Sleep Like a Baby

Sleep- Do you sleep like a baby? The sleep of an innocent baby is blissful and serene. While we may be physically exhausted, mentally fatigued, and emotionally drained because of our diet, level of health, lifestyle, and relationships, the bodies of little babies are not toxic, their minds are not stressed out, and they are not on an emotional roller coaster. We could all take a lesson from the innocent babe. To sleep, to sleep, perchance to dream. . . For information on restful sleep, see my book “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health” available on, Barnes &, my website  and other booksellers.

Mother’s Bible

Mother's BibleI love a well-worn Bible. This one was my mother’s, given to her and my dad by her mother, my grandmother. We are so blessed in this country to have a Bible and the freedom to read and study it!

Yet so many people have Bibles that are literally gathering dust on their coffee table or book shelf.  I have the urge to write “Read Me!” in the dust when I see that.

The Bible is God’s holy Word. It’s not only a love story from God to man, but a revelation of his perfect plan and a practical guide for everyday concerns. Approach it with reverence and be in the Word daily.

How many Bibles are in your home? Have you read one of them? What if God were to one day say to you, “Was the  eighty years I gave you not long enough for you to read my book?”

How to Be Spiritually and Physically Healthy as a Family


God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners
with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Psalms 68:6 NIV

Do you sometimes feel disengaged from your family values that support health and well being?

Ideally, you may want to taste, savor and enjoy healthful food shared with your family and friends around a dinner table in an idyllic setting. You remember celebrating the simple joys of daily living that can release stress and promote healing. You know, too, that dietary choices impact directly on our health, and many degenerative diseases can be traced directly to our diet. But your expectations of family health and well being are constantly assaulted by the fast pace of modern life and even the innovative technologies that can enhance but may also plague family communication and togetherness.

Family members today are continually multitasking – eating on the go, playing video games, texting constantly, and watching TV while “listening” to each other. Too often distractions cause us to tune each other out mentally, physically isolate ourselves in a separate room, or even maximize our time spent apart. Many families no longer have family meals around a dinner table. In fact, the dinner table itself, once the hub of family life, is a vanishing item. It’s rapidly disappearing from the American lifestyle. You may feel that you’ve become disenfranchised and powerless to make changes for the better.

How can you get your family out of a rut and jump-start a renewed focus on the family? Here’s one effective way: have a family picnic! Breaking the pattern with a fun meal together is a good start.

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You don’t have to go to the beach to have a great family picnic, but it sure is great if you can!

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What Should I Weigh to be Healthy?

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman
who fears the LORD is to be praised.

– Proverbs 31:30 NIV

Women often ask how much they should weigh and whether their current weight jeopardizes their health. Experts cannot always agree on the answer. Stepping on the scales is often done with trepidation, but what joy when the scales reveal good news, especially when that significant digit finally changes.  Although it’s just like any other pound, somehow it feels like an especially big victory and the relief is staggering. Excess weight comes off naturally when you focus on getting healthy rather than just losing weight.

women, health, diet, weight, scale, overweight, eating disorderAs a rule of thumb for women, what is technically referred to as your “ideal weight” is 100 pounds for the first five feet of your height plus five pounds for each additional inch of your height. For example, the ideal weight for a woman who is 5’ 7” tall is approximately 100 plus 5 x 7 or 135 pounds. Adjust this estimate of ideal weight according to your body frame size.  Add 10 percent for a large frame or subtract 10 percent for a small frame. You can estimate your frame size quickly by wrapping your thumb and the fingers of one hand around the smallest part of your other wrist. If your finger and thumb overlap, you have a small frame. If your fingers and thumb barely touch, your frame size is medium. If your fingers and thumb do not touch, you have a large frame. More accurate measures of frame size can be performed by a trained dietitian or physician with precise positioning of the arm, elbow and wrist, formula calculations and comparison with reference standards.

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How to Live Well Later in Life

Because of the Lord’s great love we
are not consumed for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

A balanced healthy diet for seniors adds life to your years and years to your life. Aging progresses at a variable rate; some persons age faster than others. It is not just a chronological age, but physical status and a state of mind. Your food choices can not only reduce your risk of disease and increase your longevity, but they also contribute to wellness and thus independent living. Enjoying healthful food and having the energy and ability to do the activities of daily living will contribute to your quality of life for years to come.

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A healthy diet will keep you dancing your entire life.

How to Live Well Later in Life

Your diet needs to support your changing nutritional requirements for health, embrace your enjoyment of food, and provide the energy for an active life. Normal physical changes that may affect your diet and appetite as you age include a diminished nutrient reserve, a decrease in lean body mass, reduced metabolic rate and a declining level of physical fitness. A well-balanced diet for seniors addresses these challenges and minimizes the impact on your lifestyle.

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Now on Pinterest!

I’ve just discoveredpinterest logo another great way to encourage people on their journey to health and come alongside with hope to sustain the weary! Check out my new Pinterest boards here: Morning By Morning on Pinterest 

I’m still learning Pinterest, but already have more than a dozen boards with pins related to lots of interesting topics. What fun and so convenient for collecting ideas on topics dear to me such as nutrition quotes, healthy eating, words of hope, Easter ideas, words of inspiration, gluten free, gardening, and nutritional supplements.

To go exploring some of my favorite things, quotes that inspire me, or recipes I already love making or plan to try some day, just click on one of the boards and have a look around. I’m sure to keep pinning as I discover more items of interest in the pinterest world and also pin many of my own. Feel free to follow a board or repin any pin that you like. I’d love to hear from you. Enjoy!

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Book Signing at Steves Sundry 9-14-09Thank you, Tulsa, for a successful book signing event at Steve’s Books and Magazines today.  I appreciate your support for my new book, Morning By Morning Pathway to Health. It was fun to visit with friends, meet and greet new friends, and sign my first book. We enjoyed the ambiance of Steve’s bookstore, old-time soda fountain, & friendly atmosphere. What fun for a relaxed Saturday afternoon!

BOOK SIGNING! Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Steve’s Sundry Books & Magazines

Book Signing at Steve's 9-14-13Morning By Morning Pathway to Health

Join me at Steve’s Sundry Books & Magazines at 2612 S Harvard in Tulsa, OK for a Meet the Author and Book Signing Event on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

Filled with steps, strategies, guidelines, and supporting Scriptures, this book provides a comprehensive look into health and wellness that takes into account the state of the soul as well as the body. It shows how the path to health and well-being is God’s way and vitality can be yours.

Stop by and chat. Hope to see you there!

When Your Body Gives You a Wake-up Call

Wakeup Call

Our bodies have a way of getting our attention.  Sometimes your body produces symptoms that suggest an action is needed to maintain health.  Other times, often when you have ignored or suppressed the initial symptoms that all is not well (sort of like hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock), a chronic disease will suddenly require that you drop everything else and deal with it as your top priority.  That is what I refer to as a “Wake-up Call” from your body.  It means that time is of the essence and you must begin to address the deficiencies in your nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and other components of health immediately to reverse the course of a disease or degenerative state.  You cannot ignore the nutritional needs of your body for long with impunity.

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My Book Reviewed by Healthy Moms Magazine

My Book Reviewed by Healthy Moms Magazine

Cascia Talbert, founder of THE Number One Health Blog for moms, reviewed my book “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health” in Healthy Moms Magazine. Click on the photo to view the article on the Healthy Moms Magazine site.