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Welcome! So, what the heck is this website all about?! Mostly about health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, movement, green living, and just about anything that relates to living a health promoting lifestyle. You’ll find blogs on a wide variety of topics (whatever I’m thinking about or into that day or requested by a follower). You’ll find recipes, food and supplement buying guides, information on seminars, and eventually some exercise and cooking videos. Enjoy browsing the site for ideas on how to make your life healthier.

Why You Should Shop at a Farmer’s Market

This is the second year that I have been a vendor at one of my area’s farmer’s markets.  I don’t really have a farm, per se, as much as we just have four large gardens and some chickens.  I don’t have enough to sell that I can come anywhere close to making a living, but I […]

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Fried Okra Alternatives

I’m currently selling okra at the farmer’s market, so, of course, I feel the need to post an okra recipe.  I’ll admit I’m not and have never been much of an okra eater, even though I grew up in the south where fried okra is a must this time of year.  And let’s face it, […]

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Exercise of the Day – Non-Impact Jump Squat

This guy refers to this exercise as a Full Body Extension, but it is a safe replacement for a standard jump squat for those wanting or needing to avoid ground impact.  This exercise is easy enough most anyone can do it.  If you have trouble with your balance, then don’t come up on the balls […]

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Sardine And Artichoke Salad

Sardines and artichokes are both pretty darn healthy foods, so why not combine them into a tasty salad?!  Sardines are full of good Omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of protein.  Artichokes have fiber and are a pretty decent source of folate.  They also have powerful antioxidants and are known to support liver […]

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Exercise of the Day – Dumbbell Lateral Raise

The dumbbell lateral raise is a great shoulder exercise.  It is easy enough for beginners, but with heavier weight can still be challenging for those who have been strength training for a while.  This can be done without weights for those who haven’t been working out at all.  It can be done with household objects […]

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How to Choose the Best Fish for Your Health & The Environment

You’ve probably heard by now that fish is healthy for you, but some fish can be toxic, most notably having too much mercury.  I’m personally not a big fish eater from a taste perspective, but I do eat fish regularly for my health.  And since I don’t just love fish, I stick to eating the […]

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A Few More Sleep Tips

By now, you may have read my first set of ten tips for better sleep and my second set of ten tips.  And hopefully you’ve implemented some of those tips and found success.  Here’s a few more tips to add to your arsenal. 1.  Be grateful – Studies show that people who have a gratitude practice […]

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple salsa is best when it is made fresh, and it’s great in the summertime when peppers are fresh from the garden.  With the pineapple and the bell peppers, this recipe contains a good amount of vitamin C.  Pineapple contains bromelain which is an enzyme that can increase digestion.  Mint can also be beneficial to digestion […]

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Exercise of the Day – Ankle Flexion

This exercise can help strengthen the lower leg, and it can also increase mobility in the ankle area.  Many people lose some mobility in this area because of bad posture and/or high heel wearing.  Lost mobility can have an impact on your knees, hips, and spine in some cases.  Lost mobility can affect your ability […]

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Ten Lifestyle Tips For Better Sleep

I previously posted ten good tips for getting a better night’s sleep with a promise for another ten. And here they are! I might even post more later. Because… not all tips work for everyone as we are all different, but everyone should find at least one, if not several tips that will help. Lavender […]

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