Saturday, December 31, 2011

Health Tip: Uncover Your Own Answers...

Asking questions is a great way to uncover your own answers. For instance, ask yourself: How can I improve my health and enjoy the process? As the answers come to you, jot them down in your journal and decide which ones you want to try.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Health Tip: Colorful Salad Idea...

A nutritious, colorful salad idea: Combine ½ cup each of shredded romaine lettuce, fresh spinach, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, red cabbage, carrot and ¼ cup chopped red onion. Dressing: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard. Mix dressing well and toss with fresh vegetables.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Health Tip: A simple nutritious snack...

A simple nutritious snack is to take one medjool date, slice it open and insert one pecan. Enjoy a few of these little treats instead of your afternoon candy bar.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Health Tip: Proper nutrition...

Proper nutrition is one of the key components to creating a more shapely body. The foods you put in your body will account for up to 80% of your physique.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Health Tip: A key to getting in shape...

A key to getting in shape is determination and consistency. Notice how your body responds to exercise and truly enjoy all the benefits of exercise. The more you focus on the benefits the easier it will be to motivate yourself to stick with your fitness plan.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Health Tip: Teeth and Gum Health...

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, flossing is just as important as brushing for teeth and gum health. Flossing helps remove the debris and plaque that stick to teeth and gums in between the teeth. It also helps control bad breath and polishes the tooth's surface. Water picks and electric flossing are not as effective as manual flossing. Floss at least once a day.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Health Tip: Key to Health...

Laughter is an important key to health. Laughter can alter your internal chemistry from negative to positive, releases tension, shifts your perception so you can center yourself and makes life more enjoyable. Consider watching a good comedy instead of the news before bedtime and notice how much better you sleep.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Health Tip: Healthy Diet Practice...

A healthy diet is like jogging. Practice a few times and it will come naturally.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Health Tip: Sleep in a dark room...

It is important to sleep in a dark room. Your biological clock is controlled by light and dark signals.  If your sleep is disrupted by light, then your melatonin levels will decrease and you will not wake up well rested.

Health Tip: Joy...

Do NOT postpone JOY! What you think about and how you feel has a profound effect on your body and immune system.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Health Tip: Low Intensity Exercise

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that low intensity exercise such as bicycling, walking, or swimming, can increase the speed at which the body utilizes excess fat. If you overindulge on high fat food while on vacation, make sure to keep doing your low intensity exercise.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Health Tip: Bright Sunlight...

According to a 3 year study at Harvard University, exposure to bright sunlight first thing will have a positive impact on the retina that leads to better focus and energy production in the brain. For many people, bright sunlight in the morning will improve their mood and increase their alertness.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Health Tip: Staying well hydrated offers many health benefits.

Staying well hydrated offers many health benefits. You are more likely to have smoother skin, regular bowel movements, have increased resistance to infections because of the moisturizing effect on the mucous lining of the respiratory tract and lower the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Health Tip: Deficiency of water...

A deficiency of water can alter the concentration of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and chloride, water has a profound effect on brain function and energy level"~Vernon Mark, M.D. at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Health Tip: Staying hydrated...

According to Dr. Michael Colgan if you dehydrate a muscle by only 3%, you will lose 10% contractile strength and 8% of your speed. Staying hydrated is very important to both lifelong health and top physical performance.

Health Tip: People are seeking happiness..

Many people are seeking happiness.  Often they look for it outside of themselves. What most people find, however, is that when they focus their mind on choosing to be happy, they find happiness.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Health Tip: If you are craving unhealth foods... Do this...

If you are having a craving for an unhealthy food, first do 10 pushups or jumping jacks and then decide if you still want that food.  Often when you do something physical you can interrupt that craving pattern.

Health Tip: Use Natural Products...

A sign of healthy skin is not a lack of wrinkles but a good elasticity. As we age, we lose collagen and elasticity. Use natural products so that skin pores will not become clogged. To improve skin elasticity and look younger, ensure you are well hydrated with fresh water, consume healthy fats such as fish oil or olive oil and do daily facial movements (move all the muscles of your face).

Friday, December 16, 2011

DID YOU KNOW? The tradition of Christmas trees was started in 16th century Germany.

DID YOU KNOW? The tradition of Christmas trees was started in 16th century Germany. Martin Luther, a German theologian, is thought to have popularized the concept. On a brisk, clear Christmas Eve, Luther was walking home under a bright, starry sky, which was so beautiful that he wanted to recreate its beauty for his children. His idea was to decorate a large evergreen with glowing candles, a custom we still honor today in more modern forms.

Health Tip: Altering too much...

It is best not to start an exercise program while trying to alter your diet dramatically. If you do, chances are you will fail at both. Initially exercise is more important than diet for losing weight.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Health Tip: Laughter...

Learn to laugh. Laughter is a powerful medicine that helps us develop better perspectives during stressful situations.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Health Tip: When do you exercise?

A study by the Southwestern Health Institute in Phoenix discovered that three out of 4 people who exercised in the morning were still exercising a year later. However, only half of those who waited until midday to exercise were still continuing their exercise habit a year later.

Health Tip: It's never too late...

In North America 33% of children are overweight. This is putting children at an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. It is never too early to teach your children how to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Health Tip: Causes of being overweight...

Some causes of people becoming overweight at a more rapid pace than ever before are: eating out more frequently, too much snacking on high calorie and low nutrient snacks, little or no physical activity, fewer home-cooked meals and increased time in front of the TV and computer.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Health Tip: Selenium...

One Brazil nut contains 120 mcg of selenium, which is twice the recommended daily allowance. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that may damage your eyes. This powerful trace mineral may help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Health Tip: No lectures...

Children learn best by example instead of lecturing to them about healthy eating. As parents improve their diet and focus on physical activity, it will be easier to influence their children to live a healthier lifestyle.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Health Tip: Growing your own vegetables...

Growing your own vegetable garden is a fun activity for the whole family. To improve the health of your plants, add organic compost to your soil. Organic compost will add nutrients, improve drainage and boost your plants' immune systems.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Health Tip: Lower cholesterol...

Oat bran and whole grain oats have been proven to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. Oats may also protect against heart disease and cancer.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Health Tip: Slow down...

