Friday, November 23, 2012

The Eyes Have It: What Your Eye Color Means

The Eyes Have It:  The Meaning of Your Eye Color

Eye color is a polygenic trait and is determined by the amount and type of pigments in the eye's iris. 

  The color of the underlying structure of the iris in everyone is blue, but it is the addition of the pigment Melanin that gives us our varying eye colors.
 Melanin is the same molecule that causes people to have skin of different shades, causes freckling and is stimulated by sun, causing us to tan.

...but, what does the color really mean?


Blue Eyes:

  Blue eyes indicate Good Looks and a hard-worker.
   Along with sensitivity to light, this trait applies to Green eyes as well.
     Blue eyes are also indicative of trustworthiness.
 Scientists believe that all humans with blue eyes can be traced to a single common ancestor.  


 Brown Eyes:

  Brown is the most dominate eye color.
   People with brown eyes are most often kind and polite, while a few are also mean and outrageous.
   Generally, they are faithful and loving, and would do anything for their special person and enjoy good relationships.
  Brown eyed people love to cheer others up.


Green Eyes:

 Those lucky people with green eyes tend to put the most passion into relationships.
  They are both honest and trust worthy, and therefore experience long-lasting relationships.
 Green eyes, like blue, are more light-sensitive than the darker colors. 


Hazel Eyes:

 People with Hazel eyes tend to be gorgeous.
  They also have rather unusual relationships that are shorter than average.
   Hazel eyes are not actually one color.
 It is a name for a combination of colors: golds, greens and browns.



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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Now

Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

Sometimes the route to happiness depends more on what you don't do.

Happiness--in your business life and your personal life--is often a matter of subtraction, and not addition.

Consider, for example, what happens when you stop doing the following 10 things:

1. Blaming.

People make mistakes. Employees don't meet your expectations. Vendors don't deliver on time.

So you blame them for your problems.

But you're also to blame. Maybe you didn't provide enough training. Maybe you didn't build in enough of a buffer. Maybe you asked too much, too soon.

Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others isn't masochistic, it's empowering--because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time.

And when you get better or smarter, you also get happier.

2. Impressing.

No one likes you for your clothes, your car, your possessions, your title, or your accomplishments. Those are all "things." People may like your things--but that doesn't mean they like you.

Sure, superficially they might seem to, but superficial is also insubstantial, and a relationship that is not based on substance is not a real relationship.

Genuine relationships make you happier, and you'll only form genuine relationships when you stop trying to impress and start trying to just be yourself.

3. Clinging.

When you're afraid or insecure, you hold on tightly to what you know, even if what you know isn't particularly good for you.

An absence of fear or insecurity isn't happiness: It's just an absence of fear or insecurity.

Holding on to what you think you need won't make you happier; letting go so you can reach for and try to earn what you want will.

Even if you don't succeed in earning what you want, the act of trying alone will make you feel better about yourself.

4. Interrupting.

Interrupting isn't just rude. When you interrupt someone, what you're really saying is, "I'm not listening to you so I can understand what you're saying; I'm listening to you so I can decide what I want to say."

Want people to like you? Listen to what they say. Focus on what they say. Ask questions to make sure you understand what they say.

They'll love you for it--and you'll love how that makes you feel.

5. Whining.

Your words have power, especially over you. Whining about your problems makes you feel worse, not better.

If something is wrong, don't waste time complaining. Put that effort into making the situation better. Unless you want to whine about it forever, eventually you'll have to do that. So why waste time? Fix it now.

Don't talk about what's wrong. Talk about how you'll make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself.

And do the same with your friends or colleagues. Don't just be the shoulder they cry on.

Friends don't let friends whine--friends help friends make their lives better.

6. Controlling.

Yeah, you're the boss. Yeah, you're the titan of industry. Yeah, you're the small tail that wags a huge dog.

Still, the only thing you really control is you. If you find yourself trying hard to control other people, you've decided that you, your goals, your dreams, or even just your opinions are more important than theirs.

Plus, control is short term at best, because it often requires force, or fear, or authority, or some form of pressure--none of those let you feel good about yourself.

