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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wiggle Your Toes!

Not your nose you sillies, your toes!!!

Chances are, at this very moment, you are sitting down. Now, look at the time. It’s right there on your smart phone or in my case, right up in the right hand corner of my monitor. As a matter of fact, my computer just chimed; “It’s 9 o’clock:)” How long have you been sitting? Of course, this could be your very first post read of the day but, I feel fairly safe saying it probably isn’t. How much time has past since you left that chair of yours and took a walk to the kitchen? That long eh? Well then, wiggle those toes again AND again AND again!!!

There, that’s better. You might be thinking; ”today must be Wiggle Your Toes Day.” It isn’t. We missed it! Wiggle your toes day was celebrated on August 6th.

However, I think every day should be Wiggle Your Toes Day! In fact, I’m making a proclamation here and now!

What’s all this talk of toe wiggling you might be wondering. It’s actually a very important conversation that we as bloggers should be having. When I worked in the newspaper industry, there were very strict rules , especially from OSHA, as to the best way to set up a computer workstation. How many of us are considering the safety of the time spent kibitzing on social media, including blogging? A simple exercise that you can do while flitting about here and there in virtual time is to wiggle your toes:) By moving your feet and ankles and yes those tootsies too, it will help encourage blood circulation in your legs and reduce the risk of blood clots forming. Don’t you want Happy Feet?

If you are feeling a bit more drab than just numbness in your legs and feetsies, (come on, time flies by more often than you want to admit on that techo board of yours:) Try this! I use to play this game with Tabi and Noah when they were little. Something tells me with all the kids getting tablets and iPhones these days, it might be something we all play well into adulthood:)

Okay, I’ve said my piece. I know, I’m probably being a bit over cautious but, I’m just passing a long some advice that was given to me on my last doctor’s visit. Remember when I told you that September was National Cholesterol Month? BTW, did you get those numbers checked!!! Well, we are still waiting to test my latest level but, while I was talking to the doctor as Marion was getting her numbers checked, yes, I had to literally drag her to get them done, the doctor reminded me that blood clots are yet another cause of strokes and not only when there is cholesterol blockage but also when we don’t keep that blood flowing happily through our bodies. I always knew about the wiggling of the toes for long air flights, but, I must admit, I was getting pretty lax about it while sitting at my computer. Fact is, sometimes you just don’t realize how long you’ve been at it!!! End of lecture for today:)

Seems to me, while we were talking about healthy feet, it may just be the perfect time to consider the nails! Fingernails that is:) (I’m done with toes for the day but of course the same goes for toenails too:)


Household Magazine, March 1957

What are Fingernails Made of? (Kids Wanna Know:)

Fingernails and toenails are made from dead skin cells called keratin (KAIR-a-tin). Nails grow from under the cuticle in an area called the nail root. As new cells grow from the root, the old ones get harder and move up along the nail bed. The hard cells protect the nail bed and eventually move to the fingertip. Your body also uses keratin to make hair and your top layer of skin.

Basically, Fingernails are made of a special kind of protein called keratin, the same kind of stuff that a cow's hoofs and horns are made of. Hey, don't chew your fingernails though. Your body can't digest the keratin protein:)

It has been a long standing belief that you can make your nails stronger by consuming gelatin based dishes whether they be a bowl of America’s favorite dessert, Jell-O or one of the many advertised uses of Knox gelatin. (You might remember a Lemon Chiffon Pie recipe from Lemon Chiffon Pie Day:)

If you have ever simmered meat bones for a soup then chilled it, you may have noticed a slight jellied effect to the broth.  This result is due to "collagen", a protein substance which yields gelatin and is found in the bones, skin and connective tissue of animals.  In manufacturing, unflavored gelatin is extracted from the collagen by hot water, then concentrated and filtered for purity and clarity.  It is cooled, extruded and dried into glassy brittle strips.  In 1889, Charles B. Knox of Johnston, New York discovered a method of granulating gelatin by breaking down the strips using high speed mills. (Knox Basics)
It’s a myth that eating gelatin will encourage healthy, longer nails. I can see where the myth started. Gelatin is made of processed collagen. Collagen is an important protein; it provides strength and elasticity to skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other body parts. So someone figured that brittle fingernails needed more collagen.(Ask Dr. K. Harvard Medical School)

By most accounts Charles Knox was a very savvy businessman. One of the “angles” he used to promote the usage of his product was for building strength in fingernails.

