Monthly Archives: May 2014

Signs of stroke – IMPORTANT HEALTH TIP

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I URGE ALL MY FRIENDS TO READ & SHARE THIS; YOU COULD SAVE A LOVED ONES LIFE BY KNOWING THIS SIMPLE INFORMATION!!!

Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and

Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A

SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. Chicken Soup)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is

‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part. Will you?

Blood Clots Cause Strokes: What Are The Symptoms Of A Stroke
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If You Have Symptoms Of A Stroke, Blood Clots Can Kill You If Don’t Act Fast.

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How To Detox Your Entire Life

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How To Detox Your Entire Life

 

 

Being holistic is a lifestyle. It’s not just about eating organic food and being a yogi. It’s about looking at your whole life, from your food to your career to your home to your relationships and removing what’s toxic from it. And it takes time to change your mindset from what’s easy to what’s right.

My husband was not on board with the changes I was making, at all. He just didn’t want to deal with the work or spending the extra money on expensive all-natural products. If I didn’t do the shopping, we wound up with Windex and Pepto Bismol. At first, I fought him on it. Then I just started throwing things out, and wasting money, and he hated that way more.

When he saw the results of me being happier, healthier, and saw what this could mean for our kids, he was willing to experiment himself. The other day, I came home to a bottle of generic Lysol on the counter and I gave him this look. He explained that it was actually a natural brand, but he didn’t want to just throw out the old bottle. He had recycled an old bottle! I was so proud.

For myself, I believed in living holistically because I have to. I have so many health issues and there was such a build up of toxicity and inflammation in my system, between my type A personality, my parents and stress. I had to educate myself to change all these products and my life has been so much better since.

There are so many things you can do to create a healthy, holistic life. The key is to eliminate what’s toxic and create alternatives. These were the first three baby steps I took:

1. Don’t buy chemical products.

I stopped buying all the cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals. Even chain grocery stores now offer several lines of eco-friendly cleaning products and they’re no more expensive than the name brands. Better still, search the internet for how to make cleaning products at home. Did you know that vinegar and salt will unclog a drain?

2. Don’t buy drugstore remedies and cosmetics.

Most drug store “remedies” only mask your ailment symptoms, they don’t cure the ailment. Essential oils and fresh herbs will get rid of a headache, nausea itchy skin and rash. All those cosmetic colors in your purse are a result of chemicals mixed together, and many have been tested on animals for your safety. Anti-perspirants and moisturizers also contain pore-clogging chemicals that will build up in your system over time. There are healthy, natural products out there for all this.

3. Mute and unfriend.

You can’t let people drain your energy. Sucking energy out of people is one of the most toxic things in our life. We all have toxic people in our lives. I’m not saying you have to end your relationships with them, but you don’t have to engage them either. You can’t expect the world to change for you. You have to change how you’re interacting with the world. Don’t let toxic relationships disrupt your life.

4. Don’t buy grocery produce.

Search the internet for nearby farmer’s markets and co-ops. Going to the farmer’s market can be a fun family activity. If you don’t have time for that, co-ops are a great alternative. Both of these options support your holistic lifestyle and your local growers.

Adopting a holistic lifestyle doesn’t require instant, overnight changes. You don’t have to go purge your cabinets and refrigerator of everything you’ve already bought. Replace the toxic with the non-toxic alternatives as you run out of what you already have. Adjust how you respond to toxic people. One day, you’ll wake up and realize how much better you feel.

Those are my four, really basic tips on how to become more holistic. What have you changed to create a holistic lifestyle for yourself?

 

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Read original article here: How To Detox Your Entire Life.

6 Signs It’s Time To Get More Organized

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6 Signs It’s Time To Get More Organized

 

 

Let’s face it. We all get disorganized at one point or another. Papers pile up, laundry doesn’t get done, phone calls don’t get returned. We’ve all been there. That said, sometimes we don’t necessarily know when it’s time to stage our own intervention or call in some backup. So here are the the signs that it might be time to take action and get back on the organizing bandwagon.

1. You haven’t opened up a piece of mail in over a month.

Even if you get all of your bills online nowadays, it’s still important to open your mail, even if only to prevent paper tsunamis from happening. Like with most things, once you get into a rhythm of not opening your mail, it becomes easy to continue not doing that. But bags filled with unopened mail tends to be one of the biggest things that throw people into overwhelm and angst. Commit to opening at least 10 pieces a day, starting today. Before you know it, you’ll be back up to speed.

2. You don’t remember the last time you did laundry.

If your laundry bin is filled to capacity, it’s time to take action or bring in outside help. When you haven’t done laundry in a while, clothing ends up in multiple piles around your home and then it becomes all the more overwhelming putting everything back in the closet and drawers once it finally gets cleaned. Do yourself a favor and do a load ASAP or have someone else do it.