Find people who want to go where you're going. They'll work harder, have more fun, and create better business and personal relationships.

And all of you will be happier.

7. Criticizing.

Yeah, you're more educated. Yeah, you're more experienced. Yeah, you've been around more blocks and climbed more mountains and slayed more dragons.

That doesn't make you smarter, or better, or more insightful.

That just makes you you: unique, matchless, one of a kind, but in the end, just you.

Just like everyone else--including your employees.

Everyone is different: not better, not worse, just different. Appreciate the differences instead of the shortcomings and you'll see people--and yourself--in a better light.

8. Preaching.

Criticizing has a brother. His name is Preaching. They share the same father: Judging.

The higher you rise and the more you accomplish, the more likely you are to think you know everything--and to tell people everything you think you know.

When you speak with more finality than foundation, people may hear you but they don't listen. Few things are sadder and leave you feeling less happy.

9. Dwelling.

The past is valuable. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Then let it go.

Easier said than done? It depends on your focus.

 When something bad happens to you, see that as a chance to learn something you didn't know. When another person makes a mistake, see that as an opportunity to be kind, forgiving, and understanding.

The past is just training; it doesn't define you. Think about what went wrong, but only in terms of how you will make sure that, next time, you and the people around you will know how to make sure it goes right.

10. Fearing.

We're all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can't change, or what we won't be able to do, or how other people might perceive us.

So it's easier to hesitate, to wait for the right moment, to decide we need to think a little longer or do some more research or explore a few more alternatives.

Meanwhile days, weeks, months, and even years pass us by.

And so do our dreams.

Don't let your fears hold you back. Whatever you've been planning, whatever you've imagined, whatever you've dreamed of, get started on it today.

If you want to start a business, take the first step. If you want to change careers, take the first step. If you want to expand or enter a new market or offer new products or services, take the first step.

Put your fears aside and get started. Do something. Do anything.

Otherwise, today is gone. Once tomorrow comes, today is lost forever.

Today is the most precious asset you own-

      -and it is the one thing you should truly fear wasting.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Coffee and Exercise

 How Does Coffee Affect Your workout?

 At the end of a long work day, it's understandable that you may need a pick-me-up prior to heading to the gym or hitting the pavement for a jog.
  You may feel inclined to grab a quick cup of coffee or down an energy drink before you leave the office in order to give yourself the kick you need to make it through your workout.

The Upsides to Caffeine

 A recent article published by the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism provides interesting insight.
  The article concludes that caffeine can benefit a "range of sports, including endurance events, stop-and-go events, and sports involving sustained high-intensity activity lasting from 1-60 minutes."

 But the advantages of a pre-workout pick-me-up doesn't end there.
  A study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that ingesting caffeine before exercise can reduce pain and fatigue during a workout.

The Downsides to Caffeine

  With every yin, there's a yang, and so it is for the effects caffeine can have on exercise.

 Because caffeine is a mild diuretic, there is the risk of becoming dehydrated.
 What's more, caffeine can cause the large intestine to contract resulting in cramps or even diarrhea. Both side effects can cripple a workout.


Using Caffeine Effectively

In order to utilize the supplement in a way that will benefit you the most, be sure to:
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to negate any dehydrating effects.
  • Limit your caffeine consumption throughout the day to make your body more sensitive to the supplement's effects.
  • Ingest caffeine a few hours prior to working out.
  • Be sure to hydrate during and after exercise.

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*props to  Seth Czarnecki  for his research

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mexicanese Lunch Recipe

Bachelor Cooking 101:

Pop's Mexicanese lunch recipe

 Browsing the cupboards for a lunch idea yesterday, I hit on a combo that worked out very well.
 Ramen noodles are everyone's favorite combination of essentials (cheap & easy); Nutritious, fat-free, and simple (quick).

 The problem with Ramen noodles is the small packet of spices they include to make it a sucks. Not sure I can make it any clearer.

 Using a bit less water than recommended, I soften the noodles by boiling on medium for 2 minutes, then drain 90% of the water out before dumping in a bowl.

