Archives for May 2011

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

Bone Care – VITAMIN D – A Sunny Supplement

The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is unique because of the human body’s ability to absorb and store it after being exposed to sunlight. Food sources of Vitamin D are limited, which is a major reason why supplementing can be so important. Another important reason to take a Vitamin D supplement is that a lack of exposure to sunlight may reduce Vitamin D levels in the body, especially in the winter.

A study showed that as many as 75% of all teenagers and adults in America could use more Vitamin D in their diets. Researchers found that large amounts of Vitamin D stored in the skin from the previous summer were used by the body to meet its daily needs. The researchers concluded that daily intake of Vitamin D through food alone is most likely inadequate to meet the body’s needs unless people are exposed to large amounts of sunlight in the summer months.

  • Up to 75% of teens and adults could use more Vitamin D
  • Works with calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth in adults
  • Assists in maintaining a healthy immune system
  • Supports breast and colon health
  • Promotes neuromuscular function and the health of the pancreas

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer

www.palmerchiroga.com

 

 

Consider the Alternative

 

We can’t solve problems by using
the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them.

~Albert Einstein

 

I would be lying if I said the government was not the first thing I thought of when I read today’s quote. However, now that I have been intellectually honest, I feel comfortable going on with my next two thoughts.

First, problems don’t “just happen.” They are, at all times, fully created by an outside source. Sometimes it is a third-party. Sometimes it is of our own doing. Sometimes, it is merely our perception of the situation. What ever way you slice it, “we” create them – there is no spontaneous occurrence of “problem”.

I hear you getting all anxious about this “blame” and “guilt”. Quit, seriously, quit. Unless you are a deviant of society, you are, in essence, a good person. Good people screw up, kinda the nature of being human. Good people can’t typically see into the future or know all variables. Therefore, despite your best efforts, things sometimes go a bit wacky. It’s ok. Good people can’t know the purpose of all things. Sometimes problems aren’t really problems – feel free to chew on that one for a while.

Second, insanity is (come on, you’ve heard this one – also by Al) doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. If your way of thinking is working – great! Keep doing that until it doesn’t. If it already doesn’t, then why are you still doing it?

We are dynamic individuals living in a dynamic environment. What was appropriate yesterday may be a bit different today. Our approach to challenges should be as nimble as we are. Moving, shaping, reworking – think telegraph vs. twitter. We can adapt and re-purpose.

Today, I encourage consider the alternative. What if it’s not a problem? What if it is really a problem or what if something in my thought pattern created it? I offer that it is what it is – now decide what you would prefer that it be. What thoughts move you towards that? If those thoughts have to get different, let’s get different. But let’s not get bogged down in complacency, guilt, fear or ego. If mediocre is normal, let’s be different. If a different perspective moves the train, it is worth a shot. Come on, if Einstein said it…

Featured Photo from Stefan Insam

Remembering the Memorial Day Babies

Memorial Day is such as interesting holiday. It is that wondrous four-day weekend that rolls the summer in with beer, burgers and beach. Simultaneously, we all take time to remember those who keep those beaches free, who allow us the freedom to gather together, to indulge in our beverages without fear. We remember those fighting men and women because they deserve to be remembered.

I can tell you, as I have held rank in that proud class, that we appreciate it. We are thankful. And if, I can be so bold, I would like to push that remembrance a bit farther. On this Memorial Day, and truthfully everyday, I would like us to think about those military babies.

Anyone who has ever talked with me about this subject knows, I adore the military spouse. What a strong breed of devoted individuals. However, I think even they will tell you, they have the second hardest job in the military – their babies have the hardest.

I have never been a military child. But I am the mommy to a few. They are so young and asked to deal with so much. The moves, the loss of friends, new schools, new homes, deployments, the worry, the hope, the uncertainty – and for some, the memories. These brave little ones appreciate their uniformed parents, as we attempt to give them the skills they need to cope. They love us even though we leave. They trust us even though we are unsure. They welcome us back even though it has been so long. They do it all again even though they would rather it just be over.

There is no heart, courage, or strength, larger than that of a military child.

So, I borrow a child’s salute and offer it to the children – we love you, we thank you, we could not do it without you.

