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…

The Week That Went Awry – Remembering Tuffy

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on September 11, 2012 ][ In Uncategorized ]

Last week was one of those weeks you just wish had never happened.  We’ve all had them; nothing goes right and sometimes things go terribly wrong.  It doesn’t really matter what happened but the question is how to put things in perspective and make things right?  I’m no psychiatrist or psychologist, just an ordinary person trying to cope.  The stresses and problems of life can really affect your health both physically and mentally so it is important to manage our bad feelings.  You might experience headaches, pain or tension elsewhere, stomach problems or tightness in your chest, among other symptoms.  There is no best way to deal with stress because different things work for each person.  Some find help in religion, others turn to friends or work or some combination.  It is important to realize the things that don’t work: abusing drugs and alcohol or your loved ones.


Tuffy was camera shy.



The first step towards making things better is to accept your feelings.  Ignoring them won’t make them go away.  It’s ok to feel sad, angry or inadequate sometimes so don’t try to hide your feelings when bad things happen.   I spent last week doing something close to nothing after loosing one of my beloved cats.  Several other things went wrong as well so I’d like to erase last week.  It all seemed worse because I’d had such a lovely anniversary weekend with my husband of 22 years.  I fully expect to feel bad for several weeks.  Everyone is different in how they process grief or other emotions so how ever long it takes is ok unless you find you just can’t move on.  Then it is time for professional help.


After a reasonable time however, it is time to quit wallowing in self pity.  Keeping busy is another step to righting your emotional ship.  Get back to work, tackle some jobs you’ve been putting off, get together with a friend.  It is interesting to note that human beings can not hold on to any emotion for very long in normal circumstances, whether it is happiness, anger or grief.  Working distracts your mind from the problem and helps you focus on something positive.  If you tackle some projects that you’ve been putting off, you have the added benefit of feeling good about finally accomplishing those tasks.  This is also a good time to volunteer as being helpful to someone else always boosts your own emotions.


Talk about your problem or grief with someone you trust.  Airing your feelings will make you feel better in the long run.  Bottling up your emotions may result in an inappropriate outburst later, perhaps with a co-worker or your children.  Don’t expect your friend to fix the problem but they just might be able to put the issue in a different light and you will see the solution yourself.  If nothing else, it helps to know others share your feelings and understand what you are going through.  Do pick your confidant carefully so you can be sure they won’t spread your problem around the gossip grapevine.


When you are going through a difficult time, you should get out and exercise.  Exercise causes the body to release chemicals called endorphins which make you have good or positive feelings.  It doesn’t really matter what kind of exercise you do as long as you are comfortable and doing something you enjoy.  Get out and go for a walk with a friend or go dancing with your partner.  If you already have a regular exercise routine, be sure to keep it up or maybe increase the intensity of your workout.  Exercise can also help you sleep better if worry or grief is keeping you awake.


Avoid alcoholic drinks.  Alcohol never makes you feel better even though many think they can “drown their sorrows” in booze.  While alcohol acts as a depressant, relaxing the mind and body, it can also alter your mood and inhibitions, thereby increasing depression or affecting your decision making skills.  The same thing goes for drugs whether prescription or illegal.  Only take prescription drugs that have been prescribed for you by a doctor.  Don’t take someone else’s medicine hoping it will fix your problems as that could lead to a much worse health problem.  If you are loosing too much sleep, you can take melatonin safely to help you relax or speak with your doctor.

Upadated on September 11, 2012

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