Meal Planning and Batch Cooking to Reduce Your Migraines

Meal planning and batch cooking to reduce migraines.

Do you get migraines when you delay or skip a meal? Are you too busy to eat on time and eat healthy? Well, here’s the good news. With a little planning, you can still eat a healthy diet in a timely manner to reduce the frequency of migraines triggered by hunger!!

I don’t know about you, but on the days I skip meals, I am more definitely prone to get a migraine. Years ago, I had no clue that skipping meals could do that to me. Now, I do not, so I can’t allow myself to skip meals….the risk of that pain is just too great!

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How to meal plan….even when you have no time

How to meal plan….even when you have no time Life is no longer linear or specialized. Whoever you are, whatever role you play, if you ever have to feed yourself or someone else at a stretch, one of the most time-consuming things about deciding to eat at home is deciding what to make. The task seems monumental – what will you make? Will it be tasteful? Will it be healthy? What ingredients do I get and from where? Moreover, as monumental as the task is, so is the time it takes to plan it. It makes the life of busy cooks even busier – meal planning was supposed to help!

Meal planning will help you cook on a budget of money and time, make your food innovative and interesting, and help you plan healthy meals that look after your needs and those who eat with you.

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How Meal Planning Can Stop Emotional and Binge Eating

How Meal Planning Can Stop Emotional and Binge Eating
Emotional and binge eating is a train wreck waiting to happen. I am expert in this! For years I didn’t realize I was turning to food as a source of comfort….then I wondered why I was gaining so much weight! There was never any thought in my mind about pre-planning my meals or thinking out a menu list.

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Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

Reduce Inflammation with these Key Foods

Inflammation. It’s not just for health headlines.

It’s a fact.

Scientists are measuring levels of inflammation in our bodies and finding that it can be pretty bad for our health; this is especially true when it’s chronic (i.e. lasts a long time).

Inflammation has been linked to obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes, just to name a few.

But, instead of writing all about what it is, how it’s measured, and where it comes from; why don’t I focus on some foods packed with anti-inflammatory antioxidants that are proven to help reduce it?

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Do You Have Your New Year Resolutions in Place?

Do You Have Your New Year Resolutions in Place?

2017 went by so quickly and here we are 2018 is upon us!

Whether it’s because of the cliché or the cynic inside you, we are quick to reject resolutions for the New Year. More than a list that is failures you have set yourself up for the coming year, the list of resolutions actually is a really admirable tradition. It reflects the hope that we have that with each turning year comes a chance to turn your life around. If you have ever made a resolution for the new year, it means you have believed in the chance at a fresh start to become the best version of yourself. 
 
I know what you’re thinking. If that is so, why is it that we almost always fail? Are we destined to lose conviction to the cause as the months lose days? Are we just not good enough to be the people we want to be?

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4 Foods to Avoid for a Migraine Sufferer

4 Foods to Avoid for a Migraine Sufferer
Have you set some goals or resolutions for yourself in 2018? My hope is that you can get some relief from your migraines this year. I know first-hand that it doesn’t happen overnight, but I also know that when you make a few daily changes, bit-by-bit you will feel some changes and begin to feel relief.

This week, I wanted to briefly share with you some of the foods that can definitely be a trigger for your migraines. Of course, everyone is different, and while one or two of these foods may definitely be a trigger for me, they may not be for you. Maybe you are not fully aware of all of your migraine triggers, and this short list may help you evaluate more fully what your food triggers are.

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How to Sneak Healthy Foods into Your Holiday Dishes, Without Anyone Noticing!

How to Sneak Healthy Foods into Your Holiday Dishes, Without Anyone Noticing!

he holidays are here – can you believe it? The excitement is in the air, the children are excited beyond measure, and as women, we are busy, busy, busy trying to get everything done!

But, it is time to savor all the joy the holidays bring — friends, family, meals together, giving and gratitude.  Of course, along with them are hearty dishes and sweets that can certainly wreak havoc on our bodies. Casseroles laden with cream, sugary cakes and cookies, and other tempting empty calorie bombs will adorn the dining tables we surround.  Unless we do something about it, that is!

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How to Prevent Stress Eating During the Holidays

How to Prevent Stress Eating During the Holidays

There’s no doubt about it, the holidays can be a great time of joy for many of us. But for others, they are filled with anxiety and stress. Sometimes, even for those that love the family get-togethers, the stress of holiday shopping, finances, and hosting relatives can tear them apart. When stress hits at this time of year, it’s easy to turn to that tray of cookies for moral support. After all, cookies won’t criticize you about your life choices the way your family will.

