an inspirational interview.

As part of being a Journalism major, we get the opportunity to have many hands-on experiences. I recently got to interview an inspiring FUS sophomore about her ten years of living with type one diabetes…

“Take care of yourself, don’t let diabetes be a limitation. Live your life… In a weird way, I am thankful for being diabetic. As much as a struggle as it is, I would be a completely different person. My sense of humor would be different. My relationship with God would be so different. My outlook on life would be changed too. There is a gift that comes out of my suffering.” -Courtney Hurlburt

Read the whole story of “A Type 1 Kind of Life” on my website. Don’t forget to visit Courtney’s blog too!

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just peachy.

I came across a recipe for Roasted Honey & Cinnamon Peaches the other day on Pinterest and thought I’d share it! This savory recipe is gluten-free and adds a healthy twist to dessert. It will definitely satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!

Peaches are one of my favorite fruits and I absolutely love how sweet and juicy they are. They also contain a large amount of potassium, fiber, and vitamin A. (Read all of the health benefits here.) Enjoy!

Currently craving: Chipotle sounds pretty good right about now…

nice & fresh.

I recently read an article by Livestrong™ about the benefits of drinking lemon water. Lemons are a good source of folate (folic acid), potassium, and vitamin C. It is a natural cleanser, making for a healthier digestive system. This zero-calorie drink also aids in preventing urinary tract infections. The detoxifying, antibiotic, and antioxidant effects play in improving your skin too.

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Mixing in honey with our lemon water brings more benefits as well. It aids in weight loss and treats the common cold and flu; this sweetener contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

Adding salt in our lemon water brings the removal of those unwanted toxins accumulated in our bodies. This also helps us to maintain a healthy pH balance…  Lemons are acidic but turn into alkaline when put into our bodies and salt is alkaline in nature. According to Health Beckon, our bodies should have more of alkaline than acidic.

Putting cucumber slices in our lemon water assist us in managing stress. Multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin) can be found in cucumbers. B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of it. They contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appear to play an important role in brain health also.

One of my favorite add-ins to lemon water is strawberry and basil. You can also add in blueberries, slices of orange or lime, or the combination of raspberry and mint leaves. Visit here for more infused water ideas…This one small step will have you reaping the benefits for life. Remember, the little changes in our every day lives matter the most. Enjoy this nice & fresh alternative to any artificially flavored drinks!

Currently craving: 50 chocolate-covered strawberries.