Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Monday, March 10, 2014

Own Your Health

Going to the doctor is usually a routine experience. You share your symptoms, your doctor offers a knowing nod, and you’re out the door with an answer and a prescription. But what happens when your issue isn’t so simple? Some of us suffer from enigmatic illnesses – like unexplained weight gain, chronic fatigue, and other mysterious maladies – that can be hard to diagnose and treat by even the most experienced medical professional.



While our desire might be to throw up our hands in defeat, we can’t give up. We deserve our best health; at times, we must fight for it. But how do we start? How can you be your best advocate? And how do you find the answers you desperately need when nothing seems to be working?

The first step is to list all of your symptoms and start tracking them. Do you notice that you feel exhausted at three in the afternoon? Do you have sinus issues only when you are at work? Are you wide awake at 2 AM every night? In order for a doctor to understand your needs, they require the whole picture. Plus, it’s often in the little things that you find the most astounding connections.  

Next, do your research. Note: I didn’t say, diagnose via web browser! But it’s worth doing some online seeking to understand the terms surrounding your issues, to explore your symptoms and what they could possibly mean, and to get familiar with the current research. You are up close and personal with your issues, and they are foremost on your mind. But your doctor, especially if you are going to a general practitioner, may not be familiar with all the new techniques and treatments surrounding your health woes.

Find the right doctor. If you already have a general practitioner with whom you share a good relationship, that is the place to start. But if your symptoms don’t match common maladies, you may need to see a specialist. Finding a doctor might not be fun, but it's easier than you might think. Your general practitioner may offer a referral, or you can search on your own. Sites like Vitals and Healthgrades offer patient reviews and ratings. You may also check with your local health food store or health newspaper for suggestions if you want a practitioner with a holistic orientation.

Treat your first appointment like a job interview. You might have found a specialist to work with, but is this the right person? Just like any relationship, the medical relationship depends on mutual respect and trust, and it often comes down to like-minded personalities. So during your first visit, come prepared. Bring the tracker of all your symptoms, copies of any tests you may have had in the last few years, and a list of your questions. Present all of this at your appointment and see what transpires. Afterwards, review whether or not this is someone you feel you can work with. Depending on the severity or complexity of your issues, you might be with this doctor for several years. If you don’t feel confident that this is the right doctor, don’t hesitate to visit another one. You may have to travel some distance to find the right person, but when you do, it will be well worth it.

Mystery illnesses frustrate the sufferer, but there are answers out there for you. Sadly, when we don’t feel well, doing more work may the last thing we want to do, but this is one situation where it may pay off for years to come. Tracking your symptoms, researching your issues, and establishing a solid relationship with a medical professional will get you that much closer to finding a solution and feeling better.

What have you done in the past to find the right doctor? What tips would you offer someone in a similar situation?

Contributing Writer

Monday, January 20, 2014

January: Mental Wellness Awareness month

We often think of mental illness – whether it shows up in the people we love, in the bright color of an awareness ribbon, or in the news – as a severe psychological problem that needs treatment. Terms like depression and anxiety are regularly mentioned, often in the same sentence as treatment and medication. 

Lost in the milieu of illness, we might forget to consider “mental wellness.” Since January is both a time of renewal and farewell, how about checking in to see what your mental wellness level is?

In the world of psychological maladies, there is no definition for “normal.” But in our everyday life, what does it mean to feel good mentally? How would you describe it? Most of us go through our lives without ever assessing: how is my outlook on life? Am I mentally well? Or could I use some tuning up?


As you consider these questions, here are some ideas to help you review and improve your mental health:

Life mindset – How do you face each day? Do you feel like each day presents new possibilities? Even if your morning routine is a bit hectic, do you find yourself excited about what’s in store for the future? For many of us, we find ourselves shaking our heads, as our daily view tends towards a more negative attitude. And you aren’t alone. But negativity affects not only our world view, but our health and attitude. So how do you alter this habit, and create a new one? 

Using the S.M.A.R.T. goal strategy we discussed before, it might look something like this: I will speak one positive thought about my life each morning, for the next 30 days. You might put that goal on a sticky note and post it around the house and in your car so you can stick to it!

