Sunshine Blogger Award

 

I am fortunate enough to live in beautiful Arizona, so there is no lack of sun here! I love the sunshine! One of my favorite quotes is, ” If you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine!”  Today, I actually feel like I am walking on sunshine because this weekend I was nominated by a friend for The Sunshine Blogger Award and then nominated by two more friends today! I feel so honored because even though this blog is about wellness, I am happy that I can spread some sunshine too!

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What is the award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is given from bloggers to other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. How wonderful is that! I am so grateful to my amazing friends who nominated me and allow me to share a little bit more about me and my passion for health and wellbeing.

I was first nominated by my friend Mary from @Downsize365 www.downsize365.com

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Mary is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met! I am truly in love with her mission! Mary focuses on helping others to clear their clutter so they can move forward with their lives. I am a big believer in this as well.  Especially when I am embarking on a new project, I always take time to tidy a closet or clear away some clutter from my surroundings. I am a firm believer in out with the old to bring in the new!

My next nomination came from my friend Karen @aboveandbeblonde www.aboveandbeblonde.com . Karen is the very first friend  I ever met in person after I joined Instagram.  She also lives in Scottsdale, AZ and I would see her posts and think ” I know where she is!”. I reached out to her and I am so glad that I did! Karen is extremely witty and also very fashionable! I have to thank Karen for keeping me up to date with my style. She was the one who introduced me to wearing joggers and heels. She allows me to up my fashion game when I am out of uniform from my usual white coat at the pharmacy!karen

My friend Lisa ,  @midlifeinbloom  www.midlifeinbloom.com also nominated me for this award! I  love Lisa’s blog because just as her name states,  she allows us to bloom in midlife. I truly believe as I enter my middle years that the world is truly my oyster and I can’t wait to see what is in store! Look to Lisa for style, travel and healthy living advice as well. I learned a lot about CBD oil from Lisa’s blog!Lisa Harris .jpg

The ladies asked me to answer the following questions for the award and I can not wait to share!

What is your blog about and how did you become interested in blogging?

I came up with the name the Fulfilled Pharmacist well over five years ago for a blog that I wanted to start at the time. It took me over five years to actually do so! Two years ago when I started my Instagram account I used the name The Fulfilled Pharmacist. I wanted a place to share about healthy living and disease prevention. As passionate as I am about wellness I am also passionate about a positive lifestyle. I share a lot of that also through my book Tiny Life Changes. After writing the book, I would share about being positive and turning my thoughts around. I then began sharing more about the  Interstitial Cystitis diagnosis I received over twenty five years ago. I wanted my followers to know that I lived with chronic pain for many years and I am living proof that you can heal your body from chronic illness and go on and live a fulfilled life.

What is the most important thing you would like your readers to take away form reading your posts?

I love providing information to my readers outside of the scope of prescription medicine.  I want my followers to know that diet and lifestyle do matter. I want to share that self care is an essential part of a wellness plan. I want to be the one who empowers them to think differently about their health, to realize that healthy living is a journey and it is all about not just living a long life but a long and fulfilled life. I also believe in a gentle approach to optimal wellness. Change can sometimes be daunting but if we incorporate healthy changes one step at a time they will lead to big results in the long run!

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Who do you look to for inspiration in your life?

I am one lucky lady! I have a wonderful husband who is so supportive of me and a creative entrepreneur who I get to bounce ideas off of every day! I also have the best children who inspire me daily to be kind and gentle and make the world they live in a better place. I also get to work with my sister who is the amazing co- author with me of our book Tiny Life Changes. I never in a million years would have ever guessed that I would find inspiration daily though the amazing women I have met through social media! Here are just some of my blogger friends at a Galentine’s Gathering at my home.

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When not working on your blog, what do you love to do?

I have to chuckle when I think about this answer because it totally all revolves around food! I love dinner with my husband and lunch with my friends. I love entertaining and that includes dinners for my boys and their wives or my extended family. I love having a bunch of girls over for lunch too and we wind up sharing from our hearts and it will usually turn into a mini therapy session.

What is the one place you’ve never been to that you would like to go?

