Monday, December 23, 2013

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

♬It's the most wonderful time of the year♬

The atmosphere is filled with Christmas cheer, the Christmas songs are playing along with the hustle and bustle of shoppers making their purchases, it all seems like a happy scene. The most excited ones are the children who are still filled with enthusiasm in great anticipation of their gifts. For those of us who observe Christmas, we acknowledge that it is the time for us to reflect on the birth of Jesus and the special gift of his life. Yes, we are all a part of the gift giving and the other festivities which is a wonderful tradition. However, we should try to extend ourselves to spread comfort and joy to others.

Here are some great ways to enjoy the Christmas season:

There are churches and organizations who could use your services. Volunteer to give gifts to children. Once you see the smiles on their faces, it will boost your spirits - instant wellness ;-)

Wrap some gently worn clothes and give them to the homeless or donate them to a shelter. You may also donate canned goods or sign up to serve food to the homeless. Helping those in need, puts you in a special place, a new connection is found in serving others.

The most important part of the Christmas season is to celebrate - what is there to celebrate? Your gift of life and the simple ways that you can be a part in making someone feel that they are not forgotten :-)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holidays Healthy Days.........

With the festivities in full swing, parties at every turn, one cannot help but to be concerned about their health - we hope. 'Tis the season of waistline awareness ♬ fa la la la la ♬ la la la la ♬. Have you ditched the watch what you eat compass and traded it in for the not so reliable or good idea of "I'll begin working out in the New Year?"
Oh yes, we all know how that goes :-)

Some of us have actually taken on the head start of working out now so that we can enjoy the full on feast of the season. While others are maintaining their workout throughout the year, watching their intake at every turn. There has to be a balance.

Off to finding healthy choices for the holidays so that we can enjoy a guilt free celebration time. How about trying something new :-)

Let's see what we have here..........

Yummy, yum, yum --> Dessert

Monday, December 2, 2013

AIDS - The Awareness Continues as A New Strain Develops

As we celebrate the progress made in the treatment of people with AIDS, we are faced with another challenge. The World Health Organization indicated that the number of people with HIV/AIDS virus increased in 2012. Now there are reports from researchers that a new strain of the virus has been found in West Africa. As we all know, this is not something to brush off as it being over there. Needless to say, as people travel - viruses spread. The AIDS/HIV awareness campaign continues which is necessary. Above all, your health and wellness depends on you :-) Be informed!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Pop, Pop...... Stop Popping Microwave Packaged Popcorn

There was a time when things were simply delicious while we all waited less than five minutes for popcorn. There's something special about homemade snacks and desserts, they're just tastier and now we may be on to something especially with popping popcorn.We would get a nice size pot, pour in oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pot, add some kernels cover the pot and listen for the popping to begin, at times the cover lifted as the popcorn fluffs it way to an overflow. We would pour it into a large bowl, add salt and enjoy - all within five minutes.

Once the microwave popcorn hit the shelves, the patience for popping popcorn or perhaps the ease of preparation of placing the bag in the microwave became the most convenient way to go.

As reseach studies go, time and observation has determined that this fantastic convenient method of the microwave packaged popcorn is unhealthy, which may cause cancer and other health related illnesses. Thankfully, all is not lost. We can still pop our popcorn within minutes in the microwave as demonstarted in the video below.

And now for the old fashion homemade popping with tips to add your own fancy toppings :-)

Here's to a healthier and tasty treat :-)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Food and Drug Administration - Important Food & Drug Safety Recalls

Are you on to the latest recalls? Did you know that there are health food products sold in a major health food chain stores? Organic products? Dietarty supplements that may cause liver failure and one that should only be administered by a doctor? Baby Food? and even Pet foods? Your health and wellness depends on you. Be an informed consumer :-)

As of November 13, 2013 the 3 Fellers LLC is voluntarily initiating a product recall of 3 Fellers Chocolate Cream Pies with the UPC# 891796002732 as a precautionary measure. The recall was initiated after it was discovered by the company that the product may contain undeclared almonds. People who are allergic to almonds could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to almonds, there is no safety issue with the product. The company has received no reports of illnesses associated with this product.

This recall affects products with BEST BY DATES prior to 5/7/2014 on the bottom of the container. Products that have BEST BY DATES prior to 5/7/2014, but declare the allergen (almonds) on the label, are not included in this recall.

These products were distributed to Southern California, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Kentucky.

