This is month is American Diabetes Month but also this month is World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day was being held on November 14th, 2017 and is recognized by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).  Alot of people do not know that this day existed. This day is very important because diabetes is not just an American Diabetes problem but a world wide problem.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) (www.idf.org)  is a worldwide alliance of 200 diabetes association’s comprised of 158 countries.  For over 50 years IDF has been at the vanguard of global diabetes advocacy.  Its mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.  IDF is committed to raising global awareness of diabetes by promoting appropriate diabetes care and prevention and encouraging activities towards finding a cure for the different types of diabetes.

It is important to have people to become aware about diabetes and one way to do this is by becoming involved in World Dia...

In September, I would like to reflect on the different diverse cultural religious food practices that had happened this month.  This  month for the Jewish community was Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 4th (sunset) thru Sept 6th (nightfall) ) which is a holiday, recognized in the Jewish New Year.  It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, and is marked by abstinence, prayer, repentance and rest. During this time on the second day, fruits not yet eaten in the new season are served in tandem with a special blessing.  The first meal is consist of round challah, apples dipped in honey, chicken matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with horseradish, tsimmes (sweet orange colored mix of vegetables and fruit starting with carrots and adding either sweet potatoes, prunes, pineapple and sugar)  honey cake; apple cake; strudel; nuts.  The second meal: dates, figs, pomegranates, pumpkin, leeks and beets.

There was Yom Kippur (Sept 13th (sunset) thru Sept 14th(nightfall) ) This holiday is...

To all of my fellow yogis this is the month for you!  September is National Yoga Month! Yoga is more than a way to recharge the mind, stretch muscles and boost flexibly, the practice can reconnect an individual to their inner being and the community around them.

 But what is yoga?

Yoga can be summarized as three possibilities or approaches:

1. Yoga as Power–

Yoga can be explained as a means to attain a degree of power or control over the body and mind.  Yoga links the body and the mind through intense physical and mental effort. For instance, through rigorous physical practices a state of concentration is developed and maintained which is used to hold power over the body and the breath.    Within this approach, such control is often seen as prerequisite to the body and mind becoming free of disturbances and distractions.

2.  Yoga as Meditation – 

In this approach, yoga is a tool for a movement towards a deeper relationship with your sense  of soul, by searching both into and b...

The Fall season is coming and the weather is starting to get cooler.  This is a great time to start an daily active lifestyle plan of physical activity.  Alot of times we start out doing a physical activity plan in January as a New Years resolution but starting in the Fall shows true commitment in achieving a goal.  Each week make a effort to try to increase your physical activity by using some of these suggestions below.  Here’s how you can to start:

If you are inactive try to increase your daily activities by:

  1. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

  2. Hiding the TV remote control.

  3. Making extra trips around the house or yard

  4. Walking whenever you can.

  5. Cut down on watching the television, computer and video games.

If you are sporadic with exercise then start becoming consistent  by increasing your activity:

  1. Finding exercise activities you enjoy.

  2. Planning exercise activities in your day.

  3. Setting realistic goals.

If you are consistent...

Welcome to the Living Healthy Show! In this Living Healthy Moment episode that Denine Rogers MS, RDN, LD, FAND gives details about versatility uses of Quinoa! Let me know your comments, suggestions and thoughts about the Living Healthy Show!  The purpose of the Living Healthy Show is for all of us to educate, inform and promote a discussion about what ways that we can start Living Healthy!! 

So Enjoy and Start Living Healthy Today!

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Quinoa Hot Cereal

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking Time:  22 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

3/4 cup light coconut milk

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoon honey

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup walnuts

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 cup sliced banana

Preheat oven to 400°.

Place quinoa in a fine sieve, and place the sieve in a large bowl. Cover...

Now for the grand finale!  The Home Garden Tours! Each year, the Garden Tour Committee selects several gardens to showcase. A number of the gardens chosen have been featured in national magazines, one of which has been featured in over 25 publications, including the most recent one, an international magazine from New Zealand. This garden has also been presented on HGTV. Some of the garden locations feature porches, ponds, log cabin, a mini vineyard and even a tree house. You will enjoy spectacular color with hundreds of hydrangeas throughout these gardens. The Committee makes an effort to feature gardens in the downtown Douglasville area, and in the outlying County. Each garden is different in style, size, and features different approaches to gardening. As an added experience, you will enjoy seeing artists painting in each garden.  See some pictures of the Garden Tours by clicking here !

This information is taken from http://hydrangeafest.org

So excited about taking the miniature gardens tours!   The lead hydrangea is Ocean and the theme is “Making Waves” in a positive way for the community. Miniature gardens in small containers including wheelbarrows, pots, and a multitude of other creative containers. The miniature gardens include plants, miniature garden furniture and structures and more.

Each year the Douglas County Master Gardeners spend countless hours working hard to create this beautiful vegetable garden to feed the less fortunate members of our community.  In addition to seeing the vegetable garden, you will enjoy the artistic creations of themed scarecrows.

 So much to see in so little bit of time !  Want to see some more pictures.  Click here and Enjoy!   Next week, is the Home Garden Tours!

This information was taken from http://hydrangeafest.org 

New day and new year for the 10th Annual Hydrangea Festival !  Douglasville, Georgia has gone Hydrangea Festival Crazy.  Here is some information from the Hydrangea Festival website on what is happening during this exciting weekend below!  

"Each year, a lead hydrangea is chosen for the Flower Show and the Festival. For 2017, the lead hydrangea is Ocean and the theme is “Making Waves” in a positive way for the community. The Flower Show is a Standard Flower Show and the Show is judged by State Garden Club Judges. The Flower Show has won top state and national awards in its category and this year should be no exception. It is executed by Douglas County Garden Clubs (Ama Kanasta, Town and Country, and Sweetwater), as well as the support of the awesome Douglas County Master Gardeners. The show includes a multitude of horticulture entries from local residents. In previous years, there have been over 500 entries creating a vision for all visitors to enjoy. There are also...

I had the lucky opportunity to experience my first Aromatherapy Massage, and I love it! Special thanks to my lovely sister Dori, I was able to receive a gift certificate to a local spa for my birthday gift! I always wanted to try an aromatherapy massage since I did take a class in aromatherapy and enjoy it! I decide to go to the Elements Massage in Buckhead to try the Aromatherapy Massage.

When I came into the spa, I smelled hints of lavender essential oil diffused in the air along with the soft, soothing music in the background. I decided to try tangerine essential oil called Vitality which has a slight floral scent of blended essential oils. The blended oils of Vitality are calming and can help improve your mood. I was so excited about trying this to relieve my stress that I have been feeling lately.

When I met with my masseur Cantrella, I told her this was the first time had an aromatherapy massage and she understood how anxious I was about it. She was very open and friendly and asked...

In June 2017, I will be starting my Secretary position with Dietitian Integrative Functional Medicine and I had a excellent opportunity to go to Seattle, Washington for a very important leadership meeting.  While I was there I had the chance to go the 19th Annual Herb and Food Fair at Bastyr University.  This a free festival that brings thousands of visitors and the theme for this year's event is "Plant as Partners: grow, adapt, transform.”

Some of the festival activities included educational speaker,  workshops, cooking demonstrations from nutrition and botanical medicine experts, nutritious and delicious homemade food, tours of the Medicinal Herb Garden, guided walks through the surrounding woods, plant sale with medicinal and culinary plant starts from Bastyr's organic garden, live music and entertainment.  

This fair is run by student-run fair, local entrepreneurs and experts in health, wellness, farm-to-table food, and natural medicine will offer w...

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