Every month Heatwave will post a newsletter with hair, health, food, and everyday living articles.
WINTER HAIR CARE
When winter hits, a bad hair day can seem to last the whole winter season. Call it what you like, hat hair, static electricity, split ends, or simply dry frizz. The ongoing winter environment can have some of the most damaging effect on our hair. People may not take precautions on their hair in the winter as much as they do in the summer time.
In the winter, you will still have sun exposure combined with blustery winds, rain, snow, and cold. You can take protective steps against any winter woes you hair may encounter.
At the top of the list for most people is a good thick, rich, moisturizing conditioner. The product has to contain essential fatty acids and humectants. Those are best for moisturizing hair helping to attract and hold moisture in the hair, which can be challenging in the winter.
If you have thick or curly hair, you should use a thick, heavy conditioner hair pack, deep treatment. Leave it in your hair for a half an hour, once or twice a week.
If your hair is fine or thin, avoid the conditioning pack. It will be too heavy for your hair. Instead, use a regular conditioner every time you wash your hair, supplement with a light leave-in spray conditioner. If it is not light, it will weigh your hair down.
To remove static cling, use a fabric softening dryer sheet. Lightly rub it on your hair and it will remove the static. Or rub it on your hands and smooth your hands over those stray fly-aways.
Avoid using heat appliance as much as possible. Using a blow dryer or flat iron will dry out your hair even more in the winter.
If your hair is especially vulnerable, avoid using chemicals in the winter. Try lowlights or highlights with no peroxide color.
To avoid hat hair in the cold weather, put a silk scarf on under your hat to help prevent squishing and reducing static cling.
Talk to your stylist about your specific hair condition and products that will help.
12 ounces dried spaghetti
1 lb. ground turkey
1 cup chopped onion
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 package of sliced mushrooms
1-½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
¼ cup water
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 quart rectangular baking dish.
Cook spaghetti according to directions. Drain. Return to pan.
In a large skillet cook ground turkey and onion until meat is cooked and onion is tender. Stir in mushrooms. Drain off any fat. Stir in tomatoes and oregano into mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Spread half the cooked spaghetti in baking dish. Top with half of the meat mixture and half of the cheddar cheese. Repeat.
In a medium bowl combine cream of mushroom soup and water; Spread over the top layer. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes.
TIPS TO HELP KEEP THE FLU AWAY
It’s that time of the year where flu season is still upon us. The flu germ spreads from person to person through sneezing, coughing or even touch a surface that has been contaminated (door handles, escalator rail, etc.). Here are a few tips to help keep it from spreading this season:
- If you are sick, stay at home. Limit your contact with others.
- A general rule, if you have the flu, you should stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone away without using fever-reducing medicine.
- Wash your hands frequently. This is one of the most important things you can do to help stop spreading the germs, whether you use soap and water or use an alcohol based hand rub.
- Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes. This is the fastest way to spread the germs.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Keep a tissue with you while you are sick so it is readily available.
- Disinfect surfaces and object as germs can live on surfaces for hours.
- Don’t share drinking glasses or utensils.
- If you know anyone who is sick with the flu, stay away to reduce the risk of catching the flu.
- Get a flu shot.
- If you get the flu, check with your doctor about antiviral drugs to help reduce the illness. These must be started early to be effective.
Sleep Can Help in Weight Loss
studies have shown a link between sleep deprivation and a propensity to gain weight. people who experience sleep deprivation have been shown to be more likely to consume high carb and high calorie foods.
SlEEP DEPRIVATION INCREASES A HORMONE CALLED GHRELIN, WHICH TRIGGERS APPETITE AND DECREASES ONE CALLED LEPTIN WHICH SIGNALS THAT YOU ARE FULL. PEOPLE WHO SLEEP LESS TEND TO EAT MORE.
skimping on sleep can also set your brain up to make bad decisions. when you are tired your brain is looking for something to rev it up. that could include a second bowl of ice cream. HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO GETTING BETTER SLEEP.
FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH SLEEP YOUR BODY NEEDS. sleep cycles are 90 minutes long and most adults average five cycles per night. that would be about 7 ½ hours of sleep would be needed for some people. there may be differences for others. some people need more and some need less. experiment what your needs are.
keep your bedtime and wake up time consistent. try not to vary when you go to bed or wake up by more than half an hour. this will keep your internal clock functioning more efficiently.
cut back on caffine. Try consuming no caffeine after 2 p.m.
cut back drinking alcohol. when alcohol metabolizes out of your system, you will wake up more frequently later in the night.