elainedispo

Search for “dr. oz”

Foodie Friday: HD is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/21/2015 at 10:35

🎈🎁HBD💝🎂 to 🎀🎆🎇🌠yours💫✨🎊🎉 truly 👉🏽 this DISPO!!!

Good thing that this Birthday Girl consumes another D: 🍊Vitamin D!!

🌅My fave Vit-D source: ☼sunshine☼!🌅

Context Media Health

According to Context Media Health, Mushrooms offer Vitamin D, as opposed to other produce!

Right on point with these wraps that include Vitamin D-rich 🍄mushrooms!

  

H is for: Happy😍  

& 😎Happy 🍝Pasta & Veggie (including 🍄Mushroom) Melt with 🍞Breadstick Smile😄

H also is for: Healthy & Homegrown!

Celery

Growing celery in my own home! 🌿🏡

Fruit: Pears🍐 from our backyard tree🌳 & Homegrowing Pineapple🍍 • Celery🌿 • Romaine Lettuce🍃

Happy Healthy Sweet Treats🍧 for my 🎂Birthday

Fruity Feast

😀Smiling

  

Dream Ice Cream

Dream Team Ice Cream: 1/2 Banana + 1TBS Lite Cool Whip + ½-TBS each Cookie Butter & Cookies & Cream Cookie Butter + ½-TBS each Pecan Chips & Chopped Walnuts + 1TBS Angel Flake Coconut 🌈🏆🍨🍌🍦🍪🍫🌰

H also is for …

H2O conservation: we drain dish water from the kitchen sink into a bowl, then pour it into buckets for our grass during the drought!

Back to the D …

Interesting timing that after I received my reminder to consume Vitamin D, an encore episode📺 of Dr. Oz features that problems caused by not getting your Vit-D intake and solutions to improve our health!

Vitamin D Combats

Excuses for Minimal Vitamin D

  • Working inside 💼
  • Live north of Atlanta where sunlight is deprived 🌆
  • Not eating enough food with Vitamin D 🍶

Lack of Vitamin D Links to …⬇️

  • Dementia
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Blood Pressure
  • Depression

Needs

  • 1K units💊 minimum –> recommended 2K
  • Right dose: starting points 1,000 IU multi, up dose if symptoms don’t improve in few mos 💉

*Reference📺

  • 📲Context Media Health. (2015). Text message notifications.
  • 😷Dr. Oz. (2014). The Vitamin Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Of.”

Addendum

Vacay Pizza

Deluxe Pizza to kick off my Vacay ~ complete w/Mushrooms for Vit. D!

MORE Mushroom Madness

HBD at Fazoli's

*Papa Jun* read my mind before I did: Fazoli’s ~ that includes Vit.D-rich Mushroom Ravioli ~ on the brain for my Bday! #StudyBreak Added BONUS: my dream Nutella Cheesecake

Beauty Tuesday: From Head to Toe ~ Year-Round Hair Care & Summer Happy Feet Tips

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/16/2015 at 05:25

Restore your hair💁🏻 and keep your feet👣 in tip-top shape this season! 

Head’s Start: Our Hair💁🏻 

Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim

Effortless look: Hair up (yet always time to take hair down [more to follow below]) * flawless make-up * statement dress Impress = Success #DISPObustAFlow

💁🏻Any hair breakage or loss probs? Look no further; Dr. Oz😷 and yours truly to the rescue!

As someone who’s had healthy hair and has attempted to revitalize it after chemically-treating it (color and curl), I swear by coconut oil and now Marvelous Oil to moisturize it!

💁🏻On 📺The Dr. Oz Show, a professional guest who appeared introduced a pre-treatment

*Pre-Poo ~ comb through approximately 20 minutes before shampooing💆🏻

  • Thin Hair: Coconut
  • Medium: Ampro
  • Thick: Castor

👦🏻Now as someone who’s been more self-conscious about receding hairlines, I’m all about this

Thinning Hair Breakthrough

*Color Powder ~ hides bald spots and grays👴🏽

I personally use the dry shampoo from my Birthday Birchbox to cover up

*Change the part to cover the spots👸🏻

➕Plus, I’d like to pony … I mean, point out the obvious (thanks, auto-correct/subliminal message in my subconscious):

🚫DON’T always pull your hair back in tight buns🍘 or ponytails🐴

👧🏻It may be common sense that these up-dos tend to impose damage on hair follicles, as well as loosening from the scalp. However, for some of us who have long 💇🏼hair, we need to wear our hair up for daily activities (i.e., work, workout) to keep it away from our face.

👧🏻Just like our diets, we may wish to consider that our hairstyles🙆🏽 (chemicals, heat, etc.) must be done in moderation to prevent long-term effects, like losing it. #YOLO

Finish with Our Feet👣

Boots

Now that we’ve hit more ☼sunshine☼ past our lingering snowy & rainy seasons, I’m storing my boots at the very top tier of my dress/accessory closet, but they’re still easy to access if I occasionally need them!

👣I read this article that addressed how to exercise good foot and shoe hygiene, especially with the sweat that accompanies the summer heat. It reminds me of how I adopted a practice from my AF wife bestie, who’d at the very least wash her feet before bed (especially after a ladies’ night full of dancing at the club) ~ that way, we don’t stink up our bedtime sheets and wake up with the stench in the air!

👣Similarly, our shoes👟 ~ especially those open-toed ones (flats, flip flops, sandals, stilettos) that we don’t wear with socks ~ need loving too! When I’d work at shoe stores during h.s. and college, I’d always stock up on mint balls to freshen up my footwear. Due to some stains on the insides of our shoes actually coming from dead skin, we must clean and spray those off (I typically pre-treat them with water repellent to prevent marks)! Also, upon removing those shoes, I go back to the above guideline: wash my feet!

🌅Since I’m about to teach my ☼summer☼ speech class about **persuasive speaking, I’ve used two types of testimonies to sway you:

Summer Stylin'

♪We Never Go Out of Style♫ This season/teaching session, my VS ☼Summer☼ ♥Love♥ tote holds my textbook + M•A•C HK cosmetics bag

  • Expert Testimony ~ Dr. Oz and his guests as the specialists in their respective fields
  • Lay/Peer Testimony ~ I’m just an average joe who can show how these have worked for me!
M•A•C for Class

… to store my Dry-Erase Board Markers & Cleaner!

Sources

*The Dr. Oz Show, “Secrets to Thicker, Fuller, Stronger Hair”

**Ford-Brown, L. A. (2014). DK guide to public speaking, 2nd ed. NY: Pearson Education.

Sleepy Sunday: Sleep Solutions

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sleepy Sunday, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/31/2015 at 06:00

This last day of May ~ the month of MARY ~ marks my last (rest) day, week and month before the summer when I amp up my A-game to A+ completion for my dissertation. In June ~ very, very soon ~ I’ll …

  • Wrap up my data collection
  • Run my statistics
  • Analyze my results

Almost #NumberCrunchTime!

Breakthrough news:

Due to my strong efforts in increasing my sample size for my doctoral survey this past week alone, I had more participants everyday than I had in previous months since I started my research methods! As of yesterday, I’ve (finally) reached my minimum target amount! Of course, I’ll still keep *shooting* for more…

For the rest of this year, I’ll devote almost every waking moment outside of my Church, teaching and photography to finish my paper and prepare my dissertation defense to become DOCTOR. As my bud Edwin and I established the other day

I don’t just want  to do it at this point. I have toneed to get her done. It is imperative.

Bearing all of the above in mind, a good night’s sleep is essential. Following are:

  • Problems that lead to lack of sleep
  • Guidelines from various sources that may be worth a shot
  • Which ones of those tips worked for yours truly?
Sleeping Beauty

Throwback: Baby ASIA sleeping with her 1st toy

Before you dive into this, here’s my disclaimer:

With a wealth of health info, there’s long-winded content below! #DISPObustAFlow

INSOMNIA ISSUES

As I write this, a Sleep Number commercial just came on, reminding me that comfort is key to getting those much needed z’s.

In my speech classes, I teach about how listening barriers (i.e., physical and psychological noise) prevent us as audience members from effectively paying attention to presentations ~ a similar analogy applies to sleepers.

  • Other people/pets at home or noisy neighbors contribute to non-friendly sleeping environments
  • Stress induces mind alertness that also deprive both the body and spirit from rest.

REM RESOLUTIONS

Rapid Eye Movement sleep is what we want to achieve for deep sleep. In order to achieve a more rested feeling upon waking up and welcoming the day, it may be a matter of adjusting our lifestyles. Here are ways to manage our time from the moment we wake up to when we hit the sack…

Begin your day with a “B”!

Breakfast

Yes, this is the most important meal of the day for good reason, and (2)my mom the Belated Birthday Girl, knows best because she:

  • Always eats a feast first thing in the morning
  • Is in incredible shape
  • Sleeps like a baby!
“C” Sleeping Tips Benefits Which Worked for Me
Cardio (4)First-thing-to-ring-in-the-morning sweat sessions bring blood pressure down to seize the day for better sleep(5)TIU-approved! I observed that my better nights’ sleep took place after a knockout workout, such as the body pump, body jam and step aerobics classes that I took at my hometown and school gym during graduate school
Cherries (4)The juice contains melatonin, a chemical that induces sleepiness Now that they’re in season, and my parents recently picked a serious bunch in California (during my mom’s birthday vacay and paternal grandmother’s anniversary commemoration), so I’m stocked up on pasalubong (gifts)
Caffeine (4)As long as it’s consumed at least a couple of hours after waking (so you’re not too wired at the beginning) and done drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages by 2PM due to the 8-10 hour aftermath energy potential I learned from experience to cut off my coffee intake before 5PM (because I’ve always had trouble sleeping when I’d keep drinking it past then) ~ now I ought to shut down a couple of hours prior to my usual time
Consume Healthy Fats (4)Omega-3 fatty acids can connect to substantial sleep
C-iesta (4)Mid-day nap to increase alertness to wrap up the day; NASA research revealed that military pilots’ power naps increased their levels of alertness Power naps have given me more of a punch and pow to plow wow through the rest of my day
Carb Load (4)The amino acid tryptophan helps lead to drowsiness Yes, please, bring it on! I’ve always advocated carbohydrates, like in pasta, as a runner whenever I’d get ready for race day, but it certainly makes sense that they’ve contributed to that well-rested feeling! The Ellen DeGeneres Show also suggested carbs, such as in bread, to help you sleep
Cut out Alcohol way before bedtime (4)Alcohol interferes with circadian rhythms, according the University of Missouri studies, and takes an hour minimum for the body to metabolize it(5)DON’T drink on an empty stomach, and drink water between cocktails to stay hydrated, + try wine spritzers (= parts wine & soda) for ½ the calories!
Scents (4)Lavender decreases inflammation, soothes aches and pains(5)reduces blood pressure and leads to deep sleep My fave relaxing fragrances: lavender, jasmine, eucalyptus and mint …·         I’ve always adored the calming effects of lavender, which I’ve already used from shower gels, bubble bath and my Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy lotion (Lavender Vanilla for Sleep)!·         Another from my B&BW collection is from jasmine, from Midnight-Blooming Jasmine moisturizing lotion to Jasmine Vanilla for Sensual Aromatherapy·         Eucaluptus and mint soothe me through my B&BW lotion (Eucalyptus and Spearmint for Stress Relief), and Vicks VapoRub that I massage into my neck, chest, back and feet at bedtime to relieve aches and pains plus bring aromas that calm my cold.
DisConnect (4)Unplugging all devices means NO melatonin suppressants (e.g., blue light, white noise)(5)TIU’s K&K call it a “tech detox” I honestly have been keeping my iPhone 6+ OFF for days and even weeks at a time this season and using my computers , including for social media, exclusively to fulfill purposes of career-related projects
Clothes OFF (4)Cooler temperatures rom sleeping au natural prevents the body from overheating I’m all about snoozing in the buff, and this actually also has benefitted my energy bill more when I keep my electric fan off
Committed Sleep Schedule I’ve always craved at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and (1)Edwin affirmed that by pointing out to me that by pointing out how

  • 8 hours indeed is ideal during the night
  • 9 hours (+ an extra hour) works for the weekend
He also mentioned that there’s no way we can make up for lost sleep. I most certainly back this because during my previous attempts of sleeping more after lacking rest, I’d throw myself off.
Coin Toss (6)Biggest decisions occupy our minds, so·         Heads = YES·         Tails = NO
Change Sleeping Position (6)Instead of getting out of bed, change your sleep position by turning upside-down·         Calms the nervous system·         Turns fears upside-down When my sister and I shared a bedroom while vacationing at our aunt’s and uncle’s as children, we weren’t accustomed to twin beds since we had our own double/full-sized beds at the time ~ we stayed up late talking but realized that we more easily dozed off by reversing with our heads at the feet and our feet at the heads of the beds! (Mind you, we really didn’t have worries back then, but this method definitely proved to be effective even during childhood.)

Another commercial that just caught my eye was for Snuggles ~ a mom would put fabric softener sheets everywhere, including underneath chair cushions, to remind her and her family of the freshness! I think that I’ll try the Lavender Joy!

Supplements and Substances

Yes, several of us out there sought “magic pills” for a quick-fix to our own insomnia. Based on my own experience, I’ve taken them but now would rule them out as a last resort after trying all of the above advice first.

  • Valerian root ~ linked to reducing anxiety but isn’t FDA-regulated (which I took when I prepared for comprehensive exams in both my Master’s and doctoral degrees)
  • Prescription drugs ~ I’ve had Rx to “resolve” my sleep struggles, but I’d rather not be chemically-dependent on them and would only take them when I could devote a full-night’s rest
  • Sleepytime Tea ~ My doctoral classmate suggested this, and of course, I’ve also started making my own lemon-honey tea to soothe my cold: another reason I’ve been kept up late at night

Cap your night with another “B”!

Breathing Exercise

(6)Shutdown night time worry by minimizing those fears that keep you up late at night

Tip: Breathe in for 90 seconds so the worry passes 

Last but not least …

Personally, I pray for peace✌

Just in case this lengthy segment didn’t already put you to sleep, here’s a sum-up …

For sufficient shut-eye, shoot for these essential “Cs“:

  • Comfort: comfy mattress (or other sleeping surface) and temps
  • Consistency: amount of sleep and same time on schedule

Challenge:

  1. Go 1 day with implementing all of the above (except for the coin toss, sleep position or substances, unless absolutely necessary) ~ please feel free to post a comment to me on which ones worked for you
  2. For any that did work for YOU, continue 1 week with them
  3. If your sleep has improved after 1 week, keep incorporating them for 1 month!