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Relax Your Head with These Simple Techniques

Relax Your Head With These Simple Techniques

Are you aware of your own breathing patterns? If so, you are a step ahead of many others and you may find it easier to learn how to relax and cope with migraines and headaches.

Knowing when there are changes in your breathing patterns can help you relax. For example, changes in emotion often disrupt your breathing patterns. If you are a person who tends to be anxious, you might find yourself holding your breath without even being immediately aware of that change. On the other hand, some people who are depressed tend to sigh and speak in a low-pitched voice as they exhale.

You may not always be aware of your breathing patterns, but now I have mentioned them, perhaps the next time this happens you will be more aware of what is going on and move quickly to the relaxation portion.

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How Eating Quality Foods Can Make All the Difference for You

How Eating Quality Foods Can Make All the Difference for You

How’s it coming with the holiday shopping and preparations? Hopefully you are taking time to enjoy this time of year and not getting too bogged down in the busyness of it all.

It can be so difficult during the holiday season to stay on track. We have so many social engagements, holiday parties, different events to go to, and even host some of our own. It is often a time for overindulgence, isn’t it? 

Of course, it is always wonderful to have those special treats – you know, the ones we seem to save for the holidays! One of my family’s favorites is the Cranberry Bread I make. 

In the past, I would just over-indulge and feel lousy about myself, feeling like I had no self-control – or my stomach would feel so bad from having over-consumed.

Many of us live by that counting calorie guide, and of course, we find ourselves way over the limit at this time of year. 

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Don’t let the holidays stress you out

Don’t let the holidays stress you out
It’s that time of year when in some areas of the world, Mother Nature “takes a rest” and settles in for a long winter nap! Not so much in other parts of the world, such as my little corner here in Florida, where, apart from a couple of months of cold, we still experience the blossoming of flowers, the beauty of the trees, and the warmth of the more tropical climate. Don’ get me wrong. When we get cold it can be very cold at night and into the 20s. 

When this time of year arrives, we turn to the busyness and frenzy of the upcoming holidays. Our calendars fill up with holiday festivities and full days getting ready for the visits and celebrations with family and friends. It can be exhausting with all the preparations – and our minds go into overload as our thoughts churn over with the many things we have to get done.

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Dodge Those Germs This Winter With These Helpful Tips

Dodge Those Germs This Winter With These Helpful Tips.
Once Thanksgiving has passed, we generally tend to think the winter season has arrived.

Winter is typically a refreshing time of year that many eagerly await. Living here in Florida, I can’t say I love the cold, but I do look forward to the cooler days we have during fall and winter.  Don’t get me wrong, we often do get down to freezing during the winter months, but I don’t miss the snow and biting cold!

Still, for most, winter does bring the colder temperatures, the beautiful blankets of snow over the landscape, the festivities with family and friends, and the anticipation of a brand new year right around the corner.  

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Staying on Track During the Holidays

Staying on Track During the Holidays.

But to get to our final destination, we must hang on. 

They say that success and failure are down the same path.  You just need to keep going without giving up to get past the failures and to the success. And that can be hard.  

I’m not here to tell you it’ll be easy. It won’t be. But it is possible to stick on that path, as long as you don’t give up. 

It is important to determine what is a “mistake” to you.

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6 Tips for Buying Healthy Foods Without Breaking the Bank

6 Tips for Buying Healthy Foods Without Breaking the Bank

At this time of year, we are totally thinking about food. What are we going to feed our guests – what is it that I can take to my friend/relative’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Even though it’s that time of year that we tend to indulge ourselves, we can still add many healthy and delicious options to our menus.  Of course, when it comes to eating healthy, we often think twice about buying the healthiest options at the grocery store because of the price.

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No Holiday Migraines…..No Holiday Stress!

No Holiday Migraines…..No Holiday Stress!

It’s true – the majority of us look forward to the holidays. Sometimes though, as a migraine sufferer, the holidays can be a time of stress and headaches….often leading to an increase in migraines. So in a way, does that sometimes make you dread the holidays – the added pressure, the stress, the running from here to there to get everything done – and the resulting migraines?

