Heidi

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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2012-11-07

Congratulations Mr. President! Obama Wins-Hope For The Future!


I am never one to throw my religous or political beliefs out there but I was relieved that Obama was reelected. I feel in many way the tide is turning in this country towards acceptance and more openmindness and I think he is a big part of that. None of us are perfect but I believe he can lead us in the right direction. His acceptance speech was inspirational on many levels that I felt went beyond just politics.  Below is my favorite part of his actual speech-it gave me goosebumps.

Congratulations Mr. President!



"I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.

America, I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America."




2012-11-04

After A While.............

One of my all time favorites since as long as I can remember.  When I make a mistake in trusting or believing someone these words come back to me and I am comforted. Hope they comfort you too!





After A While


©1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall



After a while you learn

the subtle difference between

holding a hand and chaining a soul

and you learn

that love doesn't mean leaning

and company doesn't always mean security.

And you begin to learn

that kisses aren't contracts

and presents aren't promises

and you begin to accept your defeats

with your head up and your eyes ahead

with the grace of woman,

not the grief of a child

and you learn

to build all your roads on today

because tomorrow's ground is

too uncertain for plans

and futures have a way of falling down

in mid-flight.

After a while you learn

that even sunshine burns

if you get too much

so you plant your own garden

and decorate your own soul

instead of waiting for someone

to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure

you really are strong

you really do have worth

and you learn

and you learn

with every goodbye, you learn...

2012-11-01

Facebook-Which Type Are You? Funny!

Ok so this isn't really health related but maybe it is because it is funny and creates laughter and laughter promotes good health so enjoy!!!!!

Source: urlybits.com via Julie on Pinterest
2012-08-07

Nuts For Coconuts!! My New Favorite Conditioner-Coconut Oil! Dry hair, Skin or FlakyScalp-The Coconut Soothes It All!

Bye, Bye Frizzy and Dry-To Coconut Oil say Hi!!




I am always looking for more natural ways to do things whether it is cleaning the house, getting rid of weeds or something to do with me. I recently read somewhere that a great natural hair conditioner is……. Coconut oil. Awhile back I saw where the Victorias Secret model Miranda Kerr was using coconut oil to help her from the inside out and claimed that it helped with her have great skin, soft hair and maintaining her weight so of course I thought that I would try it. I did and like most things (except my diet Coke) I got lazy and stopped taking the tablespoon a day (but I do think I noticed a difference in my skin but not weight so oh well).


After reading about coconut oil as a conditioner and looking in the mirror at my frizzy, dried out, bleached hair that had me putting it up in ponytails as to not look like I had put my finger in an electrical socket I decided to try it and I LOVED it! Coconut oil has long been heralded as one of the healthiest oils and is packed with fatty acids that can moisturize your hair. There are a variety of ways you can go about using the coconut oil in your hair but what I did was put it on dry hair starting at the bottom almost to the top but NOT on the roots (unless you have a dry flaky scalp then coconut oil works great for this) and left it on about half an hour. After washing the oil out and drying it I was very impressed that a little jar of coconut oil could do what so many expensive conditioners and treatments could not and that was to give me smooth, soft hair that actually looked decent. When doing this conditioner I would recommend to put too little rather than too much and find what amount best suits your hair. I also saw where some people mixed the coconut oil with other things such as mayonnaise and different oils or used a shower cap or dampened their hair. I think it just takes a little experimenting to find out what you like. I did read that the best type of oil is the organic extra virgin coconut oil which I used and purchased at a local health food store. I have also started cooking with coconut oil because I don’t see how it can hurt and I love using it on scaly dry skin too!!!! Who knew the coconut could do so much? We even had a local man in the Bahamas cut them open and make drinks and used the coconut as a glass!!! I guess what it comes down to is that I am nuts for coconuts!!!

2012-04-12

Sore Eyes, Water Weight, Stinky or Blotchy-Simple Natural Cures That Make It Easy!

Alright it is time for me to get back to what I really like to do which is write about all the things health and foodwise that I obsess on. It seems my day to day life is a constant fight trying to find a balance between Cheetos and chocolate and fruits and vegetables. Recently my friend Ashleigh and I decided to invent the , “duck and run diet” as we liked to call it. We would eat salads, fruits, vegetables and drink lots of water so that we could gorge on the chocolate candy bowls at work creating some kind of balance (no this didn’t work bc neither of us lost a pound-lol). So, I am going to make a commitment to write weekly tips that can keep us healthy, fit and happy enjoying the good, the bad and the ugly foods . I know people will fall on the floor when I say this but it is what it is-I will not live without my wine, chocolate and Cheetos but having said that I also want to be healthy and happy and so there must be a balance which is what I endeavor to find for all of us that like me want it all. We deserve it don’t we! So, below are some EASY natural remedies to some annoying health issues:


Sore Eyes???- Try chamomile-Grab some cooled chamomile tea , soak a washcloth in it and cover your eyes with it for 5 minutes. Chamomile’s antioxidants relieve symptoms in just 5 minutes..

