Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge – Wife or Caregiver

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Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge – Wife or Caregiver

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Source:  Tuesday Writing Prompt — Go Dog Go Café

Prompt:  Use this phrase:  Lately, I’ve been feeling

Word count:   100 words

Wife or Caregiver

Times are changing for me. Lately, I’ve been feeling used, with all the negative results and thought’s that I’m experiencing daily, I’m beginning to think that it will be me needing a caregiver soon, life in old age should enrich your golden years, but instead it is depleting me, breaking my soul causing me to become depressed, at times it is hard to control my tears.

What would you do for meals if your husband becomes a fussy eater?

“Embracing a healing presence requires you to just be in the moment together.” 

― Nancy L. Kriseman,

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Tummy Tuesday – Cholesterol Solution Guide Review

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Tummy Tuesday – Cholesterol Solution Guide Review

Photo CreditFruits are zero-cholesterol foods.

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What is Cholesterol?

It’s a waxy substance that travels through the blood, helping the body and keeping our arteries clear, but there is a good and bad cholesterol.

This is a review of a book I read The Cholesterol Solution Guide it was very helpful it will tell you more about what cholesterol is, so that you are aware of the need to reduce your Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), bad cholesterol levels and increase the High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol levels.

LDL is considered the bad plaque accumulation on the artery walls, but there are good and bad reasons with HDL also if interested you can download it on your Kindle.

As we age it is very important to keep our bodies healthy that means staying as low as possible in LDL Cholesterol the level of 5.5 or below is recommended for an adult.

It is said that it is the number one killer of Americans, women, and men. The higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk.

It’s all about lowering your Cholesterol level in thirty days without drugs, it is easier than you think to lower it, as I did, and I’m keeping it below the 5.5 level without drugs.

In many cases it is a matter of just changing your lifestyle, watching your diet, physical activity, and weight management counts a lot towards controlling it, but in some cases like my husband, it has to be controlled by drugs, as he’s eating the same foods as I do and his cholesterol is way too high, as a lot of people know different foods work differently for different people.

So this is an ideal book to invest a little money and time to read it to fully understand how this works, it tells you about, home remedies to use, food like a plate of cooked oatmeal porridge with a banana, blueberries, avocado, sliced apple or some other fruit even grapefruit.

Grapefruit s one I query, as the pills my husband is taking, say’s “avoid grapefruit and it’s juice”, which he does, but he eats oranges and lemons, which to me is in the same category

Also explains about Eggplant, Cinnamon, Garlic, Apple Cider, Cranberry and Red Wine for lowering your levels of LDL Cholesterol

Suggestion for lunch, try some fish, like salmon or tuna, my husband likes eating tinned sardines, but be wary of the smell ( I don’t like that smell on his breath). Also, it is said that Salmon in Top 8 Cholesterol Lowering Foods.

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Photo Credit and the recipe. This is a nice dish for a hot summers day 

Lomi Salmon.

A side dish consisting of fresh tomato and salmon salad. It was introduced to Hawaiians by early western sailors. It is typically prepared by mixing raw salted, diced salmon with tomatoes, sweet gentle Maui onions (or sometimes green onion), and occasionally flakes of hot red chili pepper, or crushed ice. It is always served cold. Other variations include salmon, diced tomato, diced cucumber, and chopped sweet onion.

More about Cholesterol

So many things are explained in this book, that I didn’t know, and I have been struggling with meals for my husband for many years now, trying to combat that high cholesterol level, I have applied some of this very helpful info.

There has been increasing interest in oatmeal in recent years because of its health benefits. Daily consumption of a bowl of oatmeal can lower blood cholesterol, because of its soluble fibre content. As a child, a plate of oatmeal porridge was a must every day, good start to a cold day as well as being very healthy, My husband is eating this every morning, mainly because of the fibre he requires to maintain a daily working body and no constipation.

There are many other ways you can get oatmeal into your diet besides porridge, if you don’t like it, try using it in cookies, which I prefer.

Do you have High Cholesterol?

Have you have found a way to lower your Cholesterol without drug – Please share it with us.

