Category: Living Well Written by Darralynn Hutson
When pushing my 4 yr old daughter, Nya, to eat the green things on her place the umpteenth time Sunday night, she paused and looked me square in the eye saying, “mommy, I made my choice,” she gleamed.
Although she wanted to show her authority at that very moment, her words resounded in me this week. The dictionary defines the word “Choice” as an act or instance of choosing; selecting. The word gives you some power honestly. Greasy fast food can certainly satisfy that beast but crisp greens with red tomatoes and cucumbers, now that’s making a choice!
Something about what she owned up led me to a few truths about myself?
(1) YOU GET WHAT YOU CHOOSE. We are all in control of our outcomes, really. We are responsible. It’s easy to just give in to that McDonalds sitting on every corner or the Subway in every BP gas station in my hood. But reality is that that kind of journey that I’ve taken has led me here. 250 pounds, evil thoughts of suicide, destructive thoughts of giving up on my dreams and even worst, leaving a terrible and fat, unhealthy legacy for my daughter. We can choose to keep doing the same things, buying the same foods, getting more and more lazy about what goes into your mouth. We can choose to be the health nut in the family picky about what you eat. Or you can wait for the diabetes diagnosis that you know is coming if you don’t already have it. If you get to choose your career, your car, where you live, work out and worship…..why not choose healthy?
(2) SETTLING FOR WHAT’S IN FRONT OF ME OR WHAT’S IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD IS NOT PAYING OFF. Anybody in my family will let you know that Detroit has never limited my way of thinking. I’ve experienced the tastes and cultures of other cities and countries and know that there’s more than that fast food and mediocre grocery stores of the NW side of Detroit where I live and where most of my family lives. So many of us make the wrong choices with food because of our surroundings, what’s in our pockets or EBT cards. It’s cheaper to buy unhealthy food than healthy food. That’s true. But being committed to a higher standard has always been my thing in life; with my education, career, productions and especially my editorial and digital content. Why not choice healthy with my body?
All of us that eat bad, or have a bad relationship with food has a profound opportunity to take power in choosing and making a big impact on the next generation. Maybe you’ll be the one, like me, that’ll never have to be on daily medication or never be diagnosis with hypertension. Maybe you’re meant to be the one that loses that weight that’s keeping your body and mind so grounded.
I got measured again today, the 37th day of my 99-day challenge. I’d made hundreds of choices the last 37 days and the result was a loss of four damn inches on my bust, midriff and waist. Terribly disappointed, I immediately thought to slack on the workout and grab a chicken salad with my $12 bucks, go home and eat. Why was THAT my first thought? Good question…working on that. But that would have been a normal, Dedee choice. And of the hundreds of choices that I made today, I’m most proud of the choice that I made to stay on the elliptical for a full 15 mins and the stationary bike another 25 mins; then go to Aldi and purchase, (2) bags of granny smith and fuji apples, a bag of lemons, (2) stalks of celery and (4) cucumbers. Exactly $12 bucks. Sipping on my afternoon Mean Green juice….., just a few of the many daily choices. This was a good choice!
Until next week.
My Mean Green Recipe
(2) Granny Smith Apples
(2) Red Apples (Fuji, Red Delicious, Empire or Gala)
½ stalk of Celery
(1) Whole Cucumber
(1) Stalk of Kale (usually comes tied together in most markets or grocers)
(1) Stalk or (4 or 5) large handfuls of spinach (usually comes tied together if organic or you can buy it in large bags)
Slithers of Ginger (your choice)
(1) whole Lemon (no skin)
This yields about 32 oz. I drink this for Breakfast and Early Lunch.
It’s refreshing and you can taste any of the veggies slightly, the apples, lemon and ginger overpower the kale & spinach.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 12:23
Category: Living Well Written by Amber Bogins
Cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, are on the rise in the U.S., recently reaching their highest level in 50 years. The disease can be serious or even fatal to newborns who have not yet received vaccinations.
Effective vaccines against pertussis have been available for many decades, but that vaccine protection can wear off over time. A new University of Michigan poll shows that 61 percent of adults say they don’t know when they were last vaccinated against pertussis, which could mean they might be unwittingly exposing vulnerable babies to the disease.
Only 20 percent of adults reported that they received the pertussis vaccine less than 10 years ago (the recommended time frame) and 19 percent said they were vaccinated more than 10 years ago.
“Pertussis is a very preventable disease,” says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
“But many adults may think their childhood vaccinations still are protecting them against pertussis. Findings from this poll show that few adults have received a booster shot within the recommended 10-year time frame and in fact, two-thirds told us they were not aware of their vaccination status.”
Pertussis easily spreads within households, day care facilities, schools and neighborhoods and is most often serious in infants and young children. In fact, the majority of deaths from pertussis occur in children less than 3 months old.
