Stress and Nutrition: Improve Childhood Mental Health With Nutritious Food

This post about stress and nutrition is in partnership with StressHealth.org, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness.  All opinions are my own.   Food plays a critical role in our lives.  It not only nourishes our bodies, but also fuels our minds and brings us together with friends and family. Of course, we know how food affects our bodies: Nutritious foods keep us healthy and energized. Eating too much junk food often causes our bodies to put on excess weight and our arteries to get clogged.  It's the same with … [Read more...]

Understanding the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Allwell Medicare. All opinions are 100% mine.   I spent 15 years working in a large, retail pharmacy.  We got several phone calls every week asking about health insurance and prescription coverage.  And when open enrollment rolled around, we got 10 times that many calls!  Open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7.  It is during that time when people begin purchasing health insurance for the following year.  And if you (or your loved ones) … [Read more...]

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Effects on Mental Health

This post is in partnership with StressHealth.org, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness.  All opinions are my own. I was very lucky as a child that I came from a home with very little stress.  Sure, there was arguing over grades or limits that my sister and I didn't like.  We argued with our parents like most kids probably do. But I had two loving and capable parents present every day, and that shaped how I raise my own kids.  I know that not all children are as lucky as I was and as lucky as I think my own kids are. And those … [Read more...]

Teaching Medication Safety to Teenagers

This post about teaching medication safety to teenagers has been sponsored by Influence Central as part of an Influencer Activation.  All opinions expressed in my post are my own. My son left for college in August.  When he left, I sent him with a large box of over the counter medications.  I also shared dozens of medication safety tips with him.  From reading the labels to checking expiration dates, I told him as much as I could. Since I spent 15 years as a pharmacy technician, medication safety is a very big issue for me.  However, when he … [Read more...]

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Turning the Clock Back

Every year around this time I get a surge in traffic from people searching for information about turning the clock back. No, they aren't looking for my blog (darnit!) but they are looking for information about when to change their clocks. This year, the clocks “fall back” November 5, 2018 which means that there will be less day light. That's a bummer for people who seem to really need lots of sunlight to function at 100%.  Seasonal affective disorder is a real thing.  It is often known as the winter blues or winter depression and affects … [Read more...]

8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

Raising kids is hard. There are so many life lessons we need to teach them in order to mold their minds and bodies into healthy adults. While calculus and balancing a checkbook are challenging life lessons for kids, teaching kids about food isn't hard. However, it does take time. I thought I would share a few things we need to teach our kids about food so you could get started with your own children.   8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food Making healthy food choices is a concept that you need to start introducing when … [Read more...]

How to Get Kids to Exercise to Improve Childhood Mental Health

This post about how to get kids to exercise to improve childhood mental health has been sponsored. All opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you to the Center for Youth Wellness for sponsoring this conversation. I currently have two teenagers who I love dearly and who drive me nuts on a regular basis. That is the way of parenting, right? We have created these amazing creatures who fill our hearts and souls with an incredible amount of love. And then they go and color on the dog with markers and we wonder why in the world we chose to have … [Read more...]

8 Foods You Should Eat Raw for Better Health

While most foods we eat on a day to day basis need to be cooked, there are many foods you should eat raw. In some foods, cooking actually destroys nutrients and enzymes that are vital for better health. If you are looking for easy raw recipes, start with my blueberry salsa recipe. Then, check out these 8 foods that are actually MORE nutritious for you when eaten raw . Common Foods to Eat Raw: The most common foods to eat raw by people following a strict raw food diet are the following: All fresh fruits. All raw vegetables. … [Read more...]

Fish Oil Versus Omega 3 for Heart Health

This discussion about Fish Oil Versus Omega 3 for Heart Health has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeHeartHealth #CollectiveBias As I move through middle age, I am amazed at the number of health issues that I need to concern myself with. I never worried too much about my metabolism, nutritional supplements or heart health in my 20s and 30s. Maybe my mortality is more of a pressing concern now that I am in my 40s? Or, maybe I am just more educated now about the need to take … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping Tips for Healthier Kids

Are you looking for back to school shopping tips already? It seems like summer just started but according to that pesky calendar, my kids go back to school next week. That is going to be a seriously rude awakening for my teenagers. They have been rather sloth-ish this summer and have pretty much grown roots and become addicted to their mobile devices. As you begin your own back to school shopping trips, I would like you to take a few minutes to consider how your back to school shopping can improve your child's health. Not only during the … [Read more...]