Margarine or Butter

Bread and Butter

Margarine or Butter

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Butter vs Margarine

For the last forty years or so butter was classed as bad for your health, now in recent years, it has been discovered that butter wasn’t as bad as thought and margarine are okay as long as it hasn’t trans-fats in it.

The best butter to use is grass-fed dairy cows, make your own butter if at all possible as it won’t have all the additives in it. I have researched this subject quite extensively, my thought is that I have always used butter for baking and etc and always will, I’m aging healthy and will continue using it.

I do use margarine for my sandwiches. I will leave it to you to read this article I have put together and you can make up your own opinion.

Fats

I have discovered through research about fats, that for a healthy body, as the years pass by from toddlers to teens and all the in-betweens if you want to reach those golden years you must eat some fats for a healthy body.

Just eat them in moderation, gives us a bright future.

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Who Discovered Margarine?

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It was actually discovered by a French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul in 1813, his work with fatty acids led to early applications in the fields of art and science. He is credited with the discovery of margaric acid.

Who would have thought that from something like that, that is how margarine came about. We have only heard off and used it in the last forty or so years. He lived to be 102 and was a pioneer in the field of Gerontology which is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging.

What is Margarine?

Margarine

Margarine is an imitation butter spread and is a manufactured, vegetable-oil-based substitute for butter. Vegetable oils are extracted from soya beans, safflower, sunflower etc.

Oli is steamed to remove impurities. Steaming destroys vitamins and antioxidants. Hydrogen gas is bubbled through the liquid oil. This forces unsaturated fatty acids to become saturated and solid.

Synthetic vitamins, artificial colors, and a natural yellow color are added. Not all kinds of margarine are the same, just look for spreads, that doesn’t have trans fats and has the least amount of saturated fat.

Trans fat which is largely a man-made fat and been shown to increase bad cholesterol, so what you need to do is look for zero grams of trans fat when buying margarine. There are so many things being said about margarine, that’s it hard to say which spread is the better of the two, butter or margarine.

What is Butter

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Butter has vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, CLA (conjugated Linolenic acid), glycosphingolipids, cholesterol, waul zen factor. (NB The waulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization).

For instants did you know? CLA is when butter comes from cows eating grass, it contains this compound that gives excellent protection against cancer. note – (cows eating grass).

It’s time to bury the myth that butter is bad for you. Remember the Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization

#Tummy Tuesdays: How to Barbecue Vegetables

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#Tummy Tuesdays: How to Barbecue Vegetables

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How to Barbecue Vegetables

Barbecue vegetables are so easy to do these days, so many useful tools and trays to use on the barbie, that you can just about grill any vegetable on the barbecue.

Here I have ten vegetables and a few suggestions of seasonings that can make a difference to the taste.

Just as grilling over a charcoal fire can be a completely different taste to a gas barbecue.

Tips for Grilling Vegetables on the Barbecue

It’s a simple matter to grill vegetables on the barbecue.

Most vegetables can be grilled, by using foil wrapping.

You can prepare the vegetables ahead of time and have the foil-wrapped packets waiting to put on the grill when the fire is ready.

To Grill: Rinse vegetables thoroughly but do not pat dry – water that clings create enough moisture to steam most vegetables.

Place up to 4 servings of the vegetables on a sheet of heavy-duty foil.

(If grilling more than 4 servings, prepare several sheets; wrap potatoes and corn on the cob individually).

Evenly dot with butter or margarine, using 2 tablespoons for every 4 serving.

Wrap vegetables tightly in foil and place on a grill 4 to 6 inches above a solid bed of medium-glowing coals.

Cook, shifting packets occasionally so vegetables cook evenly; test for doneness at the minimum suggested time, but barbecues may be hotter at times so cooking times can vary.

To Serve: Season to taste with salt and pepper, or choose one or more of the seasonings suggested with each vegetable below.

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Asparagus Spears.

Only young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten: once the buds start to open (“ferning out”), the shoots quickly turn woody.

Cooking Time 15-20 minutes.

Grill until tender when pierced.

