We know garlic is tout ed as an incredible food with limitless possibilities. It will make you superhuman, turn your woes to wows, and buy you that thing you’ve always wanted. We get it!
Garlic is the perfect partner. How ever, this article is focused on how garlic, historically called “the stinking rose”, impacts heart health specifical ly. Pinky promise we aren’t wearing our stinking rose-colored glasses for this one, these are proven benefits.
Cardiovascular health plays a vital role in ensuring our hearts are pumping blood at a regular rate, to the right places and without error. When our hearts get thrown offbeat or are submitted to unexpected stressors, such as variations in blood pressure, the results can be dangerous.
Garlic has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of high blood pressure by helping lower blood pressure at an active rate. You might be thinking, “wouldn’t I need to eat handfuls of garlic to see these benefits?” You’re not entirely wrong (the number is around 4 cloves a day), but there are options. Garlic supplements have been shown to be just as effective as raw garlic but need to be taken at a high dosage for the best results. Whether you choose to include more raw garlic in your diet, or a supple ment, it’s still important to have.
Total cholesterol also plays a role in heart health, in particular, LDL cho lesterol. It’s been shown that simply including a garlic supplement can reduce a person’s LDL by anywhere from ten to fifteen percent. That’s great! Even better? It’s not shown to have any effect on HDL cholesterol or triglyceride levels, which at higher lev
Garlic has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of high blood pressure by helping lower blood pressure at an active rate.
els can become a risk factor. Basically, this powerhouse ingredient doesn’t just level up your pasta sauce, it also upgrades your total heart health without bringing down the good stuff. As if we needed any more reasons to squeeze garlic into every recipe.
If your heart is already ailing (from a medical standpoint, not because your favorite show got canceled) then garlic is here to help. Studies have demonstrated that people with pre-existing heart conditions received a boost in exercise performance when regularly including garlic as a supplement or ingredient. Even simple things like a walk around the neighborhood will cause our heart rates to increase, which means any boost available is worthwhile.
For the adventurous types, we recommend exploring some creative options with garlic to include it in your diet. Garlic-infused honey, roasted garlic oil, garlic elixirs and cold-pressed raw garlic juice are a few ways to take this ubiquitous ingredient and make it into something spectacular for your health and your heart.
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MAKEUP TECHNIQUES THAT HELP YOU LOOK
10 Years YoungerBy Natalie Odom
If your current makeup routine isn't leaving you feeling confident and vibrant, it may be time to switch things up. Equipped with the right techniques, you can instantly turn back the clock and put your best face forward. These makeup tips are easy to incorporate and don't rely on expensive products. In fact, you may already have everything you need in your makeup bag.
Before applying makeup, consider using a hydrating mask in addition to your usual morning skincare rou tine. These types of masks provide a boost of hydration to the skin, leaving it feeling more supple, soft and bright. This also provides the per fect base for natural-looking makeup application.
DON'T SKIP THE SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen is a critical daily step for everyone, regardless of age or gender. Using it can prevent sun damage such as lines and spots and even certain types of cancer. If you struggle with remem bering to put sunscreen on, consider using multipur pose products that contain
it. Foundation, BB and CC creams are all excellent ways to sneak sunscreen into your makeup routine without creating extra steps.
CREATE A HEALTHY GLOW
Makeup can leave your skin looking dull and flat. Creating a healthy glow can restore dimension to your face and instantly make you look younger. Illuminating products like liquid, cream or powder highlighters are an excellent starting point. When used in addition to bronzer, you can create a natural-looking contour along your jawline, cheek bones and nose.
BRIGHTEN YOUR EYES
Light and bright eye make up is a simple way to appear more youthful. Consider using white or beige eyeliner on the waterline instead of heavy dark colors that can age your look. In addition to this, using light, shimmery tones such as champagne, taupe and apricot along the eyelid and tear duct can further compliment the look. As an added perk, these makeup tips also make you appear more awake.
USE FINISHING SPRAY
Many people skip finishing spray, but this simple last step in your makeup routine can make a world of difference. For starters, quality finishing spray leaves your makeup looking less powdery, can prevent signs of wear throughout the day, and keep your colors vibrant. Finishing sprays come in a variety of formulas from matte to shimmery. Dewy finishing
spray is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a more youthful glow.
