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last updated by  Pam B 10 years, 4 months ago
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  • #67815
    Pam B
    Keymaster

    ‘Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘WOO HOO, What a Ride’
    AND…..
    For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

    1. The Japanese eat very little fat
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
    and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    CONCLUSION

    Eat and drink what you like.
    Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

    #122229
    CarolynB
    Moderator

    :laff2: I’ll drink to that! :beerhere:

    #122234
    Leighski
    Participant

    hey i almost missed this one

    #122236
    Paula Mae
    Participant

    Good one Pam….sooooooo lets all eat… drink… and be merry…. and take some language lessons eh.

    #122238
    Fairiedust
    Participant

    I’m thinkin’ it’s the huge casserole of stress that sends us to the body bags. The Europeans take at least twice as much vacation a year than we do, and have 2 hour lunches. I think we could all be put in the wine bucket as stressed-out workaholics. Don’t forget all the processed and fast foods that pass the lips on the way to nether regions.

    They blame the workaholic mentality on the German protestant immigrants who came over in the early 1900’s and worked their butts off for a better life for their families. They set the standards for work.

    I’m not I believe that, but they have to blame somebody. I’d be pretty smooth too if I belted a bottle of wine down.

    Fairiedust

    #122239
    Pam B
    Keymaster

    I SOOOO agree with you!

    I’ve learned so much about breast cancer in the last 2 months, and about how important the IMMUNE SYSTEM is in fighting cancer!

    Our immune system is a delicate thing. Stress can hugely affect the immune system’s ability to fight off all kinds of illness. Not just bacterial and fungal attackers — cancer too! I had no idea that the immune system could fight cancer! :eek:

    I really believe our electronic life style has made us device-dependent and increased stress too. We all have heard how these wonderful devices were supposed to make our lives easier, but have just increased our “on” time and decreased our relaxation time.

    I’m thinking that old idea of the 7th day being a day of “rest” was a pretty good idea. One day a week without TV and it’s barrage of ads telling us that we have to be, have, go and get, and one day without being tethered to the cell phone to answer work related questions is a pretty good idea and good for the immune system.

    Not that all devices are “bad”. My iPod with some of my favorite spiritual and metaphysical thinkers and meditations is probably great for my immune system ;)

    #122245
    Fairiedust
    Participant

    Hi Pam,

    I used to have trouble sleeping sometimes and I found a nifty thing called melatonin (sp.) in a bottle WITH a de-stresser. I love it. It works great. Menopause really breaks up my sleep patterns with hot flashes and just plain old insomnia. I take my one pill whenever I think I might be headed for a long night and it turns into a nice night of sleep. I still get up for potty breaks, but not the WIDE AWAKE at 2 in the morning until 5. Just getting enough sleep is one less stress on the body. I use it maybe once or twice a week. Your body makes its own melatonin and you are just helping it along.

    How about if we make a list of possible stresses in our life. Stress comes in all sizes and shapes. From kids and spouses to the laundry detergent bottle.

    Now make a list of things you do for yourself to relax, really relax. Not the five minutes here or there (probably in the bathroom). A good amount like an hour or 2 EVERYDAY doing something you enjoy. And please no guilt trip. I have those all the time. I could be getting another load of laundry done, or mopping something.

    A really big, big stress on our bodies is what we eat. Lots of processed foods and foods with persevatives really stress out the body. They also can interfere with the immune system.

    How many of us exercise, which is a de-stresser. Your body like exercise. It releases feel good happy chemicals. Take an 30 minute or an hour walk. Do something to make your body sing. Relaxing, exercising and even laughing are all good for your immune system.

    All in all, I’m trying to say…”Be good to your body, so it can take care of you when it needs to” . Corny, huh!

    Fairiedust

    #122254
    Pam B
    Keymaster

    I’m having the same problem Bea, as I had to go off the HRT (shouldn’t have been on it in the first place!) For example, it’s 4am now and I’ve been awake for an hour! I can’t do too much chemical wise as I start radiation this monday.

    I took your advice and I tried melatonin last night. I was good for the first 5 hours.

    What’s the name of that melatonin plus de-stresser?

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