Suggested Seasonings – Butter, Tarragon, lemon juice, hollandaise sauce.

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Green Beans

Green beans are found in two major groups, bush beans, and pole beans.

There are over 130 varieties of snap bean are known.

Beans – Green, kidney or french beans, dwarf beans, runner beans, plus many more.

Some have a plump fresh and other are slim in size, so cooking time can vary.

Cooking time – 20 mins, cook until tender-crisp to bite.

Suggested Seasonings – Butter, Chives, dill weed, thyme, crumbled bacon, lemon juice, minced parsley.

Carrots

Carrots come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.

Carrots can be eaten in a variety of ways, barbecue is a tasty way.

Carrots – Cut into 1-inch slices.

Cooking time – 25-30 minutes, tender when pierced.

Suggested Seasonings – Butter, basil, chives, ginger, mint, nutmeg, minced parsley, lemon juice, brown sugar.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is low in fat, low in carbs but high in dietary fiber, folate, water, and vitamin C, possessing a high nutritional density.

Cauliflower – Flowerets – pull apart into small pieces. Wrap in foil.

Cooking time – 25-30 minutes, cook until tender when pierced.

Suggested Seasonings – butter, chives, nutmeg, minced parsley, lemon juice.

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Sweet Corn or Maize

The term “maize” was used in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where it is now usually called “sweetcorn”, a common crop known to people there.

Sweetcorn is harvested earlier and eaten as a vegetable rather than a grain.

Corn on the cob – Remove husk and silk, wrap individually in foil.

Cooking time – 15-20 minutes, cook until tender when pierced.

Suggested Seasonings – Butter, chili powder, oregano, lime juice.

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Peas

Peas are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and lutein

The pea is a most commonly green, pod-shaped vegetable, widely grown as a cool season vegetable crop.

Peas green – Shelled. and wrapped in foil.

Cooking time – 20 minutes, Tender to bite.

Suggested Seasonings – Butter, basil, chives, mint, nutmeg, minced parsley, rosemary.

Capsicums or Peppers

Capsicums or peppers are suitable for stuffing with fillings such as cheese, meat or rice in them, and grilling on the barbecue.

They can be sliced into strips and grilled, roasted whole or in pieces.

Peppers – Green or red, bright glossy peppers that are firm, well shaped and thick walled. remove the stem, seeds, and pith. leave whole or cut in half, or sliced dice or strips.

Cooking time – cook tell tender when pierced.

seasonings suggested – basil, oregano, dash wine vinegar.

Interesting Fact – Wikipedia says, Peppers – In Australia, New Zealand and India, heatless species are called “capsicums” while hot ones are called “chili”/”chilies”.

Potatoes

There are about five thousand potato varieties worldwide.

The potato contains vitamins and minerals, as well as an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids and natural phenols.

Potatoes – Red or white, thin-skinned, Small whole, pierce the skin.

Cooking time – 50-55 minutes Tender throughout when pierced.

Suggested Seasonings – Butter, chives, paprika, minced parsley, crumbled bacon, sour cream.

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Squashes

An assortment of winter squashes, such as Turban, Sweet Dumpling, Carnival, Gold Acorn, Delicata, Buttercup, Golden Nugget.

Though considered a vegetable in cooking, botanically speaking, squash is a fruit (being the receptacle for the plant’s seeds).

Squash – Summer Crookneck pattypan, zucchini.

Peel cut into 1 by 6-inch spears

Cooking time – 20-25 minutes Tender when pierced.

Suggested Seasonings – Butter, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar.

Tomatoes

The tomato is a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes and grills very nicely.

The fruit is rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects.

Tomatoes – Choose tomatoes that a firm but not hard, slice in half crosswise and squeeze out seeds.

Cooking time – 10-15 mins.

Suggested Seasonings – Basil, chives oregano, minced parsley, also nice to eat if stuffed with other vegetables likes peas, cucumber with cheese topping.

Healthier Living

Healthier Living

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Days gone by, were we healthier?

Breakfast was always eaten, never missed, porridge or wheat bix, followed by a meal just like the image above.