No other 3 Fellers branded products are affected by this voluntary recall. Only products sold in the geographical area listed above are potentially affected.

Consumers in possession of the recalled product that have an allergy to almonds should not consume it and should discard it. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (804) 556-0671, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, EDT.

Whole Foods is one of the most famous health food product stores which is a favorite of many health conscious shoppers.

November 12, 2013 - Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region is recalling ready-to-eat Artichoke Wheatberry Salad and Southwest SooFoo®* Salad in response to a recall issued today by Glass Onion Catering. The salads are being recalled as a preventive measure because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli O157:h7, a bacteria that may cause illness.

Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection may include abdominal cramps and diarrhea which is often bloody. Most infected people recover within a week; however, some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk for a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which includes kidney failure. To date, 26 illnesses have been reported; however, none of the illnesses are linked to products specifically sold at Whole Foods Market.

Customers may have purchased the Artichoke Wheatberry Salad and Southwest SooFoo Salad from the fresh deli case, salad bar and/or in pre-packed pint or half-pint containers in the Prepared Foods department. Both products have been pulled from all venues and carry an expiration date between Nov. 9 and Nov. 13. Four PLUs are associated with these salads:

28563300000- Artichoke Wheatberry Salad
28563400000- Artichoke Wheatberry Salad
28563700000- Southwest SooFoo Salad
28563800000- Southwest SooFoo Salad
The recalled salads were sold in the following 10 of the company’s 40 Northern California stores:

Capitola, 1710 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
Fremont, 3111 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538
Oakland, 230 Bay Place, Oakland, CA 94612
Lafayette, 3502 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
Los Gatos, 15980 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 94032
Napa, 3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, CA 94558
Noe Valley, 3950 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Redwood City, 1250 Jefferson Ave, Redwood City, CA 94062
San Mateo, 1010 Park Pl, San Mateo, CA 94403
Walnut Creek, 1333 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Customers who have purchased these products should discard them, and may bring in a receipt to any of the above stores for a full refund.

Questions about the recall can be directed to 512-477-5566, ext. 20060, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

On November 11, 2013 - Palmer Candy Company of Sioux City, IA is recalling 102 cases of HyVee Chocolate Caramel Clusters and 90 cases HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramels because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled product was distributed throughout the Midwest to HyVee Stores.

The recalled products can be identified by the following:

HyVee Chocolate Caramel Clusters – UPC 7723212515 9 oz plastic tub with the following lot code: Sell By: 04/07/14 F30202 located on the bottom of each tub.
HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramels – UPC 7723212520 12 oz plastic tub with the following lot code: Sell By: 10/07/14 F30202 located on the bottom of each tub.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with either of the products being recalled.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the HyVee Chocolate Caramel Clusters were mispackaged in HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramel labels. The HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramel label does not list peanuts as an ingredient.

Consumers who have purchased HyVee Chocolate Caramel Clusters or HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramels are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Palmer Candy Company (800) 831-0828, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

While trying to lose weight, some may turn to supplements to give them a boost. However on November 9, 2013 – USPlabs LLC, Dallas, TX is voluntarily conducting a national recall of all lots and sizes of the OxyElite Pro dietary supplement products listed below. These products contain Aegeline, a synthesized version of a natural extract from the Bael tree.

Epidemiological evidence shows that use of these products has been associated with serious adverse health consequences, namely serious liver damage or acute liver failure, concentrated in Hawaii. Investigations are ongoing into a potential causal relationship. The Company agrees with FDA that a national recall is appropriate as a precautionary measure. Product was distributed nationwide through retail stores, mail orders and direct delivery.

OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules
2 count capsules UPC #094922417275
10 count capsules UPC #094922417251
10 count capsules UPC #094922417268
21 count capsules UPC #094922426604
90 count capsules UPC #094922395573
90 count capsules "Pink label" UPC #094922447906
180 count capsules UPC #094922447852

OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules
3 count capsules UPC #094922447883
3 count capsules UPC #094922447876
90 count capsules UPC #094922395627
180 count capsules UPC #094922447869

OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder
Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922417237
Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922447517
Fruit Punch 4.6 oz UPC #094922426369
Fruit Punch 5 oz. UPC #094922447487
Blue Raspberry 4.6 oz UPC #094922426376
Grape Bubblegum 4.6 oz UPC #094922447500
Green Apple 4.6 oz. UPC #094922426499

No other products produced by USPlabs are subject to recall. Consumers who have purchased the products should immediately discontinue use of the product and return it to where they purchased it for a refund. Contact your health care professional if you have experienced any adverse effects.

