Continental Breakfast

Anyone who has traveled knows that orange juice is a vital part of continental breakfast. It is served first thing in the morning , which is followed by hot bread rolls, or flaky croissants with butter and jam. Rounded up by coffee. There is a simplicity to this meal which keeps the breakfast light without too much cholesterol rich food. The emotional attachment some people have with eggs and bacon leads to elevate levels of fat in our bodies. Even if they go for a run in the yard after the heavy breakfast that they consume, it doesn’t helps much in attaining good health.

In response to the following prompts;

FOWC;

Anyone

RDP;

Simplicity

3TC;

First, Orange, Yard

Word of the day Challenge;

Emotional

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Working on us Week#13- Sleeping disorders and Insomnia

Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has asked about sleep disorders and insomnia this week.

Multiple Sclerosis Funny | WELCOME TO ~ SUDDENLY MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Sleep Disorders In MS:

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This week I thought we touch base on Sleep Disorders.  This can range anywhere between Insomnia, PTSD, Sleep Apnea, Intrusive Thoughts, etc…  We will start off with a few questions then a photo prompt.

Prompt #1 Questions:

Have you, or do you suffer from sleep disorders?

I suffer from insomnia off and on. It is always due to my own negligence that I end up staying awake till morning at times. It is triggered due to over-thinking, too much caffeine and eating too late in the evening.

Have you sought treatment for your sleep disorders?

No. I haven’t gone to a doctor for this. As I don’t think I need medication for it.

Have you ever had a sleep study on you, and if so, what was recommended?

No

Has your doctor prescribed medication for your sleep disorder, if so, what has worked for you?

There was a lady at GNC who recommended Melatonin. But it didn’t work for me.

Have you ever tried home remedies to alleviate your sleep disorders? 

I have tried taking a hot shower before sleeping and that helps because I suffer from restless leg syndrome too. Cutting the intake of coffee and caffeinated drinks helps too. At times a glass of milk can work too. But I think that is the case when I cannot go to sleep because I am feeling hungry.

What’s the longest amount of time you went without sleep?

 Once while I was traveling, 23 hours. There have been many sleepless nights but then I catch up during the day.

Prompt #2 Picture Prompt:

insomnia art - Google Search

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Alert and aware

Oh how I wish my mind would switch off

Give me a moment to relax and dose off

All the worries and the problems of life

Come crowding at me during the night

What I would not give for a few hours

Of blissful sleep, uninterrupted, just one night!

Rules:

  • Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).
  • You can do one or all prompts.
  • You have from August 28th. through to September 3rd. to submit your entries.

  • Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
  • ( If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post).
  • Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this weeks prompts, your viewpoint/feelings are validated here too!
  • Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site and spread more awareness!

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So true !

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Remember to create a pingback to this original post after you write your own post.  Also, you can choose one or all the prompts.  I really look forward to your responses.  Or, maybe I should say “We” all look forward to one another’s responses.

Thank you in advance to all the participants, we all appreciate your time and your stories that you share here!

Take Care & God Bless!  

Beckie 

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In response to;

Working on us- Sleep disorders and insomnia

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3.2.1 Quote Me! Topic: Good Health

Once every ten days, l (Rory) will pick a random topic, post two quotes on that topic and nominate 3 bloggers, who in turn will post 2 quotes on the topic and nominate 3 bloggers of their own.

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day
which today is GOOD HEALTH

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Thanks Di, as you know Good Health is one of my niché topics.

I love this quote as it is dealing with all things required for a good life. If we stop putting so much value on the material things and look for the secret to a good life in good healthy body, strong mind and a grateful heart, we will be closer to finding it.

Illness is the result of a weak defense system of our body. And it is no secret that a healthy body is the combined result of our efforts to achieve good health through proper diet, exercise and keeping a positive attitude. Our mind is stronger than our body and once we decide to look after our bodies and to beat disease, we can achieve this target.

A bonus Quote; We should recognize our duty to ourselves. Be kind to ourselves too and take care of our physical and emotional needs.

I am tagging;

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Li of Tao-Talk

Mel of Crushed Caramel

Thanks Rory for creating this Challenge.

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#321quoteme

Am I addicted to food?

