How to Quit Smoking Forever

Yesterday, my father in law saw his physician and got some exciting news.  His lung capacity increased from 38 to 68 over the past couple of months!  Why was this such a big deal?  He quit smoking.  Finally.  After years of chain smoking, he is now smoke free and living to tell the story.

Smoking can be one of the most difficult addictions for some people to kick, particularly those who have ADHD or who tend to be chronically anxious or uptight (or both).  There are two reasons for this:  nicotine is kind of a weird substance in that it both relaxes and stimulates the user at once.   Picture of Smoking Cigarette - Free Pictures -

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Top 12 Daily Supplements

Yesterday, I shared my favorite post work out (or anytime) recovery shake recipe. If you have a favorite shake idea, post it in the comment section and I’ll try it out.

Another question I am often asked is “What supplements do you take?”

Here is my list of daily supplements, along with a few bonus supplements I take when the need arises.

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Having a Moment Here

I was just perusing through my website traffic statistics, and I couldn’t help but notice what one viewer Googled to find my site. Continue reading “Having a Moment Here” »

My Perfect Post Workout (or Anytime) Shake Recipe

I often get asked about post workout shakes, and I have a great recipe that I have used over the years.  This is the shake that I make nearly every morning, and I have added a few ingredients over the past few months as I’ve learned more about new supplements.  This is the perfect shake to make any time, but especially after a workout.  Get your blender out and get ready for a great chocolate shake!

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Fluke: How to Recover After Miscarriage

I have written this post many times in my head and yet, I couldn’t sit down to type it out.  Perhaps this is because I needed some time to process the experience, or maybe because I tend to avoid sharing personal failures on the internet. Whatever the case, I share this story now because I am certain that some woman, somewhere, some day, will read this and feel less alone.  Or perhaps some mom will feel less alone in the future when this becomes her story, too.

January 7, 2011

Mike and I were surprised (and overjoyed) to learn that I was pregnant!  The baby was due in September, just a month shy of Savanna’s 5th birthday.  I ceased all of the usual things immediately: alcohol, raw fish, any OTC not safe during pregnancy.  Like most couples, we spent hours thinking and talking about names and imagining Savanna as a big sister.  I had a very strong feeling that it was a boy, just as I felt with certainty that Savanna was a girl.  We named him Luke.

My first trimester was complete with nausea, occasional hurling, endless fatigue, and the complimentary muffin top.   Around week 10, I began to feel better.  The nausea lifted, energy returned, and I started to show.  We shared the news with anyone and everyone:  family, friends, school teachers, the president, and anyone else who would listen.

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The Beverage That Helps Prevent Alzheimers Disease

Good news for coffee lovers.  A recent study shows that coffee may help prevent the onset of Alzheimers Disease.  This doesn’t mean that you can drink a highly caffeinated beverage like Red Bull or tea instead and expect the same preventive power as coffee. When caffeine was isolated, it did not have the same effect alone.  Apparently, the caffeine interacts with an ingredient in coffee not yet identified to stave off the disease process.

Coffee contains an unidentified ingredient which interacts with caffeine to prevent Alzheimer's.

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Look Who Sits On My Foot

Our little dog, Rocky, likes to sit on my left foot.  Just the left.  I have no idea why he does this, but my foot is his favorite place to sit.  It doesn’t matter what I’m doing-cooking, cleaning, running-he figures any time is good.



How to Reverse the Brain Changes Caused By Chronic Stress

What causes you stress?  Your health? Bills? Work? Family?  Chronic stress puts serious wear and tear on our bodies over time, but did you know that chronic stress can change your brain?  Thanks to research in this area, we’re learning more and more about the ways in which this happens.  The good news is this:  we can reverse all of these negative brain changes with exercise.

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A Unique Patriotic Tribute to Kick Off Your Independence Day Weekend

Here is Savanna performing a spontaneous patriotic tribute on May 2, 2011.  Ironically, this was the exact day that Bin Laden was killed by the Navy Seal Team 6.  Perfect timing!

Our freedom is a real gift.  Thanks to Savanna for reminding us all to celebrate our freedom with “three cheers for the red, white, and blue.”  Feel free to post links for your favorite Independence Day events, recipes, parties, and more below in the comments section.  Enjoy!

The Worst Pet for Small Children

Meet the Honey Badger, the most fearless animal in the world.  Despite its small size, the Honey Badger goes after any animal or reptile with such ferocity that even the lion will back off.  I wonder what would happen if we went after our goals in life with the fearlessness and ferocity of a Honey Badger.  We’d probably awaken more than a giant.

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