At first I hated parsnips, but then I learned to love them

May 9, 2019
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I love almost all foods. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vegetable, fruit, meat, or fish — I love all foods.

However, that all changed when I first tasted a raw parsnip. It tasted horrible, and made me gag.

That initial revulsion changed, though, after I learned how to prepare the vegetable. Read all about my culinary exploits as I changed from a parsnip hater to a parsnip lover.

Omega-3 fish and krill oil supplement for better health

March 14, 2019
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

For most of my life, I haven’t consumed enough food with omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, most people in the United States don’t get enough of these healthy fats.

They occur naturally in many foods, including fish. However, I don’t eat nearly enough fish to get by. That’s why I started taking an omega-3 supplement.

Read about all the benefits you could enjoy by taking a fish oil or krill oil supplement each day. My only regret is that I waited so long before including fish and krill oil in my daily regimen of healthy practices.

Besides tasting good, red beets have lots of health benefits

January 1, 2019
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

When red beets are on sale in the produce department, I buy them. I eat the entire plant, including the beet, the tap root that extends deep into the ground beneath the beet, and the leafy stems.

Read about all the unique tastes a red beet can add to your meals, along with the abundant health benefits. I especially love to eat red beets with a decadent serving of crispy bacon!

I needed a power tower to look young again

December 7, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Way back in 2012, I tried finding a power tower. I wanted to do pull-ups in the comfort of my own home. Plus, I wanted one that I could keep in my garage so it would be out-of-sight.

After searching, I found the Stamina 1690 Power Tower. This is my review, and my thoughts about how it’s kept my body leaner and younger-looking, even though I’m kind of an old guy.

Fluoride gel can keep your teeth free from cavities

October 13, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Believe it or not, it’s been over 25 years since I had a tooth cavity. I credit my good fortune on the availability of fluoridated water and my diligent preventive oral care.

As part of my daily dental regimen, I use fluoride gel to strengthen my enamel and prevent tooth decay. Read about the fluoride gel I use, my experiences with fluoride gel products, and how I use it each day.

I review a vitamin D3 supplement

September 7, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

In 2016, I learned my vitamin D levels were too low. Low levels of this essential vitamin is a common health risk for us all. That’s why I decided to do something about my insufficient levels.

First, I shopped Walmart and found inconsistent supplies and a short shelf life on many of their supplements. Then, I tried Amazon.

There, I found NatureWise Vitamin D3 softgels. Read my review of this quality supplement, and what I liked about NatureWise’s way of inspiring confidence.

My review about an oats and honey granola

August 11, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I don’t eats lots of cereal, and rarely have a traditional breakfast. However, I do use cereal as an evening snack.

Recently, I was browsing my friendly grocery store aisles, and noticed a group of Cascadian Farm granolas. They were reasonably priced, so I bought a box of oats and honey granola.

Even though the product has been on the market for over a decade, I had never noticed it before. I’m glad I took the chance. Read my review, and I’ll tell you the good and the not-so-good with the Cascadian Farms Organic Oats and Honey granola.

You probably need a waterproof mattress protector

July 21, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

There’s lots of reasons why you need a waterproof mattress protector. Not only will this inexpensive solution keep your mattress fresh and clean, but it will give you peace-of-mind.

Your waterproof mattress protector will keep your family safe from dust mites, bacteria, and all kinds of nasty stuff that can linger in your mattress.

I fought cellulitis, and so far I’ve won

June 6, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

After I had a second attack of BPPV, I noticed that my right leg had red patches that felt warm to the touch. Also, there was lots of pain in my leg — it was almost as if I had sprained a muscle.

Then, there were all the other symptoms, too. It turned out I had cellulitis. It’s a common type of bacterial infection. Left untreated, however, it could become deadly.

Read all about my symptoms of cellulitis, and how I got treated and recovered. However, the fight with cellulitis isn’t over for me quite yet. The doctor told me I had a greater risk of getting cellulitis again, since I’ve already been affected one time. Yuck!

BPPV, and how it made my earth move

June 3, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

One morning, I opened my eyes and felt like the room was moving. Oh no, I thought, I’m going to throw up. Thankfully, I didn’t, and thankfully, just getting out of bed stabilized my vertigo.

But, the relief was short-lived. When I bent over to slip on my shoe, the vertigo returned. When I moved my head as I brushed my teeth, my vertigo returned. The sensations came-and-went throughout that day.

