Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wellness Wednesday / "Delia's Dose"



This week, as I blow my nose in between each sentence I type,  I am inspired by 2 things:


FIRST-The New Year and making changes to better myself, my family, and the environment.

I recently read that it takes 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water to make 1 ton of paper towels. Here in the United States, we produce a little over 3, 000 tons of paper towel waste per day!! A TON is 2,000 pounds…think about that!
By using paper towels we are destroying trees, using energy, polluting water(they have to use chemicals to make those pretty white paper towels), then packaging and shipping…all of that for a single use product that we really don’t NEED.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency 34% of the trash we Americans generate is paper!  

In my home, we have totally gotten rid of paper towels, I used the last roll over Christmas(and you know I saved the cardboard roll for a craft project!). We only use REAL napkins now, which the kids say, “it’s  like we are eating at a fancy restaurant!” Yup, it’s called Delia’s Diner! Ha! You can buy many different colored real cloth napkins anywhere…but I like to collect them at garage sales and thrift stores…the worn ones are softer anyway!  For around the house clean ups, cut up that old sheet that you have in your linen closet from college…or a towel that you’ve had since 1973(MOM!) and make your own replacements for paper towels!



SECOND-It’s COLD outside!! And it has been for a while now…so I thought to myself, “what foods can we eat to keep us warm and help our circulation?”

*The obvious choice is warm liquids. Hot tea, coffee, hot cocoa, add instant internal warmth!

*Cinnamon actually boosts your metabolism which in turn activates body heat. The hotter spices, like chili powder or cayenne pepper, make you sweat and that releases heat from your body, so don’t use those when it’s 7 degrees outside!

*Coconut Oil(my favorite!) is good for you on the inside and out.
It’s a healthy fat and as those break down in your body they keep you warm. It is also good for dry skin, which if your skin is healthy and strong it will be better at keeping the heat in. I love using plain coconut oil as a moisturizer on my legs and hands.

*Whole grains, eaten warm gives you that instant internal warmth plus gives you some healthy carbs to give your body the fuel it needs to keep you warm. So instead of plain old oatmeal, try brown rice, quinoa, or buckwheat warmed up. I like to make a big batch of quinoa and then warm it in the mornings with a little milk, honey, and chopped walnuts. Mmmmm

Have a Healthy Week!
-Delia
DISCLAIMER: Delia is not a Doctor, Nutritionist, or Registered Dietitian. She is simply a person dedicated to eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves to help and inspire others to do the same!
 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Eickhoff’s Extras: New in the News



A recent study showed that patients who underwent a steroid injection for carpal tunnel reported fewer symptoms for months after treatment, but by one year most opted for surgery to relieve persistent symptoms.

Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, MSN, ATC, LAT





Disclaimer:
There is a fine line between blogging and giving medical advice. The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace the medical advice of a trained, licensed physician.
In all matters relating to your health, you are urged to consult a physician. You can contact Advanced Bone & Joint to set up a formal consultation appointment with Dr. W. Anthony Frisella, Dr. Dane Glueck, Dr. Brandon Larkin, Dr. Anthony Lombardo, Dr. John McAllister, II, Dr. Brian Meek, Dr. Paul Spezia, Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, or Matt Pliske, PA-C.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Eickhoff’s Extras: New in the News



Hip and knee joint replacements are associated with lower cardiovascular risks (think heart attacks and strokes).  When people have severe osteoarthritis they presumably are not living an active lifestyle and probably taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  After surgery, they can resume or increase their activity levels and stop or decrease their use of NSAIDs. 


Here is a little more information on our website about these procedures.


Knee Replacement, by Dr. John McAllister

You can also find more information on our website, http://advancedboneandjoint.com

-Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, MSN, ATC, LAT 

Source:

Ravi B et al. The relational between total joint arthroplasty and risk for serious cardiovascular events in patients with moderate-severe osteoarthritis: Propensity score matched landmark analysis.  BMJ  2013 Oct 30; 347:f6187.   

