Having been hit with an excruciating toothache these past few days, I’ve taken to popping ibuprofen as a pain reliever. And with two of these mommy’s little helpers not cutting it at times, I’ve had to pop an extra one every now and then to relieve the pain. Seems to be working for the time being. And while I know that going to the dentist to have this tooth fixed is the end all answer, the cash flow right now is not making this possible. So, this brings me to my question: Can too much ibuprofen eventually lead to worse health issues? And I get that a bad tooth can lead to bigger troubles, but for right now I’m just focusing on the pain killer.
I’ve always known that excessive use of any OTC pain reliever can definitely have some serious consequences, but how much is excessive? So ya, naturally I turned to the Internet for some answers. And man, some of the information on these website are enough to scare the bejesus out of anyone. They made it sound like a heart attack or a stroke was in my near future, or my liver was going to fail, or worse yet I was due to die within the next few weeks. I could have settled with this information and stopped taking the ibuprofen straight up, OR perhaps dig a little deeper which I’m glad I did. So here’s some interesting skinny on this pain reliever.
IBUPROFEN is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID that is typically used to relieve fevers, headaches, arthritis, toothaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, muscle aches, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
As with most medicine, the higher the dose of an NSAID, the more likely you’ll have side effects (these side effects are listed below). However the typical over-the counter ibuprofen tablet contains 200 milligrams (mg) of active ingredient. So say for instance, one is taking between 800 and 1,200 mg each day, 2 tablets 4 to 6 times a day. This may sound like way too much, but it’s really a fairly low dose. Records show that some patients are taking as much as 3,200 mg a day, as prescribed by their doctors for their certain conditions, which if you ask me kind of makes my 1,200 mg sound not so bad after all.
So, should I be concerned about the amount of ibuprofen I’m taking? Probably not right now. But the sooner I get this tooth fixed the less likely I’m going to come down with any of the side effects that I found listed on one of the health websites. So for now I’m going to stick with my ibuprofen as long as it helps me cope with this tooth pain. However, because the dentist is not on my radar anytime soon … perhaps my next step should be acquiring some Indica tincture? Woohoo, now doesn’t that sound like something fun!
So ciao for now my friends and cheers to your good health (and mine as well)!!
Side effects of Ibuprofen Med-Health
Like any NSAID, ibuprofen can have negative side effects such as fluid retention, hypertension, headache, heartburn, rash, bleeding, constipation, gastrointestinal ulceration, nausea and diarrhea. These side effects are more common and can be more severe if this medication is not taken properly.
Taking excessively larges of ibuprofen can cause damage to the internal organs, particularly the kidneys, stomach and liver. Overdoses may also cause:
Blood in stool
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Ibuprofen is not designed to be used for long periods of time. This may lead to heart problems and increase your risk of stroke or heart attack. Those that have a history of bleeding disorders, stomach ulcers, liver or kidney disease and asthma should talk with their physician before using ibuprofen to avoid potentially negative side effects. There have not been sufficient studies to determine whether or not ibuprofen is safe to use during pregnancy so it is important to talk to your doctor about this potential risk.
A friend of mine recently told me she has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease. So when I saw this article featured in the Woman’s World Magazine, I just felt the urge to write about it. So here you go.
Are you tired of dieting, eating very little, and still gaining weight? Are you tired of being achy, puffy, exhausted and depressed? These symptoms may not be due to menopause (as most people often suggest), but instead may be due to a wacked out thyroid, (which can very well lead to Hashimoto’s Disease if not taken care of properly). And while many doctors may prescribe a synthetic prescription, which just might be your ticket to getting your thyroid back on track, how about trying this first – going GLUTEN FREE. And surprisingly enough, more and more doctors are recommending this approach to people with thyroid and weight issues.
So what’s the deal with your thyroid? Author of “Thyroid Diet Revolution” Mary Shomon explains it this way. “The thyroid produces hormones that allow the body to turn food and stored fat into energy. It’s the master gland of metabolism. Yet despite its powerful role, the thyroid is quite vulnerable”. Research suggests that as many as 98 million people will develop thyroid issues at some point in our lives. Why? Well according to author of “Hormone Cure” Sara Gottfried, M.D., “stress, smoking, certain medications and lack of sleep can all interfere with the thyroid function. Genetics are a factor, and so is aging”.
So one of the main culprits that we need to eliminate is GLUTEN. “Gluten is a sticky wheat protein, similar in shape to thyroid hormone that it can “enter and block the bodies receptors for thyroid hormone”. So even tho your body is producing hormones naturally, your body isn’t able to use them properly. This has been a problem on the rise for the last 30 years because WHEAT has been GENETICALLY MODIFIED to have a gluten content, and therefore many more people are having trouble.
