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Pomegranate to soften your skin. A glass of pure, natural pomegranate juice is great, but try to have at least a cup of pomegranate seeds - not just the juice. This fruit is packed with Vitamin C. The juice in pomegranate seeds contains punic alagin both and ellagic acid. The first is a compound that fights damage from free radicals. The second is a super nutrient that increases your body's ability to preserve collagen, the connective tissue that makes your skin look younger, smoother and soft.Blueberries to smooth fine lines. Blueberries are truly a super food. They contain more fiber and antioxidants than any other food. Enjoy eating at least one half to one cup of berries and give your skin the benefit of protection from skin damaging free radicals that come from over-exercising, emotional stress and too much sun exposure. Blueberries prevent cell-structure damage that can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and loss of skin firmness.
20 way’s to look and feel great
Eat The Right Food, Follow A Healthy Diet
Learn to be patient with yourself
Pay attention of your loved ones
Take a nap
Reach a comfortable body weight
Put positive thoughts in your head
Get some quiet time
Learn to get yourself motivated
Get in contact with your spiritual self
Stop over scheduling yourself
Go to a neighbor’s house and socialize
Straighten up your home and keep it that way.
Switch from glasses to contact lenses
Get your relationships in order
Smile and Laugh
Stay away from people who make you feel bad.
What a great way to celebrate some major changes I have made in my life. I am running for Mrs. Idaho America. It brings me great joy to share my story. I have been so blessed to speak to so many people about the positive changes I have made since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Here is my story to share.
I was pregnant with my 3rd child at age 37. I went in for my normal check up. As I stepped on the scale and noticed I had a 10 pound weight gain. I simply could not believe my eyes. The nurse softly said do you have diabetes? I said NO!! She then started quickly looking through my chart and said that is weird I can't find your blood work from your gestational diabetes test. She then went on to say she would give the Lab a call. As she walked back towards me looking down I felt something wasn't right. She said I am so sorry to let you know but your test came back positive. I asked why I was not notified and she said somehow my test results did not come over from the lab.
She sent me right over for a 3 hour blood glucose test and I again tested positive. Knowing I only had 6 weeks until my due date I needed to work fast and learn all I could to know how to eat and what to do to better my health for myself and my baby. She gave me a load of paper work to read on gestational diabetes and also gave me food guide lines to follow. I followed the food guide and when I returned each week for testing my test were in range. I felt much relief.
I ended up delivering my baby 3 weeks early so I only knew I had diabetes for 3 weeks of my pregnancy. I had my post glucose tests after my son was born and the nurse said that there was no diabetes showing. I got one more my test the day we went home. Again I was told I could return to regular foods that the diabetes gone.
My son was very sick his first year of life. I was up with him nightly and was at the Doctor office many times to find out he had bronchitis and ear infections. It was really hard on my body because I wasn’t feeling well myself. I could not drop a pound no matter how hard I tried and I was having really bad headaches. I wanted to go to the Doctor to see what was up but my son was so ill I just kept putting it off. Finally I could not take another day of the headaches and I called my Doctor.
Dr. Rick Robert's over at Saltzer medical group. He got me in the next day and did a bunch of tests. He also ended up sending me home with a blood monitor. He taught me how to use it and said now don't get worried I just want to see how your blood sugar test's out. When I get the monitor in a few weeks we will discuss the results. He went on to talk about the different types of diabetes than he said with a smile I see you back in a few weeks. A few weeks past and I went back in to see Dr. Roberts; He asked how I was feeling? I told him I was not feeling any better. :-(
He took the monitor back and had it hooked up to his computer that printed out the results. He came in and said Well, Jill you do have diabetes. I froze and then began to cry. He said listen, I am going to give you a diet plan that will help allot and the pounds will start dropping off. He then said I need to do some type of aerobic program, machine or walking will do but you need to do it faithfully 5 days a week for the next month and then let’s have you back in and see your progress. He then went on to say that he would like me to test my blood before I eat and 1 hr after I eat 3 times a day.
Well, my next visit brought Joy as he told me your numbers look great so I can tell you have been eating right. I stepped on the scale to see a there was a 13 pound loss. I remember the feeling of relief that came over me. I knew what I had to do to get myself better. It was such a pleasing thought to know that I could act upon what my Dr. said to do and I will continue to get good results and that is exactly what I did.