 Walmart sells a freshly made concoction of vegetables called Pico De Gallo, found in the vegetables-salad area among the "Marketside" mixes.
  Mostly fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, and enough flavor to make it an exciting taste.
It's easier to think of it as the best parts of a good salsa, without the mess.
      Here's what to look for:

 Mixing a generous scoop of Pico De Gallo into the hot noodles amounts to a tasty, healthy, and natural lunch with loads of flavor...and it takes about 5 minutes!
 (You thought healthy had to be boring, didn't you?)

 The final lunch:
 Now to be fair, I like a bit more flavor and a bit of sauce to bind the whole thing together, so I also toss in a couple of tablespoons of a good chunky salsa.
 You can see the slight difference, but the taste change is awesome...

 No doubt this recipe will become a regular Saturday addition to my diet.   Healthier and more filling than most easy foods (I use 2 packs of noodles), and totaling about 75¢ makes this combo hard to beat.
 Besides: How many chances do you get to tell people that you're having Mexicanese?


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Green & Gold: Quick & Easy Fixes Save Money

Green & Gold Feature:  Quick Fixes to Common Troubles

 Freezing Car Doors:

  During cold weather the car door(s) stick shut.

Solution:  Spray silicone along the weatherstripping seals around both doors. This stops moisture from accumulating overnight and freezing the seals.
  This will also prevent the rubber seals from drying and cracking in the Summer, which causes weak seals and rain leaks.

Auto Amnesia:

 You need to disconnect your car's battery, but don't want to lose your radio and GPS settings.

Solution:  A 9-volt adapter connected between the cigar lighter and a 9-volt battery will keep your settings intact.
 *Note: If you are disconnecting the battery to reset the computer, this will defeat the'll just have to reset everything in that case.

Moist Jeans:

  Your clothes dryer seems to be getting slower/weaker.

Solution: Pull the vent hose at the wall (a thin, reusable clamp may be holding it in place), and remove any debris you can see. Then, using the nozzle attachment, vacuum out all the dust and fibers you can reach both inside the hose and around the wall fitting.
 Note: You're not only saving money by making more efficient use of the dryer's power, you're also preventing one of the most common causes of house fires!

Shaggy Lawn:

  Your yard needs a trim yesterday, but the mower won't start.

Solution: Before you take it to the shop, try this...Remove the spark plug and empty the gas tank. Install a new spark plug, and add fresh gas. Remove the air cleaner and put 5 drops of gas into the carburetor, and re-install the air filter.
 9 times out of ten, the mower will fire right up.

Call Noah!

  The water in the toilet bowl is rising fast, and an overflow is imminent.

Solution: Open the tank and prop up the ball/float. This will stop the flow to the bowl and prevent an overflow. The plunger is your next step to free the clog.

Self-Watering plants:

 Need to water your vegetable garden while you're on vacation?

Solution:  Collect a few liter-size plastic soda or water bottles, and after rinsing well, poke a few small holes randomly into each bottle.
 Bury one bottle (standing up, 75% down) next to each of your tomato plants. Before you leave for vacation, fill each bottle. The water will be released slowly into the surrounding ground, and depending on the number and size of the holes, each bottle should take 3-5 days to empty.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Eat Healthier on a Budget

  Eat Healthier on a Budget

  With dollar menus aplenty, feeding yourself cheaply is rather easy, but finding food that is both nutritious and inexpensive is a lot harder.
  According to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers at the University of Washington found that at major supermarkets in the Seattle area between 2004 and 2006 the price of fruits and vegetables rose about 20 percent, while the cost of certain junk foods actually decreased.
  So if you're committed to healthy eating, here are a few tips to accomplish that without stretching your budget to its breaking point:

Shop in season.
  Most of the fruits and vegetables at your local supermarket have traveled an average of 1,500 miles. With the recent rise in fuel prices, that trip not only hurts the environment but your wallet as well.
  By tailoring your tastes to produce that is seasonally and locally in vogue, you'll reduce your carbon footprint and your grocery bill, as well as enjoy fresh and tasty food.

