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Myth or Fact: Cravings

Are food cravings myth or fact? The argument is an old one. The argument that cravings are a myth rests on the belief that it is just a matter of a little will power, and that your giving into food cravings shows weakness that can be easily corrected. On the other side is the argument that cravings are real. Whether cravings are triggered by pregnancy, stress, or just feeling run down and running on empty, the brain may be sending out signals that the body needs certain nutrients.

Sodium Cravings

Pregnant women may crave salty chips and pickles, which are high in sodium, because of increased blood volume and not enough sodium to take up the slack. Anyone who is not pregnant but is sodium deficient might get a pickle or salty food craving too. A persistent craving for salty foods, however, may signal a glandular problem. If you have a persistent salty food cravings you should consult a doctor to see if there is some kind of imbalance that needs attention.

Chocolate on Overdrive

When you crave a chocolate bar, your body may actually be crying out for more magnesium, which is a component of chocolate. Feeling weary after a hard day’s work or stressed out over people who aggravated you may trigger a craving for a chocolate fix. Even if you aren’t crazy about chocolate you might crave sugary foods during pregnancy, your PMS cycle, or any other times when you’re feeling low. There are ways to fight these cravings. You can choose substitutes for the craving that tempts you the most.

Food Substitutes

Nutritionists have two kinds of advice about food cravings. One camp essentially says, “Go with the flow. Want the chocolate bar? Buy it. Want the bag of pretzels? No problem.” Their caveat is to eat just a small portion of whatever you crave. The theory is that once your body is satisfied, your craving will disappear. Opposing camps say the opposite. They think that it’s more difficult to stop after one small bag of cookies or pretzels. Their advice is to substitute other foods for sweet and salty junk foods, so that you will feel satisfied and will take in far fewer calories.

If you’re craving chocolate, try eating spinach, which has the magnesium that your body may be craving. Wanting a snack that is very sweet? Eat a sweet potato or a piece of fruit, and the craving is likely to subside.

Hungering for something salty? Drink plenty of fluids and make sure that you eat three balanced meals a day. Sodium occurs naturally in many foods, so you don’t need to worry, in normal conditions, that you are not getting enough sodium. Assuming that you do not have an underlying medical condition, the craving might occur because you are simply used to chips and other snacks, and you just need to reprogram your diet. Nutritionists say that salty cravings, assuming they are mere habit, do go away on their own when you put a stop to frequent snacking on salty foods.

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Foods to Get You Fit and Beautiful

Our guide to beauty foods gives new meaning to “You Are What You Eat.”

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7 Signs of Inadequate Nutrition

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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Getting adequate nutrition may be trickier for older adults. Because seniors tend to be less active than younger people, they need fewer calories. Yet research shows that older people may need more of certain key nutrients, such as B vitamins and calcium.

Unfortunately, nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition can persist for a long time before they show up in physical signs or symptoms. Still, there are a few indicators you — and your doctor — can watch for.

1. Unexplained Fatigue

Fatigue is a common side effect of iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia, indicated by low levels of red blood cells. Anemia can also show up as abnormal paleness. But remember: Other conditions can cause excessive fatigue, including heart disease, depression, or thyroid disease.

It’s wise to alert your doctor if you feel unusually weak or tired. Your doctor may prescribe supplements if you have anemia.

2. Brittle and Dry Hair

Hair, which is made up mostly of protein, serves as a useful diagnostic marker for nutritional deficiencies.

“When an older person’s hair looks brittle, dry, and sparse, it’s often a sign that their diet is inadequate,” says Kathleen Niedert, RD, director of clinical nutrition and dining services for Western Home Communities in Iowa.

Brittle hair can signal a deficit of essential fatty acids, protein, iron, and other nutrients. Some hair loss is usual with age, of course. But if hair begins to fall out at an unusual rate, nutrient deficiencies may be the cause. Once your doctor identifies the deficiencies, you can treat them with nutrient-rich foods and supplements.