On January 2008 I slipped and fell on black Ice. I had a rotation fall where when I fell my ankle turned both ways and broke on both sides. I had to have surgery and a plate with 6 screws put in my Fibula and while in surgery my surgeon was going to add 3 screws to my Tibia but because it aligned he decided that in the long run it would be better for that bone to heel all the way through. I was on the couch off of my ankle for the 7 weeks than had to use crutches for the next 3+ months. Total healing time was 9 1/2 months.
In that 9 mo I could have sat around and ate and watched the weight come back on. I just could not do that after all the hard work so I did the opposite and with the continuing of eating 6 small meals a day I reached a weight I haven't seen in 14 yrs. I have seriously had to get rid of all of my clothes and start from scratch.
It’s been about 3 yrs since I found out I had diabetes and I have lost 90 pounds now.
I feel great and the best thing of all is sharing my story with others and being able to help others educate themselves with the risk factors of diabetes and start now to live a better healthier life so they don’t have to go through what I went through.
I want to thank Doctor Roberts for being such a great Doctor and teaching me so much about diabetes and what to do to change my life. I also want to thank my family for being there for me though this very big trial and standing by my side cheering me on through my successes.
Symptoms can be from heart disease, chronic fatigue to migraines or headaches and many more.Maybe you've had little sleep with a crying infant, or you wake to the relentless demands of your toddler who is having a melt down over what cereal you poured or what clothes to wear.....you're buried beneath piles of clothes, diapers and endless list of to do's. Sounds like stress to me!!!
And, yes, I've been there too on more occasions than I care to admit.
It seems in this ever-fast paced world we live in there is bound to be stress that's put upon us on a continual basis and cannot be avoided. There is a very wise saying that continues to hold it's weight today -
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can and the WISDOM to know the difference". However, there are some tools to keep you from being run down and burned out!
Here are some ideas to help you slow down and take a break:
- Take a walk on the beach, park or relaxing area..- Get some Exercise, fresh air and soak in the sunshine!
- Listen to your favorite music
- Write in a journal - use part of it to express feelings, contemplate, but also have another section where you keep the "pearls" or things of value or meaning. You can also make a thankful journal to list things you are thankful for this can lift your spirits.
- Indulge in a small item
- Turn off the Phone, TV, cell phone, computer etc, and just enjoy the quiet to reflect, relax and recharge
- Laugh & smile - add some humor, release the pent up tension. - Do a really silly dance in front of the mirror, I'll bet you laugh!
- Take a 5to10minute "escape" - close your eyes and picture yourself in your favorite place doing your favorite thing. Take a few deep breaths and you will feel great.
- Get a massage - professionally or even sign up a family member
- Count your blessings - there are so many if we take the time to see the
- Say "NO" to an obligation you don't need or want to take on.
I have been dealing with dry skin. I call it winter skin...
I have tried a few things that are making a difference. If you are dealing with this problem take a look at the following and see if any of these improve the problem.
Moisturize More You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care. I have been using an "ointment" moisturizer that's oil-based, instead of a water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. *****Big Hint: Many lotions labeled as (night cream) are oil-based.
But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for "non clogging" oils, like mineral oil, avocado oil, or even primrose oil.
Shea oil or butter is controversial they may clog the facial pores. Vegetable shortening is a big no no!! It just sits on the skin and makes it greasy it does not absorb into the skin.
You can also look for lotions containing "humectants," including glycerin or alpha hydroxy acids that will make your skin feel great because they actually attract moisture to your skin.
I have been doing my microderm abrasion a little less often but love the alpha hydroxy acids because they really do make a difference.
Here is another thing that has been making a difference. My Humidifier!!! Thank heavens for these. No longer living near the ocean, I love my Humidifier year round. With Central heating as well as dry air it really makes a bad combo. Get a Humidifier and you will love the difference in your skin.
Leave a comment if you have something to share that has worked for you. It's nice to get feedback from others!!
Keep blinds open during the day to let as much light in your home as possible.
I have had seasonal depression and if I don't get enough light I feel blue.
Treat your skin to something special
Give your skin some extra special care. When you pamper yourself, it shows. So commit to better daily skincare and give yourself at-home facial for skin-smoothing results. Go to my web page and check out the latest in at home Spa products.
It would be nice to treat yourself .
Color your mood happy.