Don’t give up on the holidays – you can look forward to this time of year without the dread and anxiety often involved. There are many things we can do for ourselves to reduce or avoid episodes of stress; not only reducing migraine pain, but also giving us some control over our migraine patterns, restoring some control over our lives – control which we are often robbed of due to migraine patterns.

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Holiday Headaches……Let’s Say No!

Holiday Headaches……Let’s Say No!

We say it every year — where did the time go? We are already past Halloween and now Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us…and Christmas is not far behind.

Do you find the holiday season — although fun and exciting  — a time of stress and busyness? Do you even find yourself suffering with  more migraines as a result of the added stress?  

Unfortunately, stress is one of the most prevalent migraine triggers there is. As the holiday season gets closer and close, so our lives become more and more hectic. As you well know, stress is something migraine sufferers would rather avoid, but at this busy time of year, that is sometimes pretty impossible. But, as a migraine sufferer both of us need to find ways to deal with that stress so that the frequency and severity of migraine attacks can be lessened, and we can better enjoy this festive time of year. 

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The One Thing That Can Help You Reach Your Health and Weight Goals

Can you believe it’s already November? Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, quickly followed by Christmas! The time flies by so fast. 

With the holidays approaching, it can be very difficult to stay on track with your health goals, as I am sure you are well aware. In this blog, I am going to give you some tips so that you go into the holiday season prepared!

“Accountability” is when you take responsibility for your actions. When you “own” them.

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Suffering with “Stomach Bloat?” Here are Some Simple Solutions.

Do you suffer with bloating? I know if I eat particular foods, I can find myself bloating. What a miserable feeling. There’s not much that’s worse than that awful abdominal pain that has you doubled over and you just don’t know what to do to alleviate that pain and discomfort. I know if you have this issue, you are right there with me. It’s the pits. Here are 3 ways to “debloat.”

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How Nature Walks Make Your Brain Healthier by Rebecca Hill

How Nature Walks Make Your Life Healthier: Several studies and research have shown that people who walk a lot in the woods or parks have reduced stress level compared with those people who walk in cities.
As part of my research I created this info-graphic “How Nature Walks Make Your Brain Healthier.”
The graphic mainly talks about:
• Why city dwellers need more walks.
• How walks in nature can boost your immunity.
• Why there is a need for more parks in cities.
• Physical benefits of walking that could improve your body.
• The benefits of Japanese forest bathing.

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How to Keep a Slip-Up from Derailing Your Health Goals

How to Keep a Slip-Up from Derailing Your Health Goals
Do you feel like you slip-up and then derail your health goals?  I have definitely found that at times, I am going along great, eating well and living a healthy lifestyle –  and then I eat something that makes me feel as if I have totally “blown it.” Then, I have a tendency to think, “What’s the point in carrying on. I’ve already blown it, and I’ll probably just keep messing up anyway.”

Does this sound familiar? Have you been there?
It happens to us all — you’ve been crushing your health goals, and things are going great….Until vacation rolls around, and the endless buffet on your cruise ship derails you…or so you think. We often feel shame afterward, and it’s common to let these “slip-ups” demotivate us. The important piece of this puzzle is learning how not to let such a thing hinder you and how to find your motivation to jump back on track.  
Here are a few of my favorite ways I do this in my own life…

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Could Exercise Act as a Preventative for Migraines?

Could exercise really help you prevent migraines?  I am a huge proponent of regular exercise as a prophylaxis for migraines. This has been such a “migraine reliever” in my own life.

Let’s talk about exercise for a few minutes.

According to the American Headache Society, regular exercise can reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines. It states that, “When one exercises, the body releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Exercise reduces stress and helps individuals to sleep at night. Stress and inadequate sleep are two migraine triggers.”

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5 Simple Migraine-Relief Tips

5 Simple Migraine-Relief Tips.
If you are a migraine sufferer, you don’t need to be told that migraines are often accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, along with other symptoms – and all ending with throbbing, intense pain which is generally on one side of the head. You may also experience the aura associated with migraine – like a warning signal prior to the actual migraine beginning. An aura can include flashing lights, wavy lines, tingling and visual disturbances as well as other symptoms. Some of us also have problems with the minds, such as an inability to focus and a feeling of “fuzziness.”  

Although we all have a slightly unique set of symptoms and pain levels, whatever the degree and extent of your symptoms and pain, you are fully aware of how debilitating migraines are and how they affect your lifestyle and ability to function properly. 

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