Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and the Magic Elixir!

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and the Magic Elixir! Confession time…this has been a process for me, and I’m still working on it. One thing that I love that has been easy for me to incorporate into my daily routine is apple cider vinegar. And not just any apple cider vinegar; organic apple cider vinegar. I often enjoy what I call an “elixir”. I make it partly because I really like it, and partly because I know it’s good for me! … Continue reading

What is a low inflammatory diet?

What is a low inflammatory diet? Surprisingly enough, you hear about a low inflammatory diet quite frequently now.  It’s not complicated. In fact, it’s so simple that in our processed food world ironically, it’s confusing. There are so many diets on the market.  Watching TV in January makes me crazy because of all the diet gimmicks and programs that are advertised after the holidays when many of us have eaten too much of the wrong foods, and we’ve gained excess … Continue reading

Allopathic or Functional Medicine. Which is right for you?

Allopathic or Functional? Allopathic or Functional?  Did you know there are two basic schools of thought when it comes to our medical care? The definition of each and how we are treated by the practitioners of each school when we have a health issue is important for us to understand. Our typical health care system is based on allopathic medicine. Allopathic medicine is defined as, “a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as … Continue reading

Inflammation and Cholesterol

Inflammation and Cholesterol Today I want to share with you some information about cholesterol.  Cholesterol, by the way, is not a bad thing.  In fact, cholesterol is your friend, and you need it. Before you think I’ve totally lost it, allow me to explain a bit about inflammation and cholesterol. Why in the world would cholesterol be a good thing?  Isn’t our goal to get rid of it, or to get our cholesterol levels as low as possible? Cholesterol is … Continue reading

Do you dread the fall season?

I used to dread the fall season.  But I don’t any longer. For decades I lived with chronic depression that would get much worse as fall set in. I didn’t know it then, but I was dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD.  It affects many people, and if fall and winter send you into a downward spiral of depression, you may be affected by it as well.  I’ll share a couple of tools I used while I … Continue reading

Exercise and Mental Health – another tool to combat depression

3 Best Types of Exercise for Mental Health Exercise and mental health…exercise doesn’t just make you physically fit; it also helps you be mentally fit, so it’s very important not to underestimate the benefit of exercise when you’re dealing with the challenge of depression. Everyone knows how exercise can make your waistline smaller, make your heart healthier, etc. Very few people know just how crucial exercising is for your mental well-being. Just as there are certain exercises you can use … Continue reading

Symptoms of Depression – Do you struggle with any of these?

What are the Symptoms of Depression Because depression really challenges and colors your life, it can affect your emotions, your energy, sleep patterns, mental functions, etc. The first step is to ask yourself a few questions to determine if you are dealing with any of the symptoms of depression. Your emotions – While we all experience the occasional “off day”, prolonged feelings of sadness for no apparent reason are definitely not normal.  Life is admittedly an ongoing challenge, and events … Continue reading

A Food Label – Do You Know How to Read One?

A food label can be very confusing, and it’s designed to be that way!  Did you ever stop to think that if you knew what was in that package of food you are about to put in your shopping cart, you would put it back on the shelf? Today I want to give you a crash course on the basics of how to read a food label; so what does the writing on the package really tell us? The first … Continue reading

Sugar and Inflammation

It was an interesting weekend. We had our eleven year old nephew stay with us for three days, and we were out doing things we don’t usually do. At a popular amusement center, we were waiting to go on one of the rides, and I was surprised by a sign that was posted at the entrance. It read, “CAUTION – For your safety, the ride attendant will ask you to lift your belly, so the safety belt can secure your … Continue reading

How About Some Vanilla Ice Cream!

Did you know today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day? It is! And although I don’t often eat dairy these days, I still have it once in a while. There are other ice creams that are delicious though and that don’t contain dairy. My current favorite is So-Delicious Ice Cream, and the vanilla is really good! I like to have it plain, with fresh fruit or with a little Morecello drizzled over it. Morecello is a blackberry liqueur. You don’t … Continue reading