Every day I wake up with the same agenda. Each day has the same components to it by the routine I choose to follow. Everyone has their own routine that makes their lives stand out as a success. It’s what we do daily that defines us. For many people exercising is part of that routine but for even many more, exercising is drudgery.  They will come up with every excuse not to exercise. And their excuses become their defining secret to why they are not as healthy they’d like to be. Some people are motivated by the endorphins exercising brings. You know that great feeling you get after you work out, like you can conquer the world, and enjoy more peace in your life. But for some people those endorphins don’t mean a thing, these are the people who are motivated differently.

I’m one of those people and here’s my 10 tips to keep moving.


  • Prevention costs less money than disease: The costs for having a severe heart attack back in 2010 was $780,000. For a mild heart attack it was only $38,000. Walking is free, riding a bike costs about $300 for an adequate bicycle, even less if you get a second hand bike. The math is easy go  figure it out.
  • Exercising prevents and relieves joint pain: When you are inactive your muscles weaken which could cause curvature of your joints and loss of the lubricating fluid in and around your joints. Exercising also keeps our joints flexible. If you have an auto-immune disease, like I do, moving is one of your best defenses.
  • Exercising is cheaper than therapy
  • Movement helps your digestion: It’s the cheapest and most natural way cure constipation.
  • Only way to ensure weight loss success: Eating healthy is one side of the coin, exercising is the other. They are dependent on each other for success.
  • Inactivity speeds up aging: If muscle atrophy and stiff joints aren’t enough of a sign that you’re aging quickly then the added weight gain and sagging skin are definitely a sign. Growing old gracefully can happen when you are active.
  • Physical activity improves learning and memory: Exercising stimulates new neurons in our brains. It protects the gray matter and slows the Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Enhances our immune system: Exercise improves heart function which pumps more blood. Your lungs can then handle oxygen and delivers it to the rest of the body. Exercise boosts immune system by providing your cells with a boost so they can attack bacteria and keep you healthier.
  • Diffuses anger: Exercise channels your emotions by raising the serotonin levels which regulates the behavior of your brain.
  • Increases sexual desire: When you feel better about yourself your sexual desire is stirred and you have more energy to engage in a loving relationship.

These are just my 10 reasons to keep moving.

What are some of yours?


Soy is in almost every manufactured food product and nutritional supplement today. It is the main ingredient in vegetable oil, and can also be found in candles and soaps. We have been sold a lie. Marketing giants perpetuated that lie by coming up with bogus studies claiming that soy is the best thing since Wonder bread. And we all know how nutritious Wonder bread is. Soy is not healthy, in fact it is often referred to as a poison.

Goodbye Soy!
Hello Healthy Life!

