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Week 3. EATING CLEAN

In Communication, fitness, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, weightloss on September 14, 2016 at 5:07 am

healthy-living-emojiWell I’m 3-weeks into my 2nd round of clean eating in 12-months. The first time I did it for 11-weeks, dedicating 6 of those weeks to abosolutely no carbs, sugar or fat IN ANY FORM. Stevia is my friend. The remainder weeks I slowly reintroduced foods back into my diet that I like, but I was acutely aware of the fat grams in each. If it’s full of fat, I won’t eat it because I’m training my body to digest the necessaries and very little of the unnecessary. Post my 11-week clean eating run I was 30 pounds down. I lost an additional 3-5 pounds over the last 9-months that allowed me easy fluctuation during PMS. In other words, I haven’t regained the weight back, not even during PMS. Yay!!!!

So why am I doing it again? EATING CLEAN
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Honestly, there’s absolutely no feeling like it. The clarity of mind reminds me of my teen years. The ease of control over my emotions is amazing. I laugh more. I’m conscientious, more (I don’t know if you consider that a plus – but I actually do. ūüôā ). Also the change in my physique is amazing to the point that it’s almost hard to believe IT’S MINE. I mean, I had been a size 12-14 all of my parenting life (since having children) and I have tried every fad diet, fitness treadmill, boot camp in-the-park regimens and OTC weight loss aids on the market and not ever did I achieve such success.

In fact, I thought losing weight or trying to adopt a new “diet” to change my body after 40 would nearly be impossible because most of my elders were pudgy. And when I say “my elders” I don’t mean in my family, but in the work place, my neighbors… you know, the people that are older than you, regardless of their race who seem to have retained more mass space as they got older – or so they tell me. Not only did I believe them, I saw it happening to my own waistline, and couldn’t explain it. My Mom calls it “the middle-age spread.” I am happy to report my dress size is comfortably an 8-10. It has returned to what it was before I had children. Well, actually I was a size 7 before children. Not sure I won’t to be that small again. I kind of like these curves.

Click the image for the RECIPE to make YEAST ROLLS

Click the image for the RECIPE to make these YEAST ROLLS

Sweet on Bread.
I won’t lie BREAD is the culprit. I love bread with or without butter or meat. Carbs have been with me through some of my most difficult times in life. Oh! You don’t know chocolate chip cookies like I know chocolate chip cookies or even chocolate – for that matter. Ours is a special love. My guy and I have been together since high school. He used to bring me chocolates on every visit and I would happily accept. Heck, I expected it, looked forward to it and probably would have had an attitude, had he not. ūüôā Anywho, we’ve been together well over 2 decades now and he was stuck in a sweet groove with me. The chocolates were weekly, if not daily until 11 months ago. I quit cold turkey October 29, 2015 — 2 days before HALLOWEEN. I quit for 11-weeks. I have since put my hand (not hands) back into the cookie jar and the candy good bag, but consciously. 2 Oreos instead of a¬†row¬†and now I take all day to eat a stick of ROLO’s instead of consuming them all in one sitting (60-120 seconds). The changes seems elementary, but it is little changes like these – that has kept the weight off. However, today, I am eating clean and on week 3 – so there will be no cookies or candy, in fact, there are no carbs, sugar or fat (not even to cook with) and I will be in this mode for another week or 2. I’ve gotta tell ya’ I feel great! This feeling of good health and sound sleep is better than any desert I could chuck down in a minute or so. This feeling, to me, is far more addictive. Wooo! Good morning!

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Click the image for a delicious LOW CAL Pan Seared Shrimp recipe.

Shrimp before bed.
It’s not a great dietary idea, but I have been a bit hungry before bed over the last two days and was quick to pan sear shrimp and consume it. I don’t recommend eating and going to sleep, but if you are faced with hunger pangs that make you think of cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets; ¬†if you are able to identify a call for protein – CONSUME IT – the protein. If ¬†you don’t… well I don’t want to think of the fast food alternatives that may take its place and quickly. The last time I went on a clean eating journey eating unlimited strawberries did the trick when I was hungry before bed and I’m still using strawberries as a goto “suffice hunger” food, however, the last two nights have been protein specific. I’m hear to report that my shedding of fat ounces continued still. I have not gained one pound over the last two days. Woo! Ounces add up! 11 pieces of pan seared shrimp is only 70 calories and yields like, 1 gram of fat — YOU FEEL ME?

