Category Archives: H. E. A. L.

H. E. A. L. Stands for Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle. Wellness and Healing are a part of a big picture scenario . It is a totality of nutrition, awareness, mindfulness and physical well being. Check out this category for articles on all of these topics.

J is for January and Other Things

I get that JANUARY can be pretty dismal at times, but honestly, if you think about it, perhaps is is not January that is dismal, but actually YOU who are dismal. Some people are sad and downhearted all year long no matter what the weather or whatever else is happening. If that is you, please seek help. Life can be a wonderful gift. Please enable yourself to open the present!

Let’s Talk About JOY!

A dear friend just sent me a beautiful picture of a little puppy frisking is a water puddle. The caption was “We all define JOY differently.” How true is that? These guys look like they have joy to share and so do we all. Let’s try to make 2024 as joyous as we can. It takes all of us to do this, because so far it doesn’t look that good. Shall we give JOY a try?? Are you in???

Have You Heard About…..?

All right, so this is not exactly a new word, but the idea and the results were a lesson learned for the good!

My new word for the day today is MAGNESIUM and I will be featuring it in my upcoming article for PINK next month. I have had quite a health awakening and I would like to share.

Recently, I went to my DR. for muscle cramps/spasms, that had become quite severe. Right away she recommended magnesium and I picked it up right away. 250 mg. (OTC)which is 60% or my daily need. I figured that was the correct dose based on the foods I eat.

Well, to make a long and happy story short and still happy, it worked. Not only are my muscle cramps and spasms gone, but I am sleeping better and I feel tons better mentally. I am not one to be down hearted usually, but now I must honestly tell you that even my outlook on life has perked up a lot.

I would never have imagined!!


Drink lots of liquid to keep hydrated, but of course we know now that it does not have to be 8 glasses of water. Lemonade and fruit juices are great. Most sports drinks are good and some of them are even great. Hydrating foods like melon and vegetables are fabulous. Those are the YES group. How about the NO group? Anything with caffine or alcohol are big no no drinks for hydrating purposes. They are just the opposite. They will dehydrate your body very quickly and not in a good way. Drink lots of liquid and eat watery foods, and enjoy summer!


The healthy eating plan known as NOOM categorizes foods as either RED, GREEN, or YELLOW. One is given varied amounts in each category depending on things like fiber, calories, fat, protein, etc. Green foods are almost unlimited, Yellow foods are allowed generously, and obviously the Red category is severely limited.

This is by no means a commercial for NOOM or any other plan for that matter, but I will say that if you can get a hold of one of their food charts, it will be of great interest. I think they have really nailed it when it comes to a healthy eating set up. I have successfully done NOOM and it worked for me to loose the weight I needed to loose, but on an ongoing basis it was too complicated. It was really good to know and make a habit though of keeping track of types of food eaten rather than calories or some other type of measurement.

Detox? Never!

This picture is blurry for a very good reason. I just finished reading an article in the July issue of Prevention magazine about all of the recent crazy Detox stuff that is going around. Supposedly, you can Detox any organ of your body, your whole body, cleanse your vagina, give your liver a good bath and on and on. Well, according to Prevention, which I have subscribed to and really loved for years, NO DETOX actually works. The best way to cleanse your body? Okay, you guessed it ahead of me: Your body actually has many tools to clean itself and your only job is to keep your organs and systems in good order and the way you do it is the same way we have all been told to keep ourselves healthy for a long time now. Eat fruits and veg, watch fats, watch sugar, eat fish and lean meats and I could go on and on. In fact, you could probably write this too.

PS-Did I mention to walk every day and keep a healthy weight? No? Well, you already knew that, right?

Yes, I really love to read. I especially love to read books in series. I read cozy mysteries, adventure stories, and stories set in “periods.” I am currently reading a series set in 1926 France and England. Joe Sandilands, the main character, is a WWI veteran as are so many in that time. He is a highly placed official in Scotland Yard who wants nothing more that to be free of solving murders and living with intrigue. There are 13 books and I am on 9. Yes, I have already ordered the rest of the set. Why not look on Amazon and see what is out there? Get hooked on books!

Eat This/Not That…Again!

So, Let’s Take The Kids To Burger King!

Sure, it is fine to go to Burger King, or any other fast food restaurant for that matter. All I’m saying is to watch it.

How about some helpful hints??

  1. Watch sauces. They heap on fat and calories. For example Burger King Zesty Onion Sauce has 150 calories and 15g of fat but the Sweet and Sour and the BBQ have only 40 calories and no fat. Big difference!
  2. Try having no cheese-Is it really cheese anyway, or a “cheese product.”
  3. Best meal for the kiddos? 4 piece chicken tenders, apple sauce, milk.
  4. Have you tried BK apple fries?
  5. Watch dessert and have a soft serve if you possibly can. A vanilla Oreo Sundae Shake at BK has 600 calories, 24 g of fat, and 78 (!) grams of sugar
  6. Try to plan in advance what you might order and talk it up with your little ones so they don’t expect to have fries, chocolate milk etc. Prep yourself on line!

Healthy Eating/Active Lifestyle (HEAL)

Many Magazines and many suggestions!

I subscribe to many magazines and I write three articles a month for several publications. I love magazines, but I especially LOVE magazines with recipes and big pictures of the way food is supposed to look when you are finished. Sorry-No picture/no preparation from my kitchen. Perhaps I have a limited imagination, but I simply am not inspired if I cannot visualize the finished product. Most magazines that feature healthy recipes have very specific instructions and yes, pictures. Particularly good in this regard are the many Weight Watchers magazines and cookbooks. do try one of these out to see what you think.

Get Up In The Morning And…….

I keep a chart in my bathroom with 10 items on it. They are all “first thing in the morning” things that I do each and every day. Try it and you will see that it is simple to develop this very healthy and easy check list into a habit. The trick is to find 10 or your own number, of healthy things that you think you can realistically DO not 120 things that you WISH you could do. Try these:

  1. Weigh, record your weight in your ever handy little notebook.
  2. Exercise 5 minutes-only try for that to be sure to succeed. If you say 1/2 hour you are sure to NOT make it-Don’t ask me how I know this. I have my elastic band, my 1 lb. weights, my egg timer, a couple of lists of good moves, and a DVD that I can play just by punching the button. I am all set, every day with this little area and supply of stuff.
  3. Brush your teeth and drink a sip of water.
  4. Shower (Not everybody likes to shower every morning. I do not. Instead I wash my face with a rough cloth and warm water.)
  5. Moisturize face with your fav. I love OLAY Regenerist. Put on body lotion. I do not have a fav here. I usually buy what is on sale at Walmart. I have made some real finds this way!
  6. Sit down for a minute and meditate quietly on your day and what you hope to achieve or share.
  7. Dress accordingly (I really enjoy this part of my morning. I like to pick out what I am going to wear even if it is jeans and a T-shirt to clean house.
  8. Make the bed. I hope you have a couple of cute pillows too. They can cheer up a down day sometimes.
  9. Do a quick bedroom tidy.
  10. Do a q2uick bathroom tidy

All of this, and or your additions or deductions should be done in about 10 or so minutes. I know moms or early workers may squeeze this a bit and that is okay. Since I have retired I can stretch it as my day is laid out. Suit yourself and of course, modify!!