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Bronchitis… And My Soup

Bronchitis… Its day 4 and my lungs are tired.

goeller-soup

Simmered 30 min between each photo.

So you know what I did earlier today? I went to the farmers market and bought the ingredients to make soup. Yup, my soup usually opens my lungs up nicely. For some reason, I went through the winter without making a batch and now look what happened. I usually eat at least one serving a week or more when I start to wheeze and within a few hours, my breathing is restored to normal. (I’m not making any guarantees this will change your health or that this soup is medicinal.) So what’s in my soup?

Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Celery, Red Potatoes, Garbonzo Beans (Chick Peas), All-Natural Chicken

Many of these ingredients have multiple health benefits alone, but when you combine them the benefits are even greater. It’s kind of like double dosing on the good stuff!

Yes, you can pop a vitamin daily, but getting nutrients from food seems so much better. The nutrients are likely absorbed easier when they come from food, therefore, more beneficial. Use vitamins as a supplement, not as your main method of maintaining your health.

So go out there and take care of your health… Getting through the day is much easier when you feel good!

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Too Much Protein for Kids

Too Much Protein, Kids

So I got a text yesterday from a parent, “should I start my daughter on protein shakes?” Take a guess what my two-word response was… “Absolutely NOT.”

clipart-protein-powderI did elaborate after that and I did send her links to articles on why you should not give kids too much protein.

First of all, if your child eats, they are likely getting enough protein. Did you know there is protein in kale, peas, and some other vegetables? And there is protein in dairy, beans, nuts, oatmeal, and some breads?

Too much protein can cause damage to the body. It can lead to dehydration, loss of calcium, kidney stones, and even kidney dysfunction. Some protein foods have high nitrogen which makes the kidneys work harder to rid the body of the nitrogen through the urine. This can place stress on the kidneys. If the excess protein causes the body to reduce the calcium, that can affect bones and muscle contraction. Did you know that your muscles store calcium which is needed for every muscle contraction? That could make training for a sport very difficult.

So, why would you want to give your child excess amounts of protein? Yes, we all need protein, but too much of a good thing can actually be bad.

Google “too much protein for kids” and check out some of the articles.

Children ages 1 to 3 require 13g of protein per day.
Children ages 4 to 8 need 19g of protein every day.
Children ages 9 to 13 need about 34g every day.
Females 14 to 18 need 46g of protein every day.
Males 14-18 need 52g of protein every day.
Adults need about 0.7-0.8g per kg of bodyweight.
Elite athletes need about 1g per kg of bodyweight.

www.BestSportsConditioning.com

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Rejection… Actors

“How do you deal with all of the rejection?” Many people have asked me that question in the past 6+ years I’ve worked in the industry.

web-goeller-postcard-2016Actors go to many auditions before the right role comes along.

The casting directors are not necessarily harshly rejecting actors. They are just quietly choosing the right person for the role. I think there is a difference between not being chosen and being harshly rejected. The door is not being slammed in my face and casting directors are not being mean during auditions.

Did you know that sometimes the casting director keeps an actor in mind for a future role, sometimes an even better role?

So, when people ask me how I deal with “all the rejection” I tell them, in my experience, it does not exist.  Maybe I just have a good attitude. I sometimes see the person in the roles I auditioned for and I find myself saying, “yup, they were right for that role.”

Of course, there is some disappointment, but the last thing you want to do is not fit into a role and ruin a project for everyone.  It takes patience and perseverance, just like building a career in ANY industry. Most people do not start out in their industry as stars or as the “go-to” person. So, no, I do not think of it as “rejection.” I just continue to apply and audition for roles and eventually, I’ll be cast in something worthwhile. Check out my imdb page, www.imdb.me/karengoeller.

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Shoveling Snow… An Unexpected Physical Challenge

It’s snowing out there… Are you in shoveling shape? No, really… Are you in shape for unexpected physical work?

karen-legs-plus-book-2018Many people are not. But when it comes time to shovel the snow, pick up the groceries, do the laundry, or pick up that little family member who wants to be held many people simply can’t do it. It’s often not from injury or illness, it’s from being too sedentary for too long.

So, if you want those unexpected physical challenges to be a bit easier, start exercising now. If you do something very physical after being so sedentary, you risk serious injury and a miserable few days to several weeks after that. Why risk it?

There are plenty of appropriate workouts you can do. Start at the beginning then work up to more challenging workouts. Two of the workout types that I have developed are unique and get results. You can check them out at www.swingworkouts.com and www.legsplus.com.

Good luck… and get in shape now for those unexpected days later…

Listen to all of Karen’s Quick Podcasts here, https://karengoeller.wordpress.com/karen-goeller-podcasts/

Bread… You CAN Eat Bread…

Bread… Yes, I DO Eat Bread!

potato-bread-clipart-8You CAN eat bread and remain healthy. That’s as long as you are eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and other REAL foods. Every cell in your body relies on glucose to function so you DO NEED CARBS for energy.

