Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Back Pain: Make Lifestyle Changes and Sleep Better

According to the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of people experience back pain at some point in their lives. For individuals who suffer with chronic back pain (pain lasting longer than three months), sleeping well can be a challenge. When you suffer with chronic back pain, depression, pain and anxiety can make falling and staying asleep difficult. According to WebMD, when you are unable to get a good night’s sleep, you may experience even more pain. However, there are steps you can take to alleviate your pain and get a better night’s sleep. Read more »

I want to tell you about these cool glass tea infusers that are on special for an unbelievable price of $2.95 right now. I'm not sure how long they will be at this price, but you can get one here. The glass tea infuser is beautiful and very well made. It normally sells for $8.95 at iHerb because they have such low prices but the standard retail price is $14.95. With this special offer you get it for only $2.95 (one per customer), and it's well worth it! I only got one at first, because being glass, it's tricky to photograph and hard to tell the quality from the photo. But as soon as I took it out of the box I couldn't wait to order another. It's a clever way to brew and drink loose tea by the cup. The glass mug has a lid and a removable glass infuser which fits inside. It looks really nice and the […] Read more »

Chipolte Sour Cream Dip

This is really the quickest and simplest dip to whip up, but it tastes great and goes with so many things. It can also be used as a salad dressing, or a condiment, like mayonnaise. I usually just cut up carrot and celery sticks and romaine lettuce leaves to dip into it. Chipolte's are a roasted, smoked chili pepper with a rich earthy flavor. The sour cream is a perfect complement with it's tart, refreshing flavor that helps cool the heat of the chili. Read more »

I've found a great new source of fresh kefir grains! I'm thrilled to announce that Kombucha Kamp, my recommended source for all things Kombucha is now also selling fresh, live organic kefir grains! You can find both milk kefir grains and water kefir grains here. Previously I had only found reliable sources of dried kefir grains. But the problem with dried grains is that it takes a lot more time and work to get the grains back to health and up and producing like normal. Unfortunately, it's very common with dried grains that even when they get back to producing kefir, they don't multiply like the should. Meaning that something is not quite right, they are lacking in vitality. Now there are times when you may need to use dried kefir grains. But unless you absolutely have to I'd highly recommend going for the live grains instead. In case you're new to kefir and want to find out more about […] Read more »

American Pit Bull Terrier Pup

Myths About Aggression In Dog Breeds The proverbial “don't judge a book by its cover” is difficult to apply to certain dog breeds because of statistics and news media coverage of certain types. There were 251 fatal dog attacks in the United States from 2005 to 2012, with 151 (60 percent) involving a pit bull terrier, according to statistics compiled by Dogbite.com. Another 32 (13 percent) involved Rottweilers. Keep in mind, dog bite statistics can be misleading because few are actually reported, compared to how many happen. The truth is that any dog can be aggressive, depending mostly on how they are raised and the situation they are put in. And despite the above mentioned incidents, the most aggressive dogs by nature are the ones you'd least expect. Read more »

Gluten free banana bread with cream cheese

Here's another banana bread recipe that's gluten free, wheat free and grain free. It's adapted from the Nourished Kitchen Guide to Grain-free, Dairy-free Baking, Sweets and Treats. I made this for some friends and they loved it. I didn't have chocolate chips, and they are very hard to find there (in Mexico). So instead I bought a bar of milk chocolate and cut it into ‘chip' sized pieces with a chopping knife. I actually prefer my ‘homemade chocolate chips' to commercially bought ones because they taste better and you have the option of choosing to use healthier chocolate. In hindsight I thought this would really nice with some chopped pecans (or walnuts) added to it. Read more »

Savory Quinoa

Quinoa, like most grains, is a little bit boring by itself. Add some spices and a little coconut oil though and you can transform it into something that could be eaten all by itself. Well, I can at least.I make this in my little rice cooker. Rice cookers are just perfect for cooking quinoa too. They automatically turn the temperature down to warm when the quinoa is perfectly cooked. And you don't have to worry about them boiling over as long as you don't fill them too close to the top.You can cook it in a saucepan too, you just have to pay more attention to it. Read more »