Reflection for the Week Ahead – January 26, 2014

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Camille

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An Elixir for Body, Mind & Spirit!

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Bonjour!
Relaxation is perhaps the single most important key to health and well-being. It is the antidote to stress which is known to contribute to the development of disease. When we relax, our body has an opportunity to unwind. The benefits of relaxation have been well researched and some of these are summarized below.
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Relaxation
+gives the heart a rest by slowing the heart rate 
+reduces blood pressure 
+slows the rate of breathing, which reduces the need for oxygen 
+increases blood flow to the muscles 
+decreases muscle tension 
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As a result of relaxation, many people experience:
+more energy 
+better sleep 
+enhanced immunity 
+increased concentration 
+better problem-solving abilities 
+greater efficiency 
+smoother emotions: less anger, crying, anxiety, frustration, pain &   headaches 
 
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Relaxing in a Hot Bath is one of life’s simple pleasures
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The posts below cover topics with easy ways to improve one’s health from stretching (Are You a Jaguar?)incorporating a few key ingredients in meals (Show Me the Curry)and drinking more water (“Drink Up”) 
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Overcoming a medical crisis (Shirley Harris-Slaughter) and (First Lady Michelle Obama’s Fitness Routine).
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The exception is Diana Nyad’s historic 110 mile swim at age 64 which required a positive mindset along with tremendous training.  Diana’s story; however, is so inspiring that she will let you know that you can accomplish anything.
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To Your Health!
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Diana Nyad: “Never, ever give up” — This is most courageous and inspiring success story of 2013

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In my opinion this is the most courageous and inspiring success story of 2013.  A must watch video from the acclaimed TED Talks series follows for your enjoyment.
In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating ... Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that’s how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida — at age 64. Hear her story.
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Diana Nyad is the first person to swim 110 miles from Cuba to Key West, Florida_September 2, 2013
Diana Nyad’s dedicated support team consisted of 35 people  

Nyad’s Havana to Key West swimming routes since 1978
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
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First Lady Michelle Obama & actress Eva Longoria asks everyone to “Drink Up” with More Water!

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There’s noting as refreshing and nourishing as a tall glass of water. This blog was posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on September 13, 2013
Cheers to water!
Michelle Obama is joined by actress Eva Longoria as they prepare  a toast at the 
“Drink Up” Water Festival

Cheers To Water! 

First Lady Michelle Obama Asks Everyone to 

“Drink Up” With More Water!

First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and actress Eva Longoria to announce PHA’s new effort to encourage everyone to drink more water.

According to the CDC, approximately one in four kids does not drink any water on a given day. Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to improve overall health and well-being and helps you have more energy and better focus. The campaign kicked off in Watertown, WI encouraging Americans to “Drink Up”.  It’s a simple action that everyone can take. Mrs. Obama led a toast to water followed by an array of festival-like water games at Watertown High School.

First Lady Michelle Obama proposes a toast during a
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Watertown High School in Watertown, Wis., Sept. 12, 2013
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“Since we started the Let’s Move! initiative, I’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to help families and kids lead healthier lives.  And I’ve come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water.  It’s as simple as that.  Drink more water,” said First Lady Michelle Obama

The Drink Up logo, will be featured on nearly 300 million packs of bottled water; more than a half a billion bottles of water; 200,000 packages of reusable bottles; and more than 10,000 reusable bottles in the next year. Cities will also be utilizing the logo to encourage people to drink more tap water.  And hosts on a dozen TV shows participated in an around the clock, cross-network, bilingual day of drinking water and encouraged their audiences to Drink Up.

“Because water is so basic, because it is so plentiful, sometimes we just forget about it.  Amidst all the ads that we watch on television and all the messages that we receive every day about what to eat and drink.  The truth is water just gets drowned out.” 

Drink Up is a “nationwide effort to inspire Americans to drink more water,” said Mrs. Obama. “We simply want everyone to know that we are what we drink, and when we drink water, we certainly drink up.”

Thirsty for more? Get involved!

Visit the Drink Up web site: www.YouAreWhatYouDrink.org

Share photos or videos of you drinking water on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #DrinkH2O.

You can use the following accounts to join the conversation and share your photos:

Twitter Accounts
@FLOTUS – Office of the First Lady
@urH2O – Official DrinkUp Account
@LetsMove – Official account of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative
@PHANews – Partnership for a Healthier America

Instagram Accounts
@MichelleObama – Office of the First Lady
@URH2O – Official DrinkUp Account

Michelle & Eva enjoying a Good Laugh

Camille’s Note:
Fashion Flair with a Social Consciousness

Mrs. Obama is wearing a blue tie-dye Jasmyn dress from Tory Burch,  “The jacquard-based fabric is hand-dyed by women artisans from the Kindia region of Guinea (in collaboration with the There Is No Limit Foundation) using century-old techniques that make each style truly one-of-a-kind.”