Creating a more youthful look is simple with the right know-how. It's as simple as incorporating a few new tricks into your current regimen; not ditching it entirely. Put these makeup artist-approved techniques to the test to revive your makeup routine.
TOP CARDIO EXERCISESRecommended by Specialists By Jean Terrell
Cardio is an important part of your regular exercise routine. It can help to improve your heart health, lose unwanted weight, decrease stress and lift your mood. If you're ready to start incorporating cardio into your life, here are some of the top cardio exercises recommended by specialists.
The elliptical is one of the best machines you can use at the gym for a cardio workout. It gives you a full-body workout but is easy on the joints, making this form of exercise suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. Elliptical exercise can provide a great low-impact workout for those with joint issues like arthritis, but can also provide an intense workout for those who want an extra challenge.
Running or walking can be done in multiple ways, making it great for those days when you don’t want to hit the gym and for people without access to one. You can go for a run or walk around your neighborhood or a park, hop on a treadmill, or simply walk/run in place! This classic, versatile type of cardio can be used as an entire workout, a warm-up, or a cool-down.
When you’re in need of a cardio workout that targets your arms, you need to try rowing. Just like the stair climber, this exercise may be difficult at first, so take it slow and use a lower resistance setting when you’re first starting.
If you want a form of cardio that’s easy on the joints and will help to keep you cool, try swim ming! Swimming is a great type of exercise that helps to strengthen your core and provides a great full-body workout.
If you’re looking for a car dio workout that can also help build some serious muscle, the stair climb er may be right for you. Be warned, this exercise can be extremely difficult when you’re first starting. You may only last a few minutes during your first few tries. Take it slow and build those glutes and quads while getting your blood pumping with this unique workout.
In a broad sense, melons are a special fruit. They are “predigested”, meaning their flesh is immediately bioavailable to our system thanks to a complex amount of enzymes and coen zymes within them. Also, the often diet-embattled fructose in melons is known to exit our digestive systems in less than two minutes. This means that our systems absorb the fruit rapidly, almost like an injection of valu able nutrients. That alone should be enough to encourage you to insert more melons into your diet, but there’s more.
Think of melons as sweet purified water spheres that are perfect for our bodies to use immediately for energy and purification of our own. Ingesting melon gives your body a boost to fight all kinds of intruders. The purified water latches onto various toxins in our systems such as mycotoxins, mold, bacterial toxins and undigested protein toxins. From
there, it flushes them and allows the immune system a chance to breathe and rebound from their invasion. While this occurs, the high concentration of electrolytes in melons are released in our bodies, boosting our hydration and thinning our blood to reduce heart disease, stroke and blood pressure.
Considered one of the most alkalizing foods available, melons contain high levels of trace miner als that boost overall electrolytes in our bodies. This means those essential nutrients, the driving fac tors of balance and energy within us, receive a boost in natural production from melon consump tion. This increase in bioavailability assists in further detoxification and expels pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals that have been stored deep within our internal organs. It’s like the powerful properties of these special fruits match their delicious flavor!
Melons are also high in natural
silica which lends itself to health ier joints, ligaments, bones, teeth and tissue. A complete rein forcement throughout the body in the most bioavailable package possible, sometimes melons seem too good to be true! But thank fully they are as advertised, and Mother Nature once again brings us a powerful fruit capable of life-changing impact.
Get creative with the melons you select at your local markets. Pair some honeydew melon with prosciutto for a beautiful combi nation of salty and sweet, or take semi-firm cantaloupe slices and toss them on the grill this fall for a complex addition to any cheese board, salad or entree. Remember the varying sweetness of melons is a strength, not a weak ness, and you can find many ways to work it into your meals. But at the very least, you can always have some fresh sliced melon as a snack and be confident knowing your body appreciates the gift.
HealthHeartand Exercise HealthHeartand Exercise
Simply put, your blood pressure is a measure of how hard your heart is working. The greater your blood pressure, the more work your heart is doing to pump blood throughout your body. Exercise can help to reduce blood pressure in two main ways. Consistent exercise improves your hearts overall endurance making it a more efficient pump and allowing it to move blood better. Exercise is also an integral part of maintaining a healthy weight, in terms of blood pressure and heart health, being at a healthier weight decreases the amount of material your heart has to pump blood to, which decreases the workload for your heart.
