Healthy Living – What would you like to see??

For this weeks healthy living post,  I thought I would ask for some input from you. Are there any health related topics that you would like to see discussed?Any women's health questions? Any general health topics that you would like to see discussed?Is there a particular disease or syndrome you would like to see information on?Aging related topics such as...why do people wrinkle as they age or why do they lose their hair...etc?Nutrition related topics?Breast … [Read more...]

STROKE – Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or mini-stroke), part 2

(If you missed, Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or mini-stroke), part 1 - you can find it  here.)TIA is a medical emergency.  Seek immediate medical treatment if you think you or someone else is having a TIA. Remember -  Take  Immediate  ActionWhat happens during a TIA?You may feel any or all of the symptoms of stroke except they go away within a few minutes or hours. Learn more about the stroke warning signs.Why is TIA an emergency?A TIA is a very serious … [Read more...]

STROKE – Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or mini-stroke), part 1

TIA is a medical emergency.  Seek immediate medical treatment if you think you or someone else is having a TIA. Remember -  Take  Immediate  ActionWhat is a TIA?The medical term is Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). It is also known as a mini-stroke. It happens when a clot stops blood from flowing to the brain for a short time. The symptoms of TIA are almost the same as the symptoms of a stroke, however symptoms go away within a few minutes or hours. Having a TIA … [Read more...]

STROKE – Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic stroke -About 80% of strokes are ischemic, which means they are caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain due to a blood clot. The buildup of plaque (fatty materials, calcium and scar tissue) is involved in most ischemic strokes narrowing the arteries that supply blood to the brain, interfering with, or blocking the flow of blood. This narrowing is called atherosclerosis. An ischemic stroke is either "thrombotic" or "embolic."Thrombotic strokes are caused by a blood … [Read more...]

STROKE – Anatomy of the brain, part 2

To be able to understand what happens to our bodies in the event of a stroke, we must first begin to understand the brain.If you missed my last post, STROKE - Anatomy of the Brain, part 1, you can find it here.In my last post I talked about how the brain is divided into three areas, the brain stem,  cerebellum and cerebrum.  How the cerebrum is made of two halves or hemispheres and each hemisphere is divided into portions called lobes.Today, I'm going to go … [Read more...]

STROKE – Anatomy of the brain

To be able to understand what happens to our bodies in the event of a stroke, we must first begin to understand the brain.If you missed my first post on STROKE, you can find it HERE What is the brain?Different parts of the brain control different functions. When someone has a stroke, the functions that are affected depend upon which area of the brain was damaged and how much damage occurred. Learning what the different parts of the brain do can help you understand why the effects of stroke … [Read more...]

Taking "Ten Amazing Foods" one step further!!

I'm on a bit of a recipe kick right now, so for ten Wednesdays I'll give you a healthy recipe,  one for each of the "10 Amazing Foods" from the March 30th post - http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/2011/03/ten-amazing-foods.html The fourth on my list of amazing foods is broccoli and the recipe to go with it is a favourite at our house: Broccoli Salad 5 cups bite sized pieces of broccoli florets 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup grated sharp … [Read more...]

Taking "Ten Amazing Foods" one step further!!

I'm on a bit of a recipe kick right now, so for ten Wednesdays I'll give you a healthy recipe,  one for each of the "10 Amazing Foods" from the March 30th post. http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/2011/03/ten-amazing-foods.html The third on my list of amazing foods is tomatoes and the recipe to go with it is my daughter's favourite: Caprese Salad - An assortment of fresh tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices - Fresh mozzarella cheese, (preferably Buffalo mozzarella), drained and … [Read more...]

Taking "Ten Amazing Foods" one step further!!

I'm on a bit of a recipe kick right now, so for ten Wednesdays I'll give you a healthy recipe,  one for each of the "10 Amazing Foods" from the March 30th post.  http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/2011/03/ten-amazing-foods.html The second on my list of amazing foods is apples and the recipe to go with it is: Apple-Oatmeal Muffins 2 cups apple, peeled and shredded 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup quick oats 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp … [Read more...]

Taking "Ten Amazing Foods" one step further!!

I'm on a bit of a recipe kick right now, so for the next ten Wednesdays I'll give you a healthy recipe,  one for each of the "10 Amazing Foods" from last weeks post. The first on my list of amazing foods was berries and the recipe to go with it is: (Berries) -  Berrylicious Smoothie 1/2 cup skim milk 1 cup low or non-fat yogurt 2 cups frozen berries * (any type or mix a few together) Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. *(If using fresh fruit toss in 3 or 4 ice … [Read more...]

Ten Amazing Foods

As a bit of a follow-up to last Wednesdays post,  I did some research and based on their nutritional and health benefits, compiled the following list of what I found to be the top 10 foods. (In no specific order) Berries Apples Tomatoes Broccoli Almonds Olive Oil Salmon Whole grains Yogurt Citrus Fruits Do you agree/disagree? What are your picks for top 10? Bon appetite !!! Monica … [Read more...]

Eating a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is important for people of all ages and is a critical factor in determining how we look and feel.   However, as we age our dietary requirements change and we often require fewer calories but just as many, if not more, of the same nutrients.  (Ex. Calcium & Vitamin D)So, how do we know we are achieving our satisfactory daily nutrition? Well, because “I am Canadian” I will refer to Canada’s food Guide.  (I’m sure most other countries have … [Read more...]

Hot Flashes 101 ~ Hot Flashes and Menopause

Photo credit: Gary Soup via Visual Hunt / CC BY Hot flashes and menopause -- it's almost impossible to think of one without the other. Hot flashes are the most common symptom of perimenopausal and menopausal women; according to some studies, affecting approximately 85% of these women.  Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10–15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention. When you're having a hot flash, you may experience: a feeling … [Read more...]