6 Tips to Alleviate Pain with Essential Oils


  While working in a hospital years ago as a nurse, the only way I knew of treating pain was with medications. Then I discovered John Gregory “Greg” Toews. Greg, an early innovator of advanced medical aromatherapy, trained with healers all over the world and has done extensive research into the use of essential oils…read more.

5 Tips to Prevent Mosquito Bites


When I was a child, my mother would pull us into the house and close all the windows when the “fog truck” drove through the streets spraying the pesticide DDT to fight mosquitoes. The truck earned its name because it left a thick fog in its wake. Fortunately, DDT was banned in 1972 due to…read more.

4 Tips to Rethink Habits this Spring


Ah, Spring! Days become longer. Weather gets warmer. Plants start growing and flowers start blooming. But with Spring comes Daylight Saving Time and the loss of a precious hour of sleep. That change alone can make us moodier—and prompt us to engage in not-so-healthy habits to help give us a boost with or without coffee.…read more.

4 Tips for a Happy (Gluten-free) Thanksgiving


If gluten isn’t on your Thanksgiving menu, don’t worry. It really is possible to have a delicious dinner that’s entirely gluten-free. Yes, even the pies. As someone who gave up gluten after experiencing migraine headaches 20 years ago (and who has had a rare migraine since), I have hosted many delicious gluten-free Thanksgiving dinners. But…read more.

Six Tips to Clear Your Body of Toxins


You eat well. You exercise. So why do you still feel lousy? If despite your best efforts you are still experiencing symptoms of “dis-ease,” such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia, and increased allergy issues, the culprit might be a toxic buildup in your body. Confused? How can you have toxins in your body if you eat…read more.

Lyme Disease: Follow this Natural Tip to Avoid It


In 2005, there were 89 reported cases of Lyme disease in Iowa, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of those 89 was my husband, Wayne. Finding a doctor who knew how to diagnose and treat Lyme disease proved challenging. In fact, we drove six hours round trip to see a…read more.

10 Choices for Eating Your Way Past Post-Holiday Aches and Pains


Are you starting off the New Year feeling sluggish, stiff and even in pain? Unfortunately, all that overindulging we’re prone to do over the holidays can do more than just impact our waistlines. Here’s why: During the holiday season, we’re more likely to eat more carbs and more sugar, consume more calories, drink less water,…read more.

Up to our ears…


It is July and in Iowa we are almost up to our ears……………in sweet corn. Remember 3 things about Sweet Corn: Buy and eat sweet corn as soon after picking as possible. When picked corn’s sugars start to convert to starch quickly. When choosing corn, the husk should be bright green and fit snugly around…read more.

Healthy Eating Journal: Keep Yourself on Track


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You are what you eat. Think about the demands you put on your body each day, and now imagine the fuel you put in your body to meet these demands. The healthier the fuel, the better able your body will be to meet your expectations of it. I want my fuel to be nutritious, delicious, and fulfilling – both physically and mentally…

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