Cholesterol has many functions within our bodies, for example, it is used in hormone production, building and maintaining cell walls, aids in digestion through the production of bile acids and in the natural produc tion of vitamin D. But too much of the “wrong” type of cholesterol (LDL, low-density lipoprotein) can have an overall negative effect on cardiovas cular health. This type of cholesterol tends to be “sticky” and can get stuck
in the arteries and blood vessels throughout the body including the blood vessels that feed the heart. These deposits over time, can cause blockages and lead to a heart attack. Endurance exercise has been shown to both decrease LDL and increase HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or the “good” cholesterol. The increased HDL circulating in your bloodstream can help to clean up deposits of LDL allowing blood to flow and your heart to work more efficiently
Every time we eat food our bodies break those foods down to their base components; sugar is one of those components. Those sugars get processed by the liver and circulated through the bloodstream for use by all the cells of our body. If our sugar levels remain elevated for a long period of time, it begins to impair our body’s ability to use those sugars which can lead to Type 2 Diabetes. High blood sugars can also damage the nerves and blood vessels through out our body including those of the heart. Compounding some of the other conditions that diabetics often have (i.e., peripheral neuropathy, in creased risk for infection). Exercise is
an effective way to lower your blood sugar. It does this by increasing the “need” for sugar (glucose) in our cells. This increased need makes it easier for insulin to do its job and allow glucose into the cells, lowering the glucose within the bloodstream.
The current recommendations by the CDC (www.cdc.gov) for phys ical activity for American adults is 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. You can break that however you want, for example, you can do about 22 minutes each day or 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You could also increase the intensity of the exercise and save some time. The key is to just get started. Not everyone is going to be able to complete a full 30 minutes of exercise their first time trying, but if you work a little each day you can still reach the recommended amount. Don’t be discouraged if you get tired quickly when you first start. Keep trying, and you’ll be surprised how fast your body adapts. Just keep working toward a better heart and a better you!BY NOW EVERYONE KNOWS THAT EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT, IN THIS ARTICLE I’M GOING TO DISCUSS HOW EXERCISE AFFECTS THE HEALTH OF YOUR HEART. WE’LL BE COVERING BLOOD PRESSURE, CHOLESTEROL, AND BLOOD SUGARS. Dr. Aaron Dutruch D. C. received his BS in Kinesiology, Fitness and Human Performance from LSU and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College. He is proficient in Upper Cervical chiropractic care and is a certified FAKTR provider.
Personal Values Versus Moral Values
IS RIGHT AND WRONG A PERSONAL CHOICE?By Colleen Doyle Bryant
In today’s culture, some people argue that deciding what is right and wrong is a personal choice. They may argue that it’s up to each individual to define their moral compass and that it’s not the place of societies, schools, or even parents to dictate a shared moral order. Recently, personal values tests have been popping up around the internet reinforcing this idea. The tests pres ent a list of “values” and encourage people to pick any five values that resonate with them, and then to use those personal preferences to guide life choices and moral decisions. If it’s valuable to you, then it can be a guiding value for how you live your life, or so the story goes.
While it can be helpful to clari fy what we value in life, basing our moral compass on personal prefer ences doesn’t really work in the real world. Let’s use a simple scenario to illustrate why moral decisions can’t be based solely on the things we person ally value. Imagine a movie where two characters are building their busi nesses. They both value wealth and professional success (which are two “values” that show up on personal values tests.) The first character in the movie builds their business honestly, respecting their employees, and treat ing others with fairness and integrity. The other character builds their busi ness by destroying innocent people’s reputations, exploiting their workers and cheating their way to the top. Who is the villain in the movie? Did
you think the character who acted with honesty, respect and fairness was the bad guy? Of course not, because we share a common moral order that says honesty, integrity and fairness are behaviors that we value as a society. Both characters personally valued the same qualities in life: wealth and success, but they each made decisions about how to live life and gain wealth with different moral values.
What this scenario shows us that there’s an important difference between “personal values” and moral values. In the way that personal values assessments are using the term, per sonal values are ways of living and ex periencing life that bring you pleasure, satisfaction, or enhance the quality of your life. Some examples of personal
values from these assessments are cu riosity, creativity, autonomy, wealth and beauty. These are aspects of life that may motivate a person or bring them joy, but they aren’t actually values in the true sense of the word because real values are standards for behavior. Some examples of core moral values are honesty, respect, responsibility and compassion which represent ways of acting toward each other that help us to live and work together and ulti mately enhance our well-being.
