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May 21, 2017

Sunday has become anything but a day of rest for most people. It’s now the catch-up day to do everything you didn’t get done during the week.

I remember the days when stores were closed on Sundays, and about the only businesses open were gas stations and restaurants.

It was a day to go to church, have large family meals, talk with your neighbors, and just relax.

It’s ironic that we took advantage of a day of rest when life was slow and easy. Now, life is hectic and moving at the speed of light, yet no one has time to stop and rest.

Exodus 20:8,9 says, “Remember to keep the Sabbath (our Sunday) holy. Work and get everything done during the six days each week, but the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God.”

I wonder how much of the stress and disease today is due in part to our body being overworked. Unfortunately, it often takes sickness to get some people to slow down.

Take time today to relax your mind, body, and spirit. It’s a great way to start your week.

May 17, 2017

Walk down any grocery store aisle, and you’ll find shelves full of low-fat items including cookies, dairy products, salad dressings, and chips. As the number of these fake foods increases, so have many health problems. Most of these low-fat foods are filled with harmful additives, poor quality oils, and sugar.

You could be putting your health at risk, since these foods can:

•Affect your mood causing depression and anxiety
•Increase your risk of diabetes
•Lead to weight gain and overeating
•Negatively affect your heart
•Increase chance of hormone imbalances
•Lead to poor job performance, 
concentration, and low energy levels

Since the 1980’s Americans have bought into the lie that fat is bad, and it’ll make you fat. The fact is, there are good fats and bad fats, and it’s critical to know the difference.

May 14, 2017

Where would we be without them? Mother’s Day is a holiday that evokes so many different emotions. Card shops are filled with flowery cards that sing her praises and tell of all her virtues. Stores grab your attention with all the latest things that every mom needs. I’m blessed to have a great relationship with a wonderful mother who is strong, feisty, and lets you know what’s on her mind. She raised a family of eight on a shoestring budget, and led us to believe that we could do anything we wanted if we worked hard enough.

My mom’s mother died when she was just a baby. Just recently, she told me that as a child she remembered thinking it wasn’t fair not to have a mother. Her older sisters became important female role models in her life, and her father and brothers provided the security and guidance she needed.

Mother’s Day stirs up memories and sometimes those memories bring pain. The pain might come from loss, separation, or even abandonment. And for those unable to have children, there...

May 13, 2017

Who Doesn’t Love Strawberries?

They are delicious plain or added to a salad, smoothie, or on shortcake, and best of all, they’re good for you.

But, did you know:
They boost your immune system
Lower risk of many diseases 
Help strengthen the nervous system
Helps reduce cholesterol
Helps stabilize blood pressure
Loaded with potassium, Vitamin K, and magnesium
Great for skin and slows the aging process
Promotes eye health
Helps the body burn fat

Strawberries are on the Dirty Dozen list for fruits and vegetables that are heavily sprayed with pesticides, so I like to grow my own or buy from a farm that sells pesticide free produce.

If you live in Central Illinois, you’ll definitely want to check out Scott’s Berry Patch. Their strawberries are just about ready, and they are wonderful!!! 

So, what’s your favorite way to eat strawberries? Let us know.

May 11, 2017

The Benefits of Basil

Basil is a wonderful herb to use in your cooking. It’s often added to Italian food, soups, sandwiches, or pesto, and comes in a variety of flavors such as lemon and cinnamon basil.

It is a great plant to be grown indoors or out. I like to keep a small plant by my kitchen window and snip a few leaves to add to food.

It is one of the healthiest herbs and has so many benefits:

•Vitamin K - good for blood clotting
•Vitamin A - may help prevent cholesterol in the blood
•Contains iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium
•Has antibacterial properties
•Anti-inflammatory
•Helps rheumatoid arthritis

You can dry the leaves, freeze them whole, or chop them, add oil, and freeze in ice cube trays.

May 6, 2017

More and more people are suffering from joint pain and stiffness related to arthritis. It can start in people as young as 40, and women are three times more likely than men to become victims.

Contrary to what you’d think, the best thing you can do is to keep moving and stay active. Arthritis happens when your joints become inflamed leading to pain and stiffness.

Taking a brisk walk for as little as 45 minutes a week was found to be helpful.

Adopt a healthy diet including wild caught salmon, sweet potatoes, kale, carrots, tart cherries, green tea, ginger, and the spice turmeric. Getting plenty of vitamin C in oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, broccoli, and peppers will give you even more bang for your buck.

Bottom line: stay active and eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Know someone who suffers from joint pain and arthritis? Share this post. They’ll thank you.

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