5 Hearty and Exotic Chicken Soups

Remember when you were sick as a child and your mom fed you a bowl of homemade chicken soup?  It made you feel warm and comforted on the inside.   Often times the recipe was handed down from your grandmother to your mom and eventually to you as you grew older.  These five, soup recipes from Food and Wine are just as hearty and comforting as grandma's but with an enticing international  flavor.  Quick and easy to make, the  five recipes make a wonderful opening course.

And after your guest are gone, have a relaxing bath while you enjoy a JenSan scented pillar candle.

Wellness Monday: 6 Stress Reducers to Help Relieve Your Anger

Some things have a way of crawling under your skin. But before you let them make your blood boil, try these six pieces of advice that will help you keep your cool.

Recipes to Help You Live with and Beat Diabetes

A few weeks ago I saw Sherri Shepherd from The View, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Sherri was on to promote her book, Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It).  Sherri recalled that when she was young, she would hear family members talking about someone having Sugar, but not paying too much attention to what Sugar was.  Even when someone showed up with a missing leg, it didn’t register.  The same with me.  As a child in Barbados, the term Sugar was often used.  No one used the word diabetes.  I now know the correct name for Sugar and as it was when I was a child, I also have friends and family members who are living with the disease. 

Diabetes is very prevalent in the African-American Community.  Many African-Americans eat too many fatty and fried foods, imbibe too many sweet drinks, use too much salt and don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.  Like a lot of other Americans, many of them are also overweight or even obese.

On a trip to the supermarket about three years ago, I discovered some canned goods sold by an African American-owned company.  I had read a few articles in the business press about the success of this company.  I was happy that they were able to get their products on the shelves of this particular supermarket chain.  So I went ahead and purchased a can of one of their products.  However, when I opened the can at home and tasted its contents, I immediately spat them out!  The salt was overwhelming.  It seemed like at least a ½ lb of salt was added to the can.  This particular company sells a lot of product to the black community.
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I attended a Health Fair given by my former employer a few years ago and was shocked to discover that each can of soda contains 10 tablespoons of sugar!  My then employer provided free sodas and I used to drink at least 2-3 cans of Coke or Pepsi per day.  A lot of my co-workers drank even more.  Today, I seldom drink soda.

Currently, we’re not only contending with obese adults, but also obese children.  There has also been a rise in Childhood Diabetes.  Both Type 1 and Type 2.  According to the American Diabetes Association, the increase in type 2 is linked to the prevalence of obesity in youth.

First Lady, Michelle Obama deserves a lot of credit for starting her Let’s Move campaign.  I have read that her campaign has actually produced positive results.  More kids and adults have included some form of exercise in their daily routine and are eating more fruits and vegetables.

Diabetes is not a disease that touches just overweight people.  It is an equal opportunity disease that can touch anyone who ingests too much sugar and doesn't have a healthy diet.  Many famous celebrities like Patti Labelle, Halle Berry and Mary Tyler Moore are living with diabetes.

Having diabetes or working to prevent the onset doesn't mean you have to give up desserts or other meals that you love. If you would like to prevent the onset of diabetes, watch what you eat.  Start by eating more fruits and vegetables, follow a diet with less sugar, salt and carbohydrates.  You can also pick up a copy of Sherri Shepherd’s book or any other book on living with or preventing the onset of diabetes.  To get you started on healthier eating habits, we've rounded up 17 amazing recipes from Diabetic Living just for you.  From appetizers to entrees, desserts and cocktails, we've got you covered.

Written by Jennifer!

The Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation

exhausted black young women sleeping with her head on a laptop computer 

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I overslept on Friday morning and subsequently did not wake up until 10:00 am.  Because the rush hour ended around the time I woke up, by the time I got ready and took the train into the city, I would not have made it to work until after 12:00 noon so I decided to take the day off.  Every morning I wake up at 6:30 to get ready for my day job but Friday was different for a couple of reasons.

First, I forgot to set the alarm which never happens but that is not what was strange about the day.  What was strange is that even though I set the alarm every night, I never need it to wake up.  Every morning my body clock wakes me up at around 6:30 and I lie in bed until the alarm goes off at 6:45.  On Thursday night for the first time in ages, I forgot to set the alarm and my body clock did not work.  I slept until 10:00 am.

Jennifer is constantly telling me that I need to get more sleep.  My daytime job in publishing is high pressured.  We are continuously busy and there is seldom any downtime.  Then when I get home, I am up late into the night dealing with JenSan business.  I've felt tired in the past but not overly so until recently.  Now I think that it is time to take Jennifer's advice and get more sleep at night as the lack of sleep is finally catching up with me.

I did some research on sleep deprivation and discovered many side effects—including the expected ones like irritability and forgetfulness.  However, I also found several more that are of deeper concern like weight gain (something that has happened to me this year) an increased risk of strokes among others, in an article on the Huffington Post.

Even without the typical risk factors, like being overweight or having a family history, short sleep can up your risk for stroke, according to 2012 research. Adults who regularly slept fewer than six hours a night had four times the risk of stroke symptoms, HuffPost reported.

For the full list of scary health related risks caused by sleep deprivation, read the article on the Huffington Post.


Are you a Compulsive Shopper?

Are you a compulsive shopper and have you ever wondered why you can't seem to stop buying things?  Well, according to and article in the Huffington Post, researchers may have the answer.

How Flip Flops Mess with Your Feet

You know those cute pair of flip flops that you love so much, well according to an article on The Huffington post, they are doing serious damage to your feet.  Now lets be honest, are any of you ladies really surprise at these findings.
  • Aside from the obvious lack of protection (meaning you’re more vulnerable to dropped objects, stubbed toes and the like), your favorite pair could be seriously damaging your feet. “The feet are the foundation of your whole body. This is the base of the skeleton," says Jackie Sutera, a podiatrist in New York City. “It’s a domino effect… the rest of your joints and bones have to compensate.”  Like anything else, moderation is key:
Read more about the dangers and how to pick a better pair on Huff Post image Image credit: nobilior / 123RF Stock Photo

Roast Chicken and Apricot Salad


Now that those luscious fruit and vegetables from your new kitchen garden are ready to be picked, you might want to try using them in these enticing healthy recipes from House & Home.

Recipe Thursday: Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken


The Skinny: 264 calories per serving, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 37 g protein Yes, you’re reading that right: Only 264 calories per serving in this comfort food classic. The secret? Your oven. See the Recipe here