The sight and smell of food is bewitching for me. I fight my addition to food but it a mental programming that I find hard to beat. When I am happy I want food. When I am stressed out I want food and if I am sad I want food.

It is not a genetic flaw. More like a defect acquired over time. It is a well known fact that human beings turn towards something to comfort them when they are unhappy or under stress. I always think of food in times of stress. Using it as a drug to make me feel better.

But I am trying to break this habit, now that I am no longer young but a fusty fifty seven year old. Time and age has many benefits but it definitely does not allow us the luxury to be careless with our health. Now the need to be in an acceptable range of body weight and fat percentage is ever more important because it affects all aspects of my life.

So onto a new programming for my mind. Eat to live. Sounds a bit cut and dry but in fact it is how most sensible and healthy people view food. No more chips as a side but salads. A salad as an entree instead of a burger or pizza. A piece of fruit for dessert.

A lot of changes to be made. And I am almost ready to make this change. Just making myself realize the fact that being healthy is way better than feeling good after having a scrumptious meal!

In response to the following prompts;

Word of the day Challenge;

Chip

FOWC;

Bewitching

RDP;

Fusty

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#fowc

#rdp

BrewNSpew Café July 1-2019- Watermelon

Watermelon is the best fruit which we can consume in this hot season.

Eat it on its own. Digging in with a spoon into the watermelon bowls was something we used to do as kids. An easy way to eat without too much mess.

But it’s a very versatile fruit and there are so many ways to serve it.

A watermelon pizza is a great idea, where you can use your favorite fruits and herbs to top the slices of watermelon cut into wedges.

The water content in the watermelon is around 80-90% with a lot of soluble fiber so it is safe even for people with diabetes.

It fills the tummy and quenches the thirst.

What could be better than this low calorie fruit. A bowl of watermelon has just 40 calories.

So dig in!

Word of the week – watermelon – (noun) – a large oblong or roundish fruit with a hard green or white rind often striped or variegated, a sweet watery pink, yellowish, or red pulp, and usually many seeds. Synonyms – melon, cantaloupe, water melon.

In response to;

BrewNSpew Café July 1-2019

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Fandango Provocative Question #27

Fandango’s Question this week;

“If you could choose one — and only one — particular malady, condition, or disease for which a safe and effective treatment was available, what one condition would you choose to treat and why is that your choice?”

My response;

I have read many responses from people on this question. Many have chosen illnesses which affected them or their loved ones which is quite natural. We will want what is causing pain and discomfort to us or our family to be gone. And if a cure is discovered for it to completely eradicate it, what could be better!

But there are so many diseases in the world today which are the cause of mortality and morbidity. The first and the major one is cancer. It is a disease which strikes terror in the heart of a person when they hear of the possibility of having it. There are so many faces of this disease, some of them treatable and some even curable. The number and types of malignant disease is growing daily and so are the number of people effected by it. Some doctors have come up with cure for a type of cancer while billions of dollars are being spent in research every year for this type of disease. I would say if people discovered a cure/ treatment for cancer all forms it would save many lives.

On the other hand, on a completely personal note, I would love for someone to come up with a cure for obesity….. Anyone???

In response to;

Fandango Provocative Question #27

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#fpq

Eclectic Taste

Food is what we all need to live. Most sensible people eat so that they can live. And then there are people like me who live so that they can eat. Pretty unwise, I would say. We have eclectic tastes in food and we shamelessly cater to them. Always tempted by something sinfully rich and decadent. If an ice cream scoop has not enough calories, we need to drizzle some syrup on it to make it more so. We would choose food with most calories and least health benefits, at least that is my first instinct. I even would like to smother my fresh fruit with whipped cream or maple syrup, or both to make it extra yummy. Upon reflection I know it’s not a good idea. In fact it is a very very bad idea because it is NOT GOOD FOR MY HEALTH! But when I go by instinct, this is where I head. I literally have to stop myself all the time from making unhealthy choices. I am trying to train my mind so that I become a sensible eater. So far, very little success.

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word prompt:

Eclectic

FOWC;

Reflect

Word of the day challenge;

Tempt

RDP;

Drizzle

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#fowc

#rdp

Self care is so very important

I started this draft when I started my blog, almost eight months ago. This post and many others on similar topics are sitting in my draft folder. So now I am going to set them free!

