How to Make Healthy Food Choices When Eating Out

When ordering food at a restaurant, it's easy to order things that sabotage your health and weight goals. It's important to learn how to make healthy food choices when eating out.  Follow these easy tips for how to eat healthy at restaurants. Eating out on a diet I do not particularly like the word 'diet'.  To me, it has too many restrictions associated with it.  Too many things I shouldn't be eating that I really want. With spring break coming quickly and lots of people traveling, I wanted to share a … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Hot Chocolate for Your Heart and Soul

One of the things my family loves most about the cold weather is having an excuse to drink hot cocoa.  Considering the many health benefits of hot chocolate, we should be enjoying this tasty habit year round!  Do you enjoy a mug of warm, sweet, homemade cocoa in the winter?  Did you know that your warm beverage is not only tasty but has amazing benefits to your health as well? What does hot chocolate do to your body? Keep reading for a few health benefits of hot chocolate, as well as a delicious recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate … [Read more...]

Herbal Sore Muscle Bath Soak for Soothing Muscle Pain Relief

One of the joys of getting old (ish!) is that I tend to hurt myself a lot easier than I did when I was young.  Being an active, middle aged woman, that means I am nursing sore muscles on a regular basis.  What is the best bath soak for sore muscles? Well, this herbal sore muscle bath soak certainly helped provide muscle pain relief this week. Muscle Pain Relief and Middle Aged Workouts Staying healthy as you age can be challenging.  A slowing metabolism means you need to work out more to maintain your weight.  But, … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Take a Mental Health Day Right Now

Wondering why you need to take a mental health day?  Is it really THAT important for your emotional peace of mind?  Yes, it really is.  Improving mental health requires you to take time off from the daily grind and focus on YOU for a while! Taking Care of Others is Overwhelming As a mom, I spend an awful lot of time taking care of others.  Some days, I get tired of taking care of everyone else. There are days I resent the dog merely for needing me to open the door so she can go potty!  It's at that point I start … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping Tips for Healthy Eating

With the beginning of the new year comes a renewed determination to eat healthier.  If you want to join me on my healthy food kick, you may need to change your shopping habits.  Hopefully, these grocery shopping tips for healthy eating will help you make smart food choices next time you grab your cart.  Follow these healthy shopping tips to drop a few pounds and increase energy levels! Grocery Shopping Tips for Healthier Eating I bet I'm not the only one who ate way too many Christmas cookies last month.  Every time … [Read more...]

Get Rid of Stress with These Anxiety Busting Tips

Stress can make our lives difficult.  It causes our health to decline, our anxiety to skyrocket, and wreaks havoc on personal relationships.  As we move into the new year, I want to get rid of stress in my life wherever I can.  I thought I would share a few anxiety busting tips that may help us all live a more stress free life.  Of course, we need to understand our own personal stress triggers in order to do that.  And stress reduction techniques will be different for everyone.  However, maybe  some of these … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Cold When You Don’t Have Time to Be Sick

 This conversation about how to survive a cold is sponsored by Vick’s available at Walmart. All opinions are my own.   Surviving a cold would be simple if all we had to do was lie in bed, drink hot tea, and nap.  Wouldn't it be lovely if we could just take a whole week off from work and pamper ourselves so we recovered quickly?  While it' important to take a sick day when you need it, sometimes you have to power through your cold symptoms and get things done.  Especially during the chaotic holiday season. I … [Read more...]

Tips for a Smooth Online Mental Health Therapy Session

These tips for a smooth online mental health therapy session are part of a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. If you or a loved one are dealing with mental health issues, talking to a professional may help.  Our lives are filled with stress and emotional challenges that we cannot always find our way through without help from a therapist.  However, there are many challenges when it comes to finding the best mental health support.  And finding the right therapist is just the beginning.  Finding the time to attend and … [Read more...]

Want to be Hiking at 50? Here is Some Important Advice to Follow!

This post about hiking at 50 has been sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.  All opinions are my own. I decided to start hiking when I was in college and it is by far my favorite way to exercise.  While I spend more time in the gym than I do on the trail, stationary bikes do not bring me the sort of enjoyment that I get from setting off on a hiking trail.  But, hiking definitely gets more challenging the older I get! Keep reading for a few middle aged hiking tips as well as information … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Every day, my to do list gets a little bit longer and my energy levels gets a little bit lower. The school year is in full swing, the holidays are coming and I am not ready.  I decided that in order to stay healthy during the holidays, I need to have a plan.  Winging it isn't going to keep energy levels up and germs at bay. I decided to share my healthy tips for the coming months in case you want to join me in my attempt to stay out of the doctors office this December.  If you are traveling this holiday season, check out my post on how to … [Read more...]