Blog Archives

Are You Rusting?

ship rusting

The right coat of paint would have prevented this ship from rusting!

old-rusting-school-bus-sitting-among-raymond-gehman

Do you feel like this old bus looks? Perhaps you are ‘rusting’!

One of the definitions of rust is to ‘deteriorate or degenerate through neglect or inactivity’. Are you rusting? From this definition, it sounds like a lot of us are!

Free radicals are like rust in our bodies.

Free radicals form in our bodies for several reasons, but the most common is from a poor diet. If free radicals are allowed to run unchecked they cause oxidative damage resulting in a variety of debilitating diseases. In other words, we rust!

People who live near the ocean know how damaging salt water can be to anything made of metal. Without antioxidants in our body, the same oxidative damage that can ruin metal, will ruin us. Just like a coat of the right paint can prevent metal from rusting, antioxidants prevent free radicals from ‘rusting’ our bodies.

Your mom was right – eat your vegetables!

Antioxidants are found in a wide variety of our foods, but mostly in fruits and vegetables. Research has shown that natural sources of antioxidants are always best. Because of our Standard American Diet, filled with fast foods and chemical-laden, prepackaged convenience food, most Americans do not get enough fruits and vegetables. It’s no wonder that heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other life threatening illnesses are on the rise!

To get enough natural antioxidants in our diet we need to eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. When surveyed, approximately 30% of Americans revealed they never eat raw fruits or vegetables! Not only are fruits and vegetables good for general health but many of them have anti-cancer properties as well. Research suggests if you want the most powerful cancer prevention plan, increase your fruit and vegetable servings to 10-12 per day.

Food for thought..

The tomato has over 10,000 phytonutrient components in it. You can’t match that in a supplement. Want to keep your brain sharp? Eat an apple. Research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell suggests that eating apples “may protect against oxidative damage (rusting) that contributes to age-related brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, and may help to maintain brain performance.” Gives a whole new meaning to the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” doesn’t it? Broccoli contains the ingredient sulphorphane which is believed to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries contain anthocyanins which help protect against cancer, diabetes, bacterial infections, fibrocystic disease, neurological diseases and inflammation. And the list could go on and on. Do your own research – you’ll find hundreds of ways that fruits and vegetables are good for you – not only in preventing diseases – but healing for already occurring oxidative damage.

Let food be thy medicine.

Hippocrates said over 2,000 years ago, “Let food by thy medicine and let medicine by thy food.” Research continues to prove that food is indeed the best medicine. Most importantly, according to Genesis 1:29-31, God created food for our good: “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  The secret to longevity (to keep from rusting) is in the food that God created for us!

Are you trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet? I’d love for you to share in the comments!

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Tips

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”Benjamin Franklin, from the 1735 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack

Healthy Tip: Add more vegetables in your diet by making soups. I buy several bags of frozen soup mix vegetables and add onions, chicken broth, canned tomatoes and seasonings to make a delicious homemade soup. Incorporate more fruit in your diet by making smoothies. Use frozen berries, bananas, almond milk and a splash of agave nectar – tastes awesome and you get 2-3 servings of fruit in your smoothie.

Wealthy Tip: Try clipping coupons or using coupon sites to save money on your groceries. I love using Southern Savers because you can add coupons to your grocery card electronically. To get the most savings, only buy an item for which you have a coupon when it’s on sale.

Wise Tip: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of waters that yields fruit in its own season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 100:1-3

The Irresistible Future

Happy New Year!

I found this beautiful quote by Oswald Chambers and thought it was appropriate for the new year, “Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ. Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.”

Step out into the irresistible future with Him…what an amazing thought. When we know that our future is settled in Christ what do we have to fear? We can step out in complete confidence knowing that “He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

We can also let our past ‘sleep on the bosom of Christ’ and say with the Apostle Paul,  “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

Let’s strive this year to leave the irreparable past in His hands and step out into the irresistible future with Him! 

I Want to Be Healthy

My “I Want to Be Healthy” journey has taken a bit of a downward spiral during the holidays, but I have great plans to leave that in the past and step out into health in 2013!  I hope you will join me!