Why self care?

And what I mean by self care?

By self care I mean taking care of the body and mind that houses your soul.

We can go without food for a few days and without water a couple of days so we are very particular about feeding ourselves and hydrating our bodies.This all is instinctive. And a very few people need to be reminded about eating food or drinking enough water to hydrate themselves.

Then when we are young, looks are very important for our self esteem so we spend time money and effort to look good. This too, at that age is an inborn instinct. Maybe a survival instinct as we need to find mates and propagate the human race.

So at our prime, that is the age when we have everything going for us, we are very good at looking after our bodies.

The issues or you may call it a problem arises when we start to age and at that time lose interest in maintaining our looks and/or good physical and emotional health.

Physical health

Taking care of our nutrition and getting in enough vitamins can be enough to maintain good physical health. There are some special needs for our bodies as we age.

Calcium ; Sources are milk, dairy, fish, almonds and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamins D; Sunlight, enriched butter , eggs and supplements.

Vitamin B; Meat, whole grain, eggs and dairy

Iron and folic acid; Red meat, fruits like apples, pomegranate, green vegetables, almonds

Fiber; Whole grains, lentils, beans, vegetables etc

I will write separately about the dietary requirements as it needs to be explained properly.

Emotional health

Looking after our emotional well-being because more important as we age because there are chances of going into depression with increasing age. We are feeling poorly due to health issues and that contributes towards a decline in mental robustness.

I have written a post about maintaining mental health before but I will write about it in detail again later, as this is a comprehensive topic and needs more attention.

Self grooming

Grooming plays a very important role in lifting up our self confidence and gives a boost to our morale. As we age we loose color, from our hair, skin lips etc. Some people find it distasteful to color their hair and prefer to let nature take its course. For some dying hair is not a possibility due to allergy to hair dye. Whatever the reason, if you prefer your hair that way, it your choice.

But use cosmetics to give some color to your lips and face. It does wonders for our morale. Get a manicure or pedicure for a little pampering. Or you can do it at home, yourself. The point I am trying to make is that we should spend some time on self-care and pampering. It has tremendous psychological benefits.

I have been through the stage where I gave up doing things like self grooming for myself and noticed a mark decline in my mood. So I have a monthly ritual where I get my roots re-touched and get a menicure and pedicure. Sometimes a facial too. Believe me, it does makes a huge difference in how I feel towards myself and others too.

This is a very short post where I have just highlighted the main issues.

I will be writing more on them

Meanwhile, please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments

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#health

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A weighty issue

In my tag line I have mentioned obesity. I have been at war( regular armed warfare!!!) with the weighing scale most of my life. Being a chubby and cute baby really didn’t help me when I grew up into a teenager. My weight would fluctuate a lot. I would gain weight and after some effort, would get it off but not for long. This continued till my marriage and first pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, I put on a whooping 60 pounds.This yo-yo’ing went on for a lot of years till , finally at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

I thought that now , at last, my weight troubles are over! Well not exactly! I did loose about 35 pounds after the start of treatment but not for long. Apparently, people with hypothyroidism have a tough time taking and keeping the weight off.

I tried Atkins diet, low-fat high carb diet, southern beach diet and any number of variations of these and many other diets. The result was more weight fluctuations and very little satisfaction.

So, where am I now heading? I have not given up. No sir! I mean to keep on trying to lose this excess weight , not because I want to just look good( BTW, who doesn’t), but now it’s a matter of being healthy.                                                                                                                                       appetite apple close up delicious

So the battle continues!

Till then , please like and comment

I have reposted this blog.

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#weightloss

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321 Quote me— Food Glorious Food

I have been tagged by Kristian and SanaH for the Quote me on FOOD!

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips has created this tag;

Here are the rules:

• Thank the Selector

• Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

• Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

[Please Note Rory will be reblogging your responses unless you ask him NOT to do so.]

And when you combine this love with love for food, nothing gives you more satisfaction.

Julia Child was a legend in her own right. I saw the movie Julia and Julie and it gave me a glimpse into the life of this amazing lady.

I am tagging;

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Kristianw84 Life lessons from around the dinner table

Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith

In response to;

321Quote me- Food glorious food

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