Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together

Who is Really Feeling Stressed?

posted by Linda Mintle

The good news is that stress levels are down for most Americans. We must be doing something right when it comes to handling the opportunities to let stress get the best of us.

But one group is not doing so well–millennials (ages 18-33). According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, millennials rank higher than the national average when it comes to feeling stress. The top stressors for this group (in order) are work, then money, relationships, the economy and family responsibilities.

Why?

Maybe they are more open about how they feel than other groups.

Or it might be because they grew up with high expectations and were sheltered from difficulty in many cases.

Or as they enter the job market, they see the problems in the economy. Unemployment in this group is 13% and many have given up looking for work.

Or many face the debt of student loans and have little too invest in their financial future.

Whatever the case, a concern is that stress often manifests in depression and anxiety.

But more good news:

Unhealthy coping skills are on the decline–stress eating and alcohol use. Positive coping includes listening to music, walking or exercise, and spending time with friends. And many de-stress by playing video games and surfing the Internet.

 

For more help with Breaking Free from Stress, click here. 

 

Day 3: Dr. Linda on the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

Day 3: Yes I am glad this is almost over! Dr. Oz always talks about food as medicine. OK, I get that but I am ready to enjoy my food again. Drinking it just doesn’t cut it when it comes to enjoyment.

Starter: green tea, stevia and lemon slice. 

One thing I have noticed is that I am not waking up as early and getting better sleep. Really missing coffee. This must mean I am not a tea person! And this morning, I had a stomach ache after I drank the tea.

Breakfast: Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp flax seed, 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 2 tsp lemon.

My favorite drink of the day! Good thing or I think people would lose motivation. I now have a good, healthy shake that I can use at breakfast anytime I want to change it up. This shake is also the fastest to prepare and uses ingredients you might have without doing special shopping.

Lunch: Ingredients: 4 celery stalks, 1 whole cucumber, 1 cup of kale, ½ green apple, ½ lime, coconut oil, almond milk, 1 cup pineapple

I’m adding a bit more cucumber as I think I cut back too much yesterday. And I am adding a bit more apple–one very small green apple to give it that fruit bite I need. This shake is time consuming to prepare. So I cut up all the ingredients in the a.m. and put them in a tupperware so I could just dump them in the blender. This is not a drink I would fix on my own. So glad it is the last time I have to drink it!

Snack: Even though I like the breakfast shake, I’m tired of it. I’m losing energy this afternoon and ready to eat again. I feel tired but not sleepy and my stomach feels very full but I am now craving food. So Norm and I were ready to cook dinner tonight but decided we are one shake away from completion. We should run for the finish line.

Dinner: Ingredients: ½ cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 ½ cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 tbsp. lemon, ¼ avocado, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds

Glad we are on the last shake.

Evening Bath: Guys are not really into taking a bath for 3 nights in a row! We both did it. I loved it!

Tips and Thoughts:

The shakes blended better when I put the liquid in first, then the almond butter or coconut oil and flax. This was especially true with the lunch shake. Putting the milk and coconut oil in first, helped to blend the coconut oil better. Yesterday I saw white chunks of oil in the shake, which turned me off as I think it looks like lard.

After the first day, I had no caffeine headache and I usually drink 2 cups of coffee in the am. I also wasn’t sleepy in the morning and had lots of energy. If you like tea, this would be a great way to start your day. I will confess that I love coffee too much to give it up.

It helps to have someone do this with you. We both wanted to give up at different times and each of us talked the other out of it.

Consider the cost if two people do it together. It was expensive, about $35.00 a day and I had to run to Sam’s or the store every day because I didn’t buy enough of everything. You have the menu and ingredient list so you can plan this out better than I did.

The issue with doing something like this is sustaining better eating. From doing this, I am going to include greens in my diet every day and make an effort to increase fruits and vegetables. It is easy to sprinkle flax seed on cereal or oatmeal and I am going to cook now with coconut oil.

I didn’t do this for weight loss so didn’t weigh myself before I started, but my husband did weigh in. He dropped 8 pounds from this cleanse and was surprised! I have no way to measure the reset that is supposed to happen internally but hopefully, it did some good. You won’t be hungry on this 3 day venture. You will miss the enjoyment of food but it is only a short period of time.

Overall, this was a good exercise to get me back on eating better. The 3 days is short enough to be successful and it made me think how much I need to increase the fruits and vegetables in my diet. So if you are game and give it a try, share your comments on this blog.

 

 

Day 2: Dr. Linda on the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

Day 2: I am motivated to keep going. I learned a few things from Day 1 so will make a few tweaks in this plan.

Starter: green tea, stevia and lemon slice. 

I wasn’t as excited to drink the tea this a.m. I am a coffee drinker so I really missed my morning coffee. Still it was pleasant and I rehearsed the benefits of green tea in my head. My husband asked to leave out the stevia. He thought the tea was too sweet with it.

Breakfast: Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp flax seed, 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 2 tsp lemon.

Last night, I froze the fruit and it made a big difference. I liked the shake colder. I wasn’t as full today after drinking it as I was yesterday. Hope that isn’t a sign that I will feel hunger today. Yesterday, I wasn’t hungry at all. There was so much bulk in the ingredients, that I stayed full all day and amazingly, all night. I wasn’t tempted to snack because of how full I felt. But I did end up doing the shakes later in the evening because of my schedule.

