Wednesday, November 29, 2006


I love ginger, especially when it starts getting colder. Here are some things that ginger is good for:

  • warming- great in the winter for getting rid of the chills
  • it can also lower fever. seems like ginger can do what your body needs it to do
  • it is also an anti-inflammatory and good for helping withh injury
  • great for menstrual cramps

Taking Martial Arts

I have been thinking about taking martial arts. Self defense is an important issue, and it is also a good workout. Before I get into it, though, I need to understand which martial arts equipment I will need. In the beginning, I will probably only need to find a studio and purchase the right uniform. But, as I learn new skills I may need things like training swords. I know, it doesn't seem like a practical thing to learn how to work with swords but it sure does look fun. Martial arts should be hard work, but it will be worth it. Learning self defense is a good thing.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Though I still haven't gone to bed, today is technically Thanksgiving. So, Happy Turkey Day! I stayed up late because I bought two birds this year, thinking that I could just cook two at the same time. Well I discovered that both don't fit in the oven. So I popped it in the oven around 6:30 and just got done carving it now. Yikes. I realized that my thermometer is faulty so I am glad that I had this "practice run".

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hair Loss


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My exercise routine

My exercise routine has changed slightly but it's working. I've discovered that I love exercising in the mornings. It keeps my energy up all day. The plan is simple:

Exercise Monday - Saturday with Sunday as a rest day.

Each day, do at least thirty minutes of cardio. Then, strength train all six days, alternating upper body and lower body. Monday I worked my upper body, today I worked my lower, tomorrow I will work upper, etc.

Finish all that off with ab training each of the days.

Healthy Drinking Water


Do you know what's in your drinking water? If not, then you should. You may be surprised by the results. Testing facilities test for things such as radon and whether or not certain minerals are at healthy levels. If the tests reveal that you need help then is the place where you want to go. And even if your water is "healthy" can help you make your water taste better.

We need water to survive. If the quality of our water is poor, we lose out on all the good things water has to offer. The folks at have a large selection of all kinds of filters and their goal is to help you increase the quality of your life through exceptional drinking water.

Healthy Thanksgiving

My rule for this Thanksgiving is a simple one, and it will prevent me from overeating.

For each course- appetizer, main course, and dessert, I vow to fill each of my plates up with half fruits and vegetables and the other half whatever I want. Even those yummy, fatty desserts. And no, apple pie does not count as a fruit... I need to include the real deal!

Your Herbal Business

Do you have a small herbal business? Then you might want to look into Pick Pack Logistics. This is a company that specializes in shipping your goods for you. When you have a small business, you may not have the resources to take care of the shipping aspect yourself, especially if you don't have a lot of storage space. This company can help any business out. Good news if you live in San Francisco, too. The company just opened another branch in that town. If you decide you want to open a business focusing on herbal medicine, there are a lot of tools at your disposal. This is just one of them. There is a need on the market for herbal advice and supplements.

In Season Clementines

On Sunday I went to the store to purchase a few things and saw that Clementines are in season! I tend to associate the tiny, sweet little citrus fruit as being associated with the holiday season. I like to put them in a bowl and use themn as a centerpiece.

But besides that, I love peeling them, especially when they are fresh. They release a burst of "sunshine" and it perks me up, even on the greyest of days. And they are high in Vitamin C, which is important for the immune system and the connective tissue.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Finally See the Sun

It has been raining nonstop for about a week and the sun is finally coming out. We have had a lot of rain. I heard on the radio that New Hampshire was close to getting 50 inches of rain fall for the year. That's a lot!

I usually don't mind the rain. But it affected my forest walk today. Everything was flooded and I wasn't wearing waterproof shoes so I had to walk on the road instead. It was fine, but not as fun.

