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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When “Health and Fitness” Isn’t Really Healthy, and What to Do About It | Lift Like A Girl

“…ultimately, a health and fitness regimen should enhance your life, and not dominate it.
~Nia Shanks, Lift Like A Girl

 When “Health and Fitness” Isn’t Really Healthy, and What to Do About It

Continuing in my mission to clean out the potential post prompts of my inbox, I came across this Nia Shanks blog post.  I really appreciated the message of treating your body right & using fitness as means to health not an unhealthy obsession with losing weight.

…if you thumb through some of the latest magazines and scroll through popular websites, that’s not always the impression we’re getting.

Some resources have turned it into a game of constantly striving to reach a lower body weight coupled with strict dieting methods and long, grueling workout routines. Often it looks like a race to see who can eat the least and work out the most. And sometimes the information is just downright degrading.

Instead of focusing simply on eating better in a sustainable way … we opt instead for the latest rapid fat loss diet that has a list of forbidden foods that can often lead to binge eating and other disordered eating habits. Inevitably we combine this dieting mentality with a rigorous workout routine that often leads to burn out, overuse injuries, and exhaustion.

I concur.  For the rest of Nia’s sensible pep talk, check it out here.


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My New Favorite Vitamin, More Stuffs, & A Giveaway

Vitamin Wheel

Vitamin Wheel from Medical News Today

Okay, I’m going to wrap up the last three days of fish oil, inositol, & spearmint tea by reviewing various other things I’ve tried recently.

Let’s start with the basics: multivitamins.

For years I took One A Day’s Women’s multi, switching to Wal-Mart’s Equate version at some point.  They were vitamins.  Honestly, I could never tell a difference between taking them or skipping them.  However, I could tell if I took them on an empty stomach.  They have plenty of iron.  Always take iron with food.  It will tear your stomach up.  I also tried a OAD formulated for energy.  It made me sick, as most energy-touting pills do.

I looked at whole food vitamins at some point, but they cost too much to be practical for me.  However, recently I tried Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency from Nature’s Way. From their listing on Swanson’s:

Nature’s Way Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency is nutrition you can feel with more energizing nutrients from more natural sources than other multi-vitamin brands. This unique formula delivers 26 fruits and vegetables, extra B-vitamins for energy, and special nutrients for breast health, urinary health, and hair, skin and nail health. Contains no salt, sugar, yeast, wheat grain, dairy products, artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives.

I could tell a difference right away.  My mood & energy have improved.  It’s not dramatic, so not making me feel weird.  I just feel normal, more motivated.  This is my new vitamin.  I ❤ it.  At $10.99 for a two months supply, it’s pricier than what I was taking, but it’s still not bad.  Definitely worth it IMHO.  That’s a lot cheaper than similar vitamins.

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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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