Read how I went to the doctor the next day and was diagnosed with BPPV. Also, read all about benign paroxysmal position vertigo (that’s a mouthful), and what you can do to fix it or prevent it in your own life.

Include liver in your diet, and make your brain smarter

May 19, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Liver does more for me than making my eggs taste great — liver also improves my brain health.

This unique-tasting organ meat not only gives me greater mental acuity, but it improves the overall health of my body. Read all about how I use liver in my diet, and what all its nutrients have done for me. Liver can make you healthier, too.

Make your own peanut butter and skip the added sugar

April 16, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I love peanut butter, and I’m sure you do, too. But, does peanut butter really need sugar? No, I love the taste of peanuts, and I don’t need sugar to make my peanut butter more appealing.

That’s why I decided to may my own peanut butter. It’s easy — even I did it! Read all about the ingredients I used and the money I spent. When I was done, I had great-tasting peanut butter that was healthier for my body.

Use black pepper and enjoy health benefits

February 21, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Black pepper can keep your mind and body young, even as you age. This pungent spice has lots of health benefits.

To get the freshest and most healthy black pepper, buy fresh, whole peppercorns. Read about how I use pepper and turmeric to improve my health. With black pepper, you can improve your health, too.

You can lower your A1C numbers

February 14, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Use 4 easy steps to lower your A1C numbers. If you do, your health will improve and you might prevent long-term health problems.

I have type 1 diabetes, and I try and keep my A1C numbers at 5.8% or below. Get your A1C number checked, so you can take control of your daily blood sugar levels.

Can I lose weight by eating popcorn? Are you kidding me?

February 4, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I love popcorn, and I bet you do, too. Everybody loves popcorn. But will popcorn help us to lose weight?

Well, it turns out that popcorn has a special characteristic, in addition to its good taste, that might reduce our urge to eat too much of other foods. Read more about the surprising benefits of popcorn.

Ways to prevent or ease the pain of a dog’s trick knee

January 29, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Dogs, especially small-breed dogs like my chiweenie, can suffer from a trick knee. Veterinarians usually call it luxating patella.

Thankfully, there are ways to lessen the severity of what might be a debilitating ailment for your dog. Fortunately, these tips might also improve your own trick knee and lessen the pain in your joints.

Turmeric and its curcumin can heal our bodies

January 18, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Turmeric’s curcumin has improved my health — of that I have no doubt!

It seems nature has given us all the ingredients we need to keep our bodies healthy. However, even curcumin will not keep us from death. That’s a part of life, too. Before that fateful day, though, curcumin will keep our bodies strong so we can enjoy each minute of life.

Mangoes can fortify your body

January 10, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I cannot eat just one fresh mango. They are a taste-treat that are also fortified with essential vitamins and minerals.

Mangoes add a sweet taste to ice cream or your favorite smoothie recipe. With a mango as an ingredient, you don’t need to add sugar — this fruit has enough sweetness to satisfy any person.

Enjoy the yin-yang flavors of Red Russian Kale

January 8, 2018
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I can usually find Red Russian Kale during the cooler months when it tastes the best. Its sweet and earthy taste are nutrient-dense.

I love all varieties of kale. Usually, I have a package of kale in my freezer. I try and include it in one of my daily meals. The Red Russian variety of kale is especially healthy and tasty — I love it!

It’s spicy, green, and can speed up your metabolism

December 31, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I’ve enjoyed jalapeño peppers in Thai food, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, and all kinds of other meals from different parts of the world. Besides adding great flavor, it turns out that jalapeño peppers also speed up our metabolism.

Yes, I am still on a diet — I probably will be on a diet for the rest of my life. However, that doesn’t mean I have to give up great tasting food — I don’t. Read more about how jalapeño peppers are a dieter’s best friend.

Sometime in your life, you must have wondered what a chiweenie is

December 27, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

There must have been a time in your life when you wondered, “what the heck is a chiweenie?” I know I have. Well, chiweenies are one of the best dogs you could ever have.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, so to find out more about chiweenies, read this article. Why is an article about dogs under the “health” category? Because dogs can improve your health.

If you want lower blood pressure, eat unprocessed foods!

December 16, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Two decades ago, I was younger, slimmer, but my blood pressure was higher. Today, I am older, weigh a few pounds more, but my blood pressure is lower and in the desired range.

