Health

Do You Kegel?

Do You Kegel?

 

When I was pregnant with my last child, I learned about an exercise in the Bradley Method child birthing class we were taking. They’re called “kegel exercises”, and they are something that I have continued to do for the past 27 years.

Kegel exercises strengthen the pubococcygeus or PC muscles, also known as the pelvic floor. The PC muscles are shaped like a sling and hold the bladder and uterus in place. Over the years, they can become weakened from many factors such as pregnancy and childbirth, being overweight, and of course just plain old aging.

If these muscles are allowed to become weak and out of shape, it can cause several potential problems like urinary incontinence, or prolapsed bladder and uterus. Mayo Clinic says, “The effects of pelvic organ prolapse range from uncomfortable pelvic pressure to leakage of urine. Pelvic organ prolapse isn’t inevitable, however. Kegel exercises can help delay or even prevent pelvic organ prolapse and the related symptoms.” Read On…

Tips and Tricks for Veggie Haters

Tips and Tricks for Veggie Haters

 

Eat your vegetables! You need three to five servings of vegetables a day! I have been hearing this for as long as I can remember. The problem is…I hate veggies! Ok, I don’t hate all veggies, just most of them. But I do understand the importance of them in our diets, especially since I am now trying to eat healthier and lose weight. So what’s a veggie hater to do?

Over the years, I have found or devised some little tricks to get my daily-recommended allowance without having to make funny faces trying to choke them down. Read On…

Is Your Favorite Health Food Really All Natural?

Is Your Favorite Health Food Really All Natural?

 

In my quest to become healthier, I have been trying to eat more natural and organic foods. This has meant completely changing the way we eat, where we shop,  and how I read labels and other materials to become more informed about our food choices.

This all started when I quit smoking last year, and has turned into a full blown personal campaign for better food choices after watching the movie Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should! It’s quite an eye opener…especially the parts about GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Before seeing the movie, I had already started shopping at Whole Foods. I decided to use my allotted cigarette money to purchase organic produce, and meats that were as natural as we could afford. We also switched over to natural whole grain breads, crackers, cookies and pastas. At this point I had never heard of GMOs, so I figured that everything that I was buying was all natural and good for us. Unfortunately no. Read On…

Comfort Food Made Healthy: Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Comfort Food Made Healthy: Chicken and Dumpling Soup

 

My grandmother taught me many of the foods that I’ve made for my family over the years. The only thing is that when it came to grandma’s recipes, there really was no recipe. Her definition of a recipe was a handful of this, a pinch of that, cook for about this long, and you’re done. And an added benefit to her recipes is that they’re very adjustable.

Fortunately, I made these dishes enough times that I no longer need a written recipe either. But the bad thing is that if they don’t get written down, they may be lost forever. So once in a while I’m going to share some of my favorite unwritten recipes with you. I hope they become favorites of yours as well.

One of my family’s favorite dinners that grandma taught me how to make is chicken and dumpling soup. As a matter of fact, it is my youngest daughter’s favorite dinner. She requests that I make it whenever she comes home for a visit.

Since we are trying to eat more naturally and healthfully, I recently changed it a little to make it even healthier than it was before. So I decided it was finally time to create a written recipe for this delicious dish, though of course, you can change it to suit your tastes. Read On…

Get Your Curves On! – Review

Get Your Curves On! – Review

 

We all know about the importance of exercise, especially as we age. I know I come across the statistics numerous times each day. So I’m not going to reiterate them all here. The only things I’m going to say is that we need both resistance exercise to increase bone density and muscle mass, and aerobics to improve heart function, aid in weight control, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

If you’re anything like me, you really don’t like to HAVE to exercise. Besides, who has the time?

This is where Curves can help. I not only have worked out at Curves, off and on, for over ten years, but I was also a Circuit Coach for about three years. Read On…

Overcoming the Obstacles: Middle Age Spread

Overcoming the Obstacles: Middle Age Spread

 

Ok…ok…I’ll admit it, aging is not all sunshine and lollipops. And really, I may be an optimistic person, but I don’t wear rose colored glasses. I just like to look at the positives and work toward overcoming, or accepting if I have to, the negatives in life. (Though I’m really not the best at accepting things that I don’t want to accept. Just ask anyone who knows me.) Besides I truly believe there are always lessons that can make us stronger and better if we choose to learn from the obstacles in life.

My most recent obstacle, actually it’s been going on for a couple of years, has been the fact that I’ve gained what I consider to be a lot of weight. And no, I’m not saying how much.

It seems “one of the foremost menopause symptoms seems to be weight gain and a change in the overall shape of your body”, according to Epigee Women’s Health. And the main area where women gain the weight is the abdomen. Yeah, no kidding. I really only had to look in a mirror or try on a pair of jeans to figure that one out. Read On…

Mind Over Matter: Having a Healthy Attitude

Mind Over Matter: Having a Healthy Attitude

 

”The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” Charles Swindoll

This is one of my favorite quotes! I have always believed that having a good attitude was very important. How I relate to the world, how I look at it and my life, how I handle my circumstances is more important than whatever actual situation I am in. Read On…

On the Bright Side: Slowing Down

On the Bright Side: Slowing Down

 

There definitely are some benefits to getting older, and one of them is that we slow down a bit. But after years, decades actually, of keeping up an insane pace in life, I was so ready for it.

Over twenty-five years of having four babies, raising them, running them around, teaching them, feeding them, taking care of the house and the bills, running a business, and working part time on the side definitely took its toll. There was just no time to think, reflect, relax, and take care of myself.

Then one day the last one moved out and I no longer had anything urgent that I had to do. For the first time in ages, I could relax and do nothing, which was exactly what I did. I think my body just needed one huge break. Read On…

I Hate Breakfast

I Hate Breakfast

 

I cannot eat breakfast!

Believe me, I’ve tried, but my stomach just can’t handle food in the morning. I must wait at least an hour and have had at least one cup of coffee first.

But “they” say breakfast is the “most important meal of the day”, and it is even more important if you’re dieting to jump start the metabolism. So I do understand that I should be consuming something, hopefully healthy and low in calories, other than just coffee before noon.

So what I do is I drink my breakfast instead. Read On…

A Healthy Perspective on Aging

A Healthy Perspective on Aging

 

The other night my husband was watching Tina Turner in a televised concert she recently did. I was so impressed by the fact that this woman was still in her miniskirts and high heels (her legs looked amazing) kicking it up, dancing and singing like she was at most 40. At one point she was even dancing on some narrow scaffolding that was high above the crowd. But I was even more impressed….no, blown away….when I looked her up online and found out that she was 70 years old when she performed in that concert. Wow! I want to be like that at 70. Read On…