Back-to-School Health Checklist

meandgrands Grandmas need to step it up and get in on the safety and well being of their grandkids just as much as their parents…in my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

From: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/

By Jean Lawrence

 

 

* Make for sure your child’s emergency contact info is correct. I think this one should be on top of the list for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Updated Shots – This is essential and must be high up on the list of priorities…always! When your child is in a school environment, there are all types of germs floating around. These shots are just a logical way to help prevent illnesses and diseases.

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* Eye Site – Regular eye exams are important to your child’s schooling, and also, home life.

* Teeth and Gums – If you want to keep your child healthy and infection-free, it’s a good idea to make them brush and floss daily. A nice smile is an awesome thing to have too! =)


* Make sure the nurse is aware of your child’s allergies and medications they are taking. Good Golly Miss Molly, this is important; much needless to say! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ lol

* Get enough sleep – When I was a young child, I remember going to bed every (school night) at 8:00 – 8:30. What’s the best time for the kiddos to get tucked into bed at night? What’s your opinion?

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* Nutrition – Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day =) In addition, is it top priority that your kids don’t consume fast food?

* Make for sure your child has transportation scheduled, wether it be a bus, you, or someone else to drive them to school and back. You never know these days what can happen and WHERE!

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See What The Experts Have to Say

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You can read more @ http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/back-to-school-health-checklist

Don’t Let That Good Food Go To Your Hips! Half a Dozen Tips For Holidays

weightloss tips I didn’t get on my scales after Thanksgiving. Did I indulge? Yes, I did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As some of you know, I’m eating low carb. However, I’m human and my reins un-tighten and I slip off the wagon (temporarily) now and then. Oh, come on, everyone does – (temporarily) from time to time.

 

 

Do I call myself a failure whenever I do this? I tend to, yes. And I beat myself up for it at times, although, I try not to. Like I said, I’m human and for sure…NOT perfect!

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Someone pitched a (share an article for review) with the opening statement today:

You survived Thanksgiving, but youโ€™re not out of the woods yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, why didn’t I get on those scales the day after Thanksgiving? Well, I knew I had over-indulged that day. Do I then, keep doing the same until the holidays are over? That sure wouldn’t be a smart thing to do would it?! Some people do…this is what (we) call (yo-yo dieting).

Well, guess what? I’ve been there!

I’ve done it, been there and done that too many times. Resolution after resolution, yep, I know all about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I happen to know just about all the tricks, tips and the RIGHT ways to go about losing or maintaining weight. In fact, I have (half a dozen) good ones I’d like to share with you today. These tips are especially geared for the (2) biggest (over-indulgent, that’s what I like to call them in regards to weight maintaining) days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to incorporate these tips as often as I can during the holidays; and even all year around even.

After all, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just trying to stay true to what you’ve lost, it should be a complete change in lifestyle and healthy (life-long) habits. Right?? Well, if you’ve paid attention, I’ve intentionally stated the word: SHOULD above. However, that doesn’t always make us a success…knowing the shoulds and knowing the smart things to do. That being said, let’s get to those (6) tips! I’m indeed preaching to myself and WILL find myself accountable by sharing today! <3

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Something I was craving today (french fried onions) ended up NOT being so bad with the low carb way of eating. So, I had it for an afternoon snack. However, I did want to over-dip my hand in the bag a couple more times…although, I managed self control! Yeah, for me! lol

Here are those one half dozen tips for you; I certainly hope you find them helpful

1) Stay Off The Scales During The Holidays – Too often a rise in those numbers can trigger emotional eating. It is advisable to wait until after all the hustle and bustle is over to get back on the scales. Although, keeping THIS in the back of your mind helps too. Your conscience self knows you have to weigh yourself the beginning of the year. Keep on track with healthy eating habits or whatever eating lifestyle or program you follow. Hide your scales out of the bathroom if you have to.

