10 Mantras to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Peace from Panic


I’ve had “white coat syndrome” since my early 20s. My blood pressure tends to surge at the doctor’s office. I don’t think I feel nervous. But deep inside, I must be. I can’t figure out why. My doctors and nurses are all very kind and easy to talk to.

I get frustrated because I can’t control my blood pressure in a medical setting. This is a concern, especially  because I have hypertension and take medication for it. And it’s well controlled — at least at home.

When I have a doctor appointment, I do my best to relax on the way there. I take deep breaths, listen to music, and tell myself I’ll be fine and not to think about it. But that makes me more nervous and I can literally feel my numbers rising.


What am I so afraid of? My doctor has never gotten angry because it’s too…

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Low blood sugar levels due to low carb diet for diabetes

Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

I have had lows for the last couple of days. Obviously a medicine change is needed.

My very low carb/ketogenic diet is working. Already I am seeing a need to lower some of the insulin needs. Will talk to the dr if it keeps up. Luckily I have been home when it happens – night time and fasting.

Most days I eat less than 20 carbs, some meals are no carb therefore no insulin. So I am down to the low numbers on my fast acting insulin for meals and my Tresiba slow acting all day insulin also needs adjustment. Just not sure where I should make the adjustment.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems



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Just thought you should know… All About The Purple Almond Resource Page

The Purple Almond

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great day. During my studies at Hawthorn University, I often come across links to very useful nutrition resources, either through my own research or through assignments from the University. When I started this blog, I designed a page specifically dedicated to nutrition websites and resources. I add to this page on occasion.  Today, in the course of studying, I came across several more sites, which I just added to the page. I’m not sure how many of you are aware of the page, so I decided to bring it to your attention.

I only allow high quality sites on this page. I have set very high standards as to what sites are added to this page. To give you an example as to my standards, Beachbody.com approached me a few months ago with a request for their blog to be added…

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What People Don’t Tell You About Motherhood

Essential Living with Dakota

I was chosen as a contributing writer for Thirty on Tap! I’m so excited for this incredible opportunity! First up: What People Don’t Tell You About Motherhood:

My whole life all I wanted to do was grow up, find a good paying job, marry my soulmate and become a mama. The catch? There’s a lot of things they don’t teach you about in high school, and at the forefront is what motherhood is really like.

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Let Me Ask You A Question – 8/14/17


I need your advice.  Over the last few months the participation on the Meet and Greet post has dwindled to nearly no participation…so let me ask you a question:

What do you think I should do with the Meet and Greet?

Happy 118th Birthday Alfred Hitchcock


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Today is the 118th birthday of Alfred Hitchcock. My mother first introduced my sister and me to Alfred Hitchcock via the movies Psycho and Rear Window (we watched them after school quite often), she taught us…

Danny’s World: I’m Feeling Whooped!


I’m not sure why, but I am feeling especially tired this morning.  I spent all day Sunday resting in anticipation of a busy work week; doing nothing but watching golf and running an errand.   When my alarm went off at 5:30 am there was zero chance of me getting up which never happens.  I slept till almost 8:00.  This tells me my body desperately needed the rest.

Like I have said before, when my body tells me to rest I do so and don’t feel bad about it in the least.  Hopefully being rested will set the week up for me to be super successful!