We never worried about what goodness we would get from eating this and that, we ate what was put in front of us, and never asked questions, just thankful we had something to eat.

Most of it was homegrown and home-baked, we never had takeaways, anything like that was cooked at home.

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These days we know much more about what makes us healthy and what doesn’t.

We understand good nutrition and exercise, we’ve got powerful drugs and incredible surgical techniques, that can help save and prolong our lives, so we should be much healthier shouldn’t we?

I can honestly save my parents never took me to a doctor in the early years of my life, we didn’t get sick very often, if we did there were all the home remedies, for curing this and fixing that, not like the doctors these days, that you cannot get an appointment until next week, by that time you are better, so that answers the question, “ARE WE REALLY SICK”?

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Maybe we should stick to some of the old ways of curing our ill’s and wails.

Eating, exercising and aging healthy is easy to achieve if we look back to the twentieth century and how they lived without all the modern medicines, maybe we should rediscover the way our ancestors survived without all the drugs we have these days.

Were we Healthier In the 1950s?

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You would think so, but when we make comparisons to how we lived 60 years ago, it’s surprising to find we don’t necessarily have the upper hand in the fit and healthy stakes.

Rates of diseases like diabetes and heart disease were lower and obesity wasn’t the major problem as it is today, now cancer deaths are taking over heart-related deaths.

In those days we never ever worried about our weight, in fact, we had good eating habits and were much more physically active.

Preparing everything that our family ate from scratch – we could not pull something precooked from the freezer, as a matter of a fact, never had a fridge until 1959, we only had a safe which was outside on the south side of the house, every time you wanted any chilled food you would have to go outside to get it.

You couldn’t open a packet or jar out of the cupboard and pull some precooked meal out, this meant we ate a lot less salt and fewer preservatives, and the large portion of our main meals was homegrown vegetables, which were naturally organic and most times not exposed to pesticides.

A sponge cake was my favorite special treat, made from our own eggs, and jam made from our orchard, with cream taken from the cream-can, we only had this on a special occasion, and that was it a treat I enjoyed.

Yes, our diets were much higher in saturated fat, food was cooked in butter or lard, rather than the so-called healthier oils, and there was no such thing as low-fat dairy products.

Pudding After Main Meal Midday

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Our main meal of the day was midday, as we were farmers, we always had pudding after our main meal, but the thing about this is that you could work that big meal off in the afternoon before evening and just have a light tea before retiring for the day.

So you can understand the big healthy Breakfast to start the day, as we never had a heavy meal before retiring for sleep.

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Never a week went by without having a pudding of sago, tapioca or rice cooked in many different ways.

My best treat for puddings, on special occasions, was sherry trifle.

I still make a trifle for Christmas, my family loves it.

Despite all this, we consumed fewer kilojoules than most of us do today, we never drunk all the flavored coffees, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks that we drink these days – all of which are laden with kilojoules.

Why Our Grandparents Hardly Ever Got Sick

Many of our ancestors of a century or so ago were hardly renowned for glowing good health.

Although infant mortality was high, many women died in childbirth and diseases like cholera, typhoid and influenza wiped out whole families, (like 1919 in NZ – in the flu epidemic, where many thousand lost their lives, which was world-wide).

A recent study shows that Europeans who lived in the 1950s mostly had much stronger immune systems than we do today.

While that is partly to do with their eating pattern, and exercise, it is also down to the yeasts found in the bread they made themselves.

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What is Beta Glucan?

Beta glucans are sugars that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants, such as oats and barley. They are sometimes used as medicine.

These yeasts contain compounds called beta glucans, which can help the immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses, according to research.

Beta glucans are considered to be so effective in boosting our natural defenses that they are being included in several cancer drugs currently being developed.

These days, most yeast-based foods like bread don’t contain beta-glucans because they’re removed during the refining process.

It is suggested to take beta glucan supplements, (as long as you don’t have a gluten problem such as coeliac disease) and eat around 10 servings of organic fruit and vegetables a day to boost your immune systems.