So how easy is it to go gluten free? Well for both simplicity and maximum weight loss, thyroid experts recommend replacing white bread, white pasta, and most “white carbs” with natural and minimally processed gluten free carbs like beans, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. And sugar! Even tho some white carbs like white sugar, white rice and special gluten free white bread are gluten free, they are known to spike blood sugar which can mess up your thyroid. So what you need to do is start eating servings of gluten free carbs with lean protein, fruits, veggies and good fats – try to aim for three balanced meals and two snacks a day.
Well what do you say? Are you up for giving this gluten free diet a go? Then check out this g-free thyroid diet. Try it whether you’re having thyroid issues or you just have some extra pounds that don’t want to come off. The experts say the secret to success is sticking with minimally processed and naturally gluten-free foods like lean proteins, brown rice and quinoa, beans, fruits and vegetables and good fats. Drink plenty of water and add gluten-free low-cal extras (herbs, spices, vinegar) to flavor your meals.
Click here for a sample of the gluten free menu and recipes. Try it for a week to see if it works for you. If you feel a difference, then I would definitely check out the “Thyroid Diet Revolution” by Mary Shomon. Best of luck to you and cheers to your good health
This breakfast muffin took less than 3 minutes to prepare and zap in the microwave. And when I plopped this bad boy on my plate, my husband was like “WHAT?!?! That looks good, make me one please”. LOL. And so while I ate mine, savoring every bite with my last cup of coffee, he enjoyed his with a cheesy omelet and pears (obviously not everyone’s dieting in my household). But it was all good – my skinny muffin filled me up and he was a happy camper as well. Enjoy
SKINNY MUFFIN RECIPE
1/4 cup ground flax
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon powder (I only used 1 tsp)
1 tsp coconut oil
1 packet of Stevia/Truvia (I used Stevia)
Mix all the ingredients together in a coffee mug.
Microwave for 50 seconds and viola
A total of ZERO SUGAR CALORIES, not 363 Calories
Well I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a slacker these past 6 weeks, when it comes to exercising and watching what I eat. And my only defense, if you can call it that (OK, maybe its just an excuse), is that our temps have been in the high 90′s – and to be quite honest, I can’t think of a bigger turnoff than working out, biking, or playing tennis in 97 degree weather. And of course, what better way to deal with the heat than with a nice bowl of ice cream with lots of fruits at 9 o’clock at night. Can you say mega calories and sugar?
But my slacker wake up call was a photo of myself that was taken this past weekend, and unfortunately the old suck and tuck trick just didn’t cut it. Not that I’ve gained massive extra poundage over the past 6 weeks, but those muscles that I was so diligently working on over the winter/spring, have now turned to relaxed muscle. And in this photo – I look big !! (And I’m really hoping it was the shirt I was wearing because it has since wound up in the garbage)
So here we go again, back to the old grindstone. I’ve decided that come next Monday (haha – notice how I pushed it up 3 days), I will begin my new workout routine which includes exercising with free weights and cycling. And starting today I’m diving head on with Jorge Cruise’s “The 100″ diet. If you’ve read of any of my previous posts about this 100 Diet plan, it’s not about counting calories or starving yourself of good nutritious foods, it’s all about counting SUGAR CALORIES, which is the #1 reason why we gain weight and the #1 reason why it’s so hard to lose the pounds.
And so I ask – how many diets have we all been on over our lifetime? Can you relate to Erma Bombeck’s statement:
“I’ve been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet”.
Yup, check that Erma! Losing weight doesn’t have to be a drag, a chore, or one that always leaves you hungry. The old calories in/calories out philosophy just doesn’t work, and the low carb or no carb diets like Adkins and Paleo are unsustainable and not enjoyable. So what to do in order to make progress for weight loss? Just start counting the sugar calories because they are the ones responsible for the insulin spikes, which result in weight gain. And once you limit your sugar consumption to under 100 sugar calories a day, you should start to see the pounds drop off. Check out the image below to see how to calculate sugar calories – it’s actually quite simple plus it also allows you a wide range of foods to enjoy.
So here we go – on to week one. There are two options for this “The 100 Diet” that you can follow. Option 1 is for those who like the freedom to choose what they want to eat. Mix and match and set your own meals. And then there’s Option 2 (the one I am following) which is recommended for those who are looking for a scheduled plan. The meals are all laid out for me which makes my life so much easier.
So go for. Pick your plan and see what happens. What have you got to lose … but weight !! Good luck to us and cheers to our good health !!
OPTION 1 – Follow if you want to choose what you want to eat, mix and set your own meals
Grocery list for Option 2. The list is inexpensive and a lot of the items should already be in your fridge and cupboard
OPTION 2 – The 7 day plan. Follow if you want your meals planned out for you
Skinny Muffin recipe to follow.
I would like to think they are. I received this email yesterday and its exactly what I’ve been posting about these past few day – The 100 Diet Plan by Jorge Cruise. His plan is not about counting calories, it’s about counting SUGAR CALORIES; the sugar calories that spike insulin, put your body off-balance, and make it nearly impossible to lose weight. Click here to see my previous posting.
