Showing posts from October 15, 2017

Foods That Are Surprisingly High in Salt

Are You Getting Too Much Salt?

Most of us get more than we need. Recommendations from the American Heart Association and the U.S. government range from 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. If you want to cut back, you need to do more than ease up on the shaker on your table. Watch what you eat. You may be shocked by some of the foods that are high in salt.

Frozen Dinners

They're quick. They're easy. And they're loaded with sodium. A 5-ounce frozen turkey and gravy dinner packs 1,255 milligrams.

Tip: A 'lighter' version may have less salt, but it's no guarantee. Read the labels to be sure. It's possible that 'lighter' refers to fat only.

Ready-to-Eat Cereals

Check out the nutrition facts label. Some brands of raisin bran have up to 210 milligrams of sodium in each cup.

Tip: Puffed rice and wheat don't have salt. Mix half of your favorite cereal with half of a salt-free choice. Or look for companies that make low-sodium cereals.

Vegetable Juices


Inspirational Quote – October 21, 2017

“Positive mind, Positive vibes, Positive life.”

Sounds like a simple sum doesn’t it, Positive mind + Positive vibes = Positive life! I suppose, thinking about it a bit more, the end result is a no brainer! However, not so easy for some of us to feel positive especially if we feel that Life has been strewing one obstacle after another in our path. We’ve all been there at some time or another….just when we think we’ve successfully overcome a problem and are half way to breathing a sigh of relief, even before we can exhale, something else pops up to take its place! Well, all we can do is grit our teeth, pop a positive thought in our mind, allow it to generate positive vibes and of we go again! Positive life here we come!

People Helped You Whether You Knew It Or Not

William Weaver, currently the chief of surgery at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina, doesn't remember a single day in high school "that a teacher didn't tell him that he didn't belong." This was in Knoxville, Tennessee, where in 1964, he was one of 14 black students integrating the all-white West High School. He remembers his test papers being unfairly snatched from him so he got poor grades initially, never being acknowledged for his accomplishments by his school, and eventually, starting to think, something was wrong with him. How, then, in the face of racism and adversity, did Weaver stay motivated, graduate from college, and go on to become a successful doctor? This article shines light on Weaver's journey, and the mentor who cheered him on, visibly and invisibly, from the sidelines.

Why Eyelids Twitch and Muscles Spasm

Muscles Have a Mind of Their Own?

You tell your muscles what to do without thinking about it. But sometimes they do their own thing -- they might pulse or contract and can’t relax. Twitches and spasms are most common in the thighs, calves, hands, arms, belly, ribcage, and the arches of your foot. They can involve part of a muscle, all of it, or a group of muscles. Doctors aren’t always sure why they happen, but a few common triggers can set them off.

Eyelid Twitches

Eyelid feel like it's giving you Morse code? That's called myokymia. These random twitches, which can feel faint or really bug you, happen on the upper or lower lid. Triggers range from stress and smoking to wind, bright light, too much caffeine, and lack of sleep. Though annoying, the twitches are harmless and usually go away quickly, but they can come back over the next few days.

When Eyelid Twitches Don't Go Away

Twitches that last more than a few days could be a sign of an eye issue, like dry eyes or glaucoma. T…

How Teens Today Are Different from Past Generations

A psychologist mines big data on teens and finds ten ways this generation—the “iGens"—is different from Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials.BY DIANA DIVECHA

Every generation of teens is shaped by the social, political, and economic events of the day. Today’s teenagers are no different—and they’re the first generation whose lives are saturated by mobile technology and social media. In her new book, psychologist Jean Twenge uses large-scale surveys to draw a detailed portrait of ten qualities that make today’s teens unique and the cultural forces shaping them. Her findings are by turn alarming, informative, surprising, and insightful, making the book—iGen:Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us—an important read for anyone interested in teens’ lives. Who are the iGens?
Twenge names the generation born between 1995 and 2012 “iGens” for their ubiquitous use of …

Inspirational Quote – October 20, 2017

“Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.”

I may be totally deluded or having a “senior moment” but I believe most people do try to live their lives by being the type of person that other people speak kindly of. I know I try to and I imagine you do too. Living your life, mindful of the feelings of others, showing kindness and compassion, being honorable in whatever you do, being loyal, all paints a picture of how the people you know “see” you. So, if your portrait does you justice and it’s one that people respect and admire, then woe betide anyone who speaks badly or disparagingly of you. Isn’t that a nice thought?

How Trauma Lodges in the Body

Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he's learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodness and safety. What he's learning speaks to a resilience we can all cultivate in the face of overwhelming events -- which, after all, make up the drama of culture, of news, and of life.

Disaster Mental Health

Nancy Haugen, PhD specializes in 'Disaster Mental Health' created some 'Cliff's Notes' to keep in mind so that we can all be empowered to support mental health for those in pain.

1. Whereas in the Emergency Room there is the Golden Hour (time to get to the ER when there has been a trauma), in Disaster Mental Health there is the Golden Month. There are 30 days from the point of the disaster, to make a major difference. Any intervention, support, kindness that can happen during those 30 days will change the long-term outcome. It is significant. 2. Given how the brain shuts down in a disaster, victims are not able to process words very well. They WILL track on tone of your voice and your body posture. 3. Don’t problem solve, most important task is to just LISTEN. 4. Sharing where resources are is important – if possible, give a written form of the list so that they can refer to it later. They won’t remember much if you just tell them. 5. Asking open ended questions (How ca…

How to Help Teens Become More Self-Compassionate

Self-compassion may be key to supporting teen mental health. Dr. Karen Bluth shares lessons from her mindful self-compassion program.BY KAREN BLUTH

Leslie came to the first class of my course on self-compassion for teens with a definitive chip on her shoulder. She refused to sit with the group, standing on the perimeter with arms defiantly crossed and eyes narrowed. There was no doubt of the message she was conveying: “Don’t you dare try to make me participate in this class.” I didn’t. I knew better. During a self-compassion meditation, I sensed Leslie shifting uncomfortably in her seat. She breathed heavily from time to time. But when the meditation ended, her face had changed; the anger and resistance had dissolved and tears were rolling down her cheeks. Through her sobs, Leslie explained that she didn’t want to be here, that all her friends were together at a football game and her mom made her come to this class. We breathed with her during her story and welcomed her tidal wave of emo…