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Looking for the Light: Good Health

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Last night I heard a very healthy message at my favorite grocery store, Heinen’s. Jordan Rubin spoke and promoted his new line of products, Get Real Nutrition.

Background:
Jordan Rubin is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and certified nutrition consultant. At 41 years of age Rubin is regarded by many as the most respected and beloved natural health expert in America. His personal account of his battle and triumph over Crohn’s disease has resonated with millions around the world and is one of the most dramatic natural health stories ever told. He’s a successful entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, international motivational speaker and television personality (TCT). And …. I might add, he’s also an organic farmer with lots of rolling acres in southern Missouri and papa to six kids of which five are adopted. As a follower of Christ his message of health and wellness is one of HOPE.

Jordan will be at Heinen’s downtown Cleveland location today; 900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115. Call for a reservation as seating is limited ~ (216) 302-3020.

 

Make it a great day today!

God Bless You!

Nanci

 

March 30, 2016 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Highlights ~ Four Years of Blogging!

Yes, that’s right! It’s been four solid years that I have been bringing you news of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland along with many new resources plus some fun little fufu things too!

Hi! Come on in and visit for a while. I’ll put on the tea kettle and we can just chat away! Here are a few of the highlights from the 13 months. I’ve marked them if you want to read the entire blog post. Ready?

Only 29 Days Until Spring! Hurray!

Have a great day tomorrow!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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 Highlights ~ Here we go!

1. Get your taxes done for free https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/

2. Inspiration https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/as-you-tip-toe-into-2013/

3. Enjoy a Good Laugh! https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/

4. Gratitude https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/

5. The Wonder Drug https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/

6. Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/

7. Mental Health https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/

8. Drug Muggers https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/

9. Headaches https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/

10. The 5 LOVE Languages https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/

February 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month + Videos

~ More HOPE and RESOURCES from Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

What a crazy day with the government shut-down and all the things it affects from coast to coast!  Despite that, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Ladies and men please do your breast exams and get your mammograms. Although women are more readily diagnosed, about 1,500 men are diagnosed each year.

But this month has even more significant for me than just a month that marks awareness of cancer. That’s because on October 25, 2003, I went for my mammogram and a tumor was discovered. Depending on how you count survivor years — date of diagnosis or date of treatment, this month marks 10 years ago that my tumor was found. So next month I’m officially a 10-year breast cancer survivor!

Some Good Advice

Do your monthly self-breast exams and get your Pap test. Besides that, don’t smoke, get your rest, eat a well-balanced diet with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, and stay away from sugar! While researchers are not saying there’s a correlation between stress and cancer, it does play a part in weakening your immune system. Therefore, find healthy ways to reduce your stress like walking, gardening, or cycling. These obviously are just a few examples. The point is, get regular exercise and develop healthy attitudes towards the challenges that come your way in life.

Today with all the treatments and drugs available, cancer isn’t the death sentence it used to be. If you are experiencing pain or feel something just isn’t right, see you doctor right away.

For Women Now In Chemotherapy

Free Cleaning Help ~ for Women Getting Chemotherapy now. See https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/free-cleaning-help-women-on-chemotherapy/

Pink Glove Dance Videos

Have some fun and get your groove on to stand up and fight breast cancer by watching (and dancing) these videos. Some are here on my blog. The last link takes you to another post on my blog and is not a video. It shares some great information.

1. https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTyIhMLp3FA

3. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=breast+cancer+dance+videos+youtube&FORM=VIRE16#view=detail&mid=63A8576B8A47AFC49DA463A8576B8A47AFC49DA4

4. https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2011/10/ Cancer Secrets From the Experts.

Enjoy your evening!

God Bless You!

Nanci

October 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

A Bit of Everything ~ More Resources to Help You!

~ More about my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland and other NEW resources to help you.

Summer’s about gone in Cleveland except it’s going to be  93 degrees here today. So summer has made a brief return. Labor Day has passed and you can’t wear white, yesterday was Grandparents Day, and today it’s National Boss/Employee Exchange Day – a day for employers and employees to see each other’s point of view. Wow!

