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Super Foods for Seniors | Fitness Fare

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

Yesterday afternoon as I sat writing this post we were anxiously awaiting another major snowstorm, hopefully the last one of the season.  People were out in the grocery stores stocking up on food as if they needed enough to last for the entire week.  

In 17 days it’ll officially be the first day of Spring, we won’t be eating as much and most likely will be looking for ways to shed a few of those snowstorm pounds. We will be outdoors more and adding exercise to the mix so here’s a list of Super Foods that will help us shape up safely.

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Your body thrives when you stay in shape, you feel healthier, live longer and resist diseases better.  Exercise and eating right combined is the best way to take off and keep off unwanted pounds.  Exercise burns calories, protein and carbohydrates, so these foods will provide the proper amount of replacement fuel for your body.

 

  • Whole Grain Bagels – breakfast bread filled with complex carbohydrates

  • Pork and Beans – full day’s supply of iron and zinc

  • Honey – add a spoonful to water before exercising for a boost of energy and after a workout to help muscles regenerate

  • Peanuts – but hold the salt, exercise burns proteins, peanuts puts it back and provides fiber and satisfies hunger

  • Energy Bar/Nutrition Bar/Diet Bar – replaces the energy after a workout

  • Whole Wheat Bagel
  • Lean meat – after you exercise, it replaces protein and helps sore muscles heal and rebuild

  • Banana – Complex carbs and potassium

  • Sunflower Seeds – Full of Vitamin E and good treatment for muscle cramps

  • Milk – Calcium not only build bones, it keep your muscle moving to prevent cramps

  • Water – prevent dehydration which is the most common cause for muscle cramps

  • Almonds – Replaces minerals lose due to dehydration

  • milk and water Pumpkin Seeds – Magnesium helps with cramps and fatigue

  • Pink Grapefruit – Protection against breathing problems – especially for asthma

  • Broccoli – Good source for almost all nutrients you’ll ever need

  • Caffeine – a cup of coffee or a can of cola can prevent asthma attacks if you are prone to them while exercising pumpkin seeds

  • Oranges – Vitamin C eases aches, pains and swelling you get from workouts

  • Mustard – mix a little mustard with water and drink to stop muscle cramps

  • Grape Juice – relieves legs cramps, makes blood vessels more elastic and blood flow better

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It doesn’t matter what exercise you chose to do, remember to check with your physician before starting a new regiment – better to be safe than sorry.

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Be Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 2

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a terrific Superbowl Sunday with an opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and some good food! Speaking of good food, did you eat any of the Super Foods from Chapter 1 in the Super Foods for Seniors book? (here).  I am home today due to the bad weather so I’ll be making some Gumbo – yum! Super Foods Book

Chapter 2,  Tension Erasers covers the foods we should eat to ease stress and anxiety.  In today’s world, no matter our age we have all suffered from some form of tension at one time or another.

tension 2 You know that feeling you get when your head starts pounding, your hands get sweaty and you are totally irritated and anxious.  When you’re in trouble your body releases adrenaline and cortisol that helps you deal with the “fight-or-flight” reaction.

 

Some stressors can be avoided but chronic anxiety and tension can weaken your mind, bones, heart and immune system.  So often we are tempted to turn to food when feeling stressed,  which may not always be a bad thing if you eat the foods that can help soothe and calm as well as raise your mood.

So the next time the kids, your boss, wife or hubby stresses you out, reach for one of these Super Foods to ease or erase your tension:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Beans
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Almond Oil
  • Wheat Germ
  • Oranges
  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Spinach

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Herbs and spices have also been used for thousands of years and are still used today because of their healing powers.  Chapter 2 also included the Top 10 healing herbs and what they are used for:

  • Chamomile – indigestion
  • Echinacea – boosting immunity
  • Feverfew – migraine headaches
  • Garlic – nausea
  • Ginger – nausea
  • Ginkgo – circulation
  • Hawthorn – heart disease
  • Milk Thistle – liver damage
  • Saw Palmetto – enlarged prostate
  • Valerian – sleep problems

Tension-easing herbs:

  • Valerian
  • Passionflower
  • Ginseng
  • Black Cohosh
  • Ginkgo

 

I hope you have a tension free week.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Who Me? ~ I’m Vitamin D Deficient

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

Remember last month when I started my birthday at the Glasgow Medical Center taking tests, well the results are in and although not all of them were abnormal, one was a bit disconcerting.  I am Vitamin D deficient.

Me…the dunking of Oreos into a big glass of milk…me….the Kahlua mixed with milk drinking…me….the daily eating of cottage cheese in salads…me…the tomato and cheese sandwich eater…me…the yogurt spooning, sun worshiping me is Vitamin D deficient – REALLY, how does that happen?

