Monday, June 15, 2009
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Thatís especially true with unwanted pounds. But the traditional bacon, sausage, and eggs breakfast isnít the quickest route to weight loss. Here are some of my ideas for healthy, calorie-friendly breakfasts that also are quite appetizing.
I take about a half cup of berries (i.e., mixture of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries), add some calorie-free sweetener, and toss them in a skillet on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Add to some soft taco shells and for a nice touch, top with some chopped nuts.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix some chopped potatoes, chopped onions, chopped green peppers, shredded carrots, and sliced mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir fry in a skillet on medium heat with a half tea spoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of water until potatoes are done. Add to your tortilla and wrap up tightly. Place in oven for about 10-15 minutes then serve.
In a blender, add your favorite fruits. This morning, I used kiwi, pineapple, peaches, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Add 4-5 packs of Equal or Splenda and about half dozen ice cubes, and let blend until ice is ground up and serve.
This is one you can make ahead of time and it will last for a while. In a bowl, dump 2-3 15 oz cans of pumpkin. Add a tablespoon each of vanilla, allspice, and cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Spenda or Equal. Mix well together. You can heat it in the microwave or serve it cold. I like it both ways. As an added touch, cut up a banana on top when you serve it.
These are some of my favorite breakfast foods. With a little creativity and imagination, you can come up with some of your own. Eating a healthy breakfast doesnít need to be bland or boring.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I have been interested in learning yoga. I hesitated for a long time, because I always thought it was a whimpy activity. I began studying it recently, and boy was I wrong. Yoga is not only far from being whimpy, but it also has some very beneficial and long term health benefits.
Yoga was first used more than 26,000 years ago in India. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which essentially means to unite or bring together, referring to the joining of the physical body with the cosmic power of the universe. Yoga has dozens of benefits. Let me highlight my top three favorite benefits.
First, yoga has been effective at helping patients manage pain. Those patients who experienced pain who also practiced regular yoga sessions were less likely to suffer from pain. Since a key component of yoga is in your breathing, the act of inhaling and exhaling promotes relaxation, which in turn helps patients manage their pain more effectively.
Second, yoga has been found to strengthen the immune system. Practicing yoga regularly and consistently helps to reduce viruses and bacteria in the body and improve health over time.
Finally, yoga can help to decrease blood pressure. Proper yoga form improves circulation, which in turn increases oxygenation of the body. In addition, yoga helps to reduce stress, a big contributor to high blood pressure. Get rid of the stress, you are on your way to tackling the blood pressure problem.
There are dozens of other benefits of yoga. I ran across one article, ď77 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga,Ē which truly had some surprising things, such as improving glucose levels, self-esteem, and sexual functioning. Yoga is an amazing remedy for many things. Give it a try. I think youíll be glad you did.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Cell Phone Elbow
Did you hear about this? Apparently it's something new. Probably it's been around for a while but didn't have a name before. Recently Iíve been reading about a condition that has been labeled as cell phone elbow. My first thought was why now? People have been using the telephone for more than a century. Anyhow, the ease of use and accessibility makes the cell phone responsible for a number of life troubles, and cell phone elbow is one of them.
Cell phone elbow, or by itís medical term, cubital tunnel syndrome, is brought on by the repeated flexing and bending of the elbow for extended periods of times, such as when holding the phone against the ear. This causes the flow of blood to be blocked and can adversely affect the functioning of your arm. Imagine bending a water hose to stop the flow of water. It is same result with your arm. Pressure on the ulnar what causes the discomfort or pain.
If you use your phone for long periods of time throughout the day (whether cell phone, house phone, or office phone) you may be at risk. Some of the common symptoms include tingling and numbness in your arm or fingers, reduced muscle strength, limited mobility, and pain. In more severe cases, people lose their ability to write or otherwise use their hand or arm, and in the most chronic cases, incidence of clubbed and clawed fingers has been reported.
The best way to reduce your risk is cut down on your telephone use; however, some people use their phone for business purposes. Try switching up your hands rather then use your strong, dominant hand. In addition, the use of a head set or other hands-free device is also a good idea.
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Friday, May 29, 2009
There are silent killers out there taking the lives of lots of people. Many diseases and illnesses fit into this category and are called as such because they slowly diminish health and consume lives with few to no outward symptoms.
Examples of silent killers include heart disease, diabetes, Hepatitis, cancer, and HIV. Many people cut down their risks by adjusting their lifestyle through diet, exercise, and maintaining a pattern of healthy living. While many silent killers are tied to obesity, even those who are within a healthy weight range can be at risk. The only way to know for sure is through the proper screening.
So, talk to your healthcare provider and be sure to get screened. A proactive physician should already be screening you, but as you may know, you sometimes have to take control of your own health. You may need to tell your doctor you want or need to be tested.
Tackling these silent killers is essential for enhanced health. Most diseases are either curable or treatable if caught early enough. Do want until it is too late. Take action now.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
From time to time, people ask me for tips on living a healthier life and losing weight. Fairly frequently, I get asked about my number ONE strategy. It's hard to pick just one strategy; however if I had to pick just one, my answer would always be exercise. I think exercise is more important than anything else that you could do to promote healthy living and to lose weight.
First, exercise increases your heart rate, raises your metabolism, and consequently, burns fatty tissue. Regular exercise (and by regular I mean 3-5 days per week) prepares your body to burn fat even after you stop exercising. Second, exercise helps to ward off many life threatening illnesses. Among other things, it strengthens your heart and lungs; and helps prevent heart disease; fights cancers; reduces risk for diabetes; and over time will leave you with a feeling of strength and vitality. No matter how you look at it, exercise rocks!
If youíre one of those people who doesnít like exercise, donít think of it as a formal regimented activity. Thinking of exercise as a chore makes you less likely to do it consistently. Anything that gets you mobile, works your joints, and pumps your heart is exercise. It doesnít need to be formal. You can develop a pattern of walking; taking the stairs rather than using the elevator or escalator; swimming; cycling; or jumping rope. One of my favorite exercises is dancing. You can do it at home. Put on your workout clothes, turn on some disco or house music, and dance your heart away.
The most integral part to remember is not to exercise just once or twice then stop because you donít see immediate results. Exercise is like watering a seed in your garden. You wonít see it blossom overnight. Likewise, you wonít see an instant outcome when you exercise; however you will see (and feel) a huge difference in just a short time if you stick with it. The average person notices significant changes in just 2-3 weeks of consistent regular exercise.
To see examples of different types of exercises, especially if you donít want to pay for a gym membership, do a search on Google. I happen to be partial to the exercises on Sparkpeople.com. Check them out here:
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