To maintain a youthful lifestyle, Slow down and pace yourself. Quit scurrying around like a squirrel preparing its nest for winter. You can't enjoy life if you run through it at breakneck speed.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Health Tip: Exercise is key...

Exercise is a key to a healthy lifestyle. If you find it difficult to schedule dedicated time each day to exercise, find creative ways daily to incorporate it into your lifestyle. Some ideas are: actively play with your children, break up an exercise routine into 10-minute segments throughout your day and get up and move every hour while at work.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Health Tip: Adequate Sleep...

Adequate sleep is essential for good health. To ensure a good night's rest avoid eating shortly before bedtime. The process of digestion requires a lot of energy and may keep you up.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Health Tip: Fresh Pure Water...

Dehydration and toxin buildup can sometimes result in swollen eyes with dark circles. Drink fresh pure water throughout your day to flush the body of toxins and hydrate all your cells.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Health Tip: Healthy Eating...

If you are interested in healthy eating, avoid shopping in the center aisles and end caps of grocery stores. The healthy choices are on the perimeter of the store.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Health Tip: Benefits of Swimming...

Swimming has numerous benefits such as cardio-respiratory conditioning, increases flexibility and endurance and increases muscle tone and strength without straining your heart.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Health Tip: Coconuts nutritious...

Young coconuts are highly nutritious. A whole young coconut, sometimes referred to as a drinking coconut, has only 140 calories and is packed with nutrition. Enjoy the whole young coconut by itself or add water and meat to a smoothie for a tropical delight.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Health Tip: Okra...

Okra is a highly nutritious vegetable. Enjoy it steamed, baked or raw in salads. Okra is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, B, and C, iron and calcium and it is very low in calories.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Health Tip: Think better and faster...

Researchers have found that people who eat breakfast think better and faster, remember more and react quicker, and are mentally more alert than people who skip breakfast.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Health Tip: Lifelong weight management...

If you are interested in lifelong weight management and eating a healthy diet, eat consciously and purposely.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Health Tip: Food .. not for solace...

Numerous studies have found that people who have healthy eating habits feel they are capable of handling problems and are direct in solving problems, compared to unsuccessful dieters who avoid adversity and turn to food for solace.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Health Tip: Diet rich in fruits and vegetables...

Increasing bean intake as part of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables might help prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol and even lower blood pressure." Dr. Lydia Bazzano Harvard Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Health Tip: Diet rich in fruits and vegetables...

Increasing bean intake as part of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables might help prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol and even lower blood pressure." Dr. Lydia Bazzano Harvard Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Health Tip: Beware of mindless eating...

If you are trying to lose weight, beware of mindless eating. Every extra bit of food adds calories. Eating just 100 extra calories a day can lead to a 10 pound weight gain over the course of a year.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Health Tip: Fast Food...

A Harvard School of Public Health Study discovered that on days people eat fast food they consume an average of 187 extra calories. These extra calories can lead to a six pound weight gain in one year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Health Tip: Clear your mind...

When your mind is clear and healthy, your body will become clear and healthy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Health Tip: Water Workout...

Working out in water, such as swimming, water aerobics or water boxing has multiple benefits.
Water gives you resistance on all sides of your body without the stress and impact of working out on land.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Health Tip: Health...

Health is something we do for ourselves, not something that is done to us; a journey rather than a destination; a dynamic, holistic, and purposeful way of living. Dr. Elliott Dacher

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Health Tip: Permanent foot problems...

A study found that wearing heels consistently, just 1½ inches high, increases the force on your knees just enough to lead to permanent foot, ankle, knee, hip and back problems.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Health Tip: Improve your posture...

If you suffer from knee pain, your body may be out of alignment. To improve your posture and reduce pressure on your knees, do core strength training exercises and focus on standing tall instead of slouching.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Health tip: Positive Changes...

Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil and flax and hemp seeds have been shown to make positive changes in the brain. Researchers discovered that people with increased levels of these essential fats had more gray matter in the parts of their brain that regulates moods and emotions

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Health Tip: Aerobic Exercise...

Daily or almost daily aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, running or a vigorous bike ride will improve your memory by stimulating the production of new neurons in the hippocampus.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Health Tip: Skipping meals...

“Skipping meals doesn’t erase calories from previous binges. The only thing it does is slow down your metabolism so calories take longer to burn.” – Doreen Virtue

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Health Tip: Being in nature...

Research has shown that being out in nature relieves mental stress and fatigue and creates a positive mood. If you are feeling stressed go for a walk in the park instead of grabbing a candy bar.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Health Tip: Clutter.

Cleaning experts have found that eliminating your home of clutter will decrease your housework by 40%. This allows you to have more time to do the things you enjoy.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Health Tip: Grapefruit...

Eating one grapefruit a day will reduce acid reflux symptoms.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Health Tip: Acid reflux triggers.

Keep track of your acid reflux triggers; a great way to manage your acid reflux symptoms is to write down what and how much you eat—and how you feel afterwards.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Health Tip: Loaded with nutrients...

Spinach is loaded with nutrients such as iron, magnesium, manganese, folate, vitamin A, C and K and is rich in carotenoids.  It strengthens bones, protects your heart, boosts your immune system and combats cancer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Health Tip: Gardening...

Gardening can be a great form of exercise.  It builds stamina, strength and flexibility - the three keys to overall fitness.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Health Tip: Amaranth...

Amaranth is a whole grain that contains more protein and is higher in calcium, magnesium and potassium than other grains. If you are looking for something healthy and different, try amaranth as a breakfast cereal or side dish.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Health Tip: Stress Management Technique...

Deep breathing is an excellent stress management technique. A simple breathing technique to reduce stress and bring you into the present moment is to breathe in deeply to the count of 6, hold your breath for a moment and listen to the sounds in your environment, then exhale to the count of 6.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Health Tip: Ginger...

Ginger is a tasty spice with several health benefits. Studies have shown that ginger lowers LDL cholesterol, keeps your blood from clotting by reducing the stickiness of your platelets, and is a powerful antioxidant.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Health Tip: Promote optimum fitness

Cross Training is a great way to promote optimum fitness. An example of cross training is aerobics on Monday, weight training on Wednesday and Yoga on Friday.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Health Tip: Rejuvenate...

Deep sleep rejuvenates you. When you receive adequate sleep, you will look and feel better.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Health Tip: Volunteer...

In one study, adults age 55 and older who volunteered for two or more groups were 44% less likely to die over a 5-year period than those who did not volunteer.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Health Tip: Progress not perfection...

When changing your lifestyle habits from unhealthy habits to healthy habits, focus on progress not perfection.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Health Tip: Network of Friends...

A study found that people with a strong network of friends outlived those without by 22%.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Health Tip: Small changes; big difference...

Research shows that making small changes can add up to a big difference in your health over time. By doing a little every week to improve your health, you will notice a big improvement in your overall sense of well-being.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Health Tip: Make Exercise more Enjoyable...

To make exercise more enjoyable, focus on all the benefits such as increased energy, weight loss, stress reduction and increased metabolism.

Health Tip: Gain your health...

"So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health." A.J. Reb Materi

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Persistent Kitty!

My daughter came home to visit us this weekend, and we went on a walk with Luna out in the country.  About half-way out, we past a farmers home and 4 kitties, 3 black and 1 gray ran out toward us.  It was kind of cute, the gray one was shy and stayed back, and there were two more cautious ones and then a courageous one who ran right up to us.  It was no bigger than my hand all furry.  It ran up to Luna, Luna didn't know what to do.  I was afraid she might eat it because she runs after our field mice in the yard and eats them.  I picked the kitty up, first mistake.  Well, we wanted to head back, but that kitty kept with us like he / she found a new friend.  I carried her back, and told my daughter to go ahead so I could get the kitty back home.  My daughter walked a few steps, then stopped and watched.  She kept saying, "Ohhh, it's so cute!"  I told her to keep walking away so that the kitty didn't see them.  After she was down the road a bit, I started to jog away from the kitty.  (Which, according to my PT, I am not supposed to run yet)  Well, that persistent kitty kept right with me all the way down the road.  So, I waved my daughter to keep going away from the kitty, and I turned around and walked the kitty back.  By then my daughter was way up the hill and the other 3 kitties were already positioned against the warm house.  The persistent kitty was positioned in the driveway and I started almost running (with a limp of course) away from it.  I looked back after a good two blocks down and saw the kitty in the far distance starting to come after me, so I continued up the hill so that it wouldn't see me once I was over it.  We got across the street and saw the farmer’s truck coming over the hill; he picked up the kitty that was running after us.  Phew!  It was safe!!! And that was our adventure story for today!

Health Tip: Remain Calm in Chaos...

According to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, if you give your partner a hug every day before work, it can help you remain calm when chaos ensues during your day.

Health Tip: Influence the hypothalamus

Physical activity is believed to influence the hypothalamus.  This part of the brain helps regulate body weight.  Exercise has been shown to lower the body's set point weight, which helps keep the body from fighting to return to its original weight.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Health Tip: Side dish...

Consider having meat as your side dish and vegetables as the main course. This will help you achieve proper acid/alkaline balance and increase the nutritional content of your meal.

Health Tip: Cure dry skin...

A natural facial treatment for dry skin: Mash some avocado and mix it with a little oatmeal and apply it to your face.  Leave it there for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with water.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Yummy Homemade Chili!!!!

2 lbs. extra lean ground sausage (I use pork sausage)
½ cup chopped onions
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 diced green peppers
3 cups roughly chopped fresh mushrooms
2 28 oz. cans Organic Diced Tomatoes (do not drain)
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. white vinegar
3 tbsp. regular yellow mustard
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
*I add additional veggies: pureed carrots and chopped black olives

Directions: In a large pot add onions and meat, sprinkled with garlic powder and cook until no longer pink (drain using a plate, if desired). Next add the green peppers, mushrooms and spices and stir until lightly fried.

Add tomatoes and chili power.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes.
Serve hot. May sprinkle light cheese and a dolip of sour creme on top.

Makes 12 servings.

Health Tip: Keep your thoughts in check...

There is more pain from holding on to the thought of pain than there is in the situation itself. If you let the world strike you, it will do so less cruelly than your own imagination. ~Lester Levenson

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Health Tip: Can eating slowly help weight loss?

VIDEO: Can eating slowly help weight loss?

5 powerful reasons to eat slower

Health Tip: Raw Vegetables...

To thoroughly clean your raw vegetables, mix some pure apple cider vinegar with pure water and soak your vegetables well before eating.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Health Tip: Make a contract with yourself....

To bring health into your life focus on what you want. Make a contract with yourself of your health goals and action steps to accomplish your goals. Share this contract with a friend for support and accountability.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Health Tip: Substitute soda pop...

A healthy substitute for soda pop is to combine some fresh squeezed juice with sparkling natural mineral water.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Health Tip: Toxic Waste...

Your colon is one of the primary channels of elimination of toxic waste in your body. If your colon is functioning properly you should have a bowel movement after every primary meal.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Health Tip: Vision Board...

A way to motivate you to focus on health is to create a vision board for health. Make a collage of pictures, affirmations, and things that represent health, vitality, and the way you want to look and feel. Look at this vision board daily for inspiration.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Health Tip: Plant-based foods...

To help keep your arteries clean and blood flowing to your brain, eat a diet rich in plant-based foods, fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, seeds and nuts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

3 pounds butternut squash, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, sliced
1 leek, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 (49.5 fluid ounce) cans chicken broth
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup sherry wine
1 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pour a thin layer of water in a baking dish, or a cookie sheet with sides. Place the squash halves cut side down on the dish. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a fork can easily pierce the flesh. Cool slightly, then remove the peel. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, leek and garlic, and saute for a few minutes, until tender. Pour the chicken broth into the pot. Add the potatoes, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until soft. Add the squash, and mash with the potatoes until chunks are small. Use an immersible hand blender to puree the soup, or transfer to a blender or food processor in batches, and puree until smooth. Return to the pot.

Season the soup with cayenne pepper, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, salt and pepper, then stir in the sherry and half-and-half cream. Heat through, but do not boil. Ladle into bowls, and top with a dollop of sour cream.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 45 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Ready In: 1 Hr 5 Min

Health Tip: Stay Active, Live Longer...

The College of Alumni Health study has shown that if you become and remain active you will live longer, look and feel better, have more vitality, think more clearly and sleep better.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Health Tip: It is never too late...

