Bring on the Waterworks: The Emotional Impact of Menopause

When you hear women or doctors talking about menopause, usually they discuss the erratic periods or hot flashes.  I don't hear a lot about the emotional impact of menopause. Sure, sometimes they talk about how bitchy a woman is acting and say 'Oh, it's just hormones'.  But no one ever told me how emotional I would become as I started moving into this lovely decade of my life. My family is looking at me like I have lost what few marbles I had left.  I cry in church.  I cry listening to a song in the car.  I cry when I get into an argument with … [Read more...]

The Healthiest Type of Salt to Include in Your Diet

Are you worried whether or not you are adding the healthiest type of salt to your diet?  Every time I go to the grocery store I am amazed at how many foods are pushed as 'low in sodium'. You have everything from low sodium canned soups to unsalted crackers. Websites and cookbooks tell us how to reduce our salt intake and commercials tell us how bad sodium is for our blood pressure. Here is a news flash for you...salt makes things taste better! Honestly, wouldn't you rather eat your French fries with a sprinkling of salt on them? Would your … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Start Eating Healthy Even if You Are Short on Time

Thank you Healthy Choice for sponsoring this post about easy ways to start eating healthy. Visit your local retailer to pick up your own Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamer or Original Cafe Steamer meal today!With school back in session, our lives have once again gotten to the frantic running around like a madman stage.  Our days revolve around after school band practices, tennis matches, two adults with full-time jobs and random commitments I just couldn't say no to. While I try to simplify where I can, it isn't always easy.  Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Easy Tips to Help Control Low Blood Sugar

I sent my daughter away for a week of band camp yesterday and I can't help but worry about her.  I have been hypoglycemic for most of my life and passed this lovely trait on to my kids.  What does it mean to be hypoglycemic?  Basically, we deal with low blood sugar on a regular basis.  Unlike diabetes which is usually characterized by HIGH blood sugar, people who have NON-DIABETIC hypoglycemic tend to have LOW blood sugar.  I have had my kids nearly pass out on a number of occasions because they just haven't quite gotten the hang of how to … [Read more...]

Do You Eat Flax Seeds Daily? Here’s Why You Should Start!

I have been trying to clean out the pantry this week to clear out the junk and restock the healthy stuff.  I found a container of flax seeds in there that was getting seriously neglected.  I would have to eat flax seeds daily for the rest of the year to make a dent in this container so I've been doing some research.  There are tons of health benefits of flax seeds, right?  So, what exactly are those flax seed health benefits and how can I eat this whole container before they go bad?5 Reasons to Eat Flax Seeds Daily Support brain health … [Read more...]

How to Feel Young Again Even if You’re Getting Old!

If I had access to a magic lamp, the first thing I would ask that genie is how to feel young again. I hit that magical age of 44  last month and it seems like I have hit a giant WALL of sorts.  All of a sudden I am noticing more and more grey hairs, a few more wrinkles, and a significant lack of energy.  I hurt myself doing menial things like bending over to pick up a piece of laundry off the floor.  Really!  That actually happened!  How to Feel Young Again Even if You're Getting Old I am pretty sure … [Read more...]

Eat Healthy While Traveling with These Simple Tips!

Do you find it hard to eat healthy while traveling? Have you ever hit the road for a journey and dreaded the sluggish feeling of a post road food meal? Summer vacation is fast approaching and my husband and I are hoping to take the kids on a road trip.   We rarely fly anywhere when we take trips, primarily due to the cost of airfare.  Driving to our destination gives us the freedom to pack as much as we want, make side trips along the way, and in general relax a bit more than we do when we fly.  It is also easier to eat healthy while traveling … [Read more...]

How to Make Healthy Food Choices When Eating Out

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 few tips on how to make healthy food choices when eating out.  I don't particularly like denying myself tasty treats now and then so I try hard to live healthy on a NON diet.  I eat large servings of the healthy things and smaller nibbles of the more decadent foods that I enjoy.  I love going out to eat … [Read more...]

Making Healthy Habits with Nature Made

This healthy habits post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.Starting your path to healthier living isn't always easy.  We have good intentions, though.  We buy lots of healthy foods at the grocery store.  Pick up a nice, new pair of sneakers to start on our workout routine, and decide we are going to read less and spend more time developing new healthy habits and pastimes.  But, we are also busy and stressed out and just downright tired at the end of the day.  All the healthy foods in … [Read more...]

Looking on the Bright Side when Surviving the Flu

I have been a bit absent on the blog for the last week because I am putting most of my energy into surviving the flu.  Apparently, I picked up the germ from hell sometime last week and it is wreaking havoc with just about every system of my body.  I bet you are wondering if I got my flu shot, right?  Well, no. I don't get flu shots.  The last time I had the flu was 10 years ago and I just can't bring myself to inject stuff into my body to prevent something that happens once every ten years.  No, I am not some crazed 'anti vaxer'.  I am anti … [Read more...]