January 2017 Hot Flashes

Starving? This might be why.

You're not logging enough z's: Skimping on sleep can make you put on pounds. Research shows that sleep deprivation reduces leptin and increases ghrelin levels. How much sleep is enough? Per Stanford University research, people who slept five hours a night saw their hunger hormones go haywire, compared with folks who slept eight.

You're beyond frazzled: When your brain is in chronic panic mode, it craves fat-or sugar-filled foods. You would have needed them back in caveman times to replenish after, say, fighting off wild animals, explains Dr. Peeke. Alas, today's pressures tend to suck your emotional rather than physical energy—so when you polish off a box of doughnut holes, the food just turns to fat.

You're taking certain meds: Some SSRI antidepressants have been linked to weight gain. Same goes for the migraine meds Depakote and Depakene, as well as certain sleeping pills and blood pressure drugs, says Dr. Lazarus, who is also secretary of the Obesity Medicine Association. If you notice increased hunger or weight gain, tell your doc. They may be able to prescribe an alternative.

(Health.com, 2016)

Is It Time for New Sneaks?

A comfortable and supportive pair of shoes are a runner’s best friend, but even the best aren’t built to last forever. Avid runners know working out in worn-out sneakers can cause unwanted running injuries like shin splints or runner's knee. But how do you know it’s time to trash your sneaks and invest in a new set? Check out these tips to help you decide:

You’re racking up miles
As a rule, it’s best to update your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles. Since wear and tear on the shoe itself isn’t always obvious, this method ensures you get new shoes before your worn ones cause pain or an injury.

You feel aches and pains
Knee pain and shin splints, which cause pain in the lower part of the leg, could both signal you need new shoes, especially if you haven’t changed up your running routine at all.

Your shoes look shabby
There are three areas on the shoe itself that signal it’s time for a replacement: the sole, the tread, and the exterior fabric. The cushioning in your shoe will be the first thing to break down because midsoles are designed to absorb shock and protect the body. The tricky part is that this wear isn’t easily visible. If the soles are shot, the shoe may appear lopsided from putting more pressure on one part of your foot than the others. The tread of the shoe will be the next area to wear out, so if the bottom of the shoe appears flat and smooth, chances are your soles have lost their support and cushioning. Any holes that appear in the shoe’s exterior fabric provide a third red light that they’ve deteriorated.

(Health.com, 2016)

Men and Their Health…They Don’t Want to Talk

To the surprise of absolutely no one, a new Cleveland Clinic survey finds that most men — and boomer men in particular — don't like talking about their health. The national telephone survey of about 500 men ages 18 to 70 found that most would rather talk with their guy friends about current events, sports, their job, their kids — in other words, just about anything other than the state of their health. When they do open up with their pals, men are most comfortable describing close calls or sports injuries. But forget about them discussing any bedroom or bathroom problems with the fellas. Not gonna happen.

According to the survey, 53 percent of men said that their health just isn't something they talk about. They even drag their feet about seeing a doctor. About 60 percent said they only go after a symptom or problem becomes unbearable. Some 20 percent admitted the only reason they see the doctor is to stop a spouse or significant other from nagging. The survey was part of a push to get men to pay attention to their health, and to find out if men knew at what age to get preventive screenings, like a baseline PSA test or a colonoscopy.

So if you have a man in your life, or you yourself are a man, ask your doctor about some basic tests for men that will improve health.

(aarp.com, 2016)

Make Cauliflower Rice Three Ways

Cauliflower can be a great substitute for white rice. And with these three methods you can get the right texture and flavor for every dish with a daily vegetable dose. 

Roast It
For the most flavor, make roasted cauliflower rice:

  • Chop a head of cauliflower into florets.
  • Process florets in a food processor until the size of rice.
  • Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with oil and desired seasonings.
  • Roast at 425 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

Boil It
For mild flavor, boil cauliflower to make cauliflower rice:

  • Chop a head of cauliflower into florets.
  • Combine florets, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a large saucepan.
  • Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 30 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender. Stir occasionally and add water, if needed.
  • Uncover and cook 5 minutes more or until water is evaporated.
  • Mash cauliflower with a fork or use a food processor until the size of rice.

Skillet-Cook It
For mild flavor and quick cooking time, make cauliflower rice by cooking it in a skillet:

  • Chop a head of cauliflower into florets.
  • Process florets in a food processor until the size of rice.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the cauliflower and desired seasonings. 
  • Cook cauliflower 8 to 10 minutes until you see some pieces beginning to brown.

(bhg.com, 2016)


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