 Invest a little to save a lot.
   Living healthier may require a bit more when it comes to time, effort, and money, but the payoff is huge. And if you play it smart, you can minimize the necessary investment on many fronts, each of which is entwined with the other.
  For example, you can save money by prepping your own produce or making your own juice. And by spending some cash on quality appliances-juicer, mandoline slicer, specialized peelers-you can turn these tedious chores into fun, easy activities that you're more likely to set aside time to do.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Green and Gold Feature: Save Money, Waste Less

Save Money, Waste Less: Green & Gold!

Waste Feature:  'Green & Gold' Money Saving Tips

 Going a bit greener is easy, especially when it's saving you money!

  •   Think you may have a mouse sneaking around in your pantry when the lights go out?   Place a cotton ball with a few drops of peppermint oil in the cabinets and behind the fridge. The smell sends small pests running, but it's completely safe around children and pets.
  •   Mildew in the bathroom?   Mix 4 parts Hydrogen Peroxide with 1 part water. Using gloves, apply directly to the mildew and let stand for 5-10 minutes. A quick scrub and rinse removes the mildew and brings back the shine.
  • Baked-on mess in the microwave?  Place a small bowl of ½ cup white distilled Vinegar & ½ cup water in the microwave and bring mixture to a rolling boil.  Splatters will loosen and are easy to wipe away.               The acid in Vinegar cuts through grease and germs while it kills bacteria and mold, making Vinegar the ideal inexpensive and non-toxic wonder cleaner!
  • Want to spend less time scrubbing the bathroom?  Simple as flipping a switch.  Turning on the bathroom fan after a shower or bath will slow the growth of mold, mildew, and fungus...and simply closing the toilet lid before flushing can keep millions of germs off your floors and walls!
  • Speaking of scrubbing the bathroom:  Place a spray bottle in the shower, filled with equal parts water and Rubbing Alcohol, along with a small squeegee.  After a shower, spray the walls and door and squeegee the away the moisture...and the soap scum problem!  

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Stran Photography: Save Money, Waste Less: Green & Gold!

Stran Photography: Save Money, Waste Less: Green & Gold!: Waste Feature:  'Green & Gold' Money Saving Tips   Going a bit greener is easy, especially when it's saving you money!   Think you may ...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Waste feature: Saving Money = Making More Money!

Waste Management feature: lead in

 Anyone who knows me personally can tell you that one of my primary  'pet peeves' is waste.

 In any form, making a habit of paying for unnecessary expenses is like pulling a financial anchor around with you. You'll never see any substantial headway as long as you're living with a pattern of "Two steps forward, one step back".

 Some take this problem a step further; They get a small raise at work, and instead of allowing the savings account to grow, they simply spend step forward, two steps back. 

 Happiness is important, of course...within reason.

  Many years ago, when the children were small and money was tight (which is sorta' the same thing in most families), I was working a seasonal, part-time job at a Walmart in Bowie, MD stocking shelves overnight. Most stores hire extra help every Christmas season, and it's a win-win for all concerned.
 Once the season had passed, and all the other 'extra' help had been let go, an assistant store manager was trying to convince me to stay on full time. This was a hard sell because I had a day job that I liked, and it paid better. I stayed around another month, but we both knew I wasn't going to stay, and I left on good terms.

 In the process of attempting to sell me the idea of making Walmart a career, she told me a simple story that stuck to me and became part of who I am today.
 She related this:

 "It's safe to assume that Walmart's founder Sam Walton knew a thing or two about making money...but what he cared even more about was saving money.

  Until he died in 1992, Sam Walton drove the same 1979 pickup truck that he owned when his stores were still a regional chain in Arkansas.
 Mr. Walton became rich enough to buy a new car every other day, so why do you suppose that he kept the old one?

 Because he thought spending money that you didn't need to spend was foolish waste.
 (And, as he said, "What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls Royce?")
This simple man, a shopkeeper from Arkansas, who quickly became one of the wealthiest men in the country, kept his old pickup truck for 13 years!"

 Here's the point of the simple story:
  Even though most of us will never be able to afford a Rolls Royce, it is estimated that regular working folks who keep their cars for 10 years instead of 5 could pocket enough savings to buy extra $250,000 over a lifetime!

