Flu Season

The flu season is near with the dreaded symptoms that prevent you from engaging with life.  In your efforts to prevent the flu, there are new studies that show Vitamin D is better than vaccines.

Vitamin D proven far better than vaccines at preventing influenza infections

Also, in an article from WebMD Health News, researcher Adit Ginde, MD, MPH, of the University of Colorado, Denver, Division of Emergency Medicine, states “The findings of our study support an important role for vitamin D in prevention of common respiratory infections, such as colds and the flu,”. See article Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Colds.

Be sure to visit Cold and Flu Symptom Checker from familydoctor.org to help you determine if you have the cold or flu.

Take steps to prevent the flu this season and not have your life derailed.  Stock up on your Vitamin D to keep you healthy this winter.

12 Meaningful Movies With Important Life Lessons To Learn

A Night at the Movies (film)

A Night at the Movies (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that it’s getting colder outside, a nice stash of movies to watch while enjoying a warm crackling fire or steaming cup of hot cocoa and relaxing on the couch under your favorite blanket sounds wonderful, right?   Check out the great list of movies below to inspire and motivate you.  Be sure to invite your family and friends to enjoy too.

What is your favorite inspirational movie?  Share with others by leaving a comment below to also enjoy.

12 Meaningful Movies With Important Life Lessons To Learn.

Happiness

Happy Baby! I can't help but smile every time ...

Who wants to be happy?  Why do we want to be happy?  I’ve been working on different posts for this week and stumbled upon the documentary trailer below for Happy I wanted to share with you.  The description of the movie from the documentary trailer includes “HAPPY seeks to share the wisdom of traditional cultures and the cutting edge science that is now, for the first time, exploring human happiness. Through powerful interviews, we explore what makes people happy across the world.”

Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.

If you would like to watch the movie it is available on iTunes and Netflix at,

http://www.ovguide.com/happy-9202a8c04000641f8000000018c5638e#.

Below is an excerpt taken from a Happiness & Health article published in Harvard Public Health and written by Sara Rimer, a Boston-based journalist and author, sharing how a positive outlook can bring about better health:

Keys to a happier, healthier life

Research suggests that certain personal attributes—whether inborn or shaped by positive life circumstances—help some people avoid or healthfully manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression. These include:

  • Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement
  • Optimism: the perspective that good things will happen, and that one’s actions account for the good things that occur in life
  • Supportive networks of family and friends
  • Being good at “self-regulation,” i.e. bouncing back from stressful challenges and knowing that things will eventually look up again; choosing healthy behaviors such as physical activity and eating well; and avoiding risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, drinking alcohol to excess, and regular overeating

To read the full article, click here.

Also, below is a video from Sonja Lyubomirsky explaining how helping others increases happiness for you:

Are you generally a happy person?  How do you handle disappointment or aggravation?  Do you practice meditation or have a different method you use to stay positive?  I would like to hear (read) your comments on being happy.

As an end to my Happiness message, your mission for today and going forward is to be Happy!

Are you allergic to eating?

Food sensitivities affect many people with symptoms presenting themselves as digestive issues, skin issues, wheezing and runny noses.  Additional symptoms might include fatigue, gas, bloating, mood swings, nervousness, migraines and eating disorders.  I have lived with food sensitivity since I was a child due to IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) — sugar, chocolate, caffeine, onions, milk, fried foods, and artificial sweeteners are my triggers.  Easter, Halloween, and Christmas were difficult times to not indulge in the delectable treats of the season.

The FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) shares the following food allergy facts and statistics for the United States below:

  • Food allergy is a growing public health concern.
  • As many as 15 million people have food allergies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    • An estimated 9 million, or 4%, of adults have food allergies. 2, 3, 5
    • Nearly 6 million or 8% of children have food allergies with young children affected most. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
  • Boys appear to develop food allergies more than girls. 5
  • Food allergies may be a trigger for or associated with other allergic conditions, such as atopic dermatitis9 and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases. 10
  • Although childhood allergies to milk11, egg12, wheat13 and soy14 generally resolve in childhood, they appear to be resolving more slowly than in previous decades, with many children still allergic beyond age 5 years. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish15 are generally lifelong allergies.

Visit their site by clicking here to view additional information and references supporting the data shared above.

To begin healing, it is advisable to eliminate the food irritant from your diet and to focus on diet and nutrition to begin your journey to being healthy.  My investigation with this topic stems from health issues I’ve been dealing with — skin issues and tiredness (more than just not getting enough sleep the night before).  I’ve noticed since I have begun taking supplements specific to skin and energy related issues, these two concerns have improved greatly.

If you too have food sensitivities or allergies, how are you dealing with it?

Following is a video from FAAN that I think helps those of us who do not have true life threatening food allergies understand how our daily food preparations can affect those with food allergies:

If you would like to learn more about the Isotonix supplements I use, visit “Why Isotonix?”

Additional resources:

Food Allergies & Food Sensitivity (chanttoday.wordpress.com)

WHFoods: Food Sensitivities. The World’s Healthiest Foods is a not-for-profit organization to inform and educate people about healthy eating.

My Real Food Life blog provides recipes that are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free, Corn Free, Gum Free, and Preservative Free.  A great site to visit.

