LiveingWell Health News Letter

1.BOOTS 2. HERBAL  3. HEALTH SITES 4. RECIPE 5. FACTS & TIPS 6. THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Boots - In Pursuit of Excellence

A well-made boot that fits you right is truly a thing of beauty that is a joy to wear. No

matter what their purpose- from skiing boots to work boots - an excellent pair of boots

just makes you feel grounded and supremely capable.

In contrast, there are few things so useless as an ill-fitting, cheap pair of boots.

When it comes to foot wear,you get what you pay for. It's not always the case that

the more you pay for something, the better the quality, but when it comes to boots,

it is a fact. Not only do cheap boots rarely have a good fit, but they have additional

downsides as well: chafing interior fabric, lace openings that make it difficult to

adjust. In the little things,manufacturers cut corners to cut costs. The buyer pays

the price in discomfort.

My collection of boots is small and superb. From my knee-high black leather

fashion boots to my felt-lined Sorel snow-boots, rather than having several moderately

good pairs for each purpose, I find the perfect boot with the perfect fit, qualities,

and look. It saves time and hogs up less closet space.

At one time or another, you've worn a pair of boots that just didn't fit right.

It could be that you paid quite a bit for them, or they looked really good with

that special outfit, and you just were determined to break them in.

Well, the fact is that if they didn't feel good from day one, they never will.

Which leads us to the first boot-buying rule: forget about 'breaking them in.'

That tight squeeze over your instep, the pokey thing in the heel~ it isn't going to

go away. What happens is that you end up avoiding wearing the boots because

they're painful, and then you feel guilty about how much you paid for them.

The next boot-buying rule is to be clear what you want the boots to do for you,

so you can develop your list of criteria. Let's look at hiking boots for example.

There's a range in purposes. A day hiker will need a lighter and more flexible boot

than a mountain back-packer needs. A good hiking boot will have these features

at least:

a. Lace-hooks rather than lace holes. A minimum of two sets at the top enabling

you to easily adjust the tightness for uphill and downhill.

b. Exterior material that is waterproof and very durable. The tongue should be pleated

- attached all the way up to prevent leakage.

c. Smooth liner fabric that doesn't attract seeds and is easy to clear.

d. Stiff sole with good traction pattern. Generally, the harder the material the sole

is made from, the longer they will last.

e. Hiking boots will 'pack-down' a little, forming to your foot. However, if they rub

or bind anywhere, don't buy them. Sometimes you can try another pair in the exact

same size and style and it will fit better. Ensure that your toes don't touch the front

at all, or all your treks down hill will be miserable. And, when you shop for hiking

boots wear the thickness of the hiking socks you'll use.

Now, make a similar list of criteria for whatever type of boot you're buying: if

you're buying dress boots, work boots, or whatever. Do the dress boots need to

have high heels or low, what color is most compatible with your wardrobe, will a

zipper be better for you? Do the work boots need to be waterproof, have steel toes,

should they be ankle high or mid-calf? Once you have the particulars in mind,

you've invoked the law of attraction. Your clear expectation of features will help

make the exact right boots much more likely to appear.

Fashion designer Jessie Lee Kimball is a contributing author to News about

Boots the favorite resource letter about boots.

By Jessie Lee Kimball

2. HERBAL:

"Cut Yourself?" Head for the Spice Rack.

Research shows that a key compound in the curry spice Turmeric a member of the

ginger family has antibacterial properties that help heal minor cuts and scrapes quickly.  

Simply clean the wound, then make a paste of turmeric and water, and gently pat it on the area.

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4. RECIPE :

Asian Barbecue Chicken

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon curry powder

3 garlic cloves, minced

8 (6-ounce) chicken thighs, skinned

Cooking spray

Lime wedges (optional)

Green onion tops (optional)

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag;

add chicken. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or

overnight, turning occasionally.

2. Prepare grill.

3. Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade. Place

marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute.

4. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray;

grill 20 minutes or until done, turning and basting frequently

with cooked marinade. Garnish with lime wedges and green

onion tops, if desired. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 thighs).

Calories 297 (23% from fat); Fat 7.7g (sat 2g, mono 2.4g, poly 1.9g);

Protein 39.2g; Carb 16.1g; Fiber 0.4g; Chol 161 mg; Iron 2.7mg;

Sodium 706mg; Calc 39mg

5. FACTS AND TIPS:

Getting more Magnesium

Doctors at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn NY say as

many as half of all morning headache sufferers could be in pain because they're

getting too little magnesium a nutrient that's essential for keeping neck and head

muscles relaxed, brain blood vessels dilated and pain nerves soothed.  

And research at Duke University suggests taking as little ad 400 mgs. daily

could slash morning migraines by 80% Magnesium is tough to find in foods

so ask your doctor about supplements.

6. Thought of the Day:

 " Do what you can,with what you have."

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