Five Foods To Avoid Before Bed

Do you know which type of foods are bad for you to eat before bed? I know because I use to eat them. Scientific studies have shown these 5 foods are bad for you before you go to bed. They are the following:

  1. Caffeine- It's quite an obvious one to know not to eat before bed. Eating or drinking caffeine can keep you up at night. The point is to look at the types of food you are eating at a late hour before eating them. Even though certain people can eat foods with caffeine before bed they can still have a side effect of not having a deep sleep, which can be bad. The result is a bad night's sleep.
  2. Alcohol- Drinking alcohol causes a person to have a light sleep, which in turns means you're not having a good night sleep at all.
  3. Sugar- Sugar can make anyone hyper. It's not good for you so try to reduce the amount of sugar you eat on a daily basis. Natural sugars are better to eat along with protein. This allows the body to digest the sugar from the fruit more slowly and you don't experience a sugar spike.
  4. Spicy and high-acid foods- Eating spicy and high-acid foods allows two things to happen to you. First, it causes acid reflux and second it causes heartburn. It happens mostly when you are laying down and sleeping. 
  5. Foods that are hard to digest- Foods that are fibrous or cruciferous vegetables. These foods are hard to digest because these foods contain indigestible sugars that cause bloating and gassiness when eaten in excess. The point here is to eat these types of food early enough so that you can get a good night's sleep. If you eat late and a lot of these foods you won't sleep well.

I hope this helps. I always try to give good advise when it comes to diet. It's important to understand what goes in and comes out of your body.

Stay strong and persevere.  Remember to "Always smile and cherish yourself." -Aimee Ackell-

Enjoying the present moment...

I strongly believe it's important to enjoy the present moment because it's our most powerful one. Why is it important to strive to live in the present moment? It allows us to appreciate what we have in our lives. Also, to live in a state of appreciation means to be here fully now, or in a state of depreciation, which is to wish to be anywhere but here. Remember, now is all there is, and all there ever has been.

I live in the present moment by doing the following:

  1. I notice when I am wishing I was somewhere else, and I'm not fully immersed in the present, it means that I am nothing more than a habit. I need to remember the option of breaking it right now, in this moment!
  2. I discard thoughts of deprecation. When I'm having deprecating thoughts of anyone or anything, I try to replace it with thoughts of appreciation. It's important because it changes your outlook and the chemical balance of your body. Also, removing judgement from your mind allows you to go back to being fully present in the moment.
  3.  I mediate on a daily basis. Mediation allows one to become aware of their own thoughts, which many people need to do in order to live in the present moment.
  4. I enjoy each phase of my meal on a daily basis. It's important because you have to live in the moment to be here and now!

Stay strong and persevere.  Remember to "Always smile and cherish yourself." -Aimee Ackell-

Eight Things You Should Do Every Day...

I believe in trying to take care of yourself the best way that you can on a daily basis. Here are EIGHT things that I do to help me.  Routine and consistency help me to have structure and a positive outcome.

And the EIGHT things are....

1) Drink a lot of water- It's essential for good skin and clear out the toxins in your body.

2) Enjoy your meals and try to eat without any distractions- It's important to not have any distractions and to just "taste" your meal. Enjoy it!

3) Enjoy some fresh air when you can- Stop and smell the roses. Take a walk and or take a walk around the block.  Taking a small break can re-energize you put you back in a positive mood.

4) Find little ways to stay active throughout the day- Workout is essential, so don't make any excuses. You need to be disciplined and "Just Do It." Exercise relieves stress and makes you feel good.

5) Be grateful for what you have in your life- Every morning before I get out bed, I say out loud what I am grateful for, and I believe it helps me start the day off on a positive note.

6) Sleep and sleep well- Sleep is the best medicine for your body. It rejuvenate's you and it's the best feeling when you get a good night's sleep.

7) Eat some dark chocolate- Dark chocolate with 85% cocoa has very low sugar and it's good for you. The fats in dark chocolate are a great source of energy along with the antioxidants and fiber.

8) Eat your vegetables- Eating green vegetables and fruit are essential for everyone's diet. Make sure the vegetables vary in color and fiber content. Also, I take Juice Plus which is a plant based supplement. It's great!

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to "Always smile and cherish yourself." -Aimee Ackell-



5 Bad Beauty Habits to Break...

You should try to to break the following bad beauty habits for your health:

  1. Quit picking your cuticules.
  2. Stop wearing tons of makeup.
  3. Remove all your makeup before you work out.
  4. Stop playing with you hair.
  5. Don't skip the serums for your face!

I hope this helps with your beauty habits. It has helped me and I'm passing it on to you all...

