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Liz’s rant: No more pig flu

You may recall a month and a half ago when I lamented my daughter’s illness, which could very well have been pig flu. The world will never know. Before we go any further, I think it’s important for me to point to the fact that I realize the seriousness of this outbreak. But I refuse to give it power over my life.  But I digress. Oddly enough, after my super-secret assignment to places I can’t tell you about, I got sick, too. Same thing as my daughter for the most part. But I never let myself consider that it was that pesky pig flu. In fact, I’ve exerted much effort to keep pig flu on the back burner of my mind. Oh, sure, I’ve been hearing the heart-wrenching reports of deaths of children (I … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising health benefits for nursing moms

Betcha didn’t know… these surprising health benefits for nursing moms.  According to the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who nurse their babies for a year are significantly less likely than moms who never breastfed, to develop high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease later in life. *Enter a comment at the bottom of this or any other post, and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway! … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…this surprising way to lower your blood pressure

Betcha didn’t know… this surprising way to lower your blood pressure.   Try snuggling up to someone you love.  It seems that as little as five minutes of cuddling – even with a pet – can drop your blood pressure by up to 30%.  “Hugging reduces stress and anxiety, so you cope more easily with the ups and downs of life, all things that help keep blood pressure safely low,” says cardiologist Harvey S. Hecht, M.D. of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York  City. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – These Smart Fast Food Choices for Salad

Betcha didn’t know… these smart fast food choices for salads. McDonald’s Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and Newman’s Own Low-fat Italian Dressing , 280 calories, 8 g. fat, and 30 g. protein. Price: $5.11. Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad (without amonds or crispy noodles) 350 calories, 12 g. fat, and 25 g. protein. Price: $5.78 Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad (Fresco style) 270 calories, 11 g. fat, 18 g. protein. Price: $4.99. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – These Smart Fast food Choices for Burgers

Betcha didn’t know… these smarter fast food choices if you’re craving a burger. Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger, 230 calories, 6 g. fat, and 13 g. protein. Price: 97 cents McDonald’s Hamburger, 250 calories, 9 g. fat, and 12 g. protein. Price: 96 cents Burger King Whopper Jr., 290 calories, 12 g. fat, and 16 g. protein. Price: $1 … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – These Smart Fast Food Choices

Betcha didn’t know… these healthier fast food choices.  If you’re craving a sandwich… Subway 6-inch Turkey and Black Forrest Ham Sandwich with double meat (with lite mayo and vinegar), 360 calories, 6 g. fat and 30 g. protein.  Price: $5. KFC’s Honey BBQ Sandwich, 310 calories, 4 g. fat and 23 g. protein.  Price: $1.99 Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich, 320 calories, 7 g. fat and 28 g. protein.  Price: $4.29. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rant: When pigs fly

My teenager is not a good patient when she’s sick. Case in point? It’s Friday night and she’s complaining of a suspected sinus infection and a bad headache. “Can I get you something to eat?” “I don’t know…” “Are you thirsty?” “I don’t know…” “Well, what do you know?” “I don’t know…” I ladled out soup for the rest of us, then returned to the family room for dinner around the TV (it was the  weekend – back off). About   five minutes later, a scratchy little voice said, “Can I have some of your soup?” “Of course you can honey.” Talk about a regrettable decision… Because in no time  she was shivering with a nice  case of the chills. By the next morning, her status hadn’t improved and we were in the midst of a holiday weekend. Luckily, there’s … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – this quick fix for morning grogginess.

Betcha didn’t know… that instead of reaching for a morning cup of coffee, you can jump start your morning with a cup of white tea.  Each cup contains 50 mg of L-theanine, a natural stimulant that activates your mind without the caffeine jolt of java.   L-thenine stimulates brain waves, which cause a highly aware yet calm state of mind, according to Jacob Teitlebaum, M.D., author of From Fatigued to Fantastic. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…How to Relieve Back Pain Tip #5

Betcha didn’t know… the benefits to your back of losing just 10 pounds.  Studies show that losing 10 pounds cuts your risk of back pain in half, plus it helps you heal 50% faster if you’re already hurting.  One way to drop pounds – eat a bowl of soup before meals.  According to Penn State studies, “Soup fills you up and shuts off hunger pangs, yet it has very few calories per cup compared to solid foods.” … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…How to Relieve Back Pain Tip #4

Betcha didn’t know… you could relieve back pain by eating circulation-boosting grapes.  “Your back’s shock-absorbing disks depend on nearby blood vessels to bring healing nutrients and oxygen, so improving blood flow is a great way to speed healing of damaged tissue,” says Dr. Sinel.  And a recent study published in the journal Vascular Pharmacology suggests just eating a heaping cup of grapes daily can relax blood vessels, significantly increasing blood flow to damages back tissue. Another proven circulation booster – avoid cigarette smoke which tightens arteries. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t know…How to Relieve Back Pain Tip #2

Betcha didn’t know… that standing up often helps to ease the pressure on your back.  Standing up often, even if it’s just for a moment, reduces your risk of back pain by as much as 67%, according to research done at the University of Pennsylvania.  By contrast, sitting for long periods of time at your desk or even in your favorite chair puts 40% more pressure on your spine, which can eventually compress nerves and result in pain.  If you have a hard time remembering to get up, just set your cell phone alarm or times to go off once every hour as a reminder. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t know…How to Relieve Back Pain Tip #3

Betcha didn’t know…you can avoid injuries and pain by clocking out by 5p.m. A University of Massachusetts study  recently found that folks who regularly work overtime have a 61% higher risk of on-the-job injuries compared with those who punch out after eight hours – and back pain is their number one problem.  “Long hours mean little relief from stress hormone overloads, which trigger chronic inflammation and tension in back muscles, doubling your risk of painful spasms,” says clinical researcher Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., author of Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living.” If you can’t get away on time, try listening to soothing music while you work, or use it to decompress as you travel home to relieve the stress which causes back pain. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…How to Relieve Back Pain Tip #1

Betcha didn’t know… this simple wake-up trick that soothes your nerves.  For most people, back pain is worse in the morning than at night.  Why?  Extra fluid seeps between your disks while you sleep, and if you twist or bend suddenly upon waking, that fluid puts pressure on the spine’s delicate nerves – almost ensuring that you’ll flinch with pain. Here’s the solution…Rise slowly and gently.  “First, move to the edge of the bed, roll onto your side and hang your feet off the mattress,” advises back surgeon Neil Kahanovits, M.D., of the Center for Orthopedics in  West Orange, New Jersey.  “Then, use your arms to gently push yourself upright, keeping your back as straight as possible.”  Start today and you could reduce your back pain by 23%, say experts at the … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…New Vitamin D Recommendation

Betcha didn’t know… this new vitamin D recommendation.  Your body needs sunlight to make disease-fighting vitamin D – but we’re all more cautious of getting in the sun’s rays because of the risk of skin cancer.  The solution?  The Skin Cancer Foundation advises adults to increase their intake of vitamin D from 400IU to 1,000IU.  Also eat more vitamin D rich foods like…Salmon, mackerel, fortified OJ and enriched milk. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…

Betcha didn’t know… this amazing trick to help you fall asleep more quickly.  Just above the spot where your big toe and the second toe separate, on the upper surface of the foot, is an acupressure point that, when stimulated, signals the brain to relax.  Apply pressure to the area using your fingertips for about one minute on each foot before you turn in. … Read entire article »

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