Who Keeps Me Healthy?

I was asked by the Recall Center website to participate in their “Who Keeps You Healthy” campaign.  It is a campaign to share with others who keeps us healthy, to express appreciation and to also give the person the credit they deserve for helping us stay healthy.

At the end of March, the Recall Center will feature a collage of images and quotes from all participants in their Community Section, as well as highlight their favorites on their blog.

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C. Akens and Richard Blaise (Top Chef, ATL), 2011

Who Keeps Me Healthy?

It was not hard for me to think of the person who keeps me healthy. She is a friend, mentor and like a second mom to me. She is someone I admire because she did not let her age stop her from making healthy lifestyle changes. The person who keeps me healthy and is my health hero is, Ms. Carolyn Akens.

I met Carolyn Akens online sometime in 2009 or 2010. I cannot remember the exact year, but I do know that we met online through the first blog that I ever launched. She would visit my blog and leave comments and from there our friendship blossomed. Continue reading

Are You Guilty of Unrealistic Fitness Expectations?

female-holding-water-bottleI read an article written by Rod Sims, in one of Carolyn’s newsletters and the title was 10 Questions to Find Out if Fitness Failure is in Your Future. The article brought back memories of when I got frustrated because I was not seeing or getting the results in my fitness routine that I so desperately wanted. I stopped exercising, which was the wrong move.  I had fitness failure at the time and now I understand why.

Here’s what Rod said in the article that really got me thinking about my own fitness failures: Continue reading

How To Make Almond Butter Using a Food Processor

almondsHave you checked the price of almond butter lately? The price is more than some are willing to pay.

Why pay ten to twenty dollars for an eight ounce jar of almond butter, when you can make your own?

You can buy almonds in bulk for a reasonable price and make your own almond butter for much less than it costs to buy in the store.

If you have a food processor, you can make your own almond butter. Making your own nut and seed butters is better, because you know how the butter is processed and you know what is in your butter. Continue reading

An Important Lesson I Learned About Raw Almonds

almondsThe almond is my favorite nut, or should I say favorite seed.  If I was stranded on a deserted island, I’d definitely have almonds in my bag.

I thought I was being clever by making a healthy sweet treat with raw almonds and dates, but I discovered that the sweet treat upset my digestion.

I stopped eating raw almonds and dates for a several weeks, but soon found myself eating the sweet treat again.

This time when I had the almonds and dates, the almonds had been soaked and dehydrated.

The almonds tasted different with the dates, but not in a bad way, just different.  I also noticed I didn’t have any problems with digesting the almonds. Continue reading

Healthy Living and Inspiration from Around the Web Series – #4

healthy-living-healthy-inspirationHappy Saturday!

Today, I share with you healthy living and inspirational links from around the web.

These links help you stay focused on you and your healthy living goals, healthy lifestyle changes as well as inspire you to keep on keeping on.

You may get tired on this journey, but keep your eyes on the prize and don’t ever give up.

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