Three Things To Improve Your Health

1. Try cooking as many meals as possible from scratch, using fresh ingredients and no processed foods.

2. Grow some of your own food, even if it’s a few vegetables.

Vegetables can be grown in a container if you have a small section, such as tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, peas, beans, and capsicums.

3. Read the labels on all processed foods, if it contains ingredients like preservatives and additives, don’t eat it.

Ways of Healing – Fulfilment of Life.

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Ways of Healing – Fulfilment of Life.

Some years ago I was feeling not complete, something was missing, so I started looking for peace, balance in my life, a sense that I was okay with all that was going on in my life, by cultivating inner peace it may help provide some answers.

This is what I came up with after much searching and thought.

I studied, Reiki therapy, 7 Chakras of the body, Color therapy techniques, Natural Healing Energies for the soul, are just a few subjects I spend much time with.

I did find what I needed to heal all the hurts that been in my body for the last 70 years, that was in Jesus, at the end of this article I will talk more about it, it was a miracle that changed my life for good.

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Unlike massage, Reiki is about life force energy, not muscle pressure.

What Is Reiki?

It’s a healing therapy that is similar to the “laying on of hands” in faith healing.

Simply put, the idea behind reiki is that when a practitioner gently places their hands on various parts of your body, it makes you feel deeply relaxed. When your body is in this state, its natural healing abilities are given a kick start and work on any health issues you may have.

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Photo Credit –  Reiki was developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui.

After three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama, he claimed he had received the ability of “healing without energy depletion”.

The name Reiki (pronounced ray-key) comes from the Japanese words rei, meaning spirit or universal power and ki, meaning life force energy.

How Does It Work?

Reiki enthusiasts believe we all have a life force energy running through us, and if this energy is low or has been disrupted in some way, (such as by negative thinking), then we are more likely to get sick or feel stressed.

They say that when a practitioner places their hands in certain positions, the Reiki life force travels from them into the client, helping the person’s body to flow properly. Because our body responds to our thoughts and feelings, it’s going to be in a much healthier state if we are feeling relaxed and positive.

Although Reiki often thought of as a way of treating stress-related conditions because it helps you to relax, advocates say it can also be used to help with physical and medical conditions ranging from heart disease to recovering from injury it is not touted as a cure but, according to anecdotal evidence from practitioners and clients, some conditions seem to clear up after treatments.

There is no scientific proof that Reiki can treat health problems. A recent review of nine studies into reiki, carried out by two UK universities found there was insufficient evidence to indicate reiki was effective in treating any medical conditions. The only benefit it might have were “placebo effects”. according to the review.

However, some people swear by it to help with a range of complaints as well as general wellbeing.

Reiki Healing Music! – 1 hour

There is nothing better than listening to some good music to relax you. There’re many videos on the internet that could help you.

5 Things You May Not Know About Reiki.

1. It is a non-invasion therapy in which the practitioner puts their hands very lightly on the patient’s body or holds then slightly above it. There is no manipulations or deep pressure.

2. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion and you do not have to be religious for it to be of benefit. You do not have to even believe in it to be of benefit.

3. Reiki can be used in conjunction with other treatments, both orthodox and alternative. It may help people to recover more quickly from treatments and in some cases, to need less pain relief.

A Reiki practitioner should never tell you to stop other treatment because you are having reiki.

4. You do not have to be sick to have reiki – it can help with general feelings of well-being and help you to feel calm and positive.

5. The ability to give Reiki is passed on from a teacher to a student during a class in which the student becomes “attuned” and learns about the positions in which to place their hands while giving it.

Practitioners say healing energy goes wherever it is needed. Some people who have had Reiki treatments report a variety of sensations, from heat and tingling where they are being touched by seeing colors, but others say they felt nothing unusual.

The Healing Energy

There are many great books, information on the internet, if you read about healing energy, you will not only be inspired but will become more emotionally whole, as it is part of the healing progress of a soul-searching body.

Life is not a portrait of perfection, learn to except, what we cannot change, and you will be free to learn self-love.

Love yourself!

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The Seven Chakras.

