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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Q. Are there some good ways to control anxiety without resorting to medications?

You can control anxiety by employing relaxation techniques. When your body is relaxed, breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and you feel better. This is called the relaxation response, which is the direct opposite of the stress response.

Relaxing can counteract the effects of long-term stress, which may contribute to depression, digestive disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, and insomnia.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Chicken Tarragon Salad

Here's a quick recipe that's great for a fancy luncheon or a way to use up last night's leftovers. Tarragon Chicken Salad comes from my friend Meg.

She made it for a baby shower we hosted for our friend Mary, and it was such a huge favorite of mine, we've been making it ever since. If we have leftover chicken, this is my favorite way to enjoy it.

While you can used any type of bread, I find that the stronger taste of the dark pumpernickel works well with the sharpness of the red onion and tarragon.

This is really simple and very, very tasty.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Q. Do we lose our sense of taste as we get older?

In general, sensitivity to taste gradually decreases with age. But there are some whose taste isn't affected by getting older.

The ability to taste food and beverages means a lot to seniors. Let's face it; we lose a lot of the pleasures of our youth, but eating well isn't usually one of them.

Taste also has a major impact upon our physical and mental health. Our sense of taste is especially important if we have to stay on a diet.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chocolate Mocha Frosting is yummy on yellow or French vanilla cake.

When I think of Valentine's Day and food, my first thought is an obvious one chocolate.

The thing about me, however, is that I like chocolate as more of an enhancement. My favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla. Favorite cake flavor? French vanilla.

That being said, I love my ice cream with a good homemade hot fudge sauce (stay tuned, that recipe will be coming in the near future) and my cake with homemade chocolate frosting.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Q. What is the value of taking hormones for menopause?

To help control menopause symptoms, there is Hormone Therapy (HT) or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

The most comprehensive evidence about taking hormones after menopause comes from the Women's Health Initiative Hormone Program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.

The WHI Hormone Program involved two studies the use of estrogen plus progestin (a synthetic progesterone), and the use of estrogen alone.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sweet & Sour Chicken with Vegetables

This week's recipe comes from my husband, Jim, although I'm not going to give him all the credit.

While he created it, I inspired it.

I had a hankering for sweet and sour chicken the other night, but being in the middle of a long-term project, no time to make it.

Not only that, we didn't have most of the ingredients in the house that I like to include when I make it, such as sweet pickles and pineapple chunks.

Plus, he wasn't in the mood for dredging the chicken in the cornstarch batter and deep frying it. (A very messy, long process, but also very good.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Q. I've been very hungry recently. Someone told me that this is a symptom for diabetes. Is that true?

An intense hunger is one diabetes symptom. Here are others: frequent urination, strong thirst, fatigue, unintended weight loss, slow-healing sores, dry and itchy skin, numbness or tingling in your feet, and blurred vision. However, some people with diabetes do not have symptoms.

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood sugar. Diabetes can create serious health problems, but diabetics can control the disease.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

No matter who ends up running up and down the field, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy Sunday evening, you can be the real big winner.

You may not get a trip to Disneyworld out of the deal, but you are sure to garner the love and adoration of all those gathered around your heavily-laden buffet table and your big screen TV.

OK. Maybe not love and adoration, but your pals will go home satisfied with smiles on their faces; unless of course, their team loses.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Q. What bacteria causes athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is not caused by bacteria. It is caused by tinea, a fungus that also can give you jock itch and ringworm. You can catch it from another person, from animals or wet surfaces such as the floors of public showers.

Athlete's foot symptoms include dry skin, itching, burning, scaling, inflammation, and blisters. If blisters break, tissue becomes exposed and this can be painful.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Corn Fritters

Talk about comfort food! This is a longtime favorite from my mother.

It was also one of the side dishes she was often asked to include when she catered parties or events.

Corn Fritters are easy to make and pretty quick as well. Just keep your eye on them as they cook, so that they don't burn.

We really enjoy them as a side dish with pot roast if we're not having mashed potatoes. The truth is, they're good with just about anything. I would even eat them on their own and would be very content.

Corn

Fritters

One-half cup flour