Monthly Archives: March 2017

Blogger Recognition Award!

My fellow blogger The Happiest Pixel has nominated me for the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’. Thank you so much Happiest Pixel! You made me so happy! I am so excited. Thank You!!!

HERE ARE THE RULES:

1.Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2.Write a post to show your award.
3.Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4.Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5.Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6.Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created

STORY OF HOW MY BLOG STARTED

I started my blogging journey in December 2015 to journal my numerous thoughts on health related topics and to create a diary of the words of wisdom I gathered from my health science colleagues and seniors about life in general. My blog is a place to share ideas on the wise and healthy lifestyle – to exchange ideas and stories related to the wisdom of peace, joy, health awareness and innovations and in general all things that are inspirational towards a lifestyle that is more meaningful. The objective is to make a healthier community one post at a time! I have not looked back since then and plan to spread more awareness on health and wellness. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

TWO PIECES OF ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

These are two pieces I picked up along the way but hope that a new blogger can implement sooner to reap the benefits faster:

1. Connecting to fellow bloggers cannot be over-emphasized. The blogging community grows stronger with nurturing and supporting one another. Take a moment to connect with your fellow bloggers and to make helpful comments on their posts and to support them in their blogging journey.

2. There is no such thing as a vacation from writing! Whenever there is any idea or topic related to your theme, try to write about it and keep your audience engaged. In regards to this, it helps to actively create posts in advance to be prepared for those moments when life gets in the way of work.

MY NOMINEES – You are all amazing and I have learnt from each one of you. Thank you all!!

1.Cook Slow Run Fast
2.Polished Devil
3.Begel Therapy
4.Simple Beautiful Un Me
5.All Things Heart
6.One Roof Publish
7.Evelyn Maxwell
8.Carolyns Healthings
9.Inese Poga Art Plus Life
10.Showers of Blessing
11.Kelly Kinetics
12.Maggie Simple Life
13.Lipstick and Freckles
14.Amber the Inquirer
15.The Itinerant Introvert

Congratulations to you all!! Your blogs are really beautiful and wonderful!!

-Aiming Flamingo

In Search of a Habit of Activity

Nowadays, with the explosion of advanced technology, there are numerous #fitness apps and #activity #trackers to chose from. Undoubtedly, these work well for all those who are already into fitness and #training. Needless to say, these active individuals are into regular #exercise training and have formed the healthy habit of working out. They are invested into being healthy by training themselves physcically and require little to no extra motivation to get them moving.

My concern is for those who are on the more #inactive end of the spectrum and therefore do not benefit from these fitness apps or activity trackers. The missing link is still the motivation and desire to move – a key factor without which the #sedentary people remain inactively so – we are in crucial need of a habit of activity. For the benefit of the sedentary people, there should be other innovative solutions geared towards motivating or resetting their will to become more physically active over time. Perhaps an innovative and creative way to engage these individuals gradually towards developing an inevitable habitual level of activity is warranted.

Easier said than done of course – what would be some of these innovative methods that would help the inactive person to form a healthy habit of frequent activity? One idea that has been implemented in some fashion is the reward based mechanism. There are some merits in this type of reward mechanism such as providing health coupons to those tracking enough activity points. However, if the rewards are mainly for healthy products, it is still a challenge to attract the not-so-health concerned individual. We may need to explore other novel ways that appeal to the fundamental desire of habitual activity. If you have other ideas please free to share.

How to Prevent and Stay on Top of Diabetes?

Diabetes is becoming one of the most widespread chronic diseases affecting millions of people worldwide with healthcare costs soaring to billions of dollars. The question in our minds is how to prevent this adult onset type II diabetes? And once we do get it, how can we manage it effectively?

