Category: Health

Give Your Face a Healthy Glow in Minutes

It is easy to get into a routine that deprives you of sleep, vitamins, and nutrients. Lacking all of these things is going to take its toll on your face. Here are some quick tips on how to perk up your look so that you appear alert and glowing all day long!

Give Your Face a Healthy Glow in Minutes
Give Your Face a Healthy Glow in Minutes

Ex-foliate your skin. Use a facial wash that ex foliates your skin so that you are always removing all of that dead old dry skin. This will also keep your skin cleaner and help keep it clear. Also apply a toner to your skin. Apply a moisturizer that has a hint of gradually tanner, bronzer, or is supposed to add a “healthy glow” to your skin. This will perk your skin up and give you a dewy healthy looking glow. Also make sure that your eyebrows are clean and neat, you would be surprised how clean eyebrows can make the face more appealing and clean looking.

Use eye drops if your eyes are blood shot or red. This will help clear them out and take away that “out all night” or “deprived of sleep” look. Also instead of covering your eyes with make up and heavy shadows and liners, use a white liner to make your eyes appear bigger and more alert. Also sweep a dust of a naturally toned shadow to add to the natural glow of your skin. The fresher and more natural you look, the more alive and alert you look. Also apply a natural subtle looking blush to give your face a healthy looking pink tone. Swipe some mascara on from base to tip on your outer lashes. This will make your eyes appear more open and bigger. Stick with a nude or sheer lip gloss.

Do your hair. If your exhausted and you look tired, it isn’t going to help if you throw your hair up in a messy do or if you just let it go. Other days this may not be a problem but to make sure you look fresh and put together run a flat iron through your hair, or blow it out. You don’t have to spend hours but you want it to look neat. Also put together a neutral wardrobe. If you look exhausted today is not the day to draw attention to yourself with bold colors or overwhelming accessories. Go for low key, comfortable and conservative. The more comfortable you feel, the calmer you are going to act.

Now you are ready to hit the office. Grab your coffee or green tea and hit the door. Also remember to hydrate and drink plenty of water all day and eat some fresh fruit or veggies to fight off fatigue. Good Luck!

Want to Improve Your Health? Consider the Potential of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Take a walk down the average grocery store aisle. “Fat-free” is emblazoned on every type of product you can imagine, from your breakfast cereal to your lunch-time cheese to your evening dessert ice-cream. We tend to think that if a food contains fat, it must be “bad” for us.

Studies show, however, that some amount of fat is necessary for your body to function properly. What’s important is the right balance of fats and the right type. Medical researchers have discovered that omega-3 fatty acids, for example, may improve your health in a variety of ways. What you may want to discuss with your health care provider is whether increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet could benefit your health. If your doctor approves, consider the following:

Want to Improve Your Health Consider the Potential of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
benefits of amino acids
  1.  For some people, eating a food plan rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help in reducing the likelihood of insulin resistance. One way is to eat more cold-water fish, such as salmon. If you think it’s too much trouble to make salmon, look for canned, water-packed salmon in the store. Drain it, mix with chopped scallions, and serve over a salad in place of tuna fish.
  2.  Some medical studies indicate that eating a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the likelihood of Syndrome X. One way to do so is to add flaxseed oil to your homemade salad dressing. For example, a simple oil and vinegar salad dressing can be made with flaxseed oil. Add in garlic powder and a dash of Italian herbs for a spicy touch!
  3.  Enjoying more omega-3 fatty acids in your daily food plan may help to reverse insulin resistance, according to some medical studies. An easy way to do so is to substitute dark green leafy vegetables for all that iceberg lettuce that most people eat. Bonus: you’ll get more fiber, vitamins, and minerals as well!
  4.  No time to plan your diet but want to see if eating a diet relatively high in omega-3 fatty acids can improve your health? If your doctor approves, consider taking an omega-3 fish oil supplement each day. That way, it’s just as easy as making sure a child has a daily Fred Flintstone vitamin!
  5.  Increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids may help some people to be protected against cardio disease, according to some researchers. One crunchy way to do so: sprinkle chopped walnuts over your morning oatmeal or evening salad!

Planning a Healthy Getaway

Sometimes we all need a breather. You know, a getaway from your daily demands and have an opportunity to take a few cleansing breaths. Ok. Maybe more than a few.

First let me define by what I mean by getaway. A getaway isn’t quite a vacation. It happens over the course of a long weekend or a few days midweek and usually happens pretty close to home – think driving distance. It’s relaxing, nonstressful and lightly planned. In the context of this, we are talking healthy too, meaning no cheesy fries and triple thick milkshakes.

Now, onto the planning of a healthy getaway.

Planning a Healthy Getaway
Planning a Healthy Getaway

Choosing the location for your healthy getaway

First, know your area. Is there a great wine country two hours upstate? Perhaps there’s a relaxing oceanside setting nearby? Or maybe there is a great quaint town filled with bed and breakfasts three hours away? These are all great possibilities for a healthy getaway

Bear in mind a few things such as where you want to eating (cooking for yourself means you’ll need a kitchen or kitchenette) and what you’d like to do (lay in a hammock, get a message, etc).