Self-talk – What does you self-talk sound like? Is it encouraging and loving? Is the way you speak to yourself the same way you would speak to your child or best friend? Does it make you smile with joy? If your answer is “no” to any of these questions, it’s time to evaluate how to improve it. We know that self-talk not only improves our attitude, but it has significant impacts on our health

To make the first step in improving our self-talk, let’s use the goal above: creating a more positive life mindset. When you get up in the morning and face yourself in the mirror, make a conscious effort to improve your self -talk. “This is a new day – and it’s awesome.” “I am going to face the challenges today with a smile.” “Even though today has some stress in it, I’m going to have a good day.” Whatever might work for your situation – choose that phrase or adjust it to match the day’s (and your) needs.


Daily influences – What do you allow into your mind during the day? How about first thing in the morning? Many of us tune in to the morning news, the afternoon broadcast, and often, even the evening news hour. At times, it’s with us on the commute, or at the gym, or even over the lunch break as we grab a sandwich or sit in the lunchroom. While being aware of world and local events is often necessary, the constant barrage of negative news stories and horrific events takes a toll on our mental wellness and adds stress. 

So rather than live in a bad news bubble, why not change some of your daily influences to help cultivate better mental wellness? Try listening to your favorite tunes, or putting on some dance music and moving to the beat. Have you checked out the podcasts that are available for your daily drive? Or how about listening to a book? If you like to have something on the television, try a funny show or an uplifting spiritual program. Even a meditation or yoga class can help ease the strain of daily stress.

Our mental wellness is critical not only to our health, but to our life satisfaction. While it’s easy to overlook, the more mindful we are about our outlook, the better the outcome, and the more likely we are to find true joy and contentment in our lives.

What are ways you have used to improve your mental wellness? What areas are you still working on?


Ally Bishop
Contributing Writer

Monday, December 23, 2013

Making Healthy Changes for 2014

About this time of year, we’re faced with two seemingly opposing tasks: Making delicious feasts for our loved ones, and pondering New Year’s resolutions, in which we will improve our health and eat better. So while we’re elbow-deep in shortening-laden creations and butter-and-cream rich recipes, we shake our heads in defeat, convinced we can’t do anything about our health goals until the new year.

Tea with honey

It rarely occurs to us that we can start our efforts in the middle of these festive seasons – after all, isn’t this the time when endless cookies, pies, and cakes abound? How could you possibly attempt to improve your health as you race between holiday parties, school plays, and family obligations? In truth, because any lasting change to and for our health comes in small adjustments. If you are counting on the first of the year to be your catalyst for change, I encourage you to nix that thinking, and start now! Focus on the small changes and adapt your life gradually, and you’ll discover that permanent changes are possible and easy.

Make small substitutions. Rather than attempt an all-out kitchen cupboard makeover while baking snickerdoodles, start with the little things: pick up some local honey at the farmer’s market, and use that for your tea. Substitute real butter for cheap shortening. Ever tried coconut sugar? It makes an excellent replacement for brown sugar.

One thing at a time. Often, when we want change, we want it all at once. Downside: we push things hard and fast, and then we burn out our focus and excitement. If your kids love to eat fast food, this isn’t the time to make radical rules. Instead, suggest grabbing a meal at a local burrito restaurant, where they make them by hand (like Chipotle or Moe’s) instead of Taco Bell. Do you have kids that love chips and dip? How about making some homemade salsa and picking up some organic corn chips? And if you love a good cookie, crowd around the kitchen and make them from scratch, rather than buying premade logs in the refrigerated section.

Don’t step too far off the beaten path. So you tried kohlrabi tarts, and no one liked them? You might want to stick to tried and true favorites, like whole-food based traditional recipes. If you aren’t sure where to start, review recipes online that are focused on whole sources, less-processed ingredients, and add one or two to the regular menu. If you typically make a pumpkin pie for Christmas, try making your dough from scratch rather than buying a pre-made crust. Love turkey for a holiday dish? Visit a local turkey farm and pick out a locally raised bird.

Buy local produce

Involve your family…as they are able. This is your journey, and sometimes your partner or children won’t see it the same way. Let them go. Focus on what you can do, make dishes for everyone to enjoy with little tweaks when possible, and allow others to adjust at their own pace.

Moving towards a healthier lifestyle and feeling better takes time. It won’t all be changed overnight. Set yourself a goal of improving your health in 2014, with a yearlong outlook. It takes at least that long to create a lasting lifestyle change free of stress and guilt.