Charles B. Knox realized that no matter how good the product, people must know about it before they will buy it. Mr. Knox had what has been fittingly described as "a keen sense of the situation," and he set out to make Knox Sparkling Gelatine known the country over. He advertised it with dirigible balloons and airplanes when these air navigating machines were in their infancy.

Mr. Knox's advertising methods were as varied as his grasp of this interesting and powerful manner of developing business. His methods and his results merit the attention of students of advertising and its professional followers.

Here’s a booklet published in 1959, long after Charles Knox was gone.

Here’s a rather “dainty” recipe from Salads, Desserts, Pies and Candies published in 1943.

Just in case you’re not convinced that gelatin is the way to go to build up those extremity nails that you plan on frequently wiggling, (yes, yes, wiggle, wiggle right now:) Here are a few suggestions from The Handbook of Natural Beauty by Virginia Castleton published by Rodale Press in 1975.

I know there are some of you Jell-O lovers out there who don’t really give a hoot about stronger fingernails. For those of you who are being good little kiddies and giving those toes a wiggle, wiggle, here’s some Minty Jell-O for you!!! It was captured from The Old-Time Brand Name Cookbook by Bunny Crumpacker:)

I suppose long posts like this one kinda defeat the purpose, lol…which I realize in actual, is no laughing matter. Please, you “guys” keep that circulation going by wiggling those toes and YES, get that cholesterol checked!!! In the mean while, I’ll justify my “long” post by not popping in on this blog until next Sunday which will be just the right time to announce October’s many food celebrations!!! Have a delicious week, everyone…Louise

Resources
1. How Fast Do Human Fingernails Grow?
2. Johnstown isn’t New York state’s only gelatin connection

47 comments:

  1. I have never been a jello lover. But I did wiggle my toes like you advised (and yes, I am sitting here reading a whole lot of posts... how did you know?)

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    1. Lol...I think we all pretty much do the same thing, Inger:) So glad for the toe wiggling. I'm thinking it may just be my new sign off, lol...

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  2. When I'm at the computer, I try to get up and walk around the apartment as much as possible. Of course, having a computer workstation...

    Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment and kind words/compliments. :-)

    Cheers,

    Rosa xo

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    1. Good girl, Rosa...keep those toes a going...Thank you so much for visiting:)

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  3. This is just to funny. I am always in the mood for wiggling and jiggling :)

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    1. That makes two of us, Lady Lilith, lol...

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  4. Hi Louise,
    Does it count if I went to a yoga class this morning? It was a yoga flow class and we actually did our sun salutations quickly, so I was moving for over an hour. In yoga one of the warm ups I do before class begins is called "shake hands with your foot." You sit with your legs out in front, bend one knee across the other leg, and clasp your opposite hand's fingers thru your toes (bare feet are essential for yoga). Then you move your foot in circles and then the other way... repeat with the other hand & foot. I hope that's clear! I suspect that yoga is a good thing to do for the wonderful goals you have presented here!

    I bought some Knox gelatine recently but haven't figured out what to do with it ... afraid it will be pretty sugary and creamy.

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    1. Yoga counts Mae. MY daughter has recently taken up yoga and finds in quite invigorating! I'll have to ask her about that "shake hands with your foot" trick, lol...Quite frankly, I've had Knox gelatin in the pantry for a while and still haven't decided on just the right task for it:)

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  5. Thank you dear Louise, My mom used to use Knox gelatin for recipes all the time. It has become a bit expensive though. I did hear that it was good for the nails and even the bones too. Thank you for the good info. I do agree that everyone needs to "move" a bit more; even if it is simply to wiggle your toes. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      Yes, the price has gone up a lot. The Amish grocery down the block sells it at half the price but of course it isn't Knox. It works just as well though. Wiggling the toes is a GREAT way to start!

