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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    I monitor sugar intake very carefully. Sugar is put in many products that you think are healthy. Just check out yoghurt! Check out a jar of spaghetti sauce! Prepared soups , cereal, juice! Reading and comparing labels is a must if you need to lower sugar intake. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Avoid sugary foods and drinks until midday tomorrow. Try low-fat dairy, eggs, or whole grains like steel-cut oatmeal or whole-grain bread for breakfast. Keep the momentum for lunch by avoiding sugary drinks, desserts, and sweet snacks like candy. Try to make it until mid-afternoon without any sweet treats, and take note of your energy level throughout the day.

    Why it matters

    Eating sugar is like shock treatment to your metabolism. It can give you a brief jolt of energy, followed by a crash that leaves you sleepier than before. It's far better to keep your energy level on an even keel throughout the day - and fueling your body with a steady stream of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates is the ideal way to do this.

    Fun fact

    First domesticated around 8,000 B.C., by the 18th century sugarcane was so popular it surpassed grain as the most valuable European commodity.

    "Tomorrow, skip sugary food and drinks until midday and see how it affects your energy level"

    August 28, 2016 at 13:32 UTC
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    Thank you Sandy W, Diane H, And Ginger P!

    I would love to try Amaranth, I guess I could have green beans and add a red pepper from the farmer's market.

    Add one iron-rich food to a snack or meal today. Some tasty choices: spinach, beef, tofu, clams, edamame, lentils, or other beans. (Bonus: Iron from plants is absorbed even better if you eat some vitamin C at the same time. If you choose greens or beans, pair them with a C source like red pepper, or wash them down with vegetable, orange, or grapefruit juice.)

    Why it matters

    Iron helps transport oxygen via your red blood cells to wherever it's needed in the body. Too little iron can lower your metabolic rate and zap your energy - and iron deficiency is very common, even in people who believe they have a balanced diet. By adding an iron-rich food to your day, you'll help give your body a little boost.

    Fun fact

    Amaranth, which has the highest iron content of any grain, was prized by the Aztecs.

    "Eat 1 iron-rich food at a meal today, such as spinach, beef, tofu, or beans"

    August 27, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
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    Laundry is underway! No music today because of time restraints. I will listen to music when I pick up Rae. Her employers are hosting a cruise from 4-6 today. Appetizers and drinks are being served. I have to leave here by 2 to make this event, so laundry is being done in crunch time!

    Thank you Ginger P, Sally W, and Vicky P! Hugs to you!

    When you need an energy adjustment today, turn on the tunes! Feeling a little sleepy or discouraged? Listen to an upbeat song that will lift your mood and maybe even get your toes tapping. Too much unfocused, frazzled energy? Chill out to something with a slower tempo.

    Why it matters

    Music therapists and moviemakers have long understood the profound effect of music on changing a mood. Music has even been shown to raise workplace productivity, especially when workers get to choose the songs! By tapping into the power of a tune you like, you can affect your mood and energy level.

    Fun fact

    "I Feel Good," James Brown's signature song, helped set off a new genre called funk when it was released in 1965.

    "Use music to shape your energy level: calming tunes if you're frazzled, upbeat if you're sluggish"

    August 26, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
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    Thank you Sally W! Hugs to you!

    I can not eat for 1 hour after I take synthroid. I eat after I drive Rae to work. It works for me.

    The new windows and doors look fantastic! We are on to the next project which is gutters, downspouts and sofits. We used Power Home Remodeling. If you need roofing, gutters, downspouts, doors etc, they are a very high quality company.

    Within an hour of waking up tomorrow, eat something healthy. Some yummy choices: a vegetable omelet, oatmeal, yogurt with fruit or nuts, or whole-grain cereal with low-fat or nonfat milk. If you're not in the habit of eating breakfast, try something small, like a piece of whole-grain toast or fruit.

    Why it matters

    When you've been sleeping all night, your body goes into a fasting mode and starts excreting hormones like ghrelin, which scientists call "the hunger hormone." If you ignore your need to eat on waking - or perhaps have trained your body not to feel hungry then - you're more likely to crave quick-energy carbohydrates like refined sugar and flour products later on. By eating a healthy breakfast within 30 to 60 minutes of waking, you get your body on a good-energy track right from the start.

    Fun fact

    In the 1915 novella "The Metamorphosis," Franz Kafka wrote, "...for Gregor's father, breakfast was the most important meal of the day." This is one of the earliest references to that idea in print.

    "Pledge to eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking up tomorrow"

    August 25, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
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    Thank you Vicky P for the E!

    My new Windows and doors are being installed! I doubt that I will get a break today. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Be honest - did you really get enough sleep last night? Sneak in a power nap this afternoon, or just rest and close your eyes. Find a quiet, dark spot, and set an alarm to sound after 15 minutes.

    Why it matters

    The need for sleep starts building again as soon as we wake up, so that afternoon slump is actually part of your body's natural daily rhythm. A 15-minute nap can you give you that little extra energy boost you need in the afternoon, and it's far healthier than reaching for caffeine or sugar. And not only does taking a nap help you perform at optimal levels, it can lower your risk of heart disease, as well.

    Fun fact

    Though often associated with Spain, mid-day naps are practiced in many countries, including Greece, Italy, Serbia, and Taiwan.

    "Increase your energy with a 15-minute power nap, or just rest and close your eyes"

    August 24, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
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    Thank you Ginger P, Sally W and Tricia C for the E.

    I am moving around each room in the house. The windows were supposed to be installed on Sept. 6th. They are going to be installed TOMORROW! I am swamped today. It will all work out. Fortunately the weather in Chicago is gorgeous! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    VSometime in the next hour, get up and move for at least 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk. Put on some music and dance. If you're in an office, hit the stairwell and go up and down a few flights of stairs. If you aren't able to be that mobile, try simply stretching your arms overhead, then down to your toes, or roll your shoulders and flex your wrists and fingers.

    Why it matters

    Working at desks, commuting, watching TV, sitting around the table and talking - we spend a lot more time sitting than past generations did. Simple movements spread throughout the day can prevent that tired feeling that comes from too much sitting.

    Fun fact

    Auguste Rodin made more than 20 bronze casts of The Thinker. They appear in museums as far-flung as Paris, Stockholm, Moscow, Tokyo, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, and Kansas City.

    "Get up and move around for at least 10 minutes within the next hour"

    August 23, 2016 at 16:08 UTC
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    Mega thanks to Annette S, Sandy W, Sally W, and Jean K for the E today.

    I eat lots of peppers. I think I am good on this DC. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Add a food rich in vitamin C to one or more of today's meals or snacks. There are plenty of options, including red or green bell pepper, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and papaya. Or get a liquid dose with a glass of orange, grapefruit, or vegetable juice.

    Why it matters

    A deficiency in vitamin C may deplete your levels of carnitine (a substance that helps your body burn fat for energy) by as much as 50%. As you'd expect, that can make you feel a lot less energetic! Many of us don't get the C we need, so adding one vitamin C-rich food can help you bring those levels up and keep you going strong throughout the day.

    Fun fact

    Linus Pauling, a biochemist who promoted megadoses of vitamin C (and took 3 grams a day himself) is the only person to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes, for Chemistry and Peace.

    "Gain energy from 1 vitamin C-rich food today"

    August 22, 2016 at 14:43 UTC
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