The Take Away.
Beyond shedding unwanted pounds naturally, looking better in my clothes and understanding how to use food to help and even heal my body I also found this insightful write up I thought I’d share with you: CHANGING THE SIZE OF YOUR STOMACH. It’s a piece about whether or not changing your diet and eating habits will shrink or enlarge your stomach. My personal weigh-in on the topic is light, ūüėČ but I’m going to say that my stomach has shrunk a bit. Quite a bit. I just don’t eat like I used to 11-months ago and I’m HAPPY WITH IT. I am full faster and again, I am 30 pounds lighter. Now, I’m no doctor but I do think that a GREAT PART of my diet and fitness success is knowledge. The difference between my dieting in the past and my dieting now is I understand food. I finally understand what happens once food goes in and how the breakdown is distributed. I’m not interested in eating chocolate every night anymore, mostly because I simply don’t crave it like that and when I’m not eating clean, I do indulge seldom. Halloween is coming bags of candy will be purchased by me to hand out and while I won’t be eating clean, I am mindful not to keep too much in my own hand lest it lead to my mouth. lol!
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I’m 6-pounds down and that’s great too!
I’m working out – like an elliptical-machine-lovin’ youth. ūüėČ

I eat a lot of ruffage, because it keeps me full.
I make my own fat-free dressing – that over-the-counter stuff is bull.

Need a good fat free homemade recipe to get you through?
Look online, any recipe other than one you buy will do!

Be encouraged – because I mean business.
Eating Clean is for us all, YOU CAN DO THIS.

I’ve got your back – meet me in fitness ally.
The ounces will fall off without cost
You’ll be overwhelmed at keeping tally.

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Eating Clean is easy if you say it is.
Your body wants it, your mind enables ‘the biz!’

Say it, research it and craft supportive help (links) before you even start.
The food from the garden is good for your mind, your spirit and heart.

I’m no nutritionist, but I’m feeling fitter with every meal,
I’m Qui
HUMP THIS from me: Research #CleanEating and find your appeal.

You COMPLETELY Deserve It.

Ride with Me

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

The other output_BcxBdGday my girlfriend came up on a sweet deal of used car. She called me, she heralded and I was excited – I was literally screaming on the phone with her like we had just won The Price is Right or like Wayne Brady just kissed us. Anywho, she then invited me on a road trip, a quick¬†overnight/turn around trip¬†— all expenses on her. You know my response was “Yes!” As ROAD TRIP is my middle name.

She then expounded out in detail about her new [used] Volkswagen. I asked if she were aware of their faulty manufacturing issues? She responded that she had heard about that, but thought that was an old issue and resolved.¬†That’s when I said, “Uh-huh. I see. Oh, about that road trip offer…”

I’d love to partake, but not in a Volkswagen¬†please!

I’d much prefer a Cadillac breeze.
I much prefer to enjoy all automatic amenities.
I enjoy smooth travels; riding shotgun with ease.
In one collective piece.

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Ford and GM are accelerating on Volkswagen’s faulty manufacturing – indeed
An opportunity to get ahead of the foreign auto maker is all that they need.
Volkswagen¬†on the other hand¬†has yielded a few statements that were less than sound–
When consumers call out for help ‚Äď they‚Äôre still getting the run around.

Consumers ‚Äď Consumers: Don’t be discouraged in doing your¬†duty,
lest Volkswagen poses a safety risk in your transporting sweet booty.

Keep on with the keeping on and do remember to breathe,
I’m Qui
Hailing SAFETY FIRST if I intend to accept an invite prefaced: Ride with Me.

I’m actually a fan of the old school Volkswagen work – ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I’m hoping they bounce back encompassing more safety and¬†technologies worth!

 

Get to know thyself

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on September 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

PlumQui-2015cropAnd no, I’m not talking about masturbation in particular, but that is a good way to ‘get to know thyself,’ however, I’m talking about getting to know you: physically, emotionally and mentally. You don’t have to be a doctor, you just have to be in touch with yourself. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I am very much in touch with myself. If my right eye flutters 3 times in an hour you best believe I have made a note of it somewhere, either text, iPhone notes, or on my laptop. Text is a good way to document stuff. I preface my Mom as the text recipient and I guarantee you the issue will be thought about, prayed about, ¬†documented and never forgotten. My Mom is going to follow up with me more than the doc could ever afford too. It’s a great system I’ve got going – it works. Text your mom today. ūüėČ