The big change I made was unprocessed foods in my daily diet.

For less risk of cancer, include cauliflower in your diet!

December 11, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

You know, cauliflower is a great snack food. I love its crunchy texture and delicious taste, but I especially appreciate all its health benefits.

Just last week, I only paid 77 cents a pound for this cool-weather treasure-trove of vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. While you’re at the grocery store, keep your eye out for this flavorful vegetable. You might just save your life!

For better health, I pledge to eat an avocado each day!

December 10, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Besides tasting great, avocados are like a fountain of youth. That’s why I eat lots of this healthy, delicious fruit.

Besides eating this miraculous fruit, someday I hope to grow one. I will take the gargantuan, hard seed, soak it in water for a month or so, then plant it. When I get around to doing it, I will document and post pictures here!

If you can’t afford your insulin, don’t worry — help is available!

December 2, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Insulin is expensive. But, for a type 1 diabetic, insulin is necessary for survival and a good, productive life.

Without insurance, my insulin costs could easily be over $500. That cost does not include glucose test strips and the meter. Test strips are also very expensive.

If you’re like me, getting a little extra financial help to pay for all our medications would be a god-send. Thankfully, that help is available for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Read the story for specific information.

Why can’t diabetics have normal blood sugars and A1Cs? Well, they can!

November 30, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Recently, my A1C was 5.3% That’s good, right? Well, not according to the ADA and my former endocrinologist.

My endocrinologist wants me to jack my A1C up to 6.5% I refuse! I want a normal A1C, without extreme low and radically high blood sugars. No diabetic complications for me — I won’t tolerate it. Give me a low A1C.

Celery and peanut butter bring back good memories

November 22, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

When I was young, I needed peanut butter as a topping on a celery stick. Back then, this healthy vegetable stalk seemed too stringy.

Today, though, I love celery in soups and salads. Despite all the years that have flown by, I still love celery and peanut butter. The combination is a nutritional powerhouse, and I love the taste.

Raspberries have many powerful health benefits

November 21, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Raspberries brighten the kitchen with a red holiday sparkle. Plus they taste great. Best of all, they have many important health benefits.

Because of those beneficiary vitamins and minerals, we should all include raspberries in our regular diets. They are great in muffins or other baked goods, delicious in a fruit salad, or fruity-delicious in a smoothie.

Blueberries have lots of health benefits

November 18, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Sweet and beautiful blueberries not only taste good but are beneficial to our health.

Blueberries have lots of vitamins, minerals, and flavonols that work together to extend our life, keep our memory sharp, and resist cancer. It pays to include blueberries in our diets!

5 super healthful reasons to include cranberries in your diet

November 17, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Cranberries have a tart taste that only hints at its abundant health benefits.

While I cannot drink 100% cranberry juice, I love to add them into a smoothie with other healthy fruits and vegetables. That way, I can enjoy cranberries’ unique flavor while enjoy its specific health benefits, too.

6 reasons you need to eat blackberries

November 15, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Blackberries taste so good that I cannot eat just one. Plus, this natural fruit is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Blackberries taste so good on top of vanilla ice cream. An even more healthy treat is adding blackberries to a fruit-filled smoothie. Bears love to eat blackberries in the wilderness. It is no wonder that they are such powerful creatures.

6 health benefits of red cabbage

November 6, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

As I peeled off each leaf from my red cabbage, the head started to look more and more like a human brain. That look is appropriate, since red cabbage is loaded with vitamins and minerals that prevents Alzheimer’s disease and keeps our bodies young.

When I go to my local grocery store, red cabbage usually sells for a low of 40 cents per pound to a high of 84 cents a pound. I guess the price depends on location. Either way, red cabbage is a bargain when you consider all its health benefits and good taste.

Eat your radish greens and enjoy good health

November 1, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

My grandma always told us children to eat our radish greens. While I didn’t like radishes as a child, I did enjoy the subtle sweetness of a radish leaf.

Today, I’m all grown up and love all parts of the radish plant — especially the greens. I eat everything, including the stems and leaves. Not only is the taste good and a perfect complement to any salad, but radish leaves are nutritionally dense.

5 big health benefits of bok choy

October 31, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Bok choy must be one of the healthiest vegetables in the world. Well, if not the healthiest, it is certainly close to being the one vegetable packed with the most vitamins and minerals.

Lucky for me that I get to enjoy all the health benefits of this vegetable while I also savor its unique, complex taste. I absolutely love bok choy in salads, soups, with a hamburger, and as a side dish with steak, lamb, or fish.

4 reasons I will eat more tomatoes

October 26, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

When I think about tomatoes, my mouth starts to water. I love them in a salad or as a garnish. Since they are so healthy, I resolve to include even more tomatoes in my diet.

Throughout the years, I’ve grown my own tomatoes. Since moving to the southwestern United States, I haven’t had as much success with one of my favorite fruits. They don’t taste as good as I remember my homegrown fruit tasting in Pennsylvania. Today, I buy tomatoes and other vegetables at Sprouts Farmers Market in the Phoenix, Arizona area. It’s easier that way.

6 health benefits of eating radishes

September 22, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I love eating radishes as an in-between-meal snack. Not only do I love their taste, but I appreciate that they are so healthy.

Beautiful, crunchy, and zesty radishes are easy to grow, too. I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, and we always planted radishes in the spring. Back then, I didn’t like the taste so much. Like all good things in life, though, for me radishes and coffee were acquired tastes. Now, I can’t live without either of them.

Don’t wait for your doctor’s permission to take control of your type 1 diabetes

September 21, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Don’t ask for anyone’s permission before you take control of your type 1 or 2 diabetes. It’s your body, and you will suffer from complications if your chronic disease is out of control.

Your doctor and endocrinologist are well-educated and motivated to help. But, every person is a little different. Your blood sugar might behave differently from mine after an insulin dose and a meal. Only you have the final say on your insulin doses and diet.

My doctor warned me about my low levels of Vitamin D

September 16, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

In early 2016, my general practitioner noticed I had low levels of vitamin D. The doctor told me, “That’s not good”.

I then learned that low levels of vitamin D carry a greater risk of heart disease and weak bones. At my next trip to the grocery, I picked up a bottle of vitamin D3 and started my daily regimen toward healthy vitamin D levels.

4 health benefits of asparagus

September 1, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Asparagus is another miracle vegetable. Inside one spear are antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy and strong.

For me, the unique and succulent taste of asparagus is a bonus. I just love it–asparagus is one of my all-time favorite foods, just because I love its taste.

7 ways my grandma used baking soda

August 25, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

My grandma used baking soda almost every day of her life. She used it as an ingredient in many things she baked, she used to keep her laundry smelling fresh, and she used it to groom herself.

My grandma was a young woman during the Great Depression. She learned to economize, recycle, and conserve resources. She was ahead of her time. One way she saved lots of money was by using baking soda in place of expensive store-bought items.

10 ways my grandma used apple cider vinegar

August 23, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

My grandma didn’t know it, but she was ahead of her time. She used apple cider vinegar around the house as an important meal ingredient and an antibacterial agent.

I remember the smell of apple cider vinegar in her kitchen, and how it was an important ingredient in her vinaigrette. She marinated chicken with her vinaigrette–it was the best tasting chicken ever!

Health benefits of white onions

August 19, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

White onions not only taste good, but they have vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids to keep your body young and healthy.

I love white onions, and use them in soup, even in the oppressively hot Phoenix, Arizona summers. The taste is heavenly, and it’s great that the nutrients will keep my cells vibrant, my brain sharp, and every tissue and nerve ending in my body in the best shape it can be. White onions are a miracle food!

3 habits to keep your brain young

August 13, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

3 habits to keep your brain young. You will also grow new brain cells, increase your brain volume, and form new nerve connections.

None of us want our cognitive abilities to disappear just as we’re entering our golden years. However, if we want to experience all that our senior years have to offer, we should take steps now to protect our precious brain cells and nerve connections.

My brain health improved with coconut oil

August 12, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Since I added coconut oil to my daily diet of unprocessed foods, my brain health has improved.

Extreme low blood sugar levels have killed off millions of my brain cells. A few years ago, my doctor said my brain was older than my body. Since using coconut oil every day, I have noticed improved cognitive abilities. My brain is recovering and growing more neurons.

Will bacon kill me?

August 8, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I enjoy bacon. In fact, it’s dangerous for me to keep bacon in my refrigerator, because I will eat too much.

My lack of willpower around bacon is a concern. Studies indicate processed meats like bacon can cause different types of cancers. Of course, there is also the danger of heart disease and high blood pressure from all the fat and sodium in a slice of bacon.

Turmeric helped lower my blood pressure

August 6, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I have used turmeric to spice up almost every meal for over 6 months. During that time, my blood pressure slowly dropped.

It’s important to use turmeric in combination with black pepper. That way, the beneficial anti-inflammatory agent can be absorbed and used by your body. Turmeric contains lots of vitamins, too. That’s why the spice has been so valued throughout the centuries.

Why I decided to not switch to an insulin pump

August 4, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I have had some serious hypoglycemia episodes. A few years ago while I slept, I had three life-threatening seizures.

The new Medtronic MiniMed 670G is an insulin pump with a CGM that would monitor my blood sugars as I slept. If my sugar levels would fall too low, the insulin pump would stop delivering my basal insulin dose. That’s a compelling reason for any type 1 diabetic to consider this new “artificial pancreas”. After much study and consideration, though, I decided to stick with my insulin injections.

Should I switch to an insulin pump?

July 7, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Should I switch to an insulin pump? Will it give me better blood sugar control?

My HbA1c, or glycated hemoglobin, is normally between 5.8 to 6.2. That’s pretty good blood sugar control for an insulin-dependent type 1 diabetic. However, I have experienced seriously low blood sugars. The new Medtronic insulin pump might prevent that–it might save my life.

Give a shelter animal a forever home, and you will also help yourself.

July 7, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

If you adopt a pet and give it a forever home, you will enrich your own life.

Shelters in your area have all types of breeds, or mixed breeds like my Chihuahua/Dachshund variety. While you give your pet a forever home, they will return more blessings to you. You will be healthier, happier, and live a more enriched life.

My 5 good health experiences using coconut oil

June 25, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

For the past 6 months, I’ve used organic extra virgin coconut oil every day in my meals.

I’ve had many positive health experiences, including improved cognitive function, lower weight, and higher good cholesterol levels.

8 ways a dog can improve your health

June 25, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I’ve been a dog owner throughout my life, and I will testify that a dog can improve your physical and emotional health.

Plus, they give you unconditional love.

Betcha’ can’t eat just one tortilla chip.

June 22, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

My futile attempt to eat just one tortilla chip failed.

I explain why, and how, if we want to beat them, we can’t blame them. We must take personal responsibility and understand our limits if we want to control our appetites.

5 baby steps to enjoy the benefits of a healthy Mediterranean Diet.

June 19, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I have used more ingredients in the typical Mediterranean diet in my own diet, and have experienced positive results.

I didn’t make a big change, but added one ingredient at a time to a meal. Today, after taking those baby steps and making small changes, I eat a mostly Mediterranean diet (60% to 70%).

4 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.

June 18, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

4 health benefits of coconut oil, and why I started using the oil every day.

Organic virgin coconut oil has lots of health benefits. I recently included the oil in my diet, and also use it as a topical skin treatment.

Tips to Prevent Cataracts.

June 1, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Prevent or slow the progression of cataracts.

I’ve got a small cataract in each of my eyes. They are small now, and the doctor says they aren’t affecting my eyesight. I want to keep them small. I do not want cataract surgery!

How I lost weight and lowered my blood pressure.

May 30, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I changed my diet to include more whole, unprocessed, and fresh foods.

The changes were not extreme. The changes were appetizing. The changes worked!

Type 2 Diabetes can Sneak up on You.

May 28, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Thousands of people have type 2 diabetes and don’t know it.

The disease has serious complications, and you could be suffering and not even know it.

I have Type 1 Diabetes, and I’m not Alone

May 26, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

I’ve been an insulin-dependent diabetic since 1980, and it seems like every day is a challenge.

High blood sugars and low blood sugars and everything in between can be exhausting.

They All Laughed, But You Showed Them!

May 25, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Don’t give up if they laugh and say you’ll never reach your goals and dreams.

Keep dreaming, working hard, and you can have the last laugh, too.

Stop Beating Yourself Up!

May 23, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Stop thinking negative thoughts about yourself.

Positive, affirmative thoughts can change your life!

Floatin’ on a Breeze, or is it Fate?

May 14, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

Do you believe we have a fate, or do we determine our own fate by our choices?

Gratitude is Good

May 11, 2017
by Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse

My quest to feel grateful was a quiet success.