Monthly Archives: April 2013

Allergies weighing you down? Don’t skip your workout!

I woke up this morning with the quintessential allergy symptoms. First it starts as an itch attack in my throat. Then the itch attacks my eyes, and finally pain and pressure settle in my sinuses and cause my nose to run. Who wants to workout feeling like crap? But the attached article suggests that working out can help alleviate allergy symptoms. Read to more to find out how…

http://fitnessandwellnessnews.com/exercise-control-of-your-allergies/

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Walk to End Lupus Now!: My Reason for Walking

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My husband, Chris, was first diagnosed with lupus in 2012 after a month long stay in the hospital. At the age of 24 he had two bouts of pneumonia, bilateral pulmonary emboli, and was even catatonic all within a 3 month period. Due to an AMAZING GOD, determined doctors and a loving community of supporters, Chris is now learning to live with the disease and is a true example of a lupus thriver. Last year, team Mega Powers raised over $1,000.00 for the Walk to End Lupus Now and hope to raise at least $1,500.00 this year. Please find it in your heart to donate again or for the first time. Funds go toward lupus research and provides patient services and support for lupus patients and their families. Thanks for all of your support!

http://dclupuswalk.kintera.org/teammegapowers

Lupus is an auto-immune disease that attacks the body’s own tissues and organs. It is often difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic those of other diseases.Approximately 5 million people have lupus in the U.S.,this number is believed to be significantly higher because of the lack of proper diagnosis. About 90% of lupus thrivers are women and 10% are men.

What’s for lunch? A yummy protein packed salad and an apple! Only 285 calories!

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Today’s lunch is a yummy salad topped with cherry tomatoes and black eyed peas. No dressing is needed because the sauce from the peas provides plenty of flavor. Add an apple to cleanse the palate.
Total cals 285
Recipe:
2 cups raw spinach salad greens
2 tablespoons canned black eyed peas (drain the can first)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

Enjoy!

Seasonal Allergies: How to enjoy the outdoors without being miserable

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*Disclaimer: This post is not to be substituted with a doctor’s advice.  These are helpful suggestions to use along with a doctor’s supervision*

Its that time of year again! The miserably long winter makes me just itch to be outside every chance that I get. Unfortunately, along with the sunshine, warm weather and beautiful flowers comes POLLEN; that greenish-yellow, clean car destroyer that has your nose red, eyes watering, and throat and ears itching.

Allergies happen when your immune system identifies pollen or other allergens as harmful to the body.  Histamines are released into the blood stream and cause sneezing or itching. Trees, grass, flowers and other plants have no control over where there pollen goes so they dispel a lot of it, hoping it goes to a compatible plant to fertilize. Much of this overload ends up on us, causing an allergic reaction. Approximately 35 million people suffer from seasonal allergies each year.

So what can you do to enjoy that spring weather sneezing your head off?

1. See a Doctor. The best way to prevent seasonal allergies is to see a doctor. He or she can prescribe a great anti-histamine to fit your health needs. If necessary, your doctor might recommend an allergy test to see exactly what you might be allergic to.  The results of this test may give your doctor a better idea of how to treat you. You have to be careful about which medicines you take with anti-histamines, and be careful while driving or operating machine because some anti-histamines can cause drowsiness.

2.Over the counter meds. (Please consult your doctor and read the medicine labels before trying any of these medicines.)  When you can’t get to a doctor right away, try these items for relief.

Eye drops: for itchy and runny eyes

Nasal spray decongestants: clears nasal passages to prevent sinus pain, pressure, and infection

Over the counter anti-histamines: stops histamine reaction that is caused by allergens

3. Take Vitamin D supplements. Some studies show that taking low dose vitamin D can minimize your allergic reaction.  Vitamin D helps to regulate the  immune system. It is recommended for adults to take 800 to 1,000 IUs daily. This is available at any pharmacy.

4. Avoid being outside during peak pollen count hours. Researchers have discovered that pollen count is at its peak between 10 am and 4 pm. Avoid being outside at these times to minimize your allergic reaction.

Sources:

Web MD

CDC

Allyou.com

Yummy Healthy Fruit Pop Recipe: PFHE WIC Program Recipe

I got this yummy recipe off of the PFHE WIC Program’s facebook page.  Just wanted to share.

 

“Share to encourage friends and family to eat healthy snacks!

Ingredients:
3 cups watermelon puree (seedless if possible)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside.

Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours.

When ready to serve, run the popsicle molds under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Mama Earth Organics”

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