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Key and Peele Meegan, Come Back

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in TV and Movie Sips

 

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.

nick young

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

🙂 Phee

Pic from article below Mikael Janson of Vogue.

Nick Pic from zimbio.com.

https://www.yahoo.com/style/iggy-azalea-admits-she-got-bigger-boobs-114505358273.html

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Daily Inspirational Sip

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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.

Conclusion
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!

This article and picture found at http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/eat-your-way-better-sleep

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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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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🙂 Phee

Pic from hkfiles.wordpress.com.

Cartoon from luxedayspasoho.com.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Random Sips

 

Neighbors Movie

Neighbors Movie

If you haven’t seen this movie, you need to Redbox it or look it up on demand.  It is not kid friendly whatsoever by the way.

I was in love in the first 2 minutes because they open up with a scene all parents can identify with…having sex in front of your baby when they are not supposed to know what’s happening but you feel so trifling for doing it.  LOL!

This beautiful couple buys their first home in a wonderful neighborhood to find out that soon after, a fraternity moves in next door.  I’m not sure if you know about frats but they’re kind of loud unless their an academic frat.

The neighbors try to get along but soon enough, the frat house is just too noisy and the couple breaks their only promise to the frat which is not to ever call the police.  After this happens, all bets are off and their is a war of pranks, uncomfortable situations, and down right disrespect.

It’s a funny movie that is sure to have you bursting out laughing at every turn.

Watch it and let me know what you think.

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Video trailer from YouTube.com.

Pic from riseandrevel.wordpress.com.  

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in TV and Movie Sips

 

Did You Know The Internet had Abbs?

Did You Know The Internet had Abbs?

Sooooooooooooo, as a parent we have a lot of responsibilities already.  The internet and whole new social media thing, has really made it so that we have to step our game up and understand that lingo or there might be some treachery afoot.  LOL

Read this next sentence and see if you can translate it.

I h8 or IDL when my BHM  gets OOC over dumb things when we talk in person or on the phone.  MRW he acts SAFE is usually, HYU, dude, STFU and then I hang up DOL.  WBY?

This entire sentence would make perfect sense once you become an internet slangalist, if you will, like me.  LOL

This sentence above says………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
I hate or I don’t like when my big handsome man gets out of control over dumb things when we talk in person or on the phone.  My reaction when he acts sensitive as f**k everyday is usually, here you go, dude, shut the f**k up and then I hang up dying of laughter.  What about you?

How about that for a use of internet abbs?

With kids getting smarter and smarter everyday, we need to stay abreast of the new abbs floating around and take advantage too.  If you’re from the old school like me, this is what we deserve after years of writing whole words and on paper.  When word processors came out we were like, what is this alien contraption?  When the computer came on the scene it was like, ooooh snap!  Now, we can cut down on some of these words and abb it up!  Lmao

Here are some trending abbs from internetslang.com and noslang.com.

1.  YW – you’re welcome
2.  GOML – get on my level
3.  GTG – got to go
4.  IMMD – it made my day
5.  RUS – are you serious?
6.  SML – screw my life
7.  ABD – already been done
8.  FBTW – fine be that way
9.  POB – parents over back
10. PAG – parents are gone
11.  PBP – please be patient
12.  KHUF – know how you feel
13.  G2H – go to hell
14.  MB – my bad
15.  UDWK – you don’t want to know
16.  RBM – right behind me
17.  W2M – want to meet
18.  YHTBT – you had to be there
19.  DTF – down to f**k
20.  DDF – drug/disease free

The moral of the story is…know your abbs.  You don’t want something to happen right up under your nose with your kids or a slick a*# partner.

Take this quiz I found on www.noslang.com/quiz.php.

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Featured pic from microweber.com.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Online Sips, Random Sips

 

Pole Dancing With Baby

Pole Dancing With Baby

Ok, the title of this article threw me slap off.  It sent my mind on all different adventures of previous visual scenes of mothers doing inappropriate things with their children in pictures and videos.  I clicked on the link only to see that it’s quite amazing and completely tasteful what this mother does with her child and a stripper pole.

Please watch below.

