Posted by terrepruitt on October 30, 2010
Inflammation is a good thing . . . . normally, when it is acute. When it happens in response to an injury, or bacteria, or when it is fighting an infection. When it does its job and helps the body heal it is amazing. But chronic inflammation is not a good thing. When the immune system is a little off and there is constant inflammation in the body it is not good. The body should not be in this state of “fight” for prolong periods. It should fight the issue and then go back to a normal state, but it does not always do this.
Constant or chronic inflammation is the cause of conditions such as arthritis, and it is being linked to many illnesses/diseases including; autoimmune diseases, obesity, hay fever, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, wrinkling skin, and even depression . . . to name a few. It is as if our immune system is working overtime and not allowing our body or body’s system to be in balance.
Some things thought to contribute to inflammation: our diet, our habits, and our environment. Trans fat, saturated fats, omega 6 fat, refined sugar, and simple carbohydrates are things contained in our diets and could be pushing our immune systems into an unhealthy state of being. Even eating more protein, carbohydrates, and fat than we need is suggested to contribute to inflammation. Lack of exercise is a contributing factor, along with smoking, and stress. The toxins in our homes and work places, in all of our lives could be additional factors. When you add all of that up we are literally assaulted daily. It is no wonder our bodies can’t fight off all of the diseases and the diseases are on the rise. It is no wonder that more and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases–our bodies are fighting themselves.
To me, its something to think about.
Posted in Just stuff | Tagged: acute inflammation, autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, constant inflammation, Inflammation, omega 6 fat, refined sugar, saturated fats, simple carbohydrates, Trans fat | 6 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on October 28, 2010
Today I wanted a little different flavor in my coffee so I put some cinnamon in it. As I was doing sprinkling some into my coffee I remembered cinnamon is thought to be a spice that has health benefits.
There is information stating that studies have shown cinnamon to do all kinds of good things. One thing is helping regulate blood sugar levels. It helps slow digestion so it can help with spikes in the blood sugar. It is considered an anti-inflammatory food, which is good to add to any diet because so many other foods are inflammatory foods. Cinnamon also has been shown to help with yeast overgrowth. It also helps stop the growth of bacteria on food–like a preservative.
As little as 1/2 teaspoon a day was shown in some studies, to lower LDL cholesterol.
I also read somewhere that is helps keep blood from clotting.
I have not seen this qualified as a super food, but I am thinking it should be. Other studies have shown that just smelling it can help improve brain function.
Another great thing about it is that it can be added to sweet foods or savory foods.
Recently I was at a party and someone had grilled pineapple and sprinkled cinnamon on it after. It was really good. It gave it just enough of a different flavor. It was nice.
I am not so good about using it in savory dishes. Do you have any ideas or recipes in which cinnamon can be added to help get some of these benefits?
Posted in Food | Tagged: anti-inflammatory, blood clotting, blood sugar levels, cinnamon, health benefits, preservative, yeast overgrowth | 9 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on October 26, 2010
On the way home from teaching a Nia class a week or so ago, I went shopping and I remembered — finally — to take a picture of the non-dairy powdered creamer. Since I never got back to putting the picture in my original post about my powdered creamer I decided to add the picture here to a new post giving you an update. Its been about a month and a half and I am still NOT using that white powder. Seriously, that is what it is. It is not food. Just because the ingredients have been deemed edible by the FDA, does NOT mean it is FOOD. It is DEFINITELY NOT NUTRIENTS.
I think I need to have this label adhered to my arm as a reminder.
Corn syrup solids . . . . doesn’t even sound good. While the label might tout 0 grams of trans fat (I don’t know if the label does say that because I didn’t look) it has partially hydrogenated soybean oil in it . . . . so it has trans fat. Then it has sodium casinate . . . something they know no one will know what that is so they kindly describe it for us as a “milk derivative”. . . . then more “stuff”. Yeah, I really needed to be drinking that EVERYDAY!
Again . . . . . I am not a perfect eater. I wish I was, but I am trying to eat healthier than this stuff.
As I said in my other post . . . this (the first picture) was my powder of choice . . . the store brand, whichever store I was at. I preferred that over the “national” brand, but I took a picture of that too.
White powder free 2.5 months and counting.
Posted in Food | Tagged: Nia, Nia class, Non-dairy creamer, non-dairy powdered creamer, partially hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, powdered creamer, teaching Nia, Trans fat, transfat | 4 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on October 23, 2010
All, I love bell peppers. For a long time it was the only vegetable I would eat. GREEN bell peppers. I like all colors now. As you may have seen I like them grilled and filled with cheese. I also like them on sandwiches and salads. I prefer them raw. The only way I like them cooked is if they are still crunchy.
The red ones have lycopene in them, the same antioxidant compound that tomatoes have. The one that is thought to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Nutrition Facts from Livestrong website
- Serving Size: 1 large bell pepper (164g)
Total Fat 0.3 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Sodium 4.9 mg
Potassium 287 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.6 g
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
Sugars 3.9 g
Protein 1.4 g
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 220%
Red showing up with a few more calories and carbs, and less fiber, but A LOT more Vitamin A and C.
- Serving Size: 1 medium pepper (148 g)
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0m g
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 140%
Vitamin C 380%
WH Foods, says: Bell peppers are not ‘hot’. They contain a recessive gene that eliminates capsaicin, the compound responsible for the ‘hotness’ found in other peppers.
I am glad they are so good for you because I love them. I can eat a whole one easy. Just slice it and eat it. That is what I was going to do when I took this picture. Do you like bell peppers? Do you like them raw or cooked?
Posted in Food, Vegetables | Tagged: antioxidant, antioxidant compound, bell peppers, carbohydrate, green peppers, Livestrong, lycopene, red peppers, Trans fat, World's Healthy Foods | 8 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on October 19, 2010
As you may know I started blogging to share Nia and information regarding health and wellness. As you can imagine checking into some things leads me to all types of things. New information is always becoming available. Ever done research on the internet? You can end up miles away from where you wanted to be and nowhere near where you started. Some of those places can be very interesting. Interesting to me and I like to share with you. You might not know you are interested but it turns out you are.
You know that yogurt that Jamie Lee Curtis advertises? Activia? Well, they advertise it as a digestive helper–to help keep you “regular”. I’ve never tried it, but I believe in the theory. Do you know what else it MIGHT help with? Yeast overgrowth. Yeast is in our bodies–men and women–and sometimes the amount of yeast in our system gets above the normal level and that can lead to infections.
Probiotics–the stuff contained in Activia and yogurt with live active cultures–can help with yeast overgrowth. Probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” Probiotics live naturally in the digestive tract (of men and women) and vagina. Also less sugar in the diet can help. Yeast feeds on sugar, so actually the more sugar you consume the more you are feeding the yeast in your system. Any foods with live active cultures could assist in keeping that in check and maybe at the same time helping with your digestive health.
Please keep in mind that I am not saying that this might be a fix for an unhealthy diet. I am always trying to find ways that we can be more healthy. You know that I believe that we can always be better, adding probiotics to our “already healthy” diet could help it be better. So, I am encouraging you, that if you eat yogurt look for yogurt that contains “live active cultures” and the least amount of sugar/sweetener as possible, if you want–take probiotic supplements, and cut down on sugar (in ANY and ALL forms). I believe that all of this can be good for our digestive health.
Posted in Food | Tagged: Activia, digestive health, healthy vagina, Jamie Lee Curtis, live active cultures, Nia, Nia health, Nia wellness, probiotics, unhealthy diet, vagina, Wiki, yeast infection, yeast overgrowth, yogurt health | 4 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on October 12, 2010
The other day when I was doing something besides Nia , I realized that there was a “rule” involved with it. Do you have “rules” in your house? “Rules” that you or your spouse has instituted? I am not saying you have to agree with the rule or even understand it, but it is just something you might do in order to make your spouse happy (or not upset) and vice versa?
Maybe there are rules you have come up with together?
Here are some of our house rules. Following these rules just makes life easier. In no particular order.
-Never leave an empty coffee pot. After the coffee is done, always leave water in the coffee pot. At least six cups.
-Never leave a door to the outside or the garage open. Never!
-Do not touch the cheese with hands. Better to not touch anything that touches the cheese with hands.
-Do not let anything touch the coffee maker–ever. (As in a dish towel).
I would imagine that with kids in the house there are a whole other set of rules both for them and for the adults.
Well? Do you have any rules that the family abides by that helps make your household run more smoothly? I would love to hear. I bet there are a few that would help our house.
Posted in Helpful Hints | Tagged: coffee maker, coffee pot, happy spouse, house rules, Nia | 13 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on October 9, 2010
In my last post about the Nia workout I referenced an index I created for the Nia Technique Book. I want to point out that some of the section titles you see might be different than some of the information you hear now coming from Nia. The Nia Technique Book was published in 2004. The creators of Nia – Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas wrote the book to explain how Nia came about and to share its principles and moves. As you read the book you will see how Nia was not just thought up over night — actually it wasn’t thought up at all — it was born and it was grown and continues to grow and change. That is my point here, the names you might see of sections or principles in the index and in the book, might be different now because Nia is always moving, changing, and growing.
The basics remain the same. The core principles themselves have not changed but, they might have morphed a bit. In my post about Principle #11, I have said some of this before. I try not to repeat myself in entirety but often times it is ok to repeat some things. I like to repeat that Nia has been around for 26 years, the main ideas of moving to increase health, moving as the body was designed, and many more are still the same, but at the same time Nia has changed.
As I was typing up the index for the Nia Technique Book I noticed that, aside from Principle #11, Principle #9, #12, and #13 had different names then when I learned them and as we move forward the names change. But that is just a natural way of things. Things need to adapt a bit in order to survive. The core of it does not have to change, but it might need to be tweaked a bit. Even as the things have changed the book is still great information. Things have not changed enough for the book to be obsolete or have to be rewritten. The book is still an excellent starting point if you are just beginning and an excellent tool if you’ve been doing Nia for years.
Another thing I like to remind people is that I am a Nia Teacher and Nia Student. I post information on my website and blog about Nia. I might voice my opinion or my understanding about Nia, but the concept and the idea of Nia originated with Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. I am just helping to promote Nia. It is a workout, an exercise, a dance that makes one feel energized and happy. It is something I love to share. Come to one of my Nia classes or find one near you!
Posted in Nia | Tagged: Carlos Rosas, concept of Nia, dance exercise, Dance Workout, Debbie Rosas, exercise dance, how Nia originated, Nia, Nia book, Nia class, Nia Dance, Nia exercise, Nia Principle #11, Nia Principle #12, Nia Principle #13, Nia Principle #9, Nia principles, Nia student, Nia Teacher, Nia Technique, Nia workout, The Nia Technique book | 7 Comments »