Plain Vanilla is Boring…or is it? Read on to find out what vanilla can do for you!

Vanilla is Boring… Is vanilla just vanilla…  Vanilla is boring and plain…or is there more to it than we think? Vanilla has a lot of benefits you may not be aware of, and like so many foods, it’s not always easy to find it in its best form.  Here are a few bits of information you may find surprising! The vanilla bean is the fruit of the vanilla plant, which is actually a climbing orchid and was discovered about 400 … Continue reading

Broccoli – Easy and Tasty…It can be an amazing side dish!

Broccoli – Easy and Tasty I love broccoli; it’s good for you, so we eat it frequently.  Always fresh, and always organic… My tastes are simple.  I come from a family that ate a very bland English-style diet.  Meat, chicken or fish, a very well cooked (or often overcooked) vegetable and potato or rice.  No sauces, no spices. My husband Rob’s family ate a very Mediterranean diet.  Lots of flavors, sauces and spices.  Living and cooking with Rob has been … Continue reading

GMOs and labeling – one company is heading in the right direction…

GMOs and labeling I admit it…I can be a little intense at times.  I know there are those of you out there who are saying “at times?”  When it comes to the topic of healthy eating, GMOs and labeling, all bets are off! One of the greatest compliments I ever received was from a former manager, still a friend, who said that I “don’t suffer fools”.  I value that, and I hope it defines me now and for my life … Continue reading

Omega-3 fatty acids – why are they so important?

Omega-3 fatty acids All this information about healthy fats and omega this and omega that can be so confusing! Research indicates omega-3 fatty acids may improve depression, and that they improve cognitive brain function.  Your brain is largely made of fat, so making healthy fat a regular part of your diet is critical to your long term health, both mental and physical. How do you get your omega-3 fatty acids and why are they so important to your health in our … Continue reading

Sadness or Depression

Sadness or Depression Many of us who struggle with depression wonder if we are truly dealing with sadness or depression. There is a difference.  With depression, many aspects of our lives can be affected.  They included sleep patterns, inability to sleep, changes in eating patterns and habits, disinterest in things that you used to enjoy and so on. Sadness can be a normal part of life, and people who are not depressed are sad from time to time.  We are … Continue reading

Processed food…don’t let them make the big bucks off your health

Processed food… It’s so inspiring when people who were resistant to eliminating processed food and to changing how they eat suddenly begin to get it. Maybe it’s a family member they trust or a TV documentary they watch, or both, but whatever starts the ball rolling for someone… I just love it! I have a friend who was probably the biggest “harrumpher” I know for the food and health information I share.   I just keep sharing and gently suggesting, hoping … Continue reading

Depression and Courage

depression and courage

Depression and Courage…Living with Depression Requires Courage Depression and courage – Living as a depressed person requires tremendous courage and tremendous energy.   Functioning on a daily basis and keeping up with a world that is not depressed is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart.  If you are depressed or think you may be struggling with depression, give yourself a break.  Yours is not an easy road, but it is one that is shared by many; … Continue reading

Depression – Side Effects of Antidepressants

Depression – Side Effects of Antidepressants I remember when I finally decided to get medical help for my depression.  It was after many years of denying that I was depressed.  I remember exactly where I was…it was on the deck of our house.  My husband was the one who finally said to me, “Aren’t you tired of being depressed?”  I called my doctor and began the process.  I had to talk to an LICSW (social worker) who then referred me … Continue reading

Exercise and Depression – Go for a hike!

Exercise and Depression – Go for a hike! After my first post on exercise and depression, I decided to take my own advice, get off the couch and move, but not right away… Today Rob said, “Do you want to go for a hike?”  I tend to be a more sedentary person by nature and really wanted to spend some free time sitting and crocheting a blanket I’m making for one of my nieces, so I considered the merits of taking … Continue reading

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