Consumers can contact USPlabs at 1(800) 890-3067 (Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm EST) or Adverse reactions may be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at, by regular mail, or by FDA's MedWatch Hotline 1-800-FDA-1088.

November 8, 2013 — Sequel Naturals Inc., dba “Vega,” announced today that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to finding trace amounts of chloramphenicol (CAP), a naturally occurring antibiotic.

Chloramphenicol is a prescription drug commonly used to treat typhoid fever and eye infections around the world. It should only be used under medical supervision. It has been associated with rare cases of aplastic anemia and allergic reactions in some people. A leading expert on CAP says that there have been no known cases of anemia caused by residual amounts found in food. Pregnant or lactating women should avoid this medication.

None of the Vega product formulations include CAP as an ingredient; however, an enzyme that was provided by a third party supplier, which constitutes less than 1% of the product ingredients, was found to contain trace amounts of CAP.

As a precautionary measure, Vega is voluntarily withdrawing all of the listed product from the market and has taken steps to ensure all future products are CAP-free, including using a different source of enzymes to prevent further potential contamination and assure consumers of product purity. These actions complete a voluntary product withdrawal and ingredient resourcing that applied to Canadian products as well.

“We’re doing this out of an overabundance of caution and to ensure that when you go to the shelf, you never have to wonder about the purity of a Vega product,” said Charles Chang, Vega President and Founder.

The Vega products were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

People who have severe sensitivity or allergies to chloramphenicol may run the risk of an allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no reported allergic reactions from the listed products. See complete table HERE

Oh baby, baby food on November 8, 2013 – Plum Organics is voluntarily recalling pouch products within its Baby Stage 2, Tots Mish Mash and Kids lines after discovering a manufacturing defect that may cause spoilage in some pouches. Recalled products can be identified by the “Best By” dates ranging from 08/05/14 to 12/08/14 and the letters “AT.” Consumers can find a list of affected products at

Plum has determined that the potential spoilage may cause some pouches to swell. Out of an abundance of caution, Plum is removing all pouches with affected codes.

Parents should not feed any of these products to their children. Consumers who have purchased affected products should contact the Plum Organics Consumer Hotline at 866-495-3774 or send an email to to request a product replacement voucher.

“As a father of two, I know how it feels to want nothing but the very best for our kids and yours,” said Neil Grimmer, president and co-founder of Plum Organics. “Over the years, Plum has worked hard to earn the trust of parents, and we fully intend on maintaining that trust. We are taking every action to ensure that our highest standards are being met.”

And now we share another recall for an important member of the family. On November 4, 2013 - Bailey's Choice LLC. in Waleska, GA is recalling its 5 oz. packages of chicken treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The Bailey's Choice Dog Treats included in this expanded recall are the following five-ounce packages of dog treats:

100% Chicken Treat, lot # "Jun 2 2013" sold in Georgia only
100% Chicken Treat, lot # "Jun 3 2013" sold in Georgia only
100% Chicken Breast Treat, lot # "Jun 4 2013" sold in Georgia only
100% Chicken Treat, lot # "Jun 15 2013" sold in Georgia only
100% Chicken Treat, lot # "Jul 8 2013" sold in Georgia only
100% Chicken Treat, lot # "Jul 11 2013" sold in Georgia only
100% Teriyaki Chicken Treat, lot # 132881 sold in Georgia and North Carolina
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 5 oz. packages of chicken treats.

Production of the product has been suspended while GDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem. The FDA is monitoring the situation.

Consumers who have purchased 5 oz. packages of Bailey's Choice chicken treats are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 770-881-0526 between 9:00AM and 6:00PM EST.

For more recalls - FDA SAFETY RECALLS

Friday, November 8, 2013

♬ A Change Will Do You Good ♬ Bye, Bye, Trans Fats :-)

Hooray to the Food and Drug Administration for improving our health and wellness. The media is all a buzz about the latest move by the FDA to ban trans fats. While arteries rejoice :-)

Dr Thomas Frieden the director of the Center for Disease Control sits with PBS Newshour Judy Woodruff to explain this very important health change. Change is good..........

