Posts in category "family health tips"

5 Favorite Dumbbell Exercises, Do This, NOT That!

Tricep Overhead Press - If you are standing during this exercise keep a soft bend in your knees.  This exercise is challenging if you have limited shoulder joint flexibility.  The goal is to keep your posture lifted and your arms parallel to each other (so the elbows point over head) and framed along the side of your head.  A common mistake is the angle of the head and arms break the posture all together and the movement become very limited and unproductive.  One trick to help accomplish this is to look up when doing this exercise and press your palms up to the ceiling.
Being stuck at home for a workout is a good thing. The simplest workouts are most often the best!  In fact, a couple sets of dumbbells is really all you need to create a total body strength training program.  Granted, I personally add a jump rope and abs to the mix, but I will take... Read more »

Healthiest Seafood -Best Grilling Tools

Bed Bath and Beyond, Cusinart Simply Grilling
Fish is really good for you.  Many people are starting to worry about eating fish all the time because of the contamination in the farms or waters.  If this is a deterrent, then change up the fish you eat.  It is fairly simple.  Instead of giving you the nutritional value of fish, I decided to... Read more »

Chia Seeds: The Latest Superfood

These omega-3, anti-inflammatory seeds are high in alpha lino-lenicacid and protein, and glutten free.  They help with digestion because they are high in fiber and can actually keep your blood sugar balanced.  They are an ancient Mexican seed from Chiapas. 2 times the amount of protein than most grains 3x the anti-oxidants of blueberries 5... Read more »
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Letter to Costco Execs: 5 Costco items I love & 5 I need back on the shelf

Costco is awesome!  Most people I know that shop there feel the same way.  If you are a Costco executive reading this, please do not discontinue these delicious items.   These are 5 foods that I can stretch very far and they can easily be incorporated into about 10 different healthy dishes for my family.... Read more »

Do you cook with grape seed oil? You should.

Do you cook with grape seed oil?  You should.
Grape seed oil has many healthy benefits.  It is a simple and tasty substitute for vegetable oils, butter or canola.  It is low in saturated fat, yet high in poly-saturated fat like omega 6.   It is also high in linoleic acid, which is not manufactured by the body.  Since this important acid must be ingested,... Read more »

10 Trader Joe's Picks that total under $30.00

10 Trader Joe's Picks that total under $30.00
I have a new intern at POW! from the University of Illinois, Department of Kinesiology.  Her name is Christy Ghiselli. We both really love to cook and enjoy vegetables.   I cook for 6 and she is a college student, so budget is a concern for us both.  We also try to do organic as... Read more »
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Best Low Fat Quiche

I love quiche for so many reasons. It tastes good cold and warm.  It is also delicious for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  But quiche is so high in saturated fat and calories that I use to have a hard time justifying making them on a regular basis. Most recipes for making quiche require about: ½... Read more »

8 Best Health-Driven Holiday Gifts:Affordable Online Deals for Today

8 Best Health-Driven Holiday Gifts:Affordable Online Deals for Today
I go through phases where I am addicted to online deal shopping.  Many times however, I end up over-accumulating coupons, forget about them and lose their value.  But, when I buy them for someone else, I get the enjoyment of buying something for a great price without the risk of forgetting about them myself.  So... Read more »

3 Healthy Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

 3 Healthy Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers
I think most people go home with the same 3-4 dishes every year after Thanksgiving.  The truth is that by Saturday you get a little tired of eating leftovers, yet you struggle with throwing them out because they are so good.  Then you also have to contemplate that they are filled with so many calories. ... Read more »
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Do you have varicose veins? I do, and it's covered by my insurance.

Do you have varicose veins? I do, and it's covered by my insurance.
Without starting this blog out reviewing high school biology, I just need to say that the veins in your body return blood back to the heart. This seems like a fairly important job. Of course there are different types of viens, but I want to get to my varicose veins and why there is medical cause to have them repaired.  I have included a great video on the anatomy of the veins in which you want to learn a little more (click here to see it). What I find facinsating about veins, is how the body handles re-routing blood without major consequences to the heart when the vein’s valves stop functioning.  Are you wondering why I would even ponder this question?  I have alot of collasped valves in my legs.  Here is how I found out...