Monday, March 26, 2012
There has been a forum on DWD team recently talking about food good for sleep. I found this online this morning. I copied a bit of it here to give you an idea and the link will take you to the full article which suggests some interesting combinations of the ingredients.
Almonds: A handful contains muscle-relaxing magnesium and sleep-inducing tryptophan, which increases the brain's level of feel-good serotonin.
Bananas: Beneath the peel is a trifecta of soothers: serotonin, magnesium, and melatonin, your body's natural sleep regulator. (Here's another health benefit of sleep.)
Skim milk: Mom was right -- a warm glassful will help you sleep better. The milk's tryptophan has a sedating effect. Plus, it's calcium that helps your brain use that tryptophan.
Oatmeal: Oats are rich in sleep-regulating melatonin. If you drizzle just a little honey on top, it tells your brain to turn off orexin, a neuropeptide linked to alertness.
Whole-wheat bread: A slice of toast dotted with banana slices releases insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain. There it changes into serotonin and whispers, "Sweet dreams."
Mix and match the following for-a-good-night's-sleep foods from EatingWell:
Friday, March 23, 2012
We are spending a long weekend, Thursday through Sunday with DD friend's in a city convenient for all of us, but where only one friend lives. We stay in a nearby motel and the friends sleep at the two bedroom apartment that is party central.
They all love to cook and we had a delightful meal this evening with great food, great wine and much laughter. The age range around the dinner table was 24 to 68 and there was no generation gap at all.
I believe one of the greatest joys in life is becoming friends with your adult children. And now her delightful friends consider us adjunct parents... to the extent that they were miffed when we sent pictures from our recent trip to Panama only to our biological kids. They want to be included. We love them all and love enjoying life with them. We are blessed and I can only wish the same sort of blessing to everyone.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Great quote I just ran into today:
“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.” ~Unknown
The article didn't have anything to do with health, weight control, etc. However, it reminded me of so many blogs and posts I have read and written. We seem so ready to beat ourselves up instead of unclenching our fists, opening our hands and patting ourselves on the back.
My goal for the rest of this month is to mentally and emotionally pat myself on the back at least three times each day for something I have accomplished or something I haven't done that would have been disastrous or maybe just a step in the wrong direction.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I recently read a wonderful article on line www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/2112 titled me talk pretty. The article in full fascinated me, but the three questions in the title of this blog really stood out.
Whenever I think I have something I need to say, I plan to mentally ask myself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? and then decide if I need to say it.
I wonder what would happen if politicians, teachers, students, business people, diplomats, if everyone asked those questions before they spoke?
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