10 Reasons I Said Goodbye to Soy and saved my life.

  • Soy is the most mucus causing vegetable on the planet. It is just like dairy. Mucus causes our digestive track to back up causing what would look like a standstill on a highway. This standstill causes the food we eat to become fermented. It sticks to the walls of our intestines like a magnet. Soy has been known to create digestive issues like IBS, slow digestion, circulatory issues, weight gain, and premature aging.
  • Soy suppresses Thyroid Function: It destroys our thyroid. Soy is considered the king of goitrogenic foods. What does this mean to you and me? A goitrogenic food interferes with the function of our thyroid, it can make our thyroid become enlarged, which makes it more difficult for the thyroid gland to produce the necessary hormones.
  • Soy blocks protein absorption: It is often said that soy is a complete protein, and therefore it is healthy for human and animal consumption. WRONG: Soy may be a complete protein but it is packaged all wrong. Unfermented soy (Soy protein isolate, soy milk, TVP, edamame, Tofu, Vegetable oils, Soy cheese, Soy ice cream, etc) have enzyme inhibitors. It’s these inhibitors which block the absorption of any protein that may be present in the soybean. Trypsin is one of those much needed digestive enzymes we need to properly digest protein; soy blocks that enzyme. The lack of trypsin causes stomach cramping, diarrhea, and bleeding.
  • Anti-nutrients: These are toxic nutrients that are natural in plants to ward off different insects and animals. We are told to soak dry beans and nuts overnight to get rid of these anti-nutrients called phytates. These enzyme inhibitors cause gas, heartburn, reflux, and other digestive upset. Soy has problems here because while other legumes are giving up their phytates in the soaking water, soy holds onto their phytates. You can’t wash it off, or soak it off. So what’s the big problem with phytates? Phytates bind to minerals, such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. It strips them from our bodies, giving us mineral deficiencies.
  • Too much estrogen causes cancer. The phytoestogens in soy surpass all other foods. 100 grams of soy protein = 4 protein shakes = is the same estrogenic equivalent of a birth control pill.
  • Genetically Modified: Soy is genetically modified to resist herbicides. Studies have found that hamsters fed GM soy were unable to have offspring and died much earlier than they should have.
  • Soy Protein Isolate is seen in the body just like MSG (monosodium glutamate).  This means that while eating or drinking anything with soy protein isolate our bodies see it as MSG and it has a negative effect on our brains. Soy protein isolate is a waste product that is the residue of the production of soy oil. So in essence every time you eat or drink something that contains it, you are consuming sludge. The sad fact here is that Soy Protein Isolate is also the first ingredient in many infant formulas.
  • Soy contains aluminum. Aluminum is toxic to the nervous system and to the kidneys (I have one kidney, so I want to protect it as much as possible). Aluminum is also a contender for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. We are raising a generation of Alzheimer patients every time we give our infants soy formula.
  • Soy damages our intestines. So while I am going about my day in trying to remain gluten free because of my intolerance to it, staying away from soy is also inevitable. Soy is loaded with protease inhibitors, lectins, oxalates, oligosaccharides, and proteins that cause intestinal irritation.

These are my 10 reasons I gave up soy over six years ago. It has been a difficult ride, but my health is in my hands.

We need to look past all the marketing hype and find out how to make our health the best it can be. Walking away from soy has been one of the best things I have done for my health.

Name something you’ve done for the sake of your health!












