Pray for Southeast Texas

Many people are homeless now that the floods have destroyed their homes. Due to the stall of this Hurricane, rain continues to fall and wash out roads and highways. Completly bringing cities to a standstill displacing thousands of people to other cities and homes.

The silver lining in all this tragedy is the many people and organizations that have come together. Helping those with shelter, food, and clothing. Some of the early images are priceless, such as the Hawk that flies into a cab seeking shelter, the dog walking down the road carrying his treats and toys, or the dogs leading a group of cows down the street to safety.

The pictures that bring us outrage seeing the elderly in a nursing home walking around in waist deep water. Just going about their usual day knitting in the recliner waiting for the call to be rescued. They were rescued and taken to shelter but what precious memories these and so many others have lost. The people were warned well in advance but there was no mandatory evacuation by the Mayor. It’s easy to point fingers in a tragedy but look at the beautiful response by so many first responders and volunteers.

The America I know and love is right here in times like these when people come together and help each other. The America I know loves each other and takes care of their own. We’re Americans and we need to continue to appreciate the differences in our country not sabotage and hurt each other.

Now, take a deep breath through your nose as you inhale and breathe out slowly through your mouth as though you were breathing out of a straw. Proud to be an American and a Texan.

 

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Eat Pasta and Lose Weight

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We just ordered this spiraler from Amazon for less than $40 and already I am in love with this machine. I take Zucchini and Yellow Squash, cut off the ends and place on the spiraler above and turn the lever. The veggies spiral out the other end on the other side of the blade onto a plate.

Then I take the spiraled veggies and place them in my steamer until the noodles are tender. I make my own sauce or put butter and pepper on the pasta and enjoy. It tastes so good and it’s healthier for my family.

This specific machine has 3 blades and there are others with 5 blades.  Here is the link to the Spiraler I bought. Spiraler on Amazon

Do you have tight hip muscles? Try SMR.

Self Myofascial Release, SMR, is a modality that flattens out the knots in your muscles that become inflamed and the result is sore and tight muscles. These muscles become so tight that they can affect hip, shoulder and foot movement. When these knots affect the foot, it’s known as Plantar Fasciitis.  SMR is like a deep tissue massage that flattens out these knots so you can have more mobility and flexibility. There are different things you can use on your muscles. A ball, rolling stick, or foam roller.

This is a Foam Roller as well as other things you can use to release the knots. Find the painful spot, lean into it and hold for 30 seconds until the pain is mostly gone. Then stretch and do this everyday or it will come back. Be consistent. 🙂

If you have sore IT (iliotibial band) Bands like I do then you will get relief from this roller. It will be painful as you roll on it but the benefit is that you will have improved circulation, mobility and flexibility. Here are other benefits:

  1. Improved blood circulation throughout your skin, fascia, muscles, and even tendons and ligaments where you can access them with a foam roller.
  2. Through improved blood circulation, more efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level, leading to better overall cellular function and inter-cellular communication.
  3. Lengthening of short (tight) muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Some muscles (like hip flexors) and ligaments (iliotibial band) are prone to shortening, and are difficult to effectively stretch and apply therapeutic pressure to using standard massage and trigger point therapy techniques. But with a foam roller, you can apply deep pressure massage to such areas and lengthen shortened tissues, thereby preventing physical imbalances that can predispose you to injury.

What Age is Considered Elderly?

When we are in our 20’s, 40 years of age seems rather old. When we reach our 40’s, 55 seems old. Google the question above and the results are to be considered elderly, you are between 65 and 68 years of age. Calling those in this age group elderly, who happen to be very active and you might get into a fight. Just sayin’.

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Working with Seniors 5 days a week, I can tell you the term “elderly” is a state of mind and not an age. Calling a person after the age of 65 a “Senior” comes with benefits and doesn’t mean “old age”.  Here are some definitions:

elderly

[el´der-le]  aged.

frail elderly

1.individuals over 65 years old who have functional impairments.
2.sometimes used to describe any adult over 75 years old.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

In my exercise classes, I teach ages between 75 and 99 years or better. My 90+ class members are the most vibrant and I would never call them elderly. Why is that? They are active and independent. They’ve led long lives of being successful and helping others. As long as we are able to be independent and active, our mind will keep us young.
The fountain of youth is found in continuing to learn new things, exercise, stretch, eat well and meditate. Oh, one more thing about having a young mind, don’t watch the news all day. It can be very stressful and put you in a bad mood. Practice breathing in deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth like your blowing out a candle. Be aware of your surroundings and as I tell my Seniors, behave only if you want to.

Weekly Meal Prep from Buzzfeed

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TURKEY & CHEESE PINWHEELS
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
1 burrito size tortilla
2 tablespoons mustard
1½ slices cheese of your choice
3 slices turkey

PREPARATION
# Spread the mustard on the tortilla, and lay down the cheese and turkey.
# Tightly roll up the tortilla, and cut into slices.
# Serve with a clementine and sliced bell pepper.
# Enjoy!

BUILD-YOUR-OWN PIZZA
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
1 burrito size tortilla
3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella
3 tablespoons chopped ham
3 tablespoons marinara sauce

PREPARATION
# Cut the tortilla into smaller circles.
# Pack with cheese, ham, cheese, and a hard-boiled egg separately.
# Enjoy!

PASTA SALAD
Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS
½ pound bow tie pasta, cooked
½ cup diced turkey
½ cup diced ham
½ cup diced bell pepper
2 tablespoons Italian dressing

PREPARATION
# Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
# Pack with strawberries and blueberries.
# Enjoy!

PESTO PASTA
Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS
½ pound bow tie pasta, cooked
2-3 tablespoons pesto
½ cup fresh mozzarella, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

PREPARATION
# Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
# Serve with a hard-boiled egg and sliced bell pepper.
# Enjoy!

PB&J TRIANGLES
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
2 burrito size tortillas
2-3 tablespoons nut or sunflower butter
2-3 tablespoons jelly

PREPARATION
# Spread nut or sunflower butter and jelly on a tortilla. Top with the second tortilla, and cut into triangles.
# Serve with a hard-boiled egg, blueberries, and strawberries.
# Enjoy!

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Best Exercise to Burn Fat

The best exercise to burn fat is to take your hands and place them palms first against the side of the table and push back. It’s all about portion size and burning more calories than  you consume. Keep moving your body, eat less sugar, and live in moderation. Stretching and foam rolling are 2 of the most important exercises you can do. Strength training is great for regulating blood sugar, weight loss, bone strengthening and balance. Yoga is great for balance, stretching and overall well being. It’s a choice. Be healthy and make healthier choices. Exercise is a must have whether you like it or not. It’s necessary for living well. Best to you on your journey to great health.