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  6. Good evening Louise ,
    I am wiggling my toes see , wiggle , wiggle and I am also dancing like a 'BEAR' (giggles) .
    What an interesting post with lots of information and as usual you make it so much fun to read . Boy , those Knox Dainties not only look good but I am sure they taste good , I know they are healthy .
    Wiggle you toes proclamation is so very true and also cute . I never realize that about wiggling my toes . Mint Jello is a new one on me , I love mint so why not together , I have oogles of mint . Love the video . (((HUGS))) to you and Marion , see you later , thanks for sharing ;- D

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    1. I bet you are silly Nee. Good for you!!! Tell the kids to wiggle at school too, lol...So many of us have tons of Mint. I thought that recipe would be a great way to use it. Let me know what you think:)

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  7. I love jello - sugar free, of course - and will take any excuse to eat it. Yes, helping my pathetic fingernails is good enough. I can't say that I've made a Lemon Chiffon Pie, but you might remember me making a strawberry chiffon pie, and everyone loved it. I'm always amazed that you can eat uncooked egg whites (which, by the way, have no cholesterol, so have some extras!) I never sit for very long, because there's always something to do, which is the blessing/curse of a big old house. Have a great week, Louise!

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    1. I do remember your Strawberry Chiffon Pie, Marjie. I've actually been thinking about making a Chiffon Pie minus the yolks:) I haven't ever been able to bring myself to eat uncooked egg whites. I know that people do but I just can't. I shy away from meringue too which is at least "blasted."

      I wouldn't imagine you sitting for very long but just in case; wiggle those toes!!! And tell the hubby too:)

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  8. I am so guilty of this, Louise. I definitely need to be doing more wiggling and less sitting. Well the mailman just pulled up, so I'll walk down to the mailbox, it's the least I could do!! ;-))

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    1. You're so funny, Brandi...yes, walking to the mailbox counts but, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, lol...

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  9. I set a timer, so that I am only on my computer in 30 minute sessions. Then I get up, walk around, do some sort of little task before setting back down to my computer. Though I did just wiggle my toes for you :)

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    1. Thanks for wiggle your toes, Pam. I use to set a timer too but for some reason, I would just run up, turn it off, and then forget about it. Wiggle, wiggle, works for me but I can see how the timer would work for you and others, Great idea!!!

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  10. Good post, and leave it to a man to figure out the solution for growing healthy long nails. :-) I do remember all those jello salads, etc from years ago and they were so good. Cute video and I'm wiggling my toes.

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    1. Thanks for wiggling Pam. I'm not sure about that growing healthy long nails theory though:)

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  11. Hi Louise,
    Love this post.You are so right, we have to wiggle and get up more often. When I worked years ago my job was always getting up and down, (being a supervisor) but I do know that it is so important as to keep moving those feet, legs, and fingers. I liked the video with the song Heads Shoulders etc. I always loved that, remember when my son was young and we would sing that song all the time, like all the recipes as well. Thanks for sharing.....Have a blessed week..Dottie :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Dottie. It was fun to post and I love that everyone is wiggling their toes, lol...

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  12. Cute post on an important topic! Interestingly, Zite was full of articles and posts today telling me why what I do all day is more important than the hour I spend exercising each day. So, more trips to the water cooler it is then!

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    1. Thanks Channon. I'll have to check that out, now, I'm curious, what's a Zite???

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  13. I didn't know this about gelatin! My nails are very thin and break really easy. Perhaps i should try this. thanks for the tip and the recipe Louise. Have a beautiful day!

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  14. I remember that gelatin for the nails thing...never tried it though. However, I do eat Jello (no sugar) every night for my dessert. Guess that counts?
    Will remember wiggle the toes! Won't hurt, right?
    And yes, Louise. The Franklin cider mill was originally a flour mill way back. If you go to their site, they have a history there.

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  15. Louise, loved reading the Knox recipes…when my kids were young, I used to make Knox Blox for them. It was a really fun treat and they loved them! I forgot all about them until now. Maybe I should make a batch for my grands next time they visit. You always dig up the most interesting information! Fun Post! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. You quoted a Harvard doctor who said "It’s a myth that eating gelatin will encourage healthy, longer nails." But everybody seems to think you are recommending Jello or Knox Gelatin for healthy nails! If this one statement doesn't convince people, there are many many other explanations on the web that reinforce it -- KNOX GELATIN DOESN"T MAKE YOUR NAILS STRONGER.