Trigger Point Therapy Tools for Muscle Pain Relief

Several years ago, I had a persistent muscle spasm in my shoulder. I went through the doctor's general treatment guidelines. Heat, ibuprofen and muscle relaxers. It wouldn't go away. We moved on to physical therapy for a year, steroid injections and more muscle relaxers. They called it a trigger point. Basically, a muscle spasm that won't go away. I started investing in trigger point therapy tools and trying a few alternative methods of healing. Very quickly, I discovered that chiropractors are awesome and that I hate acupuncture. I have … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem. One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering buying a koala bear. What is this problem I speak of? Well, I can't seem to go into a garden nursery without buying every weird plant that I come across! Seriously. One year I bought tarragon even though we had never used tarragon before. And apparently it is a perennial and now I have enough tarragon to outfit a small nation. Last year I bought a eucalyptus plant and now I am wondering what to do with eucalyptus leaves. Because apparently this … [Read more...]

Sauna Tips for Better Health and Improved Well being

Sitting in the sauna is great for your health. These sauna tips will not only allow you to achieve better health but will make the experience much more enjoyable as well. I joined a gym several years ago to start getting more exercise. But what REALLY draws me to the gym is the sauna! After I work out, I head right to the sauna and just hang out in there for a few minutes and sweat. I have found that my time in the sauna really does help with overall chronic muscle pain and stiffness. Should You Install a Home Sauna? A home sauna may … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Smoothies Get a Boost With These Simple Tips

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. I know, you hear that all the time, right? But who has time to make healthy breakfasts when there are kids shoes to find and a dog puking in the bathroom? Well, healthy smoothies are the solution to your breakfast needs! Of course, not all smoothies are created the same! If you really want a boost of nutrition in the morning, you need to start making clean eating smoothies loaded with a few seriously healthy ingredients like the ones I list below! What is the Clean Eating Diet? I am … [Read more...]

What to Know About Yoga Before Your First Class

Considering yoga classes for fitness? Let me help you learn what to know what to know about yoga before your first class! For the last several years, I have been trying to make time to do more yoga. I have invested in more yoga pants, mats, blocks and accessories than I care to admit. I have tried doing yoga in my family room in front of the television, in our neighborhood fitness class and at the gym. I have yet to fall in love with it but have come to appreciate it for its' many health benefits. Before your first yoga class, there are a … [Read more...]

How to Use Dietary Supplements Safely

This post about how to use dietary supplements safely is sponsored by United States Pharmacopeia (USP). All opinions are my own. The older I get, the more health issues I have to deal with. Parts of my body ache, my hormones are out of whack, and I just seem to be falling apart some days. I prefer to address my assorted ailments with natural products when I can. This means that I often turn to dietary supplements to support my overall health. As a scientist (or at least that is what my college degree says!) I am very interested in data that … [Read more...]

Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

If you learn how to make magnesium oil, you can save yourself a ton of money as you soothe your aches and pains. Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way. Muscle knots that won't go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues. I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional supplements for inflammation. Like most humans, I have Googled my health issues extensively. Everything I have read indicates that magnesium plays a … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Digital Eye Strain and Improve Eye Health

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Swanson Health Products. All opinions are 100% mine. As a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer. I also spend quite a bit of time on my phone while I am on the go, and on my iPad reading during my down time. As a result, my eyes are often incredibly tired by the end of the day. We are a very digital society and it is incredibly hard to stay away from screens completely. It is important to learn how to reduce digital eye strain to improve eye health. I thought I would share … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Bee Stings While Enjoying Nature

With the nice weather finally here, I am spending more and more time outside. If you love activities like hiking, gardening, and nature walks, knowing how to avoid bee stings can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your time outside. And if you are allergic to bees, avoiding bee stings can save your life! I thought I would share a few tips that may help you have a safer and much more pleasant nature experience this summer. Why Do Bees Sting? Bees sting for a number of different reasons, however, it really depends on the type of … [Read more...]