Chakra – Ways Of Healing The Inner Soul

There are seven main energy centers (chakras) of the body which resonate with the seven rainbow colors.

Anyone who is familiar with Acupuncture will realize that there are, however, a large number of minor chakras throughout the body totaling something in excess of 300.

A Chakra is like a spiral of energy, each one relating to the others.

Imagine the main Chakras energy centers as a set of cogs wheels, they are rather like the workings of a clock or an engine, each cog wheel needs to move smoothly and at a similar speed for the clock engine to work properly.

Thus good health and well being is achieved by a balance of all these energies, the smooth running of the cogs wheels.

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Color Energy in Medicine

Every living thing on Earth is dependent upon light for its very existence.

Rays of light from the sun contain the full spectrum of electromagnetic radiation.

We recognize it as visible or white light. When light is passed through a prism, it is broken down into the different color waves that make up the color spectrum. The color spectrum includes the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

In color therapy, color is energy.

Every cell and organ in our bodies has a specific vibrational frequency.

Like tuning forks, each color also gives off its own vibration and is associated with specific healing properties.

If applied correctly, each color can trigger changes towards better health and overall well-being.

Practitioners believe disorders can be healed by applying colors of corresponding vibrational energy, either to the whole body or to the organ affected. For example, shades of red affect our physical energies. It is stimulating and warming. Blues are cooling and cleansing, affecting our spiritual energies. The yellow shades serve to bridge them, affecting our mental energies. The three colors together provide opportunities for healing our body, mind, and spirit.

Colors have been known to ease stress, fill us with energy, and even alleviate pain and other physical problems.

Used to treat both physical and emotional problems alike, color therapy may involve exposure to colored lights, massages using color-saturated oils, contemplating and visualizing colors, wearing clothing of specific colors or eating colored foods.

My father was a person you could call a colorman, he used colored embroidery cotton which he wore pinned to his singlet, every color was supposed to be a cure for some ailment

The Old Rugged Cross

My Search for Healing the Inner Soul

Last year I went to a funeral of a very special friend, beautiful service.

One of the songs that were sung was “The Old Rugged Cross” as I was singing in a voice I had never sung like that before, these words took over me and had me shaking, it was as if Jesus stood before me.

The Old Rugged Cross

The last verse

To the old rugged cross, I will ever be true

Its shame and reproach gladly bear

Then he’ll call me some day to my home far away;

Where his glory forever I’ll share.

Refrain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross

Till my trophies, at last, I lay down:

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it some day for a crown.

When I finished singing those above verses I was a new woman, now I see life differently, I’m ready for anything that is put in front of me, all those years of hurt that had been with me since I was about five years old were gone, Jesus had healed me in that song.

Last note: I was brought up in a Christian family went to church every Sunday day, I lost my bearings in my late teens, it has taken over 60 years to get back on track and I love it.

I’m FREE.

All About Brains

Brain Exercise

All About Brains

The brain is the control center of the whole body.

As the say goes” USE IT OR LOSE IT” it sure applied to my brains, as it has been a constant demand on my mind.

Some days I can think better than others, so much stress lately hasn’t helped, but when I go to bed at night and wake up in the morning, writing is always on my mind “What am I going to write about today”?

One of the reasons I am always keen to keep my brain active is –

  • I have one sister with a brain disorder (epilepsy)
  • another sister who had Multiple Sclerosis, she died 2006
  • also, another one who had a brain tumor remove some years ago
  • so I do concentrate on keeping my brain turning over every day.

Brain Fact

The human brain hasn’t changed in the last 40,000 years or more, and yet we are expected to train and learn more new tech knowledge every day, we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload.

Exercise our Brains

We all know how important it is to exercise our bodies, but did you know how vital it is to regularly give your brain a workout. Research shows that using your brain – in particular, to learn something new – can help it to work better.

And while it’s true that our brains shrink as we age and many of our cognitive (thinking) abilities degrade over time, it is possible to prevent or reverse this decline by constantly challenging your mind.

