Making Smarter Snack Choices and a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

These tips for making smarter snack choices and strawberry smoothie bowl recipe have been sponsored by General Mills, Cascadian Farm and Annie’s.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Back in the olden days, food was rather uncomplicated.  You grew it, harvested it, cooked it, and put in on your plate for mealtime. Fast forward a few decades and we are busier and lack the space and ability to grow all of our own food.  Eating has become more complicated. Despite time and budget constraints, it is possible to turn back the clock to a simpler … [Read more...]

How to Save on Medical Expenses and SingleCare Card Benefits

This post about how to save on medical expenses and SingleCare card benefits has been sponsored by SingleCare.  All opinions expressed here are my own. In my non blogging life, I have a background in the healthcare field.  I have worked in hospitals and the pharmacy and gotten to know a lot of people with serious health conditions.  The one thing they all want to know is how to save on medical expenses.  There isn't a one size fits all answer to that question.  I wish there was.  Medical expenses can cripple the family budget and leave … [Read more...]

Warm Lemon Water Benefits and Side Effects

When I heard about the warm lemon water benefits being touted by health gurus, I was intrigued. I had heard about the lemon water side effects as well but that didn't stop me from giving it a try. WHY? Because Tthe older I get, the more I feel like an old car that only has a few more miles left to go before hitting the scrap heap.  My body is slowing down, my aches and pains are numerous and I spend a lot of time Googling weird health problems. I am always on the lookout for natural health solutions to my many random ailments.  I came across … [Read more...]

Ginger Detox Bath Recipe to Help You Sweat Those Toxins Out!

If you are looking for a ginger bath recipe, the one I use is incredibly easy to make at home. Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating.  According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me.  Except that I hurt.  All. The. Time.  My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet is incredibly frustrating.  They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it. While I do have to use traditional medicine for my pain … [Read more...]

Omega 3 and Inflammation and Coping With Chronic Pain

This post about Omega 3 and inflammation and coping with chronic pain has been sponsored by Omax3. All opinions expressed here are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have read previous posts about me coping with chronic pain. I was diagnosed several years ago with something called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Basically, it is an autoimmune disease that results in muscle stiffness and as a result, I often suffer from chronic pain. While I have found a number of lifestyle factors that help minimize my pain, I am still … [Read more...]

Tips for Healthy Eating on a Low Budget

If your goals for the new year include eating healthier and saving money, these tips for healthy eating on a low budget are just what you need. My husband and I have fairly broad tastes when it comes to the foods we enjoy.  We do most of our cooking from scratch, which allows us some flexibility in terms of the ingredients we use.  Our weekends are often spent at the farmer's market or international supermarket in search of exotic sauces, spices, and ingredients to add to a new recipe.  Of course, some days we are too tired to be creative and … [Read more...]

Preventing Norovirus Infection and Other Nasty Stomach Bugs

So, tis the season of colds, flu and an assortment of other germs meant to wreak havoc with our lives this winter. One of the most common winter illnesses besides cold and flu is the dreaded stomach bug.  Huffington Post just ran an article on the most recent Norovirus outbreak on board a cruise ship.  While Norovirus is often associated with cruises, it is actually the most common cause of gastroenteritis according to the CDC.  Preventing Norovirus infection can be tricky because it is a very hardy organism and spreads very easily.  However, … [Read more...]

Tips for Clean Eating to Help Take Control of Your Health

Go ahead and enjoy the cookies and candies this week but once January hits, these tips for clean eating are going to come in handy.  I am all for enjoying the abundance of holiday food this month but it definitely isn't the norm when it comes to my diet.  Although, I hate the word 'diet'.  I prefer to consider these clean eating tips part of a general healthy lifestyle.  While I follow my healthy lifestyle eating tips, hopefully I will lose a few pounds, tone up, and improve my overall health.  But, it isn't a DIET.  That four letting word is … [Read more...]

How to Maintain a Healthy Digestive System During the Holidays

This post about how to maintain a healthy digestive system during the holidays has been sponsored by Culturelle.  All opinions are my own. I absolutely love the holidays and a big reason for that is all of the food.  Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, cookies, and eggnog are all high on my list of holiday favorites.  Of course, holiday food doesn't always settle well with my stomach.  Many people who have digestive issues struggle quite a bit when it comes to maintaining a healthy digestive system during the holidays.  I thought I would share a … [Read more...]

