WORLD MENOPAUSE MONTH

tl-october-is-world-menopause-monthI used to sleep at night…  now, I write – and write – and write some more!  I used to eat larger meals…  now, I order off the senior menu at Denny’s.  I usually don’t have a happy plate when I’m finished either.  I drink coffee in excess and less water – but I’m working on getting that changed around.  If it sounds as though I’m complaining, forgive me…  I’m not.  I keep telling myself that I am blessed – a hysterectomy was necessary to get rid of ovarian cancer.  It didn’t spread and I’m alive.  I’m alive to complain about these changes!

gods-got-youAll I ask is that you ignore me when I’m standing at Braum’s with the freezer door open, frantically fanning cold air on myself.  Just act like it’s a perfectly normal thing to do.  Feel free to join me if you’d like.  Let’s have a party – the more the merrier!

Isn’t it fun when you walk into a room and just stand there at the door thinking, “OK, why did I come in here?”  Mentalpause!  That mental pause you need in order to grasp your bearings is enough to make you want to carry one of those voice-activated mini-recorders around with you.  You can say to it, “I’m going to the kitchen to take my morning pills.”  Then when you get to the kitchen, play it back.  Yeah – that’s one option.

How much warning do you get before a hot flash happens?  I don’t get any warning – is that normal?  I can be going about my business one minute and look as though I’ve just swam the English Channel the next because my hair is wet.  It’s embarrassing!  I’ve tried to find a more flattering hair style to deal with these new challenges.  I’ve decided there isn’t one…  so I’ve learned to like hats.  I never really thought of wearing hats back in my 20’s, 30’s or 40’s – but this gal sports a hat most of the time these days.  I have a nice variety of hats – I even have a red hat with a purple ribbon.  That never made sense to me when I was younger.  Now…  ah – it’s all making so much more sense to me!  Red Hat Society…  sign me up!

My moods swing like a pendulum sometimes.  I’m not sure how much of that is lack of sleep, but I’m sure the majority of times it is a direct result of insomnia.  I hesitate to take a PM medicine that promotes sleep since I already take an NSAID most mornings for arthritis pain.

Nope – still not complaining!  Just so ya know…  just assessing the changes since the change.

My mother’s generation referred to it as THE CHANGE OF LIFE.  I remember wondering how much different life could get.  Now I know.  Wish I had my mom around to talk with.  It’s funny, she always told me that when my hair turned gray, it would turn a very pretty gray.  I remember thinking, “Oh that will be a long time from now…”  Well – BOOM – here I am, gray hairs and all.  When a natural blonde turns gray, sometimes it can look a bit mousey and dull.  Mine isn’t mousey and for that I’m thankful.  I’m pretty sure my mom would laugh if she could see me now.  Yeah – we’d giggle together.  ❤

Lately I’ve seen the ads for Crepe Erase – it’s supposed to get rid of the elephant skin – well, I don’t care because this body is never going to pose on a beach in a bikini like Jane Seymour – so…  no sale.  Sorry.  Age and weight loss is an interesting combination.  I’m not sorry I lost the weight though because my overall health is so much better.

My neighbor caught me in the back yard last winter after a heavy snow.  He apparently thought it was odd that I was rolling around in it.  I made a feeble attempt to explain, but it just turned into muttering as I walked away from him toward my back door.

Even though it’s called MENopause, I’ve not been impressed with any man’s understanding of it.

We bought a new vehicle a few years back – one of the best-selling points for me was the dual temperature control – I can set my temperature at 60 degrees in the middle of winter – YES!

There’s an interesting dynamic in our house every winter.  My husband takes blood thinners and gets cold very easily.  So, he cranks the heat up to who knows where and I’m wearing very little because I’m dying of heat stroke.  Is it any wonder I go to the back yard and roll in the snow?

I should charge admission…  it’s apparently quite entertaining.  Huh…  I’ll have to think about that.  🙂

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ROTISSERIE CHICKEN DAY

TL 6-2 NATIONAL ROTISSERIE CHICKEN DAY

EATING CHICKEN

Ugh – liver IS the worst – AMEN to that!  😉

We can hardly imagine a restaurant that does not have rotisserie chicken turning before our eyes!  A rotisserie uses indirect heat in which the chicken is placed next to the heat source.  Elements are either electric or gas-powered, with adjustable infrared heat.  These types of rotisseries are quite functional for cooking rotisserie-style chicken.  It’s perfect for a restaurant that serves so many people every day!

It’s wise in its simplicity really – because any leftover chicken can be used for sandwiches, chicken salad, soup or any number of other dishes.

