Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

I can’t recall a time when I haven’t had indoor house plants in my home. Even when I was young and single, my sister and I had handful of plants in our apartment. Gardening outside is incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately it is very seasonal. This is why for me, having variety of indoor plants to take care of,  is very essential. There are studies and scientific research that show how houseplants can help with our environment both...

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What is Prediabetes: Reversing My Diagnosis Thru Lifestyle Changes

What is Prediabetes:  Reversing My Diagnosis Thru Lifestyle Changes

I had heard of diabetes my whole life, but I didn’t know there was something called prediabetes. Growing up I had couple of friends who had type 1 diabetes, but type 2 wasn’t common . After my doctor  told me few years ago, that I was prediabetic, I thought “who are you talking to?”. I had spend my whole life believing I was eating healthy enough, and sweet treats were rarely served in our home. Matter of fact, so rare...

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Understanding Inflammation and Its Role In Our Body

Understanding Inflammation and Its Role In Our Body

I believe that anti-inflammatory diet or lifestyle can help us alleviate many of our symptoms in managing different diseases. But beyond my personal experience, there are significant amount of studies and research that helps us to understand inflammation, as well as how to control too much of it. Not all inflammation is bad, but once it becomes chronic, that’s when we start seeing damage in the body. Today, researchers know that a great...

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Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

There are some amazing reasons and benefits with gardening. Just thinking about gardening, makes me believe I can smell fresh flowers and homegrown vegetables. And that thought alone, makes my hands start itching to go out and play in the soil. I remember living in our small town-home in Sweden with a yard that was about 0.05 acre (202 square meter), basically a tiny plot. We pulled out a small area of lawn, and planted a row of onions and ...

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Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Science Behind Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Luther Burbank was a botanist who knew what he was talking about when he said.. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful, they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul”. Famous actress, Marilyn Monroe once said “Diamonds are a girls best friend”. From day one, my husband has known that, that is not the case with me. I could care less about diamonds and sparkly stuff. But you tell me I can buy or...

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Understand And Manage Depression

Understand And Manage Depression

Depression is a real hard topic. You add the different faces of mental health problems, and it gets even more challenging.Perhaps it’s hard for me, because this is the part of me that most people don’t know of. There are over dozen different types of diagnosis within mental health disorders . Within these, the more common mood disorders are, depression and bipolar (also called manic depression). You may occasionally feel down and...

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7 Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

7 Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

I have a good friend who calls the month of January, “the armpit of the year”. If that’s not true, I’m not sure what is!  Depending on where you live, the experience might be a bit different for you. In general people who live in the northern countries, or the countries north of the equator, feel the impact of the darker and colder months. I have struggled with clinical depression and anxiety my whole life, so this time...

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The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

Sometimes it feels as though one more item on my to-do-list will for sure make me go crazy. We all have families, work and so many other responsibilities to take care of each and every day. Just thinking about stretching even further can be a very overwhelming feeling at times. Yet I believe most of us, even with limited time, have that deep desire to reach out and help people around us. In my experience with volunteering in different...

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How To Cope Emotionally With Diet Changes Due To Autoimmune Disease

How To Cope Emotionally With Diet Changes Due To Autoimmune Disease

I appreciate when I get feedback on my blog articles. That was the case recently when I visited with a lady over the phone regarding her health. After several years of living with an autoimmune disease, she decided to make changes in her lifestyle beyond medication. A year ago, her new doctor encouraged her to start living on a anti-inflammatory diet. She explained to me how amazing she felt when she ate according to the doctor’s...

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Living With Multiple Food Intolerances

Living With Multiple Food Intolerances

“Here, have the last of the chocolate milk!”  Me: “you know I can’t drink dairy” Her: “Seriously, if you’re not going to finish it then I will, I just don’t want to see it go wasted”. This conversation took place between me and a real close family member not too long ago at a family party. The last four years, I have lived with a strict diet of not eating over dozen of the most common foods,...

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