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Tip

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”Benjamin Franklin, from the 1735 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack

Healthy Tip:  I saw Dr. William Sears on a TV program  recently and he gave some great tips on healthy eating using the 4 S’s:  1)  Salmon (wild-caught Alaskan – eat 2 – 3 times per week), 2) Salads, 3) Spices (such as cinnamon, cumin, turmeric), 4) Smoothies (the healthy kind full of delicious fruits and vegetables). In his book Prime-Time Health, Dr. Sears shares with adults and senior citizens how they can live healthy the second half of their lives. This is definitely a book that I’m going to read, and I really like the 4 S’s idea!

Wealthy Tip:  Try Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University this year and get out of debt in 2013!

Wise Tip:  “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2

Do you have goals set for the new year? I would love for you to comment!

2013 Goals

Coconut Oil – A Healthy Alternative

Have you tried coconut oil?  I’ve recently started using it and I love it! It turns out that coconut oil is good for you despite its bad reputation due to high fat content. It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can use.

Coconut oil and weight loss

Research suggests that coconut oil can help you lose weight because –

  • It doesn’t turn to fat in your body – it’s easy fuel for your body to burn
  • It keeps you naturally fuller longer keeping food cravings at bay
  • It fires up your metabolism and give you instant energy

Other benefits of coconut oil

An added benefit – the fats in coconut oil don’t wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system. In fact, some research shows coconut oil helps reduce bad cholesterol. Other benefits are it helps control blood sugar, has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties and helps absorb other nutrients into the body such as vitamin E.

How to use coconut oil

You can use up to two tablespoons per day in place of other fats. Make sure it’s pure coconut oil with nothing else added. Some people simply take it by the spoonful, but I’ll be honest – that did not appeal to me at all.  I use a couple of teaspoons in my oatmeal in the mornings. It gives it a smooth-as-silk texture and a slightly exotic taste. Delicious…and so much better for you than butter.

Unlike some oils, coconut oil has a higher smoke point so it can be used at higher temperatures. Try it for stir-frying vegetables or cooking healthy pancakes. Yesterday I made pumpkin bread and I spread just a smidge on it right out of the oven – yum! A little bit of coconut oil goes a long way.

One of my favorite ways to use coconut oil is to make popcorn. Turn your pan on medium high heat and melt just enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of your pan. Add 3 popcorn kernels and when one of them pops add enough popcorn to cover a single layer in the bottom of the pan. Add a lid and shake until all kernels are popped. Since coconut oil has a higher smoke point, the popcorn doesn’t burn and it tastes great. Just add a little sea salt, pop in a movie and you’re set.

Use your imagination and I’m sure you’ll be adding this healthy oil to your recipes in no time.

Use it as a beauty treatment

Coconut oil is great for your skin and hair. At night after I exfoliate with baking soda, I rub just a dab of coconut oil over my face and neck. My skin has never felt so soft and supple!! Use it all over just out of the shower for silky smooth skin. Be sure it has time to absorb before you put on your clothes or get in the bed. I haven’t tried this but others swear by it – use it to shave your legs. Also if you need to tame your frizzy hair, rub just a little in the palm of your hands then on your hair. Don’t get it near your scalp or your hair will look oily.

Recipe using coconut oil

I came across this recipe using coconut oil and it immediately became a family favorite. It’s delicious and easy to make.

No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup honey (I use half honey, half agave nectar)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (no skimping or substitutions)
  • 2 cups oats (old fashioned, not quick cooking)
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (I substitute 1/4 cup of special dark cocoa powder)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries (I don’t always add, but it is delicious)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (this was not in the original recipe but it’s delicious)

In medium saucepan melt peanut butter, honey and coconut oil. (If you substitute the dark cocoa powder as I do, add it to this mixture once it starts melting.) Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat, add oats, chocolate chips (if you don’t used cocoa powder), cranberries and optional coconut. Stir until well mixed and spread in a 9 x 9 pan. Refrigerate to set. (Optional tip – once I’ve spread it in the pan I put in the freezer for 30 minutes to let it set – it’s perfect and ready to eat much quicker than the refrigerator method.) Keep leftovers in the fridge.

