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“Caution,” “Danger,” “Poison,” “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” “Toxic,” — We’ve all read these words on traditional cleaning product labels that we purchase off the store shelf. While exposure to harsh chemicals can potentially irritate our skin and burn our eyes, the long-term exposure and subsequent health consequences can be significant. Even products labeled “all natural” or “Biodegradable” may not always be safe. In this Simply Delicious Living segment host, Maryann Ridini Spencershares some tips on how to avoid harmful household chemicals. Visit Maryann’s Award-Winning Blog, at Maryann Ridini Spencer.com or AlohaWriter.com and navigate to the Simply Delicious Living Blog Tab!
FIND OUT WHAT THE TOXIC PRODUCTS ARE IN THE IMAGE BELOW AT EPA.GOV
I had so much FUN doing this “Communicating Spiritual Inspiration” interview on Super Power Experts and Host Tonya Dawn Recla! The first part of the interview I talk about inspiration & the creative process followed by discussing tuning into intuition and interpreting “the signs” and synchronicities sent from beyond. LISTEN HERE.
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Be Good To Yourself!
With the arrival of 2018, here are the top four gifts you can give to yourself to help you achieve your personal health and wellness goals.
The start of the New Year is an excellent time to reflect on your personal fitness goals. Whether you let yourself go due to time constraints or in the process of bouncing back after a bout with addiction, accident, or injury, fitness classes should be at the top of your list. In addition to helping you whittle your waistline, a few hours of physical activity each week can help you slash your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other health conditions.
Group fitness classes are also an excellent social activity that can help you keep in touch with old friends and stay connected to your community.
While you don’t have to have Gordon Ramsay-level culinary skills, knowing how to cook a solid meal will go a long way toward helping you lead a healthy and positive lifestyle. Not only is cooking at home an excellent way to save money, whipping up your breakfast, lunch or dinner will lead you down a path toward self-sufficiency.
The Art of Manliness (.com) insists that cooking is a creative endeavor that can improve your social skills and self-confidence. That goes for both men & women! When composing your wish list, think of the foods that you enjoy out and Google cookbooks or cooking classes that will help you emulate your favorite foods. If you have children, you might ask for matching cookware and apron sets, which will help you bond with your child while instilling.
Take A Solo Weekend Retreat
There is a huge difference between being lonely and being alone. The former significantly increases your chances of depression and health issues while the latter has quite the opposite effect. Studies have shown, according to Huffington Post, that alone time can help you clear your mind and allow you the opportunity to do the things that you want to do. Enjoying new activities solo will open up the opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests. And being by yourself means you can operate on your own time without worrying about anyone else’s schedule. A weekend retreat to a secluded cabin or hotel/spa would make an excellent addition to your wish list.
Pamper Yourself with Bubble Baths & Bath Bombs
Maybe you don’t like to work out or feel funny about spending time alone away from home. Research has shown that a warm bath may offer many of the same benefits as exercise (though it is absolutely not a replacement). And an hour alone soaking in the tub may help reduce stress and help you renew your mind, body, and spirit.
“Reader’s Digest” asserts that a long bath, complete with soothing music, healing Epsom salt, and therapeutic scents, are great ways to relax and recharge. Bath bombs, a relative newcomer in the field of at-home spa treatments, are an inexpensive treat that your gift givers will likely want to try for themselves, too. As you may have noticed, each of these gift ideas has a central theme, self-care. More than any material item you might receive, time to focus on yourself, even if just for an hour-long bubble bath, is the most valuable gift of all.
I recently spoke with JB Broadcasting’s John Baillie about my novel “Lady in the Window” and writing from the heart. The interview was so enjoyable and we really talked about some deep topics – love, loss, healing, & angels. Click the links below to listen to this 2-part interview!
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Saturday, June 10th, I joined Kim Pagano (The Brighter Side). Tune in for my interview on “The Kim Pagano Show,” 1590 AM KVTA at 6:00 am (PT) or LISTEN RIGHT HERE at (to listen to Maryann navigate to 24:41) kimpaganoshow.com
As part of the promotion for my new novel, “Lady In The Window,” I was asked to be a guest on The Author Inside You podcast hosted by Matt and Leah Rafferty. We talked about my inspirations for “Lady in the Window” as well as the writing process.
The podcast is now live on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Click Here to LISTEN!
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In this Simply Delicious Living PODCAST Marriage Counselor Barbara Berg talks w/ “Lady in the Window” Author Maryann Ridini Spencer about — How our loved ones in spirit help guide us, the Infinite Mother-Daughter Bond & using the novel as a blueprint for those who desire marriage, family & a career, LISTEN HERE at the Simply Delicious Living PODCAST BROADCAST page.
In iTUNES (released May 3, 2017), Listen Here.
