Fighting Against or Living For?

Genie’s Note: This is an update of a post from 2017 that is just as relevant today. Although written specifically about healthy living, it had and continues to have broader applications, especially in light of COVID and the political and religious turmoil in our world. Over six years ago Bob and I moved to the lake. Continue reading “Fighting Against or Living For?”

A Healthy Way of Life

I am a firm believer that our quality of life depends on the way we live. Our lifestyle choices make a big difference. I have seen this in my own life as well as in the lives of others including family. I was started out on the path of healthy living early in life byContinue reading “A Healthy Way of Life”

Healthy Living A to Z: X is for Xanthan Gum

If you are a gluten free baker you are probably familiar with xanthan gum. Many believe this is a necessary ingredient in gluten free baking, but some people are sensitive to it and others prefer to avoid it for other reasons. Xanthan gum is made by mixing fermented sugars with the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium. ItContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: X is for Xanthan Gum”

Healthy Living A to Z: W is for Walking

My grandmother was a walker. So was my mother. Both were extremely healthy in their 80’s. In fact both could out walk me. We all know there are physical health benefits of a good walk. According to the Mayo Clinic, a brisk walk can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage conditions, including heartContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: W is for Walking”

November Follower of the Month: Sally Cronin

Genie’s Note:  Our Follower of the Month for November is Sally Cronin of Smorgasboard.   Sally has a wonderful personal story of personal growth and lifestyle/attitude change. Twenty years ago I weighed 330lbs and eventually dragged myself along to the doctor for the usual lecture about my weight. By this time in my life I had beenContinue reading “November Follower of the Month: Sally Cronin”

Healthy Living A to Z: V is for Variety

You may have heard the old saying variety is the spice of life. Variety is important for health and longevity. The following are ways we can use variety to our benefit. Eat a Variety of Foods The best way to get the important nutrients you body needs is to eat a variety of foods, preferablyContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: V is for Variety”

Healthy Living A to Z: U is for Understanding

I have found that people tend to have trouble staying with lifestyle changes if they are simply making changes because they are told to. Feeling forced to do something (even if to save your life) or blind obedience to a set of rules often brings about rebellion. It is important that we truly understand whatContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: U is for Understanding”

Healthy Living A to Z: T is for Time

You can tell how important something is to you by the amount of time you devote to it. Take a minute to stop and reflect on your values. What do you consider most important? Now look at how you spend your time. Do the two match up? I know that out of necessity work consumesContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: T is for Time”