3. Ridged or Spoon-Shaped Nails

Like hair, nails serve as an early warning sign of an inadequate diet. A spoon-shaped nail, in which the nail curves up from the nail bed like a spoon (a condition called koilonychia) can be an indicator of iron-deficiency anemia.

If you have iron-deficiency anemia, your doctor may recommend iron pills and iron-rich foods such as liver and shellfish like clams, oysters, and mussels.

4. Mouth Problems

Cracking or inflammation at the corners of the mouth (a condition called angular cheilitis) can be a warning sign of either riboflavin (B2) deficiency or iron deficiency. An unusually pale or swollen tongue is a warning sign of iron or B-vitamin deficiency. A condition called burning mouth syndrome, which continues to puzzle researchers, may arise when iron, zinc, or B-vitamin levels fall below the required level.

Again, once you’ve confirmed your specific nutritional deficiencies, they can be treated with nutrient-rich foods and supplements.

5. Diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea can be a sign of malabsorption, which means nutrients are not being fully absorbed by your body. Malabsorption can be triggered by infection, surgery, certain drugs, heavy alcohol use, and digestive disorders such as celiac sprue and Crohn’s disease.

It’s important to consult your doctor if you experience persistent diarrhea.

6. Apathy or Irritability

Unexplained mood changes, especially feeling apathetic or irritable, can be symptoms of a serious medical illness like depression. But they can also be symptoms that your body isn’t getting the energy it needs.

If you have persistent low mood or forgetfulness, it’s important to get checked out by your doctor.

7. Lack of Appetite

With age, appetite often diminishes. Taste buds lose their sensitivity. Because seniors tend to be less active, they require fewer calories. Medications can also dampen appetite.

“Chronic lack of appetite is a serious warning sign that you may be at risk of nutritional deficiencies,” says Nancy Wellman, RD, past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you find yourself skipping meals because you’re not hungry, talk to your doctor.

Blood tests can indicate if you’re deficient in a number of key nutrients. By assessing your food intake, a registered dietitian can also spot nutritional deficiencies.

“The important thing is to alert your doctor quickly if your appetite changes or you begin skipping meals,” says Wellman. That way, you can head off nutritional problems before they cause serious trouble.

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Key and Peele Meegan, Come Back

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Iggy Gets Boobs

Iggy Gets Boobs

Iggy Azalea is adorable to me and she has a smoking hot body.

I don’t blame her for getting new boobs at all.  Do what makes you happy and that’s safe.  Changing your eye color is too far.

One thing that I respect is that she admitted it.  To me, it’s like, So what!  How many of us would do a little sum sum if we had that cash?  I for one, after exercise, would get a tummy tuck.  I’ve had 2 C-Sections and it messed me up so no matter what I will always have that pouch.

You go Iggy!

I just hope you didn’t do it for Nick Young.

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He is fine and plays for the Lakers but do it for yourself if you do it at all.

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Eat Your Way to Better Sleep

Ultimately, to maintain a normal sleep rhythm, one must maintain a normal eating rhythm. Part of the reason for this linking of eating and sleeping is the body’s cortisol rhythm.

Normal Cortisol Rhythm – A Key to Better Sleep
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that are located above the kidneys. Cortisol helps regulate many body functions including activation of thyroid hormone, bone resorption, muscle strength, energy production, resistance to infection and cancer, resistance to auto-immune diseases, and intensity of allergic reactions. Cortisol is a strong determinant in how rejuvenating sleep will be.

Cortisol is produced in a cyclic fashion with the highest levels being released in the morning and the lowest at night. This 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm, and an abnormal circadian rhythm of adrenal hormones can adversely affect multiple critical functions in the body, including energy production and immune surveillance. Any disruption in this rhythm can result in a tendency toward fatigue, easy bruising, infection, osteoporosis, low sex drive, infertility, migraine headaches, adult acne, abdominal bloating, and either low or high blood pressure.
A disruption in the cortisol level during the night will affect the quality of sleep. If the cortisol level is high during the night, an individual will have disrupted rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and will wake up non-refreshed, no matter how many hours of sleep the individual appeared to have.