 Is impressing the guys at work, or the Joneses next door, worth that much to you?
A small expense to maintain your car will pay off ten-fold.

 Those shoes in the store window are nice...but managing your vanity is much easier than managing a budget that is littered with wasteful spending habits.

I'm a firm believer in the power of small savings...and what better way to save than by keeping money in your pocket instead of replacing what you already own?
 We Americans need to get a firm grasp on this tendency toward disposability.

  •  Keep your refrigerator running another 5 years and save $800, plus the interest.
  •  Avoid calling a plumber just once, and save $50/hour plus the $40 housecall.
  •  A simple laundry booster that works better and costs 90% less to use.
  •  A simple paste that costs pennies will save you a $120 headlight replacement.
  •  One simple step only a few people do that saves $100 year off the power bill.
  •  Simple and cheap exterior changes that add thousands to your home's selling price.
  • ...Hundreds more simple money saving tips are to follow on this blog...

 My plan is to focus more often on this type of real advice...Usable information that will add much more 'punch' to your growing arsenal of natural solutions to common problems.

 Here's an appetizer to close today's posting:

  Cobwebs in the corners?
≈  A teaspoon of coconut oil in white distilled vinegar (about a cup), and sprayed wherever webs appear. The vinegar smell may linger a short while, but you house will stay spider free.

   Listeria is a dangerous bacteria that can be spread by deli slicers.
≈  As soon as you get home, transfer the deli cold-cuts to a new, re-sealable bag and write the date on it. Keep them cold, but no longer than 7 days.

 Have a lawn-obsessed neighbor? Me too.
He's cutting it twice a week, and very short.  He's out there constantly with fertilizers, weed killers, sod plugs, sprinklers...He has to be, because his manicuring habits are killing his lawn!

≈  Keep your grass 2-3 inches high. (this is likely the middle setting on your mower) This way, the roots stay strong, it needs less water, and the weeds get shaded out.
 One light 'scalping' in early Spring and some "weed & feed" a few times each season, and an occasional spot-weeding for the tougher invaders is all it takes for a beautiful green carpet that is a pleasure to walk on.
 Just as with your garden, water lightly at night (Never in full sun!) 2-3X a week.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nighttime Diet Foods

                             What to Eat at Night to Lose Weight
Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of different opinions on late night snacking.

 Many people believe that nothing should be eaten too close to bedtime, while others say that it’s total calorie intake across the day that really matters.

 Those that avoid late night snacks claim that it’s a key step to weight loss. But most studies on the issue show that it has more to do with the types of snacks chosen. More often than not, when people eat late in the evening, they tend to make bad food choices.

 My own perspective on this issue all comes down to metabolism. Based on the principle of keeping your metabolism in high gear for as long as possible (in order to burn as much fat as possible), there’s really nothing wrong with eating at night. It all comes down to the choices you make, and ensuring that you’re preparing your body in the right way for a good night’s sleep.

 In fact, there are a number of foods that will actually get your body burning more fat while you sleep. As long as you avoid foods that are high in fat, sugar, and carbs, you really don’t need to worry. Let’s take a look at some foods you can eat at night to lose weight…

 What to Eat at Night to Lose Weight


Lean Protein – If you’re looking for a snack before bed, the first thing you should be looking for is protein. Foods high in protein will not only make you feel more full and satisfied, they’ll also boost your metabolism and burn more calories while they digest. That means you’ll be burning fat while you sleep!

  Some good high-protein options are almonds, pistachios, hummus, and of course turkey (which will also help you sleep). If you’re working out hard at the gym, you can also make a simple protein shake with a satisfying whey protein like Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion or Vega  Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer. In addition to burning more calories, you’ll also improve muscle recovery at night.

 Fruit & Veggies – Not surprisingly, fruit and veggies also make great late night snacks. Don’t go too heavy on the fruit though – too much sugar, even from a natural source, can interfere with your weight loss goals. Go for something like carrots with hummus, sugar-free dried fruits (cherries will also help you sleep), or apple slices with some low-fat cheddar cheese.