Use your Brains

People used to think that once we became adults our brains were incapable of change. This was because the brain develops the wiring that controls abilities such as hearing, seeing, feeling, thinking and movement when we are infants. But over the last ten years or so, new research has shown that physical changes take place in the brain every time we learn something new.

Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are released, helping to keep our “mental wiring” working properly. This process of physical change is known as brain plasticity. It is now thought that one of the reasons the brain doesn’t work as well when we are older could be because we’re not using it to learn new things like we did when we were younger.

Scientists say you should do activities that teach you something new every day, that it is a challenge to you and makes you concentrate.

Keep trying to do things that are progressively harder every day it helps to boost the levels of crucial brain chemicals that improve your learning and memory.

How the human brain works

Five Brain Exercises

1. Learn To Play A Musical Instrument

Playing an instrument helps to exercise many types of related brain functions, including listening controlling refined movements and translating written notes to music.

2. Memorize A Song

Listen to a song over and over until you can remember all the words. Developing careful listening habits helps your ability to understand, think and remember.

Singing the song word for word requires you to be able to focus your attention and tap into your memory. When you focus like this your brain releases a chemical that helps it to rewire itself.

Once you have memorized one song, try another one.

3. Exercise Your Peripheral Vision And Memory

Sit in a place where you don’t usually spend much time, stare straight ahead and don’t move your eyes. Concentrate on everything you can see, including everything in your peripheral vision.

When you think you’ve noticed everything you can, write down a list of what you’ve seen. Then do it again, this time adding to your list.

A task like this, which use vision and memory, encourage the brain to release more of a chemical that is crucial for our ability to focus and remember things.

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This is a puzzle I did, it made my brain work, but I enjoyed it

4. Do A Jigsaw Puzzle

Make sure it’s a challenging one of at least 500 pieces. Mosaic puzzle, will test the mind and make your brain turn over with so many different colors involved in the design.Completing a jigsaw requires you to make visual judgments, focus and use refined movements to put the pieces in place. It gives your brain a great workout.

5. Play Ball

Practice throwing and catching a ball. Do it by yourself if no-one else will play ball. If you’re really good at it already take up juggling.

Mastering these activities improves your brain ability to see and to develop hand-eye coordination, which helps strengthen your brain.

NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Fifteen – What is Aging

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Fifteen – What is Aging

#NaBloPoMo – Day Fifteen of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

Attitude to Aging

Many think that old age is around 60 to 65 years of age, which really is not, but in saying that, you can be old at fifty if you are in poor health.

What is the definition of growing old?

The boundary between middle age and old age cannot be defined exactly because it does not have the same meaning in all societies.

People can be considered old because of certain changes in their activities or social roles.

In New Zealand the age for the Super (which is retirement) is 65.

Physical changes as life continue in the human body is different with everyone, so let’s look at some of the ways of what can happen.

  • There is often a general physical decline, and people become less active.
  • Old age can cause, wrinkles and liver spots on the skin, making you look older than you are.
  • Change of hair colour to grey or white, (though sometimes you can have grey hair quite young), my youngest son had grey appearing in his hair when he was twelve, now in his forties, 2/3 of his hair is grey, whereas his older brother at fifty has no grey hairs at all.
  • Then there’s hair loss.
  • Not hearing too well.
  • Diminished eyesight.
  • Slower reaction times and agility.
  • Reduced ability to think clearly, difficulty recalling memories.
  • Greater susceptibility to bone diseases such as osteoarthritis.

All of these signs can happen at any time of life, not only in the elderly.

So really it is the attitude to ageing, it is not how old do you feel, or how old is old.

As long as you can still find the humour in life every day, then you are not old.

As far as looks go, in the last year, I have wrinkled considerably, but I still feel young at heart.

I have a youthful outlook on life and hope it continues for many years, thanks to my grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Loss of independence will make me became old, that’s up to me, because, with the right peace of mind, I know when I can no longer live on my own, my body will tell me.

I agree that you are only as old as you feel, another way to think of it is, you are only as old as you think you are in other words “it’s all in your mind”.

