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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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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Taking Good Care

I was recently listening to Primal Potential podcast 352: Overcoming Doubt & Creating Consistency . This is one of her longer podcasts and is totally worth the listen.  About 15 minutes into the podcast she began talking about how she wants to feel amazing every single day.  And you know what, so do I.  The context of her statement was related to actively striving to feel amazing and how that goal can shape our choices.

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