Overnight oatmeal is an easy, healthy breakfast
I’ve seen a lot of recipes online for overnight oatmeal, but I think mine (or my husband’s, more accurately) is the best.
Rather than just refrigerate the oats and milk overnight, we add a small amount of fermented liquid—we use homemade yogurt whey or kefir—and then leave the oats at room temperature overnight.
In the morning, we have a slightly fermented bowl of oatmeal, another source of probiotics in our diet.
To add a little flavor and extra nutrients, we top our overnight oatmeal with a mixture of chopped walnuts, almonds, dried cranberries … Continue reading
Protect yourself with a flu shot
Flu season is reaching its peak. Hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients and are running out of spare beds.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting widespread, epidemic-level flu activity in almost every state.
The bad news is that this year’s flu strain, H3N2, is especially severe, and the flu vaccine is not a great match 😕
But the good news is that if you haven’t already gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. We might be seeing the worst of it right now, but flu season can last another four or … Continue reading
Baby, it’s cold outside!
Most of the headlines over the last few days have focused on the arctic “cyclone” and brutally cold temperatures affecting a big chunk of the US.
Low temperature records are being shattered. Many states are reporting wind chills of -30°F or less.
That’s not just cold—that’s life threatening.
Outside my house, in Seattle, the weather is a pretty seasonal 40°F. And rainy. Lucky us.
But anyone struggling with these super cold temperatures needs to take care. Here are a few tips for avoiding, recognizing and dealing with hypothermia and frostbite.
Hypothermia, or low body temperature, … Continue reading
And save money on healthcare!
I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day. Typical of the day, I’m also pondering a few questions.
What did I learn last year about staying healthy? What have I done well in my quest to be healthier and save money? What can I do better this year?
As so many of us know, healthcare is unreasonably expensive. My goal the last few years has been to exercise more, eat sensibly, and stress less. By staying healthy I avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor and save money. Last year my biggest health expense was an … Continue reading
Avoid the emergency room
Fridays, weekends and holidays are always bad times to get a doctor’s appointment, and many people end up in an emergency department. Which costs a lot of money, even for those with health insurance.
What can you do to decrease your chances of needing emergency care or other expensive healthcare over the holidays?
An emergency physician recently posted some good tips on the healthcare blog KevinMD, and I’ve included a few of my own.
- Refill your prescription medications before the holidays.
- Participate in winter activities, such as skiing or ice skating, safely. Use recommended safety equipment.
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This is my week for buying gifts for my family. I try to get everyone something that I think will not only bring them pleasure, but better health 😊
*I have to include a disclosure here that this post contains affiliate links for Amazon. That said, I’m not trying to make any money with my blog, so if you can find these products for better prices elsewhere, great!
Last year my gift list included a lot of books and items for the sleep deprived, new parents, aging relatives and future nurses. Those are still great gifts, so take a look.… Continue reading
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Every year, more than 250,000 kids under the age of 14 are injured by toys.
So if you’re shopping for young children this holiday season, here are some tips and resources to help keep kids safe!
Prevent Blindness, the sponsors of Safe Toys and Gifts Month, offers this pretty comprehensive do and don’t list:
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.
- Ask yourself or the parent if the toy is right for the child’s ability and age. Consider whether other smaller children may be in the home that
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Do brain games lower dementia risk?
Yes and no.
Most brain or cognitive training apps divide their “games” into several categories, such as attention, memory, speed and flexibility.
However, a study recently published in an Alzheimer’s journal reports that only the speed games were associated with a lower dementia risk (29% lower!).
I was really interested in this report. My husband and I enjoy playing these games, even though I’ve posted before that there was no solid evidence supporting their role in lowering dementia risk.
The games are fun, and if you subscribe—as I do—to the “use it or lose … Continue reading
The hazards of raw cookie dough
Just in time for the cookie-baking frenzy of the holidays, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a consumer warning about the health hazards of eating raw cookie dough.
This didn’t seem like new news to me. We’ve all heard for years that we shouldn’t eat raw cookie dough because eggs can carry the Salmonella bacteria.
But this new warning is not about the eggs. It’s about the flour.
Raw or uncooked flour may harbor an even worse bacteria—Escherichia coli, aka E. coli.… Continue reading
The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and isn’t that when illness always seems to strike?
Few things are germier than a school where lots of kids and adults are stuck in small rooms, touching the same objects and breathing the same air.
Kids bring those germs home on their hands and touch everything there, too. Then parents get sick and spread the virus to co-workers. And so on, and so on…
Colds and flu are miserable for children and parents alike, and missing work—whether a parent gets sick or has to stay home to care for a sick child—is a … Continue reading