Anxiety-Foods that can help with it and foods that can hurt those with anxiety.

Many people experience Anxiety and resulting panic attacks. The following information is a recommendation of ways to help put these emotions in check.

Foods to Eat

  1.  Tryptophan rich foods– Turkey, chicken, bananas, milk, oats, cheese, soy, nuts, peanut butter, and sesame seeds to name a few. Bear in mind that there is some question as to whether or not tryptophan found in food crosses the blood-brain barrier. Although, from the personal experience of needing a nap after a roast turkey dinner, I think it might.
  2. Foods rich in vitamin B– Beef, pork, chicken, leafy greens, legumes, oranges and other citrus fruits, rice, nuts and eggs. Studies have shown a relation between B vitamins and mood. A deficiency of these essential nutrients can trigger depression.
  3. Whole Grains– Whole grains take longer for your body to break down thus releasing sugar into the bloodstream at a slower rate. Carbohydrates can increase serotonin production in the brain. Choosing mood lifting whole grains (brown rice, whole oats, and whole grain breads) can help your happiness meter.
  4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids– In addition to the possible heart health benefits of these acids, study results continue to demonstrate that consuming fatty fish (salmon, tuna, lake trout…etc.) can be an uplifting means of enhancing your mood.
  5. High Protein foods– Not only does protein leave you feeling full longer, it can also stimulate the production of the brain chemicals nor-epinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals are neurotransmitters like serotonin which carry impulses between nerve cells. Studies have shown that higher levels of these neurotransmitters can improve reaction time, alertness and mental energy.

The ideal mood boosting strategy is to incorporate good sources of protein like Greek Yogurt, fish, nuts, meats and lentils along with complex carbohydrates spread throughout your meals daily.

Foods to Avoid

  1. Coffee and caffeinated drinks– Some folks ingest caffeinated beverages to boost energy. Caffeine however, has been shown to inhibit serotonin in the brain. Suppression of serotonin levels can cause depression and/or feelings of irritability. In addition caffeine is a diuretic which increases the need to use the bathroom and may even cause mild dehydration.
  2. Candy and other sweets– Sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. This rapid absorption rate can lead to an initial high or surge of energy commonly referred to in children as a ‘sugar rush’. Most often this ‘rush’ wears off as the body increases its insulin production to remove the sugar from the bloodstream thus resulting in feeling tired or run down.
  3. Alcohol– Generally speaking alcohol turns into sugar in the bloodstream and although the initial effects may seem to relieve stress and anxiety, keep in mind it is temporary. Long term, alcohol is a depressant as well as a diuretic similar to caffeine, so it is important to stay hydrated for several reasons including mood.

Remember as with all things moderation is the key. Consuming a 6-oz glass of wine with dinner is probably okay, drinking a bottle or more however isn’t recommended.

Let me know what you’ve tried, was it helpful?

CANCER!!!! Satan’s most Evil creation

I lost my Mother to this infiltrating evil just 9 years ago. She was one of the strongest women I have ever met. Her survival of this life was truly remarkable. From the beginning she faced obstacles that would shatter the average person.

When my Mom was 36 years old and pregnant with my sister she was diagnosed with Cervical cancer, and upon delivering she then faced Kobalt Radiation. She beat it and continued on her brutal journey.

In July of 2006 we were dealt the next hand of disaster when it was determined that this beautiful soul, was to face this beast again. Colorectal cancer Stage four. She was 76 years old, and when she woke up from surgery and we had to tell here the news, this incredible spirit looked me in the eyes and said “Well it is what it is, nothing for it.”

Coming home from the hospital, trying to juggle the new norm of Single Mom getting kids back and forth and caring for my champion during her fight, and working full time was such a whirlwind of changes. Through it all my Ride or Die, my Best Friend, took everything in stride, never missing a beat. A Chemo regimen was in place and thanks to help from one of the greatest friends in the world and my Mother-in-Law, we had 18 months with my Hero.

On Tuesday September 29, 2017, my daughters and I learned that we are at war with this pestilence once again. My daughters once again are facing the loss of their beautiful Grandmother. My Mother-in-Law has been taken by storm with metastasized cancer and we have very little time left. This monster has been quietly spreading throughout her body and is now in her liver, lymph nodes, lungs and worst of all brain.

WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Needless to say I am spending my days by her side making sure she is as independent as possible. The merry go round has begun but at a much faster speed reaching the end in possibly the next 3 to 6 months.

Again I am witnessing true Grace and contentment is this loving soul. She is demonstrating true strength that she derives solely from her faith in her God ‘Jehovah’ and his son Jesus Christ. Both of these women have survived great mountain climbs because of their faith. I hope I am just as strong.