Water Weight got you down??-Most of us in the summer especially hold on to too much water and end up bloated like a balloon. To flush up to 5 pounds of water in three weeks, sip 2 cups of fennel tea daily.

Poison Ivy has you itching-According to UCLA researchers , immersing skin in Dawn, Joy or Palmolive detergent instantly stops poison Ivy pain and reduces outbreaks by 56 %. I had poision Ivy last summer and it was so awful and ugly and itchy! Wish I had known this then!

Stinky phew-Banish that funk!-Taking 30 mg of zinc daily stalls the growth of body odor inducing skin bacteria according to British researchers. Simple solution to the smellies!

Feeling blotchy?? Mix some honey and lemon to slough off damaged skin cells and start lightening dark spots. Mix 2 Tbs of honey and 1 Tbs of lemon juice with enough sugar to make a paste. Scrub gently then rinse.

Heidi
2012-03-09

Love Who You Are-You Are Valuable:)

Just a quick note to let you know that I have been saving lots of ideas and articles that I think will be interesting and helpful but the last few months (years-lol) have kind of thrown me some curve balls which I know are in the long run going to be beneficial but trying to get back into my blogging is not as easy as I thought. So I hope to be back on entrecard and also sharing some intriguing and healthy tips we can all enjoy. My goal is to have a new article up in the next week so until then ……………………………………………. I leave you with this great quote a friend of mine put on Facebook:)



-"Ever notice that Rolls Royce and Bentley don't have commercials?



REASON: They know the value of their product brings customers to them.


LESSON: When you know your value, you don't have to beg people to like you, to be your mate, to spend time with you or to love you! You don't have to advertise either!


LOVE THIS!!!! 


Be confident in who you were made to be. Everyone can't & won't be able to afford the LUXURY of your love or friendship"
2012-02-02

These Made Me Laugh and We All Need A Good Laugh!

These had me laughing out loud! Enjoy:)))
Heidi


2012-01-31

What We Can Learn From The 5 Biggest Regrets of Those Dying-Not Too Late To Embrace Life To The Fullest!

I saw this article in the Daily Mail online and loved it!  It is not too late to live to the fullest!


I wish I'd hadn't worked so hard' and other great regrets of the dying... as revealed by former nursing home carer-
By Graham Smith

It is something none of us wants to contemplate - lying on our death bed worrying about the things we should have done.
Now a former nurse who cared for the terminally ill has revealed the five most common regrets of the dying.
Bronnie Ware spent several years working in palliative care in Australia, looking after patients in the last three to 12 weeks of their lives.
Recollections: Former nurse Bronnie Ware spent years working in palliative care in Australia, looking after patients in the last three to 12 weeks of their lives
During that time, she became accustomed to hearing the elderly reveal their biggest regrets.
 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is the simple things in life, like staying in touch with friends and being true to yourself, that most people wished they had been able to achieve.
Ms Ware found that men regretted working too hard, while many people wish they had had the courage to more frequently express their feelings.
Book: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
Book: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying - A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
Inspired by what she discovered, Ms Ware has written a book - The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying: A Life Transformed By The Dearly Departing - about her experiences.
She said: 'My patients were those who had gone home to die and some incredibly special times were shared.
'People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality and some changes were phenomenal.
'Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected - denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance.
'Every single patient found their peace before they departed though.
'When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.'
Ms Ware recorded the most frequent five regrets in the elderly as:
  1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

    'This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
    Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.'
  2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.

    'This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship.
    Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.'
  3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

    'Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.
    As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.'
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

    'Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down.
    Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.'
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

    'This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives.
    Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2093810/Bronnie-Ware-The-regrets-dying-revealed.html#ixzz1l3btSm5i
2012-01-11

Another great song by Adele.. Set Fire To The Rain! Amazing Lyrics and Voice!

2012-01-05

COME HOME DADDY CAT!!!! Missing Sweet cat:(

Missing!!! Feral cat I feed everyday and sleeps in my garage has been missing for a week now. We miss him so much so if you see him please contact me!  Putting up posters in my neighborhood too. We need to find him.

COME HOME DADDY CAT!!!!