Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

foods to fight fall allergies

fall allergy season is in FULL BLOOM!

are you tired of popping your allergy meds every day and still feeling bogged down?

try adding some of these foods to your diet this season, they not only alleviate allergy symptoms, but are a great addition to many tasty recipes:

it’s high in allergy-relieving vitamin C
a member of the crucifer family which has been shown to clear out blocked-up sinuses

high in carotinoids –   vitamin A
contain lots of beta-carotene to ease symptoms

Collard Greens
another carotenoid powerhouse – the darker the leaves, the higher the content

full of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory compounds

a source of bacteria-fighting hydrogen peroxide
offers antioxidants that help mend mucous membranes

it’s also a member of the crucifer family
contains a form of vitamin A, which has been shown to improve allergy symptoms

Onions and Garlic
packed with quercetin – helps fight allergies by acting like an antihistamine and vitamin C, which keeps inflammation at bay, helping with things like stuffy noses

also rich in carotenoids

Salmon and Herring
rich in omega-3s


Allergy-symptom TRIGGERS
what to stay away from:

melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew)
(if you can’t live without these while experiencing allergy related symptoms, cooking these foods will make them okay to consume)

milk and milk products
contain proteins that increase mucus production


Father Winter will be here before we know it – hang in there fellow allergy sufferers!

toxic food and plants for dogs

its crazy what almost three years can wipe from your memory… in the first few weeks of getting acquainted with our new rescue pup – ie Monster Dog

errr, i mean Lexi (btw her cuteness totally helps her out daily!)

phrases like this were flung around our house like they were going out of style:

don’t eat that
no biting
stop chewing that
GET over here
was Buddy really like this too?!?!

we’d been so jaded by Buddy‘s new-found maturity that we kind of forgot what having a puppy is like… talk about a ker-smack in the face :0)

he’s constantly giving me this ‘it was NOT ME’ look, such a good boy

despite my griping, i honestly can live with the puppy-ness any day. i know it will be over before we know it and she’ll be acting like an old water buffalo just like her big brother the Bud-man

in the meantime, providing our new pup with obedience, boundaries, safety, and LOTS OF LOVE are my main concerns

so while i’m on the topic, here’s a list of foods and plants that can be toxic to dogs. if your pooch consumes any of these, consult your vet immediately. the sooner it is addressed, the better your chance of safely treating whatever the outcome is

FOODS that can be TOXIC TO DOGS:
coffee grounds and beans
macademia nuts
yeast dough
baking powder & baking soda
fatty foods & trimmings
cocoa powder
caffeinated items
fruit pits and seeds
rotten or moldy foods
bones from fish
cat food
milk and dairy items
raw eggs
raw fish

Autumn Crocus
Castor Oil Plant
Devil’s Ivy
Elephant Ears
English Ivy
Lily of the Valley
Peace Lily
Calla Lily
Trumpet Lily
Arum Lily
Easter lilies
tiger lilies
day lilies
Meadow Saffron
Sago Palm

wowz – im glad 90% of the list of plants are ones that i have in my house and around the yard – NOT! note to self, keep closer eye on Monster Dog, she has a tendency to chew on everything from the hubsters dirty socks to the metal legs of the coffee table

and have a great weekend

as hurricane Irene is dropping in on us we’ll be having a hurricane party with the G-Ma and cuzz seeking refuge in our hilltop casa… salsa making and jarring/canning is in the forecast now that my new canning kit came in the mail this week – check back next week for a recipe and results!

hold the cheese please

a dear friend and fellow blogger sent in a request which gave me some great material for todays post… THANKS T! {P.S. if you are ever wondering about something and looking for someone to digg up some info for you, hit me up!}

did you know between 30 and 50 million north american adults suffer with some degree of lactose intolerance?! holy cheese batman – that’s a lot of people!

so what is it really?

found right on the good ol’ government’s website:

Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose into two simpler forms of sugar called glucose and galactose, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream.

Not all people with lactase deficiency have digestive symptoms, but those who do may have lactose intolerance. Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of lactose in their diet.

People sometimes confuse lactose intolerance with cow milk allergy. Milk allergy is a reaction by the body’s immune system to one or more milk proteins and can be life threatening when just a small amount of milk or milk product is consumed. Milk allergy most commonly appears in the first year of life, while lactose intolerance occurs more often in adulthood.

hmmm… pretty inneresting stuff huh?!

maybe you are a little worried that by cutting out your milk consumption you won’t be getting the calcium your body needs? don’t be… leafy greens, oysters, sardines, canned salmon, shrimp, and broccoli are just a handful of the other sources you can consume for calcium intake, in addition to calcium supplements and products like OJ with added calcium.

most people with low levels of lactose intolerance can handle about 2-4 ounces at a time without experiencing symptoms, lactaid can also be taken before consuming milk products to alleviate the usual symptoms

these items are a little easier to digest, as they have lower levels of lactose in them:
fermented milk products, like yogurt
goat or buffalo milk
almond, rice, & coconut milk don’t have any lactose

this part is especially for you T–>

Low-Lactose Cheeses:
Monterey Jack

High-Lactose Cheeses:

some food for thought – mammalian milk contains casein, whey AND lactose… i wouldnt jump the gun thinking your digestive issues and discomforts are stemming strictly from being lactose intolerant. one way to try to get to the bottom of things is by experimenting with an elimination diet which has the possibility to provide some useful evidence

and to finish off the deets – keep a close eye on the ingredient list of the products you are consuming

things that contain milk powder, milk protein, milk solids, nonfat dry milk, whey, whey solids or proteins, and casein, often contain some level of lactose in them

even crazier… things like baked goods, cold cuts, frozen meals, vitamins and a slew of other things you never really thought twice about having milk products in them actually do!

