Oven Roasted Wild Boar Recipe

Oven Roasted Wild Boar Recipe

Oven roasted wild boar recipe

Living here in the south one of the more famous animals to hunt is wild boar. Wild boar also called razorbacks, wild pigs, wild hogs and Eurasian boars these wild animals are creating some major problems in the southern states especially here in Florida.

These animals were brought into the United States back in the 1500’s for a food source for the early settlers. Then in the 1900’s the Eurasian boar was brought into the United States from Russia for sport hunting. Over the years these wild hogs got with the domesticated pigs and now we are stuck with a combination which are becoming very invasive and causing property damage and other environmental issues.

The good out of these invasive animals is the meat. Wild boar is different than other types of meats both domestic and exotic, wild boar is very low fat and it needs to be fully cooked before it is served.  

One of my favorite recipes is oven roasted rack of wild boar ribs.

Ingredients

  • Rack of Wild Boar
  • Fresh sage
  • French shallots (5 or 6 heads)
  • Mirepoix made of chopped onion, carrots and celery
  • ¼ cup White sugar
  • 2 Apples peeled and diced
  • 2 tbs. Butter
  • 2 oz. Maple syrup
  • ¼ cup semi dry white wine
  • 1 cup Beef stock

Cooking Method

Preparation of the meat.

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Score the wild boar ribs crosswise, next season with pepper on both sides and rub both sides with fresh sage.

Prepare pan with your Mirepoix and rest of the sage.

Let it sear at medium high heat on each side to a golden brown for two minutes each side.

Remove the meat.

To make the Glaze

Place in the pan at medium high heat and caramelize the shallots to a light brown.

  • 2 tbs. butter
  • French shallots
  • Sugar

Add the white wine

Reduce the liquid by half

Add the maple syrup

Add the beef stock

Once you have your reduction it is time to add your chopped apples. You must add the apples last so that they retain their crunch. You don’t want to end up with apple sauce.

Make a fairly large quantity because you will baste your wild boar about 10 times

Add the apples at the end of the cooking process so they retain their crunch.

Bring to a boil and remove from heat.

Baste all the meat with the mixture.

Put in the meat thermometer into the thickest section of the boar and put in the 375 degree oven.

Cook the meat for 5 – 6 minutes remove and glaze baste again do this every 5 to six minutes

Once the meat thermometer reaches 158° on the meat thermometer for a medium well done meat remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.

Finish off with another drizzle of the apple glaze mixture.

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Simple Venison Jerky Recipe

Simple Venison Jerky Recipe

Venison Jerky Recipe

There are many great venison and jerky recipes on the web, but I came across this recipe a few years ago that I fell in love with for making venison jerky. Venison is a great substitute for beef and pork and it gives you a little different taste than the normal meat.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. venison
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp homemade chili powder
  • 2 tsp homemade garlic powder
  • 2 tsp homemade onion powder
  • 1 tsp Hungarian hot paprika, more if you want it hot
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup homemade brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup homemade soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup homemade teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup homemade Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 TBS homemade hot sauce (or to taste)

 

Directions for cooking:

Trim fat from the meat (if there is any) and slice into 4 inch strips. The meat pieces should be between 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It is easier to slice this meat if it is partially frozen. Pound meat lightly and set aside.

Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour this marinade over the strips of meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, line cookie sheets with foil. Place strips of meat on the sheets – do not overlap the meat.

PREHEAT –

oven to 150-175 degrees; or the lowest temperature it has. Bake for 3 hours; turn the meat over and bake for an additional 3 hours. Jerky is cooked when meat is dried out.

Enjoy.

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The Benefits Of Borax

The Benefits Of Borax

It is surprising with all the new laundry detergents on the market that many younger people have never heard of Borax soap. This well-known soap was extremely popular back when I was I growing up about 40 years ago. Borax also known as sodium borate has been on the market for over a hundred years, borax is a natural product and mineral that comes the evaporation of the salt lakes.  This particular product has many uses similar to vinegar and baking soda, let’s take a look at a few of these.

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Borax Benefits.