  • Choose the right attitude According to renowned author John C. Maxwell, we should “choose and display the right attitude”. Our attitude is a choice we make every minute of every day; it’s what we bring with us into every situation we have. Look at it this way “Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, what’s in your heart?” (Facing the Giants)
  • Eat Healthy When we take in the proper nutrients through our food our minds work better, we think more clearly, and are not apt to make rash judgments. That jelly filled donut and coffee you have every day on the way to work only spikes your blood pressure and shoots your insulin levels up. It does not wake you up but gives you that mid-morning crash.
  • Make time for the family When my children were in school I worked for a company that had flex time, which means I was able to make my own hours as long as I was at the office for at least 5 hours during business hours. This gave me the opportunity to start my day at 5:00 am which means I was home before my kids got home from school. I was able to make every track meet, basketball game, band concert and mid-afternoon school parties. You have our whole life to work; your children are only with you for 18-20 short years make them count. For those without children, spend time with your nephews and nieces,  call your parents weekly, connect with your siblings.
  • Acknowledge someone for going above and beyond Our society has become a society that gives out awards for waking up in the morning. We have lost that work ethic that was once present all around us. No more can our teachers fail a student for not doing his or her homework now it’s okay just to show up “you get an A; you made it here!” It’s been said that 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. I don’t agree with that; now it’s like 1% of the people do the work and 99% of the people want to reap the rewards. Acknowledge those people that actually do the work, they deserve it.
  • Learn something today In Leo Buscaglia’s book Papa My Father, Leo talks about his father who even though had a limited education instilled an evening ritual for his family. Before dinner everyone had to share something they learned new that day. Before you sit down for your evening meal or if you eat lunch with your co-workers ask each other “what did you learn new today?”You might be surprised at the outcome.
  • Be on time Most people don’t understand when you arrive late to an appointment not only do you show disrespect for the other person you’re meeting, you show an “I don’t care attitude”. Legendary coach Vince Lombardi would tell his players if you’re here on time you’re already late. Lombardi Time states “Show up for every important business meeting 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled meeting time.” The idea is to use the 15 minutes to catch your breath, collect your thoughts and plan what you want to accomplish in the meeting and how you’ll go about it.
  • Be a “YES” person We have been programmed from a baby to say “NO”. “Do you want to buy” are words that make all of us cringe. Usually when someone asks us a question, our minds are ready to say the word “NO” before the person finishes the question. Say “YES” to listening to the whole proposal before making up your mind. If you close your mind too early you won’t hear the possibilities.
  • “Don’t sweat the small stuff”The first chapter in Richard Carlson, PH.D. book by the same title. He states “Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that, upon closer examination, aren’t really that big a deal.” You know that person that just cut you off on the way to work, you don’t have to chase them down and get back even with them. Let them go, don’t make their problems yours. When we allow all the small stuff to build up we find we have bigger problems.
  • Don’t worry about things you can’t control You get an email early in the morning from your boss secretary “the Boss wants to meet with you at 3:00 this afternoon”. You start to panic, what did I do, are there going to be cutback, am I going to get fired, what do I tell my wife and kids. Our minds play through many scenarios, in fact your boss only want to congratulate you on a job well done on the last project. We worry about everything. Worry makes you physical sick. Really it’s exhausting. Let go like water off a ducks back, you’ll be better for it!
  • Be chivalrous When was the last time you did something “just because”. Hold the door open for a stranger, allow them to step in line ahead of you because they only had 3 ideas and you had a cart full. We live in a “ME” society, me first the hell with the rest of you. My wife and I raised 4 sons as Modern-day Knights, thinking of the well being of other people first.  That person you just held the door open for was having the worst day of his or her life and you just made it better. An act of chivalry only costs time, but the reward lasts forever.

I want to thank my husband, Joe Jacoby for writing this blog post, it means so much to me to have his love and support each and every day we are together. His support and guidance helps me make each of my days count.


We are responsible for our health & wellness, our finances, our family, our career, and our entire life. It isn’t up to other people to make our lives better. We need to take back the responsibility that we given away so freely instead of looking to others to make us whole.

One of my favorite quotes


1. STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR YOUR PROBLEMS: No one is holding a gun to your head and making you eat unhealthy food. No on is making you spend money you don’t have. The only person to blame is yourself. If you really wanted to stop running on the hamster wheel, you would.

2. COUNSEL WITH OTHERS BEFORE MAKING MAJOR DECISIONS: If you’re thinking about a career change talk to people in the field, seek out wise counsel not your peers. Making major life decisions should be thought about at every angle. When we seek wise counsel we get another perspective; maybe something we never thought about.

3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK: If you are planning on moving to a different part of the country, research what the cost of living is there, what are the schools like, the crime rate, the housing market, etc. All these factors should be included instead of just going there because someone says it’s nice.

4. REALIZE THAT WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY EQUALS YOUR LIFE: If you don’t like something about your life, change it. If you want to lose weight and get healthy, you can’t just sit around and expect the weight loss fairy to zap the weight off of you. Get up and move away from that bag of chips!

5. SET GOALS THAT ARE ATTAINABLE: Setting a goal of losing 10 pounds a week before a big event in your life is unrealistic. But a goal of 10 pounds a month could be attained if you have the eagerness to fulfill it.

6. ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE NOT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD: We are not the center of the universe and if we would all just accept that the earth does not move at our command we would all be more at peace with the responsibilities we can control. We can only control ourselves!

7. LOOK FOR WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME HELPING OTHER PEOPLE: People with too much time on their hands will often start feeling sorry for themselves. Self-pity leads to blaming other people. It is a vicious cycle.

