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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

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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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See the details on the Win a FREE book tab.

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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

The Best of the Best on This Blog – Part I

~ More great things you’ll want to know to help you move forward all in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Blogging isn’t a precise science or art. It takes lots of time and creativity to come up with fresh ideas. There are about 240 posts now on my blog. I’ve sorted through all of them to help you find the ones that are the most helpful. These 9 below I would say are the best of the best in content. There are lots more that are fun, silly — some of my titles often made my assistant hungry! More to come on Friday for a total of 18 posts. If you only have time to read a few blog posts — Read These!

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1. About Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

  • Recognize the value of Fresh Hope … Cleveland ~ July 20, 2012

2. Resources + Save You Money

  • Did You Know? ~  Home Heating Program (HEAP) ~ July 22, 2011

3. Encouragement

  • Inspiration for 2013 ~ December 28, 2012
  • What Does HOPE Mean? ~ March 9, 2012
  • Getting through Tough Times ~ October 28, 2011 – November 15, 2011
  • Need Some Encouragement? January 25, 2011

4.  Exhortation ~ Awareness

  • Integrity ~ March 22, 2011
  • Wisdom for the Holidays ~ November 30, 2010

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More Best of the Best on This Blog — next time!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

February 26, 2013 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

The Wonder Drug ~ Vitamin D

~Welcome! More resources and information in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Book Signing News!

What: Book signing ~ Saturday, March 23, 2013

Where: Friends and Family Christian Bookstore

Address: 7625 Walton Road -Walton Hills, Ohio.

Time:  2 – 4 p.m.

Co-owners Anita Foster and Grace Mason along with yours truly invite you to this  charming bookstore experience! See the Book Signing + Events tab on this blog!

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Background

Is Vitamin D the new wonder drug in medicine?

New research over the past few years about the importance of Vitamin D and it’s effects has made the medical profession rally more aggressively to screen patients for adequate levels of Vitamin D.

Right before Christmas my doctor put me on 100,000 units of Vitamin D for eight weeks. She wanted to get my Vitamin D level up to the therapuetic level (31 – 80). Now my blood level is at 70.8 and I feel wonderful! I noticed the difference after about three weeks of taking supplements. To maintain this theraputic level I just have to keep my blood level stable by taking 14,000 units of Vitamin D each week and then getting my blood level checked periodically. Opps! That reminds me I need to take my Vitamin D right now!

But in researching this sort of wonder drug if you will, I found lots to share with you about the importance of Vitamin D and how it can help you too. Because adequate Vitamin D levels are absolutely essential for a healthy life.

Just a few of the Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D benefits the life and health of a person in far more ways than is commonly known.

1. The “sunshine” vitamin, as it is sometimes called, is commonly known for its effect on strengthening the bones and joints in the human body by aiding the absorption of calcium in women and men. This can help prevent bone related disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

2. It also helps the body build up immunity. Our bodies can produce Vitamin D naturally if we have sufficient exposure to sunlight — but none of us really get enough sunlight. Therefore, doctors now recommend that you take Vitamin D supplements.

3. For women who are at a postmenopausal stage, are more prone to bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin D reduces the softening of bones by allowing their bodies to absorb more calcium.

4. Women who suffer from constant fatigue can benefit from Vitamin D supplements as it helps to increase energy.

5. In Men: While both sexes are affected by a lack of this essential vitamin, the effects are more pronounced in men. Vitamin D reduces cancers that older men are prone to including prostrate and colon cancer.

Link for article on Men’s All About Men: Facts About Your Frame: http://www.realage.com/mens-health/all-about-men-facts-about-your-frame?src=nl&dom=realage&list=surf&link=p4&ad=mens-health-sb&eid=1010678134&memberid=31882485

6. Mental Health Benefits: The incidence of depression is high in areas affected by seasonal low light conditions (a condition often referred to as seasonal effective disorder [SAD]). Taking daily supplements of Vitamin D has been found to have a positive effect on a person suffering from SAD and other forms of depression.

Lower levels of Vitamin D are associated with a higher chance of developing conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

For more about Vitamin D and it’s benefits for both men and women, follow the link below.