REM sleep is the stage of sleep during which an individual dreams. It is accompanied by muscle relaxation and an increase in the breathing rate. The intense dreaming that occurs during REM sleep is a result of heightened cerebral activity. The paralysis that occurs simultaneously in the major voluntary muscle groups, including the muscles of the chin and neck, is thought to be a way to keep the body from acting out the dreams that occur during this intensely cerebral stage.
REM-disrupted sleep may be one of the reasons that some individuals can have a full eight hours or more of rest and none-the-less wake up exhausted.
Key to rejuvenating sleep is having a normal level cortisol at night. Key to a normal cortisol level at night is a normal cortisol rhythm during the day and leading up to sleep.

Food Glycemic Index and Cortisol Levels
Cortisol levels are rapidly responsive to our food intake during each day. The glycemic index of a meal affects the cortisol level for approximately the upcoming five hours.
The glycemic index of a food reflects how our blood sugar level is affected by the particular food. Foods containing high sugar and low fiber have a high glycemic index and result in wider fluctuations in insulin levels than foods with a low glycemic index.
High insulin levels have been found to be an underlying culprit in many diseases such as coronary artery disease. (N.B. If you have diabetes and use insulin injections, please do not interpret this statement to mean that you would be well served to cut back inappropriately on your dose. Please discuss interpretation of this information with your physician.)
High glycemic index foods, such as sugar and refined starches, cause cortisol levels to rise. For individuals who start the day with a normal cortisol level, starchy or sugary breakfast food choices can cause the cortisol to overshoot the normal range. The cortisol will likely remain elevated all day – and all night. Intervention with herbs or supplements that lower cortisol can help.
Worse than having a high glycemic meal is having no meal at all. Any time during the day that one does not eat within five hours of the previous meal or snack, the cortisol level tends to rise. A rise above the normal range during the day almost guarantees that the nighttime cortisol will be high and thus disrupt REM sleep.

A single late meal or skipped meal or high glycemic index meal during the day can result in a high cortisol during the early part of the night. A cortisol level higher than it should be during the night results in a disruption of REM sleep and with it non-refreshing sleep.
Low glycemic index foods such as eggs, meats, poultry, fish, and most vegetables tend to lower the cortisol level. If one starts with a normal morning cortisol, eating foods from the low glycemic index category every five hours during the day is needed to keep the cortisol on its normal downward track.
Note that the high glycemic index of sugar or starch, including whole grains, requires consumption of nearly an equal weight of animal protein to maintain glycemic balance. Vegetables usually balance themselves in terms of glycemic index, but vegetables are not of sufficiently low glycemic index to balance grains – at least not the grains as they are routinely prepared by most Americans. Note that many cultures about the world have developed a 3-step process of pan-frying, soaking, and steaming rice that lowers the glycemic index of this non-gluten grain.
To prevent the deleterious upward swing of cortisol, one usually does better to balance all sugars and grains, including whole grains, with animal protein. Even given what we know about the various pitfalls of animal protein, it probably remains better to eat animal protein with each meal at which we have sugar, including fruit, and/or grains. If animal protein is not tolerated for medical or religious or social-consciousness reasons, it probably better to remain vegan than to be carbo-vegan.
Has it always been this way? Perhaps not. Many factors have changed in the past century.

High Cortisol Caused by Non-Sprouted Grains
For example, our grains have been hybridized to contain about half the protein that they contained in 1900. In addition, our failure to sprout our grains in the preparation of the flour used for our commercial breadstuffs has added to the disruption in our cortisol rhythm.
Non-sprouted grains result in an inflammatory-response in the gut that causes the secretion of excess cortisol into the intestinal tract. This hormonal drain of cortisol in the gut deprives other parts of the body of their fair share of cortisol. While allergy and inflammation manifest themselves elsewhere in the body, the gut is a set-up for intestinal dysbiosis (abnormal gut flora), lowered immune protection (due to lowered secretory IgA levels), and metabolic reactivity to foods.