Just my thoughts, if you have good health, exercise, keep your mind busy, rest when you are tired and not push your body when it is telling you to slow down, you may live to see your 100th birthday or more.

Just remember you only get old when you stop seeing the good side of life, so let’s grow old together and laugh with lots of smiles to everyone we see.

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NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Thirteen – Healthy Heart

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Thirteen – Healthy Heart

#NaBloPoMo – Day Thirteen of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

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Thinking you are healthy, is not always right even when you exercise by walking, gardening, you are not overweight, you eat healthily.

It’s wise to get a regular check with your physician to be sure you have a healthy body, you never get a second chance with life.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, what can we do differently to reverse these statistics?

For an instant, big framed people need to convince themselves that “big bone structure” is just an excuse and it is up to them to choose healthy foods and organize quality exercise to have a healthy heart.

Do you have a weakness for fatty foods, love butter,cheese and fatty meat?

It should be low in trans fats but high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and folate; it should also have a lower glycemic load and a higher polyunsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio.

We need to watch out intake of fatty foods as high cholesterol is often the cause of heart attacks.

Get at least 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity daily.

Eating a healthy diet doesn’t mean the end of foods we like but be careful about your salt intake.

If you are going to eat cake, make it as a treat and eat the full-version. Just don’t do it every day. ( My thought on that one, it works for me).

Drink at least half a glass of red wine, or equivalent alcohol consumption, each day, (but not more than a full glass, experts say).

Minimizing stress, stress constricts the arteries and increases the stickiness of blood platelets, setting the stage for a blood clot.

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because you can have it for years without knowing it.

The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure measured.

Ninety percent of women who die suddenly of heart disease had at least one risk factor that could have been prevented or treated, so as an effort to prevent this kind of illnesses before it develops visit your family doctor.

Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person, they treat each organ, every disease, all ages and both gender, so it is up to us to see we have a healthy heart.

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NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Eleven – Health & Aging

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Eleven – Health & Aging

#NaBloPoMo – Day Eleven of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

Living Life Simply – Health and Aging

The average older person likes to live life simply.

It’s not that hard to achieve either, just a matter of toning down your commitments.

For a happy retirement focus on slowing down, and giving your body a rest, you have been working hard for many years, now put what you require to make your life complete first, before doing what everyone thinks you should be doing.

Maybe you like gardening because there is a great satisfaction to see your garden thriving and eating all the freshly grown produce.

Good eating habits, give you a better chance, to live a longer life, and may reduce your risk of some kinds of cancer, which is one of the main health problems with the elderly.

By reducing dietary fat intake, especially animal fat, and having your diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains, eat fish and poultry avoid red meats, but that don’t mean don’t eat meats, just eat smaller amounts, no fat on it.

Research suggests that you can live longer by eating the right foods, exercising, and not stressing out, sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Let’s talk about Cancer – Cancer is my most frightening aspect of growing old and I have already faced that challenge.

  • Cancer is a terrible waste of a human’s life, too many have not even had a chance to reach middle age before this terrible disease destroys a loved family member.
  • Some evidence consistently suggests that eating plenty of fiber can reduce the risk of Bowel Cancer, also known as colorectal cancer or colon cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men, it affects both men and women, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older.
  • The best available approaches for a low risk of developing bowel cancer is a diet high in green vegetables, particularly cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts or cauliflower, so let’s grow a garden and have that healthy living, that we used to have in the past.
  • Men can reduce their risk for Prostate Cancer by having regular colorectal cancer screening tests starting at the age of 50, as it is by far the most common cancer in men.
  • Most common cancers among women are breast cancer have regular mammograms, in some countries, it is free, like in NZ, 45 – 65 years, every two years.
  • Lot’s of people believe that if your parents had cancer they will get it, but that is not always true, with bowel cancer only 10% due to genetic (inherited) factors.

This article is just a little reminder, to always be aware if there’s something about your health, you are not happy about, get it checked out.

So many of my friends have passed away now and 90% of them was because of cancer.

Love to read your comments about health and aging, especially cancer, has it affected your life if so, how.

Blessings to all my readers, hope you have a happy weekend.

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