Hosted by Stephen Tremp, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Michael Di Gesu, and
L. Diane Wolfe.
The Objective: Share with everyone something you have done that affected your health in a positive way. You can share an awesome low cal low fat tasty recipe. Post simple tips to lose weight. Or a testimony on what has helped like joining Weight Watchers. Recommend a routine like P90X or Insanity. Or stretches one can do while sitting in their office chair working or writing. I'm sure people have countless great tips and ideas they would love to share.
I did pretty well fitness n' health wise, until thyroid disease entered my life. Carbs became a problem. Let me re-clarify simple carbs became a problem, not the complex ones. (This is why the prior food pyramid did not work). When you metabolism slows down you need tricks to speed it up. Here is what I have discovered:
I compare my metabolism to building a fire. Yes you need protein and fat, but it is the carbs that make the difference. Dry wood to get the fire to really burn, wet wood-not so much. Dry wood equals the rainbow carbs, what grows on our planet. Wet wood is the processed foods that comes in packages and boxes. (YOU know you can't pronounce the stuff in the ingredients list). I run to my Farmer's Market to find my rainbow.
Add some heat, I mean spice. Spices can turn help with the burn, on both levels. Some good picks are: cinnamon, cayenne pepper, curry, wasabi, any of your hot spices and ginger. I have added minced ginger root to warm water. I use my garlic press. The ginger reduces bloating, nausea and can help with a stuff nose! I don't know about you, but there was always Gingerale in the house, for anyone who was sick.
Doing yoga helps-it is like getting an internal massage. It calms you, makes you feel good and yes there are exercises that can help your metabolism. If you think yoga is just for those bendy pretzel types-think again. I dream of pretzels, I mean being a bendy type.
There are a few poses in yoga that improve the functioning of the thyroid gland as well as regulate your metabolism. Here are a few poses that help:
- Pranayama (The Yogic Breathing Technique)
- Cat Pose (Bidalasana)
- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
- Head To Toe Kneeling Pose (Janu Shirasana)
- Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
- Boat Pose (Navasana)
- Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
- Seated Forward Bending Pose (Paschimmotanasana)
- Wind Relieving Pose (Pavan Mukhtasana)
- Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
- Lion Pose (Simhasana)
- Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
- Raised Foot Pose (Uttanpadasana)
- Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)
- Stick Pose (Yashtikasana)
I think it is important to get up and walk away from your writing. We do have to experience life and bring it back to the page. For me, walking always encourages an idea, a poem, some type of creative thought will come. It is part of the process-besides if you don't move you will rust and we all know how the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz ended up.
Speaking of heart-I have to thank Ninja Captain, Alex Cavanaugh for my You Rock Badge. He selected new members recently. They are listed below-all amazing bloggers. He picks recipients, who have really touched his heart. Thank you Alex your generous spirit has touched many hearts, including mine~
Robyn at Life By Chocolate
Michael Di Gesu at In Time
Heather at The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Al at Father Dragon Writes
A big thank you to L. Diane Wolfe for being part of the Imaginary Garden recently! Her photos are amazing! Did you know she has been published-yes, we all know she is an author, but also for her photos! I think of Diane as a Visual Poet~ I am so happy you shared your gracious spirit and talent with us~ Thank you L. Diane!
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