You’ve got two options. You can either wait a couple of weeks for me to post the diet plan and the suggested recipes (I’ll do this once the book arrives), or you can sign up HERE to get his book for a 21 day free trial. If you like what you see and think this diet will work for you, then buy the book; if not, return it and you won’t get charged a penny. I’ve not taken advantage of this offer, but have instead put a reserve on the book at my library. Just waiting for it to arrive.
So anyways, here’s the email I received from Prevention Magazine. If you’re looking to lose 5-10-15-20 or more pounds and have tried just about every diet out there, perhaps The 100 Plan is the right diet for you. Ciao
Cutting edge science is revealing that weight loss is not just about calories in, calories out. What also matters is the kind of calories you’re eating, and too many sugar calories have a scary way of turning themselves into fat, pronto!
Every time you eat a lot of sugar, it can lead to high levels of insulin in the blood. In this elevated insulin state, nearly everything you eat gets stored as fat instead of used as energy. And the process starts before you even finish your meal! But there’s a way to take control of this process and achieve rapid, lasting weight loss.
By tracking just 100 sugar calories a day, all other calories are free to eat! That means no limiting, portioning, or avoiding many of your favorite foods. The 100 could possibly be the easiest, most delicious diet plan you’ve ever tried.
It was devised by New York Times best-selling author Jorge Cruise, whose mission is to guarantee weight loss for busy people. And we all know that weight loss begins in the kitchen, not the gym.
In just two weeks using The 100 plan, you could lose 5, 10, or even 15 pounds. Click here to get started!
I’m going to put this diet plan on hold for the next 2 weeks due to: my book isn’t scheduled to arrive for another 10 days (gotta love Amazon), Labor Day weekend starts today (beers and bbq’s), and I’m riding a bike to Montana the following weekend (ain’t no way I’m sticking to a diet plan while away from home).
So for anyone who may interested in trying out Jorge Cruise’s diet with me, check back in two weeks for the recipes and daily layout. Until then, it’s all postings on our good health and healthy foods!
Check out another way to cook with Kale. Yummy !!
Alrightee, starting my day off right. I’ve hopped on the dreaded scale, recorded my weight, and now have my three meals planned out for the day. Time to see if Jorge Cruise knows what he’s talking about when it comes to weight loss. I’m off and on my way to counting carbs
Day 1 of The 100 diet plan by Jorge Cruise
Just now finishing up my second cup of java – total 2g of carbs x 4 makes 8 grams total. Yippee, and I still get to eat 98 grams more.
Here are the meals I’ve got planned (and I’ve got to say, they all look pretty yummy) – cheers
Mexican Omelet: 2 egg omelet filled with 1/4 cup shredded mexican cheese blend and 2 tbs chunky salsa.
Eggs – 0 carb grams
Salsa – 1 carb gram
Cheese – 0 carb grams
Shrimp Salad: Romaine lettuce with 5 grilled shrimp, 1 tbs grated parmesan and 2 tbs sugar-free dressing.
Shrimp – 1 carb gram
Parmesan Cheese – 1 carb gram
Dressing – 3 carb grams
Romaine Lettuce – 1 carb gram
Zucchini Pizza: Cut zucchini lengthwise in half; top with 1/4 cup Asiago cheese, garlic, tomato and lean ground turkey. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until done
Turkey – 0 carb grams
Asiago Cheese – 0 carb grams
Zucchini (medium size) – 5 carb grams
Tomato (half cup) – 2.5 carb grams
All three meals add up to approx 15 carb grams x 4 = 60 carb grams, which is well under the required 100. Only time will tell if these meals will do the trick. As far as snacks go, it appears you can eat any type of vegetable plus any type of nuts and seeds. I’ll know for sure when my book arrives.
My goal is to drink LOTS of water, maybe add some lemon to mix it up, along with green tea.
** Keep track of how many sugar calories you consume with a goal of staying under 100 DAILY.
Well my Jorge Cruise “The 100″ diet book did not come in the mail this weekend, boo (I found that it is scheduled to arrived on Tuesday of this week.) If your wondering why I’ve brought this up, please read my posting from yesterday Ward Off Insulin Bumps and Lose Weight With The “The 100″ Diet Plan.
But if you’re like me and still want to start this diet plan asap, I do have a freebie of three days worth of meals thanks to First Magazine. If anyone else is up for this 14 days challenge, gather your foods together and let’s do it starting tomorrow!! Good luck and I will post more meals plans and recipes as soon as the book arrives.
Here’s the plan according to Jorge Cruise :
“Fill up on low sugar, high fiber foods – gold star options include non starchy vegetables like leafy greens, asparagus and broccoli. Because these foods are ultra low in sugar, and their fiber slows absorption of the little sugar they do have, they don’t produce fat promoting insulin bumps.
Round out your meals with healthy fats like olive, walnut, and coconut oils; and protein like eggs, poultry, beef, pork and fish. These foods don’t cause insulin spikes, but they do curb your appetite and boost fat burn by up to 30 percent. So when you fill your plate with non starchy veqgies (unlimited amounts), 3 oz of protein (about the size of a deck of cards) and a little fat, you’ll stay in the slimming zone.
When your eating packaged foods or dining out, it’s hard to keep insulin levels low. A formula that makes it easier is to not exceed 5 grams of sugar per meal. The lower you go, the faster you’ll lose – up to 18 pounds in 14 days”.
So if your up for losing some serious poundage, this is going to be the fat slimming plan for the next 3 days. Are you ready to start tomorrow?
BREAKFAST – choose one
Fried Egg Plate: 2 fried eggs served with 2 strips of bacon
Veggie Scramble: 2 eggs, beaten, with 2 tbs half-and-half; 1/4 cup each chopped red bell peppers, chopped zucchini and shredded cheddar; 1 tbs chopped red onions and 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper. Divide evenly among 2 muffin wells. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until set.
Mexican Omelet: 2 egg omelet filled with 1/4 cup shredded mexican cheese blend and 2 tbs chunky salsa.
LUNCH – choose one
Fiesta Salad: 3 oz sliced chicken breast with leafy greens, zucchini, tomato, fresh cilantro and 1/4 sliced avocado, then drizzled with a mixture of 2 tbs mayonnaise and lime juice
Shrimp Salad: Romaine lettuce with 5 grilled shrimp, 1 tbs grated parmesan and 2 tbs sugar-free dressing.
Loaded Burger: 3 oz burger with 1 tbs mustard, 2 slices cheddar, onions and grilled zucchini slices. Serve wrapped in or over spinach, no bun
DINNER - choose one
Chicken Kebabs: 1 inch cubes of chicken and sliced veggies (like red peppers, zucchini, eggplant and onions), skewered and grilled. Serve with a side salad
Grilled Salmon: 3 oz salmon served over bed of arugula and with sautéed veggie side made of 1/4 cup asparagus, 14 cup red bell peppers and 1/2 cup zucchini
Zucchini Pizza: Cut zucchini lengthwise in half; top with 1/4 cup Asiago cheese, garlic, tomato and lean ground turkey. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until done
If you want to go at this diet hard and heavy, and with the intent of losing the most weight while still eating tasty, healthy foods, you really have to pay attention to the carbs. Look at the nutrition information on the packaged foods and menus and find the number of total carbs, then multiply that by 4 (because 4 is the number of calories in a gram of carbohydrate). This will yield the number of “sugar calories” in that food. Keep track of how many sugar calories you consume with a goal of staying under 100 DAILY.
Who’s up for a 14 day weight loss challenge? And one without starving yourself while loosing the poundage?
Anyone who’se over 40 knows what it’s like to pack on some of those extra pounds due to peri-menopause, menopause, or insulin imbalance (and if your not one of those people, then consider yourselves very lucky). And while I haven’t really talked about peri-menopause and menopause as far as weight gain goes, I would like to talk about Insulin Imbalance.
Insulin imbalance and weight gain: Long ago scientists found that eating processed foods like white bread and cookies caused blood sugar levels to spike. In order to bring your blood sugar levels back down, the pancreas must release the hormone INSULIN, which shifts the body into fat storage mode. But now they’re saying its not just the “big surges” of BLOOD SUGAR AND INSULIN that causes us to pack on the fat, it’s also the “small consistent rises” as well – the kind that is triggered by a regular diet of whole grains, starchy veges and sweet yogurt.
So here’s the skinny on insulin and sugar: When blood sugar and insulin levels are balanced, blood flows freely and gives oxygen throughout your body and to your brain. You feel energized and the risk of disease is minimal. But when blood sugar and insulin levels continuously bump up, red blood cells become sticky and clump together. This impairs oxygen flow and makes you feel tired and somewhat spacey. Plus it also increases your chances of diseases. Insulin increases the activity of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that’s involved in fat storage. And even a small rise in insulin leads to a decreased activity of “sensitive lipase”, the enzyme involved in breaking down the fat.
So what does all this mean when it comes to Weight Loss? Researchers are now saying that whole grains, starchy veges, refined and other complex carbohydrates, should not be eaten if your trying to lose weight. Why? Because by limiting these refined and complex carbs you will avoid the insulin bumps and are able to lose 2 1/2 times more fat and twice as much weight overall, than dieters who simply cut calories. By scaling back on these complex carbs, weight loss not only becomes achievable but you will also lose the weight faster and easier. NOW THAT’S WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT!
Now you’re probably saying this can’t be for real. And to be perfectly honest with you, I cannot attest that any of the above will work when it comes to losing weight. But as a woman over 50 who gained weight when hitting menopause, and still has that extra 15 to loose, I am willing to give this a try especially if it’s only going to take two weeks and most of all, I can still eat good FOOD! So this brings me to Jorge Cruise, a best selling author of more than 15 weight loss books, and his latest THE 100. Cruise has developed a carb cutting plan that can help dieters lose 18 pounds in 14 days, along with that stubborn belly fat, by just limiting all carbs that trigger insulin bumps. This can all be accomplished without feeling hungry, cranky or fatigued.
Does this peak your interest? Well it did mine. And for anyone who may be interested in this plan, today I’m only listing the 3 ways to ward off insulin bumps, and then hopefully tomorrow I will lay out the 14 day weight loss plan. I’m waiting for the book THE 100 to arrive, and if it comes today, my goal is to start this diet on Monday. So if your all serious about trying to get rid of those 5-10-15 or even 20 extra pounds that may have crept up due to “being over 40″, stay with me on this one.
Cheers to your good health
3 WAYS TO WARD OFF INSULIN BUMPS
1 – Avoid high fructose corn syrup. Sidestep the top offender (and this one will make the key change to help you trim off pounds and feel energized). HFCS has been linked to a 48% increase in weight gain, and can be found in products ranging from soft drinks to yogurt to mac & cheese. So make sure to check the labels on all packaged foods. Avoid any item that lists high fructose corn syrup, HFCS, or corn syrup.
2 – Check your caffeine intake. Caffeine is fine in moderation, but if you drink more than 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day, this has been shown to raise insulin levels by 24% in four weeks. Cruise suggests drinking only 1 to 2 cups of regular coffee or tea early in the morning. You can then switch to decaf drinks like herbal tea or lemon water anytime after 2, flavored with a little sweetener like Stevia or erythritol.
3 – Up your magnesium intake. In a recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care, it was shown that this mineral actually lowers insulin levels by 21% in four weeks. According to Cruise, “Magnesium makes cells responsive to insulin, so the pancreas doesn’t need to pump out excess”. So we should aim for 320 mg daily from sources like pumpkins seeds (156 mg per ounce – about the size of a ping pong ball); cashews (83 mg per ounce) and collard greens (49 mg per cup – about the size of your fist).
I guess it’s never to late (about 15 years too late), to pick up a few of these good reads suggested by
Leigh Newman in her column 40 Books To Read Before Turning 40, “for making your first four decades the most joyful, wise and stress-free of your life”. And so I ask – how many books on this list have you read? Myself – considering I haven’t read any of them, I’m thinking I’ve got some catching up to do. For a more thorough review of each book, click on the link below.
40 Books To Read Before Turning 40 – by Leigh Newman.
Mom & Me & Mom By Maya Angelou
The memoir can teach anybody to forgive, let go of a tough past and get along with a hell-on-wheels parent (and we mean anybody.)
Dear Life By Alice Munro
Because all those subtle, change-everything moments in Munro’s fiction are the same ones we need to take note of in our real lives.
The Complete Poems, 1927 – 1979 By Elizabeth Bishop
The poet who reminds us all to “Lose something every day.” Because the less time you spend agonizing about the little stuff, the more you have for the big, huge, difficult — and amazing — stuff.
Bossypants By Tina Fey
There’s only one essay in the world (also known as “The Mother’s Prayer for Its Daughter” that can explain why your mother was — and is — the way she was. And why you are — and were — the way you are. And make you wince, laugh and cry all at the same time.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals By Michael Pollan
How to eat better, tack a few extra years onto your lifespan and save the planet, all in one paperback.
Personal History By Katharine Graham
The woman who proves you can survive the death of a spouse, take over a national newspaper and confront the corruption of the president of the United States. In other words: You can do anything. With grace.
Salvage the Bones By Jesmyn Ward
The novel that helps you remember all those sweeping, real-life tragedies on the television news — long after the cameras have moved on to other stories.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar By Cheryl Strayed
The wise, totally non-judgmental best friend who fits in your purse.
State of Wonder By Ann Patchett
In this fictional world, there is no biological clock; and that is worth considering in this very real life, if only to examine: How much pressure do you feel to have a child? And where is it coming from?
Lit By Mary Karr
Raw, honest reflections for every woman about when a little too much drinking turns into way, way too much.
The House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
For help — and understanding — during those days when you realize that you just aren’t going to be able to do what other people want you to do.
Oak: One Tree, Three Years, Fifty Paintings By Stephen Taylor
For when you need to slow down time — and re-see the golden in a floating leaf.
Song of Solomon By Toni Morrison
Everybody needs to believe, at least for a few seconds, that they can fly.
The Fault in Our Stars By John Green
Because we all need to feel first love again; even if we know the horrible sob-fest to come at the end.
A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle
How to finally silence that bossy, critical, guilt-infused, ego-driven, totally imaginary voice in your head.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter By Carson McCullers
Because there may come a time when you think you’re alone in this world, and this quiet, masterful novel will remind you that you are not.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking By Susan Cain
Proof that — hurray! — you don’t actually have to make 50 new friends at cocktail parties.
The Portrait of A Lady By Henry James
A reminder that you just can’t marry the person you want to be at 40. To arrive at that person, you have to do the work yourself, starting at age 20.
The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition) By Betty Friedan
The bible of the 21st-Century woman.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg
The sequel to that bible.