Another helpful article from USA Today with Food Allergy Survival Tips for Travelers.  Learn tips to safely eat while traveling with suggestions on communicating to airlines, restaurants, and hotels if any ingredients you are sensitive to is present in your meal, understand the food culture of where you are traveling and how the food preparation may include ingredients you would have a reaction, and other tips to help you navigate the unfamiliar locale  you are traveling to.

Meals that Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk R.H.N. provides information, advice, and recipes for controlling inflammatory diseases, including arthritis, asthma, and allergies, with diet.  People dealing with food sensitivities or allergies can experience nutritional deficiencies, Ms. Daniluk suggests supplementing your diet with high quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement (p.106) as well as incoporating probiotics into your health regime.

Meals That Heal Inflammation : Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain One Meal at a Time

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So many great writers and topics from fellow bloggers. Here is another blog I am inspired by. Such elegant writing about staying current with change.

soulsnet

QUESTION?

I feel I am getting left behind.   How can I keep up?

ANSWER

Become a silver surfer

The rate of change has never been so fast.  Many of the older generation may well feel that they are increasingly out of touch with this strange new world, left struggling to keep up with the pace of modern life.

Everything is different.  Many may come to feel that they are strangers in their own land, in danger of becoming isolated and marginalised.  In the face of so much new technology it is hardly surprising that there is a tendency to retreat to the old familiar, to call time on progress and miss out on the wonderful opportunities that would enrich their lives.

For the more mature amongst us there is always a choice point.  A point when we decide to get on board or to let the ship sail without us. …

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To Be or Not to Be?

Dawn Over the River

Dawn Over the River (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Can you relate to “spontaneity can be obtained as long as it’s planned”?  I was talking to a friend when this behavior trait came to me.  As an aside, right now my dog wants me to be spontaneous and play instead of writting this blog.  Getting back on track, for those of us that prefer more structure, how to relate to the unfamiliar behavior of being spontaneous?

I really enjoyed reading this blog structure:spontaneity about needing both spontaneity and structure in our lives…be sure to read the comments too.

Another intriguing post on this topic is from Taking it to the Streets comparing two different viewpoints from Steven Covey and Leo Babuta.  Reflect on the three questions posted at the bottom of this blog and answer them for yourself.  Also, be sure to read the great comments left on this blog too.

Nature also shows how structure and spontaneity can work together. A river usually flows in a specific channel that is structured and narrow, but constantly changing depending on the flow or amount of water present. The river opens up to the sea which is open and unstructured.

I hope you find the beautiful energy of the song below to correspond with a river’s dynamic features to incorporate structure and change in the same instance to connect its life force with another larger body of water.

Thanks to my friend for inspiring me to write this.

P.S.  Some additional supporting short articles below for your enjoyment and enrichment.

Harvest Moon and Renewal

I’ve noticed the past few nights, but this morning in particular the beautiful full moon that is still present in the sky.  It seems we are experiencing the Full Harvest Moon Phase that began on September 29.  Joe Rao, skywatching columnist for space.com provides some history about the Full Harvest Moon.  He states traditionally the full harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox.  At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon.  With the technology available for farmers today, working by the light of the moon is less needed.

I’ve also taken notice of  the glorious colors of the autumn leaves displaying rich hues of red, orange, amber and gold.  Autumn is a wonderful time with crisp cool air and the leaves crunching under your feet.  Do you also feel the temperature outside is perfect to walk, hike or partake in any activity you enjoy while appreciating the transition of seasons?  Autumn for me is a time of  renewal and self-reflection.

Below is information I found to help with the process of self-reflection and renewal.

The 10-Step Life Renewal Plan

Ask yourself these questions to figure out what’s working, reject what’s not, and move toward your best decade yet.

1. Does the way you spend your time reflect what’s important to you? Make a list of your top five priorities – marriage, children, volunteer work, and so on – and track how many hours you devote to each in a week. If any numbers are too low, recalculate your time budget so you can live according to who you want to be.

2. Does your Blackberry get more attention than your family and friends? Resolve to switch off your gadgets during private moments so you can nourish personal connections with complete focus.

3. Are you nursing a grudge or two? Let bygones be bygones, and free yourself from the emotions that weigh you down.

4. Who should be in your life? Phase out any so-called friends who offer only criticism and negative energy. Surround yourself with people you admire, who believe in you and want you to succeed.

5. Have you typecast yourself? You may cherish your responsibilities as a mother, but “Mom” is not the whole of who you are. Ask yourself if one role is draining all your energy, leaving other expressions of your authentic self unfulfilled.

6. What battle are you fighting? Is your husband really the one who’s letting you down, or are you blaming him for the pain of a past relationship? Are you doing what’s best for your kid, or are you parenting with a chip on your shoulder left over from your own childhood? Remember: You are not a prisoner of your legacy.

7. How can you live greener? Can you swap your gas guzzler for public transportation? Trade plastic bottles for a thermos? Go meatless once a week? Pinpoint changes you can make now.

8. What are your goals? Define specific goals with measurable outcomes and assign yourself a timeline. Passion and will-power alone won’t cut it – you need a strategy.

9. Who is standing in your way? The answer may be you. Reject self-loathing and treat yourself with the kindness and respect you would show your best friend.

10. What one thing can you do for yourself every day? It could be as simple as finding 20 minutes to take a bath.  Every day is a new opportunity to pay attention to your own needs and make choices you feel good about. This decade, claim the right to minister to yourself.

– The Oprah Magazine, written by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, PhD

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Beautiful Fall Pictures to enjoy from lovethesepics.com.