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Gut Health Holds the Key to Unlocking Your Health Goals June 3, 2021

Unlocking Health Goals

I’m not sure about you, but I spent many years thinking the key to weight loss was exercising…a LOT! Plus, I thought that after years of eating the standard American diet (ASD), that I could just start throwing in some healthy foods and all would be well. I honestly thought I had it all figured out. Then, I had my thyroid removed, which presented a whole different range of issues to add to the puzzle. I have to admit that there are days when I start to get bummed out that I had to have my entire thyroid removed. However, I quickly remind myself of everything that I have learned about health and hormones because of the journey I have been on. I guess you could say I have found the hidden blessing. I'm thankful that I have found the key to unlock my health goals...and I hope you will too!


Detox Basics January 22, 2019

Detox BasicsWith the New Year many people are focused on cleansing and detoxing, but I find that many have questions on what to do because there are so many ads and programs out there that tell you to do this, or that…or buy this, or that! So, I decided I would do a quick blog to share my personal thoughts about what I’ve learned and what has proven to work the best for me.


Pizza Zucchini Boats August 12, 2014

Pizza Zucchini BoatsDo you have a little extra zucchini in your garden and want to try something fun? I made these Pizza Zucchini Boats when my husband and sons were making regular pizza since I didn't have the time to make a gluten-free crust. I had my protein on the side, but you could add whatever you wanted inside your boats. It was tasty...and a fun twist! 


Swiss Chard ~ A Good Choice May 19, 2014

Swiss Chard (Swiss Chard)

If you suffer from hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease you have probably heard that you should avoid or limit goitrogenic foods.  Unfortunately, many of the goitrogenic foods also provide rich nutrients that our bodies need.  So, today I wanted to discuss one particular goitrogenic food that is labeled as a nutritional powerhouse…kale.

Fortunately, after doing a little research, I have learned that when you steam or cook kale or other goitrogenic cruciferous vegetables the negative effect is greatly reduced.  So, it does not appear that kale has to totally be cut from our diets, but they do suggest we limit our intake and steam or cook it.  


Making the Switch to Healthier Eating February 4, 2014

Rainbow NutritionFor those of you who may not know, I am a thyroid cancer survivor and since my diagnosis over 10 years ago, I have really become more serious about my nutrition.  When I did research on the type of thyroid cancer that I was diagnosed with I realized that there might have been a link with pesticides, so I have made it a point to try to avoid foods with any chemicals or pesticides.  However, over the past several years I have continued to learn about the positive (and negative) effects that certain foods have on our health…and love to share what I have learned with others.


My Time-Saving Meal Planner October 1, 2013

Meal Planner (Meal Planner)Meal planning is SO important if you want to eat healthy, but unfortunately it is not always easy to do.  Do you struggle to figure out how to plan your weekly meals for your family…and wish you had a little help?  If your life is busy like mine you probably find it hard to take time to plan out your meals for each week…let alone for a month.  Fortunately, after seeing a cute idea on Pinterest I came up with an easy way to plan out my weekly meals that involves the whole family.  I would have loved to use the idea that I found on Pinterest, but it would have taken too much time to put together and I would have had to find a special place on a wall to hang it up.  The system that I developed is not only simple to use, but it is simple to put together and you can gradually add to it every week.  Plus, it doesn’t take up a lot of space and it is easy to store.


Can We Out Exercise a Bad Diet? July 22, 2013

You Can't Compete with What You Eat (Can't Compete with Bad Diet)For those of you who don’t know me, I am a firm believer in good nutrition and I believe that it plays a HUGE role with our health and fitness…and physical appearance.  In fact, I can tell you from experience that how you eat will directly affect how you feel.  I was not a healthy eater when I was younger, and I was fairly picky and I could not even imagine eating or even trying many of the foods that I now eat.  Now, I crave the healthier options and have no desire to eat items such as white bread or Doritos, etc.


Reducing Joint Inflammation Through Diet February 27, 2013

Joint Health (Joint Health)If you are like me…and starting to get older, you will notice that we need to be a little more careful with banging around our joints.  Although, I think it is safe to say that we should be careful of our joints no matter how old we are because eventually it will catch up to us.  However, as I start to get older (and hopefully wiser), I have learned that our diets can have a HUGE impact on our health – including joint health.


Tips for Meal Planning February 19, 2013

Meal Planning (Meal Planning)I mentioned in a previous blog how it is good to keep your pantry well stocked with healthy options to help prevent you from eating unhealthy foods.  However, another key to eating healthy is to have a meal plan for the week.  Having a plan allows you to make sure you pick up the appropriate items at the store and keeps you from rummaging through your pantry to find something to eat.  Additionally, it helps to save you time and money. 


Am I Eating Too Little/Too Many Calories? February 11, 2013

Calorie Counting (Calorie Counting)The answer to this question is tricky.  For instance, I often have people tell me that when they calculate how many calories they should be eating on a daily basis, the amount seems to be too high and they still feel full when it’s time to eat the next meal or snack.  So, how do you determine if this is your correct amount or not?


Stocking Your Pantry with Healthier Options February 4, 2013

Healthy Pantry (Healthy Pantry)The best way to stay on track with your diet and your budget is to plan ahead.  When you plan out your meals ahead of time you know what items you need to buy or have on hand for your daily meals.  However, we all know that even when we have good intention sometimes our plans can get changed or we may not be able to get to the grocery store when we planned.  So, what is the next best option? I believe keeping your pantry and/or fridge (or freezer) stocked with key staples is important.  It is also beneficial to have items that are not only healthy, but can be made quickly in case an event or situation requires you to ditch your previously planned meal for something quicker.


Are Your Fruits & Vegetables Making You Fat? January 25, 2013

USDA Organic (USDA Organic)I am sure many of you have heard about the harmful effects of eating foods sprayed by pesticides, but how many of you have made the switch to organic?  My guess is that most will say that it is just too expensive to buy organic fruits and vegetables all of the time.  Well, did you know that these same non-organic foods could be contributing to your struggle with losing weight?  Unfortunately, it’s true.