Chips and balances: 80/20 rules!

For the last couple of months, I’ve been conducting an experiment; well that’s what I decided to call it. Actually, it’s more along the lines of me eating basically whatever non-meat foods I want and not exercising regularly; and I found out something. Number one: that not exercising regularly is pissing me off – as…

Cancer scare: Laughter after the lump

When I woke up giggling in the brightly lit hospital room, surrounded by a surgical staff, I had good reason to be happy though I didn’t know it yet. Just days before, I’d discovered a lump in my breast while performing a self-breast exam after my shower. I didn’t know all these signs of breast…

Cauliflower Cups: A meat-eater’s dream

I’m in foodie heaven right now! 🙂 The one thing that I’m not sure meat-eaters know is that being a vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on flavor, creamy texture, or fullness. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the omnivore’s box. It’s not easy at first; but if you give…

More fruits! More Veggies!

You know why I loved being a vegan? NO GUILT! No dietary guilt. As long as I stayed away from processed foods, I could eat whatever fruits and vegetables I wanted, as much as I wanted, without any animal by-product guilt for consuming foods containing dairy or the fat or body fluids of an animal.…

Portion control: the only ‘diet’ you need

I don’t diet. The concept of dieting makes no sense to me. It’s all about restriction, which suggests the negative action of keeping something away that you like. Here’s how it works when you diet: You remove from your food list anything you believe is causing you to gain weight, which normally include fatty foods…

Resist. Give up. Cut out. No way!

Resist your cravings. Give up snacking. Cut out fats, sweets, and salt. Resist. Give up. Cut out. Well, what kind of foolishness is that? Actually, it’s the exact mantra I chanted to myself when I turned 50 five years ago. I’d just seen a website that challenged a 30-day vegan trial. Well, I don’t do…

Partners in Patient Care

Partners: definition – “a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor.” It’s what I what I was taught that my role in patient care was when I became a nursing assistant. “Partners” is supposed to describe the goal of what a nurse and a nursing assistant should be focused…

5 ways to avoid back, leg & knee injury

Strained back. Weak knees. Pains in the legs. At 55, I consider myself fortunate. I’m a certified nursing assistant who has spent the better part of 20-plus years lifting, transferring, and rolling over patients taller and heavier than me. Yet, I’ve never had any back or leg problems; and the only knee problems I’ve ever…

Easy ways to keep nutrition commitments

Couch Technology: press a button to discover all you need to know about eating more fruits and veggies, purchasing a Nutribullet, or cutting meat out of your diet. But if you really want to improve your health for life, you need to get up off that couch and find ways to make it all work.…