Have you had your eyes examined yet? It's good to have them checked to make sure they are healthy. After all, they are a part of your body. I went for mine this week. I met with a new eye doctor this time. What is interesting is how much he teaches his patients about eye health, even if their eyes are healthy. He explained what happens to the eye when people don't wear sunglasses in the bright sunlight. Parts of the back of the eye where light strikes to convert images into a mental picture can be damaged easily. It's almost like pixelation of a digital image. Small sections get damaged and no longer record the image as well. Another thing he told me was to keep eating my veggies because my check up went very well. Yes, eating your vegetables make a big difference in eye health. Your eyes need the vitamins and minerals from them as much as the rest of your body. Take the time to find out how your eyes are doing. They are amazing in their construction by our Great Designer God. Oh, by the way, all of my doctors have no problem acknowledging God as our great designer. How cool is that!
One disappointment I had was the television programming while sitting in the waiting room. A children's program from a public broadcasting network with cartoon characters was teaching children about Asian culture (no reflection on the eye doctors or staff). The representation of Asia in a guest character had the child characters follow him in a meditation exercise! When they finished, one of them said, "Thank you for leading us in meditation, It was great!" Whoa! How is this neutral in religion??? They can learn about the religion of a culture through observation and explanation. They don't have to be taken through the exercise for children to learn about it. Kids can learn to calm down and be reasonable human beings without doing exercises like this.This is, in my estimation, brain washing people's children without their consent. The whole Zen/New Age culture dominates the religious fabric of our culture because people in the US don't recognize it for what it really is: religion. Christians need to be careful about taking these practices and beliefs in. God clearly says for us to leave other religions alone (Deuteronomy 30:16-18, among many, many more). For more reading on this subject, check out our Zen and Christianity or New Age section of our blog page. You can also read through these posts, Health and Wellness: The Christian Difference and Christian Meditation. I believe we need to be careful with impressionable young minds. Christian parents should be teaching their children about their own faith, not the television dumping other views into their heads.
Ladies, It's Time to Do Your Monthly Exam
A subtle signal has been going around Facebook reminding women to do their monthly breast exam. It's supposed to be secret, for ladies only. But I'm doing the spoiler because not everyone will get that message. Also, MEN GET BREAST CANCER, TOO. If you are unsure how to do your breast exam, visit the United Breast Cancer Foundation. Don't wait until it's too late.
Achievemint can help you earn money for being fit!
I joined Achievemint.com by the invitation of one of my daughters and I've already racked up 1,375 points! At 10,000 points they award $10. If you use an activity tracker or use the Health app on your iPhone, you can begin by clicking on this link to join http://tinyurl.com/hsot4zf. When you join, we both win! I will be using the money for Totally Fit 4 Life, you can use yours however you want.
If you missed registering for the Healthy Lifestyles group, how about doing Personal Healthy Lifestyles with a friend? From now through January 31, 2017, the two of you can take this 12 week program for the price of one! For more information and to register, go to our Healthy Lifestyles page.
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Bonus: Terrific Turnips
Maybe you've seen these odd orbs by the root vegetables like carrots and beets, but wondered what they were. They aren't a common vegetable on American dinner tables anymore, unfortunately. So I would love to introduce you to turnips.I first learned about them from my first husband who loved them raw or cooked. While looking them up, I discovered a gold mine of nutrition in these interesting white/purple things. First, for you weight-conscious people, a medium turnip is only 34 calories- ll 122 grams! No wonder I like using these as an alternative for potatoes every once in a while. So here is the nutritional resume' of this cruciferous vegetable: high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, manganese, includes 1.1 g protein, calcium, iron, B-6, magnesium, folate, and copper. Second, there are some out-of-this-world health benefits. It is fantastic for reducing inflammation in the colon, including flare-ups of diverticulitis,very valuable for reducing cancer risk as well as delay or impede certain types of cancer, a super heart health saver for vascular health and reducing blood pressure, and eye health such as reducing risks of macular degeneration for those who are considered at risk for developing it. Weight loss people, it will help you feel full longer, detox the body (along with all fruits and vegetables), and is super low in calories. Keep in mind, that whatever you add to turnips in cooking will change the calorie content such as margarine, milk, cream, etc so be careful!. Because it is in the same family as broccoli and brussel sprouts it has a nice distinctive zip that tastes great both as the root part and the tops. For recipes to include turnips in your diet, try Real Simple magazine. Image: www.sabzi.uk
Resources: Medical News Today
Bonus: Review of the Octane Free Runner
Recently, my hubby and I had the opportunity to check out the Octane Free Runner at a local exercise equipment chain called American Home Fitness in the Detroit/Toledo area. Since running on hard surfaces will take its toll on a runner's feet, knees, hips, and back, this would allow the runner to continue to enjoy the benefits of running without adding to the damage already sustained because there is ZERO impact. It is very easy to use and relatively compact for in-home use. When I got on it, I discovered I could use it as a stepper, elliptical, or runner. How nice! Resistance can be varied to increase your exercise experience. The only negatives I found with it were the price tag- OUCH! and some people may have problems with the free-ness of movement. I loved it, but my hubby didn't for that very reason. It would also be a great part of a runner's winter training. If the price tag is overwhelming, NordicTrack Freestrider may be a more affordable alternative, but I've not been able to try theirs out.
American Home Fitness at any of their 7 locations, you will find friendly, helpful sales people who aren't pushy.No. No one is paying me to review their equipment. I like to let my readers know some of my personal discoveries. If you get a chance to visit
Also see, Octane Fitness website. image: American Home Fitness
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