Cheers to Water!
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Camille

First Lady Michelle Obama’s “50th: Birthday – Michelle’s Fitness Routine

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s “50th” Birthday
Friday, January 17th

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Happy Birthday!!  Michelle
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Isabel Wilkinson article from 2012

1. She Doesn’t Count Calories

When it comes to dieting, First Lady Michelle Obama says she no longer fixates on counting calories. “I try to keep my weight at a certain level,” and I’ve found that as I get older … I don’t like to diet. I like food. I don’t like to have to worry and count every calorie … I just don’t like to live that way.” As she wrote in a column Women’s Health in 2010, “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline—and we can’t afford to think that way. Instead, we need to start focusing on what matters—on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

2. She Works Out at the Crack of Dawn

Every day Mrs. Obama gets up at around 4:30 or 5 a.m. to work out before her kids wake up and does cardio and weights. She often meets Barack at the gym. “I usually get to the gym before he does,” she says. “But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end.”

3. She Listens to Willow Smith

Well, this is awesome: “Whip My Hair” is on her playlist, alongside J.Lo’s “Get Right.”

4. She Watches ‘SportsCenter’  as a Distraction While She Works Out

“That’s why I know so much about sports, and you start having an opinion about New York Jets quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez,” she tells iVillage.

5. She Eats Five Meals a Day, When She’s ‘Doing What I’m Supposed to Do’

“I try to eat—when I’m being good—five meals, a breakfast, which can be like stir-fried vegetables, tofu, or oatmeal,” she said while promoting her bookAmerican Grown: The Story of The White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. “And then I’ll have a snack, something like this [pointing to a tray of sliced apples and honey from the White House beehive] or a vegetable tray or sometimes a protein shake … then lunch. This last year I’ve tried to change it so my lunch is my biggest meal … like today, I had fish and vegetables, stir-fried vegetables. And if I’m going to have a carb, like a brown rice or a potato or something, I’ll have it at lunch.”

6. She Leaves It to Her Chefs

“I give them guidelines, because I don’t have time to think about, oh, I want to have this for lunch,” she said on her book tour. “One of my favorite lunches is veggie pizza on whole-wheat bread. It’s really good, just loaded with vegetables and cheese and tomato sauce. I love that. And then, dinner is again up to the chefs. It will have a meat, a grain, vegetables, salad. If I’m trying to be lean I’ll just do a salad. And if I’m hungry I’ll add a protein on top of that.”

7. There’s Obviously An ‘Arm-Training Superset’ Somewhere in There

According to her trainer Cornell McClellan, Michelle Obama’s weightlifting and cardio sets include a rigorous arm segment that includes triceps pushdowns and hammer curls.

8. There’s Somehow Time in Her Schedule for Yoga and Pilates

“I have found that as I get older, I need to work on flexibility,because that’s where you help to avoid injuries,” she tells iVillage. “So I started doing some yoga. I’ve done Pilates before, but I have a hard time doing both, because I just don’t have the time in my schedule. But I always try to do something that really works on that flexibility leg of the fitness stool.”

9. She Pumps Iron

“You don’t have to be a weightlifter,” she says. “I know a lot of women get worried about muscle definition. But actually, I’ve been told by fitness experts that the average person will not bulk up on the weights that we can lift.”

10. She’s Packs a Jump Rope

The first lady packs a jump rope in her suitcase on the road. “I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a jumping jacks, jumping rope alternating with pushups, and then some sit-ups. And you keep doing that circuit again and again, and you’ll find that you’re going to build up a lot of sweat,” she says.

11. She Is Not Afraid to Tell You She Loves Her Fries

“Which is good because you can’t just have french fries around, so that’s helpful,”she says. “But if there are french fries in the vicinity, I’m done. It’s over.”

 

Show Me The Curry hosts reveal top 3 Indian ingredients for a Healthy diet

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Anuja Balasubramanian and Hetal Jannu, entrepreneurs/hosts of their highly successful internet cooking channel Show Me The Curry collaborated two years ago with Dr. Niraj “Raj” Patel and published “The Healthy Indian Diet” book which covers the benefits of a traditional Indian diet.  “The Healthy Indian Diet” also includes thirty-one delicious Indian recipes.
Gather Around their Kitchen Table:  
Gather around their kitchen table with Anuja, Hetal and Raj as they introduce in the video below their book and reveal the top three Indian ingredients that are keys in combating some of the ill effects of our modern day diets.
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Anuja Balasubramanian & Hetal Jannu, hosts_Show Me The Curry
 
 
Authors Raj Patel, M.D. with Anuja Balasubramanian & Hetal Jannu

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Be Healthy, Wealthy & Wise!

