Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Stress Relievers

I am currently battling a summer cold and actually stayed home from work yesterday to try and get some rest.  For the past two years, whenever I get a cold it almost always morphs into bronchitis or a more serious chest infection. I think that had something to do with a lack of sleep and a taxed immune system.  We are all more prone to catching colds/flus when we are stressed. Stress = poor immunity for me.

The combination of not being able to run (my #1 stress reliever) and quite a bit of uncertainty with my job is making me restless.  I am getting an MRI later this week so they can see what is going on. My Dr. suspects a tear that is not healing, which will most likely require a stitch. I am not looking up how that is done.

J also recently found out that he has a hip spur that is a symptom of a degenerative hip condition. In the grand scheme of things, he is pretty healthy, but the more certain thought of a hip replacement in later years has me worried. Don't we all know someone who either bounced back better than before or deals with chronic pain? 

I also have the joys of a soon to be threenager on my hands. Whoever said three would be harder than two was not kidding. He is very emotional and the tantrums are a bit wilder. We are also trying to give him time to potty train (he is almost 34 months).  We currently have a Dr's RX for laxatives for our little guy because he is a "withholder".  If any parents out there have experienced this, please share your words wisdom.

Where am I going with this? Stress relief?? How do you do it? What are your tricks? Here is what I have tried so far:
  • Strength training: I can't run so I am pouring myself into a new world of all things strength training. Right now I mostly feel like it just isn't the same, but I am giving it a chance and following a whole new set of instagrammers. 
  •  Aromatherapy: I went into Saje wellness on the weekend and bought two new scents from the 'relaxation' line for my diffuser.  I then caught a head cold so the jury is out.
  • Yoga: I have done two yoga classes in the past week which is more than I have done in the previous year. I used to love yoga and had plans to do teacher training. I'm not sure what happened along the way but I think it has something to do with all my friends being trail runners.
  • Comedy: I have watched about 75% of the comedians on netflix. There is something about sitting down and laughing at the end of the day that is therapeutic.
If you have any ideas at all, please share away! I am also looking for your resources on strength training. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Supplements Part 2

I have posted before on supplements I find helpful in supporting joint health and recovery.  It is no secret that I am sometimes hampered by injuries and have found recovery time has lengthened with age.  In addition to focusing on proper nutrition, supplements can replace or bolster missing nutrients and antioxidants.  Also with age, I have noticed my skin changing.  I don't necessarily have a fear of aging, but I do believe you can take preventative steps that improve the health of your skin. Fore example, wearing sunscreen is something we should all be doing for both health and cosmetic reasons.  It is a simple step in reducing or preventing visible signs of aging such as sunspots and more importantly, some forms of skin cancer.

The folks at Etrexa were kind enough to share two supplements with me to test: Derma and Cardio.  Here is the overview both supplements:

  • Nourishes your inner skin layers
  • Improves skin appearance and elasticity
  • Contains: L-lysine, Hyaluronic acid, L-carnosine, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Coenzyme Q10.
  • Eliminated free radicals and damaged proteins
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Helps muscle and nerve tissues regenerate
  • Contains: Coenzyme Q10, Hyaluronic acid, Reservatrol, L-carnosine, Rutin.
Of all those ingredients, I had never heard of Rutin. Rutin is known to exert free radical scavenging activity, and may be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Reservatrol is the antioxidant found in red wine and the reason all your friends tell you it is healthy :)  

With both supplements, it is important to drink plenty of water o maximize the efficiency.  From the reviews I read, the supplements help to lock in the water you drink and ensure it is delivered to your tissues.

The other ingredients are common in topical skin care products, but I have never taken these as dietary supplements.  I have just started the 30-day supply an will report back with a full review. You can find out more about Etrexa here.


Monday, 1 August 2016

Love With Food

Hi folks,

I am sharing a post with you today about a snack delivery service that is now offering shipping to Canada. I know what you are thinking, I can get snacks here? Yes, I totally understand.  But, if you are looking to try new foods or something to kickstart your goal to try healthier options, this may be  of interest to you.  When we have traveled down south to visit my parents, we often spend quite a bit of time in the snack section.  In particular, have you ever noticed how many flavours of Clif bar there are south of the border? Hot chocolate flavour for one! 

While it's true that some health snacks are really glorified chocolate bars, I did spend some time perusing this company's website and there are a lot of great options. Barney butter packets, sorghum pilaf, seasalt lupini beans. Sounds very promising right?

About Love With Food:
Founded in 2012, Love With Food is a monthly delivery service of personalized products that helps healthy conscious consumers discover and try new, organic, natural or gluten-free snacks in their homes. Love With Food operates in 27 countries and to date, has donated more than ONE MILLION meals to food banks. 

Coming to Canada!
Love With Fooda "snack discovery service" that focuses on delivery of affordable, all-natural, organic or gluten-free snacks to your doorstephas announced it will begin shipping internationally to Canada on August 2, 2016. Love With Foods international expansion will bring curated, hard-to-find healthier snack selections to even more health conscious consumers. Canadian households will now have the opportunity to try hard-to-find or American snacks and brands previously unavailable in their local markets. 

Love With Foods Canadian customers will have the option to order:
  • The Deluxe Box, a sampling of 16-20 new surprise snacks, or 
  • The Gluten-Free Box, a sampling of 10-12 surprise celiac-safe and mostly dairy-free snacks.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Canadian food banks to help fight world hunger.  Note: I don't have specific information on how the money will be passed on to food banks but I suspect it will be via larger charitable organizations.  In the US, for every large box sold, one meal is donated to the food banks. 

To subscribe and learn more about this tasty discovery service, visit www.lovewithfood.com.