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to "Always cherish yourself and smile."-Aimee Ackell


Greetings All,

This year, I decided on one major accomplishment and goal for myself and it's to....



I'm going to focus on a few things and try to do a great job at accomplishing my goals.



I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and New Year. I hope and pray that everyone accomplishes what they would like to accomplish in 2017.

Stay positive, healthy, balanced and happy which will give you peace in your life.

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to "Always smile and cherish yourself!"- Aimee Ackell





Healthy Tips For Eating During The Holidays

Eating during the holidays can be fun and fulfilling. However you don't want to over to do it, I found these 10 healthy eating tips which has helped me enjoy myself on a level that I am mindful of my eating. In the end, my goal is to enjoy myself and to eat healthy!

Here are the 10 Tips:

  1. Plan time for exercise.
  2. Don't skip meals.
  3. Be realistic with yourself.
  4. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed.
  5. Survey party buffets before filling your plate.
  6. Be careful when drinking alcohol.
  7. If you overeat at one meal try to go light on the next one.
  8. Take the focus off food.
  9. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday party.
  10. Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking.

Healthy eating and enjoy the holidays.

Stay strong and persevere.  Remember to always smile and cherish yourself.


Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

Everyone needs to pay attention to their breath. Why?

  • It invokes relaxation (response) which can reduce stress, ease anxiety and promote clear thinking as well as slow down your heart rate and lower blood pressure.
  • Making breathing exercises part of your daily practice can help with long-term stress management. Dedicate at least 10 minutes each day to focused breathing, whether it's when you wake up in the morning, during your lunch break or before bedtime. Find a place that's comfortable and quiet, then begin one of the many techniques available.

Three breathing techniques to help reduce stress:

  1. Equal Breathing- Calm your nervous system and reduce stress by balancing your breath. Inhale through the nose as you count to four, then exhale through the nose for another four seconds. Continue the process for several minutes. As you progress in your practice, slowly increase to six or eight counts per breath.
  2. Abdominal Breathing- This is known as diaphragmatic breathing and it helps stave off worry and anxiety. Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest as you take a deep breath through your nose. As you inhale, engage your diaphragm, which is the dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of the rib cage. The hand on your belly will rise while the hand on your chest should remain still. Slowly exhale and let your stomach fall flat.
  3. Alternate Nostril Breathing- Place your right thumb on your right nostril and inhale deeply through the left side of your nose. Then close off the left nostril with your ring finger and exhale through the right nostril. Continue this pattern for several rounds. This is beneficial if you need to boost your energy or to help you with focusing.

I hope this helps and you are able to reduce some of your stress.

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to always smile and cherish yourself!




Are You Eating Too Much Sugar With A Chronic Illness?

Did you know eating too much sugar with a chronic illness causes inflammation in your body?

Here Are 8 Signs - You're Eating Too Much Sugar

  1. You are constantly crave sugary things. The more sugar you eat, the more you'll crave it. If you eat a lot of sugar, it causes inflammation in your body. It also causes highs and lows by having a crash. It's like a drug.
  2. You feel sluggish throughout the day. If you are eating too much sugar it means that your not eating enough protein and fiber in your diet.
  3. Your skin won't stop breaking out. Your hormones are freaking out causing you to break out like acne or rosacea. Eating a lot of sugar can show up on your face in just a few days.
  4. You're way moodier than usual. When you eat a lot of sugar and your body has ups and downs it's causes you to have a bad attitude.
  5. You've been putting on some weight. Excess sugar = excess weight= excess calories. Sugar does not have protein or fiber in it. Sugar doesn't fill you up either. It can cause you to release insulin, a hormone which plays a role in weight gain. The more insulin you produce the more of an excessive output can lead to insulin resistance. In other words, too much sugar doesn't process the right way. Eating too much sugar can cause diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.
  6. You've been getting more cavities. Too much sugar causes tooth decay.
  7. Your brain tends to get foggy, especially after a meal. Brain fog is a common symptom of having low blood sugar. When you eat a lot of sugar it goes from high to low causing brain fog. People who have Lupus have brain fog all the time.
  8. Nothing tastes as sweet as it used to. Eating too much sugar can change your taste bud development. Too much sugar causes you to feel that something you're eating doesn't taste sweet enough. However, if you cut back you'll get your taste buds back.

If you follow these 8 points about sugar it will change the levels of inflammation in your body and you'll feel better. You want to feel healthy and alive!

 Stay strong and persevere. Remember to always smile and cherish yourself!


Trusting Someone When You Have A Chronic Illness...

Trusting someone means that you think they are reliable. You have to have confidence in them and you must feel safe with them both physically and emotionally.  You must trust them completely.