  • Unclog and Clean Drains. I remember my mother doing this at least once a week to keep the drains clean of any buildup of grease or debris. Pour a ½ cup of borax down the drain and then slowly pour two cups of boiling water down the drain. Let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes then flush with hot water. This will help with drain fly problems.
  • Unclog and Clean Toilets. If the toilet is clogged scoop as much water out as possible. Then add a ½ to one cup of borax and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Pour two cups of boiling water and flush the toilet. If the toilet is stained pour in a cup of borax and swish it around and let it sit overnight. The following day scrub the toilet with a toilet bowl brush and it should be sparkling clean.
  • Clean Mold. Mix one quart of hot water and one cup of borax and put in a spray bottle. Saturate the mold and mildew and let sit for several hours, then rinse and repeat if necessary.
  • Deodorize Litter Box. Mix in ¼ to ½ cups of borax into the cat litter box and it will help cut down on unpleasant odors.
  • Fire Retardant. Borax works great to put our grease fires.
  • Washing Patio Furniture. Living in Florida our patio furniture gets moldy and unsightly. Taking a tablespoon of borax and a tablespoon of dish or laundry soap and adding this to a gallon of hot water works great to wash down the furniture. I take a car washing sponge and soak it in the bucket and I wipe all over the furniture and let sit for a few minutes and rinse the furniture with a hose.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner. Clean and sanitize your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour and flush it with warm water.
  • Weed Killer. Sprinkle it on weeds between cracks on walkways. For garden weeds you have to be careful because it can kill other types of plants. Option Two, Mix 1 ¼ cups of borax with 2 ½ gallons of water and transfer to a weed sprayer. Since borax doesn’t discriminate, carefully soak the leaves of unwanted plants in your yard while avoiding the ones you wish to keep, and try to only spray the foliage and never the soil itself, the leaves will suck in the mixture which will kill the plant.
  • Deodorize Garbage Can. Deodorize your garbage pail by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it’s clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor-causing moisture.
  • Rust Remover. Combine together borax and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply this mix to rusty objects, allowing it to set for at least 30 minutes, and then scour with a scrub brush. Repeat these steps if necessary, and always rinse clean with water when finished.
  • Washing Windows. Now I have always added vinegar to my water to wash windows, buit I hate the smell of vinegar so I use this combination. Thoroughly mix three cups of warm water with two tablespoons of borax until it is completely dissolved. Dip a clean cloth into this mixture and wipe down windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. Buff and shine.
  • Clean Spots from Clothing. Best for grease, oil, and protein stains, pre-soak discolored and soiled clothes and linens in the washing machine by using a half cup of borax for each gallon of warm water. Let sit for 30 minutes before adding laundry detergent and running the wash through as usual.
  • Ant Killer. This mixture is great for getting rid of ants naturally without the use of harmful pest control chemicals. Mixing together 1/3 cup of borax to one cup of sugar. Mix the two together really good, if any clumps break them up so the mixture is fine and smooth. Slowly add water and stir together till the mixture is thick and pasty. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place the cotton ball near the ant trail. Once the ants find the mixture they will start feeding on the borax mixture and take it back and feed the queen of the colony and eliminate the whole colony.
  • Washing Clothes. Using detergent and bleach can be damaging to your clothing, by adding a half of a cup of borax to your wash along with your regular detergent the water becomes softer and is brought back to a more neutral ph level. Borax is a more green and great alternative to using bleach.

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Classic Southern Deviled Egg Recipe

Classic Southern Deviled Egg Recipe

Creamy Southern Deviled Egg Recipe

Living in the south there is nothing better than the Southern Creamy Style Deviled Eggs. Of course since we raise our own chickens this is a classic dish at all our family gatherings. I remember the good ole days when we would gather with friends and families and have potlucks or have church luncheons on Sunday after worship services with the church family. One of the easiest dishes to make for a potluck is deviled eggs.

Now there is many different combination but the southern style straight classic mixture is the one that I still opt out for.