*Bonus*: How to Stay Happy & Healthy (3)

Healthy & Happy Hacks Examples or Experts Which Worked for Me
Fitness tracker apps Fitbit, Moves, Health Mate I login to MyFitnessPal religiously and track my miles on RunKeeper (initially introduced to me by my college student who also trained for and ran marathons)
“Workout that does good” Barre3’s daycare donation proceeds go to Every Mother Counts I’ve raised funds for several exercise events that collected charitable contributions, including the American Heart Walk almost every year between my college and doctoral coursework years
“Look pretty – and pretty awesome” Twice-Team USA Olympic runner Shannon Rowbury ~ who races with bright pink lips I like to pull or pin my hair back before exercising … even though it doesn’t always stay that way post-workout!
“Orange juice for the win” Easier to absorb nutrients from juice than the fruit ~ but beware of drinking too much due to sugar content, so still stay hydrated with H2O (Ralf Schweiggert, Ph.D., HohenheimUniversity in Stuttgart, Germany) This definitely helped me through my chronic cough!
Squash a craving Put physical space away from food (like bread) TBD

References

  1. Bruno, E. J. (2015). Personal communication.
  2. Dispo, E. R. (n. d.). Personal communication.
  3. Editors. (2015, May). “5 feel-healthy, be-happy tricks.” Redbook, 224(4), p. 112.
  4. Moscatello, C. (2015, May). “How far should you for a perfect night’s sleep?” Redbook, 224(4), pp. 107-108, 111.
  5. Scott, K., & Dawn, K. (2015). 28 days to fit, fierce, and fabulous: Create the beautiful body and mind of your dreams. NY: Rodale.
  6. TV broadcast (2015, March 27). “Reduce worrying that makes you lose sleep.” Dr. Oz.

De-Stress Saturday: Less Mess = Less Stress

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 09:30

🍀Spring🍀 Clean Time!

I’ve been known as both a clutter bug and a shutter bug 

  1. I save everything 
  2. I take photos of everything ~ hence I accumulate so much space on my devices and memory 

My best friend, Melody, has advised me of this: 

In order to organize, you’ve got to minimize!

Based on

De-Clutter Your House, De-Stress Your Body ~ Dr. Oz (Tuesday, 2/24/2015) *

Mess = Stress
🏡If your home is cluttered, you have physical & mental stress😱
👆Higher blood pressure
70% clutter 🐝bugs🐞 struggle w/obesity or being overweight😖
😜Feeling overwhelmed ~ starts off & sets tone of day😝

Mess spreads like cancer ~ metastasizes. ~ Dr. Oz

Closets
1. Get rid of what you don’t like, use or wear 
2. Categorize ~ like by season
Reverse hang clothes, upon wearing hang correct way, remove items that haven’t been worn after 6mos
We wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time
Drawers
Change your mindset
Language: instead of “junk drawer” –> utility drawer
Separate by piles: belongs here, somewhere else, in trash
Put like things together
Free 💰money💸 drawer: coupons, 🎁gift cards💳
💊Medicine💉 cabinet: only keep stuff you use ~ so everything is easy to find (reduces you buying extra)
Less Mess = Less Stress
💝Heart💖 will 🎼sing🎤 w/ 🌈joy🌞when you get rid of the clutter
Create space that reduces stress
📅Everyday for 6wks: declutter, exercise, diet plan 📆

* Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: Stress-Reduction Slimdown by Peter Walsh📚

Sunday Fun Day: Drinking’s Ups & Downs

In Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sunday Fun Day, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 05/18/2014 at 17:55

Getting crunk can have its advantages and disadvantages. Here’s the obvious:

Drink in moderation.

But there are times when some of us have our moments. You may get carried away when you’re celebrating a special event, like graduation this time of the year, birthdays, weddings, etc. Just make sure you

DON’T drink and drive.

This Sunday segment is split into two sections: first the fun part and then the morning-after part. Been there, done that. Enjoy my Top 5 lists with a glass of wine or a frosty mug! {Photos from Creative Stock}

Top Five Drinking Games

When it’s time to get crunk and drunk, games bring drinkers together for healthy competition and entertainment. They call for coordination and strategy, even with a buzz, and warrant kicks and grins. Be creative by making up rules as you go and stay good sports until the end. Please remember to play responsibly.

Game1

Cheers to these most popular drinking games at parties and bars alike.

[Involving old-fashioned liquid courage, blocks, cards, coins and sports-inspired cup tricks, winners can prevail even with a buzz.]

5. I Never

This truth-tell-all game that appears on Drinknation and Webtender has been a favorite among party-goers and campers alike because it is simple and requires no equipment, except your liquid courage, of course. All you do is tell the crowd around you something you’ve never done and everyone else who has will drink to that. If you say, “I’ve never done jail time,” your fellow drinkers who have will take a swig.

Game2

“I Never” can be played around a bonfire.

4. Jenga

As if this blocks game wasn’t already a struggle while sober, drinkers can rise to the challenge of “Jenga,” which appears on Webtender and is frequently played at bars and parties. Your mission is to ensure that the tower stays intact during your turn, but if it topples, then bottoms up. Just don’t pull a party foul by knocking the tower over on purpose because nobody likes that guy (true story).

Game3

“Jenga” with a twist: playing while drinking.

3. FUBAR

Short for “Fouled Up Beyond Any Repair,” among other relevant acronyms, this Barmeister Top 100 card game played at many a party has rules for each card that you draw. Be prepared to be Thumbmaster with a 7 or join in a Waterfall with a King. “I Never” also makes a cameo when you pick a 6. Regardless of what the card holds, be prepared to consume, resume and get FUBARed.

