Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

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Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Five Ways To Be Healthier This Fall

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on September 17, 2012 ][ In Medical and Health Information ]

This blog is all about ways my family tries to stay healthy.  We all need a little reminder or a nudge once in awhile to do something that should be a no brainer.  (Today I’m not reminding adults out there to brush their teeth twice a day and to floss.  I don’t care how tired you are at night, just do it.)  These ideas may be new or you may not realize how some things affect your health.  It is just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your physical health.  So today, let’s talk about ways to be healthier this fall.


1.  Get your flu shot.  You might get by without a flu shot in your 20′s and 30′s but young children and those over 50 really need to get the shot.  These age groups are most likely to get the flu (also pregnant women and those with a compromised immune system or condition like asthma) and to have complications from the flu.  People die each year from complications brought on by the flu.  My brother in law Hugh died almost two years ago when he developed pneumonia after getting the flu.  This topic is important to my family so I now encourage everyone to pay attention and get the shot.  At the least, you will get pretty darn sick and feel like crap if you do get the flu and it is SO preventable.  The flu shot is already available in many pharmacies and doctors’ offices and the health department usually offers a free clinic at the start of flu season.  Don’t put it off, get it done.


2.  Take care of your hearing.  If you use earbuds, keep the volume low.  Turn the radio down in the car – it’s a safety factor here as well if you can’t hear a horn honking or a siren because you are jamming on the drive home.  Turn the TV and stereo down as well.  Wear protective headphones if your job involves loud noise.  Have your hearing checked if you find yourself saying “Huh?” and “What?” all the time.  Our hearing is something we rarely think about until it’s gone and I’m warning you, those hearing aids aren’t really attractive.


3.  Know your family’s health history.  At some point, your doctor will ask if your parents, siblings or other close relatives had certain diseases.  It pays to know your risks for disease so take time to ask questions and write down the answers.  Certain diseases tend to run in families so you may need to be screened earlier or more frequently than others without the same family history.  If you know Uncle Joe and your mother and sister have diabetes for instance, you can take preventive steps so you don’t develop the disease yourself.


4.  Learn to chill out with mediation or exercise, not booze, food or the TV.  We all need to relax and reduce our stress but there are healthier ways to do so.  If you turn to food for comfort, you will most likely gain weight and run the risk of developing health problems.  You will also be unhappy with the way you look and feel which ultimately adds to your stress.  While unwinding with your favorite TV show is ok make sure you find time each day to exercise.  Exercise will do more for your whole body: it relieve stress, lowers your blood pressure, improves your mood, helps you to sleep better and makes you more fit.  Studies also show that time spent in meditation or prayer has many of the same benefits of exercise and there is growing evidence that your state of mind affects your physical well being.  Those who meditate have less stress, depression and anxiety.  Yes, you do have 10 minutes somewhere in your day to meditate.  The shower, waiting in the school pickup line, in bed before you fall asleep.


5.  Have a purpose in life.  This last one may sound odd but sometimes don’t we all wonder why we are here? Day after day of trudging through life struggling with a dead end job and endless bills does not stimulate the imagination.  Feeling lost, alone and without a meaning to your life leads to depression and anxiety.  You are less likely to take care of yourself if you don’t connect to others or have a goal.    Religion may be the answer for many but take a cue from the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”.  If you stop and think about it, you are important to many people in this life and your work may touch others in ways you will never know.  Still it helps to have a defined purpose that lifts you up.  Maybe you tutor underprivileged youth or you start a community garden.  Helping others always gives purpose to our lives but maybe your purpose is more personal.  Perhaps you want to get the college degree you missed out on earlier or your dream is to travel the world.  It doesn’t matter what it is, but having a purpose definitely improves the quality of your life.


Give these five ideas some thought and find ways to work them into your life.  You will never regret taking care of yourself.

Upadated on September 17, 2012

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