Monday, March 16, 2009
Hey, all of you people out in cyber territory! I am so happy that I have these four mini-goals that I got the idea for from Jibbie. She is doing well with her program! I am finally entering in all of my food piece by piece and I have most all of my new food choices nutritional value entered also. There were quite a few on my favorites list. I am cutting way back on fat in foods and when I bake and cook, I am adapting the new recipes to the new types of food I intake. I feel like a chemist again. My son has a chemical engineer and he and I went into a long discussion once on how it takes being a chemist to do this kind of tracking and adapting recipes. He did all his own cooking in college and he had a system like I'd never heard of. He was an engineer like my son is, but this guy, Andy, was a....you guessed it, a Chemical Engineer! I always loved chemistry so I ran with it. I have been given the Weight Watcher's Diabetic Diet! I was told by my doctor that the WW diet was designed by a woman who was diabetic. Portion size and fat and protein content are the most important aspects of this eating plan. THE GREAT NEWS IS THAT I AM NOT BORDERLINE DIABETIC LIKE I THOUGHT! I AM PRE-BORDERLINE DIABETIC WHICH ISN'T EVEN DIABETIC YET! So, I am really amping up my efforts and I hope that I will be visiting a tailor very soon because as it is, none of pants/slacks/jeans fit me anymore. I am so pleased with myself. And to reward myself I am going out to Phoenix AZ in June to visit and stay with two really great girlfriends and we are going to celebrate! WooHoo!
The land of the Sun. I'm getting a new dress or bathing suit while out there!
My best wishes for your eating and exercising all of you ladies out there!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
The Benefits of Massage Therapy
By: Nancy Howard
What do you think of when you hear the word "massage"? Does it conjure up thoughts of a day out with your girlfriend at a swanky spa? Unlike days gone by, massages are becoming quite popular among athletes and non-athletes alike.
Until this past July, I was one of the few people who had never had a massage . When I developed a pain in my buttocks from a tight piriformis muscle from running and working tirelessly for weeks to get the muscle to loosen and the knots to release via stretching, foam rollers, etc, my running coach encouraged me to have a deep tissue sports massage.
At that point I was willing to try just about anything. So I headed to my gymís spa the following day to see what could be done. To tell you the truth I am not a touchy person; even people standing too close to me can make me a little uncomfortable. To say my nerves were a little shaky is an understatement.
Once my initial fears of touching had passed, I was good to go. And WOW, what a difference an hour makes. While I was quite sore the day of, as well as following day, my tight piriformis finally released, and thankfully I have had no problems since. I just wondered why it took me so long!
What are some of the benefits to massage therapy
New research indicates that message therapy can do more than provide than nice relaxation. It can also
Speed muscle repair and recovery.
Lower blood pressure
Increase range of motion
Increase joint flexibility
Increase release of endorphins
Increase blood circulation
These are just a few of the many benefits of massage. But there are certain individuals who should not have massage therapy. These include:
People with a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
People who take blood thinners
People with a recent history of a heart attack
People who have a history of damage blood vessels
Anyone running a fever
Anyone with nerve damage, open wounds, burns, and or fractures or healing fractures
Those undergoing cancer treatments (unless given clearance from their doctor)
Pregnant women (unless given clearance from a doctor and done by a therapist certified in pregnancy massage)
If you are not too sure if you are a candidate for massage therapy, it is always best to call your health care provider and get clearance prior to your initial session.
There are many different kinds of message therapies. These include:
Swedish Massage Therapy is one of the most popular forms of massage. The therapist uses long, gentle, smooth strokes with superficial kneading and circulating movements to relax the muscles. This is very good for relaxation and release of tension.
Deep Tissue Therapy is slower than the Swedish massage and targets the deeper layers of the muscles. The therapist works at breaking down deep adhesions working across the grain of the muscle to help break down the knots. At times it can be quite uncomfortable so be sure to let your therapist know if it is too uncomfortable for you.
Sports Massage is a type of deep tissue massage that generally focuses on the area of interest for the athlete receiving the massage (i.e. my piriformis issue). It helps speed recovery and repair muscle damage as well as releasing and breaking the knots/adhesions within the muscle.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy is when the therapist uses hot, flat stones for their therapy. The stones can be placed on various key points of the body or used as a means of helping relax the muscles.
While there are many more benefits than those listed above and many other forms known other than the ones I highlighted, adding a massage to my overall health and fitness plan is one of the best things I have done. Unfortunately, I allowed my reluctance and intimidation to keep me from going sooner, but now that I know the great benefits of such therapy, trust that I will return.
Have you ever had a massage, if so what kind? Do you feel they helped? Are they worth the money? If you havenít had one, why?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Diets are very hard, as is the feeling of being overweight. Many of these fad diets may promise instant and significant weight loss results, but most of them rely on depriving your body of certain nutrients and disrupting the natural function of your body's metabolism. Chinese medicine considers obesity to be partly the result of declining function of the metabolic fire of the kidney network and a diet that provides a well-balanced array of nutrients is the key to losing weight in a healthy way. What follows are five foods that will help you restore your body's ability to use energy and help you become your healthy weight.
1. Millet: A well-balanced diet should consist of whole grains instead of refined grains like white rice and pasta, and millet is a beneficial and delicious staple of this category of food. This non-glutinous grain is over 10-percent protein, has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins, and because it isn't an acid forming food, is easy to digest.
2. Asparagus: When losing weight, it's important to favor chlorophyll-rich foods, including asparagus. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. Asparagus also contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine - which in turn promotes a healthier digestive function.
3. Pomegranates: Eating a balanced diet to lose weight should include eating fresh fruits, and pomegranates are a wonderful example of a healthy, nutritious fruit that has antioxidant properties and will help prevent cancer. While the benefits of drinking pomegranate juice have gained a lot of attention recently, you will be more likely to lose weight by eating the fruit fresh to increase your fiber intake and keep the calories down.
4. Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are considered an essential ingredient in the tasty Italian mixture pesto. Chinese medicine uses pine nuts to improve gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions, and pine nut oil is even used for appetite suppression. Pine nuts and other nuts are a tasty part of a well-balanced diet intended for weight loss.
5. Green Tea: It has been found that consuming large amounts of coffee and caffeine can lead to food cravings, increase one's appetite, and induce stress-related eating. Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee in that it does provide a little caffeine but also contains beneficial antioxidants. So drink up!
A healthy diet also includes lean proteins like chicken breast, legumes such as lentils, and other whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. While fad diets may promise a large amount of weight loss in a short period of time, there's almost a guarantee that you will put that weight back on-and then some!
Eat five smaller meals a day, avoid processed foods, chew more slowly, and incorporate more healthy foods into your diet-starting with these five. Also, click here to learn more about the Tao of Wellness B-Slim dietary supplement, which will help you lose weight naturally.
I loved these ideas! Hope they help someone else too.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I WENT TO THE PUBLIC BLOG SITE AND I POSTED A PUBLIC BLOG. THEN I WENT TO EDIT MY SPARK PAGE AND THERE INT HE MIDDLE OF MY SPARK PAGE A LITTLE WAYS DOWN FROM THE FIRST HORIZONTAL SECTION, WAS A SENTENCE SAYING THAT IF I WANTED TO BLOG, CLICK THE BUTTON OR HOTLIMK. THEN I CLICKED AND IT STARTED MY PUBLIC BLOG.
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