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Vitamin D deficiency is more common in women, people of color, obese people, senior citizens and breast-fed infants.  For 52 years I have been in good health, other than the normal bumps and bruises and a few minor cuts as a child I have been the picture of health.  Only two hospitalizations, the first was 21 years ago when I had to have a Cesarean Section giving birth to #1 son, and the second was four years ago for Urethral Diverticula,

So how does one go from that to this…simple

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Now don’t get me wrong, I know there are millions of people with ailments, diseases and disabilities far worse than being Vitamin D deficient, so I’m not crying, “woe is me”.  I’m just passing along a little information that I’ve learned since my diagnosis, because more than half of the US population could also be Vitamin D deficient.

 Vitamin D is really a hormone rather than an actual vitamin and it is needed for calcium absorption required for bone growth and density.  90% of our Vitamin D comes from directly from the sun, but darker complexions do not absorb as much due to the melanin in our skin.

Body fat interferes with how Vitamin D is formed as well as age, after 50 we are less able to produce Vitamin D.  Vitamin D stimulates muscle growth which is important especially for older women who are more susceptible to bone softening osteoporosis.  Low Vitamin D levels have also been associated with the increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and cancer.

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Symptoms may be subtle but they include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • leg cramps
  • muscle pain or weakness/cramping
  • sleep interruption or insomnia
  • poor concentration or memory
  • headaches
  • bladder or bowel issues (urgency/frequency or constipation/diarrhea)

The best way to determine if you have a Vitamin D deficiency or to determine the best dosage you need for your body, your blood levels must be tested.  Levels may be lower in the winter and higher in the summer, but this chart shows the categories of those levels.

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There are several online sites including www.webmd.com where you can get additional information but for me, the bottom line is that I need to increase my Vitamin D intake, including taking a supplement of at least 2000 mg; eat more foods fortified with Vitamin D such as milk, butter, yogurt, orange juice, and oily fish and of course hang out in the sun more and you know me…I love hanging poolside…so a trip to The Bahamas may be just what the doctor orders!

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Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!

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Ice Cream Sunday

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday

The beginning of a new week and the 1st sunny Sunday in August was a fantastic day.  Before going to the grocery store my son and I stopped at Cowgirls Creamery in anticipation of eating some hand dipped ice cream made with fresh milk from down the road at Emerson Farms.  Unfortunately we arrived too early in the afternoon so we decided to take a few pictures instead.

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Emerson Farms has been in existence since 1947, and is less than 5 miles from our house, however, it was the first time I’ve ever stopped.  The recent road construction created a Roundabout which makes it easier to enter Jamison Corner Road where the farm is located.

Emerson Farms in Middletown

I tried to explain to my son how blessed we are to live so closely to an active farm and how fresh ice cream tastes better than anything purchased in a grocery store.

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Thinking about eating ice cream!Fresh Hand Dipped Ice Cream

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Can your milk get any fresher than this?

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Arrived to early…I’ll be back!

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Blah Blah Boring Chicken to Oooh La La Coconut Chicken

I cook chicken so often that I’m afraid one day we’ll sprout feathers!  We like chicken, it’s quick, easy to prepare, and cheap but sometimes it can be BORING.  Yesterday I came across a recipe by Caramelpotatoes.com and since I had all the ingredients I decided to give it a try.

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs chicken tenders ( I cut up chicken breasts into chunks)

1 egg

1/2 can sweetened condensed milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)

1 1/4 cups coconut

1 cup bread crumbs or Panko (I used both)

1/2 cup melted butter

Preheated the oven to 400~
Used parchment paper to line baking sheet

Cut up chicken breasts into chunks

Egg and coconut milk on one side
Coconut and Panko on the other side

Dipped chicken into egg/milk mixture

Coat both sides of chicken in crumbs and coconut

Placed chicken on baking sheet covered with parchment paper

Poured melted butter over the top – the next time I will use PAM to save the calories

Baked 15 minutes on each side and then an additional 20 minutes. I could have turned on the broiler to darken but wanted to keep them moist.

Dinner is served!
Tayair was the only one who didn’t like it because he doesn’t like coconut.


Milk Foot Bath

I’ve read that adding milk to a foot soak would make your feet softer so tonight I decided to give it a try. While watching my fav show, Common Law and sipping some liquid grapes I put in a half cup of Relief MD Foot Soak purchased from Dollar Tree and a few drops of aromatherapy oil into a foot tub. I filled the tub with warm water and then added a cup of whole milk. The calcium in the milk is supposed to soften the feet and IT WORKS!

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My feet feel as soft as a baby’s bottom!