Greasy and sugary carbohydrates along with long hours of sitting at work or in front of the TV result in a pattern of continuous weight gain. An unhealthy weight and sedentary lifestyle is the main culprit leading to diabetes. Research has shown that people with a higher BMI and those who experience muscle loss or sarcopenia from inactivity are more susceptible to developing diabetes with advancing age. The risk of diabetes is much greater for people over 65 years of age than those below 40. (Reference: American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/medication/)

Food that we eat is metabolized into sugar molecules known as glucose that can be easily absorbed by the cells of our body. These glucose molecules require another compound, insulin, to gain entrance inside the cells. The insulin binds to the glucose molecules and acts as a key that unlocks the door to the cells. In Type II diabetes either the body does not produce enough of insulin molecules or the insulin that is being produced is unable to bind with the glucose. This is also known as insulin-resistant diabetes. As a result, there is too much sugar in our blood, known as blood glucose concentration, which can damage the liver, kidneys, eye and nerves. Also a very common symptom of diabetes is dehydration, fatigue and frequent urination. Since the cells of our body do not have enough sugar they become more fatigued and also dehydrated.

It is therefore crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle and BMI to prevent the onset of diabetes. In order to maintain a healthy weight or to lose excessive weight, one can make a habit of eating balanced meals that have the right proportions of vegetables, fruits, starch and proteins. A visual guidance is to fill up half of the plate with non-starchy greens, a quarter with lean proteins and another quarter with starchy foods. Additionally, participating in light to moderate activity and doing aerobic exercises ensures a positive energy flow through our system and prevents muscle loss.

Once a person is diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to regularly measure and monitor blood sugar levels. A daily routine of balanced and frequent meals with lean proteins, lots of fibers and complex carbohydrates is recommended. The meal plate should be ¼ protein,  ¼ starch and ½ of non-starchy veggies and some fruits. Substituting sweet cravings with naturally occurring sugars such as dates, honey and those found naturally in fruits can reduce blood sugar spiking. Additionally, maintaining light to moderate daily exercises that is not too strenuous is also recommended. 7-8 hours of sleep in diabetic patients cannot be over emphasized. Some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their diabetes naturally with healthy eating and regular exercise.

If sugar cannot be controlled naturally, however, the doctor may prescribe oral medications. It is important to take these meds regularly as indicated. Pill boxes are a great way to organize them so we can stay on top of our meds. In more advanced diabetes, the doctor will prescribe regular insulin shots to help maintain blood sugar levels. The injected medication acts rapidly in our bodies and therefore it is necessary to coordinate the insulin shots with timely intake of food.

Besides frequently checking our weight, blood sugar and blood pressure levels, it is important for diabetic patients to have several annual checkups. Urine and blood tests should be done for monitoring heart, kidney and liver functioning. Also, a dilated eye exam, a dental exam and a complete foot exam every year is highly recommended.

How to Break the Cycle of Low Metabolism?

Have you felt trapped in a vicious cycle of low #metabolism and low #energy? We get stuck into the never-ending pattern of lack of #physical energy and never seem to be able to break out from its tight grip.

It really is a cycle and unfortunately there is no way to come out of it without a purposeful intent and desire to make that happen. If you are reading this article, that is definitely a step in the right direction. Here we have summarized some helpful steps to break out of the vicious cycle of continuous low energy and boost our metabolism.

There are various mechanisms to jumpstart our metabolic system -one of the easiest being food intake since there is a thermic effect from the digestion of food itself. However, all #calories are not created equal – a donut and a piece of lean chicken breast with the same calorie content does not translate to the same net energy in our body. Thermogenic foods are those smart foods that actually scorch significant calories during their digestion process. 30% of the calories in a piece of chicken is required in the process of its own digestion- thus the net calories are less than total consumed! Some examples of #thermogenic foods are chicken, turkey breasts, lean red meat, such as veal and almost all types of fish and shellfish. Celery is also a great example with net negative calories! These lean proteins, some brown starch and fibrous vegetables make a highly effective combination also for burning fat in our bodies. (Check our links on aging well physically :
http://wiserlady.com/2017/02/26/do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-age-well/ )

Besides choosing the right combination of thermogenic and smart calorie foods, we can #energize our system with light weight-lifting and aerobic exercises. Gradually increasing our #activity levels from light to moderate can eventually reverse the vicious negative cycle into a cycle of positive energy! The energy released from working out in turn helps us to be more active in general.