How to Survive Menopause with Your Sanity Intact

I was driving in my car yesterday when a commercial came on the radio.  The announcer asks me: "Do you have hot flashes, moodiness, weight gain, trouble sleeping, fatigue and all these other million symptoms?  You may be suffering from hormone imbalance!"  I wanted to yell at the announcer that of COURSE, I have all those symptoms...I am a 40 something-year-old woman whose hormones are out of whack due to the onset of menopause!"  Now, if the announcer had told me how to survive menopause without losing my mind I would have been thrilled but he … [Read more...]

What is the Ayurvedic Diet and is it Right for You?

While healthy eating is important to me, I am not a fan of fad diets.  I don't want to count points, live on grapefruit or fast 3 days out of every month.  So, what is the Ayurvedic Diet if it isn't a strange fad? f you are interested in getting healthier, this may be just what you need! I was impressed with the ideas behind this eating plan and wanted to share for those that are looking for a new way to eat for improved health and weight loss. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we … [Read more...]

All Natural Sleep Remedies for a Peaceful Drug Free Slumber

I have a couple of friends who have been suffering from insomnia.  Stress and fluctuating hormone levels can leave many people laying in bed at night unable to fall asleep. I thought I would put together a resource for them about all natural sleep remedies that may help.   If you are having trouble sleeping, make up a batch of lavender bath bombs and try a few of these other ideas before seeking out prescription drugs. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at … [Read more...]

Electrotherapy Pain Relief and Staying Active with Chronic Pain

This post about electrotherapy pain relief and staying active with chronic pain have been sponsored by Omron but all opinions expressed here are my own. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with something called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It's a fancy way of saying that I get stiff and sore easily and am prone to muscle spasms.  It took me quite a long time to figure out what works and what doesn't when it comes to pain relief.  While my doctor prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers, I started seeking more nonpharmaceutical solutions … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

This post about natural ways to lower your cholesterol is sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. I worked in the pharmacy for 15 years.  I firmly believe that pharmaceutical products save lives, however, I also believe that they shouldn't be the first solution you turn to.  Many health problems can be solved with dietary and lifestyle changes.  These are often much safer than prescription drugs.  Many people suffer from high cholesterol.  Before you ask your doctor for a prescription for cholesterol-lowering drugs, talk to … [Read more...]

How to Provide Natural Support for Thyroid Health

This post about things that provide natural support for thyroid health has been sponsored but all opinions express here are my own. A year or two ago, a good friend was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. She had been having a few of the symptoms but didn't even realize it at the time.  She has had to make several lifestyle and dietary changes over the last 2 years.  There was surgery and medication to deal with.  It has been very stressful for her. Honestly, I never really stopped to think about my thyroid until she was diagnosed.  I couldn't … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Start Running to Lose Weight

Yesterday I went for a run.  While it is definitely not a daily occurrence, I try and go out running periodically to change up my exercise routine. Running to lose weight can be a great addition to your workout regimen.  The struggle to lose weight isn't always an easy battle. Counting calories, making time for exercise, and that frustrating morning weigh in can eventually have people throwing in the towel and reaching for the potato chips. Struggling on your weight loss journey? Maybe you should start running to lose weight! Dropping those … [Read more...]

5 Natural Ways to Prevent Snoring for a Quieter Night’s Sleep!

I am sharing these natural ways to prevent snoring as part of a sponsored post for Good Morning Snore Solution. I have been compensated through the SheSavvy Influence Network. All opinions remain my own.   My husband has always been a bit of a snorer. He's not shaking the rooftops or anything, but I regularly have to elbow him to turn over in the middle of the night so that he quiets down. I'm lucky that he responds rather well to my middle of the night requests. My grandmother used to snore so loudly that you could hear her all the way … [Read more...]

The Importance of Sun Protection for Eyes and Choosing the Best Sunglasses

Sun protection for eyes is something we all need to worry about, no matter what your age is. During the summer, I spend a lot of time outside in the sun.  Whether it's gardening, going for a walk, or heading to the pool, if the weather is warm and the sun is bright, it's time to get out of the house.  Whenever I am outside for any length of time, I always make sure to have on sunscreen.  I slather the kids up before they hit the pool (and they complain mightily the whole time!) and my husband always puts his on when he heads out for a run.  Sun … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Digestion When Eating a Healthy Diet

These tips on how to improve your digestion have been sponsored by Renew Life® Digest Smart Enzymes.  All opinions expressed here are my own. If you have recently started eating a healthier diet, you may have encountered a few challenges.  Temptations like junk food lurk around every corner.  Eating healthier sometimes takes more effort in the kitchen and may even cost more.  Maybe you are realizing that your stomach isn't adjusting to a healthy diet as quickly as you had hoped.  If you are wondering how to improve your digestion while … [Read more...]