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Wisdom Trumps Fear

Those who have no compassion have no wisdom.
Knowledge, yes; cleverness, maybe; wisdom, no.
A clever mind is not a heart.
Knowledge doesn’t really care.
Wisdom does.

~The Tao of Pooh

The rapture, as far as I can tell, did not happen. For those who haven’t heard, it was supposed to happen on Saturday with the end of the world following in October. There is now a large group of people who have quit their jobs, not paid their mortgages, spent their life savings – all in preparation.

In other news, the Westboro Baptist Church protesters are in my neck of the woods. Lucky us. Looks like Savannah’s tourism draw worked too well this time.

In truth, there has (with easy pickings) been a great deal of fun and resentment poked at both of these groups – myself included. I don’t like it when I get like that. When I am honest with myself, there is always fear hiding out in negativity.

Mostly, I am fearful that people who have found their spiritual center, are looking for their way or are just coexisting with folks who believe differently will use the hate spewed by the latter or the failure of the former to stitch together a blanket that covers up everything. I often have to remind myself that wayward or deplorable actions that come from a sect of people under a banner of goodness, are typically a perversion of the banner created by the few – not a true representation of the banner.

I am fearful that these activities just become “one more thing.” A 24 hour news cycle is a hard thing to shield ourselves against. “If it bleeds, it leads” was tough enough when news was confined to its time slot. Now that it is in your face, discussed, dissected, commentated, speculated, hashed and rehashed – it is easy to let the negativity get in and hurt. It becomes easier to say, “It figures. Stupid people, stupid system, stupid ideas. The whole outfit is going to the dogs!” It takes effort to reason through it, one more time. It takes strength to endure and believe, one more time. It takes mental clarity to recognize that this “one more thing” will fail to create jadedness, one more time.

Today, I encourage you to love the deep thought. Refuse to take things on the surface and delve into the deeper recesses of what actually lies there. There is a lot to be said for gut reactions – I believe in them completely. The trick is the correct interpretation of that reaction. Negativity is always rooted in something else. Follow it far enough down, there will be fear. It is my belief that wisdom trumps fear. Fear just has the advantage of being scary. My inner Warrior ain’t scared. It is wise enough to move through this one more thing.


Featured Photo from contemplativechristian

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

Bone Care – VITAMIN D – A Sunny Supplement

The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is unique because of the human body’s ability to absorb and store it after being exposed to sunlight. Food sources of Vitamin D are limited, which is a major reason why supplementing can be so important. Another important reason to take a Vitamin D supplement is that a lack of exposure to sunlight may reduce Vitamin D levels in the body, especially in the winter.

A study showed that as many as 75% of all teenagers and adults in America could use more Vitamin D in their diets. Researchers found that large amounts of Vitamin D stored in the skin from the previous summer were used by the body to meet its daily needs. The researchers concluded that daily intake of Vitamin D through food alone is most likely inadequate to meet the body’s needs unless people are exposed to large amounts of sunlight in the summer months.

  • Up to 75% of teens and adults could use more Vitamin D
  • Works with calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth in adults
  • Assists in maintaining a healthy immune system
  • Supports breast and colon health
  • Promotes neuromuscular function and the health of the pancreas

Yours in Health

Nikki Palmer

www.palmerchiroga.com

Bucket List (First Edition)

So, today I was asked (sorta ~ if by random invite into the blogosphere to anybody that happens to wander by via a “GREAT” friend on twitter = “asked”) about my bucket list. Like Ken, I too have never seen namesake movie. But, I am a smart cookie. I get the general idea – stuff you wanna do before you “kick the bucket.”

Note – I realize that the apocalypse is scheduled for tomorrow and I will never have time to do all this stuff…humor me. Thanks!!

  1. Read Beowulf over a Strong Lager in Copenhagen
  2. Attend Mass by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica
  3. Go to Disney
  4. Meditate with the His Holiness, The Dali Lama in Dharamsala
  5. Watch Life is Beautiful while getting ready for a night out in Tuscany
  6. Do something amazing to make Rocky Turner smile
  7. Get drunk in an Irish Pub with locals

Yeah – that’ll do for today 🙂

Harper’s Rules: A Recruiter’s Guide to Finding a Dream Job and the Right Relationship

I have just read the hardback version of Danny Cahill’s new release, Harper’s Rules: A Recruiter’s Guide to Finding a Dream Job and the Right Relationship. The summary – read it. It’s not what you expect. At least it wasn’t what I expected. It is 156 pages that I will probably read again because I failed to recognize I would need a pencil to make notes in the margin.

