We all have our own cravings during our periods. Why? During the time leading up to our periods, and a short while after our monthly menstrual cycle, our bodies are naturally in a “breeding state.” This basically means our estrogen levels peak during its fertile time causing our bodies to desire a higher calorie consumption to help fertilize the ovulated egg. Along with cravings come those pesky and painful periods pains, (yes, the alliteration was completely necessary). Fortunately, there are ways to mix your cravings for delicious foods with your burning desire for pain alleviation and decreased bloating. (more…)
There’s no secret that the color red has almost magic-like capabilities with its various shades appealing to almost everyone. Some love wearing red and others love looking at those who are wearing red. Regardless of your preference, the color red is sexy and beautiful attracting the libidos and minds of both men and women. (more…)
As women, we tend to over-extend ourselves. We go the extra mile for our aging parents, friends, spouses and especially our kids. We show up to corporate jobs well before our scheduled start time and we’re there for hours after we’re due to get off in many cases. If we’re self-employed, we put in far more hours still. We spend our weekends caring for elderly parents, ailing spouses, running kids here and there, and doing things for the community.
At best, we find ourselves in an exhausted state after taking care of everyone else. At worst, we find ourselves physically ill because we’ve run ourselves into the ground. Sometimes, we can replenish and refresh by perhaps sleeping in on Sunday morning or turning in early for a night or two. For a lot of us, that may be enough to get up and running again, only to repeat the pattern. For some of us, though, we don’t stop until our bodies force us to and sometimes, by the time we reach that point, it’s too late.
On July 21, 2009, after telling myself for months beforehand that I needed a break, I suffered a brain hemorrhage. All things around me began to crumble about six months before that time, and I repeatedly told myself, my immediate family and a few friends that I needed a break. Looking back, I realize that only about 40% of the issues that were weighing so heavily on me back then were actually mine. I, however, like many of you, allowed other people’s problems to become my own, and ultimately, I ended up in ICU for four days. Thankfully, my treating doctor was ranked number seven in the entire world for neurosurgery, so I was under excellent medical care. The one question that I was asked on a near hourly basis was, “Have you been under a large amount of stress?” Each time, I answered, “No.” After I was released and was home for a while, I realized that stress was what put me there. I, like many other women, had come to accept excessive stress as the “norm” so in all fairness, I wasn’t lying when I said no. I didn’t look at it as stress. It was just the way it was and that was the “norm” for me at the time.
After a massive amount of testing (everything from an 8-hour MRI to the angiogram that gave new meaning to humility), they could not locate a “bleed” in my brain. The bleeding that filled my spinal column to capacity was located at the base of my neck. Finally, I was given a “good” prognosis and was told that the only thing I could do was relax and eliminate the unnecessary stressors in my life. My recovery, although excruciating on most days, was very humbling. I became dependent on my husband and son to help me to the restroom. Some days, they had to feed me. Since I couldn’t even comb or brush my own hair, my husband became my personal hairstylist. I couldn’t brush my own teeth. I realize that my case was extreme and while most times, we can be replenished with a little extra rest, there are times when it can be worse. Clearly, I survived and am fully recovered, but a lesson was learned.
Help others as much as you can but know your boundaries. Learn to recognize the point where there is nothing else you can do to help and be willing to accept the fact that you’ve done all you can. Your heart, your brain and ultimately, your whole body will thank you!
One of the most powerful acts you can perform is to forgive. It is also one of the most difficult to carry out.
Wrongs/slights take place every single second in every single sector of the world. Some of the things that hurt others are intended, some are not. In the end, whether the act is intentional or not, the resulting pain is still there. Everyone’s pain is different. Everyone’s measurement of the depth/weight of the actual deed is different. Being lied to, (more…)
As a country, in the year 2012, we have seen some of the most atrocious acts of mankind imaginable. We also saw some of the deepest examples of goodness.
Another Christmas has come and gone. For many, it was bittersweet. For some, it was just sad, with no sweetness in any way. For others, there was much to celebrate and enjoy.
The new year is just around the corner and most everyone is ready for it. Last year held many tragedies, on both personal and national levels. Loss was felt on tremendous levels. (more…)
We all know that physical health is not just about jumping on a treadmill, StairMaster or elliptical. It’s way more than sit-ups, crunches and squats. You have to feel! Take control of your life and your health! (more…)
It’s a given: vegetables are good for you and you should be eating them everyday. It’s been ingrained in our minds by our parents, teachers, and doctors all our lives! But no one ever talks about how to get the most out of your veggies. Unfortunately, we all missed the memo about there being some vegetables better eaten cooked and others are better eaten raw. (more…)
Here we are turning the corner passing the year 2017 and approaching a fresh start with 2018. Yes, 2017 had its ups and downs as does every year. On the bright side, the world didn’t come to an end and here you are once again thinking and hopefully actually planning on putting a New Year resolution into action! I’m curious to know what everyone has in mind. Please share! (more…)
At Absolute Performance our philosophy revolves around improving movement and getting stronger. From a physical standpoint, there’s not much that being stronger and moving better won’t fix – it’s the closest thing to the fountain of youth that exists.
But why are strength and movement so important? Apart from the obvious benefits of looking better and being awesome, cultivating strength and good movement creates buffer zones. (more…)