As the kids head back to college (my niece and her boyfriend flew from Seattle to England for graduate school on Sunday) and life settles down a bit, I thought I’d share some very helpful people in the financial, medical, and spiritual realm. I’ll give you a bit of what they have to say and you can Google their websites. Some of them have products for sale, so that’s why I can’t provide a link for you. But, if you are interested, head on over to your Internet browser to get all the details.

Great Resources:

1. Financial: You can be a student without a student loan. You can buy a car or even a house with cash. Don’t let debt become a way of life.  Check out financial guru Dave Ramsey’s website. His Financial Peace Universities are offered around the country. The seminars are based on financial concepts Dave developed after losing it all. Classes are offered around the country so you can know how to manage your money and have confidence for the future.

2. Medical: Alzheimer’s disease affects almost 40 million people worldwide, including over 5 million Americans. One in 8 people over age 65 are afflicted with this devastating brain disease.  See Dr. Don Colbert, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Andrew Weil, Ph.D, all have websites. Learn more about them there. Dr. Weil also has a Ph.D. in biology and knows many natural remedies.

Dr. Eric Braverman is very knowledgable of spices and how to use them effectively. He also tries to get this patients off medication if possible and use herbs and such. He’s an extremely smart doctor (graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University and graduated with honor’s from NYU Medical School.) He is one of the foremost experts in Integrative Medicine, and recognizes the brain’s global impact on illness and health. He has a bend toward psychiatry so he knows a lot about Alzheimer’s disease and everything else under the sun! No kidding!

You’ll also like the book, The Drug Muggers. It’s all about how prescription drugs rob our bodies of valuable vitamins and minerals.

3. Spiritual: All of these folks practice what they preach. Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries is practical, wise, helpful, and very funny. Men and women love her messages. She has authored lots of wonderful books and she’s lived the experiences she shares with her audiences. You can request prayer on her website too. Today on Facebook she left this message:

“Don’t get stuck thinking that things will never change because the only thing that never changes is God.”

Joel Osteen is the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston. He is a great encourager. He has a world-wide ministry and is the author of many books. I never miss one of his weekly broadcasts because he helps me set the right tone for my upcoming week. On this website and blog he said: “Today, know that what begging won’t do, praise will. Don’t be a beggar. Instead, be a believer. When you pray, switch over into praise which is what opens the door for God to act.”

Dr. Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries. He’s like a caring and wise grandfather. Many great resources on his site. Dr. Stanley is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries. As a New York Times best-selling author, he demonstrates a keen awareness of people’s needs and provides Christ-centered biblically based principles for everyday life. He has a great broadcast every Saturday night on Trinity Broadcast Network at 8 p.m. and on several networks on Sunday mornings.

Max Lucado is not only a pastor and author many times over — writing about 100 books. He’s also considered America’s pastor. He has cards, stickers, small books, and all sorts of encouraging things that have been drawn up for purchase from his words of care and encouragement. In his tweet today he said this: The lesson we learn from Joseph (in the Bible) is surprisingly simple: do what pleases God. His new book You’ll Get through This is for everyone who is experiencing tough times. You can download the first chapter for FREE!

Odds-n-Ends:

If things in your life just aren’t working, here’s a short message from Joyce Meyer. Paste the link into your browser ~ you’ll want to hear it ~ Life’s Instruction Manual . http://bcove.me/xpjlrdzv

I have more but I’ll have to share that with you next time.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

September 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ “Drug Muggers”

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome to the series Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce. It’s a series that’s all about your health. Today’s discussion is about the drugs you take to get well and how they affect your well-being.

Have a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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A few weeks ago I was taking antibiotics for a sinus infection. On the weekend I went to a picnic with friends from church. Because it was sunny and the doxycycline I was taking made me more sensitive to the sun, I put on a sun visor and my 50+ sunscreen. I remember enjoying a piece of KYC chicken and chatting away with the guy seated next to me. After he found out I was taking an antibiotic, he said something I had never heard. He said, “Now you need to take some probiotics to restore your system.” I didn’t know what that meant except that every day I eat Greek yogurt and that I know is a good source of probiotics! However, later on I realized what he was telling me. In the process of prescription drugs helping to heal me of my sinus infection,  they  robbed my body of essential nutrients and stripped away good bacteria that my body needs to help fight off of illness and disease. Therefore, I needed to restore what the antibiotic stole or took from me. My prescription drug was a mugger!

Synthetic Chemicals Called Prescription Drugs

Drug Muggers is the subtitle of this blog post but it’s also the title of a book by pharmacist Suzy Cohen. The complete title is Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients–and Natural Ways to Restore Them.

Author Suzy Cohen writes this in her book’s introduction: The fact is, you can’t cure disease with drugs made of synthetic chemicals, especially when they often suppress your body’s ability to produce or use natural, healthy nutrients.

Drugs have an intended effect on the body, but in the process of helping you, they can sometimes put your body in a dangerous state by slowly depleting you of the very nutrients you need to maintain your health and help you heal.

Other Things That Rob or Mug Your Body

And it ‘s not only prescription drugs that rob the body but lifestyles that you keep can also have a serious effect on your health as well. I’m talking about things like: dieting, stress, poor digestion, (drinking) coffee or tea, (drinking) soda pop, laxatives, alcohol, smoking, food allergies, eating processed foods, eating fast foods, eating grapefruit, feeling like you’re loosing your mind, or just sitting all day in an office robs you of vitamin D that is essential for good bone health. All these “lifestyle” issues can affect your health in various ways. All of these rob or mug your body of what it needs.

If you love drinking coffee or tea for example, and have them every day you may be low on calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, and other minerals. That’s because coffee and tea contain tannins which grab these minerals from you body.

So What Can You Do to Help Your Body?

Besides reading Suzy Cohen’s book, you can do a few things to help your body.

1. Ask your pharmacist questions about your medications. This includes how to take the medication (with or without food) and asking about other drug interactions and any allergies you may have.

2. Read the labels on food items that you buy at the store. Know what you are putting into your body including additives, hydrogenated oil, and sugar.

3. Shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where you’ll find fresh produce and items that are the least processed!

June 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Exercising Wisdom

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome back to this new series ~all about your health!

Today my post is dedicated to Angelina Jolie. She has been dealing with health issues in both courageous and positive ways. She has executed WISDOM in dealing with her own well-being. That’s how we ALL should respond.

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As a 9-1/2 year breast cancer survivor I was especially interested today that actress and activist, Angelina Jolie, told the media she had a double mastectomy in February. She made this decision after learning she has an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer.

Her actions were more than brave — they were WISE! WISE because she’s thinking of the future, her family, and her overall well-being. She’s also WISE because she won’t have to suffer the difficulties of cancer including chemotherapy, radiation, hair loss, and possible loss of her life.

Angelina made these decisions not when she was faced with disease, but at a time when she is healthy and could think clearly about her options. No doctor came to her with news of cancer. Instead she made her decision in an effort to prevent getting cancer and possibly dying young like her mom did at 56 years of age.  Another WISE move!

Your health isn’t anything to fool with. If you notice anything unusual or just don’t feel right, see your doctor immediately.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

May 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ See Why Every Second Counts

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome to this new series ~ it’s all about your health!

This post is written in loving memory of my friend Sue who died last night. She was being treated for ovarian cancer for about three years. Not long ago during the course of things, she developed blood clots. And while being treated in the hospital she suffered two strokes last week which led to paralysis of her right side. Strokes are nothing to fool around with. I hope this information helps you or a loved one you know.

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Your health isn’t something you can neglect ~ neither are the warning signals your body gives you. I have two dear friends that deal with a variety of health concerns. Both have had strokes.

Stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Every second counts. That’s because the first two hours are most critical in regaining functioning — Brain Functioning — and clot dissolving medications can be administered which can save someone’s life. These medications can reduce long-term disability that’s associated with the most common type of stroke.

Do you know the warning signs of a stroke?

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

If you or someone you know is having one or more of these symptoms, call 9-1-1  immediately! Don’t delay.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Baby Steps to Good Health

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome to this new series ~all about your health!

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Your health isn’t something you should neglect. But if you have neglected your health, you can start today to make changes. It’s not too late. Here are some baby steps that will start you in the right direction. 

Give up the smokes, start exercising, and start eating right. Even small changes can bring lasting benefits. Here are a few things you can do right now:

  1. Use a smaller plate for portion control during mealtime. Losing a few pounds could prevent diabetes and/or a heart attack. A new “you” could increase your self-esteem.
  2. Walk for 15 – 20 minutes a few times a week. You’ll have more energy and lose a few pounds all at the same time!
  3. Replace your **diet soda and other soda-like drinks with water! You’ll not only lose weight but you’ll be providing your brain and your cells with the necessary hydration they need to function well.
  4. Have fresh fruit for dessert several times a week ~ your body will thank you for the fiber.
  5. Replace the white bread and pastas with whole wheat versions ~ use light olive oil for dipping and marinating ~ get rid of the butter.

FYI: **People that drink diet sodas don’t lose weight: They gain weight! In a recent study at the University of Texas Health Science Center, it was found that there was a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day. Plus the chemicals in the diet drink are actually so very sweet that it causes your body to crave more food – thus you eat more and gain weight.

Research: See: “Drink More Diet Soda, Gain More Weight? Overweight Risk Soars 41% With Each Daily Can of Diet Soft Drink”

By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Health News Reviewed by Charlotte E. Grayson Mathis, MD June 13, 2005.  (Accessed on Internet March 3, 2013).

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 19, 2013 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce: Men, Women Affected Diffferently

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome to this new series ~ all about your health! Today I’m sharing the symptoms for heart attack ~ specifically the difference in men and women.

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Key Difference in Heart Attacks Between Women and Men

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women.

But, when woman have a heart attack, they tend to be about 10 years older than men. Women are more likely to have other conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure — so it’s important they seek medical attention quickly.

Unfortunately, women are less likely than men to believe they’re having a heart attack. Therefore they are more likely to delay seeking emergency treatment.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to experience some other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, or back or jaw pain.

I hope this information is helpful!

Take good care of yourself ~ and keep praying for the city of Boston after yesterday’s attack on the Boston Marathon!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Helpful Advice

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome to this new series ~ all about your health! Today you’ll find a little helpful advice for your well-being.

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Advice

Get rid of the white flour, white bread, white rice, and anything for that matter made with white flour. That includes breads, rice, pastas, and pastries. Anything “white” converts to sugar in the body. Depending on the rest of your diet, that can lead to diabetes over time.

What should you be eating? Have you ever had a fruit smoothie? I make a lot of them in the summertime. I use lots of great ingredients including oranges, fresh or frozen blueberries, and organic yogurt. They give you lots of antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients all things that your body needs.

If you like yogurt, I’ve recently gotten hooked on Greek yogurt. It has three times as much protein and twice the calcium of regular yogurt. My first experience had me believing I had died and gone to heaven. Yes, it’s that good. It comes in low-fat and regular version. Add fresh or frozen raspberries to peach greek yogurt and you’ve got Peach Melba ~ Heaven right here on Earth!

Here’s something else your body needs: Protein. You need protein every day because your body does not manufacture it. Plant sources are the best like kidney beans, garbanzo beans, peanut butter, soy, and tofu. Animal sources like chicken, pork, and fish are great too. However, you do want to limit your intake of red meat. Why? Eating red meat may increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.  Some red meats are high in saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease. When it comes to cancer, the answer is not so clear. Many researchers say it does raise the risk, especially for colorectal cancer. FInd more about this issue at http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-red-meat.

See you next time.

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 5, 2013 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

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