OH, Yes I Did...and I'm ok with it!

Yes, I did make boxed brownies and I'm truly ok with it! 

You must be scratching your head right now wondering what happened to me to be admitting and posting that's I feel okay about making brownies.

Well here's' the truth...

I eat sweets. Not on a regular basis but I do have them. I mean hey, I'm just a mid-western gal here, I get stressed and have cravings just like anyone. All I do is live by the 85-15 rule. Around 85% of what I eat or drink is whole food. The rest is whatever I want and today I wanted brownies. 

Ok, for those of you that know me pretty well you know I will try to healthy up the not so healthy treats. I do this so I can feel better about eating them! And here is how I feel ok about my current brownie indulgence, brownies from a box off the shelf even. :-0 

First, I compared ingredients of the different mixes looking for sugar content and so on. I chose the cheapest because they were very similar. At the end of the comparison, I saved several...

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Ugg...I Forgot To Eat Lunch Today...not good~

Does this sound like you? 

We all have days where we are busy or preoccupied and either ignore our hunger pangs or just don't have them.  I don't usually feel hungry but I do get tired and sometimes short on patience. I know this about myself and my family knows this so they will offer a reminder if I step out of character and become a bit testy. 

I heard someone say this about the 3 meals of the day;

Eat like a King at breakfast, a Prince at Lunch and a Popper at Dinner

Why is this important to have your bigger meals of the day at the beginning instead of the end like we have all been raised to believe?  

A typical American eats dinner between 5-8 pm every evening and might have a bite of something before going to bed but it's not usually a healthy snack. Then the body fasts for the next 8-14 hours, depending if you eat breakfast or not. 

You get up and expect this machine we call a body to run on all cylinders without giving it any or good fuel....

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The Easiest Dessert Ever!

Cranberry Apple Deliciousness is so easy and good and good for you

You'll want to make it all year long! 

It's Thanksgiving and the stores are filled with all the traditional foods. The aisles are packed with goodies to bake and my taste buds are remembering all those wonderful flavors from my younger years when I could eat anything. And I did, I love all the pies like pumpkin pie, pecan pie and of course apple pie. When I ate my first pumpkin roll in my mid to late 20's I thought my childhood had been cheated for sure! 

Now in my 50's my body doesn't like all of those wonderful treats. I get bloated and tired after eating too many sweets not to mention seeing it around my waist the next day. UGG! 

Still liking treats I am always thinking of ways to make my taste buds and my body happy. I was walking in the grocery store looking at all of those holiday delights when I saw the bag of fresh cranberries...eureka! 

I cook apples often, you've probably...

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Turkey Day Breakfast

Whether you have a house full or you are just cooking for your family on Thanksgiving preparing the meal can be a 2-day job!

So make it easier for yourself and fix breakfast ahead of time so it can be popped into the oven and served up or reheated when people are ready to eat. 

I make a frittata or two depending on how many I'm feeding. This one-dish meal keeps the mess down in the kitchen and gives everyone something satisfying that will keep them from looking for more to eat. 

It can be as simple as you like or add more ingredients as desired. It can be vegetarian and even dairy free if you use almond or cashew milk and a dairy-free cheese. It can be gluten-free by using a gluten-free bread.

I change up the ingredients all the time depending on what I have in my fridge. I rarely go buy stuff to make this dish. Once you have a basic recipe you can change it around to suit the wants of your family.

Here is my recipe;

Southwestern frittata

preheat oven...

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WHO SHOULD NOT CONSUME GINGER WITHOUT ADVICE FROM THE DOCTOR?

According to Ayurveda 4 grams of fresh or powdered ginger root is all you should consume in one day.

That is if you should take it at all.  The information below comes from http://www.curejoy.com/co…/ginger-side-effects-must-consume/  This is a good reminder that a good thing should still be taken in moderation.  

WHO SHOULD NOT CONSUME GINGER WITHOUT ADVICE FROM THE DOCTOR?


People with Ulcers/Inflammation: Unchewed fresh ginger may cause intestinal blockage, individuals who have had ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines may react badly to large quantities of fresh ginger.

People with Gallstones: Ginger can adversely affect individuals with gallstones. Ginger is contraindicated in people suffering from gallstones because it promotes the production of bile.

People with Bleeding disorders: Ginger stimulates circulation and increases blood flow while preventing blood clotting. It could increase the risk of...