Buying Perfume for Christmas

Perfume makes a great Christmas gift, but only if you know exactly what type of perfume to buy, such as ralph lauren perfume. It is important to keep in mind that perfume smells differently on certain people. If you get the wrong kind, it can be bad. There are some perfumes, however, that smell good on a range of people such as jennifer lopez perfume which is designed to smell good with all kinds of different body chemistries. So if you want to buy perfume such as ralph lauren perfume it would make a great gift for this holiday season.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My Add and Take Away Get Healthy Plan

I need to clean up my diet. I've been under some stress and have realized that my adrenal glands need nourishing.

My solution is to keep things simple. So, I have decided on an "add and take away" plan where I focus on one thing to add and one thing to take away at a time. Once one group becomes habit I will move on to another group.

Group 1

Add- Ginseng extract supplement

Take Away- Caffeine

Group 2

Add- Simple exercise plan of exercising six days a week, cardio each day, upper body and lower body alternating days

Take away- simple carbohydrates

I've mastered group one. Now I need to focus on group two.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My Friend's Baby Shower

I went to a friend's baby shower last week. I don't have any children, so finding gifts was a little tough. If you are also in a situation where you need to buy baby gifts for someone who is about to have a baby, or who maybe already had a baby, has a lot of choices for different gifts. And babies aren't the only ones that can benefit from the selection. Moms can too. When I was trying to think of a gift for my friend, I could have really used a site like this. But unfortunately, the baby shower has already come and gone. People are tired of giving and recieving the same old gifts. My gift was diapers and a bunch of other practical things. BabyNest is a great thing because they have some the old standards but they also have gifts that are different and more creative.

Keeping Thanksgiving Healthy

I would like to try to keep Thanksgiving as healthy as possible. Here are some things I am going to do:

  • put out a big fruit plate with dessert
  • bake some sweet potatoes to have instead of mashed potatoes (but I will still have mashed)
  • whole wheat rolls instead of white bread rolls (and I will still make cinnamon rolls)
  • Salad and veggie crudites in addition to whatever else I have, so at least I have the choice to eat healthfully

Rainy and Warm in November

The weather has been a bit odd lately. Warm weather in the 50's and 60's, warm rain. It is rather confusing. Last year at Thanksgiving, we had a snow storm. I don't know what the warm weather will mean for next week though. In New England, things could change.

I think the weather has been like this because of Global Warming. It is a problem that won't go away if we ignore it. It will get even worse! There are things we can do, even little things, such as recycle.

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Health and Fitness Trade Shows

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E-Zine, New Format

I am pleased to announce that there have been some changes to the format of the e-zine and I am offering even more to my subscribers. Here is what every issue will contain. The publication schedule is set for every friday.

-- A Feature Article

-- Recipe

-- Deals and freebies for supplements and other healthy things that I find on the internet

-- Reviews for books and products

If you have a website, or a product you would like me to review, don't hesitate to contact me at

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Making Your Business Grow


How many of you out there have a business? Even if you think you are alone in the fact that you are a business owner, there is plenty of us out there. I own a writing business, so I understand what it means to be in business for myself. I also know how it feels to want to turn a bigger profit. That is where corporate performance management software can help me and all the other business owners out there. Acorn Systems combines consulting and software to help their customers figure out what they can do to get higher profits. This can range from a variety of activities but the important thing to note is that the approach will differ depending on the customer. Do you think you need some help figuring out how to make your business more profitable? Why not check them out?

Not a big appetite today

I don't know why, but I don't have a big appetite today. I haven't eaten much, and the only time I felt hungry was when I went outside and did some yard work. One thing I've learned is that to experience weight control or weight loss that we need to pay attention to our hunger signals. I think it is our bodies trying to tell us what it wants. Right now, I want to eat grapes and strawberries. I believe that fresh fruit fits my needs right now. And I am usually a vegetable person. So I am just going to pay attention.