1. http://evitamind.com/

2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/322116-vitamin-d3-vs-vitamin-d/

Here’s to a healthy you!

God Bless You!

Nanci

February 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Winter Can Really Make You Feel Lousy ~ The Winter Blues

~In keeping with the many great things in my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, here is news on a very important health issue.

Since the weather is changing and the snowflakes will soon fly, I thought this would be a very good time to share this message with you all –again. I wish each one of you a good winter season, the ability to be really productivity when there’s lot of sunshine or when there’s none. Besides all that, I wish you a wonderful Christmas, good health, and a lot of joy!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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Feeling a Little Sad or Even Depressed?

Depression can happen to any of us at any given time. It can be due to changes in your life, a new baby, loss of loved ones or a job, and a host of many other things including chemical changes in the brain. If you are feeling sad, having difficulty functioning; there is no shame in getting help from a professional if you need it. Please discuss any difficulties with your physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, it’s time to get one!

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The Winter Blues

Got the winter blues? In Cleveland, about 20 percent of us are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Since we have so many cloudy days here, the lack of sunlight hinders the brain’s ability to make a chemical called serotonin. Low levels of serotonin can cause you to feel sluggish and depressed. Good remedies to improve your well-being include taking a walk in the early morning hours when there is sun and increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids by eating oily fish like salmon, herring, or sardines. Also make sure your diet includes at least 800 units of Vitamin D daily and foods rich in Vitamin C. For good brain functioning, get seven to nine hours of sleep a night, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

If you are still experiencing problems after monitoring your diet and exercise, see your doctor to discuss your symptoms and concerns. Your doctor may recommend you spend ten to fifteen minutes in front of of a therapeutic light box with 10,000 LUX (no UV rays).

Visit http://www.sunbox.com or http://www.sadtherapylamps.com for more information on purchasing therapeutic light boxes.

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Helpful Websites

Below are some very useful tools from Mental Health America’s website which can help you feel your best. Also check out their link for depression screening: http://www.depression-screening.org/depression_screen.cfm

10 Tools ~ to Feel Your Best

These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out each page for specific, easy-to-follow tips.

  1. Connect with othersStay connectedTool 1
  2. Stay positiveStay PositiveTool 2
  3. Get physically activeGet Physically ActiveTool 3
  4. Help othersHelp OthersTool 4
  5. Get enough sleepGet enough sleepTool 5
  6. Create joy and satisfactionCreate Joy and SatisfactionTool 6
  7. Eat wellEat WellTool 7
  8. Take care of your spiritTake care of your spiritTool 8
  9. Deal better with hard timesDeal with hard timesTool 9
  10. Get professional help if you need itGet HelpTool 10

December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

National Memory Screening Day ~ Nov. 13

~ More great information in keeping with Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Soon we are coming up on a very important health reminder day. Tuesday, November 13, is National Memory Screening Day. As we age, our brain cells change and therefore we all experience slight and not so slight changes in our memory. Some changes are normal, while some more drastic changes in the brain are not. Not to worry though ~ the link below will help you find FREE Memory Screenings in your area in mid-November.

Find Memory Screenings in your Area: http://www.afascreenings.org/search-results.php?State=OH

Here are some tips for successful aging ~ thanks to Real Life and Drs. Rozien and Oz:

Visit your doctor regularly. Participate in activities that stimulate your brain, such as reading, crossword puzzles, playing bridge, and other mental exercises.

Manage stress through techniques such as relaxation, meditation and yoga.

Treat depression. Depressed elders have higher rates of dementia, lower quality of life and higher rates of death.

Be social. Maintaining a network of friends will lessen the likelihood of isolation and depression while increasing the overall level of brain stimulation.

Exercise daily, such as walking 30 minutes per day. Physical activity significantly lessens the chance of cardiovascular complications that could cause dementia.

Control hypertension, diabetes and heart disease—  risk factors for dementia—through physical exercise, quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and avoiding obesity.

Follow a healthy diet and take vitamins, including vitamins C and E, and folic acid.

Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the brain that adds to the loss of nerve cells and synapses.

Remember to make it a great day~

God Bless You!

Nanci

November 9, 2012 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

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