Super Foods – You’ve all heard of super foods, right?
  Many super foods make the perfect bedtime snack, since they’re packed full of amazing nutrients that will boost your metabolism and help your body recover from the stresses of your day.
  Here are some ideas…

  • Leafy greens drizzled with a tablespoon of fat-busting Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil.
  • Low-fat yogurt topped with fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds.
  • A protein shake made with a scoop of Optimum 100% Natural Whey, almond milk, some fresh fruit, and the super nutritional NOW Spirulina Powder (this stuff also contains melatonin, which may help you sleep).
  • You can also get creative and add Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Powder to a number of snacking options.
These are just a few ideas, but keep in mind that eating at night can actually help you lose weight! You just need to be smart about your snacking choices, and go for foods that will give your metabolism a boost while you sleep!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

New FlyRights app will help end TSA abuses

(NaturalNews) Sick and tired of dealing with constant maltreatment, profiling, and flat-out abuse by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at American airports, a civil rights group known as The Sikh Coalition has created a mobile phone "app" that allows travelers to instantly file complaints with TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately upon going through airport security.

A brilliant solution to continued TSA abuses, the app, known as FlyRights, provides travelers convenient access to filing official complaints, whether they concern invasive, unconstitutional pat downs; radiation emitting naked body scanners; inappropriate racial or religious profiling; or any other activity deemed inappropriate by travelers. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android platforms.

According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), FlyRights not only makes it easy to file complaints by filling in pertinent user information and submitting directly to TSA and DHS, but it also allows travelers to "share" this information through their social networks in real time. The hope is that users of the app will bring each incident to light, and create widespread awareness about TSA's inappropriate activity.

"My hope is that this app will exponentially increase the number of complaints filed with the TSA, flood the system so they get that this is a problem," said Amardeep Singh, Program Director at The Sikh Coalition, which launched the app. "For too long the Transportation Security Administration has been able to tell Congress this is not an issue, nobody's complaining."

Though originally designed for travelers like Singh and others that are often targeted by screeners because of their religious garb, FlyRights is a useful tool for every traveler to fight back against TSA. TSA's screening procedures are excessive, invasive, and unconstitutional, as they clearly violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Aging and Staying active

Stay Active As You Age (Well!)
  Although it's common to begin leading a more sedentary lifestyle as you get older, the worst thing you can do for your health is come to a complete standstill.
  In fact, some of the physical and mental symptoms that are associated with getting older are actually due to the inactivity that so often accompanies aging, says Meena Garg, MD, of Indiana University's Center for Sports Medicine.

  To help ward off physical conditions that make it more difficult to stay active, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and weight gain, you must get some type of exercise on a regular basis.
  Physical activity also helps you stay motivated by improving your mood and protecting against cognitive decline and depression. Here's what you can do to help yourself stay as active as possible.

 Maintain Physical Strength
  You may not be able to do strenuous exercise, but doing some form of aerobic or cardiovascular activity such as brisk walking, riding a bicycle, or swimming and also some sort of strength training with light weights, on a regular basis, will help you maintain or recover muscle mass, and give you the strength and coordination you need to stay active and reduce your risk of injury.
 If you have not been doing any formal exercise, and wish to start, speak with your doctor or a certified trainer first, to make sure you know which exercises are safest and most effective for you at this stage of your life.

 Be Flexible
  To be physically active, your muscles have to be flexible. Stretching exercises help ensure that your muscles stay as elastic as possible. Sign up for a stretching class or try yoga or tai chi, which can also help maintain or improve balance.
  Or pick up an exercise DVD that features stretches and is designed for older men and women to do simple stretches at home. Remember to warm up your muscles before you stretch. A few minutes of running in place or walking while pumping your arms can provide a good warm-up.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Heart Attack Signs That Women Ignore

Women's Health: The (Often Overlooked) Signs of A Heart Attack

  Conventional wisdom has it that heart attacks come out of the blue.
 We're also trained to expect a heart attack to happen a certain way: The victim clutches his chest, writhes in pain, and collapses.
   But for women, it often doesn't happen that way.
  Study after study shows heart attacks and heart disease are under-diagnosed in women, with the explanation being that they didn't have symptoms. But research shows that's not the case.

