Category Archives: Health

A Life of Freedom…

break the chain, no more strongholds...

The new year is approaching and new year’s resolutions will be kicked into action, beginning January 1. Why not give that one last gift? That gift that keeps on giving. The gift of support as well as freedom from addictions or mentalities that keep greatness in life bound.

You may know someone, a loved one perhaps, or a close friend, who is in need of support, but would like an option that will ease them into the process. You may have thought, if only they could speak with this person, or have access to a group of people experiencing the same thing, then maybe they would be able to see that life can be brighter, better, positive, giving, rewarding, endearing and worthwhile.

I have compiled a list of support groups, based off of the 12-Step program format, that are available for those facing addictive tendencies and seeking a way out. The following list is intended to be a starting point for you to research, to see if the program options are viable for those intended. It also serves to show that there is support out there for those who are locked in certain habits and want desperately to be free. Give them the gift of freedom, support, accepting  and understanding community. Please use your own discretion and research each option thoroughly to ensure the best outcome. You can find the following information as well as additional links on the 12Steps.org website, and I am appreciative to them for the service they provide.

Alcoholics Anonymous                           http://www.aa.org

Cocaine Anonymous                              http://www.ca.org

CoDependents Anonymous                   www.coda.org

Crystal Meth Anonymous                       http://www.crystalmeth.org

Debtors Anonymous                              http://www.debtorsanonymous.org

Dual Recovery Anonymous                   http://www.draonline.org

Emotions Anonymous                            http://www.emotionsanonymous.org

Food Addicts in Recovery                      http://www.foodaddicts.org

Gamblers Anonymous                           http://www.gamblersanonymous.org

Liars Anonymous                                  http://www.dailystrength.org/groups/liars-anonymous

Love Addicts                                         http://www.loveaddicts.org

Marijuana Anonymous                          http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org

Nar-Anon                                              http://www.nar-anon.org

Narcotics Anonymous                          http://www.na.org

Nicotine Anonymous                            http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org

Overeaters Anonymous                       http://www.oa.org

Self Mutilators Anonymous                  http://www.selfmutilatorsanonymous.org

Sex Addicts                                          http://www.sexaa.org

Sex and Love Addicts                          http://www.slaafws.org

Sexaholics                                           www.sa.org

Sexual Compulsives                           http://www.sca-recovery.org

Sexual Recovery                                http://www.sexualrecovery.org

Social Phobics                                   http://www.healsocialanxiety.com

Spenders Anonymous                       http://www.spenders.org

Again, it is my desire that you use this information as a starting point for your own in-depth research. You can find the above list as well as descriptions and additional support group offerings at 12steps.org.

Blessings

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6 of Winter Seasons Most Favored Soups, With Benefits

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The winter season is the special time of year that soups, stews and ultra hefty meals are increasingly welcomed, due to their ability to promote, that feel good feeling as well as warmth. I consider soups to be my go-to, in the winter months for the additional hydration properties, as well as their comfort factors. The following list contains researched faves and the benefits they provide. Don’t see yours? No worries, leave me a comment and I’ll check it out, to see about adding it to my list.

  • Chicken Noodle Soup – A post by ABC News, states that, “the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, found evidence the soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects.”
  • Tomato Soup – Contains vitamins A, E, C, K, essential minerals and antioxidants
  • Miso Soup – Anti-Aging properties, beneficial bacteria for the digestive tract, immune system strengthening to fight infection and cancer.
  • Lentil Soup – Macronutrients, Fiber and Iron
  • Split Pea Soup – Vitamin K, Fiber, potassium
  • Gazpacho – In Diane Parcells’ article, Vegetable Soup Fights Cell Damage, she cited, “Scientists at Tufts University in Boston report that volunteers eating a type of vegetable soup twice a day had lower amounts of stress-related molecules in their blood after just 7 days. The researchers say the beneficial effect was due at least in part to an increase in vitamin C intake.”

 


The Article Garden:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117888

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Tomato Soup – http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/health-benefits-uses-of-tomato-soup/

Healthy Benefits of Tomato Soup – http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2012/health-benefits-of-tomato-soup-030976.html

What’s New and Beneficial About Miso – http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114

Miso Soup: A Delicious Bowl Full of Health and Anti-Aging Benefits – http://www.naturalnews.com/025519_health_anti-aging_soy.html

The Health Benefits of Miso Soup and 2 Easy Miso Soup Recipes – http://veganamericanprincess.com/the-health-benefits-of-miso-soup-and-2-easy-miso-soup-recipes/

Vegetable Soup Fights Cell Damage – https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/food-thought/vegetable-soup-fights-cell-damage

Is Lentil Soup Healthy? – http://www.livestrong.com/article/410170-is-lentil-soup-healthy/

The Advantages of Split Pea Soup – http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-split-pea-soup-4353.html

Health Benefits of Split Peas – http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/display.asp?CAT=6&ID=107

Eat MORE… Winter Fruits!

