Tuesday, March 05, 2013
I have some ridges that are the length of my thumbnails. I was curious as to whether this is something to worry about or not...after all, things like our fingernails give clues to our general health and sometimes reveal specific issues we need to address.
I have looked this up before, but need a memory refresher now and then. Apparently, as we age, developing vertical ridges is not unusual. One site said that the first thing to consider is dehydration....and recommends drinking LOTS of water to rehydrate from the inside out. It also recommended nourishing the nails with moisture from the outside...topically applying moisturizer especially for nails and cuticles.
So, we DO need to drink that water..even for our fingernails. If you develop horizontal ridges or odd coloring in your nails...be sure to investigate..these can be alarm signals to more serious issues.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Another email entry...sent to ME by someone special in my life.
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day,
drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As
they talked about life, about marriage, about the
responsibilities of life and the obligations of
adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her
glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance
upon her daughter..
'Don't forget your sisters,' she advised, swirling
the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll
be more important as you get older. No matter how
much you love your husband, no matter how much you
love the children you may have, you are still going
to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now
and then; do things with them.'
'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women...
your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other
women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women
What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman
thought. Haven't I just gotten married?
Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a
married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely
my husband and the family we may start will be all I
need to make my life worthwhile!'
But she listened to her mother. She kept contact
with her sisters and made more women friends each
year. As the years tumbled by, one after another,
she gradually came to understand that her mother really
knew what she was talking about. As time and nature
work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman,
sisters are the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living in this world,
here is what I've learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Colleagues forget favors.
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how
many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away
than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you
have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life
will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on,
praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on
your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you....Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters,
daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers,
Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended
family: all bless our life!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and
neither would I.. When we began this adventure called
womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or
sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still. Pass this on
to all the women who help make your life meaningful.
I just did. Short and very sweet:
Friday, March 01, 2013
From Better Homes and Gardens February 2012 Page 160...the rest of the power foods listed (first few in previous blog).
Dark Greens Leafy piks such as kale, collard greens, and mustard greens are especially nutritious when steamed. Serve them with a splash of vinaigrette, or chop and use them as a quick nutrition booster in dishes such as baked ziti and meat loaf.
Good Source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients.
Beans Here's a weet tip: Next time you're craving brownies, drain, rinse, and puree a 15 oz can of black beans with 1/4 cup water and use in place of eggs and oil. Only your heart will notice the swap.
good Source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients.
Nuts For the biggest dose of phytonutrients, nibble whole nuts that have their papery skins intact, such as almonds and walnuts. To control calories, keep each serving to about 1/2 cup.
Good Source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients, unsaturated fats.
OATS In almost any form, this whole grain lowers bad cholesterol and helps control appetite. Try nutty steel-cut oats in a pilaf or use oat flour to replace a quarter of the all purpose flour in recipes.
Good Source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients.
Olive Oil. This kitchen staple has a low smoke point - also the point at which its nutrients begin to break down - so when you're using it in a hot dish, add it at the end of cooking.
Good Source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, unsaturated fats.
Pure Pomegranate Juice Add this swet-tart juice to sparkling water, or blend it with berries and low-fat yogurt for a perfect smoothie. It has three times the antioxidant power of red wine.
Good Source of antioxidants, electrolytes, phytonutrirents.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The article says that it is true that the way to one's heart really is through the stomach. They also suggest we should not worry about what we shouldn't eat, but should focus on what we SHOULD eat. We can make a positive difference for our heart with just upping the intake of a few critical nutrients.
Here are some to consider (all info either quoted or in summary from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine February 2012 page 160)
"Berries Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries...they're all heart healthy gems. Out of season, buy them frozen, microwave until warm, and spoon onto oatmeal, crepes and even grilled meat.
Good source of antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients."
"Chia Seeds They're not just for novelty planters. These tiny seeds are essentially flavorless and don't require grinding, making them an easy addition to anything from rice pilaf to lean burger patties.
Good source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients, unsaturated fats."
"Broccoli Broccoli loses nutrients when boild or left too long in the fridge, so try it steamed or roasted until crisp tender, ideally within a few days of uying it.
Good source of antioxidants, fiber, electrolytes, phytonutrients."
"Fish Get hooked on wild salmon, herring, and rainbow trout, three great catches that are low in containants. To please picky eaters, slip fish into favorite dishes such as tacos.
Good source of antioxidants, unsaturated fats."
More tomorrow (or soon)
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