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‘Self-Care’ Sunday ~ 1/8/2017

How is everyone on this second Sunday of the New Year?

Wow! I am SO incredibly encouraged by the response this new feature is receiving! It is so satisfying to hit the nail on the head, and connect with so many of you in a positive way.

The concept of ‘self-care’ resonates with everyone. Inherently, self-care is ‘good’, but I believe there are forms of self-care that are ‘better’ than others. There are certain things a person can do for self-care that will have a ‘multiple benefit’ effect. For instance, this week I reached out to a private LDN Facebook community I belong to in order to find what other LDN consumers use as a codeine based cough suppressant alternative. (Narcotics cannot be used with LDN, but I was in need of something strong.)

Now, anyone who knows me well, knows I almost never reach out for help. I am a ‘do it yourself’ type of girl. There are multiple reasons behind this (some good/some not so much…), but let’s just say that this was a stepping out of my comfort zone. By doing this, it was not only good for me personally (it ultimately led to finding a natural medicine alternative), but it turned out to be an opportunity to connect with others & vice versa. PLUS, I am now able to share a  delicious recipe with you, for the next time you are dealing with an upper respiratory illness. So, WIN/WIN!

'Self-Care' Sunday ~ 1/8/2017


*One of the lovely ladies in my group said that fresh pineapple juice was an excellent cough suppressant, and phlegm fighter due to an enzyme in fresh pineapple called Bromelain. All three ingredients in this smoothie have strong antibacterial properties. The lemon juice is high in vitamin C, and the pineapple juice loosens mucus. Whee! Most importantly though, its delicious! You can heat this all up, or use frozen pineapple in a blender like I did. I find the smoothie soothing on my throat, and one HECK of a lot cheaper than the ‘juice joints’ on the corner. 

Frozen Pineapple ~ Fresh Lemon Juice ~ Raw Honey Smoothie*

  • 1 1/2 Cup frozen pineapple chunks

  • Juice of a whole lemon

  • 2 Tbsp raw honey

Mix all in blender until ‘smoothie’ consistency.

  • *This is not meant to be a substitute for any medicine prescribed by your doctor ~ Honey should never be given to children under the age of 12 months old.

Remember to send me your: written examples, photos, shops, links, ect. However & whatever you would like to share with us all regarding ‘how you practice self-care’, and I will feature it on the following Sunday’s post! A great way for us to all get to know one another, and help each other along the way! Here are this weeks features:

Self-Care Community Shares

Michelle, owner & creator of Mondays Child Primatives, learned how to make ‘primitives’ and woodworkings after chronic pain forced her to stay at home. She now creates and sells her unique & beautiful work on her Etsy shop! Below are a few examples you will find there:



Kat, fellow writer & blogger over at ‘Writer Kat’, was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, and recently EDS. She is pursuing her dreams of a writing career, and hopes to self publish a novel in the year 2017. Kat can also be found on her Facebook page, and recent guest article, ‘Writing As Self Care’ at Chronic Parenting.

Thank you with all my heart Michelle and Kat, for participating in ‘Self-Care Community Shares’ here at ALWR! What did YOU do this week for self-care? Let us know! : kristine@alifewellred.com OR leave info in comment section below!

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  • Reply
    January 8 at 2:21 pm

    I’m going to “pin” the smoothie recipe for when the winter congestion issues decide to drop by here. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    I love how Michelle and Kat both have made good out of the bad in their lives! That is so awesome…not to mention inspiring!

    One of my go to creative outlets is the kitchen. Trying new recipes is a good way for me to really focus on something. This weekend I used my British Baking book to create a couple of English recipes and I took pictures to share. Only problem is I don’t seem to see an e-mail that I can send them to you. I’m probably just overlooking it. If you wouldn’t mind, Kristine, would you please enlighten me so I can send photos to you? Thanks so much!
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      January 8 at 9:16 pm

      Awesome Dianna! Sure, I put my email address at the bottom of the post, plus you can always click on the social media icons that float un the upper right hand corner of the page. 🙂 But, since I’m here, my address is kristine@alifewellred.com LOL! 😉 Thanks Dianna! REALLY looking forward to the recipe…so exciting! ♥

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    January 9 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you so much for including my shop in your post–I appreciate it so much! I hope that you feel better soon. The pineapple smoothie sounds delicious and would be wonderful even without a cough.

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      January 9 at 10:51 pm

      Absolutely Michelle! I ♥ your shop! Some of your offerings are right up my alley, I love the Halloween woodworkings!

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    January 11 at 5:07 am

    I love smoothies and must try frozen pineapple in mine. This is my first time visiting you and will come back and read more posts. Have a blessed day!

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      January 11 at 9:30 am

      Thank you Carol! Good to have you here 😉 This is a GREAT smoothie, you can adjust the honey for ‘sweet’ preference. Have a terrific day 🙂

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    January 16 at 8:17 am

    Love pineapple but had no idea that it could help with the winter crud. Was looking for ways to help feel better when the winter season hands you the bug, and I found 2 great articles here, full of tips to help me do that. Going out to get some pineapple, have the other ingredients, and I’m going to whip these up for our whole family, we’re all a bit under the weather.
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      January 16 at 9:19 am

      I love it Nikki! Like I said in a previous comment though, you may want to adjust the honey level depending on sweetness of pineapple and tartness of lemon. But, I LOVE it!!! Delicious♥♥♥ Thanks Nikki! 😉

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