My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


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I Refuse To Put Your Teen On A Diet | Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

You must understand and accept that he or she may never be at a weight that you think is right.
~Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

source: Kwik Med

I Refuse To Put Your Teen On A Diet | Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

I found this great letter on HuffPo via Aaron Flores’ fb page.  It’s a letter from a nutritionist to her clients who want their kids put on restrictive diets so they can be thin.  Instead of diets she encourages intuitive eating & helping their child develop a healthy relationship with food.

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Sharpening Our Bullshit Detectors With Kat Whitfield

When researching anything, look for contradicting information and listen to people who disagree with whatever you’re searching for.
~Kat Whitfield, Let’s Sharpen Our Bullshit Detectors

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I  was working on a post of a more personal nature, but couldn’t get what I wanted to say out, so I went diving in the inbox again.  I found a blog post from Fit & Feminist about Kat Whitfield & her downloadable guidebook on cutting through the bad info in the diet & fitness industry.  The screen shot above is the table of contents.

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The DOs and DO NOTs of running your first marathon | The Oatmeal

Source: The Oatmeal

Source: The Oatmeal

The DOs and DO NOTs of running your first marathon – The Oatmeal

I’m not quite a marathoner, but I saw this the other day & thought those of you who are would enjoy it.  I think those at less than 26.2mi distances could also use some of this “advice”.  The cupcakes are super cute, so I took this snippet to share.  There does seem to be several cupcake-themed races out there, & a surprising number of cupcake running blogs.

I’ve used this guy a few times, so I might as well tell you he has a new book coming out about running.  It’s based on a comic I have used before.

 Bonus: cupcake recipe links under the cut.

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Spearmint Tea For The Excess Face & Body Hair of PCOS

Thought I would follow-up yesterday’s post on inositol by talking about spearmint tea.  It’s another hot topic in the PCOS community.  Not just the PCOS community.  As an anti-androgen, it helps the symptoms of PCOS by reducing the amount of testosterone in your body.  In one long & enthusiastic thread on the topic, I read about men who used it to slow down beard growth so they didn’t get five o’clock shadow, it also made shaving easier, & a trans woman who used it to help with  her hormones & facial hair.

This is for spearmint tea, not peppermint tea.  Some people do report using peppermint oil externally to slow body/facial hair growth & improve the hair on your head.  Always, always, dilute your peppermint.  Never use straight peppermint oil.  For the hair, some people put it right in their conditioner or shampoo.  I haven’t tried this yet, but I have the peppermint oil for it.

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Fish Oil & Freebies!

Research has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids, or essential fatty acids (EFAs), can help lower triglycerides, slow the hardening of arteries, regulate heartbeat, and lessen the risk of death in people with known heart disease. It’s also possible that the omega-3 group may aid in treating depression… A few promising studies suggest that natural sources of omega-3s — especially fish oil — may help bring mood back into balance.
~Chris Woolston, M.S., Health Day

Body Vega Fish Oil

source: Amazon.com

I have been researching & trying a lot of different vitamins & supplements, & have been intending to write about them here.  Ta-da!  I’m finally doing it.  I figure fish oil was a good place to start.

A lot of research has been done into fish oil in the last couple of decades.  It has been shown to be helpful for several physical issues, but the research into its use for mental health has been less certain.  Some studies say it does, some say it doesn’t.  There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence out there to support whichever stance you prefer.  The Mayo Clinic’s site rates it an A on the physical health issues, but only a C when it comes to Bipolar Disorder.

I dug up a plethora of links on the issues, including what I wrote previously on fish oil & Bipolar Disorder, so there are lots there if you want to do some digging of your own.  I’ve included three research oriented links from the last year at the bottom.  They are the ones I used writing this.

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Who Knew Glass Jars Could Be Good for Your Health?

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
~Jim Davis (Good Reads)

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I’ve been saving glass jars for months now, & now I know why!  I got an email today about Clean Eating Spinach Salad in Jars & it clicked why I need all those jars.  (Actually I have used some for various purposes, fyi.)  I’ve seen the idea before, but at the time I didn’t have jars & by the time I had jars I forgot about it.   I also have some ideas for overnight oatmeal in jars pinned, which I’m going to try out now that I have half a pantry shelf full of empty jars.

For your own ideas, here are a couple of links to inspire you:

How to Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar
19 Ridiculously Easy Mugs of Overnight Oats

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Skeletor Inspires Us to Conquer Negative Thought Patterns

Skeletor has the right idea!

Skeletor is Love added a new photo: “September 27, 2013”

Short & sweet today because I was gone most of the day & now that I’m home I can’t keep my eyes open. I am having allergy tests done Friday, so I am off all my allergy meds for the week.  This is not my happy place, especially during early fall.

I have chosen three articles on changing negative patterns in your life to complement the pic.  You may click them at your leisure.  At this point I have only been able to skim them, so hopefully none of them advocate ritual sacrifice in the fine print. Continue reading