Here are some leads on finding your healthy getaway location:

spas – Try Spa Finder to locate ones near you.

ocean or lake locations –Google the location and “ocean” or “lake”. Uncertain of the location? Just type in the state you are looking for along with “ocean” or “lake”.

mountain resorts –Google your state and “mountains”. Or if you know a getaway area nearby, search for that.

national parks – The National Parks Service has a great search engine for locating a park that meets your needs.

bed and breakfasts – Check out this site for a directory of bed and breakfasts all over the country.

Defining your healthy getaway

So what is it that you want to do on your healthy getaway? In considering this question, I suggest making a list of all the things you’d like to do. If you are traveling with others, have them do the same.

For a healthy getaway, your list should include some physically driven activities such as biking, swimming, or even just walking. You could take a stroll past historic places or retreat to the beach for a great leg workout while walking.

About.com’s exercise channel offers a number of suggestions for getting a workout in without any equipment. The Home & Garden Channel has some great suggestions of their own that can be viewed here.

Healthy getaway eating

Don’t undo your good eating habits with bad decisions while away, especially on a healthy getaway. Planning ahead and being aware of what you are doing will help you have a healthy eating experience while away from home on your healthy getaway.

If you are driving to your healthy getaway, pack some healthy car snacks such as bottles of water, cut up vegetables and pretzels. Better yet, if your destination has a refrigerator in the room, take some cut up fruit, yogurt and other healthy foods to eat over the course of the week.

Eat on purpose. This means eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. By not overdoing it, you can enjoy your meals without any unnecessary guilt. And don’t forget your food groups – five fruits and vegetables a day, proteins, carbs and fats.

WebMD suggests that you sample the indulgent foods, and allow one splurge a day. This will keep you from feeling deprived while on your healthy getaway.

One great way to ensure a healthy getaway is to check into restaurants in the area you’ll be visiting. Try to find healthy-oriented eateries that have menus of interest to you. You can also try to locate healthy restaurants like this by contacting the local Chamber of Commerce or asking the front desk at the place you are staying.

13 Good, Healthy Reasons to Breast-Feed Your Baby

Humans are the only species in the animal kingdom that use artificial milk to nourish their young. In our Western society it is more common to see a baby being fed a bottle than it is from the breast. It is up to every mom to decide what she believes is best for her baby so below I have listed a few reasons why I believe the breast is best.

13 Good, Healthy Reasons to Breast-Feed Your Baby
13 Good, Healthy Reasons to Breast-Feed Your Baby

WHO Recommends Breast-feeding

The World Health Organization recommends breast feeding for at least 2 years. If you are unable to nurse they recommend pumping your milk and giving it to your baby in a bottle. If unable to do that they suggest giving your baby another humans milk. Last resort should be formula.

Breast Milk Is Digested Better Than Formula

Since formula is made from cows milk it has twice the protein as breast milk, which is more than the baby needs so it doesn’t all get absorbed. Breast fed babies almost 100% of the protein in mother’s milk.

Helps Uterus Shrink

My uterus shrunk back to it’s pre pregnancy size very quickly. My tummy was completely flat a month after having my son.

Breast feeding burns Calories

This Is another added bonus. Nursing burns 500 calories a day. I love that sitting on the couch watching television and nursing my baby burns the same number of calories as going on an hour walk.

Convenient

There is no carrying around bottles and formula when you breast feed.

Less Ear Infections

Research has shown that babies who are formula fed have 3-4 times more ear infections than breast fed babies. My 10 month old has not had an ear infection yet!

No Bacteria

Fresh breast milk never contains bacteria. It actually contains anti bacterial properties.

Breast Milk Is Always The Perfect Temperature

There is no risk of burning your babies tongue when the milk is straight from the breast.

Formula Costs Taxpayers Millions Of Dollars

The government spends more than $2,665,715 a year to provide formula for mother’s that use the WIC program.

Breast Milk Tastes Better Than Formula

I have tried a drop of my milk and it tastes like vanilla coffee creamer. Formula tastes bland and has a gritty texture.

Breast Milk is never recalled

There have been several formula recalls in the past. Pretty scary if you ask me.

Less Spit Up

My son has only spit up maybe 5 times in his whole life.

Health Care and Christianity: Where is the Line?

A subject that fascinates me is health care. As someone who went into her adult years with the label “preexistent” and uninsured, I have a special interest in this issue. I recognize that many Americans believe health care should not be a fundamental right of all people. I disagree vehemently with these people.

I did not go into adulthood being unable to be insured by myself. My father lost his job when I was diagnosed with cancer at age 9. Because he was unable and unwilling to buy Cobra insurance for me to be covered, I lost my insurance. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, he or she will be denied insurance for ten years. Ten years is generally accepted as the cure date and laws are in place to be certain when one reaches that point he or she cannot be denied insurance.

