Thursday, September 17, 2009

How to Get Rid of Back Knots

Here are three ways to get rid of painful back knots:

1)  Stretch- Every morning when you wake up you should stretch to warm up your body for the day. 

2) Exercise- Keep your back and body strong by exercising regularly. This will take some stress of your back muscles.

3) Water- Getting enough water helps to clean out toxins from your body. Get at least eight cups a day.


The goal of this post is to make you want to get a big tall glass of water. Here are some suggestions to make it more alluring-

-add squeezed lemon for a little zest
-always carry a water bottle with you in your bag or purse
-keep a cold pitcher in the fridge
-eat ice cubes
-go for a run
-get in the habit of drinking a glass when you go to bed and when you get up! a glass of water sounds so good....

Saturday, August 1, 2009

10 Benefits of Cinnamon

1- Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

2- Has a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.

3- Helps stop yeast infection.

4- Cinnamon reduced the growth and production of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

5- It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

6- In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

7- When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

8- One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

9- Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

10- It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.


Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods. 
I prefer to make my oatmeal using milk (it makes it creamier) 
When in a rush, I cook it for 1 minute in the microwave. 
If you are making it for a few people use the 2-4 rule.
 meaning; 2 cups of heaping oatmeal to 4 cups of water.
Boil water and add the oatmeal. Turn off heat and cover. Let it sit for 15 minutes.

Here are some tips to dress it UP:

1- Add fruit- raspberries, peaches, pears, strawberries, bananas, black berries.

2- Add yogurt or soy milk. 

3- Add honey, brown sugar, or cinnamon. 

Body Shape

The Inverted Triangle- shoulders that are wider than the hips. It is most complimented by simple fuss-free lines on the top and straight skirts or pants with interesting details or prints.

The Rectangular- long and lean with a boyish shape that has the same measurement for the shoulders and the hips with a waist measurement that is close to them. This figure type tends to look best in structured tops and jackets that help create or enhance your waistline.

The Pear- larger at the hips than at the shoulders with a thick waist. Any details at the shoulders that help to extend the shoulder is good.

The Hourglass- shoulders and hips the same size but has a much smaller waist - usually at least 10 inches smaller. Accentuating the waist is the key to giving the Hourglass it's shape. Soft, gently gathered fabrics are less likely to add the look of pounds.

The Apple- round figure with very little difference between the shoulders, waist, or hips. This figure type looks best in loose, unstructured designs. Avoid anything that brings attention to the waist. 

I have never seen a chart like this before. When used with your BMI (Body Mass Index) it helps to make up the difference between mass and fitness.


Ode to me and healthy habits

I would like to lay it down here and now, that I am not the healthiest person- I have ALOT to work on. This is precisely why I have decided to start this blog. I want to learn more about how to be healthier and improve my body, not just today but for life. Join me as I seek new health information, find recipes, and try new forms of exercise!