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Are You Reaching Your Wellness Goals?

If You Aren't Reaching Your Wellness Goals You Need To Look At These 5 Areas More Closely 

PRANA - A Life-Giving Force is the acronym I have used to build a successful wellness program. I've found if one of these areas are missing or lacking often times it is hard to reach and maintain any goal you have set for yourself,  especially when it comes to Health, Happiness and overall Wellbeing. 

I've been in the Wellness business since the early 90's and I've tried many of ideas and programs that seem like they would help me go through my day without pain and keeping a genuine smile on my face. 

Not long after the birth of my second child when busyness and stress were at it highest in my world I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The medical community doesn't know much about this syndrome and in the 80's they knew even less about it. What they were offering as a treatment didn't work for me so I went on a quest to live a happy life free from...

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Broiled Pineapple? Yep, You Read That Right!

Pineapple is not only good it's really good for you! 

Maybe it's because it has apple in its name, whatever the reason it does have medicinal value and it does taste good. 

Pineapple is one of those foods that can be paired with all kinds of foods or eaten alone. I've eaten with cottage cheese, in Asian food, as a chutney over fish and chicken. It's pretty good on a hamburger and with gouda cheese and I've even had it mixed with beans an rice in a local Costa Rican fare. 

Most people, at least here in the states eat it raw or from a can. My favorite way to fix it is grilled. We use a charcoal grill so there are lots of flavors that add to the taste when it's fixed like that. 

Last night was a cold and rainy fall evening and I had catfish to make for dinner. Not wanting to go outside to cook on the grill I decided to broil the pineapple instead and I'm glad I did.

I look at broiling as upside down grilling...gas grilling that is. Think about...

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Homemade Pumpkin Face Mask

heal thy self rest Oct 31, 2017

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN FACE MASK

This time of year you might have some leftover pumpkin. Either you didn't use all that you bought or you have a pumpkin or two laying around that will go to waste.

Well here is something you can do with it.

Treat yourself to a pumpkin facial. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin to be renewed as your skin soaks up all of those nutrients from this seasonal squash.

Pumpkins are full of vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as other antioxidants and minerals that will brighten and soften your skin. 

This mask can be whipped up in a jiffy. Here's how;

 1 c of pureed and cooked or canned pumpkin
 1/2 tsp of Coconut Oil
 1 tsp milk or plain yogurt
 1/2 tsp local honey 

Wash your face

Mix everything together in a bowl and apply to your face. You can leave it for 10-20 minutes. Grab a good book and enjoy the moment. 

P.S. it's ok if it gets on your lips and you lick it off but avoid your eye area. 

Do You Go For...

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SLEEP...Why We Need It

heal thy self Oct 30, 2017

Why Do We Sleep? And If It's So Important Why Is It So Hard To Get? 

We have all heard we need 6-8 hours of sleep every day to stay healthy, but why? Why do we need this when we seem to function just fine with less? Or if it is so imperative to our wellbeing then why does it forsake us so often?

I wonder this as I'm lying awake at 3:00 a.m. several mornings a month. It seems like I have never been a 'good' sleeper. My mom says I was always coming into her room looking for comfort because I was awake and afraid. I've witnessed this in my own children and in my grandchildren.

So what gives? Why do we need it if doesn't come easily to many of us? 

In many published works on sleep, they state it is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our lives for wellness and longevity. If this is the case then why doesn't sleep come as easily as our need to eat and eliminate? Over the past 20 years or so neuroscience has been gaining more insight from...

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UGG...IT's Sore Throat Season

heal thy self Oct 24, 2017

You Probably Know Someone With a Sore Throat

With the kids back in school, it's time for all the germs to get mixed up and spread throughout schools, work and families. 

The good news is there is a quick and easy remedy and you most likely have it in your kitchen just waiting for the holidays to start! 

It's household sage! I know! who knew sage could be used as a medicine? 

Most herbs were found in our ancestors 'medicine cabinets' because they knew Mother Nature provides everything we need to stay healthy and strong. 

As science and technology have progressed and the ever moving machine of commerce rolls on what our grandparents and beyond used as their medicines have been diluted and picked apart by pharmacology chemists until most of us don't even know that 'medicine' began with herbs, roots, and bark. 

For example; do you know where aspirin comes from? Or how about tamiflu? 

The ancient Egyptians used the bark from the...

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