The missing pieces of a healthy lifestyle

healthy lifestyleWhen most people think of a healthy lifestyle, they think of eating fruits and vegetables, exercising daily, drinking water, and going to bed early.

But a healthy lifestyle is more than that. A healthy lifestyle provides you well being in all areas of your life, not just your physical body. That includes peace of mind and fun among other things…

So let’s start with he ones people are the most familiar with – Continue reading

Keeping Your Kids Healthy – and in School

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The kids are back in school. An awful flu season threatens us every day. The winter in the mid-section of the US is predicted to be horrendous. The economy stinks. Can we come up with any more good news?

You have to find a way to keep your kids in school as much as possible if you want to keep your job. While we all want our kids to be healthy and brilliant, the reality is you can’t be dealing with calls from the principle’s office, sick days, and trips to the doctor.

You need a good healthy lifestyle. Yes, even behavior problems and A.D.D. are helped with a healthy diet, exercise, and enough sleep. If you can’t afford time off work, then you can’t afford to be living an unhealthy lifestyle. This single mom has been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.

So, how do you get your kids to make healthier food choices? Make healthy dinners full of nutritious foods and esteem building conversation. Combating obesity, eating disorders, sickness, and behavior problems can be just that simple.

Most people struggle with getting their kids to eat healthy. But it doesn’t have to be a struggle. Here’s what’s worked for me –

1. Eat healthy yourself – they learn from you.

2. Put out lots of food choices and let them taste different foods.

3. Don’t force them to eat something they don’t like. Just ask that they taste new foods. Most kids will accommodate if you start them early. And if they know you won’t force them to eat it if they don’t like it, they’ll be more willing to take the plunge!

4. Remember that kid’s taste change seemingly overnight. Just because they didn’t like it one time doesn’t mean they won’t like it the next time.

5. If you like it, put it out. When they see you enjoying something, they’re more curious.

6. Kids like simpler foods. They’ll eat a hamburger with nothing on it, or a salad with no dressing. You don’t have to be a world class chef. Practically all my daughter wanted to eat was chicken, raw broccoli, raw carrots and French fries. My niece was the same way.

7. Rather than talking to your kids about how healthy the food is, talk about how great it tastes. They turn off to the notion of healthy eating just the way you do. But if you’re eating it because it tastes really good, you’ll all be a lot happier – and healthier just happens.

Nothing is better than a great example. If you know a lot about foods, and you eat a lot of different foods, kids will naturally learn from you. You can learn more about how easy it is to eat healthy food here >>>

By the way – These tips also work on adults!


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What’s Your Story – Rebirth or Death?

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Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. The time when we’re looking forward to flowers, and warm weather, and summer fun. But for Mary’s family – flowers are a reminder of the funeral. 

Mary died of a stroke at age 47, leaving behind a husband and 3 kids.

What makes this especially sad and infuriating is that it was totally preventable.

Mary was heavy. Somewhere in the 250 – 300 pound range. She had type II diabetes. She had already had numerous heart attacks, and had stints. She knew better.

But they never stopped their fast food on the run lifestyle. They never ate vegetables. One year we were at their house for Thanksgiving dinner, and there was not one vegetable served. Not even corn.

I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but these kids were the worst behaved kids you ever met. Absolutely horrible. We hated being around them. It always made me feel really bad to dislike any child so much.

The kids were all involved in sports. That saved them from weight gain and for 2 of the kids, it has saved their life.

The daughter was in gymnastics, and she was very good – until her career was ended by a serious hip injury. She was the first to have some sort of ball joint replacement. I don’t remember the details anymore, it was so long ago. She’s now going for her nursing degree. She’s wanted to work with premature babies ever since she saw my daughter with her tracheotomy and the equipment we had to carry everywhere we went. She has a very nice boyfriend, and I think she’s going to turn out alright after all.

The oldest son excelled in hockey. His coaches required that he eat vegetables, so Mary would make vegetables for him. But no one else ate them. He’s now semi-pro and doing very well.

The youngest son dropped out of hockey. He is still a problem child. I’m afraid he will always be a problem. He and my daughter were born 10 days apart. We always had birthday cake at Thanksgiving dinner. We keep hoping that something good will happen to help turn him around.

Mary’s husband seems to be going OK. He has his hands full dealing with son #2, and learning how to keep house, and make meals. He didn’t have to deal with any of that before. This guy couldn’t even make himself a sandwich. Seriously. Mary did everything for him.

But now she’s gone.She decided that keeping up the kids lifestyle was more important than buying her meds. And given the fact that her diet was killing her in the first place, she had no chance.

It was over quickly. The stroke completely blew out her brain. She went into a coma and died a couple days later. I remember my friend commenting, “There was no miracle for us today.”

Will this be your story? Or will you live to a ripe old age full of health and energy to live life to its fullest?

How about giving yourself a rebirth and turning your story around today?

Can you imagine being healthy and full of energy to enjoy life?

Start your new healthy lifestyle here –  













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You should be so healthy


Feelin pretty smug I am     


Yep, I’m feeling pretty smug.


You see, even though I’ve written an ebook on healthy eating, I haven’t been to a Doctor in 10 or so years. Now that’s not something I recommend necessarily – just a weird thing I inherited from my grandfather. Anyway….


So how would I, or you for that matter, know if I’m really as healthy as I say I am?


So I went to this woman’s health fair today. One of the booths was a cholesterol screening. So I said. “What the heck…” and went for it. I was a little nervous. What if after all my big talking – it turned out that I’m a disaster?


To my relief, everything turned out great.


Total cholesterol – 171. Good is under 200.


Glucose – 102. Good is under 110.


Good cholesterol – 59. Good is over 40.




I am as healthy as I say I am!


And then I went home and ate a healthy dinner and walked the dog.


You should try a healthy lifestyle too 😉