What small changes have you made already? What changes are you most looking forward to?

Contributing Writer

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Safety: How to Have Your Candy and Eat It, Too!

For some of us, it’s our favorite time of year: spooky yard ornaments, orange and black decorations in homes and businesses, and costumes that allow us to be someone other than ourselves, if only for a short time. There are plenty of Halloween safety tips regarding personal safety while trick-or-treating, safe consumption of candy received from the hands of strangers, and even considerations for pets during the Halloween celebration.

Kids at halloween party


So instead of addressing these issues that have been covered already, let’s talk about the reality of Halloween candy consumption, and how to enjoy it in the healthiest way possible. Let’s be honest: Halloween candy isn’t health food. It doesn’t lend much by way of nutrients to your diet, and it’s usually made with the cheapest ingredients available. (I call it “indulgent food,” as consuming it is a rare pleasure in my house, so I enjoy every moment when I do.) So can this plastic-encased, fake-colored, artificially flavored substance ever be part of a healthy diet?

With some advanced planning and preparation, it can, and here’s how you can get started.

Have some basic rules. You need to establish up front, the rules for all candy coming into the household. Yes, kids are going to attend birthday parties, holiday events, friends’ houses, etc. and often, they may bring home bags (or baskets!) of candy. Rather than make it an evil thing crossing the threshold, or a free-for-all when it does, it helps to create expectations up front. Humans crave patterns and rules, so this is a great opportunity to come together as a family and write up a Junk Food Constitution. For example, assign a drawer, basket, or container for all candies (if you have multiple children, you might have one per child to avoid arguments) and allow them to have a certain number of candies for dessert. Five was the rule in our house, and of course, that changed if it was a large gummy spider or M&M’s. This is where serving sizes can be reviewed – all processed foods have them, and if you don’t have the box the candy came in, you can look it up online. Keep in mind, as well, that when the thrill of the candy wears off, it’s likely that your children will forget about the candy, and then you can safely dispose of it as it ages.


Eat candy after a meal. When you put processed foods high in sugar into a body that is hungry, the sugar hits the blood stream faster, causing a high…and then a crash. When you eat a hearty meal of protein, fat, and carbohydrate, and then add a sugar-laden dessert, you are slowing the absorption of the sugar into the blood stream, allowing the body more time to respond to processing the sugar and maintain a more steady blood sugar level. Not to mention, once the stomach is full, there is little desire to eat much more of anything, so serving sizes are much easier to stick to.


A little is not going to kill anyone. Even in the healthiest of households, a little junk food shows up here and there. If you eat out, your food is cooked in unhealthy seed oils, trans-fats, and sugars. That’s why your body is its own amazing detoxification system. And if you eat healthy 80% of the time, you can afford to take some time off here and there and enjoy life. You don’t want to create disordered eating in the form of intense restrictions. If your children love Halloween candy, develop a plan that works best for your home and life, and creates healthy patterns for them, as well. Living in a bubble isn’t ideal, either, any more than eating junk food all the time is. So finding a balance, and teaching your children how to create that in their own life perpetuates a healthy mindset about food.


Offer tempting substitutions. For some kids (and adults), the temptation is the presence of the candy, not necessarily the candy itself. Perhaps you don’t really care for Hershey’s chocolate, but if it’s the only chocolate present, you’ll make do. Particularly in situations when the take has been huge and you have more than enough candy to last for quite some time, offer your child healthier options, like their favorite healthier dessert item, in exchange for a serving size of candy. This will help them learn to negotiate, make healthier yummy choices, and dispose of the candy at the same time. Take heed: If you turn this into a manipulative situation, kids will pick up on it. Make sure the choice is theirs, and if they choose to enjoy their candy instead of a healthier option, keep the rules of servings sizes and after a meal in place, and let them have their choice. For some of us, a sweet that we love is worth more than a whole recipe of chia-seed pudding, no matter how much healthier the pudding is.

What patterns around indulgent foods have you found that work well in your household? What elements of junk food do you find unacceptable? What substitutes have you discovered that work well for you and your family?


Contributing Writer

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Alzeheimer's It's More Than a Memory

Don't Face Alzheimer's Alone

The video to the right is not just an ad - it is the reality of about 5.4 million people, not to mention the over 15 million unpaid caregivers responsible for caring for those suffering with Alzheimer's.

