February 21, 2019

Maintaining a positive and active quality of life can be difficult for people as they grow older. Isolation, physical limitations, depression, and anxiety are major problems for many seniors who lose touch with friends after retirement or after suffering a health setback. There’s no magic remedy for finding happiness in your senior years, though it’s a relatively simple proposition once you realize that pursuing happiness is still an important life goal. And the best way to achieve that is to do things that make you happy rather than doing things “experts” recommend. If you listen to your heart and follow your instincts, you won’t be disappointed.

Reach Out

It’s easy to just drift away from everyone and settle for a sedentary lifestyle that seems comfortable but leaves you feeling unsatisfied. If you live alone, which more than 40 percent of people age 65 and older do, you need to find ways to stay socially engaged. Seniors who live in isolation suffer mental and physical decline and are...

In the tropical forest regions of southern Asia, India is hoarding a gold mine of their own. However, this type of gold doesn’t come with fleeting promises of everlasting wealth, but interminable health. Turmeric, also known as the golden spice, is a root similar to ginger that has recently attracted attention for its natural healing properties. But it has roots (pun intended) that date back nearly 4,500 years.

According to Ayurvedic and Sanskrit medical treatises, turmeric has a long history of medicinal use in South Asia. The Vedic culture in India claimed first dibs on turmeric, where it was discovered and used primarily as a culinary spice. It is estimated to have reached China by 700 AD, East Africa by 800 AD, West Africa by 1200 AD, and sailed to Jamaica by the eighteenth century.

Ayurvedic literature contains hundreds of terms to describe turmeric, including jayanti, meaning “one who is victorious over diseases”. In Ayurvedic medicine, inhaling burning turmeric fumes was said to r...

February 15, 2018

Foods that have been fermented have exceptional health benefits, especially for individuals with diabetes. Experts suggest that adding a daily serving of fermented foods to your meal plan can help reduce insulin resistance and improve glucose levels.

Many renowned scientists and researchers are trying to change the world by focusing on forward development of ideas, technology, and pharmaceuticals. But there is another group of professionals out there claiming the inverse. They are taking steps backwards to move medicine forward.

Diabetes is a disease that has become a global health problem, costing people their lives as well as countless dollars in healthcare expenses. The increased prevalence of documented cases of diabetes has researchers examining foods, rather than prescription drugs, for antidiabetes effects. Among the many treatments considered to prevent and control diabetes, fermented foods may have the necessary remedying potential.

What is Fermented Food?

Fermentation is a proces...

February 8, 2018

The mantra many of us spew with pride when inquired about our wellbeing goes something like: “Good! I’ve been really busy.” Demanding schedules keep us on a constant go, however, we are often caught running on empty and pushing our health further and further down our agendas.

One of the most common maladies stemming from overloaded schedules is an overburdened digestive system. Our digestive system is the machine that converts our food into useable energy so we can keep on keeping on. There are many components that keep our digestive system well oiled and running smoothly and among some of the most important contributors are probiotics.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria in our gut. They are living microorganisms that provide various health benefits, such as aiding digestion, supporting the immune system, and preventing obesity. Before you reach for a quick fix bottle of unregulated supplements, try adding some of these probiotic or prebiotic rich foods to your daily...

The warm glow of the holiday season has dimmed, and the imminent grayness of winter has suddenly smothered the cheery atmosphere like a wet blanket. Southwest Michigan’s notorious perma-cloud has staked its claim and snuffed out the last sunlight we might see until spring. While some “optimist’s” look forward to cozying up by the fire and spending quality time indoors, most of us are counting down the days until the sun makes its 2017 debut.

When we start to yearn for even the faintest ray of sunshine in the dead of winter, it’s not only the cabin fever talking, but also our bodies craving the one vitamin that we actually get from the sun.

Vitamin D, also called the sunshine vitamin, is absorbed and synthesized through our skin. During the summer, the body can convert sunlight from just 10 to 15 minutes of daily exposure into ample amounts of vitamin D. However, this becomes problematic in the winter months when daylight becomes a scarcity and exposing your bare skin to the elements caus...

February 1, 2018

Winter is the time for eating rich foods, relaxing at home, and adding a little extra padding to your physique—right? Wrong. While you certainly should enjoy your holiday season, if you neglect your health all winter, you’ll be kicking yourself when spring arrives. While we can’t promise it will be easy, these seven tips will help you stick to a fitness regimen even when it’s freezing out.

1. Go to bed earlier

As the days grow shorter, it’s normal to feel more tired than usual. Not only do you have less energy for working out, but when it’s dark and cold outside of working hours, motivation tends to run short too. Start hitting the sack a little bit earlier each night to combat winter fatigue so you have more energy for getting active.

2. Use a wake-up light

Do you have aspirations of early-morning workouts but struggle to drag yourself out of bed before sunrise? Try a wake-up light, an alarm clock designed to simulate the sunrise so it’s easier to rise early. Preparing your gym bag and an...

If you are anything like me at one point in your weight loss journey you have asked this question. You have been so sick of not gaining ground or not feeling better or having more energy that you have wanted to give up.  Like me, you have turned to your family and friends for support and, like mine, your friends and family have tried to encourage you with less than helpful comments. I have heard things ranging from ‘it doesn’t get easier, you get stronger’ to ‘you have to remember it took you years to get into this shape, it’s going to take time to get back out of it’, and ‘remember how far you have come?’. I am guilty of saying things like this too. To myself and to others.

Having a support system is often a key to a successful weight loss journey and remembering where you came from and what you are fighting for is very important. Some days these encouragements are exactly what we need to keep us going, other days they are the exact opposite. Some days we hurt or feel sick and discou...

December 19, 2016


It is peak cookie season. Seeing and wanting to eat all the delicious treats and desserts is not only a daily struggle, but also a battle for your health. So how do you ensure that your New Year’s resolution to be healthier isn’t prompted by a...

November 20, 2016

The holiday season is a wonderful and magical time that can often be equally as stressful. For many, the stress of being in containment with certain relatives for long periods of time is quickly alleviated by the thought of the secret family recipe they bring to the table. But for those suffering or recovering from an eating disorder, the cornucopia of food that feeds the holiday season only adds another helping of stress to their plates.

For those who are overcoming disordered eating, the holidays bring more challenges than varieties of Christmas cookies, but they are NOT insurmountable. When food is front and center for what seems like a never-ending season, those confronted with extra calories and extra tensions struggle against retreating into former patterns of restriction, purging, and extreme anxiety.

Individuals recovering from anorexia nervosa will likely experience quite a bit of anxiety over the quantity of rich and indulgent food which they typically restrict themselves from...

August 30, 2016

I'm happy to report I finally started my food sensitivity phase one meal planning and eating!

Keep in mind, food sensitivity testing is individualized so what I may or may not eat will vary from your results when you get tested.

Here is my breakfast or it could be any meal! It's a southwestern omelet with some avocado oil, two cage free eggs, some small avocado pieces, some grilled corn off of the cob, and some rice. I'm definitely a lot more adventurous than when I started this past Monday. 😊

Excited to start phase two soon! So far, no migraines for me-which is a huge bonus and makes me so excited. Also, eating the least sensitive foods have helped me clear my "brain fog" which I didn't even realize until it was gone! I have a lot going on, but now I can think more clearly and get interrupted in tasks, but remember to go back and finish them!

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