Friday, December 5, 2014

Week 26! What's up with me Mentally, Spiritually, and Physically!

Greetings!



 This is week 26 for me in my pregnancy. I'm very excited! Sometime last week it hit me. I'm actually going to have to deliver this baby LOL. I started to prepare mentally, physically and spiritually.

     To prepare physically I attended a prenatal yoga class at the Babymoon Inn birthing center and it was awesome! The instructor was very attentive and boy did I get a good workout. I definitely thought yoga was just a little stretching. I wrong. I plan to keep it up for the remainder of my pregnancy. I also added another supplement to my routine. I'll talk about that later on.
   
   
I started reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. So far I have read a lot about other women's birth stories, and they are amazing. I had a beautiful vaginal birth with  my first daughter, but really want to go totally unmedicated this time around. That is my goal, but I know I will have to be happy with what ever birth I'm given. You can only control so much. However, Ina May's experiences on the Farm is truly amazing. Check out her videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tknikOZkC4

I also started praying more, and being more mindful about being grateful and appreciative of everything around me that I have. Let me know what you were up to around this ti
me in your pregnancy. Any suggestions for me?

Peace & Blessings


Thursday, July 3, 2014

FEATURED in the FCN: Mentally, spiritually, and physically training to secure a Nation

Greetings Beautiful Ones!

This author was featured in the internationally distributed news paper, The Final Call! Check out my comments here:

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_101561.shtml

Love `De

Excessive Heat: The Importance of Proper Hydration during Ramadan

Repost: By Dr. Akili Muhammad Repost By Dr. Akili Muhammad via Brother Jesse Blog 



I am writing this for all of us who are dealing with hot temperatures and also for those who will be starting Ramadan. The most important thing to do in heat is to hydrate yourself with WATER. Please see the links below because if you believe the corporate lies that Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, flavored water, juice or soda can hydrate you, you are highly mistaken. 

The best thing to do if you plan on being in the heat is to hydrate in the morning with 1 teaspoon of pure sea salt in a bottle of water to begin your day. Maintain a constant intake of water throughout your day. 

For those doing Ramadan, please make it a priority to drink water in the morning before sunrise. You can start with sea salt in the first bottle followed by 1 or 2 bottles more. The sea salt should not have any other ingredients in it. The salt helps pull the water into the tissues and into the cells which makes the water maintain in the body for a longer time. We SHOULD NOT concentrate on replacing our electrolytes through drinks. GOD hasn't made any water on His planet that we should be drinking with enough electrolytes to replace what we lose in sweating, breathing or urinating during strenuous activity. Electrolytes should be replaced in food such as fruits, vegetables and also cooking with sea salt. The ocean is the only source and I think we all know what would happen if you drank that type of water all day! On the evening side of our days in Ramadan we should also drink water before eating our meals. The digestion process can't happen well without water. The cleansing of the body through the liver and kidneys can't occur when the body is dry. Very similar to the earth. All of these areas in America that are in a drought is a sign of how the body doesn't work without water. So please hydrate yourself well and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. There have been plenty of deaths already this summer because of these dangerous problems so please don't believe it can't happen to YOU!

Many of the young children that are dying while playing sports are due to improper knowledge of nutrition. The many colors of different fruits and vegetables that are in the grocery store represent different nutrients and vitamins that the body NEEDS to do its daily processes. You cannot get those nutrients from hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, fried chicken, noodles, chips, hot fries, candy or soda. You need to eat plenty fruits and vegetables to be healthy as a human and if you add the athlete’s schedule, it takes more than the average person. BUT, the biggest problem is hydration. Most athletes think that Gatorade, PowerAde and Vitamin Water are good replacement drinks. THEY ARE NOT. These drinks have a lot of coloring and additives that are not natural and they will not hydrate you as well as fruit juice and water. The blue, red, orange, green and so on colors of these drinks are man made food colorings. You do not see these colors come out in your urine nor in your stool so that is another thing the body has to work hard to deal with. The colors in fruit juices are used by the body to help it exist. It is important to hydrate yourself during the game but it is most important everyday as well as before and after the game. The heat in the summer is the source by which we lose most of our fluids. We lose fluid when we sweat and when we breathe in addition to urinating. My suggestion would be to drink mostly water (should be bottled because we cannot trust tap water) and periodically through the day drink 100% fruit juice (orange, apple, grape, grapefruit, cranberry etc.; organic would be the best). 

A lot of medical people suggest that people drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day. That is not good information. People come in all different sizes and shapes. The only way to determine whether you are drinking enough water/fluids is to watch your urine every time you go to the bathroom. Your urine should be as close to clear as you can get it. If your urine is yellow, dark yellow or orange, your body is dehydrated. Give your body what it needs and drink more water. Some coaches and schools have agreements or contracts with these drink companies, so some schools will have plenty Gatorade and PowerAde around. You would be better off bringing your own fluids.

 

I am writing this for all of us who are dealing with hot temperatures and also for those who will be starting Ramadan. The most important thing to do in heat is to hydrate yourself with WATER. Please see the links below because if you believe the corporate lies that Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, flavored water, juice or soda can hydrate you, you are highly mistaken. 

The best thing to do if you plan on being in the heat is to hydrate in the morning with 1 teaspoon of pure sea salt in a bottle of water to begin your day. Maintain a constant intake of water throughout your day. 

For those doing Ramadan, please make it a priority to drink water in the morning before sunrise. You can start with sea salt in the first bottle followed by 1 or 2 bottles more. The sea salt should not have any other ingredients in it. The salt helps pull the water into the tissues and into the cells which makes the water maintain in the body for a longer time. We SHOULD NOT concentrate on replacing our electrolytes through drinks. GOD hasn't made any water on His planet that we should be drinking with enough electrolytes to replace what we lose in sweating, breathing or urinating during strenuous activity. Electrolytes should be replaced in food such as fruits, vegetables and also cooking with sea salt. The ocean is the only source and I think we all know what would happen if you drank that type of water all day! On the evening side of our days in Ramadan we should also drink water before eating our meals. The digestion process can't happen well without water. The cleansing of the body through the liver and kidneys can't occur when the body is dry. Very similar to the earth. All of these areas in America that are in a drought is a sign of how the body doesn't work without water. So please hydrate yourself well and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. There have been plenty of deaths already this summer because of these dangerous problems so please don't believe it can't happen to YOU!

Many of the young children that are dying while playing sports are due to improper knowledge of nutrition. The many colors of different fruits and vegetables that are in the grocery store represent different nutrients and vitamins that the body NEEDS to do its daily processes. You cannot get those nutrients from hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, fried chicken, noodles, chips, hot fries, candy or soda. You need to eat plenty fruits and vegetables to be healthy as a human and if you add the athlete’s schedule, it takes more than the average person. BUT, the biggest problem is hydration. Most athletes think that Gatorade, PowerAde and Vitamin Water are good replacement drinks. THEY ARE NOT. These drinks have a lot of coloring and additives that are not natural and they will not hydrate you as well as fruit juice and water. The blue, red, orange, green and so on colors of these drinks are man made food colorings. You do not see these colors come out in your urine nor in your stool so that is another thing the body has to work hard to deal with. The colors in fruit juices are used by the body to help it exist. It is important to hydrate yourself during the game but it is most important everyday as well as before and after the game. The heat in the summer is the source by which we lose most of our fluids. We lose fluid when we sweat and when we breathe in addition to urinating. My suggestion would be to drink mostly water (should be bottled because we cannot trust tap water) and periodically through the day drink 100% fruit juice (orange, apple, grape, grapefruit, cranberry etc.; organic would be the best). 

