03/05/15- Paula's Healthy Living: Monday

by Paula (Clean Eating Expert) 6. March 2015 19:54

Recently, I went to my semi-annual  dentist check-up.  I’m always reminded about how important regular oral hygiene is to your overall health.

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There is research that shows association between regular teeth cleaning and a lower risk for heart attack and even stroke.  These findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.  The author of the study did qualify that their research did not take into account all the variables that can be additional risk factors such as weight, smoking and race.  The study is still key to preventative long-term health care though.

There is a defined relationship between bacteria and inflammation, which can lead to heart disease.  Keeping your teeth and gum area clean and free of debris through twice daily brushing, and regular professional checkups helps reduce the opportunity for bacterial growth in your mouth, which can travel throughout your body.

Here is how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between your teeth every day with floss or another type of between-the-teeth cleaner
  • Snack smart - limit sugary snacks
  • Don't smoke or chew tobacco
  • See your dentist or oral health professional regularly

(NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)

Attending dental appointments can be very stressful and anxiety-filled for many people.  There are many options that are available to ease those fears such as the use of laughing gas, and relaxation techniques. Not attending at all is not a healthy choice.  Ask your friends for referrals and use the “Find a Top-Rated Doctor or Dentist” box on the homepage of .MD for a qualified list of professionals.

 

03/05/12- Exercise Diary Monday:

Pure Barre( 55 minutes)

Jumping on the trampoline with the boys

03/05/12- Food Diary Monday:

Breakfast-

1 cup egg whites, 1 cup spinach (130 cal)

2 pieces Ezekail bread toast, no-calorie butter flavored spray (160 cal)

Whey protein shake (125 cal)

A.M. Snack-

1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese, 1/8 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (105 cal)

Lunch-

 3.2 oz talbacore tuna(packet, in spring water), 2 tbls 0% Greek yogurt, 1/2 tsp Uda oil, 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, celery, 6 snap peas, sliced on an angle, dash of curry powder, in a whole wheat pita lined with organic spinach leaves (338 cal)

1 whole grapefruit, peeled and pulled into slices (40 cal)

P.M. Snack-

1 whole wheat tortilla, 2 tbls organic almond butter, 1/2 apple slices (210 cal)

Dinner-

Homemade bean soup with ham hock (320 cal)

1 cup roasted broccollini, rosemary EVOO, grilled lemon (75 cal)

1 sliced yellow tomato (nothing on) (22 cal)

Dessert-

2 oz dark chocolate( 130 cal)

Banana (90 cal) Made these two ingredients into a frozen banana treat

TOTAL CALORIES-1765

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