Just wanted you to know

Hello fellow readers,

Just wanted you to know that for the next two weeks I will be putting my head in the books. These are my last two weeks in school and on January 28, 2013 I will have completed my Bachelors Degree in Health Administration with a minor in Project Management. These last two weeks will be very strenuous and even though time will not allow me to blog during these next two weeks I want you to look forward to me coming back blogging about living, laughing, and learning with you all. Can’t wait to hear from you guys on February 1st!!!!

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Dirty Rice Recipe

dirty rice

 

Dirty Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic,  minced
  • 1 tablespoon season salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 cups cooked rice, chilled

 

  1. Directions
  2.  In a large, heavy sauté pan or pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat Stir in  the onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic, season salt, salt and pepper, and cook  until soft about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil with the ground turkey and cook  until the meat is browned, about 6 minutes.
  4. Add the stock and bay leaves, and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Bring to a boil, and lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the rice and stir thoroughly.
  6. Cook until the rice is heated through, about 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves and serve.

Still Blessed…

Blessing Beginnings

Yesterday, I had a follow-up appointment with my ENT (Ears Nose Throat) about my inner disease.Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that affects balance and hearing.  Attacks or episodes of Meniere’s disease often start without warning. menieresThey may occur daily, or as rarely as once a year.  Lately, the noises in my ear have been louder than usual and I have not been able to hear most of the conversations that are being said to me. So, I knew my follow-up had been long over due. According to the doctor when the noises in my ear get abundantly loud I am losing another pitch that I will not be able to hear.Well, in my visit yesterday we talked about hearing aids and hearing test. Before leaving the doctor’s office I made an appointment for a hearing test so we can see if a hearing aid is in order at this time. So, after dropping my husband off at work, and coming home to complete my homework assignment, jumping back up to pick up my kids from school, and picking up my husband from work. We decided to eat out since I had done so much running throughout the day. I was so exhausted and to top it all off I still had to finish my paper that was due. All of a sudden I am hit with a dizzy spell that I have not had  for over a year. Man did this knock me off my feet. So, I took my glasses off and took some Motrin to relax my muscles and went to sleep. Woke up this morning still feeling uneasy so my husband took the kids to school and will get off work early to pick up one of the girls while my bestie picks up the other.faith I say all this to say I am blessed to have such a supporting husband, a supporting cousin who is always there to pick up the pieces when I am unable and to have a GOD that is in the blessing business. When the devil is working its hardest to knock me off of the highest faith mountain I know my GOD is blessing me with an increase that I can’t even image.  

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your GOD; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

What is a Healthy Lifestyle???

Before you decide bite into that next fried greasy burger with bacon and cheese on top with a side of cheesy fries. Take a moment to think about what is this going to do to my body now and in the future…will my body survive this delicious meal that I am oh so craving???

 

What is Cholesterol????

Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver and found in certain foods. Cholesterol is needed to make vitamin D, some hormones, build cell walls, and create bile salts that help you digest fat. Your liver produces about 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol a day, enough cholesterol so that if you never touched another cheese fry, you’d be OK. Lipids are fats that are found throughout the body. Cholesterol, a type of lipid, is found in foods from animal sources. This means that eggs, meats, and whole-fat dairy products (including milk, cheese, and ice cream) are loaded with cholesterol — and vegetables, fruits, and grains contain none.

 

In order for cholesterol to travel through the bloodstream it has to combine with proteins. These proteins pick-up cholesterol and transport it to different parts of the body. When this happens, the cholesterol and protein form a lipoprotein together. Cholesterol levels should be measured at least once every five years in everyone over the age of 20. The screening test that is a blood test called a lipid panel.

cholestrolThe two most important types of lipoproteins are high-density lipoproteins (or HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (or LDL). You’ve probably heard people call LDL cholesterol “bad cholesterol” and HDL cholesterol “good cholesterol” because of their very different effects on the body. The LDL cholesterol can clog the walls of your arteries and increase your chances of getting heart disease. That is why LDL cholesterol is referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Once the walls of your arteries are clog it will keep the blood from flowing through the body the way it should. The lower your LDL cholesterol number, the lower your risk, anything less than 100 is ideal and any number between 130-159 is boarderline high. On the other hand, HDL cholesterol removes cholesterol from the blood vessels and carries it back to the liver, where it can be processed and sent out of the body. the higher the number, the lower your risk. This is because HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the “bad” cholesterol out of your blood and keeping it from building up in your arteries.