If you haven’t used coconut oil, I hope you’ll try it.  If you have, what are some ways you’ve used it? I’d love for you to comment.

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.  The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” Genesis 2:8-9

No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Yummy – these don’t last long around our house!

The Power of an Encouraging Word

In 1872 Dr. Brewster Higley wrote a poem entitled The Western Home, and the following year it was set to music to become the famous American folksong Home on the Range. It was written about his beloved state of Kansas. Most of you have probably heard the words to the chorus: “Home, home on the range where the deer and the antelope play.  Where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day.”

Sounds like a pretty awesome place to live, doesn’t it?

Website for photo coloradohorsecouncil.com

Of course, a place like this doesn’t exist – at least not in this world. Discouraging words come to us at any given time from our family and friends, from students and teachers, from the news media and social media, from our bosses and our co-workers, even strangers.  You might say we live in a place ‘where seldom is heard an encouraging word and the skies are just cloudy all day.’

Today I learned the power of an encouraging word, and it was through an unlikely source – a 16 year old boy.

I work in school administration and my office is just next door to the guidance counselor.  She was out this afternoon and a young man walked in with a piece of paper in his hand. He headed towards the counselor’s door, noticed she wasn’t in and stuck his head in my office. I was just about to cut off his comments with “the counselor isn’t in” when he waved his piece of paper in front of me and said rather excitedly, “Take a look at this!” It was an Algebra II test with a grade of 103 marked in red at the top of the page – a perfect 100 with 3 bonus points. That’s when I realized this young man was looking for someone to share his good news with –  he was hoping for an encouraging word.  I called him by name and told him how wonderful his score was.  He gave me a big grin and said, “Yeah, this is going on the refrigerator!” I grinned back and said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly where it belongs.”  I told him how proud I was of him and to keep up the good work. As he walked out, his step seemed lighter and he said, “Yes, ma’am!” – kind of like someone in the military would say it. I imagine that he whistled as he floated down the hall.

Yes, I had encouraged this young man with my remarks, but I wasn’t prepared for how I felt.  I was exhilarated. My step was lighter and I was happy the rest of the day. I experienced a Home on the Range moment and I liked it!

After this encounter I realized something about myself:  I don’t give encouraging words nearly enough. Most of the time, I’m scolding kids in the hallway or lecturing a student who didn’t turn in something on time.  With my family, I am quick to be negative, slow to be positive. Today I made a silent determination in my heart to be more encouraging, to speak words that are uplifting instead of discouraging.

You may wonder what encouraging words have to do with being healthy. It has everything to do with it. Everyone needs encouragement. It’s in our DNA. Recently people have noticed that I’ve lost weight (19 pounds to be exact) and their encouraging words of “I can tell you’ve lost weight” or “you’re looking good” have really made my day.  It motivates me to stay on course with my I want to be healthy lifestyle.  There’s probably research on it somewhere, but I believe that positive, encouraging words must have a profound physiological affect on our brains.  I know they do on our emotional well-being. Words have the power to hurt or heal. I want my words to heal.

We all want encouraging words spoken to us. Let’s do the same to others.

Have you experienced the power of an encouraging word? I’d love for you to comment.

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today. Hebrews 3:13a

Healthy, wealthy and wise tips

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”Benjamin Franklin, from the 1735 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack

Healthy tip for today (for your body): Do you feel tired, sluggish, experience brain fog or have frequent headaches? If so, you probably aren’t drinking enough water.  Since your body is about 60% water it is important to stay properly hydrated. Make sure to drink at least 8 – 10, 8 oz glasses of water a day.  Once I started properly hydrating, my headaches disappeared and my energy increased.