Roasted Chicory Root

I love roasted chicory root. I have this tea designed to get rid of water retention during PMS, but I find I want it all the time because of the roasted flavor of the blend. That's why I love coffee- because of the roast taste. I can completely understand why roasted chicory is often considered a coffee substitute. I've found a delightful roasted blend by Celestial Seasonings. The only place I've ever seen it is in Whole Foods.

My Blog's Popularity

I have been learning a lot about how to increase a blog's popularity, including this one. Each post I create is considered a link. I am learning that to understand what factors determine link popularity I need to understand how Google actually works. The functioning behind how Google searches on the page to determine the popularity of it has a lot to do with what is known as its algorithm. Once you understand the way this mathematical model works and how it is used, you can increase the popularity. One example is that if you need to put a link in a post, it is ranked a lot higher if the link is actually surrounded by text, and not on the sides or on the bottom of the page.

Beautiful Fall Day

You expect November to be blustry and cool. Well it is a gorgeous day and I can't wait to get outside and do some yard work. I love yard work. I have some bulbs to plant for the spring, grass to mow, leaves to rake. Priority are the leaves. But planting the bulbs would be nice, too.

My to-do:

-- rake

-- mow the lawn

-- clean up the weeds on the sides of the house, throw away flower pots

-- plant bulbs

I can't do it all today but I'd say that the leaves are in priority. There were a lot more leaves last week, I think they blew away. HA! Wait long enough and you actually have less work to do.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Sage and Lemon Balm Tea Blend

I haven't posted a tea blend in a while. I made this one last night. I have a lot of sage and a lot of lemon balm. This is a tasty, nutritive brew, especially with some honey:

1 part lemon balm
1 part stinging nettle leaves
1/2 part rubbed sage

Store in an airtight container and keep away from heat and light. Use 1 tsp. of the blend for every cup of hot water. Let it steep for at least ten minutes.

Studying at Home


I have done study-at-home programs before when I became a Master Herbalist through the Australasian College of Health Sciences. I loved it. I loved how I could study and learn at home and adapt things to my schedule. I firmly believe in getting your college degree online because it means that you can sort of adapt it to your life. For example, if you have a full time job, you do not need to skip work to attend class, something that a lot of people need to do. Capella University has over seventy graduate and undergraduate programs to choose from and has a great system. It is also accredited, which is important. This is a great opportunity especially if you have good time management skills.

Life After Deadlines

I do not see how there could be life after my deadlines. I have been working hard and neglecting my herbal studies.

Somehow, I need to find a way to make the two things- writing and herbal medicine- merge. Here is one way I have merged them:

Use Medicinal Herbs

It is just in time for cold and flu season. There is a nice section on that and I teach you how to use common herbs to make simple home remedies.

Work and Health

Lately I have been busy with my freelance writing work. That means that more than ever, I need to pay attention to how I take care of myself. Kelly James-Enger in her Six Figure Freelancing book says that when you think you do not have time to exercise, that is when you should exercise! Things that work for me:
  • drinking lots of tea, herbal and green teas (green tea has caffeine and also burns fat)
  • Going for walks when I need to rest my brain
  • making sure I strength train a few times each week

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Spa Treatments


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When you go to a spa, it is a fun experience. Temecula Spa is devoted to helping you enhance that experience by giving you the best service imaginable. The professional staff is willing to serve you. Just sit back and relax and enjoy.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Money for the holidays

We could all stand to use some more money for the holidays. There are plenty of places online that can help you make money. For example, USWeb has a mission of helping you earn extra cash online. They have a system where they give you blog links and if you post them on your blog using the web release they provide, they'll pay you. And they are a great company to work for because the payments are always prompt and they are always reliable. There are other ways you can earn money through them, including some up and coming methods that can help. The one catch is that you need a qualifying blog. They describe all their criterion on their website.

Exercise Binder

Over the past year or so I have purchased a lot of fitness magazines. I like to do that because of all the exercise routines the have in them. (I like to try new exercises). Anyway, all the magazines have been cluttering up our house. So, I decided to tear out all the articles I like, punch holes in them, and put them in a softcover binder. The binder is very portable and I can take it to the gym with me and flip through and find exercises I want to do.