I know its hard to avoid cholesterol because so many foods contain it but I’m not asking you or telling you to STOP eating foods that contain cholesterol I just want you to be aware of what Cholesterol is and how it can affect your heart…Now that you know what are you going to do about it and have you checked your cholesterol levels?

 

reference:

www.webmd.com

www.kidhealth.org

What is A Healthy Lifestyle????

When people say they would like to have a healthier lifestyle, what do they really mean?  A Healthier Lifestyle is not just exercising to lose weight or eating healthier,it’s about monitoring diseases that can have a serious effect on a person’s health. For example your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars.

blood pressureTaking a blood pressure reading is a test performed with a blood pressure monitor to measure the pressure within your arteries. Blood pressure is measured with two numbers: systolic pressure (the top number) which is the pressure when your heart beats, and diastolic pressure (the bottom number) which is the pressure when your heart is relaxed. The ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80 and blood pressure within the ranges of 120-139/80-89 mm Hg is technically considered normal but “pre-hypertensive,” meaning that it puts you at risk of developing hypertension ( high blood pressure), in the future.

Blood pressure readings can be affected by factors like:

  • Smoking
  • Coffee or other caffeinated drinks
  • A full bladder
  • Recent physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Day to Day stressors (emotional state)

In order to monitor all three of these health risk that can cause a serious health effect, you must see your physician to get a baseline health assessment.

high cholesterol

Tomorrow…… I will discuss what is Cholesterol and what factors will affect Cholesterol.

Lets start Some Where

depositphotos_5541828-Big-Journeys-Begin-With-Small-StepsCreating a Healthy Lifestyle

Trying to lose weight might seem like the impossible, unless you have a personal trainer, gym membership or weight loss DVD investments. Well, I am here to tell you none of these are needed to reach your weight loss goal. As you prepare to create a healthier lifestyle there are a few steps you need to take. One of the steps that have prepared me for my healthier lifestyle change is, knowing where you come from.  Measurements are very important when starting an exercising regimen. In order for you to know where you want to be you have to know where you come from. Here are my measurements as of present day and my measurements I would love to be.  Once I have set my eye on the prize I have to take the next step, which is to create a plan that will help me reach my goal and since it took me 12 years to put on this weight I am giving myself 1 year to lose the weight. Since I am a firm believer in NOT DIETING I plan to make healthier balance plates, which are a protein, fast carb and slow carb, to eat every 3 hours whether it’s a snack or a meal and to exercise three days a week for 1 hour and supplement the other 4 days with a 15 a minute roll out bed exercise plan. My goal is to become Healthier and to motivate everyone around me in creating a Healthier Lifestyle.

 My measurements are:

Weight: 175

Chest: 37

Underneath breast: 34

Waist (at belly button): 38

Arms R & L: L 13, R 13.5

Thighs (underneath buttocks): 44

Upper legs R& L: L 27, R27

Where I want my measurement to be:

Weight: 160-155

Chest: 34

Underneath breast: 30

Waist (at belly button): 30

Arms: R11, L11

Thighs (underneath buttocks): 34

Upper legs: R & L 17-22

What will you Gain when you Loose???

What will you gain when you loose? This Kellogg commercial has been speaking to me from day 1 of the New Year and all I could think about was this Facebook post I came across about Gabourey Sidibe (the girl who played Precious). The Facebook post talked about how inspiring it was to see how much weight she’d lost and if she could loose that much weight than anyone could. After looking at the picture I notice that it was an airbrushed picture and I immediately thought who and why would someone do something so cruel? So, I further research the information about Gabourey Sidibe loosing weight.Motivation After reading an article in The Urban Daily I realized that she was really on a weight loss journey and off to an amazing start. Gabourey Sidibe lost 50lbs and every positive news feed has said that she looks a lot healthier. I must say that is an amazing start for Gabourey Sidibe weight loss journey. A Curvy Girl’s Journey assists women in creating healthy lifestyles. Our mission is to empower and inspire women to live healthier lives physically, mentally and spiritually. So, from me to you (Gabourey) this is an amazing start to whatever journey you might be on. Whether its eating healthier, exercising or both Keep up the Amazing work and no matter what you read or what people might say don’t let anyone discourage your dreams or goals. I would like to propose a question for everyone out there who is trying to create a healthier lifestyle or who would like to be motivated or inspired to do so…its not about how big your accomplishments are its about the steps you took to get there and what you learn along the way. gabourey sidibe 50lbs weight loss as of 042011

So…I say to you all what will you gain when you loose?