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Nicole’s Goals for 2014


I have been thinking about my goals and what I would like to do in 2014.  Honestly?  I’m not 100% percent as there is so much more that I desire to do and adding on moving overseas will make goal setting a little difficult. However, it is not impossible!

A few goals I’ve been thinking of dabbling in:

  • Continuing to write for my blog several times a week.
  • Make new friends by networking with others who have their own blogs and websites. 
  • Find free options to treat my chronic illnesses. 
  • Travel locally around my new hometown, take many pictures, and meet new people.
  • Continue with my exercise weight loss plan. I have lost over 30 pounds so far. 
  • Sign up with a rubber stamping/scrapbooking/craft direct selling company. I’ll be able to craft while I’m in my new home. Also look into other direct selling companies that would be of interest to me.
  • Expand my writing business to various levels and increase my income opportunities.
  • Work on finding my own inner peace and happiness.  This includes doing meditation on a regular basis and daily yoga techniques.
  • Find hobbies that will easily interest me and is inexpensive.
  • Look into trying new things such as zip lining. 


So here’s to a successful 2014!

This Week in Diabetes Medical News

What-causes-diabetes Several recent studies have found various ways of lowering the risk of diabetes and improving the symptoms of diabetes too. A study that was conducted by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Centre US found eating walnuts daily will assist in lowering the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Another report through BBC News reports that exercise can be as good as medication as pills are for people with health conditions such as heart disease. The Times felt doctors should prescribe their patients to exercise instead of prescribing prescription drugs. Both headlines are based on studies researchers have completed but they are overstating some of the evidence, as it has been found that it’s better for physicians to prescribe both medications and exercise as a treatment plan. Both medications and exercise have their place in treating the body. Another study conducted in London by the International Diabetes Foundation has found that the diabetes battle is ‘being lost’ due to the high level of cases of people diagnosed with diabetes.  The record has now soared to 382 million people.  A majority of the people who have type 2 diabetes are living an unhealthy lifestyle.  This unhealthy lifestyle is linked to lack of exercise and obesity.  This epidemic has exploded in numbers due to more people in developing worlds have taken on Western and urban lifestyles.  It has been estimated by 2035 the number of diabetes diagnosis will be 55% and it will be 592 million people.

Symptoms of type-2 diabetes

Symptoms of type-2 diabetes

The primary problem is that many people will go undiagnosed for months to years and will be unaware that there is something wrong despite various symptoms.  Symptoms can include itchiness, yeast infections (thrush), numbing, and frequent urination especially at night, inadequate blood sugar, health complications, and damage to the kidneys, heart, eyes and other organs.  If it is left untreated for a long period, premature death can occur.  Many people with untreated diabetes are living in the low and middle class income levels with the inability to access proper health care. It’s important to get a proper checkup to make sure you’re completely healthy and if you’re diagnosed with diabetes then take on the right options of maintaining the symptoms.

Super Powerful Superfoods by Nicole Leon

Super Powerful Superfoods by Nicole Leon


The Power of Superfoods

The Power of Superfoods


Superfoods are best known as foods that provides the ultimate amount of nutrition for the body.  Superfoods have the power to improve a person’s overall health such as lowering heart disease, and hypertension, reducing cholesterol, blood sugar, improving a person’s mood and reduce an overall risk of cancer.

Additional Health Benefits of Superfoods

  • Prevents and reduces inflammation
  • Regulates the body’s metabolism and burns fat in the body
  • Promotes digestive health
  • Cancer protection
  • Help protect the organs from toxins



All of these intensive superfoods are available right at the local grocery store. Incorporating a healthy diet is the best way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle can eliminate over 50% of suffering through some ailments. Each superfood is a real food and it is unprocessed.

Superfood - Walnuts

Superfood – Walnuts

Top Superfoods for the Best Super Health

  • Blueberries
  • Beans
  • Oats
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Spinach
  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt
  • Tea (black or green)


wholegrainsFiber – Weight Loss Superfood

Eating a healthy diet rich in fiber will assist in maintaining the body’s cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Consuming fiber will help you to feel full longer which is a great tool for weight loss.  Several great rich in high fiber foods includes vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains.  It’s best to eat these foods fresh, dried or frozen. Canned options tend to have higher levels of sodium in them.




BlueberriesBlueberries – Anti-inflammatory Superfruit

Blueberries are an amazing option as they are packed with high amounts of vitamin C and potassium.  They contain antioxidants, phytoflavinoids and anti-inflammatory properties which help with lowering the heart disease and cancer risks.  Inflammation is a common ingredient for all chronic illnesses and diseases.  Blueberries are able to help ease the inflammation.  Consuming a serving of half of cup on a daily basis will help your body in various ways.





Green-TeaTea – Lowers Cholesterol Levels and Risk of Cancer Superfood

Tea is a heavily underrated superfood that needs to be consumed on a daily basis. Tea doesn’t have any calories and will help the body to burn off calories. The antioxidant levels (called catechins)  are powerful for both green and black teas.  Drinking tea is a good replacement for sugary sodas and drinks.  Consume at least 2 cups of tea per day.




There are a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and proteins to choose and eat.  Be sure to drink plenty of water each day which will help keep the body hydrated and healthy too.


SEO Article Sample by Nicole Leon – Title: Social Media SEO Best Practices

The power of social media SEO all rests on taking part in using social media sites that will help to bring in needed traffic to a business’ website.  There are many heavy hitters involved such as Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Youtube, etc.


Importance of SEO

SEO (search engine optimization) gains traffic from search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and other types of search engines.  The search engines display relevant sites that have used popular keywords and phrases and in turn it sends traffic to those sites.  The websites not only have the mentioned factors but more importantly sites that are linked to the business’ website will bring in more traffic and this is where social media comes into play.  When people share the business’ website to others through sites like Google+ and Facebook it provides much needed traffic the site needs.


Leading Ways to Put Social Media SEO into Action

  • Send out brand signals by creating a Facebook page and a Twitter account with the business’ or brand’s name as the name on the account.  Doing this will create online brand presence to increase the business’ exposure and search engine rankings. Build up a steady amount of followers and remember to communicate with them too.  It’s not all about building the largest following but it also involves regular interaction with them too and it’s another way to bring in traffic to the business’ site.
  • Grab an active audience by creating or updating the web design of your website.  These things can include the copywritten materials and site’s logo. Change the overall navigation or sitemap to make it easier for visitors to access information and features of the site.
  • Continue with social media SEO by posting comments on social bookmarking sites such as Digg, Reddit, Diigo, and StumbleUpon to name a few.  These sites will create backlinks to content on the site and increase the ranking on the social media and search engine sites. To optimize the phrase or keyword put it within the description, title and tags.
  • Participate in guest blog posts as this is free publicity for your brand. Write down the sites you’re interested in writing for and narrow it to down to 15 blogs.  Reach out to them and offer your services to write a guest blog post for their site.  This will open many doors for your business and brand.
  • Build up an email list and there are free email management programs available such as MailChimp.  This will allow visitors to sign-up to receive newsletters, email marketing campaigns, notices, etc.
  • Create an account on Pinterest to help with building the brand.  Pinterest is a virtual image pinboard social network allowing users to share items of interest.  It allows users to pin images and share them with others. Pinterest is one of the hottest growing social networking sites and it’s free to join. Use royalty-free images that represent your brand and edit the images by adding text such as something humorous or inspirational.  This will create important backlinks as users will re-pin your content.


Social media SEO is a powerful tool allowing for businesses to easily build up exposure to their brand.  Participating on these social networking sites for several minutes each day will bring in the masses of traffic that brands desire for their business.

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