Making peace with pharmaceuticals

  First, the disclaimer. ...more

My Thyroid Journey: Losing Weight and Getting Fit

After my diagnosis of hypothyroidism I had to get my medication adjusted to the proper dosage before I could concentrate on and get serious about losing some weight and getting fit.  Having always been a fitness nut, the symptoms of this condition (before treated) left me tired and with no desire to even get up off of the couch most days.  Once I was put on Synthroid and my dosage was adjusted properly, I began to get some of my former energy back...I was ready to tackle getting fit, which included losing 20 pounds! ...more

Insomniacs Unite!

I don't sleep anymore. I nap in two to three hour binges (with the exception of last Thursday when I slept all of the day due to my kidney infection and high fever) and then wake up trolling the internet and streaming Netflix until the sun begins to rise and Henry begins to crow his sweet rooster song (that's sarcasm for those of you that are new around here). And, that, of course, is the exact same time that I realize I am both physically and mentally exhausted. ...more
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Halibut With Mild Thai Coconut Curry Broth

Halibut With Mild Thai Coconut Curry BrothLeave a reply...more

Stress and Your Energy Bank

Stress is inevitable, you are going to have it, how you deal with it is a matter of choice.  Stress influences our feelings, and how we behave, it also alerts us to danger, this is positive.  On the other hand, too much stress (i.e., chronic and prolonged) can cause mental and physical distress and deplete our energy bank.   In an effort to cope sometimes wrong choices are made (i.e., smoking, drinking, comfort eating or engaging in addictive behaviors) in an effort to relax....more

Breathe Better in 2013

I know smokers hear a mouthful from us non-smokers all the time, between the dirty looks, the coughing as we walk by, the comments that people feel the need to shout out….I get it, it’s annoying, but your habit of smoking, affects us non-smokers! We are exposed to the carcinogens that you are burning, inhaling, and then exhaling into airspace that we are also using....more

Emotions and Dealing with Infertility

The husband and I have been trying to conceive for over two years now. Dealing with fertility issues has been as much an emotional journey as a physical one. In many ways the emotional journey has been more difficult than the physical one. Yes my body has gone through two mini-IVFs and two full ones, which isn't easy. But the physical discomforts are nothing compared to the emotional roller coaster of over two years of trying. ...more

Taking Control of Your Medical Bills

When you receive health care coverage summaries from your insurance company or from a hospital after a procedure, it is very important to stay on top of your bills and organize your own test results. You are your best advocate when you interact with the medical world....more

Slow Food and Sobremesa

I am wholeheartedly a believer in Slow Food. If you've read my blog, you can see that I've written about it before. But, I heard the term sobremesa from my mom the other day and it took me back to my childhood and so I'm mentioning it to you. I've been fortunate enough to have had "sobremesa" since I was a kid. I distinctly remember the term that was used and knew it meant that we could be talking for awhile, way after the meal was done. ...more

Everybody Farts

Everyone passes gas. Sometimes it is audible and sometimes it can be really odoriferous. While I was seeking something a bit more glamorous for my first post of the New Year, I read an article about a formal reprimand that was issued to a Federal worker who released an excessive amount of flatulence in the work place. In the reprimand letter, it was noted that the worker was lactose intolerant and had promised to purchase Gas X. He worked in a module and disrupted his work environment with the odors he emitted....more
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