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Healthy Halloween - Yes That's Right :-)

It's that time of year again where the candy fest takes over. Children and some adults, dress up in costumes, hit the streets, knocking on doors, going in and out of stores with their buckets, baskets and in some instances their pillow cases all in the game of trick or treat. The end deal is the treat - candy. Lots and lots of candy. Keeping an eye out for the good candy. The strategy, knowing your neighborhood and which house has the good candies. At the end of the night, you dump the candy out and begin to sort the ones you want, the ones you can swap, the ones you wont eat until the good ones are gone or those you will never eat - mission accomplished.

While it is not my goal to knock the whole fun of the trick or treating for candy day, I must share the healthy alternatives to having a fun delicious treat.

No lecture or shouting out to parents whose child may be overweaight or obese, just some helpful ideas from Brooke Thomas to treat all of our children to a healthier halloween :-)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cutting The Carb Craving

The temperatures are dropping and the lovely Fall morning with 50 to 60 degrees are now fading, welcoming the cold temperatures of the low 40's - I am not a happy camper. In the meantime, the outdoor early morning runs has suddenly come to a screeching halt and a major shake up has to be made to keep the fitness goals on track.

In the meantime, Fall and Winter brings on the desire to hibernate. Who doesn't love to keep cozy and warm with some indoor comforting and tasty eats? Pasta mania is a part of my rage. Pene Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Macaroni with Cheese, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Creamy Alfredo Sauce on any pasta, bread with butter, garlic bread, fresh out of the oven biscuits, pizza, chips and on and on..... Don't you just love the carbs?

However, in the sincere process of working to improve on our health and wellness, it is important to take a good look at your daily intake and face the changes that must be made in order to achieve the goals. Here are some great tips to avoid depriving yourself of the things that you enjoy while keeping your health and wellness on the forward path. There are many indoor work out activities to keep burning the calories and we can also enjoy our eats too. Are you in? :-)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Oh Noooo - Not My Oreos???

There are some really delicious snacks and treats where the saying 'you can't have just one' is not an exaggeration. Making the headlines is a life long favorite of mine - Oreos.

What's all the buzz about?

Well, it seems that some students at the Connecticut College wanted to find the root causes of obesity among lower income neighborhoods. Neuroscience assistant professor Joseph Schroeder and his students, found that when the rats ate the cookies it activated more neurons in the brain’s "pleasure center" than exposure to the drugs.

According to Mr. Schroeder "Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do, it may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them."

Interestingly, Jamie Honohan, a neuroscience major at the college who thought up the original idea of the study, noted that rats also eat their oreos just like us saying, “They would break it open and eat the middle first.”

Now that they have my interest in this study, I wonder how the rats would react to having the oreo cookies with milk?

Of course, our goal is to enjoy all things in moderation and getting control of our portion size is a major one. Lord hear our prayer!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Seasons Change - Maximize Your Food Experience

One of my favorite scriptures is found in Ecclesiastes 3 which to me serves as the ultimate reality check. It is a straight talk no chaser message on the facts of life. Seasons change and with the changes, we have to accept and make the necessary adjustments

As Fall takes its position, there are a number of fruits and vegetables that are at the peak for maximum taste and offers high nutritious value. It's time for us to flow with the change of the season and get our healthy eats on :-)

Avocado is quite popular as a good appetizer dip for chips, yes, guacamole is a must have for many who enjoy the blend of avocado, onions, tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro and a dash of lime juice. What makes it even yummier, is that it lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. It may also help to prevent cancer. Now for the value it contains - Omega3, folate, omega6, potassium, and vitamin B6.

Brussel Sprouts are high in vitamin C and it has cancer-fighting antioxidants which is a plus to guard your health.

Collard greens, kale are high in antioxidant vitamins A and C and other nutrients that promote healthy vision and may lower cancer risk.

Cranberry beans brings you an improved step in the right direction as it has a good dose of protein and it is high in calcium and potassium.

Pomegranate is a fruit that helps to fight viruses, reduces joint pain and importantly may prevent strokes. The inside of the fruit has tiny little seeds covered with a transparent petal of it's own juice. Take a gentle bite and a burst of flavor filled with a tart mixture containing potassium, fiber, folate as well as a high dose of vitamins C and K will set you off just lovely.

Sweet potatoes are naturally one of the most delicious, sweet, nutritious vegetables around. Let's try it without the sugar or the deep fried oils to benefit from its high antioxidant vitamins A and C - allowing it to help boost our immune system.

But wait there's more

Friday, October 4, 2013

Making Changes - Taking Cosmetic Chances

To thine own self be true......