Sprouting removes much of the toxic peptides that are found on the hull of grains. Feed children sprouted grains to avoid or delay gluten- and gliadin-intolerance. Individuals with gluten-intolerance are advised to avoid gluten grains. Note that the incidence of gluten intolerance is especially high for those with Celtic, Nordic, or German background. However, travel and inter-marriage has led to the dispersion of this gene to virtually every land. In addition, with the introduction of genetically-modified grains into our food supply, the incidence of grain intolerance has risen in populations from all backgrounds.

The Fallacy of Carbohydrate Loading
Individuals who have been violating these eating guidelines may have depleted their liver glycogen stores. These individuals may find themselves hypoglycemic in fewer than five hours. It usually requires about three months of consistently eating glycemically-balanced meals at regular intervals in order to replenish the glycogen stores.
Glycogen from the liver is necessary to provide energy to allow the brain to continue to function during the night and during periods of skipped meals during the day. Brain cells are injured when glycogen is not available.
A fallacy that led to serious health problems for many athletes in recent decades was the belief that foods high in sugar and starch helped to promote glycogen storage. Carbohydrate-loading leads many athletes to develop profound fatigue and other conditions related to glycogen depletion. It now appears that a balanced intake of protein with non-gluten grains and non-fructose carbohydrates would have been a wiser choice.

Cancer and an Elevated Midnight Cortisol
In addition to disrupted REM sleep, an elevated nighttime cortisol suppresses the immune system and with it our resistance to infection and cancer. Researchers have reported that an elevated secretory midnight cortisol is correlated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Individuals who take measures to correct their cortisol rhythm find a better response to the regimens they use not only for recovering from infection but from malignancies as well.

Sex Hormone Balance and Cortisol
Also keep in mind that the body corrects abnormal cortisol levels by “stealing” from the sex hormones. The biochemists call this “pregnenelone steal,” because pregnenelone is the precursor of BOTH cortisol and the sex hormones. Thus, abnormal cortisol by its nature causes derangements in the sex hormone balance.
Imbalances of sex hormones lead to lowered sex drive, balding, prostate enlargement, urinary hesitancy and dribbling, nighttime urination, PMS, uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual flow, and breast tenderness. It is much easier to correct the sex hormone imbalances if the cortisol rhythm is normal. If one fails to correct the cortisol rhythm, long-lasting correction of sex hormone imbalances is unlikely.

It is also important to note that hormone imbalances can rarely be corrected safely simply by taking more of the hormone that is determined to be low. It is imperative that an effort be made to determine why the level is low and to address the primary imbalance whenever possible.
It is almost always necessary to correct dietary indiscretions in order to safely replace and balance hormones. Much of what one reads about the hazards of taking hormones such as progesterone or estrogen is associated with problems from the diet.
Diet modification can not only reduce the risks associated with the use of sex hormones, but also the proper diet can often reduce or eliminate the need for sex hormone replacement at all.

Actions to Take If I Do Not Start With a Normal Cortisol Rhythm
So far, this discussion has assumed a normal circadian rhythm of cortisol and the recommendations were for maintaining the normal rhythm.
If the rhythm starts out with disruption, then the first measure would be to correct the basic rhythm. A physician familiar with management of cortisol circadian rhythm can assist you.
The circadian rhythm of cortisol can be disrupted from birth. Contributing factors can include viral infections, birth canal trauma, an abnormal maternal rhythm, and irregular eating patterns. Any cause of disruption of the signals from the hypothalamus and pituitary to the adrenal can contribute to an abnormal cortisol rhythm.
Measures to reverse patterns caused by such diverse factors can include homeopathy, acupuncture, manual therapy such as cranio-sacral or Bowen (a neurostructural technique), herbs, and diet.

Pain as a Major Cause of Cortisol Imbalance
Pain, even a simple headache, can elevate cortisol. Pain and the elevated cortisol both contribute to sleep disruption. Dietary measures alone are seldom adequate to overcome the disruption of cortisol caused by pain. Pain management and correction of the underlying causes are primary in these instances.
A single skipped or late meal or a high starch or sugar load is enough to throw off the cortisol rhythm for the upcoming night and makes it less likely that the next day will start with a normal cortisol rhythm.