Note: To Lamar Smith Signature Real Estate ~ I am not looking for another job. I have, however, had a great relationship with the folks over at Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc., notably, Lauren Cirigliano. For some reason, they like to hear what I think about their books. They usually have pretty good books. It is a relationship that works. This just happened to be the book. Please do not take out an ad for my job. Thanks!

Some of the other details…

The book is pitched as an offering from a career expert who is going, through compelling prose, to teach you how to land the perfect job and the perfect mate. Hmmm…I am skeptical. I have a sneaky feeling I have read this before. But, what the hey. Husband is glued to the Atlanta Braves and as much as I love Chipper Jones, I cannot watch 162 games plus post season.

I go through the first few chapters a trying not to care for the book. Harper, the headhunter, is a bit…confident. Casey, the headhuntee (??) not so much at first. I am worried that Cahill is paragraphs away from having his superhero come in and rescue the damsel in distress. (Damsel rescuing is not bad – I just like it kept in romance novels and not my business literature.)

But, the text is intriguing. I can’t quite put my finger on it at first. I am not this book’s intended audience. I am a happily married, happily employed slice of life. Why am I digging on it so much?

Obviously the two mains, Harper and Casey are great. Smart, strong, determined and they care about the well-being of each other.

Then it hits me ~ they got the freaking cover WRONG! This is not simply a guide for those who are looking to become attached to a job or a person. I mean, it is good for that. But, at its core, Harper’s Rules is well tuned piece on the subject of SALES (and I am THAT intended audience).

Harper is a headhunter. He sells the idea of people to corporations and corporations to people. Casey is a six figure sales executive who has the heart of a salesman – she lives for the deal. Throughout the book, the relational objectives revealed mirror those needed by any sales professional. It was enlightening and motivating – two things needed like oxygen for a sales professional.

The story moves quickly. It has good dialog and enough personal to keep it interesting and enough professional to keep it informational.

It is full of tough decisions and professional confidence, illustrated best for me when Casey is exiting her big interview

Mr. Sabia, you and I will get along fine. You need someone who is not afraid to say something besides ‘yes’ to you, and you need someone who will occasionally call you out on your nonsense, which I will do cheerfully. But that’s not why I should be hired. You need me because I will obsess, I will drive revenue, and in so doing I will inspire a sales force and get you your investment back. You simply need to signify your understanding that I am right by getting that smug look off your face and telling me you are sorry.

And, it’s funny. Casey is jogging in the park to get geared up for her interview and date

…a car pulled up and a young kid rolled down the window. Here we go. Boys and their turbo-testosterone. What can you do?

“Excuse me ma’am,” he said politely, “do you know where the bakery is?”

“Are you crazy? You stop me while I’m running and not only don’t give me a ‘hey baby,’ but when you saw me from behind, you thought, ‘there’s someone who knows where the bakery is?'”

My Sound, Your Sound

My noise is not your noise.

~Jeff Turner

One of the most wonderful things about this country is our freedom of speech. We are able, with limited restrictions, to have, hold, change and voice our own personal ideas about almost anything. This is good for me. I love to converse, I love to learn, and I love to converse about the things I learn. An open and well connected source of conversation thrives in this circumstance.

One of the most abused things in this country is our freedom of speech. We are able, with limited restrictions, to defame, discourage, tear down and belittle the personal ideas of almost anybody. This is not good for me. I love people, I love ideas and I love people with ideas. A hostile environment of ugly and ill will kills all of these things.

In my observation, the root of the latter comes from a personal respect issue – while we are allowed to take things much more personally, we do not feel obligated to offer any other persons a modicum of respect. Even as I read that back, I know it sounds hard and have attempted to put it a different way. In truth, I am inclined to put it in the “it is what it is” pile and move along.

The reality is we all have different ideas, beliefs, priorities, backgrounds, preferences, passions, peeves, etc. More than the idea that we are not all ever going to completely agree is the truth that we all shouldn’t. I love coastal, southern Georgia for a myriad of reasons. I am super stoked that some folks prefer colder, warmer, western, eastern, northern, southern locations. I like my space and, as much as I love people, we won’t all fit here. We are supposed to be different. We are supposed to find appeal and wonder in different things – think of all the wonderful things we would lose or miss if we were all covering the same ground in the same way.

