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Who wants to look like Dr. Squirrel? We sure do! What a stunner! A Mother of four children and a practicing OB/GYN, Dr. Tandra Cadigan aka Dr. Squirrel is an example of a healthy lifestyle. The Doctor practices what she preaches. Just look at the pic above…Dr. Squirrel embodies both beauty and health into her everday life and is an inspiration to all of us! Below is what the good Doctor has to say about foods, a couple of beauty tips, and a fitness exercise that we all need to incorporate into our daily lives!
“Greetings beautiful women and your special men! Spring is wonderful. Love the extended daylight and the warm breezes. There is something about Spring that just makes the soul feel good. Feeling good also comes from eating well. Eating well is the subject of our News.
WELLNESS: When it comes to being healthy, we tend to think about the foods we shouldn’t be eating. Maybe it is time to think more about the healthy foods we should be eating. We have complied a list of “super foods” packed with antioxidants, nutrients and potent disease-fighting compounds.
These foods are important because we are regularly exposed to numerous toxic substances that did not exist 100 years ago. The food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink contain minuscule residues of pesticides and chemical and industrial contaminants. These pollutants are inescapable; they are even found in remote parts of Antarctica and Greenland. No one knows the effects of lifetime exposure but it is clear that a well-functioning immune system–bolstered by antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals– may help protect us from a variety of diseases. A diet high in antioxidant-rich foods may prevent heart disease, as well. Antioxidants go after dangerous molecules called reactive oxygen species, which damage cells, contributing to conditions from cancer to heart disease.
Our super food list is as follows: fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines or other fatty fish rich in Omega-3’s. Berries, not just blueberries but raspberries, blackberries as well, scavenge the body for molecules that damage our DNA. Cruciferous veggies, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage or kale contain isothiocyanates which are believed to fight cancer. Eggs contain lutein which is good for vision and choline which helps preserve memory. One a day is OK. Walnuts, olive oil are good fats which helps our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). Tea, not just green tea, but any tea is high in antioxidants. And dark chocolate which is thought to be beneficial for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. But just an ounce a day. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet is always a very good idea.
FITNESS: If you don’t want your upper arms waving long after you’ve said goodbye, you will need to work on your triceps! Try this this simple but powerful way to sculpt this muscle. Lie down, knees bent, with the soles of the feet firmly on the floor. With or without weights, extend your arms straight up to the ceiling and slowly bend your forearms back from the elbow to behind your ears. Keep your elbows pointing straight up and do 20 repetitions and work up to 3 sets. Beautiful!!!
BEAUTY: Want beautiful skin? Focus on eating veggies. Avoid sugar, drink loads of water, and sleep a least seven to nine hours a night, which will reduce stress hormones and free radicals that damage skin. Puffy eyes? Try StriVectin-TL 360 Tightening Eye Serum ($69). Flat hair? Use dry shampoo, not hair spray, to stop your hair from being flat.”
“Go confidently in the directions of your dreams, Live the life you have imagined,” Henry David Thoreau.
Enjoy the Spring!
~Kisses Dr. Cadigan aka Dr. Squirrel