Emotions as a Contributor to Aging Hormone Levels
Emotions that arise out of feeling threatened or feeling any sense of lack are associated with the release of specific stress hormones, most notably cortisol. Fear, frustration, anger, and sadness increase cortisol and reduce sex hormones.

In addition, release of digestive enzymes does not occur during a sense of flight or fight. Food will sit in the stomach and decay rather than digest when one eats while feeling stressed.
To determine whether it is safe to divert energy from the fight-or-fight system to the digestive system, the body effectively is asked, “Do I have enough of everything?” Those of us who have adequate food, clothing, and shelter sometimes fail to respond in the affirmative to the questions, “Do I have enough time? Do I have enough respect?” Satisfaction with our blessings is key to proper digestion.

Herbal Measures to Lower an Abnormally High Cortisol

Measures to help correct an overshoot in cortisol can include herbs such as de-glycerinized licorice (DGL) or phosphorylated serine or phosphatidyl serine. Phosphorylated serine taken at 6 p.m. can help bring a high cortisol down to normal by bedtime. In some individuals, the action occurs in as little as one hour and these individuals may need to take the phosphorylated serine later in the evening.

Herbal Measures to Raise the Cortisol Level
Note that whole licorice root extract (Glycyrrhiza glabra) does the opposite of DGL. Whole licorice root extract tends to raise the cortisol level. It is helpful for individuals with morning fatigue due to low cortisol. A cup of licorice tea in the morning can help overcome the lack of appetite experienced by those with low cortisol levels.

Adaptogenic Herbs to Balance the Hormones
Among other herbs that affect cortisol are included various adaptogens such as ashwaganda, Rhodiola rosea (Arctic root or golden root), Reishi, wild Chinese and American ginseng, cordyceps, Siberian ginseng (eleutherococcus senticosus), Dong quai, and black cohosh.
The mechanism by which adaptogenic herbs achieve their stress protection activity has been well-researched around the world. Adaptogens act by restoring hypothalamic and peripheral receptor sensitivity to the effects of cortisol and other adrenal hormones.
Siberian ginseng stimulates the adrenal gland. Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) contains precursors to progesterone and testosterone. Rhodiola can help improve erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation in men. Rhodiola activates fat breakdown and mobilizes fat from adipose tissue.
Rose hips and Hawthorne berries contain high levels of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. The adrenal gland is one of the highest utilizers of Vitamin C in the body.
Adaptogens allow the body to respond to stress with lower amounts of cortisol than may otherwise be needed. Adaptogens help the adrenals recover more quickly.

Steps to Take for a Normal Balanced Cortisol Rhythm:

  1. Go to bed by 10 p.m.
  2. Eat breakfast by 7 a.m.
  3. Eat low glycemic index meals every five hours while awake.
  4. If you eat gluten grains, use sprouted whole grains.
  5. Avoid sugar and excess starch.
  6. Maintain erect posture and avoid prolonged periods of sitting or flexion posture such as fetal position during the night. (See “How to Age Rapidly – or Not,” in my “Doctor’s Corner,” for NOHA NEWS, Winter 2002.)
  7. Control pain.
  8. Manage emotional stress. Following the first seven guidelines allows us to respond with more stamina and less stress to the challenges of daily life.
  9. Confer with a health practitioner familiar with hormone function and therapies that help correct cortisol rhythm.
  10. Meditate daily. Know that each of us prays without ceasing. Discover anew that every thought and every word is a prayer. Keep in touch with the True Source of health and healing.

Establishing and maintaining a normal circadian rhythm of cortisol is a worthwhile health priority.

Normal cortisol rhythms would go a long way toward tipping the balance away from chronic infections, cancer, fatigue, and obesity. It will even help with easy bruising and stretch marks. Quite importantly, achieving a normal cortisol rhythm may change dragging out of bed in the morning to bouncing out of bed.

A relentlessly positive attitude will do more for your health than any fretting and fuming — even about diet. Smiles to you!

