Category Archives: Wellness

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I’m going to be Fifty tomorrow! The BIG FIVE OH!!! OH My, that feels like such a huge number. I’m feeling so OLD!!! I can’t believe I’m joining The FIFTY CLUB!!! It’s better to be getting older than to be DEAD!

I’m always told that I look young for my age or that I have found the fountain of youth. But I certainly feel my age. I have lots of aches and pains from accidents and scoliosis. And since I’ve been getting older I’ve noticed that when I get a cold, it is very hard to shake it off sometimes.

Here are some of the things that I do that I believe has helped me stay looking and feeling younger.

  • Drink lots of water. (I’ve heard that you should drink half your body weight in ounces. But I hardly ever do. “Pout!”)
  • Cleanse my face. (Even if I don’t have a cleanser, I splash my face with water. Water is my friend.)
  • Use moisturizer!!!! (I can’t stress this enough. I use it daily, sometimes twice a day. My mother got me to start using moisturizer when I was maybe 12 or younger, I’m not sure. The first brand I used was Dew Kiss by Avon and is no longer available. Boo! A similar one I’ve found is called Purpose.)
  • I don’t destroy my skin by worshipping the sun. (If I must be out in the sun, I use a high sunscreen and don’t stay out long.)
  • I try to eat whole, natural foods. (I try to stay away from processed food and stuff that has chemicals in it.)
  • I limit my cheat snacks as a reward or for a special occasion. (They are appreciated greatly!)
  • If I feel like drinking alcohol, I drink moderately and not very often. (Usually, once or twice a month is good enough for me.)
  • I try to get enough sleep. (Even though I don’t always go to bed at a decent time. 6-8 hours is good.)
  • Take vitamins. (Since I recently went “Vegan”, I only take a multivitamin and B-12. I get plenty of the necessary vitamins and nutrients from my plant-based diet.)
  • Take walks. (It gives me the exercise and vitamin D. It’s good to get your body moving, to be out of the house and breathe in the fresh air.)
  • Eliminate stress from my life. (I know it is inevitable that we all have stress. I try not to sweat the minor stuff. Take one day at a time and try to stay positive. It helps to be around friendly, positive people.)
  • Be HAPPY!!! (Life is too short. Make your life the best you can. If you aren’t happy about something, what can you do to make things better? Take baby steps towards a better, happier life.)
  • Get a change of scenery every once in a while. (Being away from home helps you recharge, even if it’s for a few hours. Take a walk on the beach, waterfront, nature trail or just a leisure drive.)

 

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SpryFly

Many people say…

Hello everybody! I hope everybody is doing great!

I recently decided to make some changes in my eating habits and lifestyle to go Vegan.  I first decided to go vegan for my health, but then after learning more about veganism, I learned about other reasons; the animals, the environment, and the world. So ethically and morally, it seems like the right choice.

Many people say…

It’s ok to eat eggs, beef, pork, and seafood and honey because they have been programmed from a very young age that it’s part of the food chain. But they don’t think about the origination of where the food comes from and that they didn’t directly do the slaughtering, that it’s ok to not think about it. If they had to kill the animals, they would think again. If they saw the animals living conditions, they would make changes. Stop the unnecessary cruelty to animals!

We don’t think about the harm that’s being done and how inhumane it is when we order a meal or shop for food. I watched the videos of how the animals are raised, treated from beginning to end. I recommend anyone that has a caring heart to have an open mind and watch this video and others that are available online, YouTube and Netflix. *Beware* the videos can be disturbing but so true. But think about it like this, if you can’t watch it; do you really want to eat the products that come from these animals? http://bitesizevegan.com/ethics-and-morality/animal-rights-2/is-eating-animals-a-personal-choice-2/

We can get all the nutrients and energy we need from plant life. If everybody would start by not eating meat for one day, it would save so much energy, water, and animal lives. Then try it for one week, just see how you feel. Then try it for a month. I found lots of recipes that I want to try out. This is going to be a grand adventure! Here are some websites for some recipes. http://www.veganhippiechick.com/ http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes  http://www.brandnewvegan.com/indexes/recipe-index  http://jennymustard.com/category/recipes/

Recipes are so easy to find all over the internet.  Also, Pinterest is the BOMB!!!!

Check out the recipes and the Vegan lifestyle. Be good to the Earth and all the living creatures!

Happy Vegging!!!!

 

 

20 Natural Ingredient Hacks

I have always thought that natural ingredients are the way to go over using medications. There are so many healing powers in natural foods, plants, seeds and roots. For instance; lemons, ginger root, vinegar and coconut oil are just a few. I can remember when I was little and my mother would make me a heaping tablespoon of honey and lemon juice when I had a sore throat and would make a chewing tobacco and water concoction for bee stings. There are so many ingredients to relieve many ailments or problems that are readily available in your kitchen and the local grocery store.

I am still learning how to eat and prepare healthier foods. I know that some food makes me feel terrible. Such as I get headaches soon after eating certain food. I have to control myself from buying and eating some food because I know how it will make me feel as well as worrying about weight-gain. I do give in at times and pay the consequences for that decision.

Here are just 20 ingredients and what they have been known to help

  • Almonds – headaches
  • Aloe Vera – cuts, burns and scrapes
  • Apples – heartburn
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – congestion
  • Black Pepper – indigestion
  • Cinnamon – lower blood pressure
  • Cranberries – urinary tract infections
  • Coconut Oil – spit ends and dry skin
  • Cucumbers – puffy eyes
  • Garlic – heart and blood clots
  • Ginger- stomach problems and menstrual cramps
  • Green Tea – metabolism and energy
  • Honey – skin brightener
  • Mint – bad breath
  • Oats – eczema and skin polisher
  • Prunes – constipation
  • Salt – skin polisher
  • Sugar – hiccups
  • Turmeric – infections
  • Water – headaches, hunger, over-all health

As we all know there are health conditions that medications are required. I did not write this post up in order to replace your medications but for awareness of natural option choices. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to stop medication without consulting your physician first.

SpryGirl