Holiday/Winter Weight Gain. Let’s Avoid It.

 

Did you know that most people report gaining about 5 pounds during the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day?

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine states that poundage is over estimated.  Continue reading “Holiday/Winter Weight Gain. Let’s Avoid It.”

Your Habits When You’re Young Put Your Bones at Risk When You’re Older

Some people have low bone mass even at their peak which is roughly age 30. What factors can cause this? How does it affect your bones and their future?

1/2 of your total body calcium stores are made during puberty. Dietary and lifestyle habits are important at this age!

Did you know men can have low bone density as well?  It just happens to women earlier.

Your body is  building bone during childhood, through the teenage years and Continue reading “Your Habits When You’re Young Put Your Bones at Risk When You’re Older”

Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)

“You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”  Matthew 23:23

What is Cumin?

Cumin seeds are yellow-brown, nutty, peppery seeds. A part of the parsley family, it is similar to but stronger than caraway. It is usually ground into a powder.

Don’t confuse Continue reading “Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)”

Weight Management Morsels

As I get older, it is more difficult to manage weight. Do you have this problem too? This can be due to inactivity, hormones, illness, slower metabolism, medications or other reasons.

For lasting weight management, whether it be losing weight or maintaining it, DON’T DIET. Continue reading “Weight Management Morsels”

Does Sleep Really Matter?

“It is useless to get up early and stay up late in order to earn a living. God takes care of his own, even while they sleep.” Psalm 127:2

Sleep is truly an amazing thing. I had no idea so much went on while our head was on the pillow. Again I find myself sitting here thinking, “Holy cow.”  I can’t help but wonder how someone can say we are not intelligently designed.

Healthy adequate sleep is essential to good health. We need Continue reading “Does Sleep Really Matter?”

Arthritis Herbs and Supplements

In my previous arthritis post, I mentioned strategies like losing weight, drinking water to keep joints hydrated, an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise. Let’s look at some herbs and supplements that hold promise in reducing the pain and/or inflammation of arthritis. Continue reading “Arthritis Herbs and Supplements”

Weight Control Tips That Work For Me

While this is not a blog about weight loss, I would like to touch on it. Weight loss can help improve many health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, sleep apnea, fatigue, high blood pressure, etc.

It’s not that easy though, right? I was a yo-yo dieter for years. And once you lose it, it appears again – worse than before. From being chubby as a teen, to being anorexic in college, to gaining 62 pounds with my first pregnancy. It was a constant back and forth for decades. A never ending battle. Continue reading “Weight Control Tips That Work For Me”

Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Habits

“Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

Inflammation is a normal part of your body’s immune response.

Acute inflammation is good. It is caused by conditions such as a cut, bronchitis, a stubbed toe, broken bone, the flu, etc. It is your body mounting an attack against something that shouldn’t be there. When it’s gone, the inflammation subsides.

Chronic inflammation is bad (aka systemic or silent inflammation). This is inflammation that doesn’t go away. Your body can’t turn it off. Chronic inflammation is also referred to as a silent killer. (click for more on this) Continue reading “Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Habits”

Managing Arthritis

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

If you don’t have arthritis yet, it is likely that you may one day have it despite your best efforts. 😞 Continue reading “Managing Arthritis”

Vitamin C and Tissue Repair

“The Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Psalm 18:30

I always thought vitamin C was just about keeping you from getting a cold. It is so much more. Let’s explore how vitamin C is essential for wound and soft tissue repair.

Continue reading “Vitamin C and Tissue Repair”