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  17. That's a blast from the past, Louise! I remember Knox well. My family made lots of gelatin treats for us kids in the summer months. Wiggle on, my friend :-)

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  18. Oh Louise...you should picture me wiggling my toes as I am reading your post...hehehe! And actually feels good!
    Thanks for the reminder of the gelatin...I really should increase gelatin in my diet.
    Have a wonderful week dear :D

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  19. Definitely gotta wiggle those toes! ;-) Really fun post -- I learned loads about Knox! Glad to be back from vacation and catching up. :-)

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  20. Gotcha, Louise!

    My toes are wiggling now... hee hee And, I need to eat some gelatin too :D

    Btw, about your question about low protein flour... Low protein flour is wheat flour with lower protein content. Typically, most all purpose flour contains 10g of protein in every 100g and most ow protein flour contains 6-8g of protein in every 100g. With lesser protein (or gluten), the dough will have lesser tension and strength, thus yielding buns with less elasticity and more tender texture. If you are kneading the dough by hand, you have to keep kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic and this means that the gluten in the dough has developed its tension. I know this process will be manual and time consuming but it is totally essential to make the yeast and gluten works optimally.

    Talking about protein, I wonder if eating more bread with high amount of protein will make our nails grow faster too??? hmmm...

    Zoe

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  21. Ha ha ! I like this post, Louise ! Yeah ! I want happy feet. While I don't really wiggle my toes, I always stretch out my legs ... And I'm wiggling my toes now !

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  22. Those gelatine treats make my mouth water!!! I have never made them so maybe it's about time. My children would love them too.
    You are right. If you sit down all the time in front of a computer you can get stiff over time. I must say walking the kids to school, doing the shopping, cleaning, washing and cooking...gosh.. does it count as exercise?! I feel exhausted most of the time but I love the idea of wriggling my toes... doing it now.. lol. It is a different form of exercise. The more the better :-)
    Ciao bella!

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  23. I didn't know that about fingernails! You learn something everyday.

    Love the photo of the bunny.

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  24. Hi Louise,
    Firstly I've enjoyed the kiddies video! Cute and very catchy!
    I'm wiggling my toes now! I knew about taking a break, stretch out your arms and legs, but did not know about wiggle your toes! Thanks for the this healthy tip!
    And whenever I see products similar to Jell-O, all I see is sugar and colour! LOL!
    Thanks for this interesting post, as usual, Louise.
    Hope your latest result for your cholestorel level is excellent!
    Take care!

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  25. Haha I wiggle my toes tons when I dance does that count? :D
    Great post!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  26. Another amazing post, Louise! Great information about wiggling 'your toes'...not wiggling them enough...OK...sitting in front of my computer...wiggle, wiggle, wiggle; feels great, actually! Thanks for the tip!
    Also, the article on Knox gelatin...have it right in my cupboard; never without it. So many ways to use it, and so great for using it for 'stabalized whipped cream' frosting! Thanks for sharing, you are a DEAR...as always!

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  27. Hi Louise, great post, very informative. You have me thinking about and wiggling my toes now.

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  28. BTW I told you the last times you are so sweet Louise???
    xo

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  29. I think I ad comment Louise! OMY and know I dont see my comment!! I love this Knox Gelatine image:)))

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  30. Wiggling over here.....thanks for all the info!
    Love your bunny♥️
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  31. Great post Louise, I sit at a desk all day at work, so I will have to remember to wiggle my toes at the office and while I am working on my blog.

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  32. Yes, Louise, wiggling toes is another form of healthy exercise.... nose too!!! Now happy wiggling my toes..... and nose too .. good for facial exercise!
    Also thanks for the info on gelatine. Good one. Hope you enjoy your week and warmest regards :)

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  33. I'm wiggling my toes Louise!!! This post is sooo cute and you are sooo sweet!! XO, Mary

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  34. Hi Louise, this is a very cute and informative post. Love it... I'm also wiggling my toes. It's true, once we sit down in front of the computer, our butt seem like glue to the chair. LOL And many hardly exercise too...wiggling our toes is also a good form of circulating the blood.

    Each point on the foot, hand or ear was always associated with the body parts within the Zone of its alignment.
    While sitting in front of computer we wiggles our toes, while watching TV we massage out palm and fingers. This is one way to exercise for blood circulation if our butt glue to the chair. LOL

    Anyway you got regular exercise from gardening which it's also very good.
    Best regards.

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Thanks for dropping in...Louise