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“Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner – 3 blatant excuses.”

Today, Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner is presenting the three blatant excuses that people use for letting their health go down the drain. They are very intentional and could be prevented if more care or concern is given to taking responsibility for their health.

There are many other reasons I am sure but only three will be discussed so that you will have an idea where I am coming from. I will show you how to help yourself by using specific examples. If you want to enjoy a longer and healthier lifestyle, it wouldn’t hurt reading this article in its entirety. Sometimes it is beneficial to adhere to well intended advice.

People live their lives making the most ridiculous excuses without a care for how family and friends could be affected. Forget about other people, it would be in your best interest to follow a path that would give you a better chance for happier and healthier living.

All it takes is an awareness of what is really going on in your environment and taking care of your health journey. Together , let’s take a look at where many of us go wrong. Then, we will also take a look at possible solutions.

What is the first excuse?

The first excuse is, “I am not an expert.” What do you mean by that ?

You don”t have to be an expert to eat good food. You just have to pay attention to what goes into your body.What’s wrong with eating lot’s of fruits and vegetables? There is nothing like a fresh salad rammed with natural fruits and/or vegetables.

One of my personal favorite fruit salad is made with papaya and kiwi because they are great for high blood pressure. I use this salad at least once a week. I am sharing the recipe below.

                                                        PAPAYA AND KIWI SALAD

One cup of ripe chunked papaya

One cup of ripe chunked kiwi

One cup of cut up lettuce

One half cup of baby spinach

Salad dressing of your choice(optional)

Toss all ingredients together. Place on a plate or in a bowl. Drizzle with homemade salad dressingmade with olive oil. white vinegar and cayenne pepper. Then, enjoy this delicious salad.

Those who want to have fish, poultry, tofu or other meats could indulge paying attention to portions.  Limit your starches and carbohydrates to control diabetes.

What is the second excuse?

Th second excuse is, “I don’t have enough money to go to the doctor.” With all the free clinics at your disposal, you are telling me there is not one that you could choose from to find out about your blood, urine and stool levels, whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes, chlolesterol, heart or thyroid issues?

NEWS OF THE DAY! High blood pressure is known as the silent killer.

Don’t you want to know why your eyes are fuzzy or why you just ran into the mailbox? You really should get your eyes checked out yearly. I did after 5 years and found out that I have full blown irreversible glaucoma. Take my advice!

Also. you keep asking everyone to repeat what they just said. You might as well get your ears checked out too! Help is available. Read a little further.

Universal health care is a health care system that provides health care and financial protection to all citizens of a particular country. It is not only available to citizens who are ill but also to those who are well and need to be checked out. The idea is to have services for citizens without causing a financial burden. For more information, as an example, please take a look at the following site: Check out what is available in your country and take advantage of this opportunity.


What is the third excuse?

The third excuse is, “I am planning a big event that requires all of my time right now. I just can’t schedule an appointment with Dr. XYZ.” NEWS OF THE DAY! My black dress is always prepared to attend memorial services.

I hope you know that I am just making light humor to jolt you into the mindset of taking care of you. No one is going to do it for you. This is a something you have to do for yourself.

The black dress joke is reality. It glaringly shows that people will show up to mourn you, after you are gone! It is your job to let that dress stay hanging wherever it was hanging. They could wear it. But, let it not be for you!

I am speaking straight up, plain as daylight. 

According to author Georges, “You are a treasure that needs to be checked out and given you need to shine with all of your glory.”(–saving-your-life/

These 3 blatant excuses do not sit well with me and I will not entertain them. Not being an expert, not having any money and not enough time should not prevent you from making sure your health status is verified.

Concluding Thoughts

We discussed 3 blatant excuses that people use to postpone healthcare and solutions were offered to promote healthcare. It is easier to take care of your health now rather than wait for health issues to pop up due to procrastination. Honestly,  I don’t know about you, but it seems easier.