Wealthy tip for today (enrichment for your soul): Speak a word of encouragement to someone today. It will benefit you and them. “Paul called the disciples together and encouraged them to keep up the good work in Ephesus. Then, saying his good-byes, he left for Macedonia. Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.” Acts 20:1-2

Wise tip for today (for the brain):  Give your brain a boost with blueberries (don’t you love the alliterative sound of that). According to the article Your Brain on Blueberries by Mary Franz, “Emerging research suggests that compounds in blueberries known as flavonoids may improve memory, learning and general cognitive function, including reasoning skills, decision making, verbal comprehension and numerical ability. In addition, studies comparing dietary habits with cognitive function in adults hint that consuming flavonoids may help slow the decline in mental facility that is often seen with aging and might even provide protection against disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.” Try a handful as a snack or add some to your oatmeal, cereal or salads.  Your brain will thank you!

16 Pounds and What Do You Get?

Tennessee Ernie Ford

How Tennessee Ernie Ford helped me celebrate weight loss.

I’ve been weighing myself almost every morning since I began my healthy eating plan in June and somehow I got stuck on 12 pounds.  The scales just wouldn’t budge.  Over the past two weeks, however, I began losing again…14, 15 pounds.   Then two days ago I stepped on the scales and I was 16 pounds lighter!!  I was so excited that for some reason I began singing that old Tennessee Ernie Ford song Sixteen Tons.  The words to the chorus are “Sixteen tons and what do you get – another day older and deeper in debt – Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go – I owe my soul to the company store.”

This particular day, my version of the song was “16 POUNDS and what do you get” – I just couldn’t think of anything to rhyme with “get” that would celebrate my weight loss, so I just sang the regular words.  I even did Tennessee Ernie’s signature finger snaps as I sang – I was happy about my sixteen pounds!

Then I began thinking, “what do you get when you lose 16 pounds?” so I did a little research and found an article called :  Lose Weight, Gain TONS of Benefits. Tons – it had to be a sign, so I read it.  Let me preface any further comments by saying that I’ve lost almost 10% of my body weight.  Guess what the subtitle of the article was?  “Taking off just 10% of your body weight can have a big impact on your health.”  Another sign. I was hooked.

What you get by losing 10% of your body weight

Several studies indicate that losing just a little weight can kick start you on your way to good health.  Some of the benefits of losing just 5-10% of your body weight include lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure levels, decreased risk for some life-threatening diseases and improvement in sleep.

”Lifestyle changes that include healthier diets, regular physical activity, and weight loss of 7%-10% have shown phenomenal health benefits that can be more effective than medications,” says Katz, author of the best-selling book What to EatSeveral physicians reported taking their patients off of certain medications after losing just a small amount of weight.

Weight loss can be especially beneficial for people who are apple-shaped – those who store fat in their bellies. Even though ‘apples’ are at higher risk for heart disease the fat stored around the middle can be easier to lose.

Imagine walking around all day carrying three 5-pound bags of sugar and a pound of butter. That’s what it feels like carrying 16 extra pounds. Puts it in perspective, doesn’t it? No wonder I feel better!

How to lose 10%

Experts agree that the best way to lose weight is to make small changes that you can live with.  Try switching your sugary drinks to water – that’s a small change that really adds up (or subtracts – how ever you look at it). A 20 ounce soda has around 16 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories! Replace that with zero sugar, zero calories water and you do the math. Plus the health benefits of drinking water have been touted by experts all over the world.

Another small change is to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and lower your intake of meat.  Fruits and veggies are nutrient-dense and lower in calories as opposed to less nutritious, calorie-dense meat.

Lose white in your diet – white sugar, white flour, white rice.  Replace with naturally sweet fruits, whole grains and nuts.

Increase your exercise. Any exercise is good for you. Need I say more.

You can do it

Small changes, baby steps – you can do it! Before you know it you’ll be down by 10%.  If you need to lose more, keep at it.  The point is just a little weight loss brings TONS of benefits.

Thanks, Tennessee Ernie!

Have you had success with weight loss?  Please share in the comments.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

A Love Affair That’s Killing Us

It’s a love affair that’s killing us.  America’s love affair with convenience and fast food, that is. Our society has forsaken the ways of our forefathers who ate what they hunted or raised, for the modern convenience of fast, easy, highly refined, processed, fat-laden foods.  Even though the cost of these foods is relatively inexpensive, they come with a hidden but much higher price tag: our health.