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson By Emily Dickinson
We all need to know that “Hope is the thing with feathers.”
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
About those loves and longings dating back to childhood that you still might be keeping alive? You can — and should — let them go.
Say You’re One of Them By Uwem Akpan
Stories that help you remember what childhood feels like — in all its sadness, joy, observations and complexities.
Blue Nights By Joan Didion
The memoir that helps with the difficulties of forgiving…(gulp) yourself.
Swimming Studies By Leanne Shapton
So you did not win the gold medal in the Olympics — or receive the Nobel Prize or make it to the final round of “So You Think You Can Dance” — by age 20 or 30 or 40. You will have another destiny; one even more rewarding.
Daring Greatly By Brené Brown, PhD
Need to get over shame? Read it. Need to open up to others? Read it. Need to laugh a little in the process? Read it. Okay, just read it. You’ll feel better.
Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, 5th Edition By Susan M. Love, MD, and Karen Lindsey
The latest research. The straightest talk. The body part about which we all need to be experts.
A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah
On your toughest, no-good, horrible day, this book will make you grateful for something we all take for granted — peace.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking By Julia Child
You need to learn how to make beef Bourguignonne. If only because you will have a big, bubbling pot of it, which will make celebrating crucial events very easy — ones that you might otherwise be tempted to dismiss as “too much work” For example: your 39th birthday.
NW By Zadie Smith
For those days when you feel as if your brain is dying, due to the never-ending mundane: a novelist who thinks as insightfully as she writes.
Bird by Bird By Anne Lamott
For use in the case of writer’s — and life — block.
Saint Maybe By Anne Tyler
Because we all want to grow up to be Anne Tyler.
Just Kids By Patti Smith
To remember that being wild and inexperienced and broke and young was fun — and to live it all over again in 320 pages.
The Middlesteins By Jami Attenberg
Help with the overeating anxiety that comes up at age 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40. Even if it’s not you who’s struggling with the actual overeating.
The Inheritance of Loss By Kiran Desai
For those I-am-all-alone days: a reminder of how our stories wind around each other, even from opposite sides of the globe.
The Museum of Innocence By Orhan Pamuk
Every woman needs one romantic, elegant Nobel Prize winner in her life.
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety By Daniel Smith
The memoir that puts worrying in its place.
Making Marriage Simple By Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD
The book that shows you how to save your marriage (or any other long-term relationship) with frowny and smiley stickers — no joke.
Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women By Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron: She was funny. She was smart. She was who she was meant to be.
Beautiful Ruins By Jess Walter
Who doesn’t want to frolic in Italy on her 40th birthday? Bonus: when arriving on the last page, you’ll suffer neither jet lag nor lost luggage.
I’ve missed those hidden zucchini’s while gathering my summer squash, only to find them a couple days later and they’re the size of baseball bats. If you’ve been there before and are looking for an easy to make stuffed zucchini dish, then check out this recipe from Mama Bears Garden. Looks pretty simple to make
As a subscriber to AppGratis, where every day I get notification of one paid app that has become FREE for 24 hours, this one particular app called SEVEN really caught my eye. This high intensity workout is the equivalent of a long run and a visit to the weight room, all condensed into a handy 7 minutes.
It’s a 12 circuit program, where you perform each exercise for 30 seconds, with a 10 second rest between each circuit. On a scale of 1-10, the intensity is around an 8, which makes you feel like you’ve really accomplished something. But what’s really cool about this app, especially for those who are crunched (lol, no pun intended) for time, is that it only takes 7 minutes to complete and bam, YOU’RE DONE !!
The Seven app program consists of: Jumping Jacks, Wall Sits, Push Ups, Sit Ups, Step Ups, Squats, Triceps Dips, Plank, High Knees Running in Place, Lunges, Push Up with Rotation and Side Planks. Each circuit comes with a trainer (who talks you through the exercise), a diagram for you to follow, and a whistle to start you off and tell you when to stop. The program will also track your performance and achievements for you, so there’s no need to carry around the old pad and paper to record your reps and sets; plus some really neat motivational tools to help you along the way. Pretty cool eh?
This particular app was free a couple of days ago, (I really wanted to give you all a heads up then, so SORRY :-(, but if your interested in checking it out you can still download it for $0.99 here at Appgratis. And while you’re at it, you should really think about becoming a free subscriber because every once in a while they will have some really cool apps for your phone and pads, all for FREE!! And you know me, I love everything that is free !!
Cheers to your good health my friends and lets pump up the volume and start working out !!
Did you know that we tend to lose muscle mass as we age, which in turn makes our metabolism go down, which results in middle aged weight gain? This certainly is news to me. And let me give a big “whew” along with a “swipe of the brow” because this latest discovery makes me quite relieved that I can finally blame my muffin top and back chub on something other than all those midnight snacks (or in my case, those 9 o’clockers) that I just love to chomp on while chillin’ in front of the tube.
