Donating Blood – My New Habit

I wrote about donating blood for the first time in my post My First Pint.

I gave my second pint on April 11th.  Thankfully, it went smoothly.  The day before, I made sure I consumed a lot of fluids and the hydration train kept running the morning of (smile).  I choose to stick to my norm of not having breakfast so I would learn if I needed to have breakfast on donation days.  I even wore a sleeveless shirt for easy access.  I did not experience any dizziness or light headiness.  In fact, other than the Band-Aid on my arm, I felt no differences and my blood sugar was just fine.

So far, I have donated whole blood via a OneBlood bloodmobile.  I need to learn more about the four methods of donation are available.

Cool beans.  I will make donating a regular occurrence.

More to come…..

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Common Ground

I recently came across a wellness article 7 nutrition trends you’ll see in 2018.  It then occurred to me: since when is nutrition “trendy”?  Maybe this is part of the problem?  An eagerness to jump on the latest dietary bandwagon rather than pausing, thinking and doing the work to figure out what dietary lifestyle achieves wellness for an individual long term.  If what you have been doing isn’t getting you healthier, is it time to consider a change?  Do we need to consider that what we have been told may not be what is right or true for us individually?  I have.

There are hot topics and debate in the community within which I regularly read regarding the food and medical industries, but I thought it would be good to look past the controversy and examine a number of basics that I believe would be generally acceptable within any dietary lifestyle.  This post is about iterating the basics, the foundation, of where I would recommend to anyone beginning their journey whether you are vegan or stone cold keto (like me).  From my point of view, the following are universally common across all dietary lifestyles are: awareness, cooking and limiting processed foods.

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Observations Round 23: Consistency

A powerful Tony Robbins quote reads “It is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently”.  Synonyms for consistent are persistent and steady.  Currently experiencing what feels like the worlds longest plateau (smile) I am keenly aware of the value of remaining consistent and how consistency empowers me to keep moving forward on my journey.

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Observations Round 22: Under Construction

Some quotes resonate so much with my journey to improve my health that they feel akin to a smack upside my head.  I mean, there is nothing quite like a clear, direct and honest statement.  Frankly, they are my favorite kind.  When I read this quote it stuck in my mind immediately: “As I see it every day you do one of two things build health or produce disease in yourself”.  Truth bomb, right?

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My First Pint – Donating Blood

Recently, I had a very positive experience donating blood for the first time.  I have been considering donating blood for a while, but I never took action on that thought.  A Big Red Bus was right outside the building where I work so I decided the time was right to donate.  The staff was very nice, the needle was not bad, I scored a t-shirt and a coupon and I left feeling healthy and proud of myself.

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Observations Round 21: From Complex To Simple

I enjoy learning about a wide array of topics from the complexity of the human body to ideas for cooking frozen Brussels sprouts.  With my realization that much of the accepted health and dietary guidelines find their basis in dogma rather than science, I invest a fair amount of time educating myself on how to support my own health and wellness.

Recently, I came across a podcast featuring Dominic D’agostino PhD on the topic of ketones.  I have some background on the topic but it felt like I was listening to an expert interview in a foreign language!  But rather than turn down the volume, I kept listening and picked up some interesting nuggets.  My biggest take away was a renewed appreciation of the complexity of ketones, nutritional ketosis and the miraculous human body.

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Currently Crushing On: Hemp Hearts

I recently discovered Manatobia brand Hemp Hearts on a Costco shopping trip.  I noticed that they were next to the chia seeds so I wondered if they were cousins.  I did pause when I read the back of the package touting it’s polyunsaturated omega 6 and omega 3 content. I purchased them anyway based on the nutrition facts and researched once I got home.

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My Take On Food Labels

I spend a lot of time reading food labels.  I read them in order to make informed choices.  I do not seek to achieve some imagined level of dietary perfection.  I use the information on food labels as just that, information, rather than as a flat directive of good versus bad.  While foods without labels are ideal, such as meat, eggs and fresh vegetables, I do consume processed foods.  When it comes to processed foods, I begin with asking myself the question “Does this appear to be something I might eat”.

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