There’s nothing wrong with knowing what you value in life and using that to guide decisions about what you want to accomplish, what type of company you want to work for, or how you prioritize your leisure activities. In that sense, knowing your
personal values can help guide you toward fulfilling experiences. Yet no matter what your personal values are, the way you go about pursuing them should be built on a foundation of the moral values that we share as a society.
So if it’s not an individual choice, who decides which core moral values we share as a society? If we look back to where moral values came from, we would find that humans across thousands of years, all around the globe, developed very similar core moral codes. Despite differenc
es in how people worship and their customs and cultures, four core val ues sit at the foundation of civilized life: truth, respect, responsibility and compassion. These values encompass more specific moral traits like being trustworthy and honest, treating oth ers as we’d like to be treated, fairness, justice, goodwill, benevolence and forgiveness, to name a few. These core moral values are the basis for our laws, ethical practices, and they help each of us decide, throughout the course or our day, what the right and reasonable thing to do is, all with
the overarching theme that acting morally helps our own well-being and the well-being of others.
Today, personal values are helping people pursue life in a way they find more fulfilling; but that self-focused approach only works when our personal values are built on top of the essential moral values that make social life possible. Each of us can be true to ourselves, yet we still need to live with other people too. That’s where moral values help us manage the way our actions impact other people.Colleen Doyle Bryant is the author of five books and more than 50 learning resources about character and values. Her latest book, Rooted in Decency, looks at the decline in common decency in society and ways that we can build more trust and cooperation. Colleen’s Talking with Trees series for elementary students and Truth Be Told Quotes series for teens are used in curriculums around the world with more than 100,000 of her good values resources downloaded each year. Colleen has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University.
If you’re trying to lose weight, chances are temp tation and hunger pangs get in the way. When food is on your mind and hunger is nagging you, it can be a struggle to stick to a diet. But when your mind is absorbed in other matters, that yearning for food will fade. You may have noticed this before but the trick is to extend those times of reduced hunger from one meal time to the next, by filling spare time between with activities that hold your attention. Try these activities to keep you happily busy.:
KEEP BUSY WITH AN ART OR CRAFT
If you enjoy working with your hands, now is the time to unleash your talents. You might work with pen and paper, wool or wood, or build collages with assorted fabrics. How about taking up a new instrument or composing tunes for your local band or choir? Choose an art form that excites you, give it your all, and the subject of food will slip out of focus before you’ve even noticed.
KEEP BUSY WITH CHARITY WORK
Charity work can be fun and sociable as well as rewarding, and when your mind is on the needs of others, your personal wants will take a back seat. As
you become more involved and committed, you’ll also find there’s less time in the day for preparing and eating food.
KEEP BUSY WITH HOME IMPROVEMENTS
Painting, decorating, and other home improvement work can be both physically and mentally demanding, as well as enjoyable. If you have a snacking habit, you’ll have to drop it when you have a paint pot in one hand and a brush in the other. The inconvenience of eating while working on your property will help distract your thoughts from nibbles. Other kinds of DIY or decorating will support your dieting drive in similar ways.
KEEP BUSY GARDENING Gardening can be a very pleasing and therapeutic activity, and the combination of work and pleasure can keep your attention safely away from food between meals. Throw new energy and ideas into your green space, adding new features or adjusting it to the changing seasons, so you never run out of tasks to keep you occupied.
KEEP BUSY STUDYING When your brain is fully engaged with higher matters, it can’t be dwelling on food. Feed your mind with interesting thoughts, puzzlingBy Liza Williams
questions and fascinating facts, and those snack cravings will dwindle. You can find any number of quizzes, puzzles and conundrums online. Pick a subject of your choice to study online or in a local class. Board game contests, such as checkers and Scrabble, will also keep you gripped, with the extra attraction of a social element. Many people
find it absorbing to explore their family tree. Language learning is also popular. Whichever direction you take, you’ll be putting mind over matter.
Whatever pastime you pick, let it draw you in like never before. As for hunger, you’ll be far too engrossed for that. But when you do look up you’ll see how your hobby has helped you.
