2009 January Dr. Mommy Health Tips

2009  January  Dr. Mommy Health Tips

Posted by Dr. Mommy Health Tips on January 26, 2009

I know what youre thinkingI''m not a fan of broccoli. Ive never liked the little trees, My mom forced me to eat broccoli as a kid, so I wont eat them nowwell put those negative thoughts aside.  Broccoli is actually quite good for you and its time to give it a try!

This unique little green vegetable is a cruciferous green and with just a little bit of research and a few facts, you will understand why broccoli is truly best.  Youll find that a little bit of work will show you exactly how tasty this healthy vegetable can be!

One of the first things you should be aware of is that broccoli is a real powerhouse because it is loaded with vitamins.  It contains  large doses of vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as  calcium, fiber, and folic acid.  This little green vegetable  is an important source of calcium, which can help you build strong bones, control high blood pressure and contribute to the fight against colon cancer.  Youll also find that broccoli is instrumental when it comes to a reduced risk for serious conditions including heart disease, cancers and even cataracts.

So now that you have done your research, lets talk about eating this great vegetable.  Many people make faces when it comes to this vegetable, but with some serious taste tests and considerations, youll realize that thats just a left-over artifact from your childhood.  While this vegetable is quite tasty when it has been steamed on its own, youll find that there are many ways to incorporate it into a healthy diet.  Many will enjoy this little tree raw with ranch dressing but to get best results, steam your broccoli until it is tender but still quite green; this gives you both a lovely looking food as well as a bit of crunch.

One of the most famously tasty ways to eat broccoli is to steam it, and then drizzle some melted cheese over it.  Children tend to love this treat, but youll find that as an adult, youll be able to appreciate the gentle crunch of the broccoli as well as the kind of cheese that you put on top.  Sharp cheddar is a traditional favorite, but youll also have some great results with pepperjack, and, if you have a taste for it, bleu cheese.

Another form to eat broccoli is steaming it and then puree it.  I use this little trick with my children.  Many times they just dont want to eat anything green, so by blending the broccoli into a puree, I then add to sauce.  I usually add it to spaghetti sauce, because children love spaghetti.  This is a wonderful way to enjoy the benefits of broccoli and ease your taste buds into enjoying broccoli.

So, theres really no reason to fear broccoli, so take some time and add some of this versatile veggie to your diet!

Posted by Dr. Mommy Health Tips on January 19, 2009

Depression and Sadness is there truly a difference?

Some think that depression and sadness are one in the same, but they  are not.

The signs although may seem similar are quite significantly different.

Below is a list to show how they differ and how you can tell if you or someone you know is suffering from depression or sadness.

Usually persistent and long-term.  Will last all day, every day from more than 2 weeks)

May be related to biological factors that are triggered by an event such as loss of employment, divorce, death of a family member, chronic illness, etc.

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or perhaps have feelings of dying

Depressed mood combined with anxiety and irritability

Changes in weight and/or appetite

Response to a death, loss or disappointment of some type

If you know someone suffering from the above it is important to have them speak to a professional.  Depression unfortunately will lead to further illness and in some cases can lead to suicidal thoughts.

Posted by Dr. Mommy Health Tips on January 13, 2009

Happy New Year Everyone!! Sorry I have been missing for a couple of weeks but I am back and stronger than ever!

I hope you enjoy this article.

Have you ever noticed identical twins and how they may seem identical in appearance their attitudes differ?  I always wondered about it so I decided to dig a little deeper.

Although genetics may play a big role, it is the actual individuals attitude toward heath that can determine their vibrant well-being or their constant suffering.

For more than a century, doctors of chiropractic have encouraged patients to adopt new ways of thinking about health..this outlook is called a wellness attitude.

What do I mean by wellness attitude? Quite simply a wellness attitude focuses on prevention, instead of making symptoms with medication.  Wellness oriented individuals do not wait to get ill, instead they will try everything to prevent it.  They take a holistic approach to disease prevention which includes nutrition, exercise and reduction of stress.

For some individuals this shift comes naturally, but for others learning a novel approach to health take years and may provoke a sense of discomfort.  Despite the process, however, one thing is certain: adopting a wellness attitude is always worthwhile.

First thing to think about is prevention.  Do you wait for your teeth to fall out before visiting a dentist?  Do you wait for your car to run out of gas before filling it up?  Do you put off an eye exam until you can no longer read a book or magazine? If you answered, no to these questions, you are already on your way to adopting a wellness attitude.  Although many will not think of the spine a very important element to your health; it truly is.  The spinal cord is an extension of the brain that innervates all the organs in your body.  If the spine is compromised, your health will in turn be compromised.  Just as your teeth are important, your spine is very important and should also be evaluated regularly.

Adopting a wellness attitude means pledging to make health your first priority.  Making your health your top priority means considering the consequences of all decisions regarding your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  It is important to acknowledge the interconnections between your actions and your health.

For example, before accepting a new project at work, make a list of the pros and cons, focusing solely on how this decision will affect your health.  Increased work hours may detract from time spent exercising or nurturing your spiritual well-being with meditation and prayer.  The sense of accomplishing a new work project may fill you with optimism, but then again the heightened stress may wreak havoc on your well being.

So..with all that said.  Lets may this New Year different from all the rest.  Instead of making resolutions that will more than likely only last 30 daysmake your health a priority and adopt a wellness attitude.

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