 

So for now my friends I must bid you adieu. My writing will be limited for now. I am truly a blessed woman for having been given the gift of being a part of these two HEROS lives. Thank you Jehovah.

Historical Information about the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

I know I know it may appear as though I’m jumping on the band wagon and for all intents and purposes I suppose I am. I spent the past few hours researching the full contents of the poem that eventually became America’s National anthem. I hope you’ll take a moment and read the whole thing, I really want to hear your voice about this increasingly volatile subject. I also wish to reiterate the purpose for the initial action taken by professional athletes to take a knee while the anthem is performed, they chose to exercise their right to speak freely and protest in a peaceful way the continued assault on men and women of color culminating in the shooting deaths of a disproportionate amount of African American and Latino/Hispanic Americans by White Law enforcement officers around the country, who in turn face very little if any real consequence for their actions, EVEN when evidence provided shows blatant, beyond reasonable doubt, corroboration of what transpired. So let’s delve into the history…I don’t know about you but this is all new information to me, I’ve lived my whole 52 years not having all the facts.

As a result of the ‘War of 1812’ on September 13, 1814, Frances Scott Key, a 35 year old Lawyer and Slave owner, boarded the flagship of the British fleet anchored on the Chesapeake Bay attempting to negotiate the release of a friend and others who had been recently arrested.

Even though the release was obtained, everyone freed and returned to the ship Key had secured, their departure was prevented by the British.  Key and those he’d rescued were kept under guard as a result of their having obtained the knowledge of the impending British attack of Fort McHenry. From the deck of the ship Key witnessed the British barrage of the fort. He then wrote what was originally titled “Defense of Fort McHenry” a poem which encompassed what would become our national anthem. Let us not however forget the time period. In it’s entirety

“Defense of Fort McHenry”

Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro the perilous fight, O’er the Ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the Rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the nite that our flag was still there!

O’say does that Star-Spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes. What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, as it fitfully blows, half conceals half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the mornings first beam, in full glory reflected, now shine on the stream: tis the Star-Spangled banner. O’ long may it wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore that the havoc of war and the battles confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave, from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:

And the Star-Spangled banner in triumph doth wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O’ thus be it ever when freemen shall stand, between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation. Blest vict’ry and peace the power that hath made a’n preserv’d us a nation! Then conquer we must when our cause is just, and this is our motto: “In God is our Trust”

And the Star-Spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

Now as we all know the first stanza of the poem is what via Executive order signed by Woodrow Wilson in 1931, was the basis for the U.S. national anthem. Lets explore further…focusing on the third and fourth stanz. As I mentioned earlier Frances Scott Key was a very prominent figure at this time as a result of his Law practice often counseling officials on legislation and his Slave ownership. Thus the third stanza of the original poem is believed by some historians to notably remark about the American’s defeat of the ‘Corps of Colonial Marines’, one of two units of Black slaves recruited between 1808 and 1816 to fight for the British on the promise of gaining their freedom. the stanza begins And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, that the havoc of war and the battles confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps polution. No refuge could save the ‘Hireling’ and Slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave’  the second portion of the third stanza (bold Italic) thus relates to Frances Scott Keys’ belief which was in line with the majority of his compatriots (peers), which was that ‘Blacks’ were “A distinct and inferior race, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community”. Bering his belief in mind, it is fair to conclude the enslaved black population of America were not included when he wrote the words land of the free. A logical assumption that one can arrive at is Key may have held a special resentment toward Americas black population who had the audacity to fight against the United States and thus align themselves with the British King.

In summary, Jon Schwartz (on the website The Intercept) writes “With Keys’ belief in mind, think again about the final two lines ‘And the Star-Spangled banner in triumph doth wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave’: Schwartz summarizes that the reality is “Human beings were fighting for freedom with incredible bravery during the war of 1812. However by Key glorifying America’s ‘triumph’ over them-“The Star-Spangled banner” then turns that reality completely upside down, transforming the killers (of the real freedom fighters) into the ‘courages Victors’ who gained the country’s freedom. An additional point to ponder is that after the U.S. and British governments signed the peace treaty ending the war at the end of 1814, the U.S. government demanded the return of American (Human)” property”, which at that point numbered around 6,000 people. The British refused! The majority of the 6,000 eventually settled in Canada, with others going to Trinidad, where to this day their descendants are still known as “Merikins” closed Schwartz.

Ok your turn where do you stand, what statistically based arguments either for or against, will you present. Can’t wait to read….