Spicy Garlic Ginger Collard GreensBy Nellie Palmer
• 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 1 tbsp water
• 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
• 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil + 2 1/2 tsp coconut oil
• 1 tsp minced ginger
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tsp red pepper flakes
• 1 bunch collard greens, about 12 oz, stemmed and chopped
• Salt, to taste
• 1 sweet red pepper julienned
• 2 green onions chopped
In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the rice wine vinegar, water and soy sauce.
Heat a wok or cast iron skillet over high heat. Once it is very hot, put half of the oil into the pan and swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan evenly. Add the garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper and stir-fry for about 30 seconds.
Add the remaining oil and then add the collard greens and peppers. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until the greens begin to wilt. Add the salt, toss together and add the soy sauce mixture. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes.
Garnish with additional crushed red pepper. and green onions.
STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH PET WEIGHT PROBLEMSBy J. Lang
Today's pets are experiencing problems with obesity, just like humans. Obesity is an issue that can affect overall health. Sometimes, the cause is simple overindulgence in goodies that are high in calories stored in the body as fat, but other factors can also be at work. Staying trim is as important to your pet's health as it is to your own, so consider these five strategies to help reduce those extra pounds and help your pet live a longer and healthier life.
Review Feeding Habits
Take a close look at how much food you are providing for your pet on a daily basis. You may give a certain amount that was suitable for your pet's growing years but is too much for his or her current metabolic needs. If you feed your pet in the morning, consider cutting back to a single meal per day or reduce the portions you normally offer.
Consider a Change in the Type of Food
The pet food itself can be too high in calories. Consider changing to a "low-fat" or "weight-control" pet food. Most brands have a variety of specialized formulas to suit the needs of young animals, older animals and those dealing with specific issues. Always remember when changing to a new food, mix in gradually, increas ing amounts of the new food with the older type to avoid tummy upsets.
Monitor Treats Carefully
It's natural for pet owners to want to reward their pets with a tasty treat for being good. However, these treats can contain high amounts of fat and sugar, which can contribute to excess weight. A "treat" can also include those little tidbits of people food you may be in the habit of "sharing" with your pet. Resist the urge to give your pet those small pieces of human food that can add empty calories to their diet and can lead to weight problems. If you still feel you need to reward your pet for good behavior, change to healthier treats that are lower in sugar and fat. These are available online and at most retail pet stores.
Increase Daily Exercise
It's not uncommon for pets to get less exercise as they age. They may not have the exuberant energy of their younger days and may be satis fied with shorter walks or workouts. However, they still need daily activity to burn fat and keep muscles strong
and joints limber. Try increasing the amount of time you spend walking or exercising your pet. This will help with your own weight management and provide more time to bond with your pet. As with humans, you should always increase daily exercise levels gradually to avoid muscle soreness and fatigue in your pet.
Take Your Pet in for a Checkup
Your veterinarian can be a helpful partner in managing your pet's weight. Systemic diseases can contribute to weight problems in pets. A thorough physical exam with blood testing can reveal any problems with internal organs that may be causing your pet to put on those extra pounds. If a problem is found, your vet can pro vide medication and dietary advice to help your pet reduce weight and manage the health issue.
Weight problems can be as stubborn in pets as they are in people. If you take a focused approach to help your pet lose weight and stick to it over time, you will help your pet maintain a healthier weight throughout its life.
Not only is outside play time good for kids, it is a needed respite for parents. Cold winter weather or rainy days can really be a challenge, with all that pent up energy turning young kids into nonstop bundles of destruction and noise. To keep them distracted without rotting their minds with an all day TV marathon, you need to learn some fun, entertaining indoor activities they can do.
PAPER AIRPLANE RACES
Teach your kids how to fold different types of paper airplanes, and show them how each one flies a little differently than the others. Have them make their own paper airplanes and race them. See which ones go farthest, and which ones go fastest. Have them try to hit targets or make trick flights. They’ll have all the fun of throwing stuff around without any danger of breaking things.
BUILD A BOX FORT
If you have some big empty boxes in your garage or basement, then clear out a big empty space on the floor and construct a box fort. Cut an entryway into the fort in one box. Cut a couple of other holes in the other walls, and match them up with holes cut into other boxes. Tape the boxes together with duct tape, so you have a few dif ferent rooms in the fort. Bonus points for drawing some lines on the outside with marker, to make it look like the fort is made out of stone, turning it into a castle. Your kids will probably be quietly busy for the remainder of the day.
