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…

Lack Of Sleep Can Make You Fat

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on July 10, 2012 ][ In Medical and Health Information ]

There are so many easy, inexpensive things you can do every day to dramatically improve your health that I wonder why people don’t do them.  How hard is it to drink a couple of glasses of water a day instead of another soda?  Is it too tough to give up 30 minutes of TV a few nights each week to walk the block with a friend?  Can’t you eat a banana with your lunch instead of chips?  That is basically the whole point of my blog: to show people that they can live a better, healthier life without a lot of trouble if they only make an effort.  Sleeping should be an easy and pleasant thing to do for your health.


I have written before about how a lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain among other problems but it is worth discussing again.  My husband shared another study with me recently and while most of it was pretty technical, I can boil it down to what you need to know:  people who sleep less than 7 hours a night increase their genetic risk for weight gain.  The study involved twins and looked at how sleep affected their genetic predisposition to gain weight.  Those who slept more than 7 hours had the lowest BMI’s.  So if you are looking for a way to boost your weight loss program or to maintain your current body weight, make sure you regularly get 7 or more hours of sleep each night.


Sleep needs vary from person to person and children and infants obviously need more sleep.  Sleep deprivation increases the levels of a hunger hormone and decreases the levels of a hormone that signals we are full, a bad combination.  If you wake up in the morning feeling rested and ready to go, you are getting enough sleep.  Please don’t forget that a lack of sleep can affect so many other important areas of your life such as your ability to drive safely and concentrate at work.  Don’t think that you can just catch up on the weekend, you need a consistent level of sleep every day to be at your best.


If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, do what it takes to fix the problem.  I’m not recommending you go right out and get drugs; that should be a last resort.  Don’t hesitate to sleep in another room if your partner is keeping you awake.  We all have different things we like when we sleep – some like “white noise”, some want it cold, some like to fall asleep to music and others live with a snorer.  (That is probably not a word but you know what I mean.)  Everyone is better off with a good night’s sleep rather than trying to sleep together.  Your relationship will be better if you don’t resent your partner for interrupting your sleep.


If worry is keeping you awake, solve the problem or find a way to put it aside for the night with prayer or whatever works for you.  I take Melatonin as needed to help me sleep, especially if I didn’t get enough sleep the night before.  Melatonin is a hormone produced by your body and found in small amount in food.  It can also be bought as a man made supplement found at grocery stores, drug stores, etc.  Children can take Melatonin as well but read the label or talk to your pediatrician.


Remember to keep all electronics out of your bedroom.  It is not necessary to get texts in the middle of the night or news updates.  Make sure your children do the same.  Don’t exercise late in the evening as that can keep you awake.  Certainly avoid caffeine late in the afternoon and evening.  If you suffer from insomnia, please see a doctor for help.

Upadated on July 10, 2012

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