(Video from Alzheimers.gov - a free information source about Alzheimers)

When I noticed behavior changes in my mom, I feared she might have Alzheimer's. My grandmother developed Alzheimer's in her seventies. I knew that heredity played a part in Alzheimer's risk. But I didn't know many facts about dementia or Alzheimer's.  Dementia describes a range of symptoms that affect a person's memory and thinking abilities. Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in eight Americans 65 and over are suffering from Alzheimer's. More than half are women. Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and out of the top ten leading causes, it is the only one that cannot be prevented or cured. About 800,000 people with Alzheimer's live alone, increasing their risk of falls/broken bones, infections, malnutrition and dehydration.

alzheimer's caregiver
Mom, third from the left, staying active with family.
My mom was working part time when she showed symptoms of dementia.  She was having problems with her boss and co-workers, making a lot of mistakes and had job duties taken away. That wasn't like my mom. Before retiring, she managed an office for eighteen years. She helped a small business grow into a multimillion dollar company. She knew her stuff!

Barry Reisberg, M.D. identifies this as part of mild cognitive decline,  third of a seven tiered framework of Alzheimer's stages.  A progressive disease, Alzheimer's symptoms might not be immediately noticeable and people progress at different rates.

Everyone forgets things from time to time. Who hasn't forgotten their next word, or mixed up the names of their own children? But what should you do if you suspect your loved one might be dealing with dementia?

How Do I Know?

There are no screening tests that diagnose dementia. It is diagnosed by reviewing symptoms and ruling out other conditions such as depression, infection, diabetes, brain tumor, small strokes, even certain vitamin deficiencies. It is important to consult a skilled health care provider in order to diagnose dementia.

The Alzheimer's Association lists information for what to expect during an examination and a doctor's office checklist that will help you and your caregiver prepare for your appointment. There are identified risk factors:
  • Close blood relative has Alzheimer's
  • History of head trauma
  • High blood pressure for a long time
  • Being female
  • Being older
  • Have certain genes linked to Alzheimer's, such as APOE epsilon4 allele
Sadly, there is no cure for Alzheimer's. However, there are treatments available that can help slow down the progress of the disease.  Medications can also help manage symptoms and some of the behavior problems associated with dementia.

Many families struggle with the high cost of anti-dementia drugs. Insurance might cover only a portion of the cost. The free FamilyWize discount prescription card helps manage the costs associated with dementia treatment for the following popular anti-dementia medications:
  • Aricept and Aricept ODT
  • Donezepil
  • Exelon
  • Rivastigmine
  • Galantamine
  • Namenda
  • Razadyne and Razadyne ER 
Dementia caregivers should also be aware that these medications and substances can increase confusion.
  • Pain killers
  • Antihistamines
  • Sleeping pills
  • Alcohol
Over the counter and prescription medicines should be carefully monitored and used only with the advise of your doctor.

After my mother fell in our home, injuring her back, the ER doctor prescribed Darvocet for pain. It's a standard pain medication. She became unresponsive to me the next day. She was more confused than normal. We went back to the ER and found that she had a reaction to Darvocet and determined that pain medicines increase her confusion.

I learned quickly to keep print outs of my mom's medications and dosages, along with instructions for what she can/cannot take. I give this to the emergency response team if we call 911, the ER nurse and doctor.

As caregivers, we are our loved one's advocate. I've had to take my mom to the ER many times in the past two years. Sometimes we go to the ER, come home, and go right back because she has taken another fall. For people living with dementia this can be the norm. We are part of our loved one's medical team. It's not only the doctors and nurses who administer treatments. We are a vital part of the decision making and we are the main line of communication between the professionals and our loved one.

Tips for Caregivers
The Alzheimer's Association has many links for caregivers, even caregiver dementia training.
Our previous blog, Tips for Elder Care - The Sandwich Generation  also has many tips and links to help caregivers.

Life's Full of Surprises
Remember that you are not alone when dealing with Alzheimer's. Take time to enjoy the moments that you have. Some days mom doesn't know who I am. I'm the girl who lives here with her.  This can be a heart breaking moment in dealing with Alzheimer's. Don't let it get you down. After all, when we were teenagers and we used to try to act like we didn't know them when out in public! Paybacks are....kinda funny sometimes, actually. Mom and I try to laugh a lot.  We've learned to let go of a lot from the past, but I also have fun getting to know my new daredevil mama who bought herself a new red car earlier this year.
dementia treatment assisted living
It's not a little red corvette, but mom's dealing with dementia in style!