Who are we to judge what is true to others? However, it's difficult to look at some of the changes that many well known faces have made and not notice the awful truth - their looks have changed and in most cases not for the better. A little nip, tuck here and there, plumping of the lips, breast and butt implants are becoming more common. With many celebrities changing right before our eyes, some fans have fallen deeply in to the world of cosmetic/plastic surgery. Unfortuantely, even those with the financial means and access to the top plastic surgeons have had major fails that not only made their appearances noticeably strange/weird but have had disastrous results. To make matters worse, parents are aiding their young children to also have procedures due to peer pressure and to avoid bullying. Is it effective? Is it necessary?

In the end, it really is a personal decision.

Next up we're exploring the dangerous side of cosmetic surgery.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Multiple Myeloma Awareness - Be Informed!

Did you know that it's Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Have you ever heard of Multiple Myeloma? Well, Multiple Myeloma is a rare form of cancer that sneaks in the attack on the bones, ribs organs and spine. Unfortunately due to the easily explained pains that may be dismissed as getting older, or needing to modify exercise or daily activities. Sadly, I have lost a great loved one, my father in law to Multiple Myeloma. However, in his honor, it is very important to keep the awareness alive, not only this month but for the daily awareness as there are patients/families who are facing this diagnosis throughout the year.

Be informed - take notes and be sure to share this blog with everyone you know. This may help make a difference in the life of someone who may be able to discuss the symptoms and ask the appropriate questions.

Hear from the experts at Mayo Clinic

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How About A Run? :-)

♪♪ And I know it's gonna be ♪♪a lovely daaaaaaaaaaaaaay♪♪♪

Have you ever had a day where you are driving and all of the lights are in your favor - green light all the way? Well, this morning was one of those mornings for me. This week was set off to a challenging start and I was determined to face them head on. Each morning starts with meditation and prayer then I head off for a run. Running covers everything for me, although sometimes I run at a snails pace, I run. However, this week, I decided to pick up the pace and run for the hills.

Todays run was extra special. There were the smiles and greetings of the morning from people going for walks and the cheers of other runners as I made my way through the four mile trek. It seemed as though they were stationed at certain points of my route.

The hills were symbolic, they represent the challenges. I picked up the pace and ran up the very steep hills while releasing my concerns and doing my mantra. By the time my run ended, instead of feeling relieved, I felt energized. I picked up the kettle bell to asist with my squats, jumped rope and planked :-) All showered, dressed and getting to the tasks of the day.

So what good is a run without a healthy follow up??? I made a salad, had a glass of water and now I'm ready to enjoy the other perks of my day. It's already off to a great start.

♪♪ And I know it's gonna be ♪♪a lovely daaaaaaaaaaaaaay♪♪♪

While I encourage you to go for a run, jog or walk - be sure to consult with your doctor.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Secret Life - Hiding In Plain Sight

Did you know that people can put on a happy face yet once alone, they can slip easily into a state of depression. Depression can hold someone hostage as they try to deal with the challenges of life. While some people are able to work through the challenges, there are others who become overwhelmed with the constant struggles of what they determine is too much to handle. It happens. You have no idea what someone is going through. In fact, you may hear the family and friends who are in shock as they face the sudden death of a loved one who they thought was doing great. You may even hear someone say, if I had his/her kind of money/fame, I would be so happy. What we do not know, is the private hurt or internal suffering that they may be facing.

Recently, young actor Lee Thompson Young committed suicide. He had a great reputation of being a clean cut guy. He did not take part in the popular celebrity lifestyle of drugs or alcohol. The news of his suicide was unexpected by those who knew him well, including the cast and crew of the series where he shared a starring role.

"Everyone at 'Rizzoli & Isles' is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," TNT, Warner Bros. and executive producer Janet Tamaro said in a joint statement.
"He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother," the statement said.

And his mother who friends said that he shared a close bond with said - "We're all just in total shock," his mom, Velma Love.

Depressed people may be the life of the party or they can be quite engaging. Keep in mind, some people who are depressed may not want anyone to think that they are ill, sick, weak, lack self esteem and the other negative terms attached with depression. Unfortunately, in some cases, the depression can become so overwhelming that one becomes so hopeless and they feel that there is no other choice but to escape life. Rapper Freddy E had a dramatic end with tweets to his followers.

