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3 or 4 Things to Help with Joint Pain

Does cooler weather make you a little achy, joints a little stiffer or causes you to move a little slower?
Many of us feel the “weather in our bones”. No real evidence supports this but I definitely notice that cooler weather makes me want to curl up in an afghan with a good book or watch “It’s a Wonderful World” for the 80th time. Not what I need or should do, and as years of experience, mine and others have shown me, I would like to share some things I do.

Advice for less joint pain:

Eating healthy, not just to be full… It was more difficult when I was a young mom because a new “diet” was introduced every month and I was always on one to lose a few pounds. As a kid, we lived on a farm with fresh vegetables, fruit and meat, once a week which was home grown chicken. Never connected to how healthy it was for us until I was older and began to study a healthier lifestyle.

Too many bad choices await us every day through Grocer shelves and Fast Food Stores. So you must determine to make a change to your lifestyle and not temporary fixes.

Eating colorful is most important, Fresh whole vegetables, fruit and whole grains, should replace processed and refined foods that cause inflammation. Antioxidants in spinach, kale, cabbage and carrots are a first line of defense providing you vitamin K, I get vitamin C from red bell peppers, they have more than oranges and through much experimenting, I found citrus caused arthritis flare-ups.
I also make sure I get Omega 3’s from wild salmon. My old-timey doctor taught me many years ago “to eat fish 5 times a week”, he said. He was waaaay ahead of science.
I have found I need to supplement with omega 3, Herbalifeline, it is an anti-inflammatory and I use a mango flavored aloe vera drink, the combo of the two took about 8 weeks for me to feel the difference in pain. I use Joint Support for building & strengthening cartilage around the joints. I also use a Xtra Cal, a calcium supplement, that is two fold for all the calcium I need plus vitamin D.

Walking is so important, I know it feels better not to move but it does not irritate joints to move, the synovial fluid of the joints in the human body is a thick liquid that lubricates the joint, allows for ease of movement and helps feeds the cartilage. So movement helps circulate the fluid & lessen pain.

Last, but not least is Losing weight is also helpful and less strain on stressed & inflamed joints.

Eating Breakfast Cuts Calories & Heart Risk

shared by Romana

Skipping breakfast may put you on the fast track to weight gain and heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that healthy women who skipped breakfast for two weeks ate more during the rest of the day, developed higher “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, and were less sensitive to insulin than women who ate breakfast every day.
High LDL cholesterol levels and impaired insulin sensitivity are both major risk factors for heart disease. Researchers say the findings of this study show that skipping breakfast may lead to weight gain as well as increase the risk of heart disease in healthy people over time.  Researchers say skipping breakfast has become more common among adults in recent years, perhaps due to efforts to lose weight or time pressures in the morning.  But at the same time, the prevalence of obesity and overweight has also dramatically increased.  Eat Breakfast, Eat Less LaterIn the study, which appears in the February issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers examined the effects of eating or skipping breakfast on calories eaten and burned throughout the day as well as circulating insulin, glucose, and cholesterol levels in 10 healthy women of normal weight. 
For two weeks, the women ate a breakfast consisting of a bowl of whole-grain cereal (Bran Flakes from Kellogg’s) with 2% milk between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and then had a midmorning snack of a candy bar (Kit Kat from Nestle) between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The women then ate two additional meals and snacks at predetermined times every day and kept records of what they ate. After a two-week break, the same women then followed the same protocol but skipped the early morning meal and had the cereal at lunch time (between noon and 12:30 p.m.). They then ate the other two meals and snacks at the predetermined times for another two weeks. The results showed that when the women ate breakfast, they ate about 100 fewer calories per day (an average of 1,665 calories per day vs. 1,756 calories per day over a three-day measurement period).  Researchers also found that total and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels were significantly lower in the women who ate breakfast. Total cholesterol was 121 mg/dL in the breakfast group compared with 133 in the other group. LDL was 60 in the breakfast group and 70 in the nonbreakfast group. The women who ate breakfast also had a better insulin response to eating, suggesting that their risk of diabetes was lower. The women’s body weight didn’t change significantly between the two groups during these two-week periods, but researchers say the results offer a potential mechanism by which skipping breakfast could lead to weight gain in the longer term.  In addition, the results show that the negative effects of skipping breakfast on cholesterol and insulin levels may also increase the women’s risk of heart disease over time

What’s for Dinner? Broiled Country Mustard Chicken

Broiled Country Mustard Chicken
Use this delicious marinade to broil or barbecue succulent chicken breasts.
(serves 4)

Ingredients: 4 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 cups cauliflower florets

Directions:Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

In a small bowl combine mustard, garlic, basil, lemon juice, soy sauce and onion. Blend well.

Coat chicken with marinade. Place chicken on broiling pan sprayed with pan spray and bake about 15 minutes per side until crispy brown.

Steam cauliflower in salted water and serve with chicken and sauce.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:Calories: 315
Protein: 28 grams
Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams

Enjoy! This is yummy recipe