Game4

Only the cards will tell… Read them and drink.

2. Quarters

As an original drinking game that also ranks high on the Barmeister Top 100 and has made its way to bar tables and party stairs, put your shooting skills to the test by bouncing a quarter (or another coin or bottle cap) from a table or other hard surface into a container. Filling up that cup, glass or jar is optional, but drinking up is required of those who the successful shooters choose when they toss up.

Coins

The flip of a coin can hit or miss…

1. Beer Pong

This most popular of drinking games, as shown on the Barmeister Top 100 and social events, ranging from celebrity benefits to college mixers, combines ping-pong and basketball.

Pong

Pong can be played on any surface that will get wet afterwards.

You shoot, you score, your opponent chugs from that cup the beer, not the ball. Hopefully, you can maintain your aim, both in this game and when you break the seal and take a leak afterwards.

Pong2

Play with caution! Have some fun in the sun!

Top Five Hangover Remedies

The morning after: you wake up with your head pounding like a ton of bricks and feel compelled to hurl yourself over to the porcelain gods (the nearest toilet). Sound familiar? Next time you drink like there’s no tomorrow, try these likely surefire holistic ways to cure your hangover. Word of caution: when you consume alcohol, know your limits or at least hand your car keys over to a trusted designated driver and have a buddy who will watch your back so you don’t go home with the wrong person.

Hangover1

You can mend your hangover without medicine or coffee.

5. Detox with Soothing Measures

Temperature differences may aid in recovering from your drinking spree. A hot bath or shower can release toxins from your alcohol consumption, and inhaling the steam can alleviate your senses. For headaches, a cold compress or covered ice pack can provide relief.

Hangover2

Suds up after your round of bottoms-up.

4. Take Vitamins, NOT Painkillers

If you’re going to pop a pill, be wise and take multivitamins, in particular those rich in Vitamins B and C and magnesium, which can nourish the body back to health. Do NOT take acetaminophen (Tylenol), which imposes more work on the liver to metabolize the alcohol and can debilitate it in the long run.

Hangover3

A vitamin does a sobering body good.

3. Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Eating BEFORE, DURING and AFTER drinking is essential to preventing or at least treating a hangover, preferably food that replenishes depleted levels of nutrients and comforts tummy aches. Dr. Mehmet Oz and Donna Cardillo, RN, both swear by eggs to ease hangovers because they contain cysteine, an amino acid with antioxidants that combat liver damage caused by the toxin acetaldehyde. Carbs, such as from crackers, rice or toast, can absorb alcohol and raise blood sugar levels that tend to drop with alcohol consumption and ease abdominal queasiness. Bananas offer sugar and potassium; tomatoes, honey and lemon contribute fructose; and ginger root boots out nausea.

Hangover4

Chow down so alcohol doesn’t bring you down.

2. Drink Plenty of Fluids

Since alcohol and caffeine are diuretics that can dehydrate your system, opt for water, juice, tea, sports drinks or bouillon-based soup to rehydrate yourself. Pure H2O is your best bet to flush out alcohol, yet non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated post-hangover drinks also can be refreshing. Try water mixed with lemon juice and a dash of salt or tomato juice with a hint of salt, lemon and pepper (or a Virgin Mary mocktail – as opposed to a Bloody Mary cocktail) or ginger tea for calming effects. If you choose to engage in low-impact exercise as your body recuperates, make sure that you stay hydrated with water or electrolyte-enriched beverages, such as coconut water or sports drinks.

Hangover5

Drink up, without spirits.

1. De-stress with Rest

Since alcohol is a depressant, consumption will lead to grogginess and fogginess. Even if you knock out soon after drinking, you still may feel fatigue when you wake up, on top of dizzy and nauseated. Give yourself extra shut-eye to recharge and get yourself back on track.

Hangover6

Time may be on your side to heal and feel zeal.

Last, but not least:

DON’T drink and cook!

I speak from experience!

Have fun … and

Drink responsibly!

5:55 ~ make a wish!!!

Drinking Game References 

Barmeister: Drinking Game: F.U.B.A.R.
http://www.barmeister.com/games/rules/179/?o=top100

Barmeister: Quarters
http://www.barmeister.com/games/rules/330/?o=top100

Barmeister: Drinking Game: Ultimate Beer Pong
http://www.barmeister.com/games/rules/6869/?o=top100

Drinking Map: How to Play the Jenga Drink Game
http://www.drinkingmap.com/jenga-drinking-game-rules-and-directions.html

Drinknation: ‘I Never’ Drinking Game Instructions
http://www.drinknation.com/drinking-games/I-Never

Drinknation: ‘Quarters’ Drinking Game Instructions
http://www.drinknation.com/drinking-games/Quarters

Drinks Mixer: F.U.B.A.R.
http://www.drinksmixer.com/games/49/

The Webtender: Drinking Games – Beer Pong.
http://www.webtender.com/handbook/games/beer-pong.game

The Webtender: Drinking Games – I Never.
http://www.webtender.com/handbook/games/inever.game

The Webtender: Drinking Games – Jenga.
http://www.webtender.com/handbook/games/jenga.game