Southern Style Classic Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • Six large hard boiled eggs
  • Three tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon of prepared yellow mustard
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Paprika
  • Sliced baby dill pickles

Directions

  • Boil six eggs till they are hardboiled and remove the shell.
  • Cut the hard boiled egg without the shell in half.
  • Remove the yolk and place in a small mixing bowl.
  • Mash the yolks with a fork and add the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir mixture together till the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Place the mixture in a piping bag with a large round tip. Squeeze the mixture into the hallowed out egg whites. Sprinkle the paprika till pretty and garnish the deviled eggs with a pickle slice.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as well as my family and friends. We would love to hear how you make your family’s favorite deviled egg dishes.

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Homemade German Spaetzle

Homemade German Spaetzle

While traveling over to Germany I fell in love with a dish call Spaetzle or “German cheese noodle casserole”. Pretty much everywhere we went in Germany we would find Spaetzle on the menu and of course at every restaurant we went to I order this as a side dish. One of the ways that I love making this dish at home is in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Here is a simple recipe that I will share with you to try.

Here is a list of what you will need;

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 2 medium onions sliced up
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 4 ounces of Gruyere cheese
  • Breadcrumbs

Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan heat together the butter and oil on medium heat. Turn heat to low and add the onions, stir every so often and let them cook for about an hour.
  • Set the caramelized onions aside for now.
  • Put a large pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil.
  • Whisk together flour and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl beat eggs with the ½ cup of water and add flour & salt mixture.
  • Beat for several minutes until the dough is smooth, set aside for around 10 minutes. Beat again.
  • Place ½ of dough in colander and place over the boiling water. Push the dough through the colander back and forth and the dough will drop into the water.
  • The dough strips will drop to the bottom of the pot and then they will rise to the top. Once they rise let them sit in the water for another two to three minutes.
  • Scoop out the spaetzle from the water and rinse in hot water and set aside.
  • Continue the same procedure with the second half of the dough in the boiling water.
  • Butter a 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle breadcrumbs around the casserole dish, these will stick to the buttered bottom and side of the casserole dish.
  • Take the cooked spaetzle noodles and add them to the caramelized onions along with the grated nutmeg and grated cheese. Mix all together.
  • Spoon mixture into casserole dish and sprinkle more of the grated cheese on top of the noodles.
  • Cover with foil and bake twenty minutes at 350 degrees, then uncover and bake for another fifteen minutes.
  • At our home we like our cheese brown, we will cook on broil for another five to ten minutes.

I hope you like this recipe and if you have any variations we would love to hear from you.

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Bedbugs Are Back

Bedbugs Are Back

Bedbugs

Have you had to deal with bedbugs yet, if you have you are not alone. Bedbugs are parasitic insects that are part of the cimicid family which means that they feed solely on blood. Back in the 1940’s bedbugs are pretty much eradicated in the United States but in the past 10 to 15 years they are on the resurgence. Some say that the resurgence is due to pesticide resistance and others say that since the government has put bans on certain pesticides this is the reason for the increased population of bedbugs. The third popular belief is that due to more international travel this has brought these nasty creatures back to the United States. For whatever reason these bugs are here and getting more difficult to get control of.

Characteristic of bedbugs

I have been in the pest prevention business for over 20 years, in the past 5 to 10 years here in Central Florida we have been at war with these blood sucking creatures and we are losing the battle. Bedbugs are small, roundish, and brownish reddish in color. The adults have a flat body about the size of eraser head on a pencil but after feeding on a blood meal their bodies will swell up and turn almost red in color. Some people think that bedbugs fly, these tiny bugs do not fly but they hitch hike and travel from place to place in people clothing, purses, diaper bags, and etc. Female bedbugs lay hundreds of egg over the life span of the female, these eggs are so small they look like a speck of dust. After the egg hatches the babies are so tiny that you need to have a good magnification lens in order to see them. Under good conditions the baby bedbugs can mature in about a month.

Where to find bedbugs in your home.

