Dec 30, 2011

Sweating the Bad Fat – You are what you eat

Are you one of those women who has had a bad experience and turned to chocolates and biscuits and binge eating for comfort? Do you stuff yourself with foods that are bad for you and afterwards become depressed as you see the pounds pile on? There is real truth in the saying that you are what you eat. You have scoffed muffins and pies and sugary doughnuts and now look like a ring doughnut yourself. Don’t fret. If you have the patience and tenacity, you can turn this around by doing the following in two stages:

Stage 1
·                     Drop the attitude and get real. Being embarrassed about your weight and becoming sarcastic with everyone is not going to help.
·                     Cut out sugar right now; not even a comfort size teaspoon of sugar.
·                     Open the fridge and discard all margarines, creams, fats, and anything containing cholesterol, except olive oil and real cream.
·                     Get rid of all cake, biscuits, desserts and sugary products.
·                     Open the meat section and throw out wieners and sausages and any other meat products and/or salami which contain fat except for skinless chicken breasts.
·                     Discard fizzy drinks and invest in mineral water.
Have you noticed that exercise has not been mentioned yet? That is because you first have to get rid of the junk food in the house. You first have to have a willingness to accept that you have to lose weight and want to do it, and you first have to have a plan.

Stage 2
·                     There is no easy way around this except to do it. Draw up a plan that includes an hour or less every day to take a walk with a friend or go by yourself to the beach, the park, or any place where you are able to get at least forty minutes worth of exercise.
·                     Start with stretching exercises of ten minutes first thing in the morning.
·                     Do some meditation and think of yourself as a thin person.
·                     Get some books on healthy eating for recipes you can make for one.
·                     Stay away from sweets, rice, bread, biscuits or any kind of flour. Drink lots of water.
·                     Always read the ingredients on the package for hidden sugars.
·                     If you like riding a bike but are afraid to ride too far, get a stationary recumbent bike which gives good back support and makes it less wearing on the knees.
·                     Try to do a little more as far as exercising every day.
·                     You are what you eat; love yourself by staying away from the foods which you know are bad for you.

Coping with Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that gets progressively worse over the years. Some people live with the disease for twenty or more years, for others it progresses slowly and some patients have lived into their eighties. It is impossible to gauge or predict how long a P.D. sufferer will live as it depends on many factors. Still, there is much someone afflicted with the condition can do to live a healthy and productive life. If you have always been averse to exercise, this is your time to get out your walking shoes and take active steps to keeping healthy. Walking is good for you as it contributes to good blood circulation, gets your endorphins going and also creates an overall feeling of well being. Every day you walk or do some form of exercise is a treat for your body as you cannot afford to get stiff from being sedentary – and you should not be sitting in one position for long periods of time.
Things you can do to keep active include:
·                     Playing games where words and puzzles are involved as it exercises the brain and keeps you in the loop.
·                     Work in your garden for fifteen minutes or so. Clip the dry leaves, pull some weeds, water the plants.
·                     Don’t isolate yourself from your friends. You want to live as normal a life as possible. Arrange a card game for your friends or go to the cinema once in a while.
·                     Have a nap in the afternoons; it refreshes you.
·                     Meet your friends and go out for tea or go for a walk to the park. Don’t let the words – I don’t feel well – become part of your repertoire.
·                     Get a novel from the library once or twice a week and curl up on the couch.
·                     Most of all stay positive and tell yourself every morning when you wake up that it is going to be a great day. Remember, not all days are rough days and everyone gets older; not only P.D. sufferers.
·                     Do stretching exercises twice a day and keep on the move. Don’t let stiffness set in.
·                     Say thank you to God for reminding you that life is not to be taken for granted and giving you the wisdom and strength to look after yourself. The mind is a wonderful thing; it can heal.

Medical Secrets You Should Be Made Aware of

Are you ill and have questions about your health or a disease such as cancer or autism or joint problems or any other kind of concern you would like answered? It is more than likely that someone in your family has been ill and that you have probably been exposed to people suffering from pain. If you would like answers about your health, you could first try going on the internet and sort through the different sites and make up your own mind as to what you think your problem is, the source that most speak to you, and how to go about using the information you have gathered. You could compile important information so that when you do see a doctor, you have some knowledge about the illness and can talk comfortably about it. People quite often put off making that doctor’s appointment until the last minute as they fear doctors and the news they might receive.