For your health, you should make an effort to eat properly, find decent healthcare and make time to verify health status now before it is too late. Your good health is the foundation towards happy and healthy living.

Excuses will not bring beneficial results. Positive action on your part will do so. Using excuses are like travelling a well trodded road to nowhere.

When preparing material for CocoTortoise’s Health Corner,  I always have you in mind. Recently, there is new information on how to heal leaky gut naturally by avoiding certain foods. This will be dicussed in an upcoming article. Look out for this one!

If you you have any question or need to make a suggestion, please leave it below in the comment area. I value you comment.

Remember this is Coco Tortoise, your friend.

Until next time, do have a great week.


Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner

Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner is up and running again. Today, I will share 3 poems that helped me to release stress from my inner self. While working on them, they relaxed me and blocked my path to anxiety and debilitating depression. I share and start to feel much better. My poems are called “Round and Round”, “Defiled” and “”It’s Over – Death”.

It takes one sure step at a time to find strength to continue. I used writing these poems as a medicine for the heart. I see life through one, unique eye. Some days, I laugh, shout and cry. Other days, I am quiet and go into myself like a probe. Still, I am happy.


Wrapped round and round

On a bed of thorns.

There my life goes up in flames

Changed in a moment

By instrument of deceit.

Glancing for their own fame

Sparing not the innocent.


On an open podium

Nothing much to say

Exposed, defiled, just mishandled clay.

The shape of sadness is truly deep.

Moving clumsily not wanting to peep

Patching the sides of doom

Wake up, I say from the gloom

Ne’er to see the right?

Only upright you can fight!


I have sung my death song

Once believing that love was true

Never knowing that it could hurt

Like vengeance twirled on a thong

Even referring to all that’s sort

Could never fix what’s already blue

Like claws around my throat for sure

I whimpered gently for no more

Though anguish rises up within

Still, I find a bell to chime.

What a glorious journey it was to be able to write what I was feeling at the time. In 2016, I lost my beloved companion. Also, I was diagnosed with severe glaucoma that required treatments, diabetes and high blood pressure. Then was an awful time for me.

Putting my confusing thoughts on paper guided me to the light which led to better thoughts and helped to reduce pressure that was bottled up inside.

Do you have any bottled up thoughts that you would like to share?

I am here as your sounding board. In other word, I am here to listen and offer advice, if necessary.

Everyone needs someone to talk to about health issues especially if there is a need to release bottled up emotions. This ability to let go is very important for numerous health reasons.

Two years later, I am much better because I accepted my condition, managed it, shared it and won. This is done step by step with a purpose and plan in mind. Purpose is what I would like to do and plan is how I am going to do it. My connection with you is open because helping people to help themselves is my mission.

Believe me, I am here for you.

Do you have something to say about what was shared earlier? Or, maybe you have something to say about yourself? Whatever the case, feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

This is Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner and I am Coco tortoise, your friend.

Have a beautiful day/night.

Coco Tortoise


“A real remedy when financial fix affects health.”

Today, I will discuss how health and finances affect each other. When you find yourself in a financial fix, you need to know when the help offered is real, how you got in this situation in the first place, how your health could be affected how to find a real remedy to help improve your finances and health.


Life and its struggles are not always above board and you need some financial help to find your footing.

The hardest thing to do is to ask someone who will right from the beginning judge you and then tell you what you should do or what you will do with the help asked for.

How does that make you feel?

Well, I could certainly answer for you – not to good, right?

Not only that, when they know that they are probably your last resort to solve your financial fix, they string you along. This is one of the most disingenuous act one person could ever do to another. Why people do it is beyond my imagination.

Have you ever been strung along?

Probably yes, and yet, you swallow what’s left of your pride and still ask for help anyway because of the situation. You may have to answer a barrage of questions like, “When am I getting it back?”or “How are you going to spend it?” as if you are being interrogated for a crime. This is ridiculous!

