How to get your husband/kids to eat greens without really trying

I've been searching for more recipes that are really tasty, highly nutritious and easy to make.  I stumbled upon  a chocolate smoothie from Dr. Fuhrman's book, "Eat for Health".  It sounded pretty good and figured I'd like it.  What I didn't expect was my husband to not only like it but request it the very next night for a dessert.  Chocolate Smoothie (2 servings)5 oz organic baby spinach ( I use frozen, but it doesn't matter.)2 c frozen blueberries1/2 c soy milk (or milk of your choice)1 medium banana...more

Ring Around the Insurance/Doctor Hell

Last week Daddy called me a little after I had left from one of my usual visits.  He was very upset because he had received a phone call from a collection agency.  WHAT!!!!!  That was not good.  Daddy pays his bills the minute they hit his doorway and I do too, and since I am in charge of his finances right now we both were very confused.  It was a medical claim.  First of all we are confused because Daddy has good regular insurance and Medicare which most generally covers everything except for an occasional deductible.  We also have had his mail forw...more

Early Hiking to Calm My Restless Menopausal Spirit

At 6:25 a.m. the alarm goes off, and my hubby and I reluctantly get out of bed, still somewhat groggy, and tired from last night’s chest and abdominal workout. But neither wants to be the one to suggest skipping the morning’s hike/walk for sleeping in another glorious 45 minutes. So we get changed into proper walking gear, and in no-time-flat are out the door, stepping into very crisp air. Burrr!...more

Inspiring with Food

We all go through phases with our children's diets. (Heck, I go through phases in my own diet as my tastes change throughout the month. So what can I expect?) But kids are notorious for being "picky," "difficult" and "plain." And truth be told, my kids have thus far been truly amazing little eaters. My first has very openly tasted foods most of her life, leaning towards a less-interested stage when she hit four years of age, but nonetheless, discovering for herself what she truly enjoys and absolutely detests. ...more

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Getting Healthy

If I had it my way, my diet would consist of fruits, vegetables, chicken (grilled or baked), seafood, water with 3 slices of lemon, and various nuts.  Man, that would be great! But, alas, I have 2 sons and a husband to feed, who enjoy more than the plethora of nuts and berries I like. Recently, I have started to change the foods we eat....more

On The Path To "Real Food"

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I Dropped My Daddy In The Dirt

Tuesday was not a very good day.  Bro asked me to help him with Daddy and the doctor visit.  His back has been an issue and getting Daddy and a wheelchair down two steps has been worrisome for him.  Sure I can help.  First, the wheelchair is a bit old.  In fact, looking through old pictures I found is of me when I broke my leg at age 11, forty-four years ago, I'll be darned, I think it is the same wheelchair that Daddy is using.  It was my great grandmother's.  Could be another one but it is still OLD! ...more

How to Make Sunshine

Today we rose to a sun that was trying it's darndest to burn through the mist that shrouds the redwoods. It'd peek through momentarily, lighting up the whole living room, and within minutes hide again beyond the mist....more

You have a way with words! I felt I was there...Thank you for the sunshine. in ...more

Bystander can be a lifesaver: Watch this CPR video

Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. It's normal to feel nervous to help out in an actual emergency, but the Hands-Only CPR method by the American Heart Association uses two simple steps to make it easier to become a lifesaver.  ...more

Yoga and Me

Yesterday I took my first yoga class.  I was a bit nervous but excited.  B took yoga in college and loves it but has not done it in awhile.  We found a free class at noon and joined in.  The class was packed but we both found mats in the back.  No shoes, silence your phones, get the gear that will be used and sit quietly on the mat till class starts.  I wasn't sure at all if I could do it, but I could and did.  My knees were not too pleased but I was able to do downward dog, the plank and a balance stand (stork like) thing.  I was a sweaty mess by the...more