Health secrets hidden from the public

Often when there’s a cover-up about anything, or hiding important information from consumers, it has something to do with making or losing money. Big name diseases like Alzheimers or Parkinson’s Disease are big money-making machines and the more sufferers turn to holistic and natural methods, the more they are swayed to go with the synthetic drug. They also have recurring medical prescriptions which is big bucks for medical professionals. This is not to say that using natural remedies can cure or fix everything and that you should not also use conventional medicine; the problem is that no one spreads this kind of good news and many people suffering from pain lose out. Be honest with consumers. Combine conventional medicine with natural remedies, where and if possible, and give the consumer the best of both worlds; the industry can benefit by transparency. If a Parkinson’s sufferer does well with hemp oil, don’t discourage it. If the patient believes it will help him or her, it most probably will. Don’t keep important and life-changing information to yourself. Go online and do a search on the ailment you have and read as many books on the subject as you can. When it comes to health, knowledge is everything.

Ten Effective Brain Foods for Parkinson’s sufferers

The brain is very much like the motherboard of the body or the engine of a car. It’s no use buying rims for the vehicle if the transmission is busted. You have to fix the heart first. Here are ten effective super brain foods to improve concentration, memory, mood, and disposition. Some of these items are already on our menu. See how you can integrate them into your diet for a healthier, saner, clear-headed you.
1              Wild Salmon – rich in Omega 3 fatty acids – helps your brain develop tissue for increasing brain power.
2              Coffee – contains anti-oxidants and is known to reduce Alzheimers and age-related cognitive disorders. This excludes sweet and sugary coffee drinks.
3              Mixed nuts is a potpourri of good health – walnuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids – almonds contain natural mood enhancing neurotransmitters – nuts also promote mental clarity and strong memory.
4              Egg yolks are rich in choline, an essential nutrient to improving memory function.
5              Avocados – a great tasting fruit that promotes blood flow and known for reducing blood pressure. Don't overdo it with the avocados though.
6              Flax seeds – a healthy fat that aids the cerebral cortex to function better – part of the brain responsible for processing sensory information.
7              Blueberries should really be first or second on the list. Eating blueberries improves memory function; they are high in anti oxidants and aids in preventing free radical damage.
8              Dark chocolate – rich in anti oxidants, it improves focus and concentration.
9              Whole grains are excellent brain foods and improve circulation.
10            Broccoli – a vegetable we have all tasted and enjoyed. Eat this great tasting veggie to improve memory function as well as stave off aging.
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Embracing Parkinson's - Living a Manageable Life

If you are like most people who have suddenly and unceremoniously discovered that you have Parkinson’s disease, you are probably still reeling from the diagnosis. It was with shock and despair that I responded to this unwelcome news just five weeks ago, in November 2011. How could I have it? I used my brain every day. I was a prolific writer whose articles appeared on the internet every day. How could I use my logical mind to deal with what was to come – and what would I do if my logical mind deserted me? My father had Alzheimers. I used to make light of the matter to my brothers and sisters and would say I was going to follow him. When he started to lose his memory and tried to light his cigarette even though he had a lit cigarette in his hand, I found it amusing and cute and we used to have a little laugh now and again at his expense when he walked up and down in the hallway and said he was waiting for a friend to come and pick him up. The friend had died ten years earlier.

Dealing with reality 

Be careful what you say, even in gest. I was indeed going my father’s way. Today I am walking up and down the passage thirty times, three times a day; only I was doing it because I am trying to stay fit and flexible, and it is part of the plan. The plan is a healthy diet, drinking lots of water, doing stretching exercises upon getting up in the morning, more stretching in the afternoon, going for a walk, finding out everything about Parkinson’s treatment, and trying holistic and natural methods first. Your armor at this very early stage of Parkinson’s is knowledge.

·                     Read up on depression caused by Alzheimers and Parkinson’s to determine the difference between the two conditions; there is a difference.
·                     Go on the internet and listen to survivor stories or people living with Parkiinson’s.
·                     Listen to Michael J Fox on You Tube and see if you can learn something from his resilience and determination to manage his disease. You might also want to listen to Muhamad Ali’s story. They both have had Parkinson’s for about twenty years, and are still with us!
·                     Parkinson’s does not kill you; most fatalities as a result from Parkinson’s are complications from pneumonia, and falls.
·                     Eat brain foods such as bananas, walnuts, cashews, almonds, eggs, wild salmon, beans, yams. Click here for list of super foods.
·                     There are five phases for Parkinson’s. Determine from your doctor what phase you are in.
·                     Read tips on how to manage your life and always check on the internet for the latest news.