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…

Health Tips For New Year’s Resolutions

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on December 31, 2012 ][ In Medical and Health Information, Miscellaneous ]

Wow, it seems like a very long time has passed since I last posted.  I took a mini vacation last week since most of you were probably too busy to check in anyway.  Now New Year’s Eve is here and I’d like to us all to reflect upon our health and take a reality check.  What did you do last year that was beneficial to your health?  What did you fail to do that would have improved your health?  Worse, what did you do that was down right bad for you and you knew it?


Under the things that were good for you, I hope you can list that you kept up an exercise program or started one.  Perhaps you drank more water every day in 2012, and added more fruits and vegetables to your diet.  Surely none of my readers smoke but hopefully you gave it up in 2012 if you listed smoking among your bad habits.  If you took preventative measures for your health such as getting a flu shot, seeing the dentist for a checkup and checked your blood pressure, give yourself a high five.


What about your failures?  Did you just coast along thinking everything was ok with your health and not lifting a foot to help yourself?  Did you ignore the fat jiggling around your waist?  Did you laugh off the fact that you get breathless after one flight of stairs?  Are you really too busy to cook, exercise or get your flu shot?  You will have to make time to be sick, believe me.


Worst of all, are you one of those people who know full well you are doing bad things to your body and just keep on doing it?  Are you content to settle for feeling bad all the time or are you convinced nothing bad will happen to you?  Well maybe you will be lucky but sooner or later, we all have to pay for our transgressions.  I may be married to a doctor but I don’t fancy visiting any doctor or hospital.


So as you reflect upon the coming New Year, shift some attention away from the financial crisis and think about yourself.  After all, health care is expensive and you could reduce that expense by taking care of your body as best you can.  Also, think about the health of your children.  Think of the harm you are doing if you don’t teach them to take care of themselves by exercising and eating a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables.  Surely you don’t want your children condemned to a life of bad health because of your laziness and neglect?  Start the New Year right and make good health your highest priority.  Everything else will fall into place.

Upadated on December 31, 2012

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