Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Saves the World

Apple Cider Vinegar – miracle or a bunch of hype?I have noticed in the past year, after hitting 50, my metabolism is grinding to a halt. I gained a bit of weight that I’d like to ditch before it gets any worse. Not sure if it’s age, the one med I take, or what (yes, I did get a little lazy with my diet for a bit, but not toooo lazy) Anyway, my normal tricks to kick start weight loss were not working, and I started seeing info about drinking Apple Cider ...

Gluten Free Apple Tart

Need a tasty treat? Gluten Free Apple Tart to the resuceI made this yummy gluten free apple tart yesterday for an event at my house. Man it turned out DELISH. Now I know some of you cannot eat oats, for me, I can handle them without any problem. There are other flours I’m sure you could sub here if oats are not on your okay eating list (I do make sure they are Gluten free and non-GMO). Almond Meal would be tasty as well – I may try that next time because I l...

Finding Spoons – Energy for Autoimmune Peeps

Finding spoons in unexpected placesI think one of the toughest parts of managing RA is the ever changing number of spoons you have each day. Wonder what the heck I’m talking about? Read The Spoon Theory. Christine Miserandino does a fantastic job of explaining what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. Finding spoons wherever I can has helped me tremendously.Some days I have a whole fistful of spoons, and other days they must all be in the dishwasher or something. So I’m always mindful of how I spend my energy and on the look out for areas that I can conserve. What’s worth using a few spoons for? The main thing I am always willing to spend my spoons on is exercise. Even when I’m hu...

Chronic Stress and Autoimmune Issues

Is there a connection between chronic stress and autoimmune issues?When I was diagnosed with RA, I read and researched and read and researched about what caused it. Genetics maybe, trauma maybe, diet maybe…….not a lot of definitive info out there. In fact, at least 50% of autoimmune disorders have been attributed to “unknown trigger factors”. In the past six years, I’ve learned a lot though about what makes things worse. I have some dietary triggers (wheat and dairy for example) and changes in weather could drive me to drink. And something we all experience is a definite issues …… CHRONIC STRESSThere are a lot of different kinds of stressors. ...

How to have a better period

Desperate for a better period?Periods suck. That is no surprise to the females of the world. While everyones cycle are different, either in length, flow or symptoms. We can’t control or manage the length or flow, but we can try to manage our symptoms. There are ways to have a better period.I’ve complied a small list of some tricks I’ve found that have greatly helped me manage my period symptoms1. ClaryCalm! This has been a lifesaver for me and my cramps. Clary...

Simple ways to have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficultI go through spurts where I’m on a menu-planning roll and feeding my family healthy, RA friendly foods is simple. And then there’s life. Things get busy, and I get lazy in this department. Dave’s been gone on business for a few weeks and Hana & I had high hopes of cooking lots of those delicious foods that he doesn’t like (squash, eggplant, aspa...

Oh My! Ostrich Balm

Ostrich Balm for the winI recently wrote about Ostrich Oil and have been really amazed with the results I’m getting with it. Many of you have heard of using Emu oil, so this really isn’t much of a stretch from there. It has some great properties to it that make it the perfect addition to this salve to soothe my joints and muscles. If you’ve been following me lately, you know I’ve been dealing with some issues with my hands. Lemongrass & Birch have been helpful, but not with everything. I made this ostrich balm and started al...

AHHHmazing Vegan Granola

Nutty, fruity, slightly sweet Vegan GranolaMy 15 year old plays travel volleyball. When we go to all day tournaments, the parents take turns bringing food for everyone. It’s fun to come up with healthy and tasty food to fuel the girls for competition. My friend Valerie and I have teamed up several times to come up with some deliciousness. One of the things we’ve made that has been very popular is fruit salad, yogurt, and granola so they can make their own parfaits. Her daughter and the coach are vegan, so I went in search of ways to make sure they could enjoy the parfaits too- super easy: coconut yogurt and vegan granola!This past batch of granola was probably the best I’ve ever made. Not only is ...

Orange Chicken anyone?

Orange Chicken in a flashI have fallen in love with my Instant Pot. This Orange Chicken was done so fast – even with zoodling the zucchinis. I love that it’s super healthy, much more so than the deep fried Orange Chicken you often find at restaurants...

The Benefits of Probiotics for RA Warriors

The benefits of probiotics are certainly a hot topic right nowWhat are probiotics anyway?? They are living organisms – bacteria- that can be added to one’s diet in order to restore or maintain a healthy balance of gut microbes. It’s the good bacteria that we hear about. And the list of the benefits of probiotics keeps growing Many patients and clinicians believe that probiotic supplements may be helpful in reducing the signs and symptoms of disease, by restoring the balance of bacteria in the gut. This is because research and clinical experience has shown that some patients with autoimmune disease have out of balance gut flora and that the addition of probiotics may help reduce or eliminate disease indica...

