Good Livin’

“A good life is when you

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do more,

need less,

smile often,

dream big,

laugh a lot,

and realize how blessed you are.”

 

Living “a good life” takes intentionality. We can’t just sit back and wait to see what’ll happen… and then REACT. We must be purposeful.

I enjoy writing about my view of a good life and have dedicated part of my blog to highlighting choices we’ve made to live in a health-conscious way.

After 26 months at Reflections Of A Homemaker, I thought I’d offer some abridged portions of previous posts from the “HEALTHY LIVING” section of my blog.  cropped-beautiful-nature.jpg

If you’re intrigued by any of the samples, simply click on the colored words. It’ll take you right to that article. Hope you learn something new!

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~ Laughter is a wonderful medicine. Research conducted by the UCLA Medical School found that there are physical benefits of happiness… and that laughter and joy are the perfect antidote for stress. Did you know that the diaphragm, thorax, abdomen, heart, and lungs are given a massage during a hearty laugh? Yep. During a laugh, you get a massage on the inside! A hearty laugh is great therapy for the body, soul, and spirit. And it’ll build fun memories with your family, too

~ As the weather gets colder and the sniffles begin, add ‘whole chicken’ to your grocery list. According to Sally Fallon in her book Nourishing Traditions, “Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate.” Both delicious and nutritious, chicken stock has been tagged as ‘superior’ to everything else, even more relaxing than Tylenol. ‘Good broth’, says a South American proverb, ‘resurrects the dead.’  Just don’t wait until then to try this recipe!

~ Here is my favorite cleaner for the sink and tub. A year ago, I finished up my bottle of Soft Scrub and replaced it with this totally natural version, Earth Paste. Wait till you see how easy it is to make! And when you read the ingredient list… you’ll love it even more!

~ Perspiring is the pits, isn’t it? It’s just awful! But let’s be honest. We all sweat. Sweating is a natural, normal way for your body to rid itself of toxins… but it doesn’t have to cause you to smell bad. Check out this simple deodorant recipe.

~ Here are some recipes for those holiday leftovers including steps to make the wonderful Creamy Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti.

~ Last winter when my six-year-old-sweetie began coughing and coughing and coughing, I grabbed for the Vicks Vapor Rub. When I turned it around to check for an expiration date and found, instead, an ingredient list that included petrolatum and turpentine*, I decided to check into making my own. Here are the instructions for a homemade vapor rub.

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Until next week, be intentional about living the good life

by realizing how blessed you ALREADY are!

 

 

Needing A Little Kneading?

It’d be a real hassle to tell you about the hassle I’ve had to deal with today. I bet you’ve had some pressure, strain, or anxiety of your own.

Do you need a little kneading? Been rubbed the wrong way and need a quick rubdown?  A massage sounds really good about now, doesn’t it? We can all use a remedy (albeit short term) for the stress in our lives.

And here it is. It’s absolutely free. It’s been medically documented to be a real benefit to your body. And you can experience it as a family, in the comfort of your own home – even yet today!  LAUGH!

Yes, laughter is a wonderful medicine. Research conducted by the UCLA Medical School found that there are indeed physical benefits of happiness… and that laughter and joy are the perfect antidote for stress. Did you know that the diaphragm, thorax, abdomen, heart, and lungs are given a massage during a hearty laugh? Yep. That’s the kind of ‘kneading’ and ‘rubdown’ I was referring to. A massage on the inside!

It’s true that you can’t just sit and watch a comedy to totally de-stress and get healthy. You need a balanced approach to health, with exercise and healthy eating as well. But I’m here to remind you that a hearty laugh is great therapy for the body, soul, and spirit. And it’ll build fun memories with your family, too.

“A merry heart does good, like medicine” Proverbs 17:22