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With this cold and flu season upon us and the summer months behind us, it can be hard to get ahold of our favorite fruits. Here is a list of the fruits and vegetables that are in season now and oh, soooo good for these cold, icky crud months. I included plenty of links so you can read the total benefits and find out great information on each.

  • Grapefruit – Vitamin A, C
  • Kiwi – Vitamin C, E, potassium and fiber (Find out more about this fruits secret power)
  • Kumquats – Mini citrus fruit with edible peel, high in vitamin C, fiber
  • Oranges – Vitamin C, fiber
  • Pears – Vitamin C, fiber
  • Persimmons – Vitamin A, C, fiber
  • Pomegranates – Vitamin C, K, potassium, folate, copper, fiber
  • Pummelos – Grapefruit family
  • Date Plums – Vitamin A, C, manganese and fiber
  • Passion Fruit – Vitamin C and fiber
  • Red Banana – Vitamin C
  • Red Currants – Vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Cherimoya – Member of the custard apple family, high in vitamin c, fiber and potassium
  • Cactus Pear – High in vitamin C, magnesium and fiber

 


Great site article that I used as my source for the above, details the health benefits of the above fruits as well as providing a more extensive list for winter’s bounty:

What Fruits and Vegetables Are in Season During Winter? http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-winter

 

 

Blessings

Tis The Season For Hydration…

Fact: Our bodies are made up of 60% water. So it is no wonder that with all the functions our body, alone internally does + the activity that we add to that consumes that water supply. In 2013 alone, it was reported that nearly 75% of Americans are experiencing Chronic Dehydration, per http://www.medicaldaily.com.

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“60 percent of our bodies is composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine,” explained Dr. Roberta Lee. “Because the human body is so unique that it will say ‘I want water’ in food, in any way, shape or form,” said Grace Webb, Assistant Director for Clinical Nutrition at New York Hospital. “People just think that when they start to get a little weak or they have a headache, they need to eat something, but most often they need to drink.” http://www.medicaldaily.com

So now that we have the gruesome statistics, what are we gonna do about it. For years, I have heard people referring to drinking tea and coffee as their water intake, well, now I’m giving you researched facts on the matter.

The following is your list of drinks and foods that truly “count” towards your body’s rehydration levels, apart from water itself:

  1. Fruit – With the biggest water heavyweight champion being … Yep, Watermelon = 92% water…
  2. Vegetables – Depending on the vegetable chosen can be a good source… like lettuce = 94.9% water content.
  3. Tea – The National Health Service, UK, quoted, “Drinking four to six mugs of tea a day is as good for keeping you hydrated as a litre of water,” reported the Daily Mail.”
  4. Fruit Juice
  5. Flavored water – Vitamin Water…

This is just a short list to get you started off in the right direction. Always remember, when in doubt, check it out, Google search it and you will find the best path or method for you. Here’s to maintaining good health!

 

Blessings


Some other great reads on winter hydration:

8 Tips for Hydrating in Cold Weather http://www.active.com/nutrition/articles/8-tips-for-hydrating-in-cold-weather

Winter Hydration: Do you REALLY know the facts? http://nuun.com/blog/2011/11/16/winter-hydration/

Here are 10 Tips to Fight Icky Crud Season!

coldWe all know that having the Icky Crud is the pits. But, we don’t have to feel sick for long. Here is a short list of some of my faves to have on hand to keep the Ickety Goo Crud from staking its claim on my family. The following is my take on sinus, allergy and cold issues. Hope you find this list useful and please feel free to share what keeps you and your family free from Crud-ville.

 

The info is my own and the links are Amazon affiliate links. So if you decide, after clicking through, that you’d like to purchase, Thank you! I do not get paid by the company’s, but I will receive an affiliate payment from Amazon, if you decide to purchase. #EnterpriseLife. Blessings and Happy Reading!

 