8. ADMIT FAULT WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE: Instead of trying to hide our  mistakes, like a child, admit them. When we admit to our mistakes we take responsibility for our lives. It isn’t societies fault that you got heart disease; no one held a gun to your head and made you eat unhealthy food for years or stopped you from exercising.

9. LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE: Stop the negativity. When you are negative you are more apt to blame others for your problems, and mistakes.

10. GROW UP: We have to start acting our age again. We can’t act like a teenager when we’re in our 30s. It’s time to grow up and act mature. It is expected that a teenager acts without thinking but a 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-year old, etc should be more mature and act appropriately.

Go out and take back your responsibility back.



I have always had a creative mind; I don’t know if this is how I was wired or just a part of being human. I believe that we were created by the most imaginative Creator and we are showing our likeness of Him. Most of the time when people think about being creative they always think about the fine arts such as painting. Creativity can take the forms of many different things. My grandfather, for instance was creative in the way he planned his vegetable garden, or the way he told stories to me. He taught me through using color in my coloring book that I did not have to color inside the lines and I didn’t have to conform to what I see. It was through my grandfather’s teachings that I learned how to be creative in every part of my life. Here are 10 simple I learned from my grandfather on how to bring your creativity to life.


1. Look past the obvious: while most people see what is right in front of them, the creative person looks into what could be. So instead of looking at something at face value look at it’s possibilities.

A work in progress 

This piece of artwork came about because I choose to look at plastic bottle caps as different media for my creative expression. It is still a work in progress, but hangs on my wall in my dining room so I can imagine it in different colors until I choose the color I will be satisfied with.

2. Follow your interests: right now I am interested in making baby blankets, but last month I was interested in making alternative ice creams. The idea is to run with it. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, take a class. Just because you don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean you can’t learn. I didn’t know how to make alternative ice creams, so I went to the library and checked out some books.

3. Take time to read: my grandfather’s vegetable garden was beautiful because he read about how the different vegetables grew and what they needed to grow into mature produce giving plants. Right now I am taking this same creative tip and applying it to my career. Selling is a creative art, so I’m reading books like How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins and Jeffrey Gittomer’s Little Red Book of Selling.

4. Think outside the box: My girlfriend thinks that everything I do is so creative, while I think the things she does are just as creative. While I may be bring creativity to life with my hands, she brings creativity to life with her words, every time she speaks I get wonderful ideas about how to live a better life.

5. Conformity stifles creativity: One of my favorite past times with my grandfather was coloring; it was always an adventure. He never colored animals the way we see them in nature. His horses always had different colored legs, and sometimes they are a mixture of color. I remember my mom asking him one day why he always did this, and he simply responded that we each see things differently. Coloring is an expression, and we should not expect every expression to be the same.

6. Learn to trust your senses: I love to cook and I hate to cook. I love cooking when I can invent new recipes. I hate to cook when my husband asks for the old standards. I cannot do old standards without adding a bit of something new. For instance, when I fuse different ethnic flavors and come up with my own unique recipes like Middle East Meets Mexican Tabouli Salad. On any given day in my kitchen, while I may have many cookbooks to choose from, I am always experimenting and trying to meld new flavors together to come up with something that is uniquely me.

7.  Accept your creative uniqueness: I used to worry a lot about what other people thought about me instead of being myself. Once I accepted that I was a creative person and began letting my creative side come out on a regular basis, I began to be more at ease with myself.

8. Give your creativity a voice: Whether you act in community theater, do a stand up comedy act, or create interesting power points for work giving your creativity a voice will help you see the many ways you can be creative. If you have a song waiting to come out of you, sing it. If you thinking about a design for a new house, draw it. Pick up a pen and write that novel that you’ve been dreaming about.

9. Stay away from the naysayers: My mom had a knack for making me feel inadequate in whatever I was doing. As a teenager I designed my own clothes. I remember crocheting a sweater from the top down, that had sleeves like bat wings. As I was making the sweater, my mom told me “It would never work out. You will never wear it.” My dad on the other hand was my cheerleader and told me “That I could accomplish anything I wanted, if I wanted it bad enough and I was willing to work at!” I believed my dad. I not only finished the sweater, but I wore it with pride and got orders to make the same sweater for other people. I even had that sweater in a boutique.