Here in the states, rotisserie chicken gained popularity in the 2000’s.  Not only did restaurants start offering the dish, but many grocery stores and even Walmart sold them.  Millions of rotisserie-cooked chickens were purchased by consumers in the U.S. last year. 

Protein is a key nutrient that supplies your body with energy and keeps your muscles and cells healthy. Three ounces of rotisserie breast meat supplies 23.8 grams of protein, which is 52 percent of the 46 grams of protein that women need each day and 43 percent of the 56 grams that men require on a daily basis. A rotisserie thigh contains 22.9 grams of protein.  For type 2 diabetics, this is good news!  Just make sure you weigh that piece of chicken so you keep portion control in mind.  😉  And…  in our house the skin is removed – sorry, but that skin is just unnecessary fat.

People who suffer with migraine headaches should be aware that chickens used for rotisserie cooking may be injected with water or a solution of sodium to retain moisture and add flavor.  The water is not bad, but the addition of sodium can trigger migraine headaches.  Some other ingredients may be used to enhance flavor and brown the chicken, such as oleoresin, yeast extract, sodium tripolyphosphate and natural flavorings.  Yeah, some of these additives trigger migraines as well.  Be careful when you’re choosing a chicken.

Since there’s literally no way to tell what has been injected into a rotisserie-cooked chicken, my husband and I decided to buy a Showtime rotisserie for our home.  We put as little or as much seasoning on our chicken as we like.  There’s more than one way to cook a chicken!  It’s just one more way to take control of my surroundings and stay healthy.

https://www.ronco.com/

We usually inject a little water into the chicken and sprinkle some Mrs. Dash seasoning on it before cooking.  The natural juices and no sodium seasoning make the chicken taste amazing – and no ugly migraine side effect – YAY!  So, eat some rotisserie chicken today!  🙂

NATIONAL ALMOND DAY

TL 2-16 NATIONAL ALMOND DAY

 

2-16 FROM HEAD TO TOE

Almonds offer so many benefits in our everyday life, yet it seems to be a nut that is overlooked.  Today let’s take a look at them and find the joy to be had from these little beauties.  Today is NATIONAL ALMOND DAY!!!

  1. Make a facial mask.  Mix together almond oil, honey and lemon juice.  Apply to your face once a week and you will see a shiny complexion immediately.
  2. How about a facial scrub?  Soak some almonds for a few hours before grinding them.  Mix the paste with a little milk or rose-water for the wonderful exfoliation of dry skin.
  3. Almond oil mixed with almond paste exfoliates dry skin on your lips.  That’s particularly important in the winter time when lips tend to be dry and chapped.  Almond oil contains Vitamins A and E that help increase the production of collagen, which can make the skin look smoother and tighter.  Vitamins B1 and B6 are found in the oil as well. Almond oil can also lighten dark spots on the skin.
  4. Unsweetened almond milk can help you lose weight.
  5. If you eat just a few almonds about 30 minutes before a meal you won’t eat as much.  The protein, fiber and healthy monounsaturated fat contribute to that fuller feeling
  6. Some nutritionists at cancer treatment centers say they aid in cancer fighting thanks to their vitamin E and other protective nutrients such as calcium and magnesium.
  7. Almonds are high in potassium and low in sodium, so they act to regulate your blood pressure and keep your cholesterol levels in check.
  8. A little dab will do.  One handful is a mere 160 calories and contain a great deal of vitamin E and magnesium.  That quantity is also an excellent source of calcium, iron and potassium.  They also provide 12% of your daily protein allowance.
  9. Because they contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, they are good at preventing osteoporosis.
  10. Almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market.  The FDA issued a qualified health claim in 2003 that states

Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fate and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

 Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.  – Hippocrates

How about some Lebanese cookies???

Ghraybeh

1 Cup butter

1 teaspoon orange-blossom water

2 Cups flour

1 Cup chopped almonds

6 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar plus 3/4 to 1 Cup for decoration

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix butter and orange-blossom water until smooth.  Combine flour and sugar.  Stir into butter mix until blended.  Stir in nuts.  Roll into 1-inch balls, then shape and curve to make crescent moons.  Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake 10-11 minutes.  When cool, gently roll in confectioners’ sugar.  Dust again with confectioners’ sugar before serving.  Makes 3 dozen.

These are certainly not low-sugar (and I wouldn’t recommend Splenda), so remember portion control if you have high blood sugar.

So grab a handful of almonds – don’t let me stop ya!  Wink!  😉