It is never too late to change from a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle, nor to benefit from the change. Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Health Tip: Pay Attention to the Quality of Your Food...

If you are interested in achieving optimal health, pay attention to the quality of food you eat. The closer the food is to its natural state, the better it will be for your body.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Health Tip: Omega 3...

Flaxseeds are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. To regularly consume flax seeds, sprinkle them on your cereal, salads, and sandwiches or put in soups and stews.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Health Tip: Calm Yourself...

Deep breathing is a great way to calm yourself and energize your body. A good deep breathing technique is to sit comfortably, breathe in for 5 counts, hold your breath for 5 counts, and breathe out for 5 counts. Do this for 1-2 minutes.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Health Tip: Fatty Acids...

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for optimum physical and mental health. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in flax and hemp seeds, wild fatty fish like Salmon, and fish oil.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Health Tip: Obesity

Obesity now contributes more to chronic illness and healthcare costs than smoking.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Health Tip: Storing Oils...

To select a healthy cooking oil, look for expeller- pressed or cold-pressed oils to ensure you are buying high-quality, undamaged oil.  Oil can be damaged by heat and light. High quality oils should be stored in dark-tinted glass bottles.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Health Tip: Exercise is king, nutrition is queen...

Those who begin to exercise regularly and replace white flour, sugar and devitalized foods with live, organic natural foods begin to feel better immediately. *Exercise is king, nutrition is queen -- put them together and you've got a kingdom. Jack LaLanne

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Responsible thing To Do!

As I was walking my dog; I noticed another walker coming toward me on the path; so, I told her to sit.  She graciously followed my command.  The lady strolled by smiling and stated, "You know, I'm not afraid of dogs."  I said, "Thank you for that, but I want to teach my dog to be good around people."  She smiled at me, said, "Have a beautiful day."  and strolled away.

I told my dog that it was okay to walk again, as I thought, why is it that people are so surprised when I take responsibility for my dogs actions?  It is the responsible thing to do.  I sure don't want dogs running up to me and sniffing in very uncomfortable places, jumping up on me and trying to lick my face or worse, bite me.

Isn't it the responsible thing to do to discipline our dogs, children and more importantly self?

This is the responsible thing to do!

Health Tip: Sugar is addictive...

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup is addictive. The more you eat the more you want.  Excess sugar consumption is linked to numerous diseases such as obesity, kidney stones, heart disease, dental cavities and osteoporosis.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Health Tip:Smooth Skin...

Over the course of a day your skin will eliminate more than one pound of waste through your sweat glands. 
To keep your skin looking smooth and fresh and improve your skin circulation, do dry skin brushing with a natural fiber brush for 5-10 minutes daily before you shower.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Change the World!!!

I read this and it feels like he was referring to me!!

Health Tip: Reflexology...

Do you have a lot of stress in your life?  Consider reflexology, it has been shown to promote stress reduction, improve circulation, relieve pain and improve vital organ function.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Health Tip: Pedometer...

Health Tip: Research has shown that people who wear a pedometer and have a daily goal of walking 10,000 steps, walk an average of a mile longer each day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.  We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of the parking space right in front of us.  My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!  The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.  My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  So I asked, "Why did you just do that?  This guy almost caused an accident and sent us to the hospital!"  This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, full of disappointment and rage.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.  Don't take it personally.  Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.  Don't pick up their garbage and spread it to other people in your life, whether at work, at home, or to people that you don't even know on the streets.

Always remember that good people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.  Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so... "Love the people who treat you right and forgive and pray for the ones who don't.

*Thank you Melissa Malueg for providing me this story.

Health Tip: Chemical Free Room Freshner...

Health Tip: Make your own economical, natural chemical free room freshener: combine ½ cup distilled water, 1 teaspoon essential lemon oil and 1 teaspoon of essential grape- fruit oil and pour into a 4 ounce glass mister.  Shake well before using to mist the air in your home to neutralize unpleasant odors.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Health Tip: A good substitute...

Health Tip: A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that people reduced their calorie intake by 20% when they substituted a piece of fresh fruit for fruit juice.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Health Tip: Omega 3

Health Tip: Omega 3 fatty acids can balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation.  They also help regulate your metabolism.  Some good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are fish oil, flaxseed oil and walnuts.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Health Tip: Metabolism...

Health Tip: According to Dr. Gary Hunter, strength training twice a week will reverse 50% of metabolism slow down that occurs with age.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Health Tip: Lower your level of stress...

Health Tip: Studies show that people who take regular vacations are less likely to have heart attacks and report lower levels of stress and depression.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Health tip: Organize and Simplify...

Health Tip: It only takes a few minutes a day to de-clutter your house.  Taking just 10 minutes a day to organize really adds up over time and simplifies your life.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Health Tip: Challenge yourself...

Health Tip: Challenge yourself to get better all the time; you will build your confidence and your competence.

Health Tip: Stay well...

Health Tip: You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.~Wayne Dyer

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Health Tip: Clutter...

Health Tip: Cleaning experts have found that getting rid of clutter in your home will cut down your housework by 40%. The time you save on cleaning can be spent on doing something for yourself or family.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Health Tip: Make getting fit a family activity.

Health Tip: Make getting fit a family activity. Sign up for a 1 or 3.1 mile fun run and train as a family. This will get everyone motivated to exercise and have a fun event to look forward to doing together.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Did you know?

"Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed." - Albert Einstein

Something to think about...

A question was posed to Dalai Lama: "What is the thing about humanity that surprises you the most?" His answer was as follows: "Man" - Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn't enjoy the present, And as a result he doesn't live in the present or the future. And he lives as if he's never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”

Health Tip: Keeping track...

Health Tip: Research has shown that people who wrote down everything they ate discovered they had underestimated their daily calorie intake by 1,050 calories. That could add up to gaining a pound every 3½ days.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Health Tip: Loosing weight...

Health Tip: If you are interested in losing weight, always serve your food on a plate or bowl so you can see how much you are eating. Studies have shown that people who eat from a bag, box or bucket eat 40-50% more than if they put their food on a dish.

Health Tip: Headache? Try asking yourself what's new.