And so the big question is, how do we get that muscle mass back? Its actually quite simple – its called PROTEIN and EXERCISE. And more specifically, its about the protein that you have in the morning. It has been shown that people who eat a good protein breakfast tend to feel less hungry during the day AND have more energy throughout the day. Now thats what I’m talking about !!
They also say you should be eating between 20-30 grams of protein at every meal. So for all those awesome ladies out there that work or have kids to get ready for school, etc. etc, in the morning, check it. That bowl of Special K with skim milk (ok, i’m guilty of that) just isn’t cutting it.
So now what? What can one eat for breakfast thats going to give your body those 20-30 grams of protein that it needs? Not to worry – I’ve got your back, or maybe I should say Melinda Johnson has your back. She has come up with the following 7 High Protein Breakfast Ideas just for you. Check them out and see how they taste and how they make you feel. It just may be what this doctor ordered! (haha – just kidding, I’m not really a doctor)
Ciao for now
7 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas By Melinda Johnson for U.S. News
Protein tends to be misunderstood. At times, it’s flying high on a fad-diet craze, when it seems that half of our population is shunning carbs in favor of a high-protein diet. At other times, protein is forgotten completely, as people order salads with low-fat dressing in an effort to fit into their skinny jeans. While a high-protein, low-carb diet is overkill, there is good evidence that a moderate-protein diet may be the way to go.
One reason is that we need enough protein, in combination with exercise, to build muscle or even hold onto what muscle we have. We tend to lose muscle mass as we age, and this makes our metabolism go down. In fact, one of the biggest culprits of middle-aged weight creep is due to loss of muscle mass. Muscles also become critical for quality of life as we age — once an elderly person loses enough muscle mass, things like balance or the ability to get up out of a chair are compromised. In fact, studies have shown that many elderly people do not consume enough protein, and when this is combined with being bedridden or sedentary, their ability to be independent can decline very rapidly due to losing muscle mass.
Protein also plays a role in ensuring that we don’t feel hungry too soon after a meal, making it a helpful partner in a weight-loss plan. A higher-protein breakfast, in particular, has been shown to help people feel less hungry during the day and eat fewer overall calories. However, research indicates that most Americans eat the bulk of their protein later in the day, at dinner and lunch, with less protein at breakfast and in snacks. This may also be problematic for the elderly or those trying to build muscle — recent studies suggest that spacing protein throughout the day, rather than bulking up on protein at later meals, is more helpful for maintaining or building muscle in people who exercise.
A rule of thumb for most people is to get 20 to 30 grams of protein at a meal. This can be particularly difficult during breakfast. To get started, here are seven examples of higher protein breakfasts:
Toast with nut butter: Two slices of whole-wheat bread with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each, topped with sliced banana. One cup of skim milk to drink. Total: 22 grams of protein.
Strawberry smoothie: Blend together 1/2 cup of strawberries, 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal, a drizzle of honey (as needed) and 1/2 cup of skim milk or soy milk. Total: 21 grams of protein.
Mediterranean sandwich: Whole-wheat pita with 4 tablespoons of hummus, tomato slices, 1 ounce of goat cheese and 1/4 cup of sliced almonds. Have a café latte to drink, made with 1/2 cup of steamed skim milk. Total: 22 grams of protein.
Melon bowl: Half of a cantaloupe (using the center as a bowl), filled with 1 cup of cottage cheese. Total: 25 grams of protein.
Breakfast burrito: Corn tortilla filled with two scrambled eggs, sautéed onions, 1/4 cup of black beans and pico de gallo. Total: 25 grams of protein.
Apple walnut oatmeal: Cook 3/4 cups of dry oatmeal with 1 and 1/4 cup of skim milk, and add 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts, plus 1 chopped apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Total: 24 grams of protein.
Salad for breakfast: Toss together 1/2 cup of shelled soybeans, 1/2 cup of chopped tomato and 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and serve a whole-wheat breadstick on the side. Total: 25 grams of protein.
So here’s a follow-up to my previous posting “Improve The Texture Of Wiry Gray Hair and eSalon Hair Dyes”. And why the follow-up you may ask? Well check it – I just received my personal color blend in the mail today from eSalon. I am so excited I can barely contain myself (yeash, I really need to get a life if this is all it takes to get me pumped).
And I just love how they personalized this for me. And yes I know, its not whats on the outside that counts, its whats on the inside – so lets just hope the chemicals inside the box don’t make my hair fall out. But come on, you have to admit … how cool is this personalized package deal?
But anyways, check back tomorrow because I will be dying my hair first thing in the morning. And if all turns out well, I just may show the world a pic of my new hair. Until then,
Cheers to all my friends that have committed to leading a more healthy lifestyle. You all ROCK !!
I tried telling someone that rototilling the weeds back into the soil was not a good idea, but nooooooo … did they listen to me? Case in point, as you can see by this picture – those dirty little suckers just grow back and twofold.
My advice to him and anyone else who thinks rototilling is the better way to go, just get down and dirty and pull those puppies by hand, roots and all. And I know, its going to be a bit more time consuming to do it the old fashioned way. But trust me – as the growing season moves on, it will be so much easier to control any new weeds that may appear, especially when your starting off with a clean slate.
