To eliminate stress make some changes

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By June Roberta

I read this in the March issue of Health magazine: “Need a change?” A variety of things can trigger the close of one chapter and the start of another – a death, divorce, a significant birthday, a layoff, children going off to college.

Like a great novel, you never know where the story will go next. A natural transition is often signaled by boredom.

One of the best things we can do when we feel that malaise is to understand that one chapter is ending – and a new one is starting up.


On June 10, Dr. Yousef Elyaman spoke about the hormonal implications of stress. He’s an internist who takes care of patients from cradle to golf course.

Stressors are usually over money, job, children, the news on the TV, etc. Chronic stress causes hypertension, insomnia, and chronic pain like fibromyalgia.

Cortisol problems can arise from stresses from aging. When it is released, it is one of the body’s natural steroids. If it suppresses the thyroid gland, it leads to Cushing disease.

If stressed: 1) Eliminate the stress as much as possible. 2) Change your reaction to the stress. 3) Change your environment – stay away from negative people, etc.

Vegetarian Cooking

At the Learning Center on June 11, Chef Paulette L. Prudon gave another discussion on vegetarian cooking. This one was about moist cooking methods for light summer meals using poaching and steaming.

I found it quite interesting although I doubt I’ll do any of the cooking mentioned. Quite a few people attended the class.

Some were wondering where to buy some of the ingredients she was discussing. Atsides, which sells restaurant items, is open to the public. It’s on S.R.40 a short distance from I-75.

Farmers Market

It is growing and growing with all kinds of stands. There’s even someone selling small rugs.

Citrus Breeze – all natural soap is another one. The young man was selling containers of an all natural cleaner that can be used on just about anything. He’s selling them for $15 but if two are bought, the price is $25 for both.

Another item is streak-free micro fiber cloth. If you’re interested in chemical-free cleaning items, check this stand out.

Colleen, owner of Snack Attack, is selling fruit chips as well as the vegetable one. They are delicious and worth buying.

Free taste samples will make this decision easy for you. She sells other products as well.

Large cantaloupes are selling for $2 each and are far tastier than the ones sold in supermarkets. The cucumber for 50 cents was a nice size as well as the peppers. Depending on the type and color, they sold at 50 cents, 75 cents, or a dollar.

The blueberries were selling for $3 a pint or $5 for two. They were filled over the brim, not like the skimpy ones at most supermarkets.

Master the Possibilities

Master the Possibilities Education Center is at 8415 S.W. 80th St. The catalog is published quarterly, available at the center and online at www.masterthepossibilities.com.

Registration can be done on the Web site or by calling 854-3699. Here are classes with openings June 9 to 13. Here are classes with openings June 23 to 25.

Tuesday: Book Club.

Wednesday: Keeping Current on Events.

Till next week – let’s live in the moment, letting the future take care of itself.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.