Holiday Letter Boards

“I just like to smile.”

This past year has been difficult for me. I wasn’t in the holiday spirit last year. This year is a little better, but it will be our first without my Dad. When my parents’ owned a day care (I was in college), my dad dressed up as Santa for all the kids. And then when my kids and nephews were little, he did the same. My dad was always a focal point of entertainment, and his presence is sorely missed when my family gets together.

I just returned from a trip to Salt Lake City for work, and Portland to see my mom and one of my brothers and sisters-in-law. We had a nice family dinner while I was there. It reminded me of all of holidays of the past, but as the years go on the numbers attending just dwindles. We are all spread across the country in four different states – just in my immediate family. If you start counting cousins and in-laws that’s another six states. So family gatherings just aren’t the same.

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Clean Eating: Peppermint Mocha Mousse

It’s the holidays! It’s so easy to overindulge at this time of year. Even just a nibble here or there adds up. I ❤️ sweets but I try my best not to eat too many at the holidays, so I don’t derail my healthy habits. With my fibromyalgia I have said for years if I eat crap, I feel like crap. The easiest way to avoid the temptations is to make sure I have a little something to treat myself. 😉

This recipe is so simple and you can make it look elegant with a few toppings. And by using full-fat coconut milk, you are getting added health benefits for your heart and immune system. The MCTs found in this milk are good for your gut and the good fats and protein combination help satisfy your appetite.

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Letter Board No. 31

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Most of us are not necessarily wired to do that one big great thing in our lives. But we can achieve success by doing small things greatly.

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” ~Napoleon Hill

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Letter Board No. 30

This isn’t a “to do,” it’s a “MUST do”

With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, I wanted to put this reminder out there into the universe. We should all count our blessings, hug our loves ones, and be thankful for what we have and giving to others and those less fortunate than us year-round, not just at the holidays.

Happy Monday!

Cheers!

Cynthia

Why You Need Collagen

Collagen production decreases about 1% a year after age 20.

Let’s talk collagen for a minute, shall we? Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein. You need it for healthy skin, nails, hair, bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Our collagen production decreases about 1% per year after age 20, so supplementing collagen can help you fight wrinkles, bone loss, and joint pain. As someone who knows all of these things from living with fibromyalgia and osteoporosis I have been using a collagen supplement for a few years now.

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Letter Board No. 29

Monday – the day when even my coffee needs coffee.

I am a huge fan of coffee. My love of Mondays doesn’t extend quite that far, but I try to approach each week with a good attitude towards what I can accomplish each week. I started my Letter Board series as a way to inject some #MondayMotivation into the week. Today, you get a Monday morning letterboard two-fer, because I am using my powers for good rather than evil. 😉

I hope my caffeine uses its powers for good rather than evil today. @photobaugh

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Magnesium and Fibromyalgia

Magnesium plays a role in over 300 bodily processes.

I have long touted the benefits of magnesium (read past posts here and here) for pain relief and sleep. Dr. Roger Murphree calls it “the most important mineral you can take if you have fibromyalgia.” People with fibromyalgia tend to be deficient in this mineral, and when under stress your magnesium is used up. A fibro body tends to be under stress every day, especially during a flare, so it stands to reason supplementing magnesium can have great benefits.

“Relief is a wonderful emotion, highly underrated. In fact I prefer it to elation or joy. Relief lets the air out of the Tire of Pain.” ~ Adriana Trigiani

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