Today, I encourage you to embrace the uniqueness that is you. Know that those things that are noise to others does not make it any less valuable as sound to you. In turn, respect the sound of others, even when it hits your ears as noise. I am obviously not saying we have to agree, condone or even like. We are even capable of removing ourselves from the clash respectfully. But, more often than not, when two different people with different everything, come face to face in mutual respect, real conversation happens – and the noise becomes a sound that can teach, heal and reconcile.

Hat Tip to Jeff Turner

Today’s quote from Jeff Turner was found while reading his new series “Listening as a Strategy.” It’s great, non fluff stuff. Not a bad idea to check it out.

Featured Photo from Funkor Child Art Center ~ Artists are Sara 10, Zehra 12, and Ayla 11

The Difference Between Fluff and Stuff

Yup! If you were here last week, you know that picture to the left means I am down 6 pounds this week. Pretty cool, huh? Not really. Think I worked out 4 hours a day or counted calories or practiced ancient mind tricks that laser melt body fat? Nope. Does that make me super cool? Nope – it is evidence that I was, in fact, “lazy and complacent.”

I will tell you that I made better choices. I ate 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Good foods with some redeeming quality to them. Stuff with lots of color and little fat. Lots of protein little sugar – Outside aisle grocery shopping kind of foods. I did cut out sodas. I did not cut out beer. You choose your sacrifices, I’ll choose mine.

Most importantly, I focused on finding the root issues causing the symptoms, lazy and complacent, which was causing the weight gain. I was kind to myself. I was kind to others. I cut a lot of slack to anyone who needed it. I focused on my part and responsibility in any ill adventure or wondrous win – and I attempted to own them both.

Interestingly enough, I discovered that the 6 pounds I lost this week was made of the exact same crap my mental self talk is made up of – FLUFF. Non important, non real, non meaningful, non sustainable fluff. That’s why the weight fell off this week. It was the jump start and fluff is always the first thing to go. It has no substance, no real purpose. When you get ready for it to go, it just can’t hold on, it is just fluff.

This next week, I am certainly not expecting another 6 pound weight loss. I am also not expecting to make huge strides in the emotional well being department either. Most of the fluff is already gone. That which remains made up of STUFF. There is a big difference between fluff and stuff. All the things that fluff isn’t, stuff is. Long standing, meaningful, foundational, historical , rooted. Notice I didn’t say purposeful, truthful or useful – not all stuff is.

Some stuff is wonderfully positive. We have to remember to hold on to that. I would look ridiculous and, more importantly, I would be unhealthy, is all I focused on was losing as much weight as possible. I would be an emotional wreck if all I focused on were the places in which my brain and my heart are broken. It isn’t about the weight or the damaged – it is about the desire to be a better person today than I was yesterday.

But the fluff and the negative stuff are in for a whoopin’…

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

Antioxidant – TURMERIC – An Antioxidant for the Brain

Spice Up Your Immune System

As a spice, Turmeric adds some zest to Indian curry – but as an herbal supplement, Turmeric lends its zing to help the immune system. Turmeric contains beneficial flavonoids – plant-based antioxidants that help fight cell-damaging free radicals. Plus, Turmeric may support brain health. Many older citizens of India have been reported to be able to maintain healthy brain functioning as they age. The high intake of Turmeric in India is believed to contribute to brain health and functioning.

A chemical analysis of Turmeric classified the herb as having a high flavonoids content (>500 mg/100 g). These results indicate that Turmeric possesses antioxidant properties through its flavonoids content, which can help fight cell-damaging free radicals, In a clinical trial, 40 males who had recently been subjected to heavy physical stress were administered either 400 mg of Curcumin, a natural component of Turmeric, 100 mg phenylbutazone or a placebo three times daily for five days. Those participant receiving Curcumin had a healthy immune response and improved comfort when compared to placebo. These results show that the natural properties of Curcumin help to support the immune system.

  • Helps fight cell-damaging free radicals
  • Supports stimulation of the body’s natural defenses
  • The high intake of Turmeric in India is believed to contribute to brain health

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer

www.palmerchiroga.com