And once those weeds are gone, stay on top of them with some of the suggestions in yesterdays posting of
8 Natural Weed Killers and Barriers
And that my friends, is this lady’s gardening tip for the day
Whether you have a flower garden, a vegetable garden, or an orchard, these perennial pests always seem to get the best of us. They appear out of nowhere, usually overnight, and will literally take over your garden, your walkway, your driveway, everywhere imaginable if you don’t stay on top of them. And if your anything like me and do all the landscaping yourself (I mean seriously, if my husband won’t get me my own maid, do you really think he’s going to get me a gardener? lol – as if), there are some solutions to controlling those pesky buggers.
In my vegetable gardens I’ve tried: STRAW – (don’t confuse straw with hay, because hay will eventually turn the area into grass – been there, made that mistake already) somewhat effective but you need to keep an eye on the covered area because the weeds will eventually make their way thru the mulch; GRASS CLIPPINGS – a great live mulch to use and one that I use around my vegetables, however you really must have alot of lawn to cut to effectively ban the weeds from reappearing (and trust me, they will begin to peek thru the grass, especially if you don’t lay down a thick layer); NEWSPAPER – what a mess and what a waste of time because weeds will grow right thru the paper (and don’t make the mistake of laying down newspaper when there’s even the slightest bit of wind – it will blow everywhere. Again – been there, made that mistake already too); LEAVES – an awesome mulch/weed barrier, however you definately need to have trees around your area that shed leaves and not just pine needles; CARDBOARD – I’ve yet to try this one, but if your looking to cover your walkways in your garden, I’ve read this method is one of the best; and lastly WOOD CHIPS – yes they are appealing to the eye, but quite costly and a real pain to pick thru and clean once the weeds make their way up – and believe me they will.
Then of course you could always go with the commercial poison method, but seriously – who in their right mind would spray poison around fruit and vegetables when your main goal is to serve your produce on a plate to you and your family? This makes absolutely no sense to me and therefore I stay far away from that crap. So what else is there?
Try using organic, natural products, especially ones you can create on your own. By making your own sprays: your not wasting tons of money on commercial herbicides, your helping the environment (especially YOUR OWN ENVIRONMENT), your promoting healthier flowers and vegetables, and most importantly you won’t be ingesting any dangerous chemicals that are left on your produce. Its as simple as that.
So if you too are having a bit of problem with weeds in your yard, gardens or just about anywhere, check out this article by Carrie N. Culpepper at Home Sessive, called 8 Natural Weed Killers. Here she gives some easy to make solutions and some weed control barriers, for tackling and controlling those pesky weeds, all of which are EL NATURAL. So good luck, may the force be with you, and cheers to a bountiful organic crop this season
Weed Killers: 8 Natural Methods by Carrie N. Culpepper
If you’re like most avid gardeners, you can’t wait for the first signs of spring to surface. Unfortunately, that includes garden weeds, which start to emerge as soon as the last frost of the year is gone. Use these last weeks of winter to practice some necessary weed control before digging into your spring gardening checklist.
We rounded up the best organic weed control methods and products in three categories: home remedies, eco-friendly weed killer, and home barriers.
Pick your poison based how extensive your weed problem is and how much you’re willing to spend.
VINEGAR works against pesky weeds but may require multiple applications to do the trick. It works better with the help of some sun. But be sure the forecast doesn’t call for rain; the vinegar needs some time to set in.
CORNMEAL prevents weed seeds from germinating when sprinkled on the soil. It’s best to wait until after your seeds sprout to make sure the cornmeal doesn’t harm your new plants. In addition to its weed control properties, cornmeal attracts worms, which loosen up the soil.
BOILING WATER is probably the simplest thing to use, but make sure not to douse your plants – or burn yourself.
SALT is another simple solution but needs to be applied carefully because salt can poison the soil. A spoonful is all that’s needed to kill dandelions and other similar weeds but it’s best restricted to gravel areas and those not intended for plants.
WEED-ASIDE HERBICIDAL SOAP is a fatty acid weed killer that dehydrates plant tissue. It works on weeds, unwanted grass, algae and moss that have already sprouted.
BURNOUT is an organic horticultural vinegar comprised of 20 percent vinegar rather than kitchen vinegar’s five percent. It’s a good alternative to toxic weed killers.
WEED CONTROL BARRIERS:
This style of weed control is a bit more involved, but the effects can last longer. The barrier keeps out light and must be heavy enough to prevent weeds from growing through it.
NEWSPAPER forms a natural barrier against weeds, but be sure to remove the color pages because the chemicals in the colored ink will get into the soil.
GARDEN MULCH spread on top of weed control fabric produces a similar effect. It will not prevent tough weeds from growing through but it can prevent weed seeds from sprouting. And on top of the fabric, mulch decomposes more slowly, helping to keep the soil moist for plants.