The poll found, however, broad support for parents to insist their newborns aren’t exposed to those who might not be current on their pertussis vaccine.
The majority of adults polled (72%) strongly agree or agree that parents have the right to insist that visitors receive the pertussis vaccine before visiting a newborn baby in the hospital. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of adults strongly agree or agree that parents should make sure all adults receive the pertussis vaccine before visiting a newborn baby at home.
Pertussis vaccines are recommended for teens and adults (known as the “Tdap” vaccine), including pregnant women. Boosting immunity against pertussis among teens and adults is especially important for protecting newborns against the disease. Most infants who fall sick with pertussis got the illness from an older child or adult with pertussis.
“Welcoming a baby to the family is a wonderful time, and no one would want to put an infant at risk. So the results of this poll are encouraging because they indicate some awareness that visitors need to be protected against this disease,” Davis says.
“Teens and adults who have received the Tdap vaccine are less likely to get whooping cough themselves, and therefore less likely to spread whooping cough to other people — including infants who have not yet been protected by the recommended pertussis vaccinations.”
Davis says he hopes the awareness among parents will increase the numbers of people seeking a booster vaccine.
“Expectant parents should have a conversation about pertussis vaccine with their family and close friends BEFORE the baby is born, to allow time for them to get their pertussis vaccine up to date,” Davis says.
“If parents begin to take this approach, it may have a very positive impact decreasing the number of newborns who become severely ill or die as a result of pertussis.”
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 11:17
Category: Living Well Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Beaumont-led, national study seeks answers
After three years of research, a multicenter, national research study led by Beaumont orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Joseph Guettler, M.D., may have some answers as to why youth baseball pitching injuries continue to rise despite the implementation of nationally recommended pitching limits. In fact, serious pitching injuries requiring surgery have skyrocketed with one estimate reporting serious throwing injuries are occurring 16 times more often today than just 30 years ago.
Joseph Guettler, M.D.
Beaumont Sports Medicine
“Our research team and colleagues from around the country, saw several recurring themes,” says Dr. Guettler. “It became very clear that dangerous pitching behavior is occurring among pitchers as young as little league all the way through their high school years. And, the blame doesn’t usually lie with the leagues or coaches. Most were found to be adhering to nationally recognized guidelines for pitch limits and rest. It seems much of the blame lies with behavior of parents and their kids.”
Some of the findings concluded that contrary to national guidelines limiting pitches thrown, 13.3 percent of pitchers pitched competitively for more than 8 months of the year, 40 percent pitched in a league without pitch counts or limits, 56.6 percent pitched on back-to-back days, and 19 percent pitched more than one game in the same day. Nearly one-third of these pitchers pitched for more than one team during the same season; one-third played only baseball and 10 percent also played catcher on the same team, another high-volume throwing position.
“The most prevalent reasons for arm pain and tiredness can be boiled down to five major issues,” Guettler adds. “The following behaviors can lead to arm pain and tiredness which can then lead to the most significant shoulder and elbow injuries.”
Pitching for more than one team during the same season
Pitching more than one game during the same day
Pitching on back-to-back days
Pitching in a league without pitch counts or playing year-round
Throwing curve balls before high school
A total of 754 pitchers between the ages of 9 and 18 participated in this national youth baseball study where all regions of the United States were represented. The average age of the pitchers was 14.1. The average age of first throwing curve balls was 12.2. The boys pitched on average 5.2 months per year, and when in-season, threw 5.4 innings per week. More than half pitched for a travel club, and 41.9 percent attended a pitching camp. Most importantly, one-third of the pitchers reported having a pitching-related injury in the past 12 months, seven out of 10 reported significant arm tiredness in the past 12 months, and nearly 40 percent reported significant arm pain within the past 12 months.
To date, this is the largest study of its kind. It is also the first study to include all regions of the United States. The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine sponsored the study.
Dr. Guettler says that the first step to bringing down the number of pitching injuries can be remembered with a simple, newly coined “Rule of Ones.”
It means one game a day, one day of pitching then rest, one position at a time during a pitched game, one team at a time, only one pitch before high school, and at least one season of some other organized sport. And parents, if your young pitcher mentions that his arm is ‘sore’ or ‘tired’ – let him take some time off. One complaint of arm soreness or tiredness equals on
Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 11:35
Category: Living Well Written by Affordable health insurance
There is a good reason why junk food tastes so good but is so bad for you. That reason is salt. Not just salt, but processed or refined salt. So, what is the difference between refined and unrefined salt, and why is refined salt so bad for you?
Unrefined salt is natural salt from the sea and contains over 80 minerals and elements that are natural and good for the body. Refined salt is salt that has been altered by man to improve the product's shelf life. Chemicals are added that contain anti-caking, free flowing, or conditioning agents, such as sodium ferrocyanide, ammonium citrate, and aluminum silicate. The minerals and elements that are good for you are removed in the refining process.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 11:05
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