When you're feeling down about what you see in the mirror, don't grab for that gray coat that matches your mood perfectly. Put on a bright color to kick you back into gear. For example, try red, the most energetic color in the spectrum.
Go for a free makeover.
Make your way to the makeup counter of your local department store and ask for some assistance trying new colors. If you always wear shades of plum, tell the sales associate to break out the peach tones for a completely new look.
You'll go home with a fab look on life.
You really can't help but feel a lift after a good laugh, and a smile is one of your best beauty accessories. Find your funniest friend or rent a comedy video and watch your spirits rise. I love the movie failure to launch and find when I am down if I pop that in I am in a much better mood even if I don't watch the whole movie.
Blood is 83% water
Muscles are 75% water
The brain is 74% water
Bone is 22% water
The Fountain of Youth, Health, and Everything Else that's Good Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. And when it comes to digestion . . . it's just not happening without water. Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function by itself. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort.If you're dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it's hard to concentrate, your body feels fatigued, and you just "poop out." Water - The Miracle Worker Simple water -- when it's pure and free of contaminants -- is truly a "wonder drug." Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally ½ your body weight in ounces of water) will:
Improve Your Energy
Increase Your Mental and Physical Performance
Remove Toxins & Waste Products from your body
Keep Skin Healthy and Glowing
Help You Lose Weight
Reduce Headaches and Dizziness
Allow for proper Digestion
Help to keep you more Alkaline
Drinking Water is Heart-Healthy: "Your Body's Many Cries For Just A Good Glass Of Water" most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food. It's also important to remember that when the body is dehydrated, fat cells get "rubbery" and cannot be easily metabolized. This means that it's harder to lose when you don't drink your water. Who Can Benefit From A Water Regimen? Everyone . . . including YOU! Water is especially important for pregnant women and nursing mothers. For athletes and work-out fanatics, drinking water reduces cardiovascular stress and improves performance. And, since water reduces body temperature, it makes the whole exercise process safer and more effective.Water is also an important "healing tool" for people with a history of kidney stones. Since water dissolves calcium in the urine, downing at least 8 glasses daily reduces the risk of stone formation. Drinking water is also valuable in preventing urinary tract infections in both men and for women, flushing impurities out of the system.Even mild dehydration makes you more susceptible to viruses. Water is a powerful weapon in my war on colds and other illnesses. I've also found that water helps me recover more quickly.When your body is hydrated, drainage from allergies and colds doesn't stick and collect in your throat and lungs, and your cough is more "productive". Even cold sores that appear on the lips are minimized by drinking water because those eruptions tend to favor dry areas on the body.Tips for Drinking Water I know how hard it can be to remember to drink enough water every day, but I also know how hard it can be to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. So I'd like to share a few easy tips to help you reach your "water mark" every day:
You are naturally thirsty i.e. “dehydrated” in the morning . . . help your body flush out the toxins it has been processing all night and take advantage of this thirst to get a “leg up” on your daily water requirements by drinking a glass of water first thing.
Don't wait until you're thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.
Set a timer to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
Compensate for diuretics . . . thieves that steal water from your body. If you drink coffee, tea, or sodas with caffeine, you'll need to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the water that these diuretic beverages "leech" from your system.
Cleaning, Tonic and than Moisturizer. We should also use a Facial Scrub as needed.
BeautiControl has a wonderful 3 step program. I remember when I first used my Skin Logics
it took about a week and I noticed a big difference in the texture and clarity of my skin. I have been hooked ever since. Now I just want to share it with everyone.
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I spent years depressed and angry. A huge contributing factor to my unhappiness was Anger: towards myself. I treated myself with no compassion or tenderness: I was very harsh and hard on myself for mistakes I made. When I got into taking better care of myself I started changing my habits and made taking care of myself a priority. I found that I no longer had to feed this whole inside by buying a pair of shoes or buying somthing I wanted. I know down deep inside taking care of myself goes way beyond buying things for myself. Real self care is about being tender and compassionate with myself as I would with a small child.I think we all mistakenly think that growing up means becoming a stern, touch, taskmaster.
If I want to feel better than I need to treat myself better.If you yell at child it doesn't cause them to behave...at least, not for the right reasons, and not permanently. Discipline and punishment don't work in the long run, either. Those same tactics fail on ourselves. Yet think of how many times we as women engage in such behavior: squeezing into too small clothing, or not buying new clothes until we've lost weight. Think of eating too little, eating too much. Think of too much work, not enough rest, not enough play.We are all such tender creatures.
