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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

It doesn't rain very often in Southern California, but when it does, it is definitely cocoa time. Cold+Cloudy+Rain = Need Cocoa Chilly days are also adequate for necessitating cocoa. And if the psychologically/emotionally satisfying aspect of cocoa is not enough, there is another healthy reason to drink cocoa that I recently discovered. Cocoa can help … 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

Having a Health Coach

Did you know that National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week is almost over? Yep. Tomorrow. I did not know until last week that this special week even existed.  But it does. Congress declared it. To honor this week I thought I would do a little post on the benefits of having a health coach. … Continue reading Having a Health Coach

Valentine’s Day: 14 Ideas to Support Your Health Goals

However, Valentine's Day does not need to derail your health and weight loss efforts. Here are a few ideas to help keep you on track: 1. Back, neck, or foot massages are free and have no calories. Even children enjoy back massages. 2. Dark chocolate, at least 70%, 1-2 squares, eaten slowly and savored. 3. … Continue reading Valentine’s Day: 14 Ideas to Support Your Health Goals

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

So, a while back we had a mini epidemic of hand, foot, and mouth disease (aka HFMD) in our family, striking 2 adult daughters, 2 son-in-laws, one husband, and one small grandchild. I was spared. We think it was Disneyland’s fault.  The incubation period is 3-7 days and HFMD started with the first family member … Continue reading Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease