighing you down.

http://samadimd.com/food-and-diet/2016/4/14/7-foods-filling-you-up-without-weighing-you-down

“7 Foods Helping to Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down!” By Dr. David B. Samadi

It was such a great read, I’m sending you all over there today, and please let us know which foods you like, and how they work for you as far as fullness and satisfying hunger goes.

My favorite is #7 which I enjoy just about every morning!

 

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