My husband and I both work full time. When we get home, spending a significant time on making dinner just sounds exhausting. I have a few go to favorites, but we tire of eating the same thing every week. Here is a recipe for a pasta dish, cooked in 1 pot, that can easily be created in 15 minutes. It’s so simple and the variation makes it feel like a new meal each week.
First boil water and add any type of pasta in the appropriate portion for your family.
Then add a combo of a cooked protein, vegetable and sauce. Voila! Dinner is ready!
Here are some of my favorite combos:
The list is endless! Think of all of the combinations you can come up with. It’s a great way to use left-over meat from the night before as well!
You may have noticed tiny little veins showing up on your legs. These are called spider veins and were named because they tend to look like a spider's web. They twist and turn and this causes them to show through the skin. Spider veins are typically harmless but they can be unattractive which might impact your self-esteem. They can be hereditary, although women also get them if they are obese, stand a lot, or are taking hormone medications.
Varicose veins are bit more serious. They are larger in nature and more swollen so they really stand out. They twist as well and can cause pain and also blood clots in the leg. They are also hereditary and can sometimes develop when you are pregnant or have health issues.
The good news is that both types of veins can be treated or eliminated. Start with your diet. Make sure you are getting plenty of fiber and water and eat blueberries whenever you can. These have been shown to improve the microcirculation in your vein linings. Also be sure you are exercising aerobically at least three times a week to improve your circulation. The added benefit is it will help you to lose weight if needed.
If you are experiencing pain in your legs, try to elevate them as much as possible. You can also purchase compression socks or hose online which will do wonders for your feet and legs if you have to stand for long periods of time.
A visit to your doctor is recommended if you can't stand the sight of your veins or they are causing too much pain. There are many procedures the doctor can do in their office to help. The first is called sclerotherapy and involves injecting a saline solution into the vein. This will cause the vein to eventually collapse and disappear in 6 weeks.
A more invasive procedure is done under local anesthesia and involves inserting a laser into the vein. A beam of light is then pulsed through the vein causing it to collapse. Instead of a laser, your doctor may insert a tiny catheter instead and then blast some radiofrequency waves to collapse the vein. Either way you should see good results.
For serious varicose veins your doctor may recommend a more invasive surgery done in the hospital. During this procedure the veins are tied off or completely stripped from your body. The results and also very good.
I recently read an article about the 20 places with the greatest view. I realized that I had been to 4 of them and several more were on my travel wish list. To me, we have a big, beautiful world that is just waiting to be seen. I often tease that the only reason that I work is so that I have the money to travel. I love to travel, but many find it frightening. I would love to challenge you to overcome any fears and restrictions and find a way to see the beauty of this world we live in.
Make a list of places you would love to see. Then rank them my most important. Then explore how much time and how much money you have to budget. Start traveling!
The biggest excuse for not traveling is money! Let’s explore some options. First find where you can cut back in your monthly expenses. Consider giving up a daily expense that isn’t necessary (ie, coffee shop, buying lunch, paying for transportation). You can bring coffee and lunch from home to help save money and walk to closer locations (perk of exercise and saving money). You can quit a bad habit like smoking. Avoid going out to eat and make more meals at home. Consider changing your cell phone plan to something simpler or giving up cable television. Allot all of the money you would save from these sacrifices to fund your vacation.
The second is fear of flying! You can drive to many beautiful locations. Taking a bus tour is another option. Many locations can also be reached by train. All of these are affordable options as well.
Another common fear is traveling alone. Ask a close friend or family member to take a trip with you. This may ease the fear of traveling alone and make it more affordable if you share travel expenses and lodging. You can also take a cruise. They are designed to meet new people and see sites with groups. Travel to visit family in other areas of the country. This will enable you to see new places, stay with family and save money on lodging. You can also consider traveling with a service group.
There are very few good excuses for not traveling! Find a way to travel the world!
My husband loves golf. Every Tuesday night, like clockwork, he heads to the course to join his friends in 18 holes of pure bliss. When he arrives home he is always in a great mood. Unfortunately, he is almost always in pain as well.
You wouldn't think it, but golf is a high-injury sport. It requires quite a bit of coordination, strength, and flexibility throughout your body. Proper technique is the key but unfortunately, most amateurs don't have good technique. If you are continuously injuring yourself when golfing, you might want to seek out a professional to assess your golf swing.
The number one complaint of avid golfers is lower back pain. You might also suffer from elbow, wrist or shoulder injuries. To combat these you can do the following things:
Hopefully you stay healthy this summer and can golf to your heart's content. Fore!!!
This time of year, many people spend a lot of time traveling. Long car rides and long flights increase the risk of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clot. DVTs commonly occur in the legs, but can also form in the arms. The biggest problem with DVTs is that they can travel to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. It is essential that you are mindful of causes and do your best to prevent them.
Those at HIGHEST risk:
Sitting for extended periods of time
Birth control or hormone replacement therapy with Estrogen
Injury or surgery to an area
Age greater than 60
Blood disorders than make your blood thicker (factor V Leiden)
Signs and Symptoms of a DVT :
Unfortunately many are not aware that they have a DVT until it causes further problems.
Swelling of the leg
Pain or tenderness in the leg (especially when walking)
Warmth to the area
Redness in the area
If a DVT travels to the lung, it can cause a pulmonary embolism or PE. The clot blocks the major vessels to the lungs and can be fatal. Symptoms of a PE include:
Unexplained shortness of breath
Pain with breathing
Coughing up blood
Fast heart rate
If you have any signs or symptoms of a DVT or PE, you should immediately go to an emergency department for evaluation and treatment.
To prevent a DVT:
Avoid a sedentary lifestyle
Maintain a healthy weight
Move around frequently
If you cannot walk around, exercise your legs while sitting (raise and lower heels with toes on the floor, then switch and raise and lower toes with heels on the floor).
Wear loose fitting clothing
Talk to your medical provider if you are at high risk for DVT
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