Jump Start Your Day

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Jump Start Your Day

 

These tips will help you to become more motivated every morning so that you can start your day off right with a cheerful disposition and a positive mental attitude.

 

 

Jump Start

Go for an invigorating walk or jog

Nothing helps to jump-start your day like a morning jog or a brisk walk.

Depending on where you live, you can take an invigorating stroll along the beach or at a nearby park.

To make it even more exciting, get a few friends together and start a morning walk/jog club. The extra company will keep you motivated and will bring more overall excitement to your daily experience.

Morning walk

Have a champion breakfast

Many people wake up in the morning and run off to work without a proper breakfast. Their idea of a breakfast is a cup of coffee and a protein bar. But what you may want to try for a change is a real breakfast.

Wake up a bit earlier and make yourself something delicious and nutritious. Eggs, toast, pancakes (whole wheat or no wheat for the healthy minded), oatmeal, and fruits can give you the morning fuel that you need to have a successful day.  Or make a quick Shakeology. The healthiest meal of the day. My family never goes without for it.

Shakeology FB cover

Pray or meditate

Nothing prepares you mentally for a busy day than some form of prayer or meditation. Prayer helps to keep your mind in a state of gratitude, and meditation helps to relax your mind body completely, which helps to lower your levels of stress and anxiety.

Find someplace quiet where you can be alone with your thoughts. Find yourself a calm sitting position and begin to breathe deeply and relax your muscles. Let your mind focus on nothing except reaching a complete state of calmness, and begin affirming to yourself the great day you’re going to have by having gratitude for it.

Handsome young man meditating on rock by sea

Listen to empowering music

This is a good technique to use if you really need a morning pick-me-up. Although tastes and preferences may vary, try putting on something inspiring or motivational depending on how you feel.

Listen to music that will encourage you to live at your highest ideals and perform your daily best. It should be something uplifting, so consider both the music and its message when you’re deciding what to listen to in the mornings.

Read growth-oriented literature

Wake up and read something that will encourage and empower you throughout the rest of your day. Choose something inspirational that will greatly encourage your deeper values and compel you to live your best.

Another option is to read self-help literature first thing in the morning. By spending those first moments of your day on personal development, your mind will be saturated with the powerful ideas that you need to keep your mind positive and your actions productive throughout the day.

Feel empowered

If you do not do something to jump-start your morning, you may find that your entire day may end up being both uneventful and unproductive. You may even find yourself taking a step back in achieving the goals that you had set for yourself.

This is why starting your day off right is so important. How you start your morning tends to have a big impact on how the rest of your day goes. So if you want to avoid any negative snowball effects, focus on empowering your mind and body every morning in order to have the best day possible.

Light Shrimp Carbonara

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Light Shrimp Carbonara

Shrimp Carb
We all seem to love Carbonara.  Try this light Shrimp Carbonara recipe and let me know what you think.
8 oz whole wheat spaghetti
12 oz of pre – cooked frozen shrimp, thawed
1 slice of bacon, cut into 1/8th inch pieces
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/3 c ready to eat bacon bits ( Hormel or Oscar Mayer)
1/2 c grated Parmesan
2 eggs
salt and pepper
Cook pasta as directed and set aside.  Heat frying pan and put in bacon and garlic.  Saute for 2 or 3 minutes until the grease starts to cook out of the bacon a bit.  Add the cooked spaghetti.  Toss occasionally until noodles are hot.  Add bacon bits, grated Parmesan and shrimp.  Toss until evenly distributed, a couple minutes.  Take off the heat and add the eggs and toss until everything is coated.  Let sit for a couple minutes to let the egg set, then season with salt and pepper.
Simple, fast and way healthier than my old recipe (which I still love too).  This one is a keeper!
Your Partner In health,
Debi
https://www.facebook.com/fitatanyagewithdeb/

Shakeology and Diabetes

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Shakeology and Diabetes

diabetes

Shakeology is certified low glycemic.

Why its 24 GI rating matters to you?
The results are in. Shakeologyis now certified low glycemic. It’s another stamp of approval that Shakeology is good for you. But that’s not all. Shakeology came in at just 24 on the glycemic index (GI). A number that’s very low and something to be excited about. Simply put, the glycemic index is a way to measure how carbohydrates react in your blood. When you eat carbs, your blood sugar level rises anywhere from a little to a lot. The GI uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher numbers given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar. Shakeology and diabetes work well together.

What’s the glycemic index?

High-GI foods cause the body to produce higher levels of insulin but sometimes too much. This gives you an energy burst, known as a “sugar rush.” It feels good at first, but then your blood sugar drops rapidly to lower than normal levels, known as a “crash.” Eating low-GI foods is a smart way to avoid the “sugar rush and sugar crash” cycle. And they’re good for you because they stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels.
High blood sugar drives your body to produce more insulin.
Blood sugar
Foods with a high-GI (above 70)
include white bread, pretzels, French fries, and most processed foods. Eating these foods
triggers a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin levels, which:
Encourages your body to store fat
Creates a cycle of hunger pangs and feeling unsatisfied
Causes an energy crash that leaves you irritated and tired
Can lead to high blood pressure, fluid retention, and diabetes
Foods with a low-GI (under 55)
include spinach, oatmeal, peanuts, and Shakeology. Consuming these foods helps stabilize blood
sugar and insulin levels, which:
Increases levels of glycogen, a hormone that causes body fat to be burned
Gives you a feeling of satisfied hunger
Helps balance moods
Reduces the risk of heart disease, helps control diabetes, and positively affects the aging process
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Here’s why:
Believe it or not, Shakeology’s GI rating of 24 is much lower than most fruits, some vegetables, and pretty much every processed food ever made.
It keeps your sugar levels in check while supplying nutrition that satisfies, energizes, and helps promote good health.
Hope this helps you understand Diabetes and Shakeology.
I always say check with your doctor.  We have many people doing well drinking Shakeology everyday.
Comments are always welcome.
Your Partner in Health,
Debi
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Damage to Teeth

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Foods That Damage to Teeth

 

Just how bad are these foods for your teeth? Damage repairs are in most cases are very costly. Try to stop damage to your teeth early.

 

What you eat matters:

While these hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth. Better alternative? Chew sugarless gum that carries the ADA Seal.

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Ice is for chilling, not chewing

You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth. It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives. But chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel. Advice: Break the habit and enjoy water in its liquid form.

ice-cubes

Watch your citrus intake

The truth is that frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. So even though a a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.

  • Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids)
  • Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid)
  • Dry mouth or low salivary flow (xerostomia)
  • Diet (high in sugar and starches)
  • Acid reflux disease (GERD)

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Not all coffee is good for you

In their natural form, coffee and tea can be healthy beverage choices. Unfortunately too many people can’t resist adding sugar. Caffeinated coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth. Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may also stain your teeth. If you do consume, make sure to drink plenty of water and try to keep the add-ons to a minimum.

coffee

Sticky foods are your mouth’s worst nightmare

When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully.

Sticky foods

Beware of things that go “crunch”

Who doesn’t love the nice, satisfying crunch of a potato chip, pretzels, etc.. ? Unfortunately potato chips/pretzels are filled with starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in snacks like these, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up.

Pretizel

We All know about this one.. Right? Swap out soda with water

When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel, the hard surface of your tooth. Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and therefore, bad for your teeth. Caffeinated beverages, such as colas can also dry out your mouth. If you do consume soft drinks, try to drink alongside a cup of water.

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Limit alcohol consumption

Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. People who drink excessively may find their saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum disease. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for mouth cancer.

Drinks

 

So many more but here is the last one for today. Did you know?

Watch out for sports drinks

They sound healthy, but sugar is a top ingredient for many sports and energy drinks. Sports drinks may boost your energy, but they can also weaken your teeth. The American Academy of Pediatrics says sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities, but unnecessary in most cases. Before your next sip, check the label to make sure your drink of choice is low in sugar or drink water.

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Important think to remember if you must have these things drink water right after and then when you can brush your teeth to remove the rest to help protect damage to your teeth.

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Your Partner in Your health,

Debi

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