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2) Drink Extra Water – Keep a daily, ACTIVE journal for the amount of water you consume. Water speeds up your digestive system. You don’t need a sluggish (pipe system) at holiday time. Would NOT be a good thing for aiming for weight loss or maintenance. Purchase bottled water, flavored water, or whatever you have to do to get yourself into a daily habit of drinking large amounts of water. It flushes out your system and it’s also good for the many organs and muscles in your body. I accidentally found out those flavored waters are good if kept in the freezer (only for a few minutes); it tastes slushy….that’s if you’re into slushes. Also, it’s always a good idea to drink (2) full glasses or bottled water before a holiday meal.

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3) Eat Before You Go – Not only do you need to consume water before you go to a dinner party or what have you, but it’s also a wise choice to eat a few healthy snacks before you leave the house. You may think this would be counter-productive, however, it’s not. Your stomach will be approximately half full when you sit down to that big meal. Believe me, you WILL consume less!! Also, listen to your body when you are done eating the main meal; chances are, you won’t feel like dessert. But if you do, remember choose wisely and watch portion size.

4) Bring Healthy Dishes – When asked to prepare dishes for a special holiday event, always opt to make up something that fits your lifestyle or a weight loss program you’re following. It would certainly be too tempting to prepare foods that YOU consider unhealthy. For example, I’m following low carb; so it certainly would be counter productive for me to prepare a (carb loaded) potato dish. It would be more fitting (for me) to prepare a clean and healthy vegetable dish. Even a raw veggie and dip type of dish would be a wise choice. I could always look up a delicious low carb dish to whip up. Don’t bring something that you would have to slap your hand a few times for double dipping! If all else fails, bring something that you DON’T like. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

5) Keep Moving – Being active helps with working off those calories. It helps melt off those butter-ball turkeys and pumpkin pie calories. However, you certainly didn’t need for me to tell you this, did you? This is just a reminder. LOL – For example; take the stairs instead of elevators. Park your car way in back of the parking lot when you go to the mall. Every step counts! Again, I’m preaching to myself as well! I do my workout routines in the mornings. Once I’m up and going, I’m fine. It’s getting up early in the first place that is challenging. I found setting my alarm clock or phone way across the room helps. It does the trick believe it or not! One more thing that works for me is I’m a grandmother of two sweet kids, and being called on to babysit helps tremendously.

6) Watch Your Alcohol Intake – Yes, you need to watch how much booze you drink. If at the very least, drink in careful moderation. Alcohol usually stimulates the taste buds, making foods (seem) to taste better. DUH…You will more than likely over indulge. ๐Ÿ™ I know, it sucks right?! Not to mention most alcohol beverages are bathed in un-wanted calories and carbs.

 

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In the mean time…

Hopefully, the tips and advice above have helped and made some sense to you. If you have had personal experience with weight loss or maintenance, and you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. =)

Have a lovely day and Happy Thin and Trim Holidays to you!

Put On My Walking Shoes

heartvalentineWalking or any type of workout is great for the heart! ๐Ÿ™‚ Grandma decided to get with it again.

Also good for your whole body, mind, mood, and pretty much good for everything! =)

Not sure why these pics ended up so small! lol ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I had a walking partner with me yesterday!

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My walking partner in the corn feild

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My son’s driveway…long, long! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Me when I got back from walking…it wasn’t too bad. I think the temperature helped a lot, it wasn’t hot at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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35 Beauty Secrets From My Beauty iPad App That Grandmothers and Others Can Benefit From

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I was browsing all the beauty tips from my iPad app over the weekend and came upon the below 35 beauty tips/secrets that I wanted to share with you. However, there may be quite a few that you have read about before. A good portion of them were excellent tips for me and also some I have not heard of before.

I hope they benefit you…enjoy!

Wash your face with cold water each morning to get rid of puffiness around your eyes.

Eat high-fiber snacks, such as nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. This will keep your skin and hair healthy.

Don’t indulge in too much fatty or deep-fried foods as they can dull and age your skin prematurely.

Your nails become brittle if they are exposed to extreme heat, cold, bleach, chlorine or other cleaning chemicals.

Sweet potatoes contain lots of vitamin A, which is a remarkable anti-aging and anti-wrinkling vitamin.

Brush and comb your hair only when it’s dry. Wet hair is weak, and brushing wet hair can easily damage it.

Baby formulated shampoos are gentle to hair and will not strip your hair color.