Hangover Remedy References 

Drinks Mixer: Virgin Mary Recipe
http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink7049.html

Expert Clinic: Hangover Remedies
http://www.expertclinic.org/Hangover-Remedies.html

Health: 10 Hangover Remedies: What Works?; Anne Harding; 2010
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20452426_5,00.html

Men’s Health: 11 Ways to Get Rid of a Nasty Hangover; Brittany Risher
http://www.menshealth.com/mhu/party/11-ways-ease-nasty-hangover

Share Care: What is the Cure for a Hangover?; Dr. Mehmet Oz
http://www.sharecare.com/question/what-is-cure-hangover#

The Dr. Oz Show: Staying Safe and Healthy on New Year’s Eve; Donna Cardillo
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/donna-cardillo-rn-ma/staying-safe-and-healthy-new-years-eve

WebMD: Hangover Tips; Damon Meharg
http://www.webmd.com/diet/video/hangover-tips

Working Woman’s Wednesday: Doc Decompression

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/30/2015 at 12:25

Leave it to my Bestie Evie to always know what’s best for me!

Snow Day

#ImDreamingOfAWhiteCHRISTmas #LetItSnowLetItSnowLetItSnow #BabyItsColdOutside #iLoveTheWinterWeather #IveGotMyLoveToKeepMeWarm #WhenAllYouCatsAreSleepinWarmAsToast #WhiteCHRISTmas #LetItSnow #WinterWeather #CoolYule #CatsAreSleepinWarmAsToast #DoubleATeam #PURRfectMoment2PAWS #CATchOfTheDay #SnowDay #SnowAngels #WokeUpToThis #MerryTexasCHRISTmasYouAll #MerryTexasCHRISTmasYall #MerryTEXmas #WestTexas #WTX #winter #blizzard #BlanketOfWhite #snow #comfy #cozy #CuddleBuddies #SnuggleBunnies ❄️☃⛄️🎅🏽🎄🎁💝😍😻🏡

When they mentioned my need for “me” time at my graduation luncheon, I doubted that I could pull it off. However, I indeed observed how refreshed some of my fellow doc candidates-turned graduates seemed following their dissertation defenses ~ a break to decompress helped them relieve stress!

#DrDISPObustAFlow

To the tune of the wayback/throwback two-decade-old track by Montell Jordan:

♪This Is How I Did It♫

  • 3½ ☼days☼ last week between Graduation and CHRISTmas
  • +3½ ☼days☼ this week between CHRISTmas and mid-week
  • = 7  ☼days☼ total (not consecutive ~ but I’ve made it count)

My favorite activities during this Dr. D time:

Festive Foodie Friday: CHRISTmas Smiles, Family-Style

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Foto Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/25/2015 at 00:00

Merry CHRISTmas!

JELL-O

@KraftJello #FestiveFoodie #TurtleTDpie #turtle #TurkeyDay #touchdown #7layerPie #GingerSnapCrust #field #pumpkin #pecan #chocolate #hazelnut #caramel #walnut #THANKSgiving #feast #kickoff #Advent #AlmondJoyToTheWorldPeaceOfPie #AlmondJoy #peace #joy #PeaceOnEarth #WorldPeace #almond #coconut #MerryCHRISTmas #CandyCane #Oreo #PeppermintPattyCake 🐢🍛🏈🏉🎂🍰🍮🍯🌰🐿🎄😍🌎🌍🌏✌🏽️🍫🍩🍪🍭🎁💝🎀

As I reached my ultimate goal for this role of Dr. Dispo and approach my next one ~ Tita Elaine ~ I’ve been reminiscing all Advent season-long about those who are important to me, especially my parents ~ who are counting down ’til grandparenthood

 

my dad, Papa Jun, who from childhood to now has been involved in my projects

  • taught me how to compute basic math before I learned it in grade school
  • helped me with my Election Day political party coloring map in 6th grade
  • caught and froze insects for my bug collection assignment in 7th grade
  • took me to my first speech tournaments in 7th and 8th grade
  • coached me on the sidelines for my tennis matches in 8th grade
  • told me that he’d support me 100% when I applied for my doctorate
  • shopped with me for my presentation materials for my public defense

my mom, Mami Aya, who influenced me way more than I realized

  • taught me how to read at the tender age of two ~ which helped me articulate
  • wore sweet-smelling perfume that inspired my own fondness for fragrances
  • worked out to exercise videos ~ which spurred me on to publish about them
  • pointed out to me that my conduct affects my own relationships

my sister, Joanne, who has sent good vibes as she prepares to give birth to her first child (boy or girl?)

my mentor, Bishop Mike, who has shared the same home cities as my most recent schools

my bestie, Evie, who while praying and rooting me on all the way, went all out for my dissertation

This handful of special people were my starting five for Team Dr. D, out of a league of supporters throughout my Ph.D. GOD was the commissioner who made sure that I kept going while staying true to Him and myself

Who needs CHRISTmas presents when I have their presence?

Flashback Friday: Scholar Satisfaction with Strategy

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/30/2015 at 23:30

I’ve advanced from my committee to full faculty defense!