Health Tip: Headache? Try asking yourself what's new. That may just be the cause. Two common headache triggers are diet and stress.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Featured on RABMAD:

I am now featured on RABMAD:

RABMAD stands for Read a Book. Make a Difference. Writers Helping others. Shortening the name helps in a lot of ways: number of characters typed to arrive here, space on bumper stickers, etc. RABMAD is the brainchild of author R.S. Guthrie. The concept is not new, however. Giving back. Returning success to the people.

Health Tip: Did you know...

Health Tip: Did you know that children laugh approximately 300 times a day, where the typical adult laughs less than 10 times per day?  Laughter is a known stress reliever, find ways to add humor and joy to your life.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Meeting an old high school friend...

"You can connect with people and lead them only if you value them."~Unknown Author
I met a person at a golf event the other day; his name sounded familiar.  When he introduced himself, a small recollection came to mind when he said his name.  I thought, this could be the same person who I graduated from high school.  I quickly shrugged that thought, thinking it probably was a work acquaintance or just a coincidence.  We continued talking and sharing about ourselves and then went out to play golf in different groups.  As I was waiting, I noticed there were people practicing putting on the green, so I walked over and introduced myself to a few people standing waiting for their turn.  The first person I introduced myself to after he heard my name asked if I saw the other person whom signaled me from my past high school years.  He stated that he was really excited to see me since he hasn't seen me since high school.  Now granted, this has been around 30 years ago since I've seen him and I felt so silly that I didn't realize it was him, that I went off to look for him and said, "I am sorry I didn't realize that you were the same person from high school, you look so different."  His response was, "I figured you would figure it out eventually."

I thought it strange that he didn't restate the introduction associating it to knowing him from high school, because I meet so many people every day it sometimes is hard to make the connection.  It seemed many people on the course that day, knew me or of me from this person's conversations and excitement about reacquainting with me after all these years.  It amazed me the different connections and recollections we have about a person.

It's not that I didn't remember him, once I realized that it was the person from high school, old film clips were rolling in my mind of fond memories and how nice and sweet a person he was, we all change and have a lot of new things that we experience, especially 30 years later.

I don't feel bad, that this incident happened.  I do wish that I could have talked more with him about the connections related to high school and so on, but there was no more conversation to be had.  I looked for him after the late lunch after golf and he was gone.

One thing I learned is that each person remembers and connects with people in their own way.  Some people remember very specifically about a person and others may have stories tucked away only to associate them with a reminder or those past experiences.

Health Tip: It's the life IN your years...

Health Tip: And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Health Tip: Fresh salsa...

Health Tip: Fresh salsa is easy to make, nutritious and very versatile. To make fresh salsa simply chop 1½ cups fresh tomato, mix in 1-2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tsp. sea salt, ½ cup chopped cilantro and minced peppers of your choice to taste.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Health Tip: When ordering out at a restaurant...

Health Tip: When ordering out at a restaurant if you see fried, au gratin, crispy, escalloped, pan-fried, sautéed or stuffed food, know these are high in fat.  Instead look for steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted foods.  If you are unsure how a food is prepared, just ask your server.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Health Tip: Are you feeling stressed?

Health Tip: Are you feeling stressed? Exercise is a great stress reducer; physical activity releases endorphins which will improve your mood.

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's an amazing perspective...

First organized 8K ish Al's "race" "walk" run (Since ACL surgery)! I did my first organized "race" run today. I was all choked up at the start, knowing that this is the first time participating with the rest since I've had my accident in February. I think I was the only walker walking with the running group. Started out at the 9 minute mile marker, only because they didn't have any slower mark. My goal was to race walk the entire race at approximately 12 minute miles. I think I did it!!!! 5 miles in 1 hour. Woot! Eventually, I was the 11-12 min per mile group, and then I passed many people who stopped after a mile to walk. Had a few conversations along the way, an old man who I asked, "How are you doing?" and he said, "I am going to make it", and a man with both knees banded up after 3 knee surgeries told me, "You are doing really good for having ACL surgery after 3 months." It's amazing the perspective one has after going through a major surgery like I had and going through the process of going from surgery to learning how to walk and bike again (this is where I am during at this point in time of my recovery). Many people would run past me and say I was doing awesome or walking a really fast speed. These compliments meant "even more" to me than before February running in a race. At the end, I was choked up crossing the finish line. *Time to rest my knee now.

Health Tip: Counter Top...

Health Tip: A natural way to keep counter tops clean is to sprinkle a little baking soda and scrub with a damp cloth.  This keeps your counter tops clean without leaving any chemical residue behind.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Health Tip: A good night's rest...

Health Tip: To ensure a good night's rest, it is best to sleep in a completely dark room.  Even a small amount of light will interfere with your body's circadian rhythm and your pineal gland's production of melatonin and serotonin.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Health Tip: Motivation...

Health Tip: If you are finding it hard to get motivated to exercise, enlist the help of a friend. Having someone to exercise with can boost your commitment and make it more enjoyable.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Do More...

Do More ~By William Arthur Ward
Do more than belong: participate.
Do more than care: help.
Do more than believe: practice.
Do more than be fair: be kind.
Do more than forgive: forget.
Do more than dream: work.

Quote for Today: You have produced an extensive memoir...

You may have no idea you’ve produced an extensive memoir, but you have. In fact, you’re living in it. According to psychologists who analyze the relationship between our home and our psyches, we often - consciously or not - choose and arrange our living spaces to reflect our life histories.—Martha Beck

Health Tip: To select a healthy cooking oil...

Health Tip: To select a healthy cooking oil, look for expeller- pressed or cold-pressed oils to ensure you are buying high-quality, undamaged oil.  Oil can be damaged by heat and light. High quality oils should be stored in dark-tinted glass bottles.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sailing on Unchartered Waters.

Working on my talk as guest speaker for SWE...

Sailing on Unchartered Waters. 
"Do you find yourself at a place where it is time for you to sail into uncharted waters? If so, then this session is for you. I will share with you about my own experiences and how to overcome your fears and be persistent in order to make the switch to new scenery and the great opportunities that come with sailing the uncharted waters."

For more information about the conference or to register click here!

Health Tip: To be sick or to stay well..

Health Tip: You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well. Wayne Dyer

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Health Tip: Avocado oil ...

