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

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

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…

If you haven’t seen the inspirational story of Bree Boyce, Miss South Carolina, you need to.  Just five years ago, Bree was significantly overweight and at 17 was already suffering from problems associated with obesity.  Her aching knees prompted her to go to the doctor whom she credits with saving her life.  The doctor didn’t mince words; he told her it was time to loose weight.

Up to that time, Bree suffered from low self esteem and had turned to food to shore up her emotional well being.  She hid her problem from her family and ate junk food in secret, often eating whole pizzas and other fast food away from home.  Of course, the secret eating habit and excess weight only made her feel worse.  Hearing her doctor say that excess weight was the cause of her aching knees and that it would only get worse gave her the courage to loose the weight.

Bree lost the weight the old fashioned way; eating a healthy diet and exercise.  She did not turn to surgery or fad diets, thank goodness.  The first 64 pounds came off quickly but it took three years for her to achieve her goal and loose over 100 pounds.  She says that she educated herself along the way and learned more about nutrition and how to cook healthy foods.

Now she has won the Miss Carolina title (where she also won the swim suit competition!) and will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in January.  Her platform naturally is about obesity and healthy eating.  She looks forward to traveling around the country promoting good health and also has a facebook page where people can leave comments.

I hope my readers will learn from Bree’s story that good health is important to leading a more fulfilling life.  As she says, it takes alot of hard work and determination, but anyone can do if they are truly motivated.  I hope you are motivated to take charge of your health and not take it for granted until it is too late.  Remember my mantra: eat healthy foods and exercise!

Upadated on July 12, 2011

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