Revised Exercise Routine

Well as it turns out, I did not do two cardio routines this week. I thought I was going to have time, but I've run out of time. Here is my revised exercise schedule:

Cardio- 1
Strength- 1

Goals for tomorrow:

45 minutes of cardio.

In fact, here are my goals for the rest of the week:

Thurs: 45 min cardio
Fri: 30 min strength, 45 min cardio
Sa- 45 minute cardio
Su- 30 min. strength, 45 min. cardio

I'll keep you posted. I still need to work my abs today.

Medical Information


In this blog I speak of matters of health a lot. One thing I would like to talk about right now is the importance of understanding all the uses and side affects for drugs such as amoxicillin. For example, I had an ear infection once and the doctor gave me something for it. I broke out in hives. It would have been nice if I knew that certain antibiotics could react with flu viruses in that way. A system like Epocrates Online, which is free, is very useful for disclosing relevant information like that. In a world where everyone seems to be taking medication for something, it is helpful to know info such as which drugs it interacts with, side affects, etc.

Laundry Dancing

It is hard to put balance in my life. I have been swamped with work lately and my housekeeping has suffered. I am about to merge cardio and folding the laundry, just so I can feel like I am getting two things done at once. I already did strength today.

I plan on moving and jumping as much as possible while I hang things up and fold. Hey, it sounds odd, but it works for me.

Exercise Routine, Week 1

For six weeks I am doing this new exercise program. I love exercise but sometimes I love to follow a plan. Here is what I am supposed to do:

Cardio- 45 minutes, 5-6 times a week
Strength- 30 minutes, 3 times a week

Since it is raining today, I will have to do my cardio indoors.

Here is my tally for the week so far:

Cardio- 2

So, I have some work to do that's for sure! I am about to go and do that now.

From the Earth


Gold comes from the earth. So do other precious metals. Certain things, such as gold coin investing make great options. When it comes to making investments, for someone who is concerned about the environment, you want to make sure you are investing in something that is timeless and classic. Gold fits that description. It has been prized and valued since ancient times so how valuable gold is is not the question. It will also pay off for you because gold prices are more steady. When you use Monex for your investing, they will help you out by delivering it to you in a safe and secure manner.

Fragrance for Winter

All my fragrances do not smell right on me now. I just put on a gardenia lotion, and it doesn't seem to smell as good as it did in the summer. Interesting. I could go for some vanilla right now.

I guess that certain fragrances are seasonal, just like produce. The growing season is ending I am thinking of baking so perhaps that is why I want to wear spicier fragrances.

Here are some things I will wear now but couldn't in the summer:

-- french vanilla fragrance
-- Coco Chanel
-- Tresor

Those are my favorite all time winter fragrances.

Rainy Day Exercise

It is raining and I need to exercise. This happens a lot in New England, especially in November. Sometimes I just gear up and go outside anyway. But now it is dark and I need to do my cardio. So I won't be going in the woods now! Here are some options:

  1. Dance
  2. Run up and down the stairs
  3. Do a jumping/plyometrics routine
  4. Do an exercise DVD or find something at On Demand

I think I will dance. I can incorporate that with some ab work. Sounds good to me!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fosamax problems


Add fosamax to the list of medicines that cause problems in addition to fixing others. It is used to treat osteoporosis but instead causes a condition that brings on the death of jaw tissue. This is not a good thing. Parker & Waichman is a law firm that has been contacted by victims from the side affects of the drug and they are set on helping them. If you need a fosamax attorney then they are worth contacting because they can help you out. It is really bad when something that is supposed to help you actually can harm you. When you take a druf for a problem you expect it to work well without making you sicker. It seems like this happens a lot. A "miracle" drug comes out and then it has problems. This is not a good thing for the victims, especially since they were already sick in the first place.

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