What is trust? Trust is when two people can get together and build a relationship. It's important that both people can trust each other.

It's important that when someone has a chronic illness that they can trust someone and rely on them.  It builds self confidence and self-esteem. Overall, it's beneficial to the person. It's important that the person feels safe and sound.


3 High-Protein Ingredients I Always Eat To Stay Healthy

The three foods that I keep are in my fridge, freezer and pantry are all high in protein. All of these foods are affordable too.

The first food is Nut Butter- Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats. I always have almond butter or peanut butter in my pantry for a snack or I add it to my morning Juice Plus shake.

The second food is Frozen Salmon- I eat a 3 ounce serving and it provides me with 17 grams of protein, along with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. I use fresh salmon not farmed salmon. 

The third food is Eggs- I eat a whole egg which is an excellent source of protein and is filled with nutrients like immune-boosting zine, iron, and phosphorus. As for the vitamins, egg yolks contain vitamins B, A, and D.

All of these foods are great for your health. Stay healthy and happy.

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to always smile and cherish yourself!



15 Super Foods To Eat To Keep You Healthy and Fit...

It has taken me 20 years to find the right super foods for my body in order to stay healthy and fit.

Here's the list and I hope you'll try them.

  1. Dark Chocolate
  2. Blueberries
  3. Apples
  4. Asparagus
  5. Broccoli
  6. Butternut Squash
  7. Coffee
  8. Fava Beans
  9. Greek Yogurt
  10. Kale
  11. Oatmeal
  12. Olive Oil
  13. Peas
  14. Quinoa
  15. Fresh Salmon not farmed salmon

I eat these foods to fuel my body and immune system. Whole food nutrition is essential in staying healthy and fit!

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to always smile and cherish yourself!



Does Lupus Get Enough Recognition?

I was shocked to see in my email last night an article titled "Lupus Sent Toni Braxton To The Hospital-What All Women Should Know" Lupus has been long overdue for some national and international recognition. I was happy to see the article mentioned not only that Toni Braxton had Lupus, but Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon and Seal. There are other celebrities who have it, but unfortunately won't come out publicly saying they have it. However, the Lupus Foundations know who they are. There are no secrets in this world in the day and life of the internet and technology.

My point being, it's great for the disease to start getting more recognition and hopefully people will become more aware of the disease. The more monies Lupus Foundations raise it will help in finding a cure.

If you would like to read the article it's online at under Health on October 4, 2016, written by Karin Miller, Key words to search are Toni Braxon, Lupus, News

There was no link for the article to post, sorry!

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to always smile and cherish yourself! 




Mindful Preception

Mindful Perception is necessary in order to achieve personal goals in life. Here are some ways, I use my mindful perception; 

  • I have compassion, kindness and love.

  • I treat everyone the way, I want to be treated.

  • I try to be non judgmental and keep an open mind.

  • I try to be flexible in my viewpoints.

  • I try to be selfless.

I believe it's a tall order to fill in life, but a good one to live by to be happy. We all need peacefulness in handling a chronic illness, and that is difficult enough. I believe peacefulness can bring you joy and self-confidence in your life. It can only help you, not hurt you.

Stay strong and persevere. Remember to always smile and cherish yourself!



The Top 5 Foods To Avoid If You Have A Chronic Illness

I've been living with SLE Lupus for the last 20 years and it has taken me a long time to figure out on my own, from my own trail and error, which foods to feed or not feed my body. The top 5 foods for me to avoid and I think for others who are struggling with a chronic illness, especially those suffering with an autoimmune disease this information would be beneficial.

The top 5 foods to avoid are the following:

  1. Diary-  A diary product is food produced from milk of mammals. Foods to avoid are butter, cheese, frozen desserts, ice-cream cakes and other frozen desserts, milk, non-dairy beverages, whey and milk powder. Milk causes inflammation in your body and it's detrimental to your immune system.
  2. Corn- No Corn, It's high in starch, which is a carbohydrate. It's the largest grain plant. Types of corn are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn and sweet corn. Eating too many carbohydrates are bad for your body.
  3. Sweeteners- Sweeteners are a substance used to sweeten food or drink, especially one other than sugar. Sweeteners not only cause cancer, but inflammation in the body, which in turn affects your immune system.
  4. Sugar- It's a sweet crystalline substance obtained from various plants, especially sugar cane and sugar beet, consisting essentially of sucrose, and used as a sweetener in food and drink. Sugar can basically poison your body and too much of it is very bad for you. It causes inflammation in your joints, which in turn causes a person to have a great deal of pain. Basically, it reeks havoc on your immune system.
  5. Gluten- It's a substance that is present in cereal grains, especially wheat. It has the texture of dough, which gives the quality of elasticity. It also has a mixture of two proteins, which causes illnesses in people with celiac disease. It's bad for people both with an autoimmune disease and people without an autoimmune disease. 

I hope this information helps you. It has helped me and now I'm happy to say, I'm living a healthier life.

"Always smile and cherish yourself!"





How To Handle Adversity When Dealing With An Illness

 I believe that there are certain ingredients that you need to handle your adversity when dealing with a chronic illness.

They are the following:

  1. You must have confidence in yourself and also figuring out what you need to do.
  2. You  must keep perspective on what's going on around you.
  3. You must be organized and schedule the things that you want to accomplish and take action.
  4. You must always ask for help before you really need it. Also, you have to monitor your needs.
  5.  You must always honor your struggle and learn from it and grow in a positive way.

These are the ingredients that I use when dealing with adversity.

I hope this helps and remember to "Always smile and Cherish Yourself!"

Aimee Ackell


8 Healthy Choices People Can Do Daily Basis

It doesn't matter whether your facing a health challenge or your perfectly healthy.  Here are 8 healthy choices you can do on a daily basis:

1) Drink a lot of water. It's essential that you drink, drink and drink some more water like you mean it.

2) Enjoy your meals without any distractions. It means eating your meals calmly and quietly. You will enjoy your food more and eat slower which is good for your digestive system and metabolism at the same time.

3) Get outside and enjoy some fresh air. It's important to take 10 deep breathes a day with good clean air running through your lungs and chest cavity.

4) Try to stay active throughout the day. Staying active can mean doing big activities or small activities. What counts is that you're constantly moving throughout the day and keeping your metabolism up!

5) Eat a piece of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is good for you. It's low in sugar and gives you great energy.

6) Eat your vegetables. Eating vegetables has many health benefits which can help your autoimmune system. Vegetables give you vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

7) Try to sleep. Sleep does the body good. A good night's rest helps you re-energize and start the day off ready to go. Also, you make better decisions throughout the day too and it helps with your body's metabolism.

8) Thankfulness, remind yourself how grateful you are for all the good things in your life. It will help you to have a healthy and happy day!

Reflecting upon my sister Ann who passed 27 years ago...

It's hard for me to believe that my sister Ann passed 27 years ago from SLE Lupus. She was a young vibrant woman who loved life and love to laugh. She was my older sister and I loved her dearly.

Years ago, people hardly knew what Lupus was and today it's finally coming into it's own through education and awareness. My sister was a warrior and although she struggled with it for a five year period, she gave it a good fight. In the end, her heart gave out and I began holding a torch for her. I have a fund in honor of her called The Ann Caroline Corrody Fund held at The Long Island Community Foundation. If anyone is interested in making a donation to her fund, It would be greatly appreciated and all of the monies go toward research in finding a cure for Lupus.

Ann Caroline Corrody Fund @ the Long Island Community Foundation

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Thank you and smile, smile more and cherish yourself!



When you're having a bad day with your Lupus, what do you do?

Here are some tips on what to do if you're having a bad day with your Lupus, from My Lupus Team:

My friend, AprilAnn says, "You know there is just a sense of knowing that things will get better when having bad days. We don't know what the next minute holds for us, nobody does and just existing is not a way to live. You need to get up and live. At times, you need to rest and know that you will be up and living soon. My neck locked up and it has been for nearly 4 years, but it locked up on it's own, doctor's can't help me, but my neck and I will be doing a happy dance. It will get better, my neck will move again and I will have pain free days again. I will resume working again. Life will not be this new normal but for now, God has me here for a reason."

 Me personally, when I'm having a bad day. I revaluate my day and slow down. I usually write in my journal my vision of what I want my goals to be and that helps inspire me to have a better mind set. Drinking lots of water and resting are the two most important factors in trying to help me when I'm having an off day.

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!





5 Key Things to Start Your Morning's Routine

It's important to revamp your morning routine for a better day and here are my 5 things that I do on a daily basis.

  1. Wake Up Earlier- Set your alarm 15 to 20 minutes earlier and give up your snooze addiction. The extra time will give you more room to breathe and prepare for the day ahead.
  2. Hydrate- Your body loses water while you sleep. When you wake, drink a full 8 to 16 ounces of water to replenish your body's water supply and feel refreshed.
  3. Reflect With Gratitude- Every morning, I wake up and focus on 3 things that I am grateful for. It has been proven that you can't be angry or fearful when you're grateful.
  4. Identify Your Goals-Think about what you want to achieve each day and visualize it. Think and see your success. This is a great exercise to do in helping you become successful.
  5. Create A Morning Ritual- Create a morning ritual that works for you and helps set you up for the best day possible.

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!