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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.

Surprising New Thinking on Healthy Foods

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An article written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of Cleveland Clinc Wellness Institute, filters some of the confusion on old thinking, by updating foods that are healthy.  Rumors about food somehow persist even though numerous studies have been done that clearly tell us some of those foods labelled bad for us, have been proven to be be good for us, so good, in fact, they may be the very foods that help you reduce stress, prevent heart disease, and even prevent certain cancers. Would you like to see some of your favorite foods taken off the NO list and bring it back on the YES list?
 
Chocolate, was put on the NO list for lots of us, turns out you can put it back on the YES list because a Dark Chocolate containing 70% or more of cocoa has flavenoids, the very same that are in green tea, red wine and berries.  Proven studies show an ounce of dark chocolate daily reduced risk of heart disease and an ounce & half enjoyed daily may help reduce emotional stress. I’m going for the 1.5 ounce, because I used to say “i was addicted and anything I needed to eat if it had chocolate on it, consider it gone.” 
 
Eggs, my old doctor & many others told us that eggs were on the NO list becuase they raise cholesterol and put us at risk for heart disease.  Well, the new studies show that eggs have antioxidants, protein & other great nutrients.  A study in 2011 found that eating eggs regularly may reduce the risk of cancer & cardiovascular diseases because of high antioxidants. Also, several other studies that they may reduce blood pressure.  New research from Yale University that eggs can be included in your heart-healthy diet without negative effects on cholesterol, weight or endothelial function.
 
Nuts were on the NO NO list because they were fattening, well put them back on your YES list because they have been proven to have protein & healthy fats to may help you lose weight, in moderation, of course.  And because of the healthy fats may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks, according to recent studies.
 
Soy, the old stories told us that we would have increased risk of certain cancers, when in fact you can add them to your YES list because numerous research studies have shown that isofavones & protein in whole soy sources clearly demonstrate the reduction of cancers of the breast, colon and prostate, plus improvement in heart health.
 
Potatoes got sent to the NO list because they were fattening, I always suspected it was more what people lathered on the potato. (my latest healthy thing is cottage cheese or salsa on my potato)  Good news is that you can change the color of potato you eat to purple and lower blood pressure of hypertensive, obese people, according to a 2012 study.  Bonus is they are high in fiber & no fat.
 
Coffee was blamed for stopping your growth and harming bone density, well good news is you can put it on the YES list because recent reaearch has shown that coffee lowers risk of developing diabetes, cancers of the mouth, endometrium, prostate and skin.  Coffee consumption has even been associated with a decreased risk of dementia & Alzheimer’s.

Healthy Choices

Set Good Example For Active Kids

When it comes to feeding their children, parents certainly have the best intentions. But many have busy lifestyles that don’t always allow enough time for grocery shopping, meal planning or cooking. Others may not be aware of the healthiest ingredients or cooking methods and may too often rely on fatty or starchy foods as the basis for meals. Coupled with the picky eating habits that seem to be so prevalent among kids, it’s no wonder that children are often not eating as well as they should. Age-Old Habits

Younger children often have a number of foods that they refuse to eat. Children can be particular not just about how a food tastes, but about temperature and texture too.

Older kids are frequently on the run, which may mean not only a lot of convenience items and fast foods, but erratic mealtimes too.

According to Luigi Gratton, M.D., clinical physician at University of California, Los Angeles, there are some tactics that parents can take with their kids to help them eat better.“Setting a good example is a good first step,” says Gratton. “Parents should make every attempt to demonstrate healthy eating habits with their kids, and this includes having regular meal times.” He also notes that kids are more likely to eat healthy fruits and vegetables when they take part in food shopping and preparation.

Winning Strategies: Here are a few ways parents can help their active children eat healthier. Children are more inclined to eat healthy foods when they are offered frequently and regularly. Repeated exposure to vegetables, for example, is just one way to encourage your family members to try new foods.It also helps to make foods visible and available.

Try keeping a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter, or put crunchy, cut-up vegetables in the refrigerator.Another approach for increasing intake of vegetables is by adding them to familiar foods. Cooked, pureed vegetables can be added to pasta sauce, for example, which boosts nutrition and reduces the overall calories in the dish.

Smooth Things Over: Kids also enjoy smoothies and products such as Herbalife’s new line of kids shakes – designed to be mixed with milk and provide a tasty way to help kids meet their vitamin and mineral needs for the day as a snack or part of a healthy meal. A bit of protein helps to curb appetite and limit frequent snacking on less healthy items.

Despite parents’ best efforts, children’s diets may still fall short in certain key nutrients. “A daily multiple vitamin and mineral supplement can help to round out any potential shortfalls in the diet, and can act as a safety net,” says Gratton. “Look for age-appropriate products, which target the needs for the particular age of the child.”Note: Herbalife is the Official Nutrition Advisor of AYSO. For more information on children’s nutrition products, visit our website: http://www.betterhealth2day.info/

What’s for Dinner? Chicken Breast 7 Color Salad

Full of antioxidants to help keep skin glowing.
Salad : Serves 2

2 chicken breast halves, marinated in teriyaki sauce, grilled, refrigerated

1 pear, peeled and cubed

10 red grapes (red/purple)

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained (yellow/orange)

1 yellow pepper, sliced julienne (yellow/green)

1 carrot, julienne sliced (orange)

1/4 avocado, cubed (yellow/green)

2 green onions, chopped (white/green)

10 cherry tomatoes (red)

1 cup broccoli florets (green)

1 package European lettuce mix or raw spinach

Dressing:

1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Directions:

Slice grilled chicken breasts into strips and place in large salad bowl with other salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and toss.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:
Calories: 328
Protein: 32 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrate: 42 grams