The 22 year old rapper Freddy E's suicide was also a shock to his family, friends and fans. Here's a post shared by his parents

If you or someone you know is depressed, please seek help. Whether you pray, meditate, seek counseling or other professional help - take control and do something. As you can see, sometimes not even the glitz, glam and screaming fans can save one from depression.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day Family Grilling and Holiday Weekend Fun

Just a few weeks ago we had our family picnic/barbecue at a beautiful park where the sun glistened on the water, the boats sailed by, people were fishing, families gathered at tables and music filled the air. It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect and our table had the comfort of a big tree, no constant swatting of bees/flies - it was perfect.

When it comes to cooking and eating, we thoroughly enjoy the whole experience. The planning that we put into these fun family events are carefully considered, complete with a list and a meeting. The most important thing is the food. What's on the menu? Naturally, we have the beef burgers, beef hot dogs, chicken, ribs, corn, sodas, chips, fruits, juices, water, etc. On other occasions, we have had other healthy barbecue/grilling moments with chicken kebabs, shrimp kebabs, salmon, vegetables, fruit salad and other healthy foods. However, there are many alternatives to enjoying a fun family time where you can feature more healthy items on the menu. In fact, our next barbecue/picnic will have a variety of healthier items which we will devour just the same :-)

As Labor Day weekend is here, for some, the grilling will begin on Saturday and end on Monday. Here are a few videos that will give you great alternatives to enjoy your holiday grilling without the after guilt ;-) Bring your volleyball, football, frisbee, cards, or any games that will engage others and have a great family fun time.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Power of Going Green - For Your Health

Settle down and grab your spectacles. It's time to take a serious look at going green. We're not talking about the recycle, conserve, compost, etc., kind of green. We should have that form of going green already in the way of our daily life style. The going green that we're looking into is the green leafy vegetables that are excellent sources of minerals, vitamins and fiber. In fact, the plant based substance may even help to prevent diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
The following greens are among the top ten list that are highly recommended for you:
*Collard Greens
*Turnip Greens
*Swiss Chard
*Mustard Greens
*Red and Green Leaf and Romaine Lettuce
*Iceberg Lettuce

As with anything that is said to be good for you, please clear any changes in your diet with your doctor. As great as green leafy vegetables are for you, you must take the proper precautions to clean them in preparation for consumption.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Natural Remedies for Healthy Skin

For the great love and deep appreciation of nature, I am often in awe of the herbs, plants, barks and other naturally grown produce. These resources often offer relief and healing to our bodies. The quest to know more leads me to explore the various ways that we may be able to take advantage of the benefits.

There are many skin conditions that may be treated effectively by using some natural therapies and we will hear from the experts of Veria Wellness TV - Amanda McQuade Crawford and Noelle Katai on how we can achieve good health and the optimum results. Keep in mind that in some cases, sacrifices have to be made. It is necessary to follow the instructions. As always, if you are under the care of a physician, please discuss before you try any new treatments or therapies - even though they are promoted for the great health benefits.

Have you ever tried any natural remedies?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Power of Coconut Oil

♪♪You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up ♪♪ Are you singing along? Fun song isn't it? Well, the fun continues with the good health news on coconut oil.

Whenever you see coconuts, do you think islands, tropical, exotic and more. As an island girl, I have a love and appreciation for coconuts. I have enjoyed my share of coconut treats. I live for sugar-cakes (a cluster of grated coconut mixed with brown sugar). I love coconut tarts, cakes, cookies and Almond Joy not the healthiest treats huh? I do indulge at times - remember all things in moderation. I have also had the delightful pleasure of drinking the coconut juice right from the freshly cracked coconut - a healthy treat.

Now for the drum roll, the coconut has its share of amaaaaaazing health benefits.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Try It You May Like It - Gluten Free Desserts

Hearing a lot about a gluten free diet lately? Does it sound as if it limits your ability to enjoy the foods, snack and treats that you love? Well, here's your chance to learn more and try out the many fantastic recipes to some delicious desserts.

Let us explore the whole gluten free diet (not as in losing weight but in consuming/eating food) and how it may be the key to helping you improve on your health and wellness. If you try any of these recipes, please come back and let us know in the comments if you enjoyed it.

Your health and wellness depends on you!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Having Fun Flavorful Water - Healthy Summer Drinks!!!

What's your favorite drink? Do you have a specific drink that you enjoy in the summertime? Have you been slacking on drinking water? Since we are having some really hot days, I thought it would be great to find some drinks to keep us happy and healthy through the summer.

Go on and have some fun with your water :-)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What Do You Know About Health Care Reform?

After listening to many debates on health care reform with some self appointed experts on Health Care Reform, I realized that the misinformation had taken over and left many people ranting and raving in ignorance. My wish that there was a simple explanation to help others understand came true in the form of a simple animated video provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

What's most important, whether you agree/approve or not, is to be informed.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

With carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes for starters and soon some more will be added. Gardening can be quite a work out. First, you are working out in the yard so exposure to sun requires that you wear the proper clothing to protect your skin from the sun. A wide brim hat, a light long sleeve shirt, a pair of pants, a pair of gloves, comfortable shoes and sun screen lotion would be the ideal gardening gear.

As a child, I remember gardening with my mother. At first it was an exciting experience as I was able to plant the seeds, water the area and watch the sprouting of the plants as some of them looked like flowers. I was amazed at how they took shape and blossomed into solid vegetables. The best part of all was to have them placed on the plate knowing that I was a part of the process. However, as childhood interests goes, I was over it and ready to do something else much more exciting - like playing with my friends.

Now as an adult, my husband has taken an interest in gardening. He had the landscapers to come in and clear an area so that he could plant his own vegetables. Shortly after planting his seeds, the weeds appeared. The weeds that grow and attach themselves and dangle so beautifully across the fence,yet clinging on for life. He summoned his personal weed plucker, handed me a cute pair of pink gloves and I started plucking away. Getting rid of weeds is not easy as they are sometimes tangled around the plants.

However, the joy of seeing a clear garden was worth it. Now the plants are free to grow and deliver some delicious, nutritious vegetables. Have you thought about gardening? Perhaps you should give it a try, the benefits are just too good to miss :-)

Listen to the benefits of gardening

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Get Your Summer Skin Care On and Happening :-)

Summer officially begins tomorrow and although we have had the sun all year long, we tend to spend a lot more time basking in the warmth of the sun during the summer season. Picnics, beaches, sun bathing in the park, However, we have to take good care of our skin. Here are a few important tips to taking proper care of the largest organ of the body, the one that covers the frame that houses the internal organs.

Get your glass of water, sip and watch :-) Here's to an awesome summer!

Don't forget to share with all of your family, friends and social network buddies.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hype or Help? Your Teeth on Diet Soda

Truth be told, we have all heard that drinking soda, eating candy and other snacks can be harmful to your teeth. Now to take it a bit more graphic, I would like to show you this latest report/study that indicates the ghastly effects of diet soda on your teeth.

According to a three-person case study published in the March/April 2013 issue of the journal for the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny studied the teeth of a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine addict, a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a woman in her thirties who drank two liters of diet soda daily for three to five years - finding similar dental erosion among all three. It is important to note that all three were from similar socioeconomic backgrounds and lived in urban areas with fluoridated public water.

Can you imagine the fury that will come from the beverage companies? Meanwhile, the fury should begin with taking a better approach in caring for your teeth.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Celebration of Mothers

Today I woke up to the Mothers Day greetings, flowers and cards. I headed out for my morning run with my King (husband)and now I am back icing my knee yet feeling happy. The rest of my day is a do nothing kind of day. Thankfully, I have had the privilege to have some wonderful children. They are simply amazing! Everything is taken care of and I'm sitting back and enjoying all of the love, meals included :-)Thanks be to God!

I would love to share one of my favorite old time songs - one that touched me when I first heard it as a little girl. Naturally, I shared it with my children when they were young so that they can understand that this task is no easy one - one that comes without a charge :-)

How is your mothers day going? Hope it's a happy one!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Are You Ready to Shred those Pounds? Get On Board!!!

There's a health and wellness movement happening all over the nation, people are standing up and taking ownership of their lives. The goal is to take advantage of living healthier and longer lives by shredding the excess weight and cleaning up their diets. With summer just around the corner, now's a perfect time to get on board. Shredders are on the move and the results are amazing!

Naturally, we had to hear from the man behind this dynamic movement - Dr. Ian Smith.

Congratulations Dr. Ian on your new Shred Diet Nation. People are excited about the personal transformations that they have accomplished with the Shred Diet. What is the Shred Diet? The SHRED diet is a six week diet plan with which people can see significant results without starving themselves or going on a crazy diet. You can eat foods you normally eat with portion control and some exercise. SHRED combines a low glycemic index diet, meal spacing, and meal replacements. On SHRED dieters are never hungry because they are eating constantly — four meals or meal replacements and three snacks a day — over a six week program.

2. The Fat Smash Diet and 4 Day Diet Plan were great and effective plans. How is the Shred Diet different? SHRED combines the principles from the previous diets and takes it a step further. SHRED introduces my concept of "Diet Confusion.Like muscle confusion, Diet Confusion tricks the body and revs up its performance. In the same way you need to vary your workout to see results, you can switch up your food intake to boost your metabolism and increase weight loss. SHRED is a program for someone trying to lose 10 lbs as well as someone trying to lose over 100 lbs and everything in between.

3. There is a claim that you can lose 20 lbs, 4 inches or 2 sizes in 6 weeks, have you found many people on the Shred Diet sharing their success on this end? Actually, we have many, many examples of people losing 20 or more ...lots more. Everyone is different so people lose at a different rate depending on many factors. We do know that if you follow the diet, you will be successful in losing pounds and inches. We have SHREDDER groups on Facebook from all over the country sharing tips, recipes, asking each other questions and sharing their day to day experiences.

4. Will you be hosting any other shredder events like the recent one in Chicago?
The Chicago Shredder Weekend we just hosted was a huge success with Shredders flying in fro all over the country. Our next Shredder Weekend will be in Atlanta - here are the details:
We have set up the registration process for the ATLANTA SHREDDER weekend September 27-29. Please get the early registration as we are going to keep it to a limited number so that the weekend remains intimate and you all get to have time with our experts. Of course, I will be there all weekend with you. We have had a lot of people inquiring about this weekend, so we know it's going to be a life-transforming experience for many of you. Come ready to either begin your new journey with us or kick start the one you're already on. We will be getting an excellent group discount for people who need sleeping rooms. We will have that nailed down within the next couple of days and get that to you. Meanwhile, here is the link for you to register

5. How can our readers get on board with the Shred Nation?
You can become a SHREDDER by buying the book at your local Barnes and Noble or online at AMAZON: -
Anyone can tweet me with questions at @doctoriansmith or
Join Shredder Nation on Facebook at:
Good Luck and welcome to Shredder Nation!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Oh the Juicing We Can Do!

Okay, you have decided to take a chance and make your own home made version of the V8 Splash :-) Mixing your fruits and vegetables into a delicious drink can be a fun adventure. Well, I could remember the days when I would look at the V8 drink before it added the splash of fruits and think to myself - why would anyone drink tomatoes and refer to it as a juice? Tomatoes were limited to salads, on sandwiches or burgers and sauces - not in any way to be considered a drink.

However, we now have the meeting of the fruits and vegetables blending in a juicer to create a delicious, healthy treat. The big question that many may ask - is juicing good for you? The answer is Yes. Fruits and vegetables are good for you. On the other hand, you should not turn strictly to juicing and eliminating your meals as a way to lose weight. Of course you will lose weight, but when you decide to eat something again, and you will - oh boy. Your metabolism will not know where to begin, there will be a welcome back party with your fat cells headlining the whole process.

This past weekend, my husband made a delightfully delicious blend of fruits & vegetables drink, then filled up his containers. It was a healthy splash that shocked my body into feeling extra special. In fact, I am already coming up with ideas of mixes to juice: Kiwi, Strawberries, Bananas, Pineapples, Mangoes, Blueberries, peaches, apples, pears, etc. I just can't imagine what vegetable belongs in the mix. The thing is I LOVE vegetables. I love spinach, broccoli, celery, carrots, pumpkin, squash, yams and other green leafy vegetables. It's just that my face starts to distort a bit when I begin to think of mixing. In any case, this juicing will be a lot of fun.

What will you do with the pulp blend? Yes, the pulp is great for its fiber, but for many, the point of juicing is to get the juice not the pulp.

I'm not sure that I would recommend that you volunteer to bake cakes or muffins for your church or charity sale. Although there are some people who have used the pulp to make breads, muffins or cakes, I'm not sure how tasty it would be. I guess you could add some raisins and nuts.

You can make a stew, add it to a sauce, perhaps sprinkle it on your salad?

Another suggestion would be to use it as a compost.

Above all, if you are under the care of a physician, please discuss juicing before you try it. Although fruits and vegetables are highly recommended and they are indeed good for you, in some cases, it may not be GOOD or YOU. Some fruits and vegetables may be high in sugar which may present some health complications for those with pre-existing conditions.

Other wise, if you are free and clear to juice, go on and try it. Perhaps you can share some of your blends with me :-)