But what about subtle stuff? I mean, I’m 44, a mom of kids 18 & 24; surely TIME¬†is looking for an opportunity¬†to lay claim on my youthful parts. I’m fighting. I stay active, I¬†take vitamins, supplements, drink smoothies, do cardio 4-5 times a week all to fight off the onset of Old Man Age. Sometimes he bypasses the obvious ‘middle-age spread’ tactics and attempt to go after your mental or emotional stability. You may find that you’re forgetting things quicker or that you’re sluggish on thought recollection — I recommend GINKO BILOBA before running for the hills or to the doctor crying Dementia. Regardless, you still have to be pretty in-tune and aware of self to be able to pinpoint such subtle changes. You may have to monitor yourself over a period of time to make sure you’re picking up on and tending to the right issue.

I’m a research junkie. If something hurts on my body, I’m researching it. I’m not into psychosomatics, however, I do believe it is real, so I avoid over researching or being led down the “rabbit hole of terminal illnesses.’ It’s futile. I research and look for clues that reasonably fit my symptoms, then I look for a hand and foot REFLEXOLOGY chart to see if I can pinpoint and massage the issue of (internal organ) concern. You do utilize¬†reflexology, don’t you? You should. All nerves end in your hands and feet. Get in touch with yourself via reflexology. It’s amazing.

When I find that a long day of research and column creating is wreaking havoc in my shoulders, I turn to Christina. Christina is my 23-year old muscular skeletal therapist. She moves mountains from my shoulders via MUSCLE MANIPULATION and threatens them to return. This is my way of countering¬†¬†physical stresses;¬†I get physical back. I currently see my therapist once a month, (they’ve got me on an auto draft plan). You should try it. You deserve it – well at least your body does.

Don’t struggle with the chattering monkey during the day or during the night. When you find yourself being overwhelmed from day to day with an influx of valid and/or invalid thoughts – stop and do something about it. MEDITATE and/or pray in a quiet space. ¬†Put a blanket and a pillow on the floor to slightly elevate your bottom while you sit in a relaxing pose, just focusing on your breath. Think: Inhale. Exhale. Think nothing more. Just breathe. Experience the rise and flatten of your tummy as you breathe. It’s relaxing. After doing this for at least 2-3 minutes, perhaps you may go into a chant, or a prayer. If you’re a praying person, go for prayers of thanksgiving. Try to avoid praying for things and that includes, people, places, material things, ¬†jobs, kids, etc. Just breathe and GIVE THANKS. Don’t know what to give thanks for? Try giving thanks for YOUR LIFE. If you nothing else – you’ve still got it.

These things: vitamins, supplements, massages, reflexology and meditation have done me a world of good. The more my body gets back into it’s original alignment (inside and out) I seem to have a more heightened awareness of self. Just last year my doctor feared I’d be a joining¬†the high blood pressure gang, and we weren’t sure why I was good candidate, other than my genetics, (I’m black). So I started incorporating massage and a consistent¬†vitamin and supplement regimen, I added in exercise and massage and voila! My blood pressure is 118/76, (as of today – which is down from 139/80). 118/76 is an ideal number for my age. I’m doing great. My diet is in transition. I shamelessly still love Cheezits, Chocolate and Dr. Pepper. Lord help me. I’m working on it everyday.

The diet is crucial. 80% of our weight lies not in our exercise regimens but what we are eating. My diet is responsible for my labanza! I know me and I can do better.

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I don’t know too much, but I do know me.
I’m a DNA product from the old family tree.

I know my ancestors had high blood pressure, diabetes, amputations and the likes.
I know that I will eat every fruit and veggie in the garden to not hit that low spike.

I know that my mind is strong but Alzheimer ran up and caught my great Aunt.
My grandmother died in her right mind — we’re looking for no forgetful DNA haunts.

I know that if I eat at Golden Corral, and my stomach hurts that I have food poisoning.
You can’t eat there. The sneeze guard doesn’t care. Your good mind will caution – bells go off noisily.

I know that if I go outside and play in the rain with no shoes or rain coat on
then sneezing and coughing and heaving and hawking may be my consequential jones.

Be aware of what you’re doing, take time to Get to know thyself,
I’m Qui
and Life ain’t much when you’re sick and in a rut – indulge in full body health.

Sore GUMS yield No Yum

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on September 19, 2014 at 5:50 am
Not this gum... MY GUMS!

