Side Effects of Antidepressants

Are you being treated for moderate or severe depression by a doctor?  Your physician probably prescribed for you some sort of antidepressants.  Here are some common side effects of antidepressants:

  • nausea
  • increased appetite or weight gain
  • loss of sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, and decreased orgasm
  • fatigue and drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • agitation
  • irritability
  • anxiety

If you are experiencing any of these side effects and are sick of it, there are some healthier alternatives.  Study after study has shown that exercise has shown to promote mental health and reduces symptoms of depression.  Regular exercise has the same effects on the mind as some medications, like Setraline.  Other things that can help with depression are eating a healthy diet, support optimal brain functioning with essential fats, like AdvoCare’s OmegaPlex, which has high quality Omega 3’s, and get plenty of sunshine!  One study found that people with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who had normal levels. Vitamin D deficiency is actually more the norm than the exception, and has previously been implicated in both psychiatric and neurological disorders.

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Health Benefits on Having a Pet

My dogs, Lucy and Allie, are great friends.   I truly feel their love after a long, hard day.

“The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided,” says researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with “furred animals” — whether it’s a pet cat or dog, or on a farm and exposed to large animals — will have less risk of allergies and asthma, he tells WebMD.

Dogs are great for making love connections. Forget Internet matchmaking — a dog is a natural conversation starter.

This especially helps ease people out of social isolation or shyness, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, tells WebMD.

“Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home,” says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Their caregivers also feel less burdened when there is a pet, particularly if it is a cat, which generally requires less care than a dog,” says Hart.

Pet owners with AIDS are far less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. “The benefit is especially pronounced when people are strongly attached to their pets,” says researcher Judith Siegel, PhD.

In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did people without pets.

Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies. Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease — lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — than non-owners, researchers say.

Personally, I have only been without a pet while I served in the Army.  I can’t imagine not having a dog; I like cats, too, but prefer dogs, because they are more loving and obedient than cats.  If you are thinking about getting a pet, I say to go for it!  You will have a great addition to your family.  Lucy, my Belgian Malinois, is my jogging buddy!

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Success can mean different things to different people.  You are working toward a goal, and it may be large or small.  No matter what that goal is, it takes hard work, dedication, and the right tools.  Goals are different for everyone–it could be sending your kids to summer camp, taking a dream vacation, or paying off debt.  I didn’t realize how far I had come in setting my goal of losing weight until I saw this picture of myself from a few years ago:


I am on the far right wearing the pink shirt.  Oh, I was smiling, but underneath that smile, I was really depressed.  That was the biggest I had ever been, and that included being pregnant!

This is me today:


I am 40 pounds lighter and much quicker and stronger than I was in that earlier picture.  I love sharing my story so that I can help others achieve their health and fitness goals.  I will continue to work hard to help anyone with whatever they need.  If you are interested, please fill out the contact form below, and I will attempt to make a video and send it to you!

I started with the 24-Day Challenge, and now that I have pretty much achieved as far as weight loss, I continue to use the Well and Performance Elite line.  There are four ways to get started: full retail customer, preferred customer (20-30% discount), distributor (20-40% discount, sell at a profit),advisor (40% discount and earn 5 different ways with AdvoCare).


Custom Made

This morning, my daughter and I went to church.  We have a new sermon series titled “Custom Made.”  Our pastor is very excited about this series, and now I am, too!  I have been called to be many things in my life:  daughter, sister, friend, mother, wife, co-worker, motivator, etc.  It seems as though my purpose changes every 10 years or so, as it probably does with you.

God’s big purpose with us is reconciliation and restoration.  Have you ever had a friend in whom you had a big fight with?  Maybe you stop speaking to each other because it’s too awkward after your big blow up.  This can only be solved by reconciliation.  II Corinthians 5:18-19:”Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”

Before you can begin to restore your relationship with God, you must first understand that it is broken because of what we did, not what God did.  We have turned away from God’s standards and made our own path.  No one likes to talk about sin, but it has a hold on everyone!  Any deviation from God’s perfect standard of holiness is sin; sin can manifest itself in our thoughts, behavior, or words.  It is only through God’s grace that we can restore our relationship with God.

I will talk more about purpose here on earth, along with other health topics.  This has been on my heart all day, and I had to put it out!

I will leave you with a verse from Revelation 21:4:  “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”

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Cool Down Hot Flashes

Formula W promotes women’s health and relaxation by balancing out the hormones that go crazy when you go through menopause.  This supplement helps with hot flashes and mood swings.  I have been using it for over a year now, and if I go a week with using it, I can definitely feel the difference!

Even if you’re not going through menopause, Formula W helps put a little balance into your life.  There are a wide range of benefits that promote overall health and well-being during times of hormonal imbalance.  There are two key botanical ingredients:  Maca and Genopause. Maca root is an adaptagen and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, but due to it’s unique properties it considered one of the world’s natural “super foods.”  Maca is grown high in the mountains of South America, mainly in high altitude regions of Peru.

Maca Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, booster for the immune system, and  increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.

Genopause is a unique blend of herbal extracts:

  • Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi): This plant supports a healthy immune system.
  • Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): This extract is rich in flavonoids that provide support for relaxation, mood and sleep.
  • Commiphora mukul:  This extract is best known for helping to maintain cholesterol and triglyceride levels that are already within the normal range.

Adult women of all ages will be able to appreciate the benefits of Formula W in a format that is phytoestrogen free.

 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Hiking for Tacos

I don’t live in the Austin area, but if I did, this would be the group for me!

Hiking for Tacos Meetup Group

Diana Britton, “Hiking for Tacos” founder didn’t know anyone and wanted to make new friends when she moved to Austin, TX.  She thought it would be a great idea to meet new friends and explore the city by forming a meetup group, which now has over 1500 members.

We cap each walk at 30 people, and what I look forward to the most is chatting with members.  It’s fun to learn about their lives.

The group averages 4 million steps per year and consumes an average 720 number of tacos per year.  Once a month, they hike about 2.75 miles along the Greenbelt to Tacodeli, a popular hot spot known for its authentic dishes, and then they hike back.  Dogs and kids are always welcome.

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Clear Mood

It is a multi-nutrient dietary supplement that helps brain and nerve cell function by providing important neurotransmitters that help lower the effects of occasional stress, nervousness, and worry.*  One ingredient, known as 5-HTP, is vital for the production of serotonin, which supports the brain and nervous system.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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