Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 29, 2012


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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving dear friends, whether you're in the US or somewhere else in the world, I am grateful you're here.  I'm thankful for your friendship, support, encouragement, inspiration and motivation.  You teach me and help me, many times in ways you'll never know.  I am blessed to have a beautiful, loving family, a roof over my head, income, food, my health and so much more.  I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are!

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 15, 2012


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Guest Post: The Benefits of Learning About Proper Nutrition

>> Friday, November 9, 2012


The Benefits of Learning About Proper Nutrition

 

You are probably already aware that poor nutrition is the leading cause of numerous health problems, including many types of chronic disease. Nutrition also plays an important role in a person’s mental wellness and overall physical well-being. While most people know that eating a healthy diet is essential for their health, there are many diet myths out there. This is why it is important to do your research well so that you can make an educated decision about maintaining a lifestyle that includes healthy food choices.

By learning to more carefully navigate information about nutrition, and then experimenting with your own diet to see what works best for you, you will be able to gain numerous benefits.

Disease Prevention

What you put into your body will determine your risk for developing health problems, which, in turn, will affect the overall quality of your life. A healthy diet is a form of preventative medicine. Heart disease and numerous cancers can be prevented by consuming a varied diet that is focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. At the same time, it is important to decrease consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars. If your goal is to live a disease-free life and to become sick less often, proper nutrition should be an essential component of your life.

Weight Management

The primary determinants of a person’s weight are fitness and nutrition. A combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet will ensure that you do not gain excess weight, or that you will be able to lose the excess weight that you’ve already put on. Once you have achieved a healthy weight, you can maintain it by consuming a balanced diet and exercising so that there is a healthy balance between how many calories you consume and how many use up. It is not necessary to be on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life. Instead, learning about proper nutrition will help you to discover how to follow a fulfilling meal plan that offers plenty of variety in addition to optimum nutrition, and that helps you to maintain a healthy weight for good.

Emotional Health

Did you know that what you put into your body can make a big difference in how you feel on any given day? Proper nutrition works on many levels to improve one’s emotional health. For one, by maintaining a healthy weight, a person is likely to have a higher self esteem and to feel a greater sense of confidence. A healthy diet is also key in boosting your energy levels. If you find yourself feeling tired most of the day, it is important to take a closer look at your diet to determine if the foods you are eating are taxing your body. Processed foods and fast food, for example, can cause a significant drop in a person’s energy levels. Healthy foods, on the other hand, can give the body a boost in energy and can promote overall feelings of greater vitality.

Improved Sleep

A scientific study carried out by researchers at the University of Sydney showed that people who eat high-glycemic, high-carb foods tend to experience reduced quality of sleep. When you eat may be just as important as what you eat. For example, many people do not sleep well or have difficulty getting to sleep if they eat right before bedtime. Poor sleep can lead to irritability, fatigue, memory problems, foggy thinking, and weight gain.

Proper nutrition is not something that you can learn overnight. For many people, it’s a matter of trial and error. Keep a food journal to determine how you feel after you eat healthy food and what effects unhealthy food choices have on your overall well-being. With time, you will learn how to achieve a diet that optimizes your physical and emotional health.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon and writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Guest Post: Green Ways to Deal with Pest Problems at Home

>> Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Green Ways to Deal with pest problems at Home

Maybe you're tired of breathing in more and more chemicals. Or you're looking for something more natural or humane. It's even possible that the Raids and Orkins of the world just seem too expensive.

 

Whatever the reason, you aren't interested in another spray or bug bomb to deal with your pest problem. No worries - there are plenty of green ways to get rid of those bugs!

 

·      De-bug the environment. Some environments are simply breeding grounds for bugs and other pests, so one great way to solve the problem of attracting these pests is to change the environment. That means keeping your place free of things like old newspapers, paper bags, and woodpiles close to the house.

 

·      Seal it up tight. Sometimes we become so focused on killing those annoying pests who would dare to invade our space that we forget there's another option - keeping them out in the first place. A few very useful methods include covering vents with mesh, filling in holes, installing proper insulation between windows, and caulking gaps around windows and doors. For larger pests, it's also wise to invest in locks for garbage cans to keep them from getting in and rooting around.

 

·      Keep it clean. It's no secret that many bugs and other pests are attracted to the dishes we neglect to wash and the food we forget to put away. But if you do a good job of maintaining a clean home where your food is carefully sealed and protected, you'll find that far fewer pests are going to be attracted to your space. If you're lucky, they'll vacate the neighborhood completely, but even if they decide to take up residence at your neighbor's house, better them than you.

 

·      Use peppermint. Want to get rid of a roach problem? Try mixing peppermint soap into a bottle with water and spraying the areas where roaches frequent. They'll either vacate the premises because they hate the smell or die if they come into contact with the mixture. Peppermint plants are also good for keeping mice out. Who knew peppermint was so hated?

 

·      Get some moth balls. Obviously they are a great way to protect your clothes from moths, but most people don't know that these environmentally-safe helpers are also useful for keeping out another potentially dangerous pest: snakes!

 

·      Buy basil plants. Why basil? Because flies hate it for some reason. If you find yourself suffering from an abundance of the little buzzers, put a basil plant in the area where you've been seeing them the most and just watch them clear out.

 

·      Set out dry mashed potato buds and water. This is another tip for anyone suffering from a problem with mice, but be warned that this is a fatal solution. The mice fill up on the dry potato buds, and when they drink the water, the buds expand. The bloating it causes will kill them.

 

·      Call an exterminator. That's right, an exterminator. Unfortunately, some problems are just too big for a non-professional to handle, and when you've tried everything you can think of on your own, it's time to call someone. But not just anyone. While some companies out there still use dangerous chemicals, many have realized that people aren't interested in using something that could cause harm to their family or the environment. Instead, they've developed plant-based pesticides and insecticides that will get rid of your problem without the repercussions. Just make sure you ask what green methods they use.

 

About the Author: Karen Miller has been writing about green solutions for pest control services for over a decade. When she is not writing, you can find her at home with her 2 children.

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 1, 2012

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