Massaging your scalp regularly can stimulate oil production, which will help reduce the dryness of your hair.

Make your lips look fuller by lining them with a pencil and then blend the edges with a sponge applicator. Then cover with gloss.

If you have small eyes, use only light colored eye shadows, and use no more than 2 shades at once.

Eat baked or grilled salmon twice a week. Its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins reduce aging free radicals.

Zinc can help prevent hair loss by building hair protein. Good sources of zinc include meat and seafood.

Fresh carrot juice is high in calcium and phosphorus. It is great for strengthening your nails.

Eat more garlic. Garlic helps to combat wrinkles, restores damaged tissues, and prevents sagging skin.

Get into aerobic exercise like walking, jogging, or swimming. These types of exercises keep your blood vessels healthy and improve your skin tone.

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Deep-set eyes can be made prominent by applying a pale shade of eye shadow over your lid and darker shadow under your brow.

Eat plenty of tomatoes, which are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium; all are great ingredients for beautiful and youthful skin.

If you have age spots, wash your face with buttermilk. The acid from the butter milk cleanses your face and rids your face of age spots.

A slice of raw potato can be placed under your eyes to reduce dark circles.

The best thing you can do for your skin, stress level, and overall health is to be physically active.

Store your nail polish in the refrigerator to maintain its smooth consistency.

Sticking your fingernails in lemon halves for 5-7 minutes will help clean and brighten them immediately.

Shrink your pimple by placing an ice cube in a thin dish towel on the zit for about 3 minutes; this will reduce the swelling and redness.

If you want firmer, smoother, and younger looking skin, you need to exercise everyday. Exercise brings oxygen and nutrients to your skin.

Slightly elevate your head while sleeping to prevent extra fluid from settling around eyes and making them puffy.

Olive oil can be used quite effectively to moisturize your hair. Cover your hair in olive oil for about 30 minutes, then rinse.

Learn to breathe deeply. Breathing deep down into the diaphragm has been shown to slow down the aging process.

Daily hair shampooing is not recommended. Shampooing removes the oils from your hair. Shampoo once every 2-3 days instead.

Kidney beans and lentils are good for your hair since they provide protein to promote hair growth. They also provide essential iron, zinc, and biotin.

You can use a hair dryer to heat your eyelash curler. The warmth of the eyelash curler will help curl your lashes more efficiently.

Use olive oil to massage your facial skin often. The massage action on your skin will increase blood circulation and tone your skin.

Drink green tea daily to help protect against cancer, heart disease and memory loss, as well as to lose weight and to look years younger.

A smoky violet pencil looks best if you have green eyes. Green and violet are opposite, and so they look great together.

Acrylics and other false nails usually carry more germs and bacteria than your natural nails.

Need a dramatic look? Simply apply a coat of volumizing mascara, and then follow by a coat of lengthening mascara on the tips.

 

 
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A Few Healthy Eating Tips For Your Holiday Survival

 

 

 

 

The holidays are just around the corner! Be prepared and Get ahead of the weight loss game NOW!

There are many fortunate people that don’t have a concern in the world about gaining weight during the holidays, or at anytime for that matter. Then we have the unfortunate people that seem to gain weight from just looking at all the festive treats.

 

For most families the holiday season bring lots of family get togethers and festivities to attend. Of course these times are quite the challenge for those individuals who have weight issues. Let’s face it when you’re watching your waistline, it’s hard to resist when you’re presented with all your culinary favorites. But there are many simple things you can do to help prevent yourself from gaining weight this time of year.

Below are a few tips I’d like to share with you about striving to stay as healthy as possible throughout the holidays. Hopefully they will be of some help.

1. Exercise daily. Make sure you do some type of exercise everyday. Walking is ideal, weather permitting of course. Some people power walk and others just walk normally. Either way is good for you as long as you do it consistently. To make it more enjoyable, get a walking buddy to go walking with you. You may also find it helpful to bring along a cd player or a Mp3 player. When the weather does not cooperate, maybe try out some videos or a treadmill.