Health Tip: Avocado oil is a healthy alternative to vegetable oils. Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fats like olive oil, but it is stable at high heat.  It also makes an ideal base for salad dressings.  It has a pleasant taste and is high in beta-carotene and lutein.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Health Tip: Create your own natural massage oil...

Health Tip: Create your own natural massage oil to ease the pain of muscle cramps, arthritis or sore tendons.   Combine ½ cup almond, grape seed or soybean oil with 15 drops of eucalyptus citriodora essential oil and then massage away your pain.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Letter to My Younger Self (Today I Reflect)

Dear Younger self,

Slow down!! Stay open to the wonders and possibilities of the universe. Don't be so hard on yourself and respect yourself. Be confident and not afraid to make mistakes. Ask someone if you don't understand instead of creating your own version of the story. Stay close with your friends and don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.Take responsibility for all your actions. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. You can’t control how other people receive you, and "it is not about you.” Keep doing your thing with as much integrity and love as possible. Take time to enjoy the gift of nature. Know that you are blessed. Be aware of your gifts God gave you and use them. Share these gifts with others.

Take time for you and don't be so hard on yourself. The core of your responsibility is to respect you. If you don't respect you, everything will be out of sync. Focus on saying what you will do, and then do what you say. Integrity is the key to life, make sure you stay aligned with your word and be a good person, the best you can be. Keep yourself in check each day.

Instead of reaching high, reach only to the person next to you and be there; really be there with them, listen to the conversation because SILENT and LISTEN are spelt with the same letters and experience Silent and Listen when you are with them. Saver the moment and allow others to "come along" in their time.  Appreciate who you have right next to you. Create memories with them. 

Stay open to the wonders and possibilities of the universe. Creativity comes from within, it doesn't have to be perfect. Enjoy the freedom. Use your creativity and talents. Don't put them on the back burner until later. Take time each day and draw, write, sing, play music, and DANCE!!!! Don't stuff your artist ability away like it isn't there. Letting it flow. Show the world, what and who you are and stop hiding. 

Appreciate now. It is pristine, like the wind hitting your face when you sit on the beach at the lake. Sit, stare in the distance. Imagine stories. Enjoy your thoughts. Look up to the sky, see the clouds form characters. Imagine the willowy images. Look at the brilliant colors of nature. 
Listen to the sounds, the birds singing, the wind blowing, the waves hitting the sand, smell the magnificent scents. Open your heart to it all.

Stop thinking that if someone tells you it "has to be this way," that it needs to be the way they say.  Instead do it the way you believe is the way. With ego aside, move forward and focus on what matters. Slow down, experience it, remember it,  write it down, draw a picture, because the moments go fast.

Appreciate you and allow your God-given gifts to flourish wherever you go. You are a special person, your brilliance will overwhelm you. Stop in the middle of it, take it in, and be okay with the kayos, then move on.

Finally, some situations do not require your reaction. Just being there is enough. Love connects you. Love guides, inspires and shows your true path. A journey based in Love is always beautiful. Love with your heart! Be open and enjoy life now! 

Your Older Self

A Goal Where Everything Comes Together.

    In 2007, I set a goal to run a half marathon in 25 states; I realize today, that the goal was only an end to what I gained; it was a deep-rooted journey that will stay with me for a life-time.
    • After reaching state 19 this weekend in Nashville (31 half marathons in my life-time), I realize there is so much that I am giving to others. Being present, listening, learning and staying aware.
    • I have met and ran with people doing a half marathon for their first time, experiencing the joy, satisfaction, misery, and emphaticism of the experience. Walking and running alongside them is a precious moment.
    • I have met people like Tim Borland; having a gift for running he raised an awareness of AT by running 63 marathons in 63 days. Amazing, inspiring and appreciated. His heart is open and available. It was amazing how he came up to me and said, Hi, I'm Tim! Just like that. No errs, no pretense, just giving himself.
    • I met an ordained pastor, who accepted our conversation as it was, willing to share with others in her community without pretense or expectation.
    • I met a tug-boat Ocean Master, who flies out to the city to work on the boat 7 days non-stop, then has a week to be with his family in Wisconsin. His experiences living and working on the water inspired me to learn more about the Great Lakes Alliance and the Urban Ecology Center.
    • I met a retired army colonel who is living in the moment because she put in her years. She wasn't afraid to just say what was on her mind, stating that "if you don't say it, you'll never know". Refreshing!
    • I met a retired Art teacher, who travels from Colorado to Wisconsin once a month to take care of her aunt, who just needs someone there to talk. In the meantime we are now very good friends on Facebook, one of the many popular social networking tools.
    • I met an artist who is in her final revisions of illustrating and writing her book. She inspired me and helped me realize each person has a story and has a special meaning in life. A constant reminder that it's okay to be an individual who is different. Natasha Bedingfield sums it up "different people are the same, each reveals a meaning"
    Traveling to these different places, I learned so much about Geography, culture, and history. I am not the most expert in geography or culture, but have learned so much, like:
    • Atlanta Georgia has such deep-rooted history in the civil rights movement. It gave me a chill to ride around the city, on a segway (which was also a new experience), and realize how much each person, especially Martin Luther King, Jr., had to go through to send the strong message. It was amazing to see that some of the restaurant buildings still had white and black bathrooms labels above them. Of course, this is left there to instill the message of what strength each person had to stand for. I keep a special place in my heart for Atlanta Georgia.
    • New York City has extraordinarily nice and helpful people, as much to the contrary of what you hear. This was a special race because I met helpful people who were just there in the minute with me, during our conversations. A tight knit community who open their arms wide to outsiders.
    • San Francisco is beautiful. This was a breathtaking scene, with Muir Woods, the history of Alcatraz, Lombardi street, Coit Tower and of course I cannot go without talking about the golden gate bridge; which, by the way, is inexplicable hitting the 6 am fog.
    • New Orleans was a surprise, arriving with little expectations but jazz music, finding nothing of the kind. So many people there are cynical of the government and themselves. It was sad to experience gloom hovering over the city, when all it takes is stepping up and taking accountability. The surrounding parks, such as Audubon park, were beautiful and worth seeing.
    • There is so much to see in Seattle, I didn't get to experience enough of the mountains, like the tantalizing haze over the peaks of Mount Saint Helen, I was almost standing at the bottom of the mountain, taking in the deep fog in every breath.
    • The heterogeneity of the Midwest, like MN, OH, IA, IL, has distinct friendly, energetic, driven and caring qualities; as each area diverge in deep-rooted characteristics.
    • Ah! Colorado! The mountains give me a sense of solitude, relaxation and time to think. Running at 5688' elevation makes it difficult to breath, but a story to tell once I finished. Everyone I met seemed to be a health and fitness "nut". I felt right at home here and love going back at every chance.
    • And, Wisconsin, my home state, Green Bay is the most nestalgic because the last mile I run inside Lambeau field, the cheers in the stands are unbelievable.
    I was able to try new things, during my adventures:
    • rode a segway. I recommend everyone try a Segway, once mastered, it is a blast.
    • Hiked the mountains at 10000' plus altitude and watch the sunrise in the early morning. It gave me time to just listen; I heard beautiful songs created by the wind blowing in the trees.
    • sat inside a hollowed-out red-wood tree; the realization of how small I am.
    • ran in central park. I learned newfound routes, with walkers, runners and sight-seers along the route.
    • ran at 100% humidity. I ran in Florida mustering enough energy to run along the ocean-front cutting through the thick humid air.
    • drove over 650 miles solo. Driving as far as Nashville, Tennessee, I experienced the sun-rise, noticing the trees, without leaves, burst in color and different public transportation and highways (some states take more pride in their roads, highways and rest stations than others).
    Aside from the lessons that I have already written, I also learned that:
    • I can overcome my fear of doing art, but this takes constant awareness and practice,
    • I am beautiful. I met an artist in New Orleans who wasn't afraid of being beautiful, and my favorite song "Unwritten" tells the full story of my thoughts.
    • I love my family, their unrelenting support has been priceless,
    • My running is a gift. As long as I listen to my body and soul.
    • I am enjoying each moment. I take in the high and low moments; experiencing each for enough time to listen and learn the messages. No matter what happens in life, whether it is difficult and hard or fun and mischievous, experience that moment and be open to listen to the messages that are being sent.
    • There is a purpose in life. This experience has revalidated that God is with me each and every moment, even if I cannot see or feel it. I open my heart and ears to listen.
    From this experience, I am becoming more familiar with our nation by being a participant rather than an observer. This is my journey reaching my final run in the 25th U.S. state.

