Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Baby Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Between the hours of 2-3 pm, I require a snack.

Instead of hitting the vending machine, I prefer to make my own nibbles.  Most recently, I have been delighting over oven baked, baby Japanese sweet potatoes to satisfy this period of hunger.

If you are unaware of the gloriousness of these gems, check out my Healthy Hoff post dedicated to them.

How did I find baby Japanese sweet potatoes?

Simple - I asked the produce manager of my local grocer to start carrying them (it never hurts to ask).  But, instead of stocking the regular size, which I am used to gorging on for dinner, they stocked the baby ones.  At first, I was like, is this a joke?  Then the light bulb went off - a couple of these would make the perfect snack!

So, I grabbed three packs, which gave me roughly 20 potatoes.  Once home, I scrubbed them up, pierced each one a few times and baked right on the rack at 400 degrees for about 30 - 40 minutes.  The long, thin potatoes require less time than the short, stocky ones.

What resulted was pure bliss - the skins caramelized just so and their small stature make them the perfect finger food.  Off to work I went with my four potatoes a day allotment; the jealousy dripping from my co-workers faces. These taste just a good cold as they do warm.

You know you want to try them...

Beating MS!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hoff's Hummus Pasta

Hoff's Hummus Pasta
Yields: 6-8 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free

Ingredients:
  • 12 oz. Whole Wheat Pasta or GF Pasta
  • 1 Zucchini (shredded)
  • 1 Cucumber (de-seeded & chopped)
  • 1 15 oz. can Chickpeas (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Organic Corn (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 2.5 oz. can Sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cup Shredded Carrots
  • 1 cup oil-free Hummus
  • 1/4 cup Braggs

Directions:
  1. Cook Pasta according to directions, rinse with cold water
  2. Meanwhile mix together Hummus & Braggs in a large bowl
  3. To the same bowl stir together remaining ingredients
  4. Allow to chill in the fridge before serving


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

DIY Medical Labs

Want to know your B12 count?

Curious about your cholesterol?

Heavy metals on your mind? 

Don't want the hassle of going through a doctor?

You can test yourself, right in your own home - no doctor required.


There are a lot of DIY medical labs popping up, probably because people are sick of going through the doctor to get the information that they want/need.  Now, you don't have to beg for a test, you can get it yourself!


https://www.everlywell.comOne such place that can help you test yourself is EveryWell.com.  Through this lab you can, from the comfort of your own home, have your Vitamin D levels checked, test your Thyroid and find out what Heavy Metals are lurking in your body, which is what I was looking for.  There are a few more tests as well, with more to come...



Another lab I have used is WalkInLab.com.  While I haven’t had as seamless of an experience as with Every Well, I mention them because of the large variety of tests that they offer and for their low pricing.  In the end I got what I needed from them, but I found their communication to be poor and their website too “busy.”  To get what I needed required a lot of back and forth with customer service, who was helpful, but Walk-In-Labs would not be my first choice when it comes to DIY labs.

Both companies ship the tests right to you and provide paid shipping materials to get them back as quickly as possible.  Test results are reviewed by a board-certified physician in your state prior to you receiving them.  Both companies will post your results online via your own private account.  Neither company requires a referral from your doctor, although results can be shared with your doctor.  The cost of the labs includes the testing materials, analysis and shipping - no hidden fees.  Lastly, everything is kept confidential.

It is important to do a little research first to determine which type of test is best for what you're looking into.  For instance, I was concerned with mercury after some recent dental work to have my
amalgam fillings removed.  I learned that a fecal test was best for mercury and only Walk-In-Labs offered that test.  But, to my surprise the test results showed that I was very low in mercury and through the roof for arsenic.  While both metals appear on a heavy metal test, research revealed that the best test for arsenic is a urine test, which I was able to get through Every Well.

No matter what you decided, doctor or no, home test or not, our options are expanding when it comes to finding out what's going on in our bodies.


Beating MS!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Can't Sleep? This Can Help!

A while ago a friend of mine (Hey Bob!) turned me onto the Brain Wave - 30 Advanced Binaural Brainwave App and I LOVE IT!

OK, I can't definitively say this is the best sleep app because I've only tried this one app.  But when you try something and it changes your life, you don't have to keep searching!

MS causes me to urinate every hour - every hour!  It used to be every 30 minutes, but acupuncture has helped me extend that window.  Needless to say, that eliminates any shot of quality night sleep.

The very first night I tried this app, I only woke up once!!!  You have no idea how amazing that felt.  Having used this app nightly for a few months, I now routinely wake up about two times a night, compared to my traditional four to six trips to le lieu, I am ecstatic!   I now travel with this app and won't sleep a night without it.


Let me tell you a little about it...

It's a steal at only $3.99!!!

You get this app through iTunes, so it's an Apple-based product, sorry Android users.

It's completely customizable!  Change how long it runs (10 min, 20 min, 30 min, 40 min, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours), the background sound (I love the Ocean Waves & Forest), the level of sound (brainwave vs. background), the type of program (Deep Sleep, Dream, Meditation, etc.).  There's even an alarm to peacefully wake you from your slumber.

Because of the Binaural Tones (brainwaves), you're supposed to use headphones.  I tried for a few nights and they drove me crazy!  Instead, I got a travel speaker from Amazon for my iPad and that seems to work just as well.  The iPad speaker itself didn't quite cut it.


Let's get technical...

I'd like to pretend that I know how this works, but let's get real.  Here's what the makers have to say.

"How it Works: Brain Wave synchronizes your brainwaves with a specific frequency by sending two different audible frequencies to each ear, which, after being processed by the brain, are perceived as an inaudible low frequency beat matching the target brainwave frequency. Various states of mind are associated with different inaudible brainwave frequencies, ranging from an alert and focused state of mind to deeply relaxed, all the way to deep sleep, and can be induced with this technique.

Brain Wave recreates these frequencies using the most advanced multi-stage binaural sequences available, allowing your mind you to relax and synchronize with your desired state. It achieves this using our unique process called Progressive Brainwave Entrainment."

I don't really understand everything they are saying; all I know is that this app works!

Beating MS!