If you suspect that you have these insects in your home the first place you will want to investigate is the bedroom. Take the bed completely apart and search ever little crack and crevice of the mattress, box spring, headboard, bed rails, sheets, pillows and if you have carpet in the room pull back the edge of the carpet and look under the carpet around the tack strip. You must use a powerful flashlight preferably a very bright LED flashlight and a hand magnifying lens, these bugs are so small and they love to hide during the day. Over time they will scatter from the bedroom to other places in the house like the living room or family room or anyplace that is dark and safe for them.

What to look for.

When inspecting for bedbugs some of the signs that you look for are;

  • live bed bugs
  • eggs or eggshells
  • dark reddish shots on sheets or pillow cases this would be from the bedbug excrement
  • blood stains also on your sheets or pillows
  • dark brown to black spots from the bedbug fecal droppings
  • Foul musty odor that is put off by the bedbugs.

Bedbug Habits

When searching to see if you have bedbugs knowing the habits of these insects will help you to find them if they are in your home. Knowing a few things like when do they feed, where they live and how they multiply will help in identifying if and where you have bedbugs. Here are some of their habits.

  • Feed on blood of a host, usually a human but may feed on the blood of a animal.
  • Mainly feed at night
  • Travel only 5 to 15 feet from their nesting site called a harborage.
  • Female bedbugs lay 200 to 500 eggs during their life cycle
  • Bedbugs can live and be active in environments that are as low as 45 degrees but will die when their body temperature reaches over 1113 degrees.
  • They like to hide in tight places like bed frames, door jams, closets, chairs, under carpet, behind pictures, inside cabinets, almost anyplace that is dark tight and safe.

How to protect yourself

I have learnt over the years to be very cautious when I enter and leave a home that is infested with bedbugs. Here are some things that I do to make sure that I do not bring these insects into my home and these are the same recommendations that I give when I talk to community managers about keeping bedbugs out of their apartments.

  • Never bring in used furniture into your home that you do not know the family from where it came from first hand. Purchasing used items from people and second hand stores is very dangerous.
  • If you purchase clothing second hand or if you feel you have been in a home that has bedbugs my recommendation is to put the clothing in the dryer as soon as you walk in the door of your home and run the dryer on high heat for an hour.
  • If you purchase anything at a garage sale go through the stuff with a fine tooth comb.
  • If you travel, before bringing your suitcases into the motel / hotel room make sure you inspect the room from top to bottom, the bed, and any drawers and closet for bedbugs.
  • If you are moving into a rental please meet with the property manager and get a bedbug free certificate guaranteeing that the rental is free of bed bugs.

Conclusion

Bedbugs have been around for a very long time, here in the United States we are starting a new war with these little blood sucking insects. In my experience I have found no preventative way to keep them out of your bed except by being extremely careful and constantly inspecting what you bring into the home for any signs of bedbug activity. If you are trying to battle these pest on your own, I would say don’t waste your money or your time on trying to eradicate these insects from your home on your own. Call a professional, I have been treating and at war with these insects and I will admit it is extremely difficult even for us professionals to rid the home of these bugs. The internet is full of “Do It Yourself” ways to try and get rid of these bugs, but as a professional I will say they are some of the hardest insects to get out of a home.

 

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

 

Awesome Pumpkin Bread Recipe With Canned Pumpkin

Nothing warms the soul than fresh baked bread, especially on those cold winter days. The smell floats through the house and everyone comes running to grab a fresh slice of homemade bread when it first comes out of the oven. In the fall I love to cook homemade pumpkin bread. I do not take the time to use fresh pumpkin, I cheat and use canned pumpkin instead. Now some of you may call me a trader for using canned pumpkin, if I have the time to process my own pumpkin puree then I will, but most of the time I do not have the free time so I will use canned pumpkin instead.

 

We all know that time saved in the preparation of a meal is time better spent enjoying the process or the company of your family or guests.

This recipe makes one large baking pan’s worth. You can cook it in a couple of smaller pans if you wish. The ingredients below makes roughly two regular sized loaves.

Ingredients:

10 oz. pumpkin puree (canned)

2 eggs (medium)

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preparation Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F (That’s 180 C).

2. Lightly grease your baking pan(s), and sprinkle a light coat of flour on top.

3. Combine eggs, vegetable oil, sugar and pumpkin puree in a bowl and mix until they’re completely blended together.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and the spices.

5. Mix all the ingredients together into one larger bowl using a whisk.

6. Pour your batter into your greased and floured baking pan.

7. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 F. Inspect the bread in about 35 minutes. Once you can poke it with a toothpick without anything sticking to the toothpick, your bread is finished.

But of course who can resist the urge to try a piece of this delicious bread right when you pull it out of the oven. Now no one needs to know that you did not use fresh pumpkin and cheated a little by using store bought canned pumpkin. Your guest wont know unless you tell them, you secret is safe with me.

 

 

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Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Starting Your Own Business

Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Starting Your Own Business

Fear will get you know where in business

Being an entrepreneur is a dream for many people, many people put off being an entrepreneur because they do not have the capital to get the business off the ground. Many people have the dream and they have the vision and great ideas but they feel they lack the capital to see their dreams become success.

There are several steps for getting your dream and vision off the ground. If you feel that you have a great idea and you have put a lot of thought into executing your plan don’t let having very little capital stop you from seeing your dream come true. Yes there is going to be stress, yes there will be nights with no sleep, yes you are going to work hard and yes you will have to step out of your comfort zone. But you that want to be an entrepreneur bad enough will make it happen.

Here are some steps that will guide you to get your vision off the ground with little capital.

  • Make your knowledge work for you. Take what you know and have skills in to build your business. Do not spend money on outside sources and consultants to build a business you know nothing about. Take the years of knowledge you have already invested in and build your business, you will find it easier and sometimes knowledge may be all you need to get your vision started. You will spend less money and time relying on others to guide you if you just take what ever you know and put it to work..
  • Let the world know what you are doing. Tell everyone you know what you are doing, this includes your family, friends, people at the grocery store, bowling leagues, business contacts, people at the gas pump and etc. This is called grassroots marketing, or marketing 101, don’t be shy and don’t feel embarrassed to tell everyone about you and your business.
  • Spend your money conservatively. No doubt your going to have expenses, try to keep them minimal if you can. Make wise decisions on your purchases and avoid overspending when you can. Remember you are starting a business with very limited capital, be frugal until the business brings in good revenue, this can make you or break you,
  • Don’t use credit unless you have too. When establishing a business you should not use credit cards for business purchases like computers, meals, furniture, and office supplies that you do not need. These expenses can add up quick and lead the business to the firing squad. Slowly purchase new items when you have positive revenue growth. Don’t add to your stress, if you don’t have the cash yet, then don’t purchase it with plastic.
  • You built it. When first starting a business you will be the one doing everything. You will be answering the phones, marketing, building your reputation, and all of this takes time. Some days you will find yourself working around the clock, just remember you are not doing it for nothing or someone else, you are doing all this hard work in order for you to be successful. This is called sweat equity, your business will be a great success because of your hard work and sweat equity.
  • Make the internet work for you. There are several ways to market yourself, just remember you are starting this business on a shoestring income. Social media today is a great tool to gain exposure to your business and to gain customers. Another source of free advertising is through writing on forums and writing articles in the local paper.When ever you can use local media sources this can be very responsive because the public will look to you as a leading local authority. Use what ever free marketing you can until you have the revenue to advertise more elaborately.
  • Work hard. When venturing out on your own especially with little or no capital you will be working hard. You will need to dedicate everything you have and know into making your business a success. Again you will have to be the one answering the phones, playing office manager, service manager, handling customer complaints  or questions, handling the finances and banking and of course you will have to be the marketing guru. In order to be successful you will have to wear many hats for awhile until your business grows.

 

Don’t be afraid, don’t let limited funds keep you from seeing your dreams come true. Life is full of stress and life is difficult, take that energy you are using now to be successful for yourself.

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Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Here it is in the 90’s already in Central Florida and the mosquitoes are already getting out of control and summer has not begun yet. Since I do a lot of work outside my body is full of mosquito bites and open sores from scratching the bites in my sleep.

I just recently read some articles about taking vitamin B1 during mosquito season to ward off the female mosquito’s that are the biters in the mosquito family. Many of you readers I am sure are going to say that taking vitamin B1 is not going to work to keep mosquitoes away, that is fine but I don’t have anything to lose if it does not work for me.

I have been in the pest control industry for twenty plus years and I know that there are thousands different kind of chemicals on the market for this industry but if I can keep from having to spray chemicals like DEET or some other kind of synthetic man-made chemical that is not safe for the human body. With vitamin B1 at least you will not be applying unnatural chemicals to your body. If vitamin B1 does not keep mosquito’s away then your body will just excrete the vitamin when you go to the bathroom. Unfortunately there is a considerable amount of skin cancer in my family but fortunately for me I have not had any skin cancer show up on my body and I want to keep it that way, this is one the reason’s that I do not want put apply DEET to my body and would rather try something like vitamin B1.

What is in B1 that helps?

Thiamine is a vitamin, also called vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 is found in many foods including yeast, cereal grains, beans, nuts, and meat. A study back in the 1960s indicated that taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) may be effective in discouraging mosquitoes from biting. However, studies since then have been inconclusive. The theory is, taking more vitamin B1 than your body requires causes the excess to be excreted through your urine, skin, and sweat. Vitamin B1 produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes seem to find offensive.

I have read articles around the web that state ” The authors of a June 2005 review article published in the “Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association” reported that of the scientific studies performed testing B vitamins as repellents, none found them to have significant repellent ability against mosquitoes. In addition, the American Mosquito Control Association asserts that systemic vitamin repellents, in general, do not work. Vitamin B1 delivered as a skin patch has also been tested and did not repel mosquitoes, according an February 2013 study report published in “Acta Tropica.” .”

Then there are us common people that do not believe everything they read on the internet. I am going to play Ginny pig and try the vitamin B1 experiment and I will report back later on whether it worked for me or I wasted $3.59 on a bottle of vitamins.

I would love to hear from you if vitamin B1 has worked for you or not.

 

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How Exercise Can Help With Your Depression

How Exercise Can Help With Your Depression

Positive Effects of Exercise on Depression

When a person is depressed the last thing they want to do is exercise, but exercise is one of the best things that people can do to naturally defeat depression. It does not matter what kind of exercise you do, you can take walks or jog or any other form of exercise to help lower depression and change the mood you are in. Exercising has been proven to help with many health related issues, exercising will help with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, sleeping disorders, cholesterol nd so on but the psychological benefit is reduced anxiety.

Depression and anxiety

When it comes to anxiety and depression never stop a medication that you are on without consulting with your doctor. Many people will start feeling better and stop taking the medication which is very dangerous, this could actually cause you to feel worse than before. Always stay in consultation with your doctor, do not self medicate.

When listening to music make sure that you are listening to positive uplifting music. Try to re-frame from music that will feed negative thoughts and cause you to be down. Think and concentrate on positive thoughts and images. Work on keeping a constructive attitude and making positive statements to your friends, family and co-workers.

Exercise

Getting back to exercising. A depressed person needs to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and take walks or jogs. Another good thing is to get involved with people like joining a gym and forcing yourself to meet people and build relationships. Another good thing is to try and find someone that can hold you accountable, not only to get out and exercise but also to help keep you positive.

 

Start off slow, don’t push yourself to fast. Just being out in the sunshine and taking a simple walk around the block or in the neighborhood will help get the blood flowing, raise your body temperature and help get the endorphin’s working which helps with symptoms of depression. As you start off each listen to some positive music as you walk, after a week or so increase the amount that you are walking by a block or two. You should start noticing a difference in a couple weeks.

Conclusion
Even though exercise is a great way to combat depression it is not a substitute for any medication or therapy you may be on. Any untreated depression can cause many health related issues such as high blood pressure, heart issues, sleeping disorders. Recognize the symptoms and be proactive and start exercising and get the help you may need.

 

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