DSM Reviews

  • Heart Health - 4 easy ways to improve yours

    December 1, 2015
    I put heart, mind & soul into all I share with you. The "heart" in heart, mind & soul usually means with love. But today, I want to talk with you about our actual hearts. Caring for our heart health allows us to continue to put heart into all we do. The good news about heart health is that we have so much control over it. Lifestyle choices, not genetics, are greatly responsible for heart health.
  • 6 Pillars for a Healthy Heart: Are You Taking Good Care of Yours?

    December 1, 2015
    "Am I taking good care of my heart?" is the million-dollar question that has occupied my thoughts many times... As an individual with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, these 6 pillars for a healthy heart have been one thing to not only keep in mind but to monitor frequently. Considering the astonishing number of people who already suffer from or are at risk of developing heart disease, you should check out this list too. After all, you only have one heart!
  • Getting My Life Together-Mentally and Physically

    November 4, 2015
    As a wife and a mom to four, you can imagine how obsessive it can be to make sure that your family is healthy-at all times. Sometimes it may mean that I drag everyone to the park to have some outside time, while other times it means me strictly monitoring what everyone puts in their mouths. With me just having had a baby four months ago, I've been increasingly worried about brain health, with not only mine--but my young baby's as well. (I mean let's be honest-I'm over 35 with a new baby.) In case you’ve wondered, brain volume and cognitive function naturally decline as we age, but we may be able to reduce the risk of age-related memory loss with good nutrition, excercise and an overall healthy lifestyle.
  • How to Start Eating for Mental Clarity

    November 4, 2015
    I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just gotten out of the Coast Guard, it was September and I hadn't been home in over a year. I was finally back but was so consumed with everything going on in my life and I was all over the place adjusting to life outside the military. By November, I had a taken a job with the government and had just bought my first house. Then I got the call that my Granny had died. I felt riddled with guilt that I hadn't made it over to see her in the two months I had been back. She had Alzheimer's and her death was inevitable but it still hurt.
  • Eat Less Sugar. You're Sweet Enough Already.

    November 4, 2015
    When I was a teenager I started to get headaches, become lethargic, and had a hard time feeling like myself. Yup! My body suddenly told me that I had to slow down on my sugar intake. In fact, if I stay away from it as much as possible, all of my undesirable symptoms go away. I stopped getting headaches, my energy was back, and I felt so good again. Cutting out sugar (or cutting back on sugar) is not easy! However, if you stick to it and begin to feel the difference, then you know your body is responding. Keeping your body healthy includes keeping your brain happy. We need to nourish our brains from within. We need to focus on what we choose to consume, how it makes us feel, and aim to do better.
  • A Colorful Plate for Good Eye Health

    October 5, 2015
    Hi Everyone! I hope you're all having a good week so far! I don't know about you, but I think I ate more ice-cream, and sugar in general, this summer than I have probably ever done before. It's been such a hot and humid summer, that I just couldn't end the day without having a little scoop (or let's face it, half a tub) of ice-cream. (And if you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen my obsession on a regular basis!) The amounts of nutrients in ice-cream are clearly limited, and although I'm generally a pretty healthy eater, there are always a couple times a year when I reach a point where I need to hit re-start, and pay more attention to what I'm putting in my body and how I'm taking care of myself. It's been a super busy summer, and I always feel like being busy leads to bad nutrition, at least for me.
  • Healthy Vision: Because We Eat With Our Eyes First!

    By CakeSpy
    September 1, 2015
    While I primarily focus on sweets on this website, my recent writing about body acceptance, health, and well-being has been personally rewarding in that I feel that my words are really able to help people live fuller, more delicious lives. So when I was offered the opportunity to share information on eye health in this sponsored post, I felt it was appropriate, important, and worthwhile information to share. After all, we eat with our eyes first, and the world out there is big and wide and open and beautiful. We should all approach it with an open heart and clear, bright eyes!
  • Focus On: Maternal Health and Healthy Nutrients

    September 1, 2015
    With three high-risk pregnancies under my belt, I feel like I'm an expert in what NOT to do to have a healthy pregnancy. I'm lucky that in spite of my bad choices with food, my kids are very healthy. While each pregnancy was very different, my approach to healthy eating was very different. With my first, I was very vigilant - almost to the extreme - about what I put into my body. I refused to eat fish because I was scared of mercury poisoning. I didn't eat nuts because I was convinced he'd have a nut allergy. I stayed away from cheese because I was worried about listeria! While there is a potential danger with all of these things, the fact is that all are essential for a healthy pregnancy.
  • 5 Habits of Healthy Pregnant Women

    September 1, 2015
    When it comes to health and fitness, pregnancy causes a lot of internal conflict for most of us. We desperately want to have a healthy pregnancy that leads to an easier recovery and a healthy baby. But we're also absolutely exhausted and immensely uncomfortable, and many days we just want to drink milkshakes and lie on the couch. It can be quite a predicament! No pregnancy would be complete without a bit of junk food and a few Netflix marathons, of course, but overall it's really important to maintain your healthy habits. That's because a mother's nutritional status at conception, during pregnancy, and throughout breastfeeding plays a key role in her health and well-being, as well as that of her child.
  • Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits with Small Children

    August 17, 2015
    How do you ensure that your child has a healthy diet? Isn't that the question of the century for parents of small children? No matter how wonderful of an eater your child might be, ensuring that they have a nutritious, balanced diet is always a struggle. It can be so easy to fall into the junk food trap with a toddler or preschooler... we've all been there. Sadly, the average American diet does not include the recommended amount of essential nutrients.