  Women who've had heart attacks realize, looking back, that they experienced significant symptoms -- they just didn't recognize them as such.
 In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health,  and published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, 95 percent of women (nearly all!) who'd had heart attacks reported experiencing symptoms that were decidedly new or different from their previous experience a month or more before their attacks.

 Even when a heart attack is occurring, women are often slow to realize what's happening and call a doctor, mainly because women's heart attack symptoms are different than men's.

  This failure to recognize heart attack signs in women has led to a grim statistic: Women are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than men are, and two thirds of women who have a heart attack don't recover completely.
To prevent a heart attack from sneaking up on you, watch for these little-known signs of heart attack:

   More than 70 percent of women in the NIH study reported extreme fatigue in the month or months prior to their heart attacks. This was not just your run-of-the-mill tiredness -- the kind you can power through -- this was an overwhelming fatigue that sidelined them from their usual schedules for a few days at a time.

Sleeplessness or insomnia. 
  Despite their fatigue, women who've had heart attacks remember experiencing unexplained inability to fall asleep or stay asleep during the month before their heart attacks.

Anxiety and stress.
  Stress has long been known to up the risk of heart attack. But what women report is the emotional experience; before their heart attacks they felt anxious, stressed, and keyed up, noticeably more than usual.
  Moments before or during a heart attack, many women report a feeling they describe as "impending doom;" they're aware that something's drastically wrong and they can't cope, but they're not sure what's going on.

Indigestion or nausea.
  Stomach pain, intestinal cramps, nausea, and digestive disruptions are another sign reported by women heart attack patients.
  Become familiar with your own digestive habits, and pay attention when anything seems out of whack. Note especially if your system seems upset and you haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary.

Shortness of breath.
  Of the women in the NIH study, more than 40 percent remembered experiencing this symptom. One of the comments the women made is that they noticed they couldn't catch their breath while walking up the stairs or doing other daily tasks.

Flu-like symptoms.
   Clammy, sweaty skin, along with feeling lightheaded and weak, can lead women to wonder if they have the flu when, in fact, they're having a heart attack.

Jaw, ear, neck, or shoulder pain.
  While pain and numbness in the chest, shoulder, and arm is a common sign of heart attack (at least, among men), women often don't experience the pain this way.
  Instead, many women say they felt pain and a sensation of tightness running along their jaw and down the neck, and sometimes up to the ear, as well.
  The pain may extend down to the shoulder and arm--particularly on the left side--or it may feel like a backache or pulled muscle in the neck and back.

How to protect yourself or the women you care about

In addition to the symptoms they do have, women differ from men in another significant way -- they may not experience many of the symptoms we traditionally associate with heart attacks.
  This, experts say, is a major reason why women's heart attacks go unrecognized and untreated. Almost half of all women in the NIH study felt no chest pain, even during the heart attack itself. Numbness is another symptom women may not experience, experts say.
 If your body is doing unusual things and you just don't feel "right," don't wait. Go see your doctor and ask for a thorough work-up.
  And if you have any risk factors for cardiac disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, or family history of heart disease, mention these to the doctor.
  Time is of the essence, so don't count on medical staff to know your background or read your chart -- tell them your risk factors right away, so your condition can be evaluated fully and completely.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Natural Drain Clearing - Cleaning w Baking Soda

  Cleaning - Clearing - Freshening your Drains w/ Baking Soda

 Simple 2-step natural process clears most food clogs, and will freshen your sink and drains.
Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar.
 ...told you it was simple! 

  Note:  There is an immediate reaction! Vinegar is an acid, while baking soda is an alkaline (they're chemically opposed to each other).
 When combined, they produce an impressive foaming action similar to that created by hydrogen peroxide on a Do NOT hang over the sink or tub to look down the drain when the ACV is introduced.
  Should this foaming action splatter in your eyes, simply flush with plenty of cold, fresh water.

  Try heating the vinegar in the microwave for 1 min before adding it to the drain.
 Wait 5 minutes before flushing the drain with 2 quarts of hot water.
  - Some prefer to add a TBs of salt to this flush.