MAKE A THAUMATROPE
A thaumatrope is one of those sim ple old fashioned toys that young kids will find irresistibly interesting. All you need is a piece of paper, a straw, scissors, glue and colored pencils or pens. Cut out two small circles of paper an inch or two across. Draw a picture on one of them, and then draw another picture on the other one, something that goes along with the first one.
For instance, draw a fishbowl full of water on one side, and a fish on the other. Glue the two circles together, with an end of the straw between them. Once the glue dries, spin the straw so that the pictures on top rotate quickly. If your kids can rotate it quickly enough, the pictures will seem to merge, and the fish will appear in the fishbowl. Not only is this pretty neat to see, it is a good way to teach your kids about perception and optical illusions.
PAPER BAG PLAYS
Fill some paper bags with various props, like sunglasses, toy jewelry, a ball, a watch and so forth. Give a bag to each kid, and have them make up characters for whatever props they got. Then have them put on a play with those characters. This will help develop their creativity and keep them quiet for hours, writing and dressing up.
CARDIGAN Cozy! Cozy!
Pointelle Ruffle Knit Cardigan
Cozy and soooo adorable! The ideal cardigan for your little one is this charming pointelle knit cardigan from Feltman Brothers. This sophisticated and endearing item looks lovely worn alone or layered. This cardigan has elaborate pointelle embroidery on the neck, sleeves and bottom. The cuffs and finish are lined with lovely frills, giving them a sweet, girly appearance. Easily put on and taken off thanks to mother-of-pearl buttons down the front. Choose Feltman Brothers cardigans for consistently pleasing results! Available in pink or white. Made of 100% cotton.
Knotted Hood Knit Cardigan
Oh precious! This adorable knit cardigan will transform your loved one into a sweet little elf thanks to its lovely knotted hood. Elegant knit toggles that run the length of the front of the cardigan, wear it open or closed. To match every ensemble, they are offered in baby blue, baby pink, white and heather grey. One of each please! Made of 100% cotton.
Rosebud Ruffle Knit Cardigan
This rosebud ruffle knit stays true to the Feltman Brothers tradition of vintage style, with a contemporary twist. Featuring a peplum style at the bottom as well as raised knit and floral bullions at the top, this is the ultimate sweater for layering on top of her outfit, or as a beautiful top in its own right! Available in pink with white detailing or white with pink detailing. Made of 100% cotton.
Popcorn Knit Cardigan
Looking for a fantastic and adorable sweater that goes with just about anything? The perfect piece is this beautiful knit cardigan, sizes 3m-4T, in the beautiful hues of Red, Ivory, Ecru and Navy, is ideal for both boys and girls. A must-have for your child's winter wardrobe. Made of 100% cotton.
GROUNDING TECHNIQUES TO USE WHEN YOU FEEL Anxious
Anxiety is a condition in which unwanted thoughts, feelings and memories flood your mind. If you suffer from it, you may spend more time worrying about the past and fu ture than enjoying the present. One way to overcome anxiety in real-time is by using grounding techniques. In short, grounding techniques encour age you to focus on the present moment to reduce anxious feelings. Here are a few you can try.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN TASTE
It’s not unusual to eat or drink without giving a second thought to the sensations that run through you. Deeply focusing on your experience instead can ground you and lessen your anxiety.
Next time you feel anxious, try eat ing something while focusing fully on the experience. Factors such as the texture of the food and how it tastes are excellent places to start. You can even go deeper by trying to identify how the taste and texture change as they move around different areas of your mouth.By Laura Jayne
To continue the grounding experi ence, consider how the food feels as you swallow it. Focusing on each ele ment of the taste brings you into the present moment and should reduce your anxiety.
TAKE A MEDITATIVE WALK
Meditation is a popular way to banish anxious feelings. It’s natural to feel as though you’re too anxious to sit still and calm your mind. An alter native to traditional meditation is to take a meditative walk, and it proves effective in more ways than one.
As you embark on your walk, focus on the number of steps you’re taking. It’s a simple practice that focuses your mind on exactly what you’re doing rather than the past or the present. Or, you can take your efforts a step further and reflect on the colors and shapes of the objects you see.
If your anxiety makes it difficult for you to leave the house, meditative walking is still an option. Instead, you can walk around your indoor spac es and adopt the practices above. Alongside bringing you into the pres ent moment, walking can boost happy hormones that soothe your anxiety.