My favorite bread is the Oat Nut, but there are many varieties that will not sabotage your good health. The Ezikiel bread in the freezer section is a great one.

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Salad… You Do Not Need Lettuce.

Salads… You Do Not Need Lettuce

2-27661_fruit-and-vegetables-clipartI have a thought for those of you who say you “hate salad.” Did you know you can throw a few fruits and/or veggies of your choice and call it a salad?

Start with a few green beans and grapes if that’s all you enjoy from the produce dept. Or how about a sliced apple, maybe a clementine, and some green beans? How about an apple, cheese, and grapes?

I’m not saying to leave out kale and spinach if you enjoy them. I eat them very often. I am just letting people know they can add nutrients to their diet in a more creative way if they do not like lettuce, kale, or spinach.

Be creative and try to get at least three healthy items into that bowl.

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No Need to Eat 100% Healthy 100% of the Time

No need to eat 100% healthy 100% of the time. Yes, you heard right. Karen Goeller, CSCS, the person who has been teaching people about health, fitness, and strength for over 30 years just said that!

cartIf you try to eat 80%-90% healthy, you’ll likely be satisfied and remain close to your ideal weight. But first, define healthy.

In my opinion, healthy foods are food from the produce, fish, and meat sections of the supermarket. That’s fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Yes, potatoes and yams included. Just stay away from the boxed meals, fast-foods, and junk foods.

Try really hard to snack on high-quality foods rather than cookies, candies, and other processed foods with low or no nutritional value.

And yes, I DO eat bread and a high protein-omega-3 pasta made from legumes. I personally enjoy Oat Nut bread and Barilla pasta in the yellow box. The Ezekiel bread is high quality too. And of course, your beverages count. Keep the sugar and syrups OUT of your coffee!

So try this. next time you go to the store, be sure that 8 or 9 of every ten items in your cart are actually healthy items. I personally only eat 80%-90% healthy. Remember to define healthy before you make changes.

Good luck… Stay healthy!

karen-legs-plus-book-2018And if you want to start exercising, try the LEGS PLUS workouts. www.LegsPlus.com

P.S. Follow your doctor’s guidelines for you if you have a specific diet. Discuss all changes with a medical professional.

 

Lymphedema Diet

After seeing a photo of me holding my Lymphedema Book, someone asked me, “Is there a specific diet you follow for lymphedema?” My initial response was, “A healthy one!”

Lymphedema Book

Not being wise, seriously, a healthy variety of real foods. I try to eat many fruits and vegetables daily and I eat carbs and proteins. Yes, I eat carbs! Every cell in your body NEEDS glucose to function.

And I eat enough proteins, but I do not overdo the proteins. Unused proteins go back to the liver, get converted to glycogen, and then get stored in your body as fat. So too much protein not only stresses your organs, it gets stored as fat if not used for energy. And when your body is using protein as energy, it is actually taking it from muscle. So if you are not doing resistance exercise and you are not eating carbs, you will end up with very little muscle tone and too much fat stored in your body. Stop doing the protein drinks and bars if you are not a body-builder. They were created for body-builders, not for middle-aged people who do not exercise very intensely.

And yes, I eat carbs! I eat plenty of rice, potatoes, yams, quinoa, and pasta that is made from legumes and oats. I eat oatmeal, oat bran, or cream of wheat with one or two of the following in my hot cereal flax, chia seeds, blueberries, or goji berries in the morning. And I use almond or coconut milk rather than cow milk.

I admit, when I visit mom, I do eat a slice of cake if she offers it after dinner, but I do not keep junk food at home. Junk food is not part of my daily eating routine.

And do not follow any diet that is advertised. Why? because they are advertising their diets in order to sell you something. It does not mean that it is a suitable eating plan for you. Many generations before us did very well just eating real foods. The human body has not changed in its needs. Eat your fruits and vegetables! It will pay off in the long run.

Enjoy the rest of your day…

www.LymphedemaBook.com

 

New Year’s Motivation… I Did It and You Can Too!

Enjoy your New Year… Set goals, spend time with friends and family, and try to enjoy life in between your career efforts and hard work.

I did it and you can too!

The book mentioned is at www.LymphedemaBook.com.

 

 

Your Resolution… Happy New Year!

Forget New Year Resolutions…

Make a new LIFE resolution. How are you going to change your life for the better forever? Setting and achieving smaller goals as you reach toward your ultimate goal will be more enjoyable and rewarding. Best of luck with your resolutions… K. Goeller

Check out the  Fitness and Gymnastics Journals by Karen Goeller.

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