I had the great privilege to meet and share some very special time with our Pittsburgh Women’s Professional Football Team, the Pittsburgh Passion and passionate they are! It was truly an honor and so inspiring for me, I really did want to suit up. They are celebrating 15 years of representing our city and just like our Pittsburgh Steelers they are winners! Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Football is the most recognized women’s full-contact football franchise in the world. Winner of a National Championship and four Divisional Championships.
Having the opportunity to speak to them in their pre-game locker room and clearly experiencing their faith based approach to the game was deeply moving for me. Then I was escorted onto the field with the captains for the coin toss…I must say I never felt so tiny, thats when I really wanted to suite up. I think every player thanked me for coming to share with them and I thanked them for giving me one of the most enjoyable evenings I could have imagined. My hope is that we will continue our relationship through partnership with our Sister Support non-profit, to promote physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing for women throughout the world but especially for our Sisters in the Burgh!
I now have T-shirts so the Health Pyramid staff can have Passion Fridays during the season!
If you’d like tickets please let us know prior to your next appointment and we will take care of that for you!
Thanks again Coach T and all of the Pittsburgh Passion players, can’t wait for the next game!
Learn more about out Pittsburgh Passion Women's Football team here!
To learn more about our Sister Support non-profit or to donate visit www.sistersupport.org.
MEDITERRANEAN QUINOA CASSEROLE
2 and 1/2 cups cooked cup quinoa (approx. 1 cup dry)*
1 and 1/2 cups cooked brown lentils (approx. 1/2 cup dry)**
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 ounces fresh baby spinach
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 medium size eggs
1/2 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (optional)
6 ounces crumbled feta cheese (I used peppered feta)
1/2 cup fresh dill (or 2 teaspoons dried dill)
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of black pepper
Start by warming the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and the onion and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the spinach and stir together. Cover the skillet with a lid and allow to cook for 5 minutes, removing the lid to stir half way through. Once all of the spinach is wilted, remove from the skillet and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels. This will help absorb some of the excess moisture.
Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 9 x 13” casserole dish. Combine the cooked quinoa, lentils, spinach mixture and tomatoes in a large bowl and set aside. In a separate large bowl, combine the yogurt (if using), eggs, feta, dill, and salt & pepper then stir together.
Next add the quinoa mixture to the bowl with the eggs and feta and mix until everything is evenly coated. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until light golden brown on top.
Allow to cool for at least ten minutes then serve hot and enjoy!
*Leftovers can be stored in airtight container for up to 3 days. To save time, you can use precooked lentils and quinoa or cook them in advance.
Author: Michelle, Thrifty Diva
Gluten Free Golden Corn Muffins
These Gluten Free Golden Corn Muffins are so soft and moist, you may never make regular cornbread muffins again!
Today, 1 in 5 post-menopausal American women takes Hormone Replacement Therapy. HRT is most often prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances and mood swings. And although HRT might be appropriate for some in this situation, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo, professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, reports that the risks for most women taking HRT long-term outweigh any benefits.
Also included in the findings of Bibbins-Domingo, there is limited evidence that estrogen and progestin do help prevent bone fractures. It is also noted that estrogen and progestin increase the risk of stroke, thromboembolisms (blood clots that dislodge and move through the circulation system), gallbladder disease, and urinary incontinence.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has known since the mid 70's that estrogen causes cancer, knowing this surely the benefits do not outweigh the risk.
Do not panic, because there are many natural, holistic options that are very effective in controlling the symptoms of menopause!
First, it is important to follow an anti-inflammatory food diet. You can find a list of anti-inflammatory foods on my blog. Second, utilize a supplement to support your liver. Often times, the conjugation of hormones on top of the toxins that your liver has been filtering for 50 years is just too much for your liver to handle. Women with congestion of the liver will tend to wake up in the middle of the night between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 am.
Supplements will help, but it is important that you to see a licensed health care practitioner when you begin to take supplements. At my practice, Health Pyramid Longevity & Vitality Center, we utilize a rhubarb extract called Estrovera and have seen great success. (In fact, I also take this.) Estrovera is available on my website or you can call my office at 724-295-2100 and we will be happy to ship it directly to you. We also have natural support for sleep, bloating and most conditions that you’d be better off controlling naturally. When a targeted nutrient can enhance your health at the cellular level and alleviate your symptoms with zero side effects then it is the obvious best choice!
So, no matter what you are dealing with, always try a natural approach. You'll be pleased with how targeted nutrients can help you with any condition from menopause to IBS to MS. Make a holistic approach a part of, if not your main focus of support.
Dr. Kathleen Hartford, a licensed Integrated Wellness Practitioner, Healthy Aging Expert, and NET licensed specialist, has dedicated herself to improving her patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. The author of FIT, FUN & FABULOUS AT ANY AGE, Dr. Hartford speaks all over the world to promote understanding among the healing disciplines and to help people reclaim their health and vitality.
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