A lot of medical people suggest that people drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day. That is not good information. People come in all different sizes and shapes. The only way to determine whether you are drinking enough water/fluids is to watch your urine every time you go to the bathroom. Your urine should be as close to clear as you can get it. If your urine is yellow, dark yellow or orange, your body is dehydrated. Give your body what it needs and drink more water. Some coaches and schools have agreements or contracts with these drink companies, so some schools will have plenty Gatorade and PowerAde around. You would be better off bringing your own fluids.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Turn Off Your Cell Phone!

Greetings!

I know many of us have run across a relatively rude person talking loudly on a cell phone in the bank or office. I came across this useful list of proper cell phone etiquette.  Enjoy!


When to turn your cell phone off… In your professional life. Whether you are a full-time student, stay-at-home parent, working your first job or a seasoned professional, turn off your cell phone:
• During class
• While attending work or parent-teacher conferences
• During a job interview
• When on a work deadline In your family life. Both family milestones and certain everyday moments might require you to unplug.
 Turn off your cell phone:
• In places of worship
• In hospitals (especially during a birth!)
• During court sessions
• At weddings
• While trying out a complicated new recipe, and later at the dinner table
• At funerals At special events, social gatherings or classes. Both you and your fellow patrons will enjoy yourselves more if you turn off your cell phone:
• At movie theaters, plays, poetry readings, choral recitals, concerts
• In museums and libraries
• During dance, yoga or aerobics class While out and about. Focus on your errands and turn off your cell phone:
• At the ATM, in checkout lines, or when approaching anyone in customer service • In public bathrooms
• In bank and fast food drive-throughs, or at school pickup lines
• While pumping gas or taking public transportation

Where do you turn off your phone?


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rules To Be A Lady

Greetings,
Here are a few tips of what “To Do” to be a lady of distinction in the New Year. These simple steps will greatly enhance your poise and femininity.
• A Lady Doesn’t: o Answer “Yep” or “Nope.”
• A Lady Does: o Answer “Yes, please” or “No, thank you.”
• A Lady Doesn’t : o only say “hello” when being introduced.
• A Lady Does: o offer a kind greeting, says “A pleasure to meet you” and asks ”How they are doing?”
• A Lady Doesn’t: o let the person introducing her struggle with her name.
• A Lady Does: o come to the rescue when someone has forgotten or mispronounces her name by offering it herself.
• A Lady Doesn’t: o Say something nice just to have something to say.
• A Lady Does: o Pay compliments with sincerity and only when she means it.
• A Lady Doesn’t: o Ever let others down.
• A Lady Does: o Keep her promises.
• A Lady Doesn’t: o Ignore others when she sees that they have an obvious need.
• A Lady Does: o Offer to help others in need.
• A Lady Doesn’t: o Wear immodest clothing that draws attention to her body.
• A Lady Does: o Remember to respect others and herself with each wardrobe choice.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Peace in the New Year!

Greetings!

I am feeling so blessed to be able to see a New Year. It is something about the New Year that makes you want to start fresh, leave the drama in the past and step with a renewed vigor and excitement. I hear many say they don’t make New Year resolutions and I understand why. I think throughout 2013 I made several resolutions lol. Some I followed through with and some I never quit saw all the way through. For 2014 I have several goals. I’ll check in 2015 be it the will of God with my progress.

In 2014 I’m praying for God’s peace. This is a tumultuous time in the world and so much is at stake. It’s a blessing to be living in this day and age. My last lengthy phone convo in 2013 left me very introspective and affirmed. I have been studying my life and the events that have happened. A lot has seemed coincidental and some seem like they are leading up to a very well calculated purpose. However this year may present itself--I’m ready! I know you are too. How can we not be? We have God’s grace and divine favor and insurmountable opportunity. Let’s live a life of Purpose!

Peace and Blessings!
DeAndrea Muhammad

What are your goals for 2014??

"Mother, wife, sister and friend...Redefining feminism, reclaiming righteousness, and resurrecting a spiritual way of life.."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Children's Bantu Knot-out !

Greetings! I'm trying new styles for my mini naturalista :). What is your favorite natural style on children?