Migraines: the curse of the beautiful brain…

Hello healthy friends!

I have had a recent bought of migraines to go with this beautiful weather we have been seeing. What has caused it? I am a little unsure but I have one theory to do with Fish Oil pills I have been taking quite steadily. Fish Oil is used as a stimulant for your brain matter. It also is good for skin, digestion, weight loss ect. [I will do a post about it latter.] But I think that since I upped my dosage too quickly my brain could not handle all the goodness so que the headaches! At least this is my theory for the moment.

Since I was subjected to the truly terribly pain and other equally bad symptoms [nausea, fainting, weakness ect.] I was on the lookout for some really good solutions to the head-hurt-monsters. Here is the information that I was able to glean from the internet and my dear organic friend Madi.

47 million Americans have suffered from severe to debilitating headaches in the last three months. Now I found a range of things from home health remedies to pretty expensive biofeedback and acupuncture. There was physical approaches like massage, stretching, and aerobic exercises. As well as the old fashioned “just take a NSAID!” like Advil or Tylenol. There was also meditation mentioned as a form of relaxation to help with headaches. Well, while all of these have varying levels of usefulness or even ridiculousness here is what I did to help alleviate my own levels of brain pain.

1) I slept a lot. Sleeping it off is a pretty good start. If you can still feel your headache while you are asleep proceed to level two.

2) Drink a lot of water. A lot of regular headaches are caused by dehydration. Time to get your drink on!

3) Peppermint oil. A lot of peppermint oil! I rubbed it on my forehead, my neck, I also put some on my earlobes, navel and big toes which are all pressure points for head and neck.

4) Yes I did give in and take a couple Advil. I only recommend this as a last ditch resort if it is really bad. And as always if you headaches do not get better go see a M.D., because it could be the symptom of something else that is more severe.

Now along with that I think you can avoid a lot of headaches by eating healthy, exercising, and getting fresh air. But sometimes things just happen and it is good to be informed. That is why I decided to write about it.

If you have any questions just let me know!

stay healthy and awesome!

Hope L

migraines                        chick with headhurt

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The power of Pinterest!

Ok, I know that Pinterest is changing the way people get informed about health. Do you have a Pinterest account? I do, and I really enjoy it for a couple different reasons. It is like a collection of all my hopes, dreams and goals. If you have no idea what I am talking about go on http://pinterest.com/  and get one. You will not be sorry. Ok, you might be a little  sorry for a little while but that will pass and then you will sucked in for hours, which is not technically a bad thing,  especially when it comes to fitness.  Surprised? Keep listening, you are going to go through what I call the four stages of pinterst-fit-spiration.  Which I discovered when I went through all the stages. And then witnessed both of my sisters go through the stages.

Stage 1) You are going to be in the Pinterest craze. So you are going to be wildly pinning things that look cool or motivating without taking a lot of time to really read it or peruse it. Your going to be feeling things like “look at all my cool pins, I wish I would get out and work out more… NAH… Oh look that is a sweet cake recipe ” and “look at those clothes I want to fit into, or models I wish I was as skinny as… sigh…  I know! Ill pin some fitness pins and work out more!” (but you don’t.) Then you end up with a ton of pins but not a lot of good content. 

Stage 2) You start to get more selective about what pins you pin because you subconsciously realize how much time you are spending sitting around pinning. So you pin less, but better pins. And something else happens, you start to realize what you like. And who your like and things you like. Pinterst is really  more about self discovery than anything, another reason for it’s life change-ability. 

Stage 3) You realize that you are literally just sitting around pinning pins about fitness and easy work outs and could actually be getting fit and doing things! What a novel idea! So you shut off you computer, put on shoes and foo for a run! Only to spend about 2 minutes running to realize how out of shape you have gotten. meh, well that is why we have things called motivational pins! Pictures merely to infuse your mind with motivation for when you are not feeling it and tips for ways to keep yourself accountable and easy work outs for people who don’t have a gym membership but do have a chair! or a floor!  

Stage 4) You do it. This was the best part I realized what valuable tool pinterest is and how great some of the pins that offered truly great information and only went on when I wanted to look up things or find a new workout or good running song lists or food to get. And this ends with minimal time on Pinterest and maximum time out doing the things you pinned.

So long story short it really does change your mind set about what you can and can not do. You start out thinking you need things to work out, “I need a gym membership,”  or “I need running shoes” or “I need to be skinny enough to run in a sports bra” but then you slowly realize a couple of things at least I did.

1. You don’t really need anything to start working out and getting healthy, except the gumption and self discipline to actually shut your computer off, get off your bum and get out there and do it!

2.  There is a whole group of people in the world who are dedicated to the idea of health, in all its facets. If it is nutrition, or motivation, or workout type. I mean think of all the trainers who specialize in all the different sports or body building or dancing or yoga or anything. Seriously, and it is a great group of people, granted you will have a couple of people who are faster, or stronger or better than you but guess what? It does not matter, what matters is that you are trying and that you are doing something to change! and we can all respect that! And that goes for everyone from the mom who runs after the kids are in bed to the Olympic athletes who live to train and win.

3. It genuinely takes away your excuses for not doing it. I am serious. It gives you all the possible resources and motivation to get healthier. It takes away any excuses you could come up with. Don’t have a gym membership? No problem. Feel to fat to start? Perfect. Feel incompetent to work out? You can do it. Feel like your going to get judged? Screw the haters. Hate running? look at all these other options? Feeling weak? Work out more to get stronger! This is about you and its about being the best you that you can be.  Can you see why I love it?

Now there are so many different pins but I will include a few examples of some themes and pins you should have a few of on your Health board if you get one, or if you just like perusing.

The motivational Pins! 

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The Info graphs!

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there are a lot more but none of them are the right dimensions to make sense on here so you will have to settle by going on pinterest and finding them. Seriously they are quite worth it. A lot of information in a short info graph is great for people who are busy but want to learn.

Now these are some of the most important pins,

The workout pins!

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Not to mention the Work out videos!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozoTzkCeO-A

http://bippityboppityboo.tumblr.com/page/12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB5rnCbtY8s

and Then there are the food pins!

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So that is just a taste there are a lot of different options as far as information out there that is easily accessible. And a lot of it is good. So this is just another tool you can use to really get out there and get healthy. There is a lot of accessible information and a lot of really inspiring things to help you get started. So do it. Right now. Throw on some cloths and go do something, get your blood pumping! If you are hungry go eat a yummy healthy snack! Make small choices, make big choices. Choose. Follow through and you will see some amazing results. I know I do. And you got a lot of people who want to see you succeed! Remember that it is as easy as walking out the front door and starting. Today could be the start of the new you, a different strong you.

If you would like to follow my health board on Pinterest here is the link http://pinterest.com/marinechild/health/

Remember your awesome, and I believe in you.