Deep down inside, you may feel like a jerk and want to crawl into an oyster’s shell to hide from the shame of being in this position.

You asked and agreed to term which floated out of somewhere, made nice so that they wouldn’t change their minds and promised to clean their dusty windows, something that you probably don’t do for yourself. Again, this is ridiculous.

When you find yourself in a position of need and you have to be judged, accept out-of-the-way terms and feel debased, this help is not real. It is not from the heart.

When help is given from the heart, it is without judging, without conditions and without a feeling of despair.


For the most part, life involves fielding many curve balls. Let’s take a look at events that could happen. They are as follows:

• Did you plan to get fired?

• Did you plan to lose all of your money trading stocks?

• Did you plan to have your home destroyed by a natural disaster?

• Did you plan for any kind of unexpected expenses?

From these questions, you have an idea where I am going with this. I know you probably did not plan for any of these events. It’s a hard thing to accept but most of us live from paycheck to paycheck. You are not alone. Just one major event could take you out. In other words, these unplanned events do happen and they could cause you to fall behind financially. Statistics show that 78% of full time workers said they live from paycheck to paycheck, from 75 % last year, according to a recent report from from It further stated that this way of living could affect your life because of stress.

The sad part is that most of us do not have any wiggle room which is money placed aside for unplanned events. Bottom line you did not plan to fail financially, you simply failed to plan for a rainy day.


Financial plight is one of the main causes of stress which could lead to many health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, asthma, obesity, depression & anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’ disease, accelerated aging and premature death.( https://www.webmd/10-stress-related-health-problems-that-you-can-fix-WEBMD)

A change in finances directly causes a change in your lifestyle sometimes with negativity. Because of the inability to handle stress, you might start drinking alcohol excessively, smoking cigarettes & party drugs, overeating unhealthy foods, worrying constantly, feeling down, hyperventilating due difficulty breathing, confusion, having emotional distress and developing stomach aches and nausea.

Stress could cause all of these health problems, but the good news is that these health issues could be fixed or improved. It becomes necessary more than ever to explore options that could help you to reduce or eliminate stress. In this case, you must take care of your finances.


Financial freedom is a real remedy to your financial fix. Wouldn’t it be great to have an opportunity to depend on yourself and not on others? Wouldn’t it be great to have a chance to create something for yourself that you could depend on not only now but in the future? Wouldn’t it be great to have a chance to live a healthy and financially secured life? Finally,wouldn’t it be great to take a serious look at Wealthy Affiliate? The answer is yes to all of these questions.

My friend, this is what I did. It is the best decision that I have ever made because it works. I am inviting you to experience something great. It is really a gift. Find out for yourself by clicking on the Wealthy Affiliate banner to the right. Those of you who are on mobile devices scroll all the way down past comments and you will see affiliate marketing explained, click on the banner. Please take it from there- a free starter membership. Your health depends on you choosing the right path. Choosing to work hard to help yourself.  My message is not about being wealthy. It is about having enough so that you can remain healthy or improve your health.


Finally, you should know by now when help is real. Real help is given from the heart. Unexpected circumstances do happen and you have to be prepared because stress if not handled properly could destroy your life forever.

Whatever the financial fix, the real remedy is financial freedom. The choice is yours to accept an opportunity for financial freedom and subsequent healthy living. And now, it’s your turn to do the right thing to help yourself.

“The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” Oprah

Please leave your comments in the comment area below. I value your comment.

Until next time, have a great day/night.


“With BuiltBar Review – How can I stop eating chocolate?”

BuiltBar is an energy protein bar that comes in an assortment of flavors: coconut chocolate, mint chocolate, raspberry chocolate, orange chocolate, lemon chocolate, vanilla chocolate and {my favorite} double chocolate mousse. How can I stop eating chocolate? The flavors taste just like they were picked from a fruit tree. Real fruit flavor and real chocolate in a bar. What an awesome delight!