NOTE THE SOUNDS AROUND YOU
Even when you feel as though you’re sitting somewhere quiet, there’s often a backdrop of noise surrounding you. Whether it’s the gentle hum of distant traffic or the occasional drip from a tap, noises are always accessible. Listening out for them is an effective way to enter the present moment.
Set a timer, sit somewhere com fortable, and listen out for surround ing sounds. Once you make a note of one sound, you can move on to the next. To expand your experience, consider why the sounds are there.
Should you find that the sounds you’re hearing are uncomfortable, try listening to meditative music. While doing so, focus on instruments you can identify.
With practice, you can find a ground ing technique that’s accessible to you no matter where you are. Try becoming comfortable with more than one so you can vary your approach and enjoy several soothing routines when your anxiety becomes overwhelming.
EVER WONDERED WHY Foot Massage FEELS SO GOOD?By Elle Robinson
Massage and manipulation of the feet have been common in most of the world's ancient cultures. Prehistoric evidence suggests that its origins can be traced back to at least 5,000 years ago, when it was believed to be used in ancient Chinese med icine. Since then, evidence of forms of foot massage as treatment has been discovered all over the world, including Japan, India, Russia and Egypt. Today, a soothing foot massage is still one of the most deeply relaxing treatments you can experience.
More often than not, the simple things in life are the best—and few things are more blissful than sitting back to enjoy a wonderfully indulgent foot massage.
After a long day at work, shopping, jogging, or wearing heels, your feet are often the first parts of the body to feel the strain. Hard-working but of
ten neglected, your feet support and carry your body weight around all day. You wouldn't expect a pair of shoes to last forever, so your feet should be treated with extra TLC to ensure they are healthy for life.
With thousands of nerve endings in the feet, a foot massage can be an extremely sensory experience. A good massage will boost your production of endorphins, the body's 'feel good' hormones, making you feel like a million dollars.
Foot massage is a deeply relaxing and rewarding therapy, bringing relief to both body and mind. Stimulating techniques can release muscular ten sion and bring a new lease on life to tired, aching feet. Massage stimulates the flow of blood and lymph circula tion, which is particularly important to maintain optimum foot health. Many people, especially diabetics, suffer from impaired circulation in the feet. As well as causing the feet to turn blue and cold, poor circulation hinders the
elimination of wastes and toxins and reduces the rate of healing. This can increase the risk of infections and as sociated problems. Regular massages will help maintain healthy circulation and keep your feet in top condition.
The act of massage also helps to im prove skin tone and texture, boosting cell regeneration and leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. Essential oils may be added to enhance the mas sage's therapeutic benefits, relaxing or invigorating the senses as required.
Professional massage therapists understand the importance of using good quality lotion rather than oil when it comes to massaging the feet. With no hair follicles, the soles do not easily absorb massage oil. Using a lo tion leaves the skin feeling nourished and moisturized rather than greasy. After all, the last thing you want is slippery feet.
In addition to its physical benefits, massage can work wonders for your emotions. Research has shown that
regular massages can help with a range of emotional issues, including depression, anxiety and insomnia. As stress is a contributing factor towards
so many illnesses, it is important to take time out for yourself and find time to truly relax amidst the chaos of life.
When is the last time you gave your hardworking feet the treat they deserve?
IN GARLIC SAUCE Turkey MeatballsBy Nellie Palmer
• 1 lb ground turkey
• 1/2 cup shredded cheese-any kind you prefer
• 1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
• 4 cloves garlic, grated + 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
• 2 tsp Better Than Bouillon garlic flavor
• Pink Himalayan salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
• 1 cup fresh chopped basil
• 3 tbsp butter
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
Making turkey meatballs is very easy.
Start in a large bowl to combine ground turkey, grated cheese, grated garlic, Italian seasoning, bouillon, red chili pepper flakes, chopped basil and black pepper. Mix well with your hands or a fork and form medium meatballs.
Cook the turkey meatballs in a large skillet over medium heat with 2 table spoons butter (or 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon oil) until golden and cooked through.
Remove meatballs from pan when done. Use same pan to make the sauce.
Melt one tablespoon butter. Add bouillon and heavy cream. Once blended and hot, add pepper jack cheese. Stir until completely melted. Spoon over meatballs.