Good For You, BAD For Your Cat

It is important to remember that just because something is good for you, it does not mean that is also good for your cat. Below are just a few examples of common harmful substances for cats. Remember that it is not a complete list. Whenever introducing something new to your household or to your pet it is a good idea to do some research to make sure it is safe for your furry friend.

  • Essential Oils
    • Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca, Tea Tree, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, Thyme, and Birch

Essential oils can have many healing effects mentally, physically, and emotionally for people. With essential oils and diffusers becoming more popular, it is import check and see whether or not the oils you are using are safe for your cat. Toxicity can occur quickly in cats, and the liver is the organ that is most often affected. Certain essential oils can be harmful for cats if they are ingested, applied to the skin, or inhaled by you cat.

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5 Benefits Journaling Can Have on Your Health

Journaling is a way to self-reflect on your day-to-day experiences. Similarly to how you think about what you want to say, you will need to think about what you will want to write; your thoughts will no longer be caged in your mind. This form of self-expression can bring you many health benefits that engage your mind, body, and soul.

  • Boost Memory

Have you ever, in the same day, forgotten what you ate for breakfast? Although this is a small scale example, it is a reminder that we cannot remember every detail of our life, let alone every detail in our day. If there is a major experience that you want to remember for the rest of your life, journaling can help you preserve the fine details of moments like: the weather, what you were wearing, how it make you feel, what were you thinking at the time, or what you plan to do next. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Special

Picture this: You have a special someone. Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. You have yet to get them any sort of gift. Both of you are healthnuts. Box of chocolates? Nah. A dozen roses? Too cliché. Go out to dinner? Spring Break is also close so we’re watching those calories.

Well, there are plenty of alternatives you can do in order to put a smile on your better half’s face, without breaking any of these rules! Contingent on you and your partner’s interest, there are a plethora of activities/food options you can incorporate this year while celebrating the day of love.

One idea, since it’s still freezing cold here in the Midwest, is to go ice skating. Ice skating is a great cardiovascular workout that allows you to go at pace where you and your date can hold a nice conversation. Even if one of you has never skated before, this can be perfect bonding time together!

Perhaps something a little warmer to the heart (no pun intended), would be to choose an organization and volunteer together somewhere. Nothing says love like sharing it with others. There are plenty of places that would not only appreciate any help you can offer, but you and a date can feel good inside knowing you spent your time helping out a good cause.

Ok enough of the different date activities.

Everyone knows the best part of a date is the food and enjoying a tasty meal with a special someone. The two things that may be holding you back from going out to eat, is either health or money reasons. Great news! These things called grocery stores have low-cost and low-calorie foods that you can make right from the comfort of your home. Some good ideas may be a homemade pizza that includes wheat crust, low calorie sauces, and veggies for toppings. Another possible route you can take would be making a highly nutritious soup. You may even find that spending the time together to make a healthy meal, may even make the day more special, even if the food turns out terrible.

It seems that many people stress over Valentine’s Day for various reasons just to impress their crush. Like I said earlier, there are many ways you can jump into this holiday without breaking the bank and also taking a healthy route. Make 2018 the year you try something new and be creative with any date ideas you may have for your valentine.


|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|


  • Tyler Kloss






What Should I (wh)Eat Today?

Where Should Grains Fall into Your Diet…


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With so many diets out there, knowing what to eat can be confusing. Even if you aren’t on any specific diet plan, you still want to monitor what goes into our precious bodies! One thing I personally get confused on is what to do about grains. So many diets nowadays call for either low grain or (if possible) no grains at all. So what is the answer… are you supposed to eat as much grains as possible, or avoid grains altogether?

This is really a tricky trick question. No, really, like a trick question. Because there are two basic types of grain categories: Whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains, such as wheat flour, contain nutrients and fiber. Essentially, no modifications done to the genetic makeup of the grain whatsoever, meaning the three parts of the grain (bran, germ, and endosperm) are all still there. Refined grains are nutrient poor, because they lose those key qualities to them during the processing. Specifically, it loses the bran and germ part of itself. With the removal of the bran and germ, 25 percent of the grain’s protein and about seventeen key nutrients are lost.


Refined grains are also high in carbs that get digested and absorbed very quickly, leading to rapid spikes in blood sugar and subsequent hunger and cravings. They are linked to obesity and many metabolic diseases. Numerous studies show that people who eat the most whole grains have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and tend to live longer. (You can check out some those studies HERE, HERE, and HERE!)


So why do so many diets call for no/low grains? Well 1) so many grains out on the market are refined grains, so it is easier for some just to say forget them altogether. And 2) grains are high in carbohydrates, so they are unsuitable for people who are on a low-carb diet. Diabetics may not tolerate a lot of grains, because of the large amount of carbohydrate.


So, what do you do now? Eat grain… eat no grain… CONSUME GRAINS UNTIL YOU BECOME A PIECE OF WHEAT?! As with most things in nutrition, all of this depends entirely on the individual. If you like grains and feel good eating them, then there doesn’t seem to be any good reason to avoid them as long as you’re eating mostly whole grains. On the other hand, if you don’t like grains or if they make you feel bad, then there is no harm in avoiding them either. Grains are not essential, and there is no nutrient in there that you can’t get from other foods. At the end of the day, grains are good for some, but not others. If you like grains, eat them. If you don’t like them, or they make you feel bad, then avoid them. It’s as simple as that.


*Be Proud, But Never Satisfied*


~Luke Pallo