Sunday, November 30, 2014

Eating personality, continued...

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After I answered the three questions, I found myself to be rated as a Habitual Eater with mostly C responses. Although, I must add that there are times in life when I turn to food from sadness but this isn’t the norm for me. Also, I do love to push myself to try new food or the local cuisine when I’m traveling and/or just trying a new restaurant. So, my point here is that it is likely most of us all overlap into the other categories.

Being a Habitual Eater, for example, I do eat oatmeal most every morning although sometimes I add blueberries, other times bananas and/or walnuts and other fruits or even peanut butter to change it up. Lunch for me is usually a left over from a recent dinner and dinner depends on whether I’m running off to school, at my internship site or home. When I’m home I try to cook healthy. When I’m on the run I still try to pack to keep me on a health track but, I must admit, this is a bit more difficult.

I know I’m crossing into another category by saying this but I do like the idea of eating more smaller meals than larger ones and more often, after seeing the Dr. Oz show about eating personalities, I will try to be more conscientious of the colors that end up on my plate. I don’t think I eat to unhealthy but I can always improve my diet. I’m on a mission to feel healthier and lose the extra weight that I’ve gained back over the last year. I seem to keep finding this weight and unconsciously welcoming it back, ugh! It is frustrating but I’ll get there; I have hope.


What are your thoughts about diet and weight? Do you have tips you can share? Let’s get a discussion going.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Colonoscopy health, continued...


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BerkelyeWellness.com compares the colonoscopy procedure against other options for testing:

“Colonoscopy examines the colon via a flexible scope that transmits the images to a video screen while the patient is sedated. The claim that it is the best screening option has been based on assumptions and expectations about what it can do—allow a doctor to examine the entire colon and rectum and remove polyps during the procedure. But colonoscopy’s superiority has never been proven in randomized controlled trials (the “gold standard”) comparing its effectiveness to other tests. Other kinds of studies have suggested that colonoscopy (typically done every 10 years if no cancer or polyps are found) doesn’t save more lives than sigmoidoscopy, which examines only the lower part of the colon and is usually done every five years. In some studies, sigmoidoscopy was combined with stool tests. Two large randomized controlled studies comparing colonoscopy with stool tests are underway, but results won’t be available for years…

One problem with colonoscopy is that it’s less effective in detecting polyps and cancer in the right side of the colon (the upper portion, including the ascending colon and cecum) than the left side. This is because many polyps and cancers in the right side are flat, pale and difficult to identify and remove completely. Also, bowel cleansing may be less complete in the right side of the colon, making detection more difficult there.

Other factors can also reduce colonoscopy’s accuracy. For instance, it tends to be less accurate when done comparatively quickly, by less experienced doctors (typically those who are not gastroenterologists) and/or when patients don’t prep adequately to empty the colon.

In addition, though colorectal cancer starts in certain adenomas and other polyps, the vast majority of polyps detected and removed (including most ademonas) are harmless. It’s estimated that 30 to 50 percent of Americans over 50 have or will develop adenomas, and that between one and 10 percent of these polyps will progress to cancer in five to 10 years.

Finally, colonoscopy poses a small—but not insignificant—risk of serious complications such as bleeding or colon perforation.

Sigmoidoscopy has some advantages over colonoscopy. It costs only a fraction as much, is quicker and can be done well by primary care doctors. The prep is simpler, and sedation is usually not needed. But it too misses some cancers, especially since it can’t examine the upper portion of the colon. And if suspicious polyps are found, you’ll need a colonoscopy to remove them and check the upper colon…

A 2010 review paper in Gastroenterology concluded that annual highly sensitive FOBT [take home stool test kits] is indeed effective at identifying colon cancer and reducing deaths from it. Because it is inexpensive, more people can afford FOBT, so it may save more lives than colonoscopy, according to some analyses. But FOBT is most effective only if people are compliant—take the test annually and do the follow-up tests when necessary.”

They share that anyone from age 50 to 75 years old should be discussing colon health and testing with their doctor in order to maintain a healthy life.

I’ll be starting the prep tomorrow and undergoing a colonoscopy procedure Monday afternoon. I must admit I would love to fast-forward the next 48 hours but I’ll push myself through it and, in the meanwhile, I figure it is the perfect detox to help cleanse myself of 2014 a bit early and get on track for a healthier 2015!


Let me know if you’ve had a colonoscopy and, if so, would you consider doing it again when needed after experiencing it the first time? 

Christmas state of mind, continued...


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Okay, I have to admit that in my family I may be seen as a Ba Hum Bug kind of person because all of the early seasonal music, mobs of people rushing the shopping isles and the cold weather really do not set well with me initially. It takes me some time to ease into the season and for some reason, it always seems to take me by surprise. It is difficult for all of us to mesh schedules in order to find the right dates for our family gatherings and, most of all I miss my dad at this time of year.

But, as the days progress and I hunt for the perfect gifts, mingle with old friends and enjoy peaceful, warm fires with my fiancé, my mood changes and I find my way through the heartache and into the spirit of Christmas. It is a celebration and, regardless of what we may be going through, it is a joyous time of year. It is a time to count our blessings instead of our heartaches. I have a beautiful life that I am sincerely grateful to have and, this is reason enough, the best reason of all, for a cheerful mood!


What puts you in the Christmas spirit? Drop me a note and let’s chat about it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The miracle of you, continued...

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I think, for the most part, we sacrifice so much of ourselves on a daily basis. We are lucky to make the bottom of our own priority list. As an up and coming counselor, I have been trained to pay attention to my own needs because without my best self stepping forward, my clients will suffer.

I created my very own self-care card tonight and the project was awe-inspiring. I have included it in the photo above. If you can’t tell from looking at it, the cover shows an angel holding my name. I used a napkin with a heart on it for her torso and a piece of pipe cleaner for her halo. I added material from an old shirt for her skirt and silky material for her face. I traced a heart for her wings and then I highlighted them with little glitter glue hearts on each side behind her. I also added a few gem like beads for hands and a star-like bead on her waist. It is very different but I must admit I do like it.

Inside, in the middle of a blooming flower made from tissue, I have the words, “Honoring the divine in me”.

I absolutely love this.

Give the self-care card a try and let me know how yours turns out!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Validation of others, continued...


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When I think back to my childhood, I believe that, although my parents loved me, I did not feel validated. My parents did the best they could but my father was an alcoholic and, considering this, I grew up in an unhealthy environment. I never really found my voice as a child. And, because of this, I most certainly did not feel validated. As a young adult I became loud and aggressive; I was overcompensating as a result of my childhood. It took me many years as an adult to understand this, process my feelings surrounding it and gain balance.

I have learned as a parent there are many decisions my young adult children make that I do not care for but I try my best, regardless, to show them support by attentively listening; this is necessary. I want them to feel validated. It is extremely important they feel they are valued and they truly do hold a big value in my life!


Are you feeling validation? Are you validating others? Let’s talk about it!