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How will YOU push yourself this week? How about dance lessons? A hike? Dust off the bike… it’s FALL! Try something new or something you haven’t done in a long time this week. Rest. Repeat. 

Tuesday Trivia Grab Bag: (Quick! Submit your answers in Response section below)

Fill in the blanks.

1) A fingernail takes about ___ months to grow from base to tip.

2) A healthy human releases ___.5 oz. of gas in a single flatulent emission.

3) Babies are born with ___ bones, but by adulthood we have only ___ in our bodies.

Tuesday Help Tip:

Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home,” & can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially If it rains, but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed. (I haven’t tried it… let me know if it works.)

Tuesday Health Tip:

I am sure many of you have suspected this from your own experience. I know I have long believed this to be true, and now there’s some scientific backbone to it:

It burns fat, fends off disease, strengthens our bones, and improves our mood — and now studies suggest it may even suppress our appetites.

What’s this miracle of modern medicine? Actually, it’s pretty old-school. It’s exercise. Although the jury’s still out, new research suggests it may inhibit people’s munching.

Exercise More to Eat Less?

You’ve heard the expression “work up an appetite.” The reverse might actually be true. Overweight people in a study actually ate less — and dropped some body fat to boot — after 3 months of regular on either a treadmill or a bicycle.

A Chemical Reaction

Researchers suspect there may be something chemical about exercise that helps increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) — a blood protein known to curb appetite. The higher the BDNF, the fewer calories the study participants consumed, and the more weight they lost.

And…. once again, I will tout iTrain as a way of getting more enjoyment and effectiveness from a workout on your own than you normally would.

Tuesday Fun Stuff:

An oldie, but always fun to see again…

 

Tuesday Blog Review:

OK… I am becoming rather obsessive with Cosmeticsdatabase.com. My reasoning? Even if there ends up being no serious medical effect from using these chemicals in cosmetics, it is definitely a better idea not to produce these chemicals at all. And, like virtually every environmentally friendly change we make, you must ask…. WHY NOT?

I’ve been sifting through all the products I use for everything Cosmeticsdatabase.com covers, and been pleasantly surprised by some and really disappointed with others. As that pertains to this forum, some products I have mentioned here need updating as to recommendations.

Cover Girl Volume Exact mascara gets a nasty 7 rating…

while another, newer favorite, Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express, gets a 4…. So that’s my mascara of choice for now.

Nailtiques is a product I had mentioned in passing, and I used it for years. It gets a 7 on Cosmeticsdatabase.com.

But my newer discovery, Sally Hansesn’s 4-in-1 base coat/top coat treatment gets a 4, so the Nailtiques went in the garbage.

Lots of other products did, too, as I am replacing products with a healthier rating. Let me know if you have products you love that get great ratings (if your product isn’t listed you can have the Database analyze it for you). Ideally I would like all products I use to rate a 3 or under… that’s not happening yet, but I’m working toward it. Here’s to healthier skin, eyes, nails, lips, planet…

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