July 2009 - Posts

Vacation Gone Wrong
Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:42 AM

My husband and I decided to “get away from it all” and go on a family vacation for about 5 days. Just get some much needed R&R and enjoy being with the kids. It all started with a night out roller skating with friends, before leaving town for a little trip to Orlando. What a bad idea! I have loved to roller skate since I was at least 10 years old. I have always been good at it and it was my favorite way to exercise. Well, I’m not 10 anymore (far from it) and I rented some roller rink skates that didn’t feel quite right. I didn’t want to fall, so I traded them in for a new pair. This pair was worse than the first, but because the staff were so “unhelpful” with exchanging my first pair, I decided to ride them out and deal with it. So sorry that I did! I was trying to break them in and fell backwards. To avoid falling flat on my back, I extended my left arm out to break my fall and ended up fracturing my elbow. Oh, the pain! So many things went through my mind right then – is it broken, will this pass, why didn’t I take the skates off when I knew they weren’t safe to skate in, why didn’t I buy my own skates to wear? Anyway, for the first few hours it felt fine, so I thought I had just twisted it or something. Then, the pain and swelling kicked in. I waited it out for the weekend and saw the doctor on Monday who immediately told me there was definitely a problem. After seeing the specialist, I ended up in a sling. Just in time to go to Orlando---ugh! I couldn’t drive, it was hard to eat and I couldn’t write or type (yes, I’m a lefty, south paw, or whatever your term is). A mother of two on vacation with a swollen elbow and painful wrist and now I’m supposed to rest my arm – yeah, right. Well, we originally didn’t plan to do Disney, Sea World or Universal this trip so at least I didn’t have to worry about missing out on the rides.

Now I am adjusting to the fracture and doing exercises to help my elbow and it gets better every day. The wrist is a story of it’s own, but it feels like it will be a while before that will heal.

This blog post is a result of practicing typing with only my right hand, hence it took forever to write.
 

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Healthy Snacks
Friday, July 10, 2009 11:33 AM
Why eat healthy snacks? This could make a huge difference in the way you feel and your mental disposition. This could make you a much healthier person. For those who are always on the go and work full time, it is so easy to just grab something convenient and go. This is why small food chains like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sonic and many more, do so well. This is why high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are so common. This is why health care is so expensive. I do believe that each time I have visited these drive thrus, I have joined thousands who just need something “quick” to eat. (Also notice how many of them I was able to name in a matter of seconds – not good). When you miss breakfast and run to work and then lunch time arrives, you are starved and are willing to eat anything. With no healthy snacks available to hold you over, you get in your car and run to the nearest “artery clogging” drive thru to satisfy your craving and then run back to the office within the allotted 30 minutes to 1 hour break.

Time to try to change that bad habit. Yes, I do need to make a healthy lunch and bring it with me each day and yes, there are probably millions of healthy snacks out there to choose from. This list is just a start and I would love to see others add suggestions to the comment section to help this list grow, but for now, here are some that I wouldn’t mind snacking on. You can mix and match some of these to make your choices taste better (for example: yogurt & granola; carrots/celery with low fat dip). Maybe I will make healthy recipes the next journey of my blog. If nothing else, at least I can refer back to these when I get off track and want something to eat. I once told a coworker that I only buy from the produce section of the grocery store when I am getting breakfast, lunch and snacks. Unfortunately, that habit did not stick and I fell off the wagon. Does anyone want to start a food chain that only offers these items at the drive thru window? Will it be a hit or will people drive by and go for the burger and fries? Are these already out there and I just have not found them yet? Anyway, the following starts my list of healthy snacks:

Almonds
Apples
Bananas
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Cashews
Celery
Granola
Grapes
Low fat dip
Oranges
Pizza (that’s right – use whole wheat pitas, low fat cheese, tomato sauce, veggie toppings)
Protein bars (watch sugar content)
Raisins
Trail Mix
Yogurt (low-fat)

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Would You Accidentally Run Over Your Own Family?
Friday, July 10, 2009 9:59 AM
When I saw the headline for this story, it immediately caught my attention. Before looking into the entire story,  I had to wonder - Who could run over their family? Was it intentional? What were the circumstances? Would you accidentally run over your own family? Well, the details were much different than I had expected.

This is the story of a young family in Michigan. It took place yesterday at a state park. A 27 year old man actually ran over the tent that his family slept in while his wife and two small children were still in it! The family was camping outside at the state park. The man woke up quite cold at some point and needed to warm himself up, so he got in his SUV early yesterday morning and turned it on to run the heater. He fell asleep behind the wheel and the vehicle somehow went into gear and rolled forward over the tent. Let me clearly state that this was an accident, but wow, can you imagine how he must have felt at that moment? Waking up and realizing that he had just run over the tent where his wife and two young children are located?

The man’s wife and 2 year old daughter did not sustain any serious injuries, however, their 5 year old son was flown to a hospital in Grand Rapids with critical injuries. Hopefully, he will recover and be just fine.

It has been reported that this family has been camping at the state park since late June. This young father is an unemployed Iraq veteran and the family is homeless. To make the situation worse, protective services is investigating whether to take the children from this family due to the fact that they are currently residing outdoors, which is not appropriate.

I do hope that now this has made the national news someone, somewhere can help this poor family find shelter and stay together. What a tragedy!

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Healthy Eating
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 10:58 AM

There is no lack of websites out there that have advice on healthy eating. I have decided to begin my journey of research to see how I can develop a better diet to go along with my gym membership. Exercise and diet go hand in hand and one doesn’t work as well without the other. Although the following tips on healthy eating are quite obvious, it doesn’t hurt to have a few reminders:

-The best way to avoid unhealthy foods is not to buy them at all. This is a hard change to make for those who love having cookies and chips handy, however, you might be surprised at how easy it is to reach for a “convenient” piece of fruit instead. Keep plenty of fruit and nuts available for when you get munchy.

-You will crave your favorites, so find ways to eat them a little bit healthier (example: look for unsalted alternatives; lower calories; less fat).

-A diet balanced with the proper vitamins and minerals might cut down your cravings for sweets or salt and is necessary.

-An important part of healthy eating is being sure to eat a healthy breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day because it starts your day, hopefully the right way. Starting your day with “junk” food will lead to other poor choices for snacks, lunch and dinner so try to eat foods that are high in fiber and protein. This can include foods like oatmeal or low-fat yogurt with granola.

-Go ahead and eat all your meals for the day! Many think that if they skip a meal, they will lost some weight by cutting out those calories. This only leads to extreme hunger and then eating too much later in the day. You might also lean more toward eating an unhealthy meal that contains a lot of fat and sugar, so try to eat light meals every 4 hours or so. Taking in low calorie meals throughout the day helps suppress appetite and keep your energy stable too.

-Healthy eating also includes drinking plenty of water! Water is so healthy for your body and it is recommended to drink at least 6-8 glasses daily to help your body function.

-Here’s a new one: brushing your teeth could suppress your appetite! If you feel a craving to snack on unhealthy foods, try brushing your teeth first. Leave a comment on here if it works for you!

Look for an upcoming blog post on some healthy snacks you can choose to eat at home, at work, at school or on the go!



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