Americans are more obese, more disease-ridden, take more medicine and are less active than ever before.  Our elderly population is suffering at an alarming rate from diseases that most of us consider to be just a part of the ‘natural aging process.’  Wouldn’t it be great to know that we don’t have to end like that – that we can enjoy life and live it to the fullest until we die at a ripe old age of natural causes?  The obvious answer is yes!

I’ve been reading the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and he provides some staggering statistics about the American diet:  “Americans currently consume about forty-two percent of their calories from fiberless animal foods and another fifty-one percent from highly processed refined carbohydrates and extracted oils.  Almost half of all vegetables consumed are potatoes and half of the potatoes consumed are in the form of fries or chips.”  Eat to Die would be a great title for a book about the typical American diet.

People groups who consume most of their calories from unrefined plant foods have low death rates from major diseases and are rarely obese.  Americans, on the other hand, consume only about ten percent of their calories from plant-based foods and have around an eighty percent death rate from killer diseases!  Yes, our love affair is killing us.

I love the term ‘nutrient dense’ foods, and I really wasn’t familiar with it until I read Dr. Fuhrman’s book.  After reading a few chapters, the light bulb came on for me.  I realized I was eating nutrient deficient foods and was “digging my grave with a fork and knife” to quote one of his chapter titles.

Dr. Fuhrman suggests that we eat ninety percent of our diet in nutrient dense food (see his website or book) and ten percent of everything else.  The Standard American Diet (SAD – yes, it is sad) recommends eating 8-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta and a mere five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, a real recipe for disaster.

I decided to give Dr. Fuhrman’s way of eating (I won’t call it a diet) a try.  I worried about my low blood sugar, food cravings, heartburn that I get from certain vegetables and fruits, my sweet tooth and a host of other issues.  I am happy to report that after the first week my food cravings disappeared, I never once had an issue with low blood sugar, my heartburn disappeared and I am not missing sweets!  I’ve also lost 11 pounds in the month and a half that I’ve been eating nutrient dense foods and have much more energy.  Have I gone off any?  Yes, a couple of times when we were having family get-togethers.  I hated the way I felt afterwards and so it was easy to get right back on.  I’m looking forward to more weight loss and feeling even better.

Look up the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ and you will find different answers as to its origin.  However, most agree that it simply means eat good food and you will be healthy – eat bad food and you won’t.  To that I add a hearty amen!

Now, if I would just start exercising…but that’s another blog for another day.

Have you had good success with healthy eating?  Please share in the comments.

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Tips:

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”Benjamin Franklin, from the 1735 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack

Healthy tip for today (for your body): Make sure that you get your nutrients from whole foods in their natural state and don’t depend on supplements to make you healthy.  They are called supplements for a reason – they are supposed to be a supplement to a healthy diet. Also, when eating fruit make sure you eat the whole fruit as opposed to just the fruit juice.  You need the fiber and other benefits from the whole fruit that you won’t get in juice only.

Wealthy tip for today (enrichment for your soul): “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”  Psalm 118:29  A heart of gratitude is essential to a healthy lifestyle.  According to a 2007 study done by researchers at the University of California – Davis, feeling grateful can positively influence your well-being and quality of life.  Make a list of all the things you are thankful for.  Your spirits will be lifted in no time!

Wise tip for today (for the brain):  Not only do walnuts kind of look like the brain, they are good for the brain – just as our Creator intended.  Walnuts contain many of the nutrients, especially omega-3s, that our brains need for proper functioning and improving memory.  Be sure to eat the brown skin on the shelled walnuts even though it may taste a little bitter.  This flaky outer layer also contains many vital nutrients.  In addition, walnuts seem to increase your levels of melatonin, a hormone which regulates sleep.  Try a snack of walnuts before bedtime and your brain will thank you for the good night’s rest. I like to eat walnuts as a snack, but they are also great in salads, oatmeal and many other recipes.

Walnuts – food for the brain.

A Clarification of Sorts

First of all, I want to clarify something I put in my very first blog.  I mentioned that if I ate healthy that I would be healthy, or at least be healthier.  And I believe that.  But I also know that what I wrote is an oversimplification of the health epidemic we face.  We live in a fallen world and disease happens.  It can strike suddenly or take many years in its process.  I have family and friends who’ve had cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, arthritis, brain tumors, mental illness, depression, dementia – well, you get the picture.  I did not want to imply that by simply eating healthy we won’t get sick.  However (don’t you love the possibilities in that word), eating the natural foods that God created and intended for us to eat will certainly give us a fighting chance to live healthy lives.  I’ve seen several photos on Facebook whose captions read, “If it comes from a plant eat it; if it’s made in a plant don’t.”  Or I like this one, “If God made it eat it; if man made it don’t.”  While these make us smile, they are very good rules.

Another clarification:  I never want to give anyone the impression that I am better than they are because I have chosen to eat healthy.  I know people who do that, and it’s not pleasant.  I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but what I do know is that all good health, regardless of how we attain it, is from God.  James said in the New Testament:  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  Health is certainly a good gift.  We should accept it as such and never take it for granted!

Now that I’ve cleared that up, my next blog will be entitled “The Love Affair That’s Killing Us”.   Stay tuned…

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Tips:

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”Benjamin Franklin, from the 1735 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack

Healthy tip for today (for your body) Health experts agree we need omega-3 fatty acids.  The body doesn’t make them so we have to get them from foods.  Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of many killer diseases such as heart disease, arthritis and cancer.  They also appear to be essential in brain function, memory and performance.  Foods high in omega-3’s are fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut, and can also be found in algae, krill, some plants and nut oils.  Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.  The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least 2 times per week.  Most people don’t get enough omega-3’s so it’s important to check with your healthcare provider about a proper supplement.  I take Barlean’s Fresh Catch Fish Oil and I get it at Earth Fare. It is orange-flavored and doesn’t leave that fishy aftertaste.  Again, check with your healthcare professional before taking any supplements.

Wealthy tip for today (enrichment for your soul):  “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Mark 8:36-37.  The most important things in life are not things at all.  They are people and relationships.

Wise tip for today (for the brain):  More about brain exercises.  Last time we talked about toweling off in a different way after your bath or shower.   Try these simple tasks to exercise your brain:  Next time you are driving to a familiar place take a different route.  Also, try brushing your teeth with the opposite hand.  Or memorize one phone number in your cell phone.  These simple challenges help build new associations in the brain.  The old saying “use it or lose it” certainly applies to our brains!

Facial regimen straight from the kitchen!

Bonus Tip (for your outer beauty):  In my last blog I mentioned that I would share what I put on my face after cleansing with baking soda.  Well here it is right from the kitchen –   after rinsing the baking soda off, I slather my face with honey!  It’s so yummy and I always lick my lips!  Seriously!  (I have a friend who always says things are ‘delicious’ – well this is delicious!)  Leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. The natural antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of the honey are great for your face.  After drying, I use my next kitchen ingredient – olive oil!  I put just a little in the palm of my hands and gently rub all over my face.  My skin always feels silky, soft and smooth after my baking soda/honey/olive oil treatment!  Try it, you’ll love it!

Esther In Grace

Living In Grace One Day At A Time

SA1969 Blog

Rescue, restore and protect architectural elements of historical significance.

Can't Stay Out Of The Kitchen

Teresa's adventures sharing our family's favorite recipes and trying new recipes

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The Local Traveler NS

Two travelers' tales and reviews from around Nova Scotia

Melissa Titus

Rebelling against the status quo for His cause

celtic straits

bradstrait.com -- real life stories from a christian mystic

Cheap Love

pursuing an adventure-filled marriage

Whiter Than Snow

"though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Isaiah 1:18

Holland Scoop!

"Raising dynamic churches to reach this and future generations of Europeans."

Fully Mothering

Gracefully. Joyfully. Hopefully.

Certainly Resurgam

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." - 2 Corinthians 4:16

Southern Girl

Blogging my life. My Work. My Passions. ME.

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences