CSAIt’s very interesting that the better we feel, the more we take things for granted. For instance, we’re feeling great because we recently lost a few pounds, so we think one small piece of cake won’t hurt. Or, we’ve been exercising an hour per day for the last week, so what can it hurt to take some time off? Or, we’re making healthy lunches every day, what’s wrong with having fast food one day?

There really is nothing wrong with these things, as long as we don’t break our routine permanently or stop practicing a habit we developed. When I get in this mindset of “what can it hurt,” it’s easy to find myself eating the wrong foods and exercising less, resulting in a lack of energy and other annoying symptoms.

When we don’t feel well, it’s bothersome and we’re more apt to work to improve our health. But, feeling good is just as risky because we lose the urgency to care for ourselves … thinking a little slip won’t matter.

It takes discipline to be healthy and feel well. Part of that discipline is developing a routine and making things more convenient. This certainly makes it easier to keep going on the healthful lifestyle track.

Here are some tips I use:

  1. I schedule my work out time. This time appears on my calendar just like any other appointment. This helps me keep the time free and not double-book myself. Otherwise, I always think I’ll get to it later … and I never do.
  2. I spend Sunday afternoons preparing food for the week. Whether I make a huge broccoli salad, a large serving of quinoa, or a mixture of black bean salsa, I strive to have things ready to eat when I’m in a hurry. Then, I can get up in the morning and have quinoa as a breakfast cereal – or scramble some eggs and dump black bean salsa on top, or grab a serving of broccoli salad to take for lunch.
  3. I keep vitamins handy in the kitchen. Having them some place where I see them all the time helps me remember to take them. I drink a lot of water … so as I’m standing at the sink getting a glass before going to bed, I reach over and grab the vitamins I need to take. They’re hard to ignore if staring me in the face.
  4. Speaking of drinking water. I keep a glass at work on my desk at all times. It’s not one of those plastic glasses, but a nice amber colored antique glass my mother gave me. Once I drink all in it, I refill it right away, so it’s ready to go.
  5. I also subscribe by email and through facebook to several healthful sites: One Green Planet, Full Plate Living, and Natural News to name a few. There are great cooking tips, exercise ideas, and general ways to keep us feeling great. (It’s also not necessary to subscribe to sites that charge a fee. Find sites that work for you, but are offered for free – they’re out there and available).

Once we reach a point of feeling good and maintaining healthful habits, it’s much easier to remain there instead of trying to regroup and start over. So make a plan, develop a routine, and stick to it.

Strive to be healthy!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS by Vickie Kline

Baxter christmasI started this blog in January 2012 and have had a great time posting items related to healthful tips and remedies. I’m taking a vacation during December to celebrate the holiday season and will return in January 2013 with lots of new topics and stories. Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join me in the New Year.

Merry Christmas to all!

Strive to be healthy!

LET’S TALK LEMONS by Vickie Kline

LET'S TALK LEMONS by Vickie Kline.


If you’re looking for one thing to change in your life that will help you feel better by this time tomorrow…make a plan to drink more water. You’ll be amazed at all the healthful benefits of water. And you know what? It doesn’t cost you a cent, is easily accessible, and the results are immediate.

I’m going to share with you some top reasons for increasing your intake of water today:

1. Losing weight: Yes, water can help you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Water also helps you feel full so you’ll eat less at mealtime… and is completely calorie free. Clothes shopping anyone?

2. Remedy for Headaches: Yes, water will help relieve headaches. Very often, dehydration is a common cause of headaches; increasing your water intake will keep you hydrated and possibly get rid of that annoying headache. How about a game of tennis?

3. Healthy Looking Skin: Yes, water replenishes skin tissue, moisturizes skin, and increases elasticity. Can you say healthy glow?

4. Brain Power: Yes, the brain is made up of mostly water, so hydrating will help you concentrate and remain focused. Are you thinking an A on that exam?

5. Better Workouts: Yes, water will regulate your body temperature and help fuel your muscles, helping you feel more like exercising. Okay, more clothes shopping?

6. Digestion and Constipation: Yes, water helps your entire system work more smoothly. Relieving digestion and constipation issues will improve your life overall. Shall we walk around the block?

7. Leg cramps: Yes, water will decrease leg cramps by lubricating joints and muscles. Especially if you suffer from leg cramps during sleep… hydrate during the day and you’ll be amazed at the difference. Thinking of sleeping six hours straight?

8. Respiratory and Sinus Ailments: Yes, water will help keep your system clear and decrease lung and sinus congestion. Water helps to liquify congestion so it’s free to be flushed out. Are you breathing easier?

9. Relieves Fatigue: Yes, water will help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. When your organs have to work hard to do this, it causes you to feel exhausted. Give them a little help and you’ll have more energy. Possibly a new workout plan?

It’s a well-known fact. Increase your water intake and improve many areas of your life. Not sure? Try it for one week and feel the difference.

Strive to be healthy!