    Hello from Spain!!

    Hello from Spain!!!
    I am enjoying my travels!
    Spain is a very friendly and personable place. Everyone is out enjoying the sights late in the evenings. I especially like the chocolate' con chirros. :) After arriving and getting a big education lesson from Staci about the language, safety, habits, and of course the metro, I settled into my temporary home. The first week I stayed in Sol (which is the center of Madrid)at a hostel for a week (which was an experience) and I met a lot of very nice adventurous young people. The young people staying at the hostels were up late socializing every night, it was an experience I am glad that I tried at least once in my life. (I may stay in a hostel again, the hostel was very clean and the showers and kitchen were very accommodating). In Madrid, there are people everywhere. The city is starting to come alive with Christmas decorations.
    There are many parks in Spain and they are always filled with people walking arm-in-arm chatting about the days events.
    Staci and I walked Parque del Retiro, which is the largest park in Madrid, late Saturday evening. We walked to the Palaci'o Real (which is the main Palace in Madrid, which I toured during my last visit). I made it back to the Prada (which is a famous art museum in Madrid) and walked past many of the familiar sights we saw when we toured in 2002. This time, though, I have been able to experience the culture a bit more, getting up later, eating at 2 in the after noon and not until 9 pm for dinner, then a nice walk in the evening air. Each day I walk along the river which has a park walkway along the water. It is a beautiful way to start the morning in Madrid.
    I met Staci's friends one evening for Tapas. They say you must experience having Tapas at least once in Spain, everyone is crushed in a restaurant (standing room only), with no room to move (I could breathe though!! thank God). When you order wine or beer you receive a complementary large plate of Tapas which are Spanish hors 'dorves (that's the only English way I can explain it). One of our lunches we ate at Cien Bocodillos (which translates to 100 little sandwiches) this restaurant was a quaint place that had a menu of tiny sandwiches (100 or more selections). (you will see one of the pictures I took of Staci in front of our order). I had a cortado each morning, this is like a strong expresso shot in a tiny cup filled half full to allow room for milk or creme. This was my favorite drink of the day.
    I spent a lot of my time in Madrid touring Staci's Francos Rodngu'ez campus and met her friends and house family. We went to the Rastro, which goes for miles. Staci stays in a home similar to a suburb of Milwaukee, it is a short 30 minute trip to the city and main restaurants and tourist sites. Although, the houses are much different, in fact, many people rent small apartments, there are not much home ownership in Madrid, the people spend their money on social and dress, they don't focus as much on owning things. Ava invited me for dinner one evening and made the famous Spanish dish Paella (picture attached). During the evening I learned about famous music talent, which includes Tarik Banzi, Al Andalus, Arrebenta, Fusion de Almas and Nilo Azul-Wafer. Ava is very close friends with some of these musicians; she has famous Bovarian artist friend, also, who is local in Spain.
    During my stay, Staci and I mostly traveled the metro and bus system. On a quieter day, Staci and I took a bus north of the city to see where it would take us. We also saw many of the beautiful sights we would have missed otherwise. It was a fun day adventure.

    This week I found a nice hotel at a very good rate, located right off of Principe' Pio Square which is one of the larger shopping centers and the main metro station. We had painting and drawing class at Dora's studio, she is a well-known artist and visible to presidents and prime ministers in Spain, Africa, England, etc.
    Yesterday we went to Escoria, Spain which is a smaller town in the mountains, there is a 5 story very wide-spread monestary that we toured, the walls spanned almost three-quarters of the city, and the gardens were still beautiful with their hand-shaved shrubs. At the end of the day, we walked the city and it began to snow. The flakes were very light and dry (the flakes usually have little moisture because of the dryness in the mountains).
    This past weekend, we traveled to the Greek islands and toured the historic Athens (learned about the Greek gods). Staci was able to read some of the Greek words on the signs because she knows the greek alphabet from her sorority. I really liked the Hydra Island. This is the island where they filmed the Sisterhood of the pants. (if you haven't seen it, go rent it and compare the pictures that I am sending you). Hydra does not have any cars and they only get around by walking or by donkey. It was a lovely town and very peaceful. The city of Athens was very busy, we stayed in a hotel right in the middle of the city and the cars and horns never stopped. I swore I heard a few cars crash in the middle of the night. When we crossed the pedestrian walkway, at a green signal, we would have to look carefully because cars would just drive over you if you didn't keep your eyes open. We saw some "very" interesting people in the city, I won't go into detail but when we saw these individuals, we were scared and laughed in the same breath. We saw the Olympic Zeus', Acropolys, Athena, Amelio (church) and the Poseiden. We learned how to say good morning in Greek, it is "Callymara!"
    We will be heading to Dublin, Ireland tomorrow, for a short trip and will travel the northern coast to see the castles on the coast for a few days.