Caroline Carr
Full-time Caregiver and Contributing Writer

































Friday, August 24, 2012

Beet It!

I don’t know about you, but beets were never at the top of my “Yummy Foods” list.   Don’t get me wrong, I love pickled beets, but the idea of eating a raw beet never held any real appeal.   If you’ve ever had a bite of this richly colored root veggie then you know it has a very "earthy," but sweet flavor, which may appeal to some, but never big in my book.

health benefits of beets
Beets and beet greens fresh
from the garden!
So why would I choose to write about it and sing its merits?  Long story short… my liver was in trouble.   I am a petite person, who grew up in a very toxic area of our great nation.   My liver has fallen victim to the huge amount of toxins we live with in our world today.  Raw beets are one of the natural solutions to my overloaded detoxification system.

Beets Cleanse the Body

They are the perfect tonic for the liver.  Beets work as a blood purifier, and may help prevent various forms of cancer (Journal of the American Nutrition and Dietetics). This was all I needed to know.  My "beet adventure" was on!  Then I learned of the beet's nutritional value and the many other benefits it has to offer and I knew it was just what my body was asking for.

Beets are high in vitamins and minerals, so let’s talk about the health benefits of beets and beet juice.

  • Magnesium - this is your chill out and relax mineral. It helps everything in your body to let out a big sigh and say, "ahhhhhh". Use the tops in particular for this one.  Beet green's nutrition rich tops, like many greens, are loaded with this "chill-lax nutrient." 
  • Potassium - is essential for proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Those are some major players, as far as your body goes. 
  • Fiber - how regular are you? A question plaguing Americans today. It's a little secret we all keep to ourselves, but regularity can be a real challenge. "Beets anybody?" 
  • Phosphorus - great for building strong bones and teeth. Also crucial in helping your bodies utilize fats and carbohydrates. Try a new beet recipe to help improve the strength of your teeth, bones, and body. 
  • Iron - feeling tired? Iron is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies.  Drink some beet root juice and feel the benefits. 
  • Vitamins A, B, and C - build strong eyes.  Help yourself maintain healthy skin, hair, and muscle tone, and boost your immune system. 
  • Beta-carotene - a powerful anti-oxidant. 
  • vegetables health
    These organic beets
    are full of vitamins and minerals!
  • Beta-cyanine - gives beets their color and is a disease-fighting antioxidant.   It may also be the key that helps in fighting cancer. 

You Can't Beet It for Nutritional Value

  1.  Beets Can Contribute to Your Mental Health

  2. Betaine, which is used in certain treatments for depression, can be found in the nutrition list for beets.  You can also eat beets to relax your mind and body.  You see, it contains tryptophan, which contributes to a sense of well-being.

  3. Beets can be used to test stomach acid levels

  4. If you’ve ever eaten a lot of beets or beet juice, you may have noticed a pink hew to your urine.  What could this mean?  It could be a sign of low stomach acid.  Nutritionists use beets and beet juice to test stomach acid levels.  Try it for yourself at home.  Juice some beets with some apples, carrots, and maybe a stalk of celery and see what happens.

  5. Beets are a great Energy Booster

  6. Try some beet salad recipes; cook up some beets; or just learn how to eat beets.  They are low in calories and high in sugar… a great energy boosting combination.  Not to mention, they are filling with few calories… a good recipe for losing a few pounds, which also contributes to an increase in energy levels.
beet recipe
Fresh beet juice with carrots and cucumber!
Yummmm!
The beautiful color of beets also reflects their rich concentration of health-promoting phytonutrient antioxidants, which add free-radical protection to your healthiest way of eating.  They are also rich in folate and manganese.

I’ve learned there are many fantastic tasting ways to eat, drink, and experience beets.  I challenge you to go on your own beet adventure!  You may be surprised, as I was, how much you really can love eating these richly colored, vitamin packed, sweet tasting roots of the earth.  Here is a beet recipe to try!

15-Minute Beets (courtesy of http://www.whfoods.com)
Prep and Cook Time: 5 minute prep; 15 minute cooking
Ingredients:
  • 3 medium beets, about 3" in diameter
  • 1 medium clove garlic, pressed or chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Optional:
  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 TBS chopped dill
  • 1 TBS chopped chives
  • 2 TBS Feta cheese
Enjoy!

Gwendolyn Adams
First Level Raw Nutrition Certification
Advanced Practitioner of Health through Nutrition, Exercise and Education
Yoga, Cycling, Group Exercise and Personal Trainer Certified

Friday, August 17, 2012

Plum Healthy

Plum nutritional benefits
Fresh plums from the local farm!
My personal motivation for knowing so much about what foods have to offer is based on my quest for health.   Good health is something that most people take for granted, but there are those of us that are more “health challenged”.   Therefore, getting the most from the foods we eat becomes imperative.  So for those who need, or would like, to take their health; energy level; and external beauty up a notch, I invite you to learn about the benefits of what you are putting into YOUR body.

As I have studied through the years and continue to do so, I am amazed at all the wonderful fruits, we have that can help us live better in so many ways.  This includes the many benefits of eating Plum Fruit.  The plum tree can produce many different colors of plums like:  yellow, green, purple - also known as red plum fruit.  The plum nutritional benefits really are worth knowing, so here is a quick rundown:
  1. Eating plums may reduce your chances of contracting heart disease… the number one killer in this country.   Plums have certain cleansing agents that keep the blood pure and prevent complications of the heart.  That one plum nutrition fact is a “biggy”. 
  2. Ladies, this next one is good for you to know, in particular, because we lose this mineral each month during our fertile years.  Consumption of plums, and prunes, helps in the production and absorption of iron in the body.  This also leads to improved blood circulation, which increases the growth of healthy tissues.  And for those of you who struggle with anemia, eating plums may be even more helpful. 
  3. Researchers have found that plums have anti-cancer agents that may help prevent the growth of cancerous cells and tumors in the body.  With cancer rates on the rise, eating “on purpose” becomes even more important. 
  4. Fresh plums are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.  Consumption of foods high in vitamin C help body in resisting infectious agents; decreasing inflammation; and in scavenging harmful free radicals.  The benefits of vitamin C are so extensive, I could dedicate the whole blog to the merits of eating foods rich in this nutrient. 
  5. A piece about plums, or prunes-the dried version of plum fruit, would be incomplete if we didn’t bring up the dreaded subject of “constipation.”  There are compounds in plum fruits, such as the fiber and sorbitol, that are known to help regulate the functioning of the digestive system.  So drink your prune juice “regularly”...and you’ll stay that way, too! 
  6. Plum juice concentrate has also been shown to be effective in preventing and reducing human influenza A, so drinking this during "flu season" may be a great first line of defense. 

Savory plum recipes

The plums nutritional benefits can be found in more than just the fresh fruit.   I would be remiss if I didn't wrap this up with a list of some of the wonderful plum recipes using this fabulous fruit:
Plums Fruit
These bit sized plums are a sweet snack!
  • Plum sauce
  • Plum Wine
  • Plum Pudding
  • Prune Juice
  • Plum Compote

Wash your fruits first

Please keep in mind, conventionally-grown stone fruits (ex: plums, apricots, pluots) are often coated with a petroleum-derived wax containing a fungicide to prolong their shelf life, a chemical substance that simply cannot be washed off!  And that is in addition to any pesticides that may have been sprayed during their cultivation.  Whenever possible, seek out organically-grown plums.  That way you ensure the farmers who grew plum trees and other fruit trees are dedicated to sustainability, your health and the quality of their product.  And you are supporting local farmers in your own community!

There are many more health benefits to eating the delicious, succulent Plum Fruit.  So the next time you take a bite into a fresh plum be sure and take the time to pat yourself on the back for making a wise and healthy choice.   Let’s add plums to our grocery list!

Here is a great recipe I found on the web because as we approach fall - any type of fruit crisp smells and tastes so good.

Raw Plum Crisp by Diane Stobo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF63ezSd-5g


Gwendolyn Adams
First Level Raw Nutrition Certification
Advanced Practitioner of Health through Nutrition, Exercise, and Education
Yoga, Cycling, Group Exercise and Personal Trainer Certified