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My Nutrition Mission

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My Nutrition Mission

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The idea for my nutrition mission really began with just my own health and weight loss goals in mind.  However, after seeing my progress and what I’ve been been able to accomplish over the the last 18 mos, my friends and family…and even strangers…have been asking me what my secret is.  Mostly, they mean my weight loss and some have asked about my youthful skin and over all younger than-my-age appearance.  Their words, not mine.

Jokingly, while a friend and I were chatting about her weight loss goals, we came up with the slogan “nutrition mission” and how it should be my motto.  After we both laughed about it, we thought, “hey, that’s not a bad idea, really!”

So, with a little nudging from my friend, I started working on this article.  It’s nothing special, mostly common sense.  But, sometimes it takes hearing about, and seeing what someone else has done in order to get the motivational ball rolling.  My hope is that something, even one thing, that I share will resonate and work for you, too!  That is my real nutrition mission!

Weight loss can be a struggle for many people; however, during the time (2-5 yrs) before full blown menopause it can seem almost impossible.  First, you need to establish some ground rules to follow and live by.  It’s time to change your entire lifestyle and the view you have of yourself.  Here are some of the ways I altered my lifestyle in order to lose weight and become healthier than I’ve been in years…and, things for you to consider so that you can become your healthiest you, yet! Continue reading

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Could What You Eat Really Prevent Alzheimer’s?

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Could What You Eat Really Prevent Alzheimer’s?

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According to an article in Prevention Magazine’s May edition, new research suggests it is possible!  There’s some really innovative studies going on at the Wake Forest School of Medicine , where Suzanne Craft (professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine) has been at it for 20 years.  Her case studies are having some astounding results with how the brain is affected by what we eat.  So, could what you eat really prevent Alzheimer’s ?  Let’s see if we can find out by taking a look at what Professor Craft has been up to. Continue reading

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How To Improve Your Health And Wellness

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How To Improve Your Health And Wellness

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Over the last couple months I’ve had a surprisingly large number of people ask me what my secret is.  Asking me things like…are you a vampire?  Have you discovered the fountain of youth?  Are you lying about your age? …and the biggy…how did you lose weight?  So now, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what works for me in how to improve your health and wellness!

Obviously, those people have not been following my website!  Ha!  Ha!  But, seriously, I am flattered and a little embarrassed, but I guess this is the whole reason I started this website in the first place.  That is to help others realize their full potential by honoring their minds, bodies and spirits by living full and healthy lives. Continue reading

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Chocolate Is Good For Your Health

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Chocolate Is Good For Your Health

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Many of us chocolate lovers have heard that chocolate has a reputation of being bad and unhealthy. Over the last few years, however, new research has shown that chocolate is GOOD for your health.  Don’t know about you, but I am beyond happy!  And, I’m pretty certain I already knew that…I mean, how could something sooo delicious and natural be bad for you?

Did you know that the earliest use of chocolate dates back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica?  That would be from from c. 1200 BCE to c. 400 BCE.  Centered in the Gulf of Mexico, their influence and trade activity spread from 1200 BCE, even reaching as far south as present-day Nicaragua. Among the many trades was chocolate  which would be passed on to all those who followed this first great Mesoamerican civilization. Continue reading

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Crashing Fatigue During Menopause

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Crashing Fatigue During Menopause

Many women experience crashing fatigue during menopause and spend wasted time in trying to battle it, before they know the cause behind it.  When you know what’s causing your fatigue, you have a better understanding in how to address it.  We’re going to break it up into 2 categories for easier focus and understanding in the cause (s) of your fatigue before, during and after menopause:  that being the  physical and psychological origins of fatigue.

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Vegetarians And Protein

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Vegetarians And Protein

I come from a family full of vegetarians, including my mom, sister, brother-in-law, a couple nieces  and an aunt.  Every family gathering includes both meat and meatless dishes.  The usual meatless ops usually  include beans, tofu, nuts and quinoa.  All excellent sources of protein, but most require some sort of cooking involved.  I live alone and am not a huge fan of cooking a meal just for myself, so I end up eating a lot of salads.  That, too, is fine but lacking in the protein department.  And, even though I am not a vegetarian, I don’t really consume much meat, which led me to look into more about vegetarians and protein.

What are the alternative choices to meat?  Do I need a supplement?  What’s the daily protein allowance?  These are some of the questions we’re going to cover here.   Continue reading

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Loss Of Libido In Women Over 50

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Loss Of Libido In Women Over 50

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Women go through a major hormonal imbalance during peri and post menopause.  This imbalance can cause just a “few” <insert sarcasm here> life altering symptoms (like hot flashes, depression, night sweats and insomnia), including loss of libido (sex drive).  However, there is no one thing that can be blamed for a decrease in libido; it is an alchemy of hormones, psychology and circumstance. Continue reading

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Product Review: Total Human Cleanse & Detoxing Your Body FREE e-Books from Onnit

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Product Review:  Total Human Cleanse & Detoxing Your Body FREE e-Books from Onnit

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Product Review – Brita UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser

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Brita UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser Review

Today I am going to be telling you about the Brita UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser.   Let me tell you, I have well water that just is not appealing to drink AT ALL!   I was spending about $10 per week on bottled filtered water prior to purchasing this Brita UltraMax. Continue reading

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How to Prevent Osteoporosis Naturally

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How to Prevent Osteoporosis Naturally

I’ve been 5’9″ my whole adult life, since age 18, at least.  It says so on my drivers license.  When asked, “how tall are you?”, my response is always, “5’9″”.  So, needless to say I was shocked a few years ago when the MA at my doctor’s office told me I measured at 5’7″.  I, naturally, assumed she didn’t know what she was doing and took my measurement incorrectly.  I continued on with the notion that I was 5’9″; I’d always been 5’9″.  Well, when I returned to the doctor’s office for a follow up visit, I was escorted back by a different MA who also measured me at 5’7″.  What the…!  Was it possible that two different MA’s from the same office didn’t know how to measure a human being?  Doubtful.  Two inches!   Somewhere, somehow, I had lost two whole inches!  This was an early sign of bone loss, or osteopenia, which is can lead to osteoporosis.  I knew I needed to take action immediately, and I needed to find out HOW TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS NATURALLY. Continue reading

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Heavy Bleeding During Perimenopause: Alternative Treatments

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woman laying down with crampsPerimenopause And Heavy Bleeding

 

Chances are if you are reading this blog post, you are either in menopause or in the perimenopausal stage.  Perimenopause is the 10-15 years before full blown menopause.  You are considered to be in menopause when you haven’t had a period for a full year.  Periomenopause can be brutal with heavy and irregular bleeding every month or, sometimes, every other month. Continue reading

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Do These Genes Make Me Look Old? The Role Genetics Play In Aging

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Do These Genes Make Me Look Old?

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And, we’re not referring to your favorite pair of Levis, here, we’re talking about the genes your parents gave you.   Truth is, your genes definitely play a role in how susceptible you are to developing the typical signs of aging:  wrinkles, grey hair and some illnesses and conditions (osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc).  However, there are lots of environmental factors in there that can really speed things up with the aging process, like smoking, poor diet, excess sun exposure, bad sleep habits, and so on. Continue reading

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