Disclaimer:
There is a fine line between blogging and giving medical advice. The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace the medical advice of a trained, licensed physician.
In all matters relating to your health, you are urged to consult a physician. You can contact Advanced Bone & Joint to set up a formal consultation appointment with Dr. W. Anthony Frisella, Dr. Dane Glueck, Dr. Brandon Larkin, Dr. Anthony Lombardo, Dr. John McAllister, II, Dr. Brian Meek, Dr. Paul Spezia, Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, or Matt Pliske, PA-C

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wellness Wednesday / "Delia's Dose"



Happy 2014!! If anyone out there actually reads these blogs of mine…you may have noticed I haven’t done one since mid Oct. 2013.  I have several good reasons as to why...but the most exciting reason was that I was very busy getting engaged!! And I know you are dying to know…but, yes, he eats healthy and promises in the wedding vows to say, “I promise to never eat high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, or aspartame again”…so I said YES!” Ha!


So, besides a wedding to plan…I, like you, have made some New Year’s Resolutions(one is to blog more!). Every year I do this, and, perhaps like you, by mid February, I don’t even remember what it is I resolved to do!! Why do we do that?? What makes us not stick to our resolutions?

Here’s what several psychologist say:


  • *We tend to set unrealistic goals:  Don’t say “I’m gonna lose 75 lbs in 3 months!” Then be upset when March comes around and you’ve only lost 10 . Be honest with yourself and set a goal that is ACTUALLY achievable in a realistic time frame. We  are more likely to succeed at a smaller resolution and be proud of ourselves.  This will actually motivate us to keep the resolution going! 
  • *You have to have a plan: You can’t just say, “I want to stay in better touch with my friends that live out of state.”  Instead say, “I am going to call (yeah, actually call, not text, Facebook, or email..)my friend in New York every 4th Thursday of the month and my friend in California every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Then put it on your calendar and do it!
  • Don’t do it alone:  It’s a fact that if you set a goal and have someone holding you accountable, you are more likely to stick to it.  Let’s say you want to go on a walk every night after dinner. You know you are going to stick to it if you know that your neighbor is waiting for you in your driveway. If you are going at it alone, it’s easier to say..”ohh I’m tired tonight and my favorite show is on…..”
  • Time Management: Perhaps you picked a resolution that is starting to take more time that you thought. Instead of giving up, just break it up into more reasonable chunks. For example, I resolved to have my daughter’s bedroom and basement play area to not be such a disaster that I spend an hour every Saturday straightening it up! So, every night before her bedtime I take 5 minutes…her and I literally set a timer…and we pick up/straighten up…this teaches her how to clean up better after herself and also I don’t have to waste an hour or more of my weekend doing it!
  • Financial Burden: Maybe you thought you’d join a gym, or start taking classes on a subject you were always interested in, or pick up a hobby like gardening…but a couple months in you realize that it’s taking more money out of the budget that you thought. Don’t quit…just re-think it. Do you really need a gym to work out? NO….watch the movie Rocky. If you want to take classes, see if there are lower cost options through your community college, local library, or local merchant. New hobby, there a ton of  organizations to be found through your church, local community center, social media/networking that are made up of people that get together and participate in a  hobby that you may like too! They share the cost and learn from each other!
  • Last but not least…Don’t Stop Believing!  Of course I am a JOURNEY fan…but really, believe in yourself…don’t give up on Feb. 23rd because you don’t see the progress you THOUGHT you’d see or because you already cheated and ate that donut that a co-worker brought in…instead, pat yourself on the back for the little goals you have achieved. For example, I want to start getting at least 7 hrs a sleep a night instead of my usual 5 or 6.  Well, that’s been harder than I thought, so instead of getting mad at myself and just giving up, I decided to say…”Hey, you got 7 hrs a sleep 3 nights this week! That’s great!” Seee, focus on the positive, baby steps…then keep working towards that ultimate goal!!



So, here’s to sticking to those New Year’s Resolutions and never giving up on true love!!
-Delia
DISCLAIMER: Delia is not a Doctor, Nutritionist, or Registered Dietitian. She is simply a person dedicated to eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves to help and inspire others to do the same!