    Health Tip: For a natural skin toner...

    Health Tip: For a natural skin toner for all skin types: brew one cup of strong chamomile tea and chill; then apply with a soft cotton ball or spray on face with mister to soften and moisturize skin.

    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    Health Tip: Sore feet...

    Health Tip: If you have sore feet, heel pain or foot cramps roll a golf ball under the ball of your foot for 2 minutes a day. This feels great and relieves tension

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Health Tip: Dyes and chemicals...

    Health Tip: Dyes and chemicals used to flavor and preserve junk food, require a lot of extra vitamins and minerals from the body just to metabolize and detoxify them. Because junk food has no nutrients in it, the body must use its precious stores of nutrients to digest junk food.

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Health Tip:

    Health Tip: A great way to be healthier, recover from illness faster, have more energy and slow the aging process is to eat more fresh, raw vegetables and fruit and avoid junk food.

    Health Tip: The powerful effect that positive thinking...

    Health Tip: The powerful effect that positive thinking can have on your life today should not be underestimated. In fact, it just may be the key to a happier and healthier you.

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Health Tip: Simply changing your attitude...

    Health Tip: You have an opportunity to impact your physical well-being now by simply changing your attitude.

    Health Tip: Enzymes and vitamins...

    Health Tip: Enzymes and vitamins are produced in plant tissues. When we consume live food, we bathe the trillions of cells in our bodies with these plant derived nutrients.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Health Tip: If you are having a bad day...

    Health Tip: If you are having a bad day or feeling depressed, stand tall with your shoulders back and smile at yourself in the mirror for several minutes. As you do this, notice how much better you feel.

    Health Tip: Bananas...

    Health Tip: Bananas are loaded with nutrition and are a great source of healthy energy. Bananas contain B complex vitamins, Vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fibers and are a good source of potassium and magnesium.

    Sunday, September 4, 2011

    Health Tip: Lavender essential oil...

    Health Tip: Lavender essential oil is a natural sedative. It promotes relaxation in your nervous system. At times when you feel stressed or your confidence is low, place 3 drops of pure lavender oil on a soft cloth and inhale deeply.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    Health Tip: Nutritious Vegetable Dip...

    Health Tip: For a simple nutritious vegetable dip: blend one banana, one avocado and one small clove of garlic until smooth.

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Health Tip: Food portion...

    Health Tip: Research has shown that the more food you have in front of you, the more you will eat. To avoid overeating at restaurants, ask your waiter to pack up half of your meal in a take home box, before serving it to you.

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Health Tip: Happiness is a butterfly...

    Health Tip: Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Quote for Today: You alone have the power ...

    Quote for Today: You alone have the power to make the first move to grow to incredible heights or to stay at mediocre depths.

    Health Tip: A way to increase your metabolism...

    Health Tip: A way to increase your metabolism and improve function of the mitochondria is to eat a diet that is nutrient and phytonutrient rich, and consists mostly of unrefined, unprocessed natural whole food.

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Health Tip: Mitochondria ...

    Health Tip: The best way to increase the number of mitochondria in your body is to exercise. Through exercise you increase muscle mass and increase your oxygen intake. The faster your metabolic rate, the easier it is to burn calories and increase your energy.

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Health Tip: Mitochondria ...

    Health Tip: Mitochondria are the parts of your cells that combine the calories you consume with oxygen and turn this combination into energy which runs everything in your body.

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Health Tip: Mitochondria ,,,

    Health Tip: The rate at which your mitochondria transform food and oxygen into energy is called your metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate is determined by the number of mitochondria you have and how efficiently they consume oxygen.

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Health Tip: Allergens ...

    Health Tip: Allergens and particulate matter from Industrial pollution increases oxidation in your system and irritates your immune system. Consider placing a HEPA or ULPA filter in your home to improve your indoor air quality.

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Health Tip: Success...

    Health Tip: People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.~Earl Nightingale

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Health Tip: Below Eye Level...

    Health Tip: According to Dr. Mark Melhorn, your computer monitor on your desk should be 5-7 inches below eye level. Looking at a downward angle decreases the stress on your neck.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    My first Marathon

    I remember the day when I made my decision to run my first ever marathon. It stands in my thoughts vividly, sharing my dreams of running, not quite knowing what it would be like. Creating my own training schedule, by getting up and driving into the gym at 3:30 a.m. so that I could get my full workouts in before getting into work at 6:00 a.m., a revised schedule so that I could finish at 2:30 p.m. to take the 45 minute drive home to be home early enough to see my daughter from school and watch her participate or practice in her club events both USA gymnastics and USS swimming.

    It was in 2002 when I ran it, in spring, May. The Madison Marathon. I can't believe I did all of this. Times sure have changed since then. I have racked up more marathons than I would have imagined since then and achieved over 50-some half marathons, having run 29 of them in 29 states. My daughter, is 23 years old now (has a career and living on her own), back then she was 14. Wow, it seems only yesterday when I was doing all of this.

    During my marathon journey, I have learned more about running, my body, my self, my persona, my inspiration, my impact, and my self-worth. Running is more than just about doing the running. I've learned how much my body can take, the demands I put on my body, the resiliency my body endures. I love the mental state I'm in when I am running, before, during and after.

    As I prepare now for another dream, I look back and appreciate all that I have accomplished. I am very healthy, I love to eat so I run. At this point in my life, I can truly say, if I am walking, swimming, or biking I am healthy. Anything to stay active!!!

    Participating in each running event created unique stories and memories I will cherish the rest of my life!