READ CAREFULLY if you want to feel better!!

junk food tax

i read an article over the weekend in the NY Times by Mark Bittman, bringing to light an interesting concept of taxing junk food to use the money to subsidize the costs of healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables

He states,

Rather than subsidizing the production of unhealthful foods, we should turn the tables and tax things like soda, French fries, doughnuts and hyperprocessed snacks. The resulting income should be earmarked for a program that encourages a sound diet for Americans by making healthy food more affordable and widely available

yearly health care costs in our country, funding things like heart disease, diabetes and cancer are insanely high – one of the main culprits is the standard american diet… grab yourself a nice juicy burger and some fries and you can’t get anymore stereotypical all-american than that!

what do YOU think?
is this idea off the wall, or is it something our country needs to bite the bullet on?!

i agree with the statistics, our country does need to do something to create a healthier future… but i will admit, i do LOVE me-self some hot out of the greasy fryer sweet potato fries!! however, when i bite into them, i am fully aware that i’m consuming something that is not the greatest option for me – so i think i could live with the tax knowing my fruits, veggies, and healthier options would be cheaper to purchase….

stick out your tongue

i got this forward yesterday and instead of sending it to just 10 people like it asked me to – hows the world wide web for ya?! and yes T, i even scoped it out on snopes to verify the authenticity :0)

this may be old news to some, but it was new news to me. please pass this along, you may have the chance to save a very precious life one day:

Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

Remember the 1st THREE letters – S. T. R.

this may be a true story – if not, it’s still a great example:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine, they even offered to call paramedics, but she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today.  Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke – TOTALLY. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Doctors now say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S – Ask the individual to SMILE
– Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS

If they have trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

And here’s the newest sign of a stroke – stick out your tongue.
If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

I have done my part. Will you?

>screenin the rayz


over memorial day weekend, as most of the shore folk did, i hit up the beach to soak in some glorious rays after a lonnnnng cold winter. toting my trusty bag o’ beach stuff (it stays packed year round – you never know when you’ll need to jet to the beach last minute!), which happened to include last years sunscreen. [ive been putting on sunscreen before i leave for the beach for years – idk why, maybe its due to the old wives tale ~ sun screen takes 30 minutes to soak in… but ill always take along a bottle for re-application] wellzzz, when de-Pa decides to NOT follow the rules and apply his sunscreen at the beach, tossing the now empty bottle at me… i knew a trip to the drug store was due

is anyone else as severely overwhelmed going to the drugstore to buy sunscreen as i am?! not only do you need to determine which brand you’d like, or style (waterproof, sweatproof, sandproof, bulletproof), then the SPF question comes into play. do i feel like turning into a lobster or being casper the friendly ghost all summer long?! 
thankfully our good ol’ govermental peeps at the FDA are f-i-n-a-l-l-y rolling out a plan to make this whole process a little bit easier on us… only 30 years past due!
right now: the standards for protection in sunscreen apply only to ultraviolet B rays (which cause sunburn). under the new rules, it will also have to protect against ultraviolet A rays (which are the skin cancer and early aging causing ones)  
even better – anything under SPF 15 will have to carry a warning label “This product has been shown to only help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early aging”
“Broad Spectrum” is the keyword to look for, the FDA is using it to describe products that block out both the UVA and UVB rays

some more sunscreen rules going into effect:
companies can no longer make claims like ‘waterproof’ and ‘sweatproof’
capping the highest SPF at 50
unless the company can provide test results of supporting a higher number
and to ease your shopping experience pain until these come into effect, some companies have already adopted these measures :0) – Coppertone and Neutrogena

some more sun related facts:
last year about 69,000 people in the US were diagnosed with melanoma
9,000 died from it
$2 BILLION is spent treating the disease each year  
LUBE UP with the ‘right’ stuff!!

>DEET no mo’


lucky for us, and just in time for the bbq vultures… err, i mean mosquitoes… the CDC has confirmed that lemon eucalyptus oil can be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes
did I just hear a sigh of relief expressed all around?!
gone are the days of worrying if the stuff (DEET) you’ve been spraying on your bod – to defend against these evil beasts – is actually doing more harm than good. your central nervous system will be thanking you :0)
so, where can you get this lemon eucalyptus oil? you won’t need to fight off any koala bears by trying one of these online oil sources: