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Monday, June 27, 2011


Being economically savvy can better your health.  GAIN AN ENJOYABLE AND PROFITABLE JOB AND SLEEP BETTER  We all know that sleep is good.  Why is sleep good.  According to sleep causes an important factor in health:  Growth Hormone
Growth hormone (also known as HGH, for “human growth hormone”) is something we all want more of. It builds muscle, burns fat, helps you resist heart disease, and protects your bones — among many other health benefits. People with higher levels of growth hormone tend to live longer, and better.
Impact on your metabolism: By increasing your muscle mass, growth hormone raises your resting metabolic rate and gives you more power for your workouts. It also helps you tap into your fat stores for fuel and discourages your fat cells from absorbing or holding on to any fat floating around in your bloodstream.
In addition to these amazing feats, growth hormone helps your liver synthesize glucose, and it promotes gluconeogenesis, a really cool process that allows your body to create carbs out of protein. This helps you lose fat faster while providing your brain and other tissues with the energy they need.
How growth hormone gets messed up: Growth hormone deficiency is a very real condition that’s especially detrimental in childhood. Kids without enough of the hormone end up shorter and experience delayed sexual development. Growth hormone starts to decline naturally sometime after our thirties, but certain bad habits can speed the decline.
Of all the things you can do to mess up your hormone balance, depriving yourself of good-quality sleep is probably the dumbest. The largest release of growth hormone happens during your deepest, stage 4, sleep. So if your sleep cycle is constantly interrupted, expect your growth hormone levels to drop.
Eating too many low-quality carbs and thus maintaining high levels of blood sugar and insulin is another way to suppress your growth hormone levels. Protein, on the other hand, can help release more growth hormone, so if you shortchange yourself there in favor of carbs, your production of the hormone will be doubly slammed. Evidence is also starting to emerge that hormones from pesticides and other contaminants in our environment and diet can affect our growth hormone levels.
You may have heard about HGH supplements, but whatever you do, don’t get HGH shots just yet. Supplementation is controversial and risky, and it may even cause insulin resistance. One surefire way to turn your body into a growth hormone factory is to get regular, intense exercise. Not only does this help you burn fat but it keeps your blood glucose levels stable so that you have the energy to keep on exercising. That means we all need to get off our butts and capitalize on this incredibly healthy way to slow aging — and not jab ourselves with HGH syringes!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Healthy Eats

Here's some healthy eating on a budget tips:

Must-have grocery list

As you plan meals for the week, make sure your grocery list includes the following healthy foods that are packed with nutrition and won’t break the bank:
Apples (organic)
Brown rice
Dark chocolate
Green tea
Non-fat milk
Non-fat plain yogurt
Sweet potatoes

Also...going to try this mixed bean salad with the bbq this memorial day weekend:

Dietitian's tip: Beans are a good way to add fiber to your diet, especially soluble fiber. Generally, 1 cup of cooked beans provides 9 to 13 grams of fiber. The soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol. Beans are also high in protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Serves 8


    1 can (15 ounces) unsalted green beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15 ounces) unsalted wax beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15 ounces) unsalted kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15 ounces) unsalted garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup chopped white onion 1/4 cup orange juice 1/2 cup cider vinegar Sugar substitute, if desired


In a large bowl, combine the beans and onions. Stir gently to mix evenly.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the orange juice and vinegar. Add sugar substitute for desired sweetness.
Pour the orange juice mixture over the bean mixture. Stir to coat evenly. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Analysis

(per serving)
Serving size: 3/4 cup
Calories130 Cholesterol0 mg
Protein7 g Sodium110 mg
Carbohydrate25 g Fiber7 g
Total fat0 g Potassium397 mg
Saturated fat0 g Calcium65 mg
Monounsaturated fat0

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Save the Earth

Go Smog Eating High Rise!  :)

All natural all green is the way to go.  I'm not there yet.  Recycle - yes, compost - not yet, purchase all items without packaging - wow very difficult (yes my babies wore disposable diapers), but hey saved a lot from not using the washer!  (Hand wash?  What?  Gew)  ;)  No high fructose corn syrup - yes, natural - most of the time, all organic - trying!

Get nutrients from produce grown in an organic manner and vine-ripened in a convenient way:  check it out

Kale Fights Cancer

Try some of these recipes and let me know what you think:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Want to improve your health?

You can pair certain symptoms with nutrients and then research what foods provide those nutrients.  For example, Beta-carotene helps rid acne and can be found in carrots; auto-immune disorders can be improved with Coenzyme Q10 found in say brocolli; and insomnia can be helped with Melatonin which can be found in many plants.  To find convenient ways of adding beneficial nutrients to your diet visit

Tuesday, May 3, 2011