My husband and I married young and our children are very spread in age so travel has been put on the back burner for us. I am also a home body and love nothing more than to stay near home for a staycation. I would love to see more of the U.S. I would love to see South Carolina, more of Florida and California and to visit Hawaii. I would love to have a dose of Vitamin Sea!

And now for my nominees!

I have so many wonderful friends who blog so it was hard for me to choose! However; I wanted to choose two women who have completely inspired me in business.

The first is a lady who only has one word that will describe her AMAZING! Melodiann  @melodiannwhiteley is one of the first people I ever met on social media. I have learned so much from her in the way of networking and sharing my message. She is also an Amazon Best Selling Author of  Getting to Yes – Overcoming Network Marketing Objections available on Amazon. I owe it to Melodiann who introduced me to her publisher from Beyond Global Publishing and now I am an Amazon Best Selling Author too. I can not thank  Melodiann enough for encouraging me to write Tiny Life Changes with my sister Lauren Daniels. Check out her blog www.boomerbusinesscoach.blogspot.com

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I am also nominating my friend Sandra @thesandrahudson. Not only is Sandra an awesome mom but also an awesome business leader! She is like my real life Rachel Hollis! She teaches us to keep in pretty in the mess of what can sometimes be life. Young children, a move across country, that does not hold Sandra back. She continues to lead her way to building the life of her dreams! Visit Sandra at www.thesandrahudson.com

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Your Questions Ladies-

  • What made you want to start your blog and how long have you been blogging?
  • What is your favorite post you have written and why?
  • What is your favorite or least favorite thing about blogging?
  • When not working on your blog, what do you like to do?

The rules for this award if you choose to accept, are to :

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog and Ig account.
  • Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate other bloggers (2-4) and give them questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post.

 

 

 

 

 

Discover Exactly What Foods To Avoid When You Have A Urinary Tract Infection

Many women know the feeling. The feeling that you are starting to get a urinary tract infection or UTI.  The feeling of increased pressure and frequency, painful urination and possibly blood in the urine. It is a dreaded feeling, especially for women who experience frequent urinary tract infections.

A urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of the urinary tract. This can effect the kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most UTIs will happen in the lower urinary tract such as the bladder and urethra. They can be treated with antibiotics and will usually resolve after treatment.

When diagnosed with a UTI, most women know to drink plenty of water to flush the bacteria out of their urinary tract. Cranberry juice is often recommended as it make the bacteria causing the UTI more “slippery” so they can easily be flushed out as well. It is important to note that cranberry juice should be pure cranberry juice and not artificially flavored or a cranberry juice cocktail blend.

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However; many women do not know that there are certain foods and drinks that are not recommended when you have a UTI. These foods and drinks can aggravate a sensitive bladder and cause more frequent urination.

Drinks to avoid include coffee, tea, and alcohol which can irritate the bladder. While the caffeine in coffee and tea is what will cause frequent urination, the acidity of coffee can also irritate the bladder as well. It is best to stay with water during this time as even carbonated drinks can affect the bladder.

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Spicy foods and citrus containing foods are bladder irritants. For this reason, acidic fruit juices which can include orange juice and lemonade should be avoided during this period of time.

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Chocolate, including dark chocolate ,can also aggravate the bladder. This is also not the time to eat many sweets. Reduce your sugar intake while you have a urinary tract infection to prevent that sugar from becoming a food for the bacteria to feed on and multiply during the infection.

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Aged and cured foods like sharp cheeses and cured meats can also affect the bladder lining and should be avoided.

It is important to take a probiotic especially while you are taking an antibiotic to replenish the good bacteria in your gut. Be sure to space them out by several hours as you do not want the antibiotic to eat away at the probiotic reducing its beneficial effects. Probiotics will also boost your immunity.

What you should eat at this time are plenty of plant based meals that are nutrient dense. The extra nutrients will help to give you energy to fight off the infection and also the fiber in the vegetables and fruits will act as a prebiotic giving the probiotic a “food” to increase the growth of the healthy bacteria in your gut.

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When diagnosed with a UTI, get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water and choose healthy options for meals. If you have frequent UTI’s that when cultured do not show any microorganisms, be sure to ask your doctor about the possibility of having a bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis. It often mimics UTI symptoms although the pain caused by the syndrome does not come from bacteria. I am happy to answer any questions as well.