In order to maintain a healthy activity level at all times, we can also hack our system with incidental workouts. Sometimes despite our desire to remain active, we find ourselves sitting long hours at work and at home. How can we move away from this #sedentary #lifestyle? Finding opportunities to flex our muscles or doing incidental workouts is the answer. We can train our brains and form #healthy habits to choose the stairs over elevator, park a little farther from the entrance, walk the longer route to the coffee machine or carry the heavy grocery bags!

How to Age Well Emotionally and Spiritually?

We take constant care of ourselves physically but what about our souls and our spirits? We should also take care of ourselves spiritually. Why is it extremely important to age well spiritually and emotionally? If you haven’t already done so, take a moment now to think about how we want to be remembered as when we leave this earth and what kind of legacy we want to leave behind?

Do we want to be remembered as someone who was always stressed out, selfish, lacked self-control and discipline, was helpless and blamed others constantly or was always angry and ill-tempered? Or do we rather want to be remembered as the hero of our own life’s story? – someone who was helpful and supportive to others in need, kind, generous and big-hearted and who was a significant contributor to their community? Deep in our hearts we almost all wish to be the latter person but do we always practice the daily routine that ensure we will age well spiritually?

What are some of the main emotional obstacles or mental stressors that we potentially face in our lives that cause us to lose our inner peace and control of our minds?

– Abuse in any shape or form
– Recent death or loss
– Legal problems
– Financial problems
– Changes in living situation
– Unstable living situation
– Work or school problems
– Relationship problems with parents, children, spouse, siblings or close friends

There must be infinitely more obstacles and also many other problems that are specific to different individuals but we get the general idea. Humans are multi-dimensional and multi-faceted complex beings and are constantly faced with many challenges of life and living! But how can we adequately defend ourselves against these mental stressors?

This article is a brief walkthrough of some helpful tips for us to meditate so that our true inner spirit can flourish and age with us peacefully and gracefully. #MindValley# experts (#Vishel Lakhiani#) have created amazing videos and concepts on meditation:
1.http://www.mindvalley.com
2.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaRu14P9H84

They have coined some inspirational and out-of-the-box ideas in describing these meditation concepts – such as ‘Blissipline’ – a feeling of bliss, gratefulness in the present while being disciplined in the journey towards our awesome future! When we take control of our own lives and are accountable in our present actions, when we create the self-discipline to work gradually towards our envisioned future, while being truly grateful and happy in the present moment is the idea captured in ‘Blissipline’! Truly inspirational work from MindValley and a great place for help with meditation and spiritual healing. We should take some time to meditate before we start our day every morning – and connect with our souls and spirit, feel gratitude for what we have now and nurture a vision for our future path.

We take the broad concepts of MindValley and summarize a few important pieces of meditation:

– Gratitude – Being grateful for all of our blessings in life such as family, intelligence, potential and inner strength and realizing the love and support that surrounds us.
– Forgiveness – Letting go of any negative thoughts and truly bringing out our inner peace.
– Daily Purposefulness – Starting each day with purposefulness and with the knowledge that we have the inner strength to make each day and every day amazing. This also incorporates being contented and happy in the present moment.
– Vision for the future – Nurturing a vision for the future and imagining all the amazing things we want to manifest in our future. We can realize that awesome vision by the theory of manifestation.

In addition to starting each day with meditation, we must constantly remind ourselves to relax conscientiously in order to enjoy all the blessings in our lives. When we are stressed out, we fail to notice the bountiful gifts of life even if they are right in front of us. We also perceive the same situation in different ways when we are anxious and when we are relaxed. Pursuing activities or hobbies or nurturing relationships with our loved ones can also help us to relax. We can implement this type of relaxation and self-control with one small step at a time. Eventually we will generate a cycle of positive events – and reap the benefits of the Domino effect – where we perpetuate the feeling of relaxation, peacefulness and inner control.