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Solutions to “Why Can’t I Fall Asleep” & Other Sleep Problems

There are 2 main categories related to problems with sleep: 1) Difficulty falling asleep and 2) Difficulty staying asleep or having wakeful periods in the middle of night. One might add to that poor sleep quality, but the solution to that is pretty much covered in this post anyway. Have you ever heard the saying, … Continue reading Solutions to “Why Can’t I Fall Asleep” & Other Sleep Problems

Constipation: Easy Remedies

Constipation Constipation needs to be taken seriously.  I don't want to scare you, but I want to scare you. So that you take it seriously. There are several important reasons. First of all, and one that I believe is one of the most important, is that fecal material carries toxins out of your body; constipation … Continue reading Constipation: Easy Remedies

Quirky Thursday: Improving Your Microbiome

This post is written by a guest, my fellow-health-fanatic sister Rosanna, who is an author of a book for older children, called The House of Tower, a blogger, a retired neonatal registered nurse and a wife, mother, and grandmother.  I asked her to write about this subject for a Quirky Thursday post because we were having … Continue reading Quirky Thursday: Improving Your Microbiome

Quirky Thursday: Olives and Mold

Quirky Thursday posts are ones a little heavier on the humor side, with some health info thrown in. Usually. I hope you are enlivened and enlightened by todays post. I was going to write about the importance of sleep; then it was sleep and mold, both being on my mind. Then it segued into and … Continue reading Quirky Thursday: Olives and Mold

Vegan Cocoa – Why You Need It

Even though tomorrow is the first day of spring we are due for some more wintery weather in Southern California this week, with showers expected as early as mid-afternoon today. Cold+Cloudy+Rain = Need Cocoa Fortunately I have a dairy-free cocoa recipe that is very satisfying. This is a great low carb treat!   Vegan Cocoa … Continue reading Vegan Cocoa – Why You Need It

Hot Flash 101

You know those women in church that fan themselves when you are sitting there perfectly comfortable? I always thought, "What is their problem?", which was a big mistake, because it seems that whenever I do that, then that thing that I am so critical about happens to me. That's right. A few years ago hot … Continue reading Hot Flash 101

A Day of Rest is Essential to Health

I strongly believe that my adherence to a weekly day of rest from normal activities since my early twenties has been a key part of staying high functioning with a chronic illness. I know that Sabbath-keeping is probably not a popular topic, but hear me out. Your well-being implores you to! I am all about … Continue reading A Day of Rest is Essential to Health

Squatty Potty, and Um, Bowel Health

What is a Squatty Potty, you may be asking? True to its name, it is a small stool that tucks along the side of your toilet when not in use designed to help with your daily elimination, if I might put it delicately. Now for the not so delicate: it helps you poop better. The … Continue reading Squatty Potty, and Um, Bowel Health

The Freak Who Can’t Eat Wheat

You start feeling like a freak anyway, when you can't eat wheat due to celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. Like driving around with family or friends trying to decide where to eat. Someone inevitably says, "Vanessa gets to decide. It has to be somewhere she feels is safe." The world-revolves-around-me freak. Or, … Continue reading The Freak Who Can’t Eat Wheat