Robin Williams… Depression and Suicide

Depression sucks…the life out of you… Two important people have suffered from depression and have died in my world/the world in the past three weeks.  One is Michael, and one is Robin Williams.  Anti-depressants didn’t work for either of these men.  Michael, we suspect, was self-medicating to try to feel better, and Robin Williams hung himself. Having struggled with depression for many years, in fact until about a year ago, I can tell you it’s a lot of work being … Continue reading

How Eating Whole Foods Can Help You Lose Weight

How Eating Whole Foods Can Help You Lose Weight As Americans, we are always pre-occupied with weight loss.  We should be; we have become a very over-weight nation.  There’s always some new pill or tonic being advertised; some new fad diet in the weight-loss industry. Lately it seems trends are heading back to what nature intended us to eat – good, wholesome foods. We hear a lot of talk about whole foods, but what exactly is a whole food anyway? Whole foods are … Continue reading

Healthy Living to Combat an “Off” Day

Healthy Living to Combat an “Off” Day What to do when you’re having an “off” day. Some days are just not fun no matter what you try to do.  Maybe work isn’t going smoothly or you have challenges in your personal life.  Sometimes you just feel off… I’ve grown to call this feeling “chemical” because I think the balance in my brain can get out of whack relative to endorphins. I’ve also come to realize it’s usually something I’ve done, … Continue reading

Eating Clean… Part 2

Eating Clean Once you’ve cleaned out your pantry, your refrigerator and your freezer, what do you replace it with?  Think colors and for goodness sake, avoid the beige processed fast foods! Start with vibrantly colored fresh food.  Go for dark red and green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, beans, grass fed organic meat and poultry if you’re a meat eater.  Wild sustainable fish if you’re a pescatarian.  Buy as much organic as you can find or afford. I know people try … Continue reading

Eating Clean. Throw out the processed food!

Eating Clean I was talking with a friend the other day… we’ll call her Gracie here.  Gracie was telling me her doctors had prescribed an anti-depressant to control her mood and to help her through her day. We started talking about food and eating and drugs and all that important stuff that can make or ruin your day, days and your life. She told me about how she had consulted a while back with a nutritionist to try to learn … Continue reading

Natural Hair Conditioner… Use Organic Coconut Oil!

Natural Hair Conditioner… Use Organic Coconut Oil! Last week, while we were preparing for our niece’s wedding, Rob took a picture of me with Katie and Ricky (bride and groom) at the wedding venue.  When I saw the picture, I said, “What is that on my head that’s supposed to be my hair?!”  Granted, it was very humid that day, but I looked like Phyllis Diller had stuck her finger in an electrical socket! I set off on a mission … Continue reading

Eating Healthy Food… Sometimes the Journey is not Linear

Eating Healthy Food… Sometimes the Journey is not Linear Ok, ok… I admit it.  Once in a while I fall off the wagon.  The eating healthy food wagon that is. Yesterday I baked a cake for our friend Stubbs.  His real name is Steve, but we call him Stubbs… long story that goes back about 45 years, I am told.  Stubbs was a childhood friend of my husband, Rob, and has become a regular on Thursday nights when he comes … Continue reading

Three Steps to a Better Body Image

Three Steps to a Better Body Image A positive body image is an important element of a satisfying and rewarding life. Your body image impacts your self-esteem. It affects how you relate to other people and the risks you are willing to take both personally and professionally. If you feel badly about your appearance, it’s time to take some steps to improve your body image. You are a beautiful person, and it’s high time you believed that. 1. Take One … Continue reading

You need to change to change…lose the weight…

You Need to Change to Change and Lose the Weight Are you afraid you will never be able to lose the weight you want to lose? Do you think at your age, that’s just what happens and that there’s nothing you can do about it? I’m here to tell you that you can change your body; you can lose the weight, and you can get in shape. If I can do it, you can do it. While I’ve never been … Continue reading

The Road to Better Health and Curing Depression

The Road to Better Health, and Curing Depression How to begin… How to begin down the road to better health; how to start can be overwhelming. The road to better health can be a confusing one.  There are so many factions out there trying to convince you their method, diet or, too often, drug is best. First of all, in my personal experience, drugs (meaning anti-depressants), were not the answer, not the cure.  For me, the cure was an accidental discovery … Continue reading