Not the¬†GUM¬†I’m talking about tho…

It’s been since May that I’ve been dealing with the issue of sore gums. I’ve been dating my dentist, steadily this year, as I had several cavities that survived the recession with me — so I definitely wanted to take care of those.

While dating the DDS, she informs me that I need 2 gold crowns on the lower/rear right and left molars. They were shot. So she filled quite a few cavities in one day and scheduled out the two crowns. I had one installed in May and one in June and my gums have been unbelievably sensitive every since. At one point they were so sore, that I was barely chewing my food before swallowing and developed the worst case of indigestion pain. It felt a lot like IBS because the food was not broken down properly for stomach process. I took Probiotic Digestive Enzymes for a few days and they broke down the food and assisted in painless passage. However, the sore gums persisted and eating food became more and more of a luxury. I imagine my attitude suffered quite a bit as well, I remember snapping at my kid and hubby when they complimented me on the dinner that I had prepared that I could not eat. After I apologized for my rudeness I made a smoothie and went to bed.

Well, we are now in the month of September and my gums are sorely beyond approach — with any type of food. Even bread is too coarse of a chew.¬†You’d think I’d be on my way to changing my name to “Skinny,” given that I’m not eating as well as I normally would, but¬†the truth is, I’m still as amp as I was before all of this happened, so no dice on changing my nick name. ūüôā

So last night the pain kicked up strong while I was eating a bean and cheese burrito.  I could only eat half of it before hitting GOOGLE to see WT?. Am I allergic to burritos? On the contrary.

Long story short, at 10:22pm last night, I researched food allergies, and found nothing. Then I researched medication allergies, because I’m an asthmatic and take a rescue inhaler whenever necessary, not to mention the occasional ibuprofen and over the counter [OTC] sinus medication. ¬†I have had asthma and poor sinus’ forever and have been taking the aforementioned meds at least for 2 decades on-and-off. So what has changed? What is new? I totally forgot about the new medicine my old doctor put me on¬†in January¬†of this year. I left her practice this Spring and found a new doc that doesn’t quite believe in over medicating when there’s a natural fix to prevent an issue [blood pressure and cholesterol]: diet and fitness. The new medications written to me were Amlodipine Besylate and Atorvastatin.

I don’t have a long¬†history of high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, but because of my Grandmothers history with the following conditions coupled by diabetes, I am a perfect candidate to follow suit (per DNA). ¬†After 2-years of on-and-off, slightly elevated blood pressure and high triglycerides I decided to “give in” and take the pills my former doc advised me to take. ¬† It takes a while to fully get into your system. They have been in my system for 9 months now and I have been having problems with my gums for the last 4 months, but chronically for the last 21-days. ¬†Sore gums are a side effect of the prescribed drugs.

Thank God for the drive of research to know thyself. I was relentless in finding out what was going on with my body. I kept going back to my DDS office and she was over-the-top with¬†kindness¬†(at absolutely NO CHARGE)¬†for the last 2 visits, because she’s genuinely concerned about my comfort level. Dr. Hilarry Douglas is the best!¬† ¬†Still, what I have not done is told my new physician/doctor about the sore gums, because I was so sure it was a dental issue. ¬†That doesn’t seem to be the case a all in light of the new drug interaction information I’ve dug up.

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Just when I thought the my teeth were failing
I researched my meds and then gripped the railing.

For at least 2 long months, I have been doing my thang,
out in public, trying to tough-it, while my gums were inflamed.

I knew not the cause and considered it a food allergy,
but it was nothing of the sort – it’s my medicine history.

I’m not sure¬†what will become of¬†the meds, my Doc doesn’t like them anyway,
I’m Qui
Working out and eating smarter. Ain’t no room for “medicate.”

Time to get on the GAZELLE burn some calories and play.
To you, sweetheart, Have a winning and knowledgable day.

Me? With new wrinkles in my brain, I’m well on my way.
Knowledge of self – Live your best life today!

PS… This is pertinent information to combat the sore gum route,
I started oil pulling, with coconut oil in my mouth.

It truly works wonders, if you’re mouth is tenderly sore.
It eradicated most bacteria and I wasn’t in as much pain anymore.

Following my morning and evening oil pull, I’d rinse with warm water and salt.
Good old sodium cleaned it up and commanded the tenderness to halt.

I also used ground cloves as instant anesthesia
It worked better than any RX. I call it an instant pleaser.