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El Diablo (The Devil)

El Diablo (The Devil)

I’m convinced, the Brazilian wax is the devil!.  LOL

It’s like that commercial about the sour gummy bears, first they’re sour then they’re sweet.

Waxing is like hell on earth, with goblins and orcs from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit eating babies and ravaging people, with fire and destruction among us all!

Then all of a sudden you’re on an island in the Bahamas in a string bikini… ok, thong one piece, and next to you is Idris Elba passing you a Mai Tai and you got a wedding band on…..freakin heaven on earth!

It always makes me think of that episode on Girlfriends when Maya got her first wax and she left the island to get home to her husband!  It feels soooooooooooooo good.  I never knew how much of a difference it could be from just shaving but it’s different.

But my experiences have been few, 4 as a matter of fact.  The first and 3rd time were identical.

I go in the first time excited.  It was my birthday and I had just come from the GYN with a clean bill of health.  I don’t know who to ask for and I just pray I get someone who knows what they’re doing.  I go to the desk not knowing what to ask for all meek like I’m at an adult bookstore and praying that this wax doesn’t have an adverse effect on my skin and I wind up looking like a chemistry experiment or an advertisement for a STD (sexually transmitted disease) in the free clinic.

I get a random lady in a cute little smock with fitted black tights and a t-shirt.  She’s very sweet and assures me she will take good care of me.  I’m thinking, run, bitch run, they gone kill you back there.  They’re harvesting vaginas!  LOL

She tells me to take off my pants and lay on the table with my feet together, bare but ass naked from the waste down?!  Well damn, can we sit down and get to know each other first.  I mean, what’s your sign, I’m a Taurus and I like to eat out, watch movies, and cuddle.  What do you like to do hell?  Oh, excuse me, you do this all the time and my vagina is just another notch on your belt huh?  Wax whore.  LMAO

That wax, that wax!  It’s like a warm apple pie fell in your lap or like some of that his and hers KY jelly.  That’s the set up, they warm you up and then she says, “little sting” and rips that paper off with half my vagina on it!  Little sting my ass!  It was worse than a contraction from having my kids.  Each time she tore off that tape, it was a like another layer of dermis being ripped off indefinitely.  I thought for sure I would look down and my vagina would be white from all the skin being snatched off.  After my first time, I was literally shaking and couldn’t do anything but sit in my car staring off into space.  I remember just feeling woozy like I hadn’t eaten in a couple days like back in college when I was broke and waiting on the financial aid check to come in.  LOL!

It ain’t no joke.  Anyone that tells you waxing doesn’t hurt is your new arch nemesis and you should keep an eye on them.  Either that or the like that S & M type stuff cause it hurts.  You need to research and know what you want to do before you get there.  For example, you can get it all taken off, get a landing strip, or a cute little triangle.  There are options.  I also suggest you shave and after a week or 2 before your hair grows all the way back all thick go then.  You should not go and get waxed after you’ve just shaved.  The wax itself, I don’t know what to tell you.  I actually don’t know what kind or anything that they used.  I just know I didn’t get burned or break out in hives or anything.

Now, the first 2 times, I had the same lady and she didn’t tell me to do anything afterwards as far as skin maintenance other than not to take a hot shower for 24 hours.  My 2nd lady (I’ve only had 2 wax whores) she told me to use Tree Hut Sugar body scrub on my vaginis to keep the area from breaking out or a lot of those terrible, horrible, awful hairs from growing back in causing problems.

Just think about it….wax businesses are like hostels for vaginas like the movie.  YOU pay THEM to torture your vagina every 4 weeks.  That’s genius and I’m one of those damn animals like on the movie!  We should all have a hostel vagina tattoo to know whose in the club.  I recruited my beefie KT in the club last year.  She’s one of us too ladies!  Lmao

I will tell you, men LOVE waxed vagina!!  Sex is amazing.  The feeling is just heightened with the smoothness of your skin.  I feel so much sexier with a wax & my drive goes up too!!  It’s just a little bit of pain but for a whole lot of personal and partner pleasure!

I would love to hear your stories too.  Let me know if you have waxed before or why you haven’t.


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