Lunch: Ingredients: 4 celery stalks, 1 whole cucumber, 1 cup of kale, ½ green apple, ½ lime, coconut oil, almond milk, 1 cup pineapple

Both my husband and I decided to cut back on the ingredients a little. Yesterday the shake was massive and took up more than a large cup. We used 3 stalks of celery instead of 4. We also halved the giant cucumber and split in it our drink. We made sure we didn’t over do the Kale (he put way too much in yesterday and almost gagged getting it down). I also peeled the lime and put the whole thing in rather than just squeezing the juice. I also threw in an extra chunk of pineapple. I know the Coconut Oil is healthy, but it looks like I am adding lard to my drink and that kind of creeps me out. I don’t mind cooking with it but eating it cold like that…thankfully it blends in. I can’t think about it too much. I cut everything in small pieces and blended for what seemed like hours. Still it was chunky. But today it actually tasted good. More of the apple flavor came through so I can do it like this. Yeah!  A victory. I still had to eat it with a spoon but at least the association with colonoscopy left me!

Snack: For me, there is no question which shake to drink. The breakfast shake has it hands down. Today, I was hungry so the snack came at the right time.

Dinner: Ingredients: ½ cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 ½ cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 tbsp. lemon, ¼ avocado, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds

I like this shake without the cayenne pepper. It has a creamy taste because of the avocado. My husband added a little hot sauce to give it even more spice and didn’t like the addition. The blueberries make this taste good. We did notice that because we didn’t prepare dinner, we had more time to sit and talk in the family room. We read the paper and magazines and caught up with our day. The evening was longer and because we weren’t fighting hunger, that was nice. But my husband really wanted to eat peanuts while we were watching TV and I coaxed him out of it because we only have one more day.

Evening Bath: Neither of us wanted another bath but we did it, and it does relax you for bedtime. Day 2 completed. He is ready for solid food and we began to discuss how to re-engage our diet. I will probably drink another shake for breakfast the fourth day, and then go for a salad–eat it, instead of drink it. Then homemade chicken soup for dinner after the cleanse. Seems like we should ease back in to chewing and eating foods again.

 

Tips:

Cut the lunch ingredients into very small pieces and blend for more than you normally would.  If you can’t take all that celery, cut it back like I did and throw in the 1/2 lime instead of squeezing it. Or buy a smaller cucumber.

Chop things up ahead of time and place them in the refrigerator ready to go. Saves a ton of time.

I had to restock the food because I underestimated for two people. And it is quite expensive so I bought my berries, bananas and pineapples at Cosco/Sam’s. The rest of it, I got at Trader’s Joe–saved a lot that way.

I bought as much as I could organic, but decided not to worry about the Costco items.

 

 

Day 1: Dr. Linda on The Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the travel and eating out, I just felt like I wanted  a DO OVER with eating. So I decided to do the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse just to see if I would feel better and reset my body as promised. Normally, I am leery of any type of cleanse. But I watched Dr. Oz explain it and felt comfortable trying his plan. Take a look at it as he recommends Omega 3, Probiotic and Multivitamin with this cleanse.

Hey, it’s only 3 days of my life, right?

Here are my thoughts after Day 1. My husband decided to join me which made it easier. My kids are back at college and I don’t have to cook. The two of us can cheer each other up. And we did. We called each other when we had to drink the lunch shake and tried to figure out how to make that experience better!

Day 1: Begins with the green tea, stevia and lemon slice. 

When I went to the kitchen to turn on my coffee pot, I just stared at my Coconut Creme coffee longingly. Actually the green tea was a nice alternative and gave me that warm, wake up feeling. I did have a bit of a headache for the next few hours, thinking it must be related to my lack of caffeine.

Breakfast: Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp flax seed, 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 2 tsp lemon.

I had to grind my flaxseed before I put it in the shake. It smelled awful and I was worried. But it was great in the shake. I love bananas and raspberries so this really worked for me.

Lunch: Ingredients: 4 celery stalks, 1 whole cucumber, 1 cup of kale, ½ green apple, ½ lime, coconut oil, almond milk, 1 cup pineapple

I took one sip and had flashbacks of drinking the horrible solution before my colonoscopy! I was overwhelmed by the celery taste and wondered if I could cut the amount back. It was a lot of bulk to drink and had a thick, chunky consistency even though I continued to blend it endlessly. I threw it back in the blender several times, grabbed a spoon and started eating it. It was too thick to drink–sort of like a wet salad. I didn’t like it at all, but forced myself to get through half of it and then ate the other half later in the day. I didn’t like it any better later, but thought colonoscopy and downed it. Honestly, I am not looking forward to drinking this for 2 more days! This may be a deal breaker!

Snack: I opted for the breakfast shake because the the thought of the lunch shake one more time, nauseated me.  I might try freezing the raspberries to make it colder, but it still tasted good and really filled me up.

Dinner: Ingredients: ½ cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 ½ cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 tbsp. lemon, ¼ avocado, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds

I’m afraid of the cayenne pepper so forgive me Dr. Oz, but I am going to leave it out. There are some things I cannot do like Cayenne Pepper. This is why I will never be a Survivor contestant. I’ll taste my husband’s first. He loves Cayenne Pepper and puts it on everything. If it is awful, I will completely leave it out. OK he tasted it and said it had a little fire. He liked it so I won’t. I made mine sans le Cayenne and it was much better.

Night time: Took the recommended bath in Epsom Salt and Lavender oil. Smelled like a spa in the bathroom. It was soothing and relaxing. Nice way to end the day.

For Day 2:

I froze all the fruits to make the shakes colder.

I am going to cut back on the huge cucumber and celery amounts and cut everything into tiny pieces to make the lunch shake drinkable.

Even though one day feels like enough, I am going to keep going. I’ll keep you posted.

 

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