2. Make water your best friend. Drinking water daily is healthy for a number of reasons. The main rule about drinking water is it keeps you hydrated of course. But it also aids with weight loss and maintenance. Before sitting down to a lavish holiday meal, drink a full glass of water. You’ll be surprised by how less you will consume at each meal. It’s a good idea to do this before every meal you eat, not just at holiday time.

3. Raw veggies and low fat dips. While out at holiday parties always look for those decorative raw veggie trays. Often times these type of gatherings have them. Opt for healthy veggies over high calorie and high fat foods. Chex mixes are also healthful choices.

4. Small meal or snack before going out. If you’re planning to go out to eat or to a party, eat a very small meal or snack before you leave. This will discourage overeating and will also help to speed up your body’s metabolism.

5. Say “no” to alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not a good choice if you’re watching your weight. They are loaded with fat and calories. Bottled water or low fat green tea is a much better choice. Also low fat smoothies are always good for you.

6. Baking with unsweetened applesauce. If you love to bake during the holiday season, try substituting applesauce for sugar, butter, or eggs in those recipes. It cuts down considerably on fat and calories. Recently I used unsweetened applesauce in a brownie recipe and both my husband and I really liked them. Try it for yourself in a few of your favorites.

Please Note: Substituting applesauce in some recipes may not work out well. You will need to do some experimenting and maybe some research.

Just by following the simple tips above, you can lower your risk of reading those unwanted higher digits on your scale at the end of holiday time.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

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Strength Training 101 For Grandmothers and Others

Women gradually lose muscle mass as they age and hormonal changes accelerate bone loss. But exercise can help counteract the effects of these changes. Strength training, in particular, leads to stronger muscle and bones and improves our sense of balance too, reducing the chance of falls. If you don’t know how to begin an exercise program, the following tips may help you get started.


The Basics

Before you begin any exercise plan, see your doctor. Depending upon your medical history, your doctor may be able to refer you to a physical therapist or exercise specialist for a specialized evaluation and fitness plan. Many fitness centers offer an initial screening evaluation when members first join, too. Exercise is such an important part of remaining healthy as we age that many Medicare supplemental insurance programs offer Silver Sneaker programs, which pay for members’ gym memberships.

Strength Training Safety

Some common mistakes new exercisers make include:

ยท Holding their breath when lifting weights. Breathe normally but with a controlled inhalation and exhalation.

ยท Going overboard at the beginning. When you first start strength training, your muscles will be sore, and that’s normal. Pain, however, is not. If you push yourself too far on day one, you may be too sore to maintain your workout schedule.

ยท Using too much weight. Only use the weight or dumbbell that allows you to perform the exercise with proper technique for the required number of repetitions.

Establish your on and off days with the help of your trainer or a reference book. When strength training muscles, it is particularly important to give muscles time to rest and regrow. Improper technique can lead to injuries and will make your exercise routine less effective.

Strength Training at Home

If you are limited to a home exercise program, you can still perform a number of exercises, including:

Squats: Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Hold light dumbbells in each hand, elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Squat by bending your knees and lowering your body toward the ground. Simultaneously, do a bicep curl with the weights. Stop your squat when your rear is aligned with your knees. Stand up slowly, lowering your weights back to your side. Repeat this exercise 15 times, rest, then repeat 15 more times.

Pushups: Keep your core muscles tightened throughout the exercise. Put your palms on the floor shoulder width apart with your fingertips pointing inward. Bend your elbows until your nose nearly touches the floor and then straighten your arms to raise your torso. Try to do five to 10 pushups at the beginning, and increase your repetitions when your strength increases. If this exercise is too difficult, you can do a pushup while standing, using the wall.

Dips: This exercise will require stairs, a stable table or some other platform. Sit on the elevated area with your hands on either side of your body with your legs extended. Using your arms, lower and raise your body weight. Try to repeat this exercise five to 10 times, rest and repeat.

Exercise programs require planning, discipline and persistence. Even if you plan a home exercise program, it is safer to begin your routine under the supervision of a professional trainer who can ensure you are using proper technique with each exercise and performing them safely.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys wearing sleeveless dresses to show off her toned arms, thanks to her regular dumbbell exercise routine. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.