Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fun Sites and Things

Hi Everyone.  I've been finding some interesting things online, and thought I'd share a few of them with you.

Here's an amazing speech given by the 12 year old girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes.  She was addressing a UN meeting on the issue of the environment.  I think I want her to be our next president.

Have you ever heard of the website called, "Pinterest"?  It's really cool.  You can "pin" ideas that interest you, onto your (virtual) board, and keep it for future reference, or share it with others.  Check it out, there are so many creative ideas, fun recipes, cool sayings, and photographs. My daughter Mindy showed me this website.  Watch out, you might get hooked!

One might argue that those two sites have nothing to do with wellness, but I personally feel that pretty much everything can be related to one of the six areas of a healthy and happy individual:  personal, mental, physical, social, intellectual and ethical wellness.  It's all about the holistic approach to self-improvement.

That being said, here are a few more tidbits to share:

Some people think that the time of day at which they eat has something to do with how much weight they'll gain or lose.  Weight gain and loss has to do with the basic calories in/calories out balance.  So, if you haven't had your day's worth of calories before a certain time, it doesn't really matter if you eat those calories later in the day.  Trying to get to sleep on a full stomach, however, might be a problem...

For good health, eat more cinnamon!  Research has shown that cinnamon can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides in people with Type 2 Diabetes.  So, it must be good for everyone, right?  Try adding approximately 1 teaspoon of cinnamon daily to your food choices, especially oatmeal, yogurt, peanut butter, smoothies, pancakes, French toast, and even coffee.  Or, try adding cinnamon to the top of sweet potatoes, carrots, chicken, beef or pork.

That's all folks!  Do you have any fun sites or health tips to share?  I'd love to hear them. 

Wishing you wellness,

Mary R.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This and That

Hi Everyone,

I've been on hiatus from the blog for awhile, just because life is so full.  That's a good thing, but I have missed writing.  So, finally, here are a few tidbits to share:

*When choosing chicken for your protein, white meat wins out over dark meat because it has less fat, less calories, and more protein per ounce.  That's not to say that dark meat is bad, it certainly has less saturated fat than beef.  White meat is just the better choice.

*You can cut a lot of sugar or fat just by rinsing food with water.  For example, cut sugar by rinsing fruit canned in heavy syrup.  Cut fat by rinsing the ground beef or ground turkey after you brown it.  Then, just return it to the pan, and continue with the recipe.

*Lifting weights is so good for you.  If you're not lifting, but you're losing weight, there is a risk of losing muscle tissue, instead of fat.  Not good.  Plus, it takes two times more calories to maintain muscle tissue.  For every pound of muscle added to your frame, your metabolism will burn up to 50 more calories per day, just at rest!  Yippee!

*The average-sized adult needs to take in at least 1200 calories a day, because of all the nutrients your body requires.  If you don't take in enough calories (from nutritious foods), then your metabolism will slow down and go into emergency mode, making it harder to lose weight.  You might even gain weight.

That's all for now.  I hope the transition from warm weather to colder weather has been smooth, (and maybe even enjoyable?) for you.  One thing that has put an extra bounce in my step lately is that I've been planning a cruise to Hawaii during the upcoming winter.  Now that's something to look forward to, and prepare for!

Wishing you wellness,

Mary R.