3. There are parts of your home where you can’t see the floor.

When you get to a point where you can’t see the floor, it’s time to make a change. It’s not going to get better at this point unless you make a deliberate choice to do things differently. Clutter, whether physical, digital or mental, never does a body or a mind good. First step? Gather all of the things on the floor and put them together in a neat pile or in a bag. Tomorrow, you can start going through them. One step at a time.

4. You spend at least one hour each week looking for misplaced or lost items.

Time is something we all seem to want more of. If you find yourself spending over an hour looking for your favorite black sweater, the extra set of keys, and that can of chili you swore you had (all over the course of one week) consider that a sign that it’s time to bring in some organizing help.

5. You can no longer identify certain foods in your fridge.

When foods in your fridge no longer resemble food, it’s time to give some T.L.C. to your fridge. Typically, this shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes. Give it a quick sweep and throw out the things that you know are no longer edible.

6. When you open a closet, you know you’re running the risk of things falling on you.

So many of us have a love/hate relationship with closets. The good news is that you can hide clutter by stuffing so many things into them and the bad news is that you can hide clutter by stuffing so many things into them. Stuffing closets is never the solution — perhaps a great quick fix, but never the ultimate answer. You can start with the things that are falling on your head. Where do theyreally belong?

As I said, we all find ourselves in situations like these at certain times.

The idea isn’t to judge ourselves, or anyone else, but rather to recognize the situation for what it is, and decide to make a change.

What’s one thing you commit to doing this week to get more organized? Share below and I’ll be sure to respond to each comment and cheer you on.

 

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6 Signs It’s Time To Get More Organized.

The Ritually Defined Person

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The Ritually Defined Person

Ritual and the meaning of life

Read original article here: The Ritually Defined Person | Psychology Today.

What’s Your Hurry?

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What’s Your Hurry?

Are you a pre-crastinator? If so, it could be costing you.

Many of us procrastinate constantly. For example, my last “monthly” post was four months ago. The myriad costs ofprocrastination, to both individuals and organizations, have been documented extensively. But interesting new research by David Rosenbaum, Lanyun Gong, and Cory Potts suggests that there may be instances in which people engage in pre-crastination, which the authors define as “the tendency to complete, or at least begin, tasks as soon as possible, even at the expense of extra physical effort.”

In their forthcoming article in Psychological Science, the authors document this phenomenon through a series of experiments in which participants must choose which of two buckets to carry to the end of an alley. In most experiments, each bucket contained the same amount of weight—for example, seven pounds of pennies. Critically, though, one bucket was positioned closer to the participant (the “near bucket”), and the other farther from the participant and closer to the end of the alley (the “far bucket”). Since participants needed to make it to the end of the same alley regardless of which bucket they carried, one might expect them to choose to carry the far bucket, to minimize the total effort they had to exert, and delay when they would have to start exerting effort.

That wasn’t the case.

The authors found that participants tended to select the near bucket—and the closer the near bucket was to them, the more likely they were to select it.

 

Why were participants so eager to work harder than they needed to? Continue reading here: What’s Your Hurry? | Psychology Today.

Field Guide: Sarcastic Masters

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Field Guide: Sarcastic Masters

7 Steps To Get Over Food Cravings & Gain Control Of Your Life

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7 Steps To Get Over Food Cravings & Gain Control Of Your Life

 

 

Do you find yourself frequently thinking about sweets? Do you feel obligated to finish a whole bag of chips once you start? Do you eat more than you want to? Do you ever feel bad about yourself after eating something?

Confessions of an Ex-Sugar Fiend

Most of us are familiar with food cravings, which are just as real as addictions to cigarettes, cocaine, and alcohol. Mine started in medical residency. First it was sugar. Then caffeine. I was driven by stress, fatigue, and the need for quick “food” and comfort in the face of long, grueling work hours.

It started with the occasional Dunkin’ Munchkin that was ubiquitously available at morning meetings after overnights awake caring for sick patients in the cardiac ICU. I became fond of the chocolate ones.

I progressed to peanut M&Ms — surely a gateway drug for many of us — because the combination of fatprotein, andsugar kept me awake and staved off hunger overnight. Energy bars fit in there now and then. And those little 100-calorie cookie packages stashed easily in my white coat pocket next to my stethoscope and patient notes.

Pretty soon anything with sugar and fat was fair game, and if it had salt that was even better. Junk stashes were available at pretty much every nurse’s station, staff meeting, and in resident conference rooms. The really nice nurses brought in homemade brownies and cookies and gave us first dibs before morning rounds. I drew the limit at soft drinks and artificial colors and flavors. (Well, except for those M&Ms.)

About halfway into my first year of residency, I started drinking coffee. Just a half cup so I could make it through the night until noon the next day, when my 30-hour shift ended. I’d didn’t even like the taste of coffee! But I am super caffeine sensitive so it’s a great “drug” for me. To circumvent the taste, I added sugar and a small amount of milk.