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How author Shirley Harris-Slaughter overcame a medical crisis

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Author Shirley Harris-Slaughter overcame a medical crisis many years ago basically through her research, trail and error and a chance meeting to contact the Detroit Wholistic Center – article
Ms. Harris-Slaughter’s medical crisis is a testament to having courage in the face of danger and staying the course as she searched for a healthier better way to live.
Shirley’s story below is from her blog post as is; however, I did use a close up photo of her so that you can see how vibrant she looks today after her serious medical crisis.


HOW I OVERCAME A MEDICAL CRISIS

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Here is a short version of my story on how I overcame a health crisis in my life, which is what prompted me to hitch right on to Kathryn Treat’s wagon. Her story in a way is my story and the story of so many of you out there struggling just to stay alive literally. So here goes

Shirley Harris-Slaughter 
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Hello Everybody!

My name is Shirley Slaughter @motorcityauthor in pursuit of good health. I want to talk a little about the health issues I had to overcome before I even thought about writing and publishing a book. When you are starting out in life you are idealistic, and you can’t wait for your life to start. You make mistakes along the way and you run into roadblocks sometimes. You never think going down life’s road that you will be hit with a major health issue. In my case it turned into a crisis.

Our children were all grown up when I was hit from all fronts starting with drug interaction problems and agonizing side-affects; allergies; sensitivities to chemicals & fragrances and foods; hot flashes too early (that’s another story). I am lactose intolerant; had migraines & sinus headaches, and on and on.  I said to myself, “Is this all there is?” You finish one phase of your life, looking forward to the next and then boom, you are knocked down by one health issue after another. Not only did I have drug interaction problems and side-affects, but I was allergic to foods and my hormones were causing early hot flashes starting (can you believe?) in my late thirties. That’s right, the decisions you make in your early life can cause severe consequences for your future. And all it takes is a heavy dose of stress to trigger the symptoms.

Imagine sitting in the doctor’s office cramping something awful, running to the restroom constantly, and not once did the medical staff ask what was wrong. I was clearly in trouble. I started to cry right there in the waiting room.  I was horrified that they didn’t pay any attention to what was going on. When my turn came they barely noticed my distress. If you can’t get help in the doctor’s office then we are in big trouble. It took me fifteen years and lots of out-of-pocket expense to get a handle on what was ailing me.

I had to stop eating certain foods (wheat products); dairy products (took me several years to really get what that meant) but when I eliminated it for almost a year I could see positive results in my health. Had osteoporosis in my lower spine; severe hot flashes; sinus and migraine headaches; chronic bronchitis; diverticulosis; irritable bowel; sudden weight gain and loss. I had slowly spiraled into a medical health crisis with allergies of every kind. I still maintained an appetite but I couldn’t hold food in my stomach. As soon as I ate something, I was eliminating just as fast. It was horrible and no medical doctor had a clue as to what was going on with me.  I was that one percent they had to contend with. I started firing doctors left and right.

And so I was completely on my own. I was an activist around this time, and a group of us went down to the old train station (that we were trying to save) to pull weeds and clean up debris. Someone in the group asked me why I was wearing a mask. I told him I had problems with all types of chemicals smells, dust, mold, pollen, anything that was irritating to my sinus cavities and lungs. He gave me a card to the Detroit Wholistic Center for a Reflexology treatment. Didn’t know what that was. It took me a year to finally inquire about it and at that time was offered a colonics treatment also. I said, “What is that?” And was told it was a colon cleansing and that I could come to the office for a tour and a presentation about the process. I went and it eventually cured my colon irritability. The elimination of dairy products got rid of all my sinus congestions and headaches. It was a miracle to me but it was really all about using your common sense that God gave you and applying it to your everyday life with all its complexities.

The road was not an easy one because I was still having digestive problems. Went down to the basement and pulled out the Juiceman Jr. and starting juicing. Made sure I used only organic fruits and vegetables. Another miracle occurred. I became vibrant for lack of a better word. My skin and eyes and hair came back alive. I discovered enzymes and over time I got a handle on my health issues and was able to function at a better than expected decent life where I could get my creative juices flowing.

Eventually, I got my bachelor’s degree, wrote a bookand became a speaker.

I can relate to Kathryn’s plight and what she had to go through with her life and death struggles to stay alive and lead some semblance of a normal life. Thank God she was able to write her story down, something I have been meaning to do forever.

Reading Allergic to Life gave me another perspective on handling a crisis. It also made me count my blessings that I did find a way out of my nightmare. Not to mention that I am now motivated to write my own story. I had to get Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community written and out of the way because I was also obsessed with preserving our history in this little catholic community which I was a part of. Getting my health back gave me the time to research and write this story.

To everyone else going through a health issue, I say fight for your life and you will find angels helping you along the way.

Contact me at these links below…

iUniverse.com

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00EXRCH20

http://unfoldingofarose.ning.com/profile/ShirleyLSlaughter

www.facebook.com/sslaughter3

http://Twitter.com/motorcityauthor

www.linkedin.com/in/historybuff

Website blog: http://rememberourladyofvictory.com/

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