  You can repeat this process a few times if you like.
 If this is the first time you have cleaned your drain in a long time it may be necessary to repeat the baking soda flush a couple of times.

 Use the same ideas to clean and freshen your garbage disposal.
  You may be able to cut the required amounts of baking soda, water, vinegar, and salt in 1/2 for use in your disposal.

Try putting baking soda down the drain without rinsing when you are going on vacation or even just a weekend trip.

  It will help reduce odors that may develop while you are gone. 
Flush the baking soda out of the drain with hot water or hot vinegar followed by hot water when you return.

Benefits of Baking Soda and Drains
  Using Baking Soda to clean your drains and garbage disposal eliminates harsh chemicals that may leave odors and residue in your sinks.
 All of the listed combinations are environmentally friendly, which will help concerns about chemical contamination, or even the risk associated with having chemicals in a home with children.
Using baking soda for these jobs can be friendly to your wallet too, especially if you recycle the boxes you use in the freezer or fridge when they are no longer as fresh.

*Pop's Note:
   Next time you're in the laundry section, look for the large (4lb) boxes of Baking soda, just a few dollars in Walmart. This will save you some money in the long run.
 I don't use the paper boxes in my fridge. Any small cup or dish will work.
 Find something bright and colorful, like a candle holder or a potpourri dish, or just fill a few of the egg holders if you (like me) never use them anyway.
 Once or twice a month you can dump this used baking soda down the sink drain to recycle it as a drain freshener.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Your Worst Coffee Drink Choices: Diet Sabotage

 Worst Coffee Drinks for Your Healthy Lifestyle

 The Worst Coffee Drink in America:

Lotta Caramel LatteCold Stone Creamery Lotta Caramel Latte, Gotta Have It Size
1,790 calories
99 g fat (62 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
175 g sugars
It may be coffee-flavored, but this bloated fat-shake is virtually unrecognizable next to your typical morning cup of Joe.
  It's simply a giant dessert drink disaster; Nearly a full day's worth of calories, as much saturated fat as you'll find in 62 strips of bacon, and you'll exceed your daily limit of trans fats in the few minutes it takes you to drink it.
  Oh, and the ridiculous sugar load? 44 spoonfuls!
 If you want a sweet, caramel latte taste, opt for the actual caramel latte at Cold Stone, not the shake. You'll cut more than 1,500 calories from your order!

Try This Instead!Lite Milk Caramel Latte, Love it Size
250 calories
2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
34 g sugars

Worst Caramel-Flavored Coffee Drink:
  McDonald's Caramel Latte
 McDonalds Caramel Latte with Whole Milk (large)
330 calories
9 g fat (5 g saturated)
210 mg sodium
51 g sugars

This caramel confection hides an unhealthy dose of sugar and an unnecessary amount of calories. But don’t blame the caramel flavoring entirely. Choose the flavored cappuccino instead for a fat-free, lower-calorie, lower-sugar alternative that will hit your sweet spot just the same. When given the choice, always opt for a cappuccino over a latte—they’re made with less milk than lattes, which means they’re lighter, with fewer calories.

Have This Instead!
Caramel Cappuccino with Skim Milk (medium)
190 calories
0 g fat
150 mg sodium
41 g sugars

Worst Chocolate Coffee Drink

Starbucks Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream (venti)
520 calories
23 g fat (14 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
350 mg sodium
68 g sugars

Talk about double trouble. Within this chocolate calamity lurks three-quarters of your recommended daily intake of saturated fat, and as much sugar as you’ll find in 10 Rainbow Popsicles! Slash your calorie intake by switching to skim milk and cutting out the whipped cream. Knock the size down to a grande, and switch from the frappe to an iced mocha, and you’re looking at a drink with 350 fewer calories than when you started. Make a switch like that every single day, and you’ll lose about 6 pounds in two months!

Try This Instead!
Grande Iced Caffe Mocha with Skim Milk (No Whipped Cream)
170 calories
2.5 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans)
80 mg sodium
26 g sugars