Healthy for Life

It’s October! Create a positive path and don’t forget your honey



Hi there, everyone. Our audacious autumn may activate your senses. As a result, you might want to be in tuned to yourself to fulfill certain needs and find the balance needed to captivate the wonderful gifts of the new season.

You may want to make a list for everything you need and would like to accomplish. For most, this season marks the beginning of new schedules or downtime. Making a list to organize your life will ease up the mind for some peaceful release … whether it’s your budget for the week or month, your food menu for the week, the time spent to eat right and exercise, or spending time with your children, mates and friends.

Jot down work tasks or chores needed to be completed. Be sure to include that lifelong dream. Seeing it on paper and telling yourself it will be done on a daily basis enhances your chances for your brain to maintain a balanced flow. And be sure to begin each day with a prayer to ensure a direction designed especially for you.

Driving to be happy



If perceiving the main road in life is to be happy, it is also important to focus on other feelings that may come into your view. They are just as important to recognize. There may be some you need to let go of that aren’t serving your ultimate direction.

Some people may feel that they don’t deserve to be happy or during what seem to be sad times, that you shouldn’t feel some gladness. With darkness looming around more often, it is a time to find the light as often as needed. Much of the negative information that we tell ourselves can and should be redirected.

What you expose, tell and feed your brain, body, emotions and spirit is what will pave the road for the moments that make up your day today and the rest of your days.

Here are a few tips on having some happy days:

• Acknowledge all the emotions or tribulations you go through and then find the one
that makes you shine.
• Create an atmosphere and fill it with positive influences and examples.
• Limit or omit from your life all the negative influences on social media, television,
music, people and politics. Get involved in
making a change instead of complaining
about it.
• If your smiles aren’t coming naturally,
make one and keep it in place until you feel
positive or laugh.
• Keep replacing negative thoughts with
positive ones until the negative thoughts
• Eat balanced nutritious foods that make
you feel good. Include foods such as fresh
berries, melons, fish, nuts and dark leafy

greens. Make sure you are getting adequate
water and rest. Avoid the crashers such as
too much processed foods, sugars, caffeine,
saturated fats, alcohol and drugs. Get support if needed.
• Find activities that you enjoy doing. Mix it
up if you get bored or unmotivated.
• Be around people who motivate and
inspire you.
• If you are enabling a person to achieve his
or her own happiness, be aware this may
put bumps in your own happiness.
• Pray with all your feelings and be thankful
and know that, at any given moment, you
can think a happy thought. Be the light that
God has given you.

Honey helpers

As I was using honey the other day, its earthy odor brought me back to my great grandfather Claude who was a beekeeper on his apple and turkey farm. Our precious honey is a simple pleasure that contains some complex health benefits, especially when the cold and flu season is on the rise.

Honey may help to stimulate the immune system. It contains about 35 percent protein and about one-half of the amino acids. Honey contains large amounts of carbohydrates (sugar), the B-complex vitamins as well as vitamins C, D and E, plus some minerals.

Honey is excellent to use for colds, especially coughing, sore throats or any type of throat aggravations. Honey may also be used for fighting infections, internally as well as externally, such as with skin cuts, burns or skin ruptures such as acne or eczema.

People who are diabetic or hypoglycemic are recommended to be careful when consuming honey, just like when consuming other refined sugars. Tupelo honey absorbs into the blood at a slower rate, so it may be safer for hypoglycemic people. Please check with your health care provider to be sure.

Local honey has been known to fight off seasonal allergies by receiving a small dose of pollen to desensitize the body to local pollens. People who are allergic to bees may not be able to tolerate any bee products. If you choose to venture down the honey trail, please be aware of any side effects.

Honey may be used for a sugar cooking alternative. It mixes nicely in tea or unsweetened juices, salad dressings, fish or poultry, and tomato sauces. Eating honey just by itself or honey mixed with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar makes for a nice healing tonic.

My favorite snack lately is a Greek dessert tradition with a small cup unsweetened Greek yogurt with a heaping teaspoon of honey on it. Get creative with your honey!

Source: “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” by Balch & Balch.

Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate. If you have any questions or would like to share your inspirations or information, contact her at or write to her at Hometown Focus, 401 6th Ave. N. Virginia, MN 55792.

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