Exercise and Depression…it can help more than you think

Exercise and Depression When you’re depressed, sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed, nevermind even thinking about exercising! When you just want to pull the covers over your head and wait for tomorrow hoping it will be better, running around the block or heading for the gym are not top on your list of favorite things to do.  Exercise and depression…I think not… Ironically, when you’re depressed, you tend to want to do things that are not necessarily going … Continue reading

Depression and Menopause- Can the right foods help?

Depression and Menopause Let’s begin our discussion of depression and menopause by acknowledging that the target market for antidepressants is women.  The antidepressant industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Is it any wonder why doctors prescribe them so liberally rather than discuss diet, supplements, exercise, hormone balancing, etc.? Doctors who practice allopathic, or mainstream medicine are not schooled in nutrition.  The definition of allopathic medicine is  “mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or … Continue reading

Sugar and Depression…how sugar can shrink your brain

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Sugar and Depression… Are you struggling with depression? Do you know someone who is depressed or who takes anti-depressants? There’s actually a link between sugar and depression. How much sugar do you eat? Did you know that people who consume diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates are more likely to become depressed? It’s true! Sugar is the enemy of your body and your mind. It’s so unfair that it tastes so good. I love it too; but I know … Continue reading

Statins and Depression

Statins and depression… Statins and depression….Are the statins you’ve been told will lower your cholesterol making you depressed? If you struggle with depression, you want to do anything you can do to help control it.  Believe me, I know. I lived with depression for decades. Statins are being called into question relative to the epidemic of depression we are experiencing in this country. Did you know that over 20% of women in the U.S. in their 40s and 50s are … Continue reading

All About Garlic – Learn from Lidia

Mmmm…Garlic!  In the video below, Lidia Bastianich gives us the run down on garlic.  It’s worth the minute or so to learn about this wonderful food from her. If you check out my recipes for main and side dishes, you’ll notice that most of them have garlic as an ingredient.  That’s because it’s so good for you! Lidia Bastianich is my favorite chef.  I’ve learned so much from watching her.  No drama, just great common sense cooking all the time. … Continue reading

Flu Shot

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Flu Shot? Skip it… “The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.” This headline comes from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).  The CDC has frankly never produced evidence to support this claim. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) covered up the flu vaccine’s ineffectiveness for older adults. In a large study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers followed 7,000 people over eight consecutive flu seasons. New studies show that if you … Continue reading

Flourless Brownie Recipe… You won’t even leave a crumb behind!

Flourless Brownie Recipe Did you know brownies were created here in the U.S. at the end of the 19th century?  I used to love brownies and miss them as a chocolaty treat these days. I just found this flourless brownie recipe from Sugar-Free Mom (picture is above) that I am going to try and wanted to share.  The only change I will make is to use 72% Chocolate I buy from Trader Joe’s and eliminate the stevia which I don … Continue reading

In memory of Geoff Hoff…

Geoff Hoff

In Memory of Geoff Hoff… I knew Geoff Hoff longer than I’ve known anyone else online. He led the “Red Group” I was in when I signed up for Pat O’Bryan’s course:  “Wow! This is Easy!” back in 2010 or thereabouts… Along with learning, Wow!…this isn’t easy… it’s a lot of work, I also learned that Geoff was a remarkably patient, earnest and caring person. Later, I reconnected with Geoff through Connie Ragen Green.  I joined his Wednesday night call … Continue reading

Vitamin D and Depression – the positive effect of vitamin D on your mood

Vitamin D and Depression…The Positive Effects of Vitamin D on Your Mood I just realized I ran out of Vitamin D which is what prompted this post.   As someone who struggled with depression for decades (please note the past tense used here), I am acutely aware of the effect that vitamin D plays on mood, sadness and depression. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and mood. Vitamin D is a vitamin our body produces but does … Continue reading

Hunger Hormones… did you even know you have them?

Understanding Hunger Hormones Hunger hormones… did you know that we actually have hunger hormones? One hormone’s purpose is to increase our appetite and make us eat, while another hormone primarily works to decrease our appetite. Would you like to be ‘ordering’ a few more of those? Our hunger hormones are Ghrelin and Leptin, and the majority of us have never even heard of these little ‘critters’. What follows is designed to give you a better understanding of your body’s hunger … Continue reading