Not only that, if your sugar level is a bit low and you don’t have a nutritious meal on hand, as a quick snack, you can tickle your taste buds with an ambrosial chocolate protein BuiltBar.


The pace of life could get hectic and you inadvertently miss a meal. Then, it is not convenient to get one right away. Your worries are over – just try this protein bar. It provides nutrition and energy which is very important for your health.1
Just yesterday, while rushing to take the grandchildren to school, I neglected my normal routine of checking my vitals and having breakfast. I was running late. For a minute, I started to feel dizzy and awful. Luckily, I was able to eat a BuiltBar that I had stashed away in my purse for emergency purposes.

As a diabetic, I have to constantly be aware of my sugar level and, if necessary, bring it back to a normal reading. As I stated earlier these type of situations do happen especially when you are rushing. Being prepared for the situation helped me out in a big way. BuiltBar saved my day. This is a real solution for a normal everyday problem. It was my turn that day and I was prepared. Do you think it is a good idea to keep at least one or two available for emergencies? Your situation could be different from mine, but everybody need a source of energy and protein.
My friend, Beeno, Jr., who works out at the gym three times a week praises the fuel it provides before and after a session. He is into physical fitness and takes pride in what he puts in his body.
As a matter of fact, Beeno, Jr. is the reason for me being introduced to this fantastic protein bar in the first place.

Listen to this. His father, Beeno, Jr., Sr., at age 85 sings constantly about how he loves chocolate protein. That is proof of its appeasing taste.

Also, there are days when I want a good source of protein without having to prepare a meal. This is a convenient way to get some with this protein bar. Don’t you feel like this sometimes?


If I had to rate BuiltBar, I would give it 5 stars for the 5 following reasons:

1) It saved me when I was having an emergency. Positive results were given to me and my friends.

2) It is ambrosial with a variety of seven chocolate flavors. Soon there will be eight. For now, there are six cremes and one mousse. You can enjoy a melt in your mouth sensation – no crunch like Munch. Even the elderly with minor chewing issues can enjoy it.

3) It is a cut rate of $6 for 6 bars in a sample box which is amazing. The product is shipped almost anywhere in the United States and Canada from

4) It is nutritionally sound because it is 110 calories, 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 4 grams of fat and 7 grams of net carbs and 4 grams of sugar. Based on my regime, I am only allowed one or two per week as a treat.

5) It is one of the best energy protein bars on the market and I highly recommend it. For more information, please check out


Out of concern you may ask, “What are the bad things about this product?”
Well, the only bad thing is you not having it for yourself to prove me wrong. Or, maybe while enjoying it, the serving size is not big enough for you. That’s it!


It makes sense to try BuiltBar at least one time. Worry about “how to stop eating chocolate later!” You will be coming back for more. The children will love it and want more.This is one healthy snack to enjoy.

Stack up for those unexpected emergencies and calls for snacks. Don’t take my word for it alone, tickle – tickle – tickle your taste buds away. Try BuiltBar for yourself.


And finally, this my honest review of the BuiltBar energy protein bar. If you have any reviews in kind, please leave them in the comment area below. I always look forward to hearing from you so that I have an idea on how to move forward. I value your comment.

Until next time, have a beautiful day.



“Focus on Saving your life.”

There comes a time when you have to focus on saving your life – for you.

And, it starts with you.


Finding the time to do what is necessary requires preparation and consistency of purpose. You may say, “I am just too busy with other things.” This is an unacceptable  excuse.  As a matter of fact, no excuse should prevent you from taking care of number one. You only have one life to live, my friend.

Tell me, do you own a car and maintain it yearly, because you need it to perform at optimum efficiency?

Well, a similar maintenance routine is required for your body.

You are a treasure that needs to be checked out and given what you need to shine in all of your glory.

It is amazing the pride some people have in material things like a new car and other collectibles. Oh, what a beauty,  she purrs just right”, you may say.

But, are you purring beautifully or coughing horribly?

Only you would know that.


