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

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