 As I prepare for my first round of presentation(s), I connect the actual theories of my dissertation study with reaching this ultimate finish line of achieving my doctoral degree …

What Worked for Me?

Exemplary Leadership Practices

081101c

Flashback Friday: Acting out a skit for our doctoral program‘s first Halloween luncheon! This was a nice mid-term break from our heavy course load to have fun!

Speaking of PRACTICE, practicing indeed makes perfect in many ways:

  • from doing Tae Bo to lose the “Freshman 15” (8-min. workout 8x/day)
  • to running through my presentation on my own and with my chair

Athlete Satisfaction

  • Satisfaction with  Strategy, Ability Utilization plus Training and Instruction ~ taking the tactics necessary to sticking with the program: my professors emphasized our strengths plus accommodated to our audio, visual and kinesthetic learning styles
  • Satisfaction with Team Integration and Personal Dedication ~ I was blessed to part of a study group who collaborated well and helped out each other, plus when I felt overwhelmed with test anxiety (so I should empathize with my students who experience speech anxiety), I’d work out {Exhibits A and B} to boost and induce my confidence

* Example: When we took our written first-year luminary comprehensive examinations, I saw my fellow physically active classmate stretching, so I also moved my muscles to bring blood flow to my brain, and during our breaks, I’d step outside the academic building for fresh air and relaxing at the gazebo to clear my head

081101b

Flashback Friday: Apparently, I didn’t have shame  in my game by decking myself out in this *DCC* costume! #PostMarathonPhysique

Plus, I’ve considered mistakes that I’ve made that potentially could have set me back from reaching my goal

What Did NOT Work for Me?

  • I lost sight of my “prize” when I focused on external forces, such as a social life or romance ~ which probably would’ve been effective if I had a supportive partner
Reflection

Feline Friday: Sweet Annie the Stats Cat loves her reflection so much that she surrendered to her staring contest and snoozed #SnapCat #CatNap

Reflecting on my growth through this process has made me stronger as a productive person in society, but most of all: one who gives my gifts to GOD!

Beauty Tuesday: BTS Hacks

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/15/2015 at 09:30

‘Cause I have your back!

This Back-to-School season, check out my super saver tips for time, money and the Earth plus even your sanity …

Set out:

  • weekly wardrobe ~ clothes, jewelry, hair accessories, handbags, etc. (hang on a rolling rack or dedicated space to designate) #OOTDforDays
  • anything else that you need to get ready ~ especially your keys, in the same spot, and also specific hair tools & products, makeup, nail colors

Always check the weather forecast and have a back-up plan if an unexpected natural circumstance arises

Sleep in:

This has worked for me on a couple of different situations:

  1. when I had my fitness classes 1st thing in the AM in college
  2. when I worked at my hometown gym and exercised before work

Speaking of ♫working on my fitness, he’s my witness♪ {Fergie‘s Fergalicious}

Be Prepared  {Boy Scout motto}

  • stash sneakers in your vehicle ~ so you have no excuse for a fun run on-the-go
  • pack change clothes ~ from working out to reporting to work or vice versa

This has worked for me on a few different situations:

  1. when I hit the base gym before and after work after I graduated from college (YES, 2-a-days)
  2. when I hit the university gym during lunch with my boss during graduate school
  3. when I hit the college gym between classes that I taught
  4. when I had my photography gig at the hospitals (during which I’d sometimes fit in a work workout) before teaching at the College or ministering at Church

Bearing this in mind, make sure to pack

  • hygiene products (i.e., dry shampoo, deodorant) ~ do your best to fit in a quick shower if there’s a locker room
  • dental hygiene products (i.e., floss picks, gum, mints) ~ so your breath doesn’t kick

I actually store deodorant and mini perfume bottles plus packs of gum in most of my purses plus my compact bag that I transport when I switch handbags

DON’T forget to eat! ~ Mami Aya + many Pinay & caring moms everywhere

  • double-duty edibles ~ such as coconut oil to substitute fatty oils in recipes plus is my favorite hair conditioner and also moisturizes skin, as well as removes makeup (according to The Sweet Life)
  • handy healthy snacks (not fast food) ~ such as apples, grapes (I dig mine fresh or frozen), pears ~ the pear or apple crisp can trigger brain juice flow, don’t ya know #DISPObustAFlow
  • chill your coffee ~ since I don’t drink as much for heartburn prevention, I store the rest in the fridge until the next day
IMG_3375

Stylin’ Sippie Selfie: Reppin’ my *Dallas Cowboys* after last night‘s victory to kick off NFL season: Go, Big Blue … in Checkered & Houndstooth!

Transitioning between seasons from cold cups to hot tumblers …

IMG_3225

*Star* Quality: Starbucks Anniversary Collection Houndstooth Double-Wall Traveler Ceramic Mug was worth the investment for yours truly (as long as I don’t drop it ~ no jinx, please) because I ♥love♥ the look and can save a few cents every time I refill it … (I also adore the same-style Swarovski Crystal one from this season’s collection because I wear Swarovski from head to toe, but c’mon: I’m a doc candidate on a tight budget ~ so I’ll keep admiring from afar)

1-Stop Shop

IMG_3437

You too can check out these Target en Vogue** photos by scoring a copy and scanning with your Shazam app

☼Sunshine☼ Time

  • Get a daily dose of Vitamin D (as weather permits) ~ for health & happiness
IMG_3396

Taking a breezy breather from my dissertation in the backyard to thumb through Vogue** in ☼serenity☼

Just make YOU Time

Easy Reads

Perfect coffee table or night stand literature ~ when I need a break from my dissertation, these are my latest go-tos: the original Cupcakes and Cashmere (prequel to Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home that I have in eBook form) and this month’s 800+-page Vogue** (glossy inspirations of this season’s styles)

More than Scrub in the Tub

  • ♪sing♫ in the shower ~ so cliché, but as someone who needs a nice-sounding voice for teaching, defending my dissertation, and most of all: ministering (leading in readings, prayers and song) at Mass, I must warm up my ♫melody♪
  • stay fit as you suds up ~ stretch (with caution) as you reach for body parts to clean, and if you’re seated during a bath, I strongly suggest doing water pilates (think table top position with head and feet raised for resistance as you move)

†Pray† at Any Time of the Day

* Rewards = another way to $ave (discount$ & FREEbie$)

These guidelines will save you in the long one ~ not only for the aforementioned reasons, but also from embarrassment (i.e., killer breath, B.O.) if you run into someone later… We don’t want to be Finch from the American Pie movies who had to go home from school every time he had to release his macchiato! You’re welcome.  ✌

Happy ☼Birthday☼ to my ♥Tita Fe♥, a.k.a. Dr. Reyes-Dollete, & HBD to my BFF Bestie SSG Melody!

^– Let this **Vogue ♪jam♫ ♫pump you up♪ today!!! –^

As ♫Madonna♪ sings:

♪That’s why I feel so beautiful♫

Beauty Tuesday: Post-Summer Post ~ S is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/01/2015 at 10:00

Welcome, September! With school in full swing, I still have summer☼ season on the brain!

Sunkissed Summer

1. What is your go-to product for a sunkissed summer glow?

natural sunshine: *FREE* Vitamin D!

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?

Dulce Candy Ruiz‘s The Sweet Life to inspire anyone & Dr. Karen Kelsky‘s The Professor Is In for fellow grad students

BBB

Backyard Post-Bday Brunch to bask in ☼sunshine☼ + organize my HK planner & pleasure-read (intended ~ I ended up just working)

 both of which hit bookshelves exactly 4 weeks ago!

3. What’s your signature summer scent this year?

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer Edition (since 2012) ~ I also store Sephora samples in my handbags

4. The sun is shining and it’s time to get outside! What’s your favorite thing to do?

simply bask in the ☼sunshine☼ through ALL of my senses ~ including the smell of fresh air

5. You’re on the boardwalk and starving! What’s your go-to summer beach food?

banana ice cream, paletas (popcycles) or raspas (snow cones) ~ anything frozen treat to beat the heat!

6. What’s your dream summery date?

watch a blockbuster & ☼sun☼ fun run or walk on the beach + chow down

7. After a day in the summer heat, what do you do to cool off?

chillax with my shows + consume cucumber ~ on my eyes & in H2O #DISPObustAFlow

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer?

braids for days

9. What’s your must-have nail polish for summer 2015?

this Tiffany Blue hue

Tiffany Blue hue

Fitting name for this shade

as Audrey Hepburn tribute

10. What shows do you recommend for summer?

my share of sizzling series: network nighttime dramas + home/real estate reality TV

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?

occasional base but more powder to offset sweat

12. Sunglasses or Hats?

Exhibit shown below

TAMUK sunproof hat

I tip off this hat & show school team spirit!

I always must sport ~O-O~specs~O-O~ anyway ~ I usually rock my Coach transitional lenses nowadays + still have my Fendi & Gucci frames*

13. What is your summer jam this year?

  • Locked Away♪ (not that I’m doing anything to get locked up ~ I really dig the ♫beat♪ & ♫Adam Levine‘s ♪singing)

  • Bad Blood♫ (so cliche, but I ♥heart♥ the graceful ♫Taylor Swift♪ ~ not to mention that you can’t take the ♪hip hop♫ out of this chick)

14. Do you have a summer bucket list?

mainly to finish my doc docs (paper & PowerPoint to prep to present for dissertation defense) ~ since I’m not completely caught up, my Plan B is to have them done by Labor Day now that Fall is upon us and the BiG Day draws near + added bonus: relatives reunion, check √

15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece? Show us your fave bathing suit this year!

I’ve already built up quite a two-piece collection through the years but wouldn’t mind adding a monokini to the mix ~ my fave of the moment: my VS chevron top & ombré bottom (see No. 5 “paleta” link for sippie selfie in said swimsuit)

16. What’s your favorite sweat proof product?

Banana Boat Baby Faces ☼sunblock

17. If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?

Champ Hoop Scoop ~ to score an ice cream dreamy combo of my faves:

S also is for …

Daily Grind

Filled up in August & as we approach September

Cross Pencil Sharpener & Eraser + Cat Notes

Champ Catechesis student’s First Communion reception gift goodies

$ Therefore, S also is forSavings $

NO