What  would it take to make you take care of your health? In some cases, an emergency trip to the hospital or a near death experience would do the job.

Just know that for some people, it is too late to change anything. But, if you are reading this today, you still have a chance to make changes that could improve the quality of your life.


For starters, a commitment or statement of purpose needs to be written down and placed where you can see  those words daily. You can jot it down in your daily planner, place it on the bathroom mirror or stick it on the refrigerator. It does not matter where you put it as long as there is a constant reminder of what you plan to do for your health.

Now that the commitment part is out of the way, what is the plan?

You should plan to:

* Get a physical check up from your doctor. This is a “must do” step.

* Eat foods that heal your body like fruits, vegetables and  protein bars.

* Drink lots of water and herbal teas like chamomile and ginger.

* Exercise indoors and outdoors regularly. Fresh air and sunshine are good for you.

* Enjoy hobbies like reading, gardening and archery.

* Rest from exhaustion as often as possible.

* Treat yourself to an outing, a beautiful outfit, a fragrance or something you always wanted to do.

* Enjoy meeting new friends on a free social platform like Wealthy Affiliate.

* Be happy and ask God for guidance and strength.


To achieve good health, you have to embrace the physical, mental, social and spiritual realms. The focus on saving your life by trying to be healthy is an amazing process. With a purpose and consistency, follow through with your plans and make changes to improve your health.

I hope this is useful.

Until next time.

Your friend,


It is time to Pay attention to Your Health.

Maxine from is here with you. Are you experiencing any symptoms that are causing you to worry like blurred vision, persistent pain, numbness in limbs, diarrhea, urinary frequency, shortness of breath, constipation and anything out of the ordinary? If so, the time is now to pay attention to your health before it is too late. These symptoms are signals that your body is out of balance and it needs to be rebalanced.


Without a doubt, these symptoms should be checked out by a health professional at a clinic, hospital or private office. It does not matter where you go as long as the healthcare facility is certified and you get your health screening done. Routinely, you will need to have blood and urine tests done. Sometimes, the health professional will request a stool test. Also, you will get your temperature, pulse rate, respiration and blood pressure taken and recorded.


After the examination and the results are in from all tests, the health professional  can hopefully identify what is going on with you. This is called a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is unfavorable, you should not worry. Worrying will only cause undue stress to your already comprised body. It is possible that medication will be prescribed. Please take it to help you feel better.

Most of the time people worry because they are not informed. You will not suffer in that area. For your information, according to World Health Organization(WHO), the ten top causes of death are ” ischemic heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,  lower respiratory infection, Alzheimer disease and other dementia, trachea,bronchus,lung cancer, Diabetes mellitus,  road injury, Diarrhoeal diseases and Tuberculosis.”

You have been diagnosed and informed let’s run along and make some changes to improve your health.


More than several changes should be made to improve your health. You should do the following:

1. Take medication as prescribed or a highly recommended natural alternative. Please remember that the recommended dosage of a substance is according to body weight.

2. Eat foods that heal – low in sodium and high in fiber. Some super healing foods are papaya, kiwi, cranberry, wheat grass and dragonfruit, just to name a few.

3. Exercise regularly.

4. Maintain a good body weight. Excessive stress on your heart is not healthy at all.

5. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. Drinking herbal teas, natural juices, water and fresh air are healthier choices.

6. Keep yourself safe.

Implementing these changes should help you to reduce the risk of having symptoms of illness. In some cases, the body actually starts to heal. We will talk about this in another blog.

Finally, it is clear there is a greater probability that your health can improve by you taking the time to pay attention to your health, by visiting a health professional,  being diagnosed, being informed and implementing simple life sustaining changes in your daily routine.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them below.

Your friend,


Think Prevention to Improve Health and Safety.

It is a known fact that some people spend their lives reacting to problems when they could have prevented them in the first place by making simple changes in their daily routine. Unless something is already wrong nobody knows what is going to happen to them, but you could surely safeguard yourself by developing a more defensive mindset which would lead to changes that would help you to be healthy and safe. My advice on prevention is to help those who wish to be informed.