Ostrich Oil: is it really from an Ostrich?

Yes, actual oil from OstrichesOstrich oil. After all this time of exploring natural options, why have I not heard of this before? I mentioned it to another one of my knowledgeable oil friends and she was clueless too. Did you know Ostrich oil has been used for centuries by the Egyptian, Roman and African cultures for topical relief of dry skin, burns, lesions, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, chapped lips, muscular pain, hair growth, dry hair, bed sores, fine lines and wrinkles, to soften cracked heels and for...

Hydration Challenge

Join the 2017 Hydration Challenge!Staying hydrated makes a huge difference in our overall health:EnergyMetabolismJoint painFocusSkin HealthStrengthand that's just a partial list. Join our HYDRATION CHALLENGE January 9th through January 29th to make a habit of staying hydrated. It takes 21 days to make something a habit, so here we go! Eight 8oz glasses of water a day. Can you do it? How about we sweeten the pot and throw some prizes in? Each week I'll giveaway the following: Week One - Lemon Esse...

oh that blue

What color is your gateway oil? Could it be DEEP Blue?As the oil community grows, so do the fun off-shoot businesses, like clever tshirts. Saw one the other day that said "Lavender is the gateway oil." Well. Personally, I think Deep Blue is the gateway oil. It's pretty freakin' amazing....

Past Tense - an unsung oil hero

Toss the tension, embrace new goals with Past TenseHere we are at the start of 2017, and a huge majority of us are thinking of all the things we want to do better in 2017 (goals, resolutions, intentions, whatever) . I'm looking to get back on track with my diet. I really fell off the paleo wagon over the holidays and need to get my butt back on it A.S.A.P. My joints are telling me that no food is worth feeling this crappy and I'm dealing with way more muscle tension than I'd like (time to pull out the Past Tense...read on). And not that it's EASY but at least it is in a sense SIMPLE. I know what I need to do, and there are a lot of great paleo resources out there that ...

Sleep, such a precious commodity

Do you struggle with sleep issues?You and I both know that dealing with chronic health issues spells trouble for our sleep patterns. In fact I've written about it multiple times on the blog. I definitely go through cycles where I have more sleep issues than others. Late...

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Sugar Scrub

DIY Sugar Scrub to the rescueI've really let time get away from me lately, and yet I still want to give some special people in our lives some gifts that they will truly enjoy. Sugar scrubs are easy, pampering, and fun to make. Mix in COFFEE and this DIY Sugar Scrub smells DIVINE and is oh so good for your skin. Sugar scrubs make great ...

"Roller" on into the Holidays

Pull out your oils and blend up some special roller gifts this seasonMaking gifts for friends and family is a ton of fun , and when you can make gifts like these roller bottles that are adorable AND functional, all the better. These roller blends are cute as can be with some fun labels I found on Amazon. (THESE are similar) But they are also super beneficial for a variety of differe...

Soak away Holiday Stress

Send Holiday Stress packing this seasonHow is it the seventh of December and I have like 2 gifts ready? Life has been an adventure lately for sure. Full to overflowing of great stuff and not-so-great stuff (and a touch of really sad too). I let myself get completely overwhelmed last week. Then I beat myself up over that, because I know flares follow stress around like a little lost puppy. And of course that just adds to the holiday stress. Time to hop of that roller coaster.Fire up the diffuserOne way I'm doing that is by utilizing oils that help me relax. I'm posting holiday diffuser blends every day on my Instag...

4 simple ways to give gifts that matter

Do your gifts matter or are they misfits?Okay, fess up, how many gifts have you received over the years that went unopened, unworn, unused, regifted or eventually delegated to the donation pile? Now, don't get me wrong, I TOTALLY appreciate anytime someone takes the time to think about me and get a gift for me. But I don't want to be the giver that gives the gifts that are ready for the Island of Misfit Gifts, and I'm guessing you probably feel the same. Don't you want people to look like my grands over there on the left when they get gifts from you? How many people have gone to the mall, fought the crowds, dropped $100 or more on a gift that no one cared about? I'm done buying just to buy. Time to help change lives people...

Lavender: Who doesn't need more calm in their life?

I am not a floral-y person and have never been a fan of lavenderGenerally,I gravitate towards spicy, woodsy scents - but let me tell you, I HAVE joined the doTERRA Lavender fan club. I never knew how effective it is at calming down just about everything. From easing grumpy moods to soothing occasional skin irritations, it's got it all going on. You need this in your life. I've been reading a lot of the chemistry behind why Lavender is so effective, a lot of it has to with the Linalool content. I will say that you'll be glad you have it on hand if you are like me and tend to be a klutzy cook and get minor burns often. Or if you live where there are fire ant mounds. I carry a ...