I like the saying "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Women's strength---our ability to tread through the slings and arrows of life, with our courage intact---is only surpassed by our fragility: our willingness to open our hearts wide, to love, and give love to those in need . Woman are born with a soft spot.When you're feeling ,lost, scared, angry, tired, worn out, instead of making things worse by punishing yourself or labeling your feelings as "bad," offer yourself the gift of kindness. With a quiet mind, ask yourself, "What do I most need right now?" When you get an answer find away to meet that
need and take care of you.
During the winter months, we need to pay even more attention to how we treat our skin, according to dermatologists.
While oily skin might not experience that much change from season to season, skin that's normal, dry or sensitive will usually need more moisturizing during the winter, Even when it's raining outside, heated indoor air is drying to the skin, and cold winds will have the same effect. Using a humidifier in the winter is a must. It’s great for the skin to have moisture in the air during the winter months. People with any skin type should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 year-round. We know that even on a cloudy day in winter, you're going to get significant amounts of ultraviolet exposure. "A lot of people say 'I'm not outdoors very much, I'm just going in and out of my car.' But a study looked at incidental sun exposure -- something that's not intentional -- and it's about 11 hours a week, which is a lot. So you still need to protect your skin." That goes double for people who participate in winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, where they are exposed to more intense sunlight at higher elevations, coupled with wind and cold, for hours at a time.
While people who still insist on lying on the beach in the summer tend to be quite aware of how long their skin is exposed to the sun. winter sports enthusiasts may be out in the sun all day with little thought to its negative effects.
Dermatologist suggests that people who spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter use a sunscreen that's a little thicker than one they might use during the summer to ensure full coverage and hydration.
Skin-care problems like eczema, atopic dermatitis or keratotis pilaris (rough, dry areas on the cheeks or the backs of arms, more common in young children) can often flare up during the winter. Older people, whose skin loses its ability to retain moisture, can develop a condition called asteatotic eczema, which Jang says can be particularly debilitating. "If left untreated, it can get itchy and red and angry and start to really impact on a person's quality of life."
People with any of these problems need to be vigilant about using a non-sensitizing moisturizer. Curel, BurtsBees, or Lubriderm are all great products that can help your skin.
For basic skin care during the winter, you should cleanse your face twice a day, and choose a cream-based cleanser if your skin is dry or sensitive. It should leave your face feeling soft, rather than tight or dry.
At night, use a light moisturizer and during the day, a sunscreen or a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30.
Ballet dancing started in the 16th century. It became so big that royalty were getting dance masters to teach them ballet. Slow yet steady body movement can relax the soul and the power of ballet dancing can help your body tone and let stress out at the same time. There is a healing power in ballet dancing. Give it a try. You will love how you feel.
Tap dancing is a great, Remember that old advice about punching a pillow when something upsets you? Tap allows you to strike the floor instead! Tap dancing is a form of expression. As you study it, you will find that tap steps and combinations can have moods and ideas associated with them. This can be an excellent way to relieve stress through expressing those emotions! Your soul will thrive after a tap class and you will feel a calm come over you and sleep like a baby that night.
Modern dance is a style of dance that is very emotionally expressive than classical ballet. When modern dancing first got started, the public society did not like it at all, but it eventually grew on them. Now, it is an integral part of the dance world. Modern dance is great exercise and will melt pounds away. Go for it! Sign up for a class and give it a try.
Dancing is even good for your skin. Because of the feeling of well being, dance also brings an excellent glow to the skin, no other tonic, moisturizer could ever be replaced with.
Dancing makes anyone feel on top of the world. The spirit can flow and release stress from body movement. Dance is a perfect way to let your soul soar.
Dancing can make a great date night. Enroll in a 12 week class that teaches varies types of partner dance. The two main styles of ballroom dancing are international style and American style.
The Rumba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Waltz, Swing and Fox trot dances are some of the most popular types of ballroom dancing enjoyed worldwide.Ballroom dancing is formal, social dancing. The word "ball" is from the Latin word ballare, which means dance. Ballroom dancing is done by a couple; one person leads and the other follows the steps. Dancing can bring an emotional bond with your partners soul, as you practice your dance moves at home it's one more way to share time and bond with one another.
So dance your little heart out and let your soul thrive.