  1. Fruit: Lots and lots of fresh fruit. Fruit has many medicinal properties and most and very refreshing especially for a system that is overrun by the crud. So go on and get plenty of grapes, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, apples, bananas, mangos… have fun and eat’em up. I also eat the fruit cups that are in 100% fruit juice, fave brand Dole.
  2. Over the Counter Meds: Depending on the type of crud you have, albeit cold, flu, allergies, sinus… or others, you want to have on hand and readily available OTC meds (over the counter). For my home it is sinus/allergy meds that MUST be on hand… Generic Zyrtec works well for us, if we catch it in time. Yes, generic can be good, in non-life-threatening medications.
  3. Natural Herbal Medicinals: I got hooked on the following two brands that are really good , not only for my children, but I take them as well and they both work very well –
  4. Nasal Spray: I use a traditional saline spray for my tot to loosen the mucous. I use a medicated, prescription steroid nasal spray for myself, my teen and tween to open our nasal passgaes back up and keep us breathing well.
  5. Air Purifier: I have a small, semi-travel size plug in air purifier that I use, especially when there is crud air lurking about. I also like to get the allergen or carbon filter, which adds an additional layer of purification, cleansing and keeping the home/room air clean. Favorite brand is Hamilton Beach TrueAir Product Line.
  6. Pain Medication: Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, Bayer… Use the one that works best for you. Good Ole ibuprofen is my go to med for all things pain and sinus pressure and headache related. I do not take this med often, but found it most useful in my latest bout with sinus, cold crud. Had a wicked case of sinus pressure and headache that I managed to get under control with the ibuprofen.
  7. Water: Water is still the undefeated champ in restorative health. Drinking lots of water helps to cleanse/rinse the system of impurities while rehydrating our systems, so drink up! Here is a great article on the proper water intake based on your weight.
  8. Tea: I like the herbal teas that have specific combinations for whatever ailment you need to treat. But in general any and all menthol, spicy teas are good for the crud… peppermint, spearmint, ginger, cayenne (in very minute, tiny quantities), are just a few I work with. Then, of course, there is always lemon and honey. The following is an herbal tea combination that I’ve found to be good:
  9. Herbal Supplements: Echinacea,goldenseal, combination of the two or other combinationthathasatleast Echinacea in it. At the end of the day, get what you have access to the fastest for relief. Most drug store chains have some or all of these herbal combinations or single ingredient varieties. My favorite brands are:
    • Nature’s Herbs – Which is very hard to find except on the Nutraceuticals site
    • Nature’s Sunshine
    • Nature’s Way
    • Planetary Herbals – Liquid and Chewables for kids
    • Dr. Christophers Formula – Super Garlic Immune, this stuff is the business… tastes terrible but works soooooo very good. Take a big heaping spoonful 3 times per day and within 3 days you will be filling soooo much better. Can’t take the weird taste try the Sinus Plus Capsules.
  10. Rest: Your body needs time to heal and if you are overly active, whether thinking, or moving around your body does not have adequate rest periods. Give your body the rest it needs to heal itself. Don’t get back to work too soon, if you don’t have too. Going back to work at first opportunity can set you up for a relapse and the relapses are the worse.

 

Finally, always try your best to think happy, positive thoughts. Practice wellness thinking and healthful habits and you will be feeling better in no time. Air your house out, if you do not have an air purifier and clean down all surfaces, knobs, doors, etc, so there are no germy leftovers and so you can move forward with a clean, germ free state/slate. Thanks for reading. I invite you to comment and share. Blessings and peaceful living to you!

Treasured Words and Inspiration

Quotes, Poems and Things…. For Your Inspiration and Encouragement

(Ever-Expanding List)

“Set your goals big enough that you enjoy the process of reaching them. Set your goals far enough that it takes you many new places, experiencing many new things while achieving them.” ~ Coach Kenyatte

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” —Stephan Hoeller

“I believe that Children are Gifts, angels in disguise. That when continuously appreciated, positively directed, and empowered are the worlds greatest prize.” ~ Coach Kenyatte

“Whenever you are on the right path life happens even faster. Stay focused, enjoy, and keep making big moves.” ~ Coach Kenyatte

“Surround yourself with like-minded, growth focused, go-getters and you will be sure to grow, succeed and achieve.” ~ Coach Kenyatte

“Today is a new day and another day to be fabulous, spectacular, exceptional and Outstanding!” ~ Coach Kenyatte

Living With Resentment Is Like Taking Poison and Hoping the Other Guy Will Get Sick.” ~ Mark Sichel

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“Discipline is doing something I don’t want to do like I love doing it” – Mike Tyson

“If you’re getting frustrated, you’re not dreaming big enough.”  – Ali Brown

“Love shows more often than it tells.” ~ Coach Kenyatte

“The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normalty, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival… a brief excursion from his way of life.” – Robert MacIver

9 Tips to Drive Creativity in Your Increasingly Busy Life and World

Unleash your creativity!

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Staying creative in this increasingly BUSY life and world is a freedom all too many do not take the chance to enjoy. Creativity is the key to being fresh, maintaining vibrance, keeping forward momentum, staying open-minded and being productive. Creativity can be a fuel source for productivity. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your creativity in this busy, busy life.

  1. Practice Creative Posturing – When you are feeling or experiencing your creative nature/your creative juices flowing, how is your posture? Are you sitting, standing, laying down, walking, running, talking? How is your body positioned? However your creativity comes, you need to recognize it, what you were doing when it came and then mimic/duplicate that posture/body position. This will allow you to harness and access the power of your creative thinking, at will and on demand.
  2. Get into Creative Space – What environment drives/encourages your creative thinking? What…

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