–By Maryann Ridini Spencer, Author of “Lady in the Window” (May 9, 2017, SelectBooks)
Avoid Foods that are Processed, Preserved, Refined, and Sodium Heavy
When you eat lots of processed, preserved and refined foods loaded with sugar such as store bought cookies, cakes and candy, salty foods like potato chips and pretzels, packaged foods with lists of chemicals you can barely pronounce and drink soft drinks and liquor in excess, how do you usually feel afterwards? Think about it.
While eating these foods may cause momentary bliss while they’re being consumed — which is very tempting when you’re grieving — they can ultimately wreak havoc on your waistline and your mood as well as contribute to serious health consequences if you indulge in excess over time.
In fact, research shows that regular consumption of these types of foods can lead to elevated blood sugar levels (putting offenders at a higher risk for diabetes) and contribute to myriad other negative health effects like an impaired immune system and vulnerability to chronic disease.
Be Good To Yourself and Your Body: It Feeds the Soul!
Healing after the death of a loved one is a time where you need to be extra cognizant of what you consume. While you may feel the need to sooth yourself with those sugary, fatty and ever-so-tempting No-no’s, what you really need to do is to take care of yourself and comfort yourself in a way that will benefit you and heal you — inside and out. This will not only help you, but those you love.
In addition to daily exercise and surrounding yourself with positive people and activities, eating well by upping your intake of lots of USDA Certified Organic fresh fruits and vegetables, hormone free and sustainable meats and fishes, Non-GMO Project Verified grains and whole foods, will make you feel and look better. You have one life to live, so make the most of it — physically, mentally and spiritually.
“Clean Eating” has become a popular term that means eating “whole” or “real” foods. Foods that are minimally processed and handled, in other words — as close to their natural form found in nature as possible, which provides your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs from real sources.
Five Tips for Clean Eating
- Take Inventory. Review what’s in your cabinets and refrigerator. Avoid foods that are processed, refined and loaded with chemicals you can’t pronounce. TIP: If you can’t pronounce or understand the ingredients, something’s amiss.
- Eat Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Eating foods that are produced without the use of toxic chemicals is extremely important to your health and quality of life. TIP: Read up on these terms: USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.
- Add Color to your plate. Color is found in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. When you eat a plate full of variety and color, you’re doing something great for YOU! TIP: Eat your veggies raw and/or roast them! Just drizzle a little organic extra virgin olive oil on a cookie sheet, chop up your favorite veggies (Remember: different colors and textures) and toss with Italian seasoning blend (or your favorite ground or fresh herbs), and roast in the oven at 425 Degrees F for 20 minutes or so. Serve with eggs for breakfast, in a green salad for lunch and as a side with your main entrée at dinner.
- Get your sugar from natural sources. If you have a sweet tooth, opt for foods with sugars from natural sources (i.e. fresh fruits and organic honey). Avoid chemical laden-artificial sweeteners. TIP: A one-ounce (1 inch) square of dark chocolate (with a cacao or cocoa content of 70% or higher) can be a very satisfying dessert (with or without with a tablespoon of nuts and a piece of fresh fruit).
- Buy Local. Whenever possible, shop at your local Certified Farmer’s Market and get to know your local farmers and how they grow the food you eat. When you buy in-season and locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables and sustainable meat and fish, you’re getting the most vitamins and nutrients right from the farm to your table. The food isn’t processed and it doesn’t have to be shipped over long distances, which also helps the environment as well as the sustainability of our community. TIP: If you don’t know where a local Certified Farmer’s Market is in your area, just search for information online.
The Healing Power of Clean Eating
Medical studies are continuing to prove the link between mental health and diet. When we eat more of the “right stuff,” we generally find that we have more balanced moods and feelings of overall well-being.
After a few months of clean eating you’ll most likely make some wonderful finds. Here are some of the things you can anticipate:
- You’ll no longer crave the sugars and salts you once did.
- You may find that as a result of clean eating, you’re a lot trimmer.
- If you return to your old habits for a few days, you may find that you feel bad and that eating in a certain fashion just doesn’t suit you anymore.
- You may find that your skin looks brighter, your energy level has increased, your clarity of mind is sharp, and your ability to fight colds is strong.
The conclusion? When you’re taking conscious, positive action for your body and your overall health, it contributes to a quality of life and peace of mind that just makes sense.
Maryann Ridini Spencer, award-winning screenwriter (“The Lost Valentine”/CBS-TV Hallmark Hall of Fame starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt), novelist (“Lady in the Window” in bookstores May 9, 2017 from SelectBooks) and TV/Print lifestyle journalist (“Simply Delicious Living” on PBS-TV and “Sustainable Ventura News” at VenturaCountyStar.com). Visit Maryann at: maryannridinispencer.com
As a little bonus, check out this great recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Winter Beets.
For a recipe print out, visit Maryann’s blog at simplydeliciousliving.com.