A Fast, Healthy Meal Idea for Busy Moms

Here is a great recipe for a fast, healthy meal tonight.  These spinach turkey meatballs are high protein, low fat, yet tasty-a tough combination to find.  I whipped these up with some gluten free pasta, stir fry veggies, and gluten free breadsticks (for husband) tonight, and everyone was happy.  You can find the recipe at Michelle Marie’s fitness and nutrition blog for moms:

Michelle Marie’s Recipe for Spinach Turkey Meatballs

Protein rich foods are important for obvious reasons:  optimal weight, insulin control, muscle building, etc.  Did you know that protein rich foods are also crucial for mood?  Yep.  Protein breaks down into the amino acids that are necessary for building mood related neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine.  Kids who don’t get enough protein (as with the typical diet high in refined carbohydrates and trans fats) can easily become deficient in both of these neurotransmitters.  Start your day off with a good dose of healthy protein and fats for optimal brain functioning, healthy mood, and optimal weight.

That’s all for today from hot, muggy, Boca Raton, folks.  If I could summarize the theme of our weekend, it would be “The Birthday Party Marathon.”  I can’t get the “Happy Birthday” tune out of my head, and I’m certain that my daughter has ingested enough refined sugar and food coloring to hold her until oh, Christmas of 2020.  Thank goodness for spinach protein meatballs…..

How to Sleep Better

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep?  Or worse yet, you wake up in the middle of the night and just lay there for hours?  Maybe you wake up early in the morning and can’t fall back to sleep (if so, cut out alcohol before bed time).  Here are some simple ways that you can change your behaviors and add some nutrients to improve your sleep.

Chronic stress can create nutritional deficits, which can cause and perpetuate sleep problems.  For example, Vitamin B12 deficits are associated with problems falling and staying asleep because this vitamin plays an important role in converting serotonin to melatonin.   Continue reading “How to Sleep Better” »

10 Health Statistics You Should Know

Here are some health statistics that we should all know……have a look and see if any of these surprise you.

1. 80% of high blood pressure is known as Essential Hypertension.
Essential hypertension is elevated blood pressure that has no known medical cause.  This means that chronic stress is the likely cause of your hypertension is chronic stress. Continue reading “10 Health Statistics You Should Know” »

Six Tips for Organizing Your Photographs

Here is a great guest post on how to organize the old photos you have lying around the house.  There is a real connection between clutter in your home and energy-just ask any fung shui specialist!  Every time I clean out a room or the garage, I experience a major, unexpected life change (usually positive!).  Since I have an entire drawer full of old photos that I accrued prior to the digital photo era, perhaps I’ll use a few of these tips to clear the clutter and create an energy shift.

Thanks to the author for this great set of tips as I recover from surgery.  More on that later-ta-ta for now! Continue reading “Six Tips for Organizing Your Photographs” »

Do You Always Tell the Truth? Part II

What would happen if you always told the truth?  It has been estimated that we all tell an average of 40-something white lies per day!  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing-white lies are usually harmless anyway.  You don’t always share your uncensored thoughts about another person’s outfit, hairline, or waistline, right?  Do you ever minimize the truth (“this stick will feel like a mosquito bite”) or embellish the facts?

If someone asks you how you’re doing, do you always give an honest reply?  I don’t.  I’m not always interested in sharing how I’m really doing, and I”m certain the other person isn’t really interested in hearing it.  There are also certain things I’d never say to anyone like, “You look so tired.”  I find that rude, and I’m pretty sure they know how tired they are without me telling them that they look like shit.

Count your white lies today.  Was your number in line with the daily average?

Here is a quick repost of an article I wrote on this topic: Continue reading “Do You Always Tell the Truth? Part II” »

Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

I love caffeine.  Specifically, I love Starbucks and Whole Foods Organic Pacific Rim Blend coffee.  I have some in the morning, and I may or may not visit Starbucks twice a day on occasion.  Of course, I’m taking a break from all of the caffeine right now, but not all the way.  I’ll resume these habits after September 12th-ish. Continue reading “Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” »

On The Floor

Here is J Lo’s new track featuring Pitbull, “On The Floor.” I happen to love Pitbull, but maybe I’m biased.  I do happen to live in South Florida, where he graces the radio waves every hour or so.

LOVE. THIS. SONG.

Have a listen! Continue reading “On The Floor” »

Sticky Labels

Have you ever been labeled?  Were you ever called “slow” or “uncoordinated?”  How about “fat” or “dumb?”  Labels can be positive, too, as with “gifted” or “talented.”  Many times, labels stick far beyond the time they are verbalized, which is usually during childhood. Continue reading “Sticky Labels” »