I can see how this would be a calming and fun activity for your child.  I was concerned that all the twisting and turning would rattle the child’s brain like shaken baby syndrome but it’s very secure, if you put them in there correctly.  I think all parents and sitters have thought we secured a baby in the car seat only to find the child has been dumped out on the floor due to our failure to secure the contraption. LOL!  I know I’m not the only violator.

Some people run the vaccuum cleaner, some drive around in the car, and obviously some people pole dance to soothe their babies.  My thing is, whatever floats your boat and the child isn’t endangered is fine with me.

https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/mom-who-pole-dances-wearing-her-baby-speaks-out-114419686567.html

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Pic from poledancinghub.com.

Article by Elise Sole from Yahoo Parenting.

 

Daily Inspirational Sip

Daily Inspirational Sip

Nutrition – women’s extra needs

Women need greater amounts of certain nutrients than men, particularly iron and calcium. Menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause are times of increased nutritional demand. Deficiencies can occur if the diet is inadequate over a long period of time.
Women’s nutritional needs change during menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. A woman’s reproductive life means that her nutritional needs differ greatly from those of a man.

With the popularity of crash dieting in Australia, nutritional deficiencies are common, especially among young women. Good nutrition means eating a wide variety of foods every day, which isn’t possible on a restrictive diet.

Nutrition and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

The interplay of hormones throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle affects her body and state of mind. Energy intakes are generally higher in the premenstrual phase and some women also have food cravings as their period approaches.

Eating high-protein foods every few hours can often temper or stop food cravings. This should not be done at the expense of other food groups, especially carbohydrates, which should form the basis of the diet.

Fluid retention is common in the days leading up to a woman’s period because certain hormones encourage the body to hold salt (sodium). The more sodium the body holds, the more fluid is retained in the tissues.

Other common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) include moodiness, tiredness and constipation. Taking B-group vitamins, particularly vitamin B6, may help, but more research is needed to confirm this.

Light to moderate exercise, such as a 30-minute brisk walk each day, has also been shown to noticeably reduce symptoms of PMS.

Iron and anaemia

Iron is a mineral that works with other substances to create haemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood. Women and men metabolise iron from food at roughly the same rate. However, while men need around 8 mg of iron in their daily diet, women need up to 18 mg (or 27 mg if pregnant).

Women need more iron than men to make up for the amount of iron they lose in their menstrual period. Around 1 mg of iron is lost for every day of bleeding.

Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in women. Insufficient iron can lead to anaemia. Common symptoms of anaemia include tiredness and breathlessness. Iron is especially important during pregnancy.

Sources of iron

Good dietary iron sources include:
Red meat, chicken and fish
Fortified cereals
Legumes and nuts
Leafy green vegetables.

Iron absorption can be impaired by very high-fibre diets, alcohol, the tannic acid in tea and concentrated sources of calcium (for example, calcium supplements).

Vitamins, minerals and pregnancy

Eating healthily during pregnancy is important to meet the nutritional needs of the developing baby and for the mother’s own wellbeing. However, this doesn’t mean ‘eating for two’ – it is the quality of the diet that is important, not the quantity of food eaten.

Eating a variety of foods from each of the key food groups is generally enough to meet both mother and baby’s requirements. Special attention should be given to calcium, folic acid (folate), iron, zinc. Iodine and vitamin C.
Calcium

Although a developing baby needs a lot of calcium, physiological changes during pregnancy help to protect the mother’s bones, so there is no need for extra dietary calcium during pregnancy. However, it is important to include at least two to three serves of dairy products or equivalent high-calcium foods every day.

Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, yoghurt and fish with edible bones (for example, salmon and sardines).

Folic acid (folate)

Extra folic acid is needed for the development and growth of new cells. Research suggests that insufficient folic acid at the time of conception and in the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risk of neural tube defects in the unborn baby.

Folate is present in a variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as legumes, nuts, yeast extracts such as Vegemite, and fortified foods such as bread and some breakfast cereals.

Iron

Iron requirements increase significantly during pregnancy as maternal blood volume increases and the baby’s blood system is developing. Iron deficiency in pregnant women increases the risk of having a preterm or low birth weight baby, which can have a negative impact on the short and long-term health of the baby.

The best source of iron is red meat, with smaller amounts in chicken and fish. Iron is also present in plant foods such as legumes, nuts, wholegrain breads and cereals, and green leafy vegetables, but it is not absorbed as well from these foods.

Eating foods rich in Vitamin C alongside iron-rich foods can improve iron absorption. Iron supplements are frequently prescribed for pregnant women if they are unable to meet their requirements through food alone.

Zinc

This nutrient is needed to maintain the health of cells. Taking iron supplements may interfere with the absorption of zinc, so women taking iron supplements should continue to eat iron-rich foods, which are also a good source of zinc.

Iodine

Iodine is needed for normal mental development of the baby, but it can be difficult to get enough from food. Ways of increasing iodine intake include using iodised salt, eating fish and seafood weekly (see your health professional for advice about safe types and amounts of fish), or using a multivitamin supplement that contains iodine and is safe for pregnancy.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is important for normal gum, tooth, bone and body tissue formation. One of the best sources of Vitamin C is oranges, but it is also found in other fruits, particularly papaya and strawberries, and a variety of vegetables, including red capsicum and broccoli.

Nutrition during breastfeeding

A healthy diet is important during breastfeeding because the mother must provide for her own nutrient requirements, as well as for the production of breastmilk. Particular attention needs to be paid to protein, calcium, iron, vitamins and fluids.

The best advice is to eat a variety of foods from each of the key food groups each day. The amount of extra food will vary according to appetite needs and weight loss. Aim to lose weight gradually until you have reached your pre-pregnant weight.

Women who were anaemic during pregnancy should pay special attention to iron-rich foods as they will need to replace their iron stores. It may be necessary to continue taking iron supplements – be advised by your doctor.

Calcium and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disorder characterised by thinning of the bones until they are weak and easily fracture or break. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis than men, particularly after menopause, because oestrogen levels are reduced.

Many factors are involved in the development of osteoporosis, including:

Low calcium intake during the growing years increases susceptibility to osteoporosis later in life. Bone strength in later life depends on the development of bones earlier in life. Adequate calcium intake during youth is essential to achieve peak bone mass
Salt, caffeine and alcohol intake may interfere with the balance of calcium in the body by affecting the absorption of calcium and increasing the amount lost in the urine. Moderate alcohol intake (one to two standard drinks per day) and moderate tea, coffee and caffeine-containing drinks (no more than six cups per day) are recommended. Avoid adding salt at the table and in cooking
Exercise, or the lack of it, can affect the development of osteoporosis
Maintaining a low body weight (body mass index (BMI) less than 18) has been associated with the development of osteoporosis.

Vitamin D and calcium

Vitamin D increases calcium absorption and is required for normal bone metabolism. The main source of vitamin D for most people is sunshine.

Women who have very low levels of sunlight exposure or have naturally very dark skin are at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Those affected may include women who cover most of their body when outdoors, shift workers, those who are unable to regularly get out of their house or women in residential care. Women who have certain medical conditions or are on some medications may also be affected.

It is important to balance the need to maintain adequate vitamin D levels with the risk of skin cancer from too much sun exposure. A sensible balance of sun protection and exposure can ensure that women are not at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Good dietary sources of vitamin D are margarine, eggs and oily fish (such as mackerel and sardines).

Good sources of calcium include dairy foods, calcium-fortified soymilk and fish with edible bones. For women who can’t eat these foods, calcium supplements may be desirable.

Phytoestrogens

Phytoestrogens have been linked to a range of health benefits, especially for women. They are natural substances found in certain plant foods including:
Whole grains, including cracked wheat and barley
Flaxseed (linseed)
Sesame seeds
Nuts, including almonds
Legumes, especially soy and chickpeas
Alfalfa sprouts
Herb teas, especially sage and aniseed
Extra virgin olive oil.

Phytoestrogens are natural oestrogen-like substances. Oestrogen is a hormone that is necessary for optimal health.

There is a link between oestrogen levels and the development of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. At present, there is no evidence that increasing the intake of phytoestrogen will prevent heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.

Where to get help
Your doctor
An Accredited Practising Dietitian
Community health centre

Things to remember
Low intakes of dietary iron and calcium are common in women.
Menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause are times of increased nutritional demand.
Good nutrition means eating a wide variety of foods every day.

Vitamin B6 can help ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Large quantities of foods like tea, alcohol, caffeine and salt can interfere with the absorption and excretion of important minerals.

This article found at
http://m.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/mskpages/Nutrition_womens_extra_needs?open

 
 

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Identity Theft in My Life

Identity Theft in My Life

How many of you have heard of this new thing going around called identity theft?

If you use a debit card, credit card, shop anywhere, especially online, you are a potential victim.  Actually, you don’t have to do any of those things but exist to be a victim.  Wait a minute, you can actually be dead and still be a victim.  Identity thieves just don’t care at all. Back in the day, I use to hear of people their telephone bills or light bills in their kids’ names and this is a form of identity theft too.

Nowadays, family members but mostly strangers are taking any parts of your identity they can get to where they can open a bank, credit card, car loan or even home loan account in your name.  I’ve seen all kinds of issues that identity thieves cause people and you would think that someone would be eager to help victims but they really don’t get the timely assistance they need.

That’s why a lot identity plans have started sprouting up like these below.

lifelock legal shield

As you can see, the LegalShield plan is not expensive at all.  A lot of banks and credit unions, and credit card companies are adding it on as additional benefits too because it’s important.  We go to work everyday and do a job.  Identity thieves do the same thing, they work on ways to steal more personal information from as many unsuspecting people as possible.

Sooooo, I’ve personally been a victim of identity theft by debit card.  The first time it happened was at a Shell gas station.  The previous day I had gone to the Shell and got gas at the pump.  Because I was so broke at the time, I would check my account daily and the next day, I noticed a transaction for $25.00 at the same Shell!  I was like, “oh hell naw” I didn’t even put $25 in my tank.  So, I called my bank and told what had occurred.  They were able to tell me that someone had punched the numbers in manually inside the store for the purchase.  I was sooooooo upset and I wanted blood.  I was mossberg hot without the cooling system!  LOL.  I literally called the corporate office for the Shell station and got the name of the franchisee and found out who was working that day and everything.  Needless to say, I got my $25 back.

The next time it happened was in Utah.  I’ve never been to Utah so it was clear that I wasn’t using my card for a purchase in the amount of $4.62.  Bank of America actually called me on this one.  They noticed the transaction and froze my account and filed a claim.

This last time was Monday Cocoa Drops!  I was literally sitting at my desk when I received a text alert from my PayPal account for an $11 purchase in downtown Atlanta at a dayum parking lot!!!!!!!!!!  I’m like, uh, I haven’t gone anywhere near Atlanta and no one has access to my card.  The thing is that here around the corner at the Taco Bell I go to all the time, a girl was taking pics of people’s debit cards and the 3 numbers on the back.  I must’ve been a victim of hers along with the countless other Taco Bell patrons.

The moral of this story is identity theft coverage is important.  It’s also important to have text alerts established on your debit accounts, where possible, so that you are immediately notified of something suspicious.  Then, check your accounts daily, maybe even in the morning and the evening.  My co-worker happened to check his account and a thief stole over $1000 from him in 4 hours!!!  They took $200 and kept doing it until he noticed then he froze his account.

Thieves are lurking and they can one up us if we’re not prepared for it.  When you use your account in public, turn it face down and put your fingers over the 3 digits in the back.  When you enter your pin number, cover the entire pin pad.  Change your pin numbers every so often too.  Also, install antivirus protection and keep it current on your computer.  PayPal, to me, is pretty darn impenetrable and I use this account a lot online and I got the prepaid debit card for debit purchases offline.  It hasn’t failed me yet. I’m sure someone is working on how to hack their system too so really no one is safe.

Learn from this and protect yourself.  I got my identity theft protection Monday evening!

🙂 Phee

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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Are you Serious Sips

 

Watch “3yr old girl catches parents having sex “Daddy sc…” on YouTube

LMBO!! Do you recall catching your parents doing “it”? I didn’t have as much details back then as this little girl,  but with my daughter being that age it would be mortifying to hear her repeat our sex noises to me. Lol.

3yr old girl catches parents having sex “Daddy sc…:

😨😅 KT

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Random Sips, Sex Sips

 

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