10. Surround yourself with creativity: My grandfather spent hours in his garden and his garden books and magazines. I could spend hours in craft stores, cooking stores, book stores, and libraries. Post different creative quotes around your home to make you stop and think about the different tips of creativity. My favorite is from Cecile B. DeMille “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” Find your favorites and post them around your life at http://www.creativity-quotes.com/

Go out and create something, creativity sparks creativity!



Each new school year brings parents to that awful feeling that they must endure. Letting go. Whether your children are entering school as a kindergartner or going off to college, this can be a time of anxiety for both parent and child. Below are the 10 ways I used to get through this difficult time that might help all of you moms and dads out there get through it too.

  • At the start of each new school year think about what you would also like to learn about, and do it. Not enough time or money to go back to school, no problem. The library and internet always have different ways to learn something without having to take formal classes. One year I learned all about faux painting, simple living, saving money, and even different cooking techniques.
  1. Make the first day of kindergarten a celebration, a milestone, an accomplishment. Be proud of your children as they enter this new stage. Remember if you are sad, they will be sad too.
  2. Start the first day of school off with your children’s favorite breakfast, make a good lunch for them to include a special card from you, to let them know that you are thinking about them.
  3. When they return from school, make them your focus. Ask them questions that require more than just “yes” and “no” answers.
  4. If the strain of being away from your children is too great, volunteer at your children’s school. I did this and it turned into a part-time job, which evolved into a full time job.
  5. Take the time they are in school to concentrate on tasks that are just too difficult to do with them home. For me that was grocery shopping, painting, organizing, or even reading a book of my choice.
  6. College aged children is another milestone, and another sad, growth  moment in a parent’s life. But it can be just as liberating for the parents as it is for the children if thought of as a natural progression of life.
  7. Sign up for college too. That’s what I did. As my sons went off to college, I went to college too. This way I had less time to feel sorry for myself.
  8. Join a book group, or create one yourself.
  9. Take in classes at the local art museums, or go to seminars offered at local health food stores. (These are things I did) Be in tune to your interests and go from there.
  10. Be ready to share what you are learning with you grown children, it will help them to realize that you are indeed letting go and letting them become adults instead of holding them back to be our little children.

While our sons will  always remain babies in my heart, they have grown into fine young men. All because I learned to let go, my way.


  1. Rethink your words: If working out or exercising makes you want to stop before you get started, use different words. My favorite movement phrase comes from the movie Madagascar. “You’ve got to Move It, Move It.” So I’m Moving It. 
  2. Park in the safest farthest spot away from the door of any place you enter: (work, health club, school, stores, restaurant, etc)
  3. Telephone moves: While you talk on the phone, at home or at work, stand up, do some leg lifts, tidy up the house, clean your desk. Move and talk at the same time.
  4. Walk with a purpose. Take your dog or a neighbor’s dog for a walk. Walk or bicycle to do your errands as much as possible.
  5. Pick up a hobby: Sitting only burns 46 calories per hour. Crocheting burns 173 calories an hour.
  6. Exaggerate your house cleaning: Wash your windows, like a gymnast, vacuum like a fencer, wash dishes like a ballerina
  7. Learn to fidget more: People who fidget burn 300 – 350 calories more than those who don’t.
  8. Play outside games with your children: Tag, Simon Says, Catch, Red Light Green Light, Salt and Pepper.
  9. Get off the bus: If you take the bus to work, get off a couple of stops before yours and walk the rest of the way. You can also plan a bike ride from different points where your bus lets off to ride the rest of the way.
  10. Turn your favorite music on: Take a dancing break, turn the music up, and just rock out to it in your living room or even your office (Your coworkers might even want to join in).