Weekend Thoughts | Reminiscing

Weekend Thoughts | Reminiscing

Last week, I was feeling a little sad. A little nostalgic. I miss going out to eat occasionally. I miss the freedom to travel and to visit with friends and family. I miss the random date nights outside of the house.

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One of my favorite things to eat is hotpot cooking. The place we loved to go to was truly a gathering place for the community. There were neighbors we knew and neighbors we didn’t. But we all sat around the big table and ate and drank and laughed.

The last time we were there we met a younger couple who was newly dating. The guy started talking with us and sharing his trials. His challenges. His hopes and dreams. After all was said and done, we hugged and wished each other well.

I’ve always known that food had the power to bring people together—and as my husband would say “So does a good beer!” But that night in particular I truly saw the power of food. That night seemed a little more picturesque.

We had no idea it would be the last night we would eat out before the pandemic took over.

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Until we can safely step out an gather, again, I hold onto the memories we made, and work towards making new ones…at home.

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And, of course, when I think of that night, I think of the wonderful people who cooked for us and served us.

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How about you? What do you miss the most?

Menopause Minute: Nutrition, Supplements & Herbs

Menopause Minute: Nutrition, Supplements & Herbs

#MenopauseMinute | No. 8 | Story from drweil.com

In last weeks Menopause Minute Registered Dietitian, Halle Saperstein, reminded me/us that what you eat in menopause, can make a big difference in how you experience symptoms.

“When estrogen levels begin falling, we have to be more mindful of what we eat and how much we eat. We also have to make sure we’re getting a wide variety of nutrients to protect our bones and vital organs” — Saperstein

Because I think food and health go hand-in-hand I’m delving deeper into the food/body connection during menopause.

In the process I found some suggestions from Dr. Andrew Weil.

Soy foods. The isoflavones in soy foods help balance hormone levels and have some estrogenic activity. There is ongoing research about the safety and efficacy of isolated soy isoflavone supplements. While the initial results look promising, we currently recommend using natural soy foods rather than supplements. Choose from tofu, soy milk, roasted soy nuts or tempeh.

Flaxseed. Substances called lignins in flaxseed are important modulators of hormone metabolism. Grind flaxseed daily in a coffee grinder at home and use 1 to 2 tablespoons a day. (Definitely doing this one ASAP)

Dong quai. Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is known both in China and the West for its ability to support and maintain the natural balance of female hormones. It does not have estrogenic activity. This is one of the herbs for menopause that should not be taken if a woman is experiencing heavy bleeding.

Black cohosh (Cumicifuga racemosa). One of the best-studied traditional herbs for menopause, black cohosh is used to help alleviate some symptoms of menopause, and is considered an effective hot flash remedy. Black cohosh seems to work by supporting and maintaining hormonal levels, which may lessen the severity of hot flashes. Many women report that the herb works well but it isn’t effective for everyone. While any therapy that influences hormonal actions should be a concern, black cohosh does not appear to have estrogenic activity and thus may be safe for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer.

Vitamin E. A daily dose of 400 IUs of natural vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols) can help alleviate symptoms of hot flashes in some menopausal women.

B vitamins. This group of water-soluble vitamins may help women deal with the stress of menopausal symptoms.

Read more of Dr. Weil’s tips and advice HERE.

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Thinking Out Loud: home

Thinking Out Loud: home

When I was growing up my dad always said “A house is just a house. it’s up to you to make it a home. To make it a place where people want to gather”

Home: A place where something flourishes.

How To: gift wrap like a Kardashian

How To: gift wrap like a Kardashian

I’m not a big fan of much of anything that Kim Kardashian shares in social media.

But this is a great idea!

According to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, each family in the Kardashian/Jenner clan is assigned a gift wrapping color for the upcoming holiday.

Neon Orange was the Kardashian/West family color. It’s a pretty color with a classy vibe.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Kim Kardashian West via @kimkardashianwest Instagram