Are laws in place where insurance has to pay for medical procedures on those survivors? No. As a matter of fact, prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, we actively searched for health insurance on me and companies laughed in our faces. One man was nice and told us I could be insured but we would be responsible for everything because so many of my systems had been affected by the cancer, cancer treatment, and Cowden Syndrome that everything could be written down as preexistent. The loopholes you hear so much about? Here is their loophole in regard to cancer survivors being insured post-diagnosis.

Health Care and Christianity Where is the Line
Health Care and Christianity Where is the Line

This type of belief system I can follow in regard to the general population. It is a “survival of the fittest” scenario out there. As Christians, are we not entitled to be different? Are we not asked to be compassionate and do what Jesus would do? I do not believe many of my Christian brothers and sisters understand our country’s health care system. When I told a friend my mastectomy surgery alone cost $40,000 she about fainted. Those who are not considered disabled and not SSI/Medicaid fall into a gap where they cannot receive adequate health care due to being unable to afford it. Perhaps you are thinking it is that person’s problem to not be able to afford it but in the county where I live $40,000 is the equivalent of an average family’s two year income. I use only the one surgery as an example. Had I underwent chemotherapy that cost would have been factored in as well as many other cost.

I write this article in an attempt to understand other people’s points of view on this issue. As human beings, we are slaves to our own experiences so perhaps there is something I am missing. Why are people who have preexistent conditions such as cancer excluded from insurance? Because it drives up insurance premiums for those who do not? How is that Christian? Christ told us to take care of the needy. Regardless of how it may seem, most of the people in my category of preexistent conditions are not people who refuse to work and want everything handed over to them. We are people given a very rough deal because society sees us as less than deserving.

So I ask specifically those of you who are Christians and who do not believe healthcare is a universal right what your reasoning is. I also ask if you or anyone in your family has experienced losing insurance and if that has affected your opinion. I am very curious about this topic. I know it will bring some not so happy comments to my comments section but I do not care. I want to know where the line is. When is it ok that a man waits so long to go to the doctor to be checked for cancer (due to no medical insurance from preexistent conditions) that it is too late when he gets there and he loses his life? Please reconcile this difference to me and my political views may do a 180 degree turn.

Restaurants with Healthy Menu Options in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

If you are a frequent visitor of the Smoky Mountains, TN area of Gatlinburg you realize that this area is known for down-home, southern cooking. In Gatlinburg you will find many restaurant buffets, family-style large portion eateries, pancake houses, and your typical fast food and other chain restaurants. But what’s out there for those of us visiting Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains that want to eat healthy meals? Plenty! Here is your useful guide to healthy eating when visiting the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, TN.

Restaurants with Healthy Menu Options in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Restaurants with Healthy Menu Options in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Lineberger’s Seafood Company. This Gatlinburg restaurant is located at 903 on the parkway in the downtown area of the city. You can find healthy eating at Lineberger’s Seafood Company in Gatlinburg. Menu options include steamed oysters on the half shell, a spinach salad, grilled tuna, swordfish and salmon, steamed crab legs, and a cocktail shrimp salad. A dinner and lunch menu is available at Lineberger’s Seafood Company in Gatlinburg and entrée prices range from $8.95 (at lunch) to about $33.95 for surf and turf.

The Pear Tree Café. Also located on the parkway, at 423 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, the Pear Tree Café offers plenty of healthy dining choices for visitors of the area. Menu items include a spinach and strawberry salad, an asparagus salad with pecans, and a veggie burger. These healthy eats in Gatlinburg are all served in a no frills dining room at reasonable prices ranging from about $5.95-$7.95.

River Terrace Restaurant. Located at 240 River Road in Gatlinburg, the River Terrace Restaurant offers many healthy food choices for diners in Gatlinburg. The healthy options found on the River Terrace menu range from a grilled vegetable salad with zucchini, asparagus, tomato, and corn to a fresh fruit platter with cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, and grapes. Diners looking for healthy eating options in Gatlinburg may find just the right food at the River Terrace Restaurant. Prices range from $5.95 to about $15.95 at this establishment.

Veranda Restaurant. This restaurant serving healthy eating options in Gatlinburg is found at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. On the menu at the Veranda Restaurant diners looking for healthy eats will find a low-carb wrap served with cottage cheese and tomato instead of fries, a barbequed scallop salad, and a fresh fruit bowl. These healthy restaurant options in Gatlinburg range in price from about $6.95-$9.95.

These restaurants will give healthy eaters looking for some tasty but waistline friendly food in Gatlinburg, TN some great options. While renting a condo or cabin and cooking for yourself may be the best option for truly healthy eating, many Gatlinburg restaurants offer healthy choices as well. Try out these healthy eating options the next time you visit the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, TN.