Category Archives: Mind-Body

Life span and health span. Do you know the difference?

When we hear people talk about “living a long life”, some of us automatically insert the word healthy into that phrase: “living a long, HEALTHY life”. Have you ever thought about what that really means to you? Does it mean living past your parents or grandparents age? Or, does it mean living in moderation as long as you can and crossing your fingers that you don’t end up with a degenerative disease?

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Guest Post: Hospice Care

In later years, many people experience a great number of medical problems that may ultimately lead to the need to face end-of-life issues. Although modern medicine has provided many advances in treatment, it often falls short in helping patients face end-of-life matters.

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10 Wellness questions to ask yourself

Here are 10 wellness questions you typically don’t get asked, or do not think to ask yourself very often.  Sometimes being questioned helps us see what is connected or disconnected in all aspects of our lives, especially health. When you visit any kind of good health care practitioner, what is the main thing they do? They ask questions, and listen.

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10 More Wellness Questions to ask yourself so you can move in the direction of your best health.

When you go day in and day out not feeling great, sometimes you can get trapped into thinking that is just the way it has to be. At some point many people realize it is time to make changes, but don’t know where to start. That’s one of the reasons we run this blog, to be a source of healthy information and options for discovering your best health.

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Grocery shop when you are hungry and you will make the best choices. (Did you read that right?) Yes!

The very first thing in our Wedding / Health Planner Series for 9-12 months out says this:
1. Every time you grocery shop from this day forward, shop the produce first and buy every color of the rainbow, every time. The health benefits are amazing. Notice these colors from nature, who knows, they may inspire your wedding colors!

Grocery shop when you are hungry?

Yes! Let’s look at a unique way to approach this shopping trip as a lifestyle.

Studies show, and the experts say, that you should not go grocery shopping when you are hungry. You are more apt to over purchase, not stick to your budget, and give into cravings, making less than healthy food choices. The given solutions – shop when you are not hungry, stressed, or with children.

We are going to offer another point of view, and something you might want to experiment with. Try shopping when you are hungry, and better yet, soon after a workout. This will help some of you make your best choices, and here is why.

I don’t know about you but when I am full, or not hungry, purchasing fruits and vegetables can sometimes be uninspiring, even for someone who loves fruits and veggies. When hungry, especially after a workout when the last thing I want to do is undo all of my hard work at the gym, spending time in the produce section is easy. It is easier to crave those vibrant foods.

2 Rules for shopping when you are hungry.

  1. Enjoy splurging and indulging on purchases in the produce section. Go for it, try new things, get your favorites, buy the rainbow, and stock up on specials. (But it has to be produce, not candy that the store has thrown into that department.)
  2. You can’t go into the other parts of the store without a list. Toilet paper, brown rice, birthday card – done.

If you have to shop with your kids, make them an active participant in picking out the fruits and veggies. Then if they are old enough, send them to get some of the other items on the list while you wrap up in produce.

Now you are in the car and starving right? So to prevent any low blood sugar decisions from happening like stopping at a drive through, make sure you have picked out something in produce that can be eaten right away like prewashed carrots, snap peas, or jicama. Set them aside so they don’t get packed at the bottom of the bag.

Let us know if you do this or try this, and how it works for you in the comments below.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Feel like you can’t start a healthier lifestyle without a jump start?

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Are you always saying
 “I am going to start Monday” and never do!? It’s important to stop that way of thinking so you stop setting yourself up for failure. 
All you have to do to obtain a healthier lifestyle is this – jump start NOW, do not wait – it is just an excuse.

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Red flag waved. Selling health.

Usually when bunches of people are asking you to sell the latest and greatest new product, a red flag should be waved. It is always about selling, which is why you keep getting asked to “join the program”. It is not often that people can just take their new product and keep quiet about it. (more…)

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How do you know when you can stop taking medication? Is this a surprising question?

I met a man the other day and we ended up talking about cholesterol. He told me that he has been on cholesterol medication for 10 years. I asked him what is levels were and said they were “normal”, and he couldn’t remember how high they were or why he was placed on the meds in the first place.

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Healing back pain naturally

On a Tuesday morning in mid-January, 2015, I woke up, got out of bed, and I could barely walk. That was the first time something like that had ever happened to me. From the description of my pain, my husband said that my back was “thrown out”, as he has had issues with that before. I couldn’t take long strides, couldn’t bend over, it was uncomfortable to sit, and twisting of any kind was out of the question.

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Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? Our opinion on Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs.

Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? We think the answer is yes and no.

Typically people settle for sub-par energy and vitality over long periods of time. When they realize they don’t feel great, then they look outside of themselves for the answer.
 So, our basic response to supplementation is this:

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Fitness advice circa 1959 from Bonnie Prudden

A friend was cleaning out her family home and ran across this fitness record by Bonnie Prudden. She gave it to me thinking I might be interested in seeing the workout she remembers doing as a kid, along with members of her family. I had never heard of Bonnie Prudden, and when I opened the record, it seemed I had struck gold! A whole workout with pictures, instructions, and advice. The exercise facts below are quoted exactly as found in the album text. Obviously the word choices reflect the year 1959, but over all, the advice still holds up today.

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Reduce your food bill, increase your health. 10 tips for healthy grocery store trips.

1. Meat is a source of protein, but is often expensive. Using meat alternatives a few times a week can reduce your spending, while still providing you with protein for your meals. Try using beans in place of ground beef in chili, tacos and burritos. Or mash beans and form them into patties as a low-cost alternative to burgers. Eggs are another high protein food that don’t cost as much as meat.

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Looking for extra energy? Here are 4 ways to achieve ongoing optimal energy.

Lack of energy can be expressed in two different ways: Mental and Physical. Physical fatigue is the inability to continue functioning at a level equal to normal, while mental fatigue may manifest as decreased attention, and reduced ability to concentrate and focus. Most of the causes, and therefore the prevention, of low energy can be controlled by the choices we make everyday. Have you considered these 4 ways to achieve ongoing optimal energy?

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Guest Post: Exercise and Heart Disease

Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, but if you suffer from heart disease, it can be the difference between life and death. While a sedentary lifestyle can lead to depression, weight gain and more, incorporating exercise into your daily routine can help you improve both your physical and mental health.

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Guest Post: Healthy Holiday Tips

It’s holiday time! How does that make you feel? Happy and excited? Or stressed and bloated? Holidays can be a challenging time, especially if you are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Temptations abound. The pressure to meet holiday expectations — our own and those of other people — is on. Then there are all of those time-honored traditions we feel compelled to follow. No wonder so many people feel relieved when it is all over.

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