Today, if you were given the opportunity, wouldn’t, you protect you child from danger at all cost? And, if given another opportunity, wouldn’t you maintain and support your disabled mother?  Finally given another opportunity,  wouldn’t you attempt to diffuse a fight between family members to reduce the risks for all involved? The answer to all of these questions  would be yes. Right? This is what prevention is about. In a nutshell, it is about protecting what you have, maintaining a specific health situation and reducing risks whenever possible. With all that being said, the most precious asset who deserves to be protected and maintained is YOU!


Fortunately, one of my favorite phrases, ” one ounce of prevention is worth more than one pound of cure ” is true. It is better to prevent rather than to try to develop a cure for it. In regards to diseases, finding cures for them are costly and at times impact our communities in a negative way. In reality, when you embrace the concept of wanting to live for a long time and needing to live healthy and safe, your mindset changes. Then, you start to do the things required to achieve  a safer and healthier lifestyle. This is easy and doable.


TO complement a change in your mindset, you need to make changes in your daily routine. You could benefit from the following actions:

1) Eat foods that heal your body and not harm it. You could try a plant based diet.

2) Drink herbal  teas lemon grass, balsam, peppermint, ginger and chamomile just to name a few. These teas will relax you and more.

3) Exercise regularly not excessively. This helps to increase and improve your metabolism

4) Enjoy a hobby to relieve stress.

5) Ask for guidance and strength from God.

By doing these things , the dis-ease of the body should be reduced or eliminated.  My friend, you are well on the road to success!


It’s not hard doing the right thing. Your family will be proud of the change happening before their eyes. Then, one by one, they too will want this lifestyle and start to follow in your footsteps. What a miracle!!

Finally, I have shown you how important prevention is for health and safety and why changing your mindset to thinking about prevention is absolutely necessary. The change starts with you so that others will be inspired to follow. Trust me we all want to enjoy our families and including these simple activities will allow you to do so.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Until next week, have a Blessed day.

Your friend,


“About Maxine”

Welcome to my website. Today I will share a little About Maxine. Happily,  I am here for your health and safety needs. My focus is to help you to use products and services that would help maintain or improve health and keep you and your family safe. I will write weekly blogs on various health and safety topics that you can enjoy from the comforts of your home. Just imagine both of us working together to achieve a healthier and safer condition. As the saying goes, ” two heads are better than one.”


This is not odd at all. It is a pleasure to give a hand whenever it is needed. I have been caring for children and the elderly for many decades. So, I know when and why people need help. Also, my family is large and we have experienced traditional  health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma and cancer. And, we survived. How? It took some doing! You have to, most important, pay attention to what you eat and how you exercise.

It is my intention to share my knowledge of herbs, healthy recipes and public health experience with you. Honestly, I  want to enjoy sharing and guiding you to invest in things that you need.


Helping people is one of the easiest things to do. And so, I help because I want you to be more educated about the things that you can do to choose one ounce. It is safe to say that, ” one ounce of prevention is worth more than one pound of cure.” Let’s take a look.

Just to list some examples of  choosing prevention such as drinking herbal teas, monitoring vitals regularly,  eating healthy foods, taking walks using sturdy shoes, using an umbrella in the rain and sun, fixing a leaky roof and putting the baby in the correct car seat are things you could do to keep yourself healthy and safe. These examples may seem odd to you. But, if you really ponder on them you will see, I am saiying the truth. Topics like these will be discussed in my blog and more!


Before, I told you it is my intention to basically help you to help yourself by offering real solutions to real problems. As long as you are willing embrace advice given, I am here.  I discussed  choosing prevention which is my way of saying choosing one ounce. Surely, this choice will help you to live healthier and safer. About Maxine describes ” the health and safety” me in a nutshell.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the Best,