I gained eight pounds that year, all around my waist, and got sick more times than I had cumulatively in the decade prior. My periods became irregular with intense PMS prior to them. I slept poorly even on my nights off, and in my early 40s got some zits.

On my days off, I craved a muffin for breakfast instead of my previously typical healthy fare of a whole-food, protein-rich breakfast. I wanted sweets every day, and when I wasn’t eating them, I was thinking about them. And I started to really love lattes.

In spite of 30 years of living and teaching a healthy lifestyle, becoming a doctor turned me into a sugar fiend! Ah, the ironies of the health care system. Becoming a doctor was literally making me fat and sick!

An Unexpected Detox

Everything changed when I went to Haiti to provide high-risk obstetric and general medical care. I don’t mean to sound glib, given the poverty and attendant starvation in that country (please read my blogs about my experiences there), but I sometimes think of that month as my inadvertent detox.

I lost those extra eight pounds, completely stopped craving sugar and carbs, slept easily for the first time in over a year in spite of being on a cot under mosquito netting in a malaria-ridden country, and came back home physically refreshed in spite of a grueling month of medical work.

During that month food was sparse and simple. The only time candy was available was when a visiting medical team came down to provide services and brought a bag of M&Ms (of course!) or mini-Snickers bars. These were always scarfed up by sugar-deprived Americans within an hour of being opened because everyone wanted a break from the chicken, goat, grapefruit and over-cooked cabbage and onions that constituted breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In addition to the lack of non-food-junk (I refuse to call that stuff “junk food” ‘cause it ain’t food), meals were modest-sized because we were sharing limited food with a large number of people at every meal. Food was served at regular times, and I had only nuts as a snack in between.

I went to bed at 10 and woke up with the roosters (there were roosters everywhere!) at 6:30 each morning. I was physically active and loved what I was doing. I also remembered to slow down and be grateful for every bite of food I had.

Because as really awful as the food was from a culinary perspective, I still had food while most of my patients and the people in the entire country ate fewer than two meals most days of their lives. I worked hard but life had a rhythm, my schedule was in balance with nature, and I was filled with purpose.

Nearly immediately upon my return home I was served a muffin from a local bakery. I actually spit my first bite out into my napkin — the taste was so unbearably sweet I couldn’t tolerate it.

I couldn’t eat any sugar for about six months after my return. I had developed a sugar addiction in residency and in Haiti it was cured. I also had renewed mindfulness about eating and a new level of food gratitude.

However, eventually the prevalence of sugar in my environment and the stress began to creep back in, so I then had to consciously and intentionally say NO, and maintain healthy lifestyle habits that prevented the addiction and cravings from starting up again.

My experience points out two simple truths:

  1. Stress leads to food addictions and our food enivronments perpetuate them.
  2. We are victims of food addiction.

Did I say we are victims? Yes. I used that term deliberately.

Let’s take a closer look at this. Here are some of the characteristics of an addiction:

  • Obsession with (constantly thinks of) the object, activity, or substance
  • Seeking out or engaging in the behavior even though it is causing harm (physical problems, poor work or study performance)
  • Compulsively engaging in the activity, that is, doing it over and over even if you don’t want to and finding it difficult to stop
  • Upon cessation of the activity, withdrawal symptoms often occur. These can include irritability, craving, restlessness or depression.
  • Lack of sense of control as to when, how long, or how much the behavior will continue (Ate 10 cookies when she only wanted one, “Can’t stop”.)
  • Denying problems resulting from engagement in the behavior
  • Depression about the behavior
  • Low self-esteem associated with the behavior and anxiety over the perceived lack of control

Any of these strike a familiar chord?

BIG FOOD is no dummy. Entire research and development teams at major BIG FOOD companies thrive on creating non-food junk with just the right amount of sugar, salt, or fat (or all three rolled into one tasty package) to make us want more and more and more. Not only do these foods feed our biologically driven survival urges, they feed our brain’s pleasure centers. And these companies pay extremely talented chemists to create snacks we’re hardwired to want. In fact, they’re tapping into the very same neurological wiring that is activated in drug addiction!

Almost daily in my clinical practice I hear a new patient say, “I am trying to control what I eat but I have no self-discipline,” or “I try to eat well but then I just can’t control myself when there’s a bag of chips in front of me — I can’t stop at a few,” or the one that really gets me: “I’ve been a really bad girl lately…”

As a result, many women struggle with loss of self-esteem due to perceived lack of self-control over the foods they are consuming. Many women beat themselves up emotionally on a daily basis over lost food battles, without realizing that they’re up against some of the best scientists in the world.

Yet the good news is that food addiction is not simply — or even mostly — a matter of self-discipline. “Non-food junk” is carefully and deliberately manufactured to manufacture addiction. Scientists and marketing teams work with multimillion-dollar budgets to provide exactly what our exhausted, over-extended nervous systems are craving: sugar, salt, and fat.

Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, describes the manufacture of food addictions by the food industry elegantly in his book The End of Overeating, as does Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michael Moss in his book Salt, Sugar, Fat.

However, while the food industry may create an environment that is hostile to health by supplying us with a stash of salt, sugar, and fat at every checkout counter in the country, something much deeper is happening to drive our sense that we need or want salt, sugar, and fat – and this starts in our most primitive survival centers in the brain and our adrenal glands.

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way: How To Break the Addiction Pattern and Gain Food Freedom

We do not have to be slaves to food addictions or to the stress that drives compulsive eating. The key lies in quieting the primitive stress response and resolving stress as quickly as possibly. If we keep our bodies and brains feeling safe, we don’t have to live in a constant state of stress overdrive! The sugar, fat, and salt become less interesting – and when we don’t feel we need them, we stop craving them.

What do we need to prevent stress overdrive? Really, we just need the human basics: good nutrition, adequate rest and sleep, love, and fulfillment. It all comes down to making a healthy lifestyle — which includes engaging in meaningful activities and healthy social connections — a priority. It is in our power and interest to release the unhealthy patterns and build the healthy ones that allow us to break free of food addictions.

Here are 7 essential solutions to overcome food cravings:

1. Practice stress reduction.

Your entire being needs to know that you are not at a 4-alarm fire! Even five minutes of mindfulness meditation twice daily can calm your nervous system, help your cortisol levels return to normal, and transform your life. I practice a “quickie” meditation whenever I feel my stress level mounting. It goes like this: While inhaling deeply to the count of 4, say to yourself “I AM” and on the exhale to a count of 4 say “AT PEACE.” Rinse and repeat 4 times.

2. Practice mindfulness in food choices and while eating.

To do this, simply take a moment before you eat something to really check in with yourself, from a place of centeredness. Ask yourself whether this is optimal for you and take a moment to think about what your body really needs right then. Eat only when you feel relaxed. Eat slowly so that you can enjoy and savor your meals. Food should be one of our great pleasures in life. Mindful eating can help you break free from the grip of food addictions and feel better about your choices so that you can enjoy eating once again.

3. Keep your blood sugar balanced.

Blood sugar balancing is a key to alleviating food cravings. Eat a healthy breakfast with a good quality protein every day. Eat only nutrient rich foods, emphasizing proteins, high quality fats, and vegetables. Sugar sends your body on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. The lows (hypoglycemia) trigger your brain, which depends on sugar for energy, to think you are in a state of emergency and causes your stress response to get activated full tilt boogie. Stable blood sugar = stable stress hormones, smoother emotions, and healthy weight.

4. Keep your fridge and pantry health friendly.

Simple logic: If you only have healthy food choices, you’re more likely to eat well.

5. Optimal nutrient intake will help with satiety.

If your body isn’t getting the nutrients you need, you will crave more and more food as your body tries to get the nutrition you are really craving. This takes you back to points 2, 3, and 4 above. Taking a good multivitamin and mineral can also provide missing ingredients for optimal health.

6. Sleep well.

This means getting 7 to 8 hours each night. Less than this also leads to activation of the stress response and increased cortisol levels. We’ve all experienced fatigue leading to sugar cravings. Back to the same vicious cycle of stress, cravings, weight gain and so on.

7. Find ways to feel full other than food.

Sometimes feelings of emptiness, sadness, loneliness or boredom can also activate our stress response and trigger hormones and chemicals in our brains that stimulate cravings – a need to fill ourselves. Since fat, sugar, and salt “feed” us when we are in a stress response, calming the anxiety that arises when we feel fight-or-flight feelings, or depression, these are what we tend to crave when we feel empty emotionally. Tending and mending the broken parts of us is part of becoming whole and healthy.

Herbal medicines called adaptogens, for example, ashwagandha, rhodiola, maitake and reishi mushrooms, and American ginseng are especially helpful for restoring adrenal health, healing burn out, regulating blood sugar, and nourishing the immune system. They can also help with “brain fog” and memory problems that also accompany stress, fatigue, and sugar cravings, and they boost mood naturally. They are safe except if you are pregnant, on SSRI antidepressants, or medications for your immune system.

I use a formula called Vital Adapt by Natura Health Products, and another by Planetary Formulas called Reishi Mushroom Supreme. Gaia Herbs makes an excellent formula called Adrenal Health, and there are many adaptogen blends on the market. They need to be taken for at least 3 to 6 months to be effective.

Love your body. Love your food. Love your self. BREAK FREE! YES, YOU CAN!!!

 

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Read original article by Dr Aviva Romm, published by MindBodyGreen here: 7 Steps To Get Over Food Cravings & Gain Control Of Your Life.