Showing posts from November, 2015 you know the symptoms?

Inflammation can be very beneficial when your body is fighting an infection or healing an injury. Long-term or chronic inflammation, however, can cause or exacerbate a variety of health issues, such as heart attack, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, etc.

Some symptoms of chronic inflammation include: If you are concerned about the possibility of chronic inflammation, please contact your doctor for an evaluation.

The good news is, lifestyle changes may be all you need to limit the amount of inflammation in your body. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and plenty of rest will always improve your wellness. Some suggestions: 1.) Avoid inflammatory foods. Inflammatory foods include refined sugars, sugar substitutes, juices and sodas, trans-fats, dairy products, non-organic eggs and meat from grain-fed animals. 2.) Eat real foods. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, chock full of antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber. Also include nuts and seeds, grass-fed meats, wild fish, and healthy spices like turmeri…

How to respond to depression...

The other day, one of my friends posted that she had a friend battling depression and anxiety and was wondering how to help her.
This was my response: I've battled depression since my early teens. The best thing you can do for your friend is be patient and accepting. You can't fix their depression or anxiety. 
When they're down, trying to cheer them up can have the reverse effect. We know we're downers and we don't like it. Trying to make us happier just reminds us that you're suffering because of us...which makes us feel worse. Or we will try to pretend it's working because we don't want you to feel bad, which is exhausting.  If you want to be with your friend, make some cocoa and your famous cookies and just go sit quietly with them and let them talk or not talk.  If you just want to let them know you're there for them from further away, send a text that says "No response required. Just wanted to say hi." (A phone call can be painful, just te…

Some days I laugh. Some days, I pretend to laugh.

Warning: Serious topic. Potential triggers.

Sometimes I laugh. A lot. As in, I can't even breathe.
Sometimes I am so deeply grateful that tears of joy fall freely.
Sometimes I feel content and all is right with the world.

And sometimes I feel a darkness take hold so deep inside me that it overwhelms my soul and casts a haze on my entire life.

You know what I do when the darkness comes? Everything I normally do. Including laugh. I may want to stay in bed for days, but I won't. I may want to binge on ice cream and cookies, but I don't. (OK, maybe a little.) I may want to get in my car and drive far, far away in the hopes of outrunning the darkness, but I can't. The darkness is like an old friend now. It is as much a part of me as my own skin. It doesn't debilitate me anymore. Usually.

I remember feeling like the world wasn't quite right as far back as my early teens. There was always something that seemed off in ways I couldn't describe. But early teens are …

Taking Control!

As some of you know, I had a hysterectomy earlier this year. I was ready for it and for what would come after. So far, menopause hasn't been so bad. A few hot flashes here and there have been my biggest complaint. I haven't had many mood swings and when I feel like I might just be getting out of control, I can usually bite my tongue until I settle down. (Usually.)
There was one aspect of menopause for which I was not prepared, in spite of knowing about it long before I ever had to think about it. One thing that I was warned could be an issue, that I never really took to heart. One thing... one symptom... one side effect... that can be an inconvenience for some and a heart ache for others. One thing I'd battled my entire life, but for some reason, I didn't think it would be a bigger deal now.

But it is.

It really is.

Weight gain after menopause is a real thing. Do you hear me, ladies? If you are a master at maintaining your weight or you're doing a bang up job with …

Tomato Vegetable Soup in Butternut Squash Bowls

I worked late. Last thing I wanted to do was cook. Fortunately, I have a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator.

Butternut squash bowls from Harmons were meant to go with some butternut squash soup I made, but they ended up sitting in the fridge instead. I got them out, seasoned them with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and put them on a low rack in a 450° oven while I made the soup.

Some quick tomato soup consisted of:
drizzle of oil (whatever you prefer) 1 stalk celery, diced 1/8 cup diced onion (more or less to taste) 1 15oz can black beans (rinsed) 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes 1 - 2 cup(s) water (or broth) 1 large zucchini cut in bite-sized pieces small bunch chives, diced  1 - 2 tbsp nutritional yeast Seasonings to taste
I used saltpepperitalian seasoningpaprikaroasted cuminchili powder
I drizzled my oil in a large pot and sauteed the onions and celery for a few minutes at medium heat. I then added the zucchini and black beans, tossing them all around in the pot. Once well…