Health Potpourri

The Universe seems to hate people who have weight problems. Whether your ancestors came from cold regions where keeping extra weight on meant you would live through the winter or from extremely hot regions where you walked and danced and hunted daily so fat never had a chance, here we all are in the modern world and those genes are about to kill us all. But cheer up! Here are some fun things to keep you healthier.

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Healthy, Wealthy, Wise

Sleep is tied to so much about our health and well being that you could actually lose weight by getting another hour or two shut-eye each night. The old Ben Franklin quote, Early to Bed, Early to Rise is not far off, but no electric lights or cell phones existed when he said that so there wasn’t much else to do. And if you were unmarried, chances were there really wasn’t anything else to do. Continue reading “Healthy, Wealthy, Wise”

Dietary Approaches

Recently I had a scare regarding my husband’s health. Fortunately, it had to do with something that is easily regulated with medication. Unfortunately, medication almost always comes with side effects. The best course of action is to stay healthy through diet and exercise. Dropping 20 pounds can eliminate hypertension and save your kidneys. Losing more weight can reverse symptoms of diabetes. Exercise to improve muscle mass can keep you looking young and living longer with a good quality of life. Continue reading “Dietary Approaches”

Stuff This in Your Face

How many gifts of food did you get this holiday season? I can’t count the boxes of See’s Candy I’ve gotten for many occasions, in spite of being overweight like forever. And now that I struggle with diabetes, it seems insulting to be given sweets and cakes and cookies. Because, as I have mentioned before, I will consume all that is brought before me. I’m like the Evil Queen of Excess Sweets. Continue reading “Stuff This in Your Face”

Sweet Ideas

Given a choice between a chicken enchilada and a tiny cake ball, I would opt for the cake ball. Really. Knowing that the enchilada will fill me up, give me protein, fiber, and taste good, most likely, I would still go for